TO KAREN: ON HER BIRTHDAY

It’s your day today and I’m here trying to figure out what to say to/about you…

Knowing you has made these facts about friendship more evident:

✅ Friendship is intentional – It won’t survive if taken with a pinch of salt.

✅ It’s a responsibility – There are things expected of you & which you ought to live up to.

✅ It’s not a bed of roses – It’s not always a smooth ride or walk in the park.

✅ True friendship endures regardless of distance/space – Any form of relationship will work if you want it to.

✅ If you are not adding value to the other person, you are not a real friend.

✅ Friendship is when you don’t make the other feel comfortable in his/comfort zone but force them to lever yourself up.

✅ A friend is one who accepts you just the way you are but pushes you to be a better person.

✅More importantly, a true friend is real, sincere and down-to-earth with you. He/she doesn’t walk on egg shells around you. Will tell you what you’re not doing right at every point.

I can go on and on…


You soar with wings as eagles…

Going higher and stronger.

You are as vintage wine…

Never losing its taste.

Just like the Iroko tree…

All of your being adding value to mankind.

Like a tree planted by the river side…

Ever refreshed, the season regardless.

Even as a flint…

Standing the test of time.


Happy birthday Karen! 🎂

Thank you for all you do.

It’s been a blessing having you as a friend 🥂


P. S. Do show her some love by visiting her blog and availing yourself of the pretty great contents she has to offer.

🙏I COUNT MY BLESSINGS!🙏

🎶 Count your blessings name them one by one.

Count your blessings see what God has done.

Count your blessings, name them one by one

And it will surprise you what the Lord has done🎶


Do you happen to know this song? If so, have you ever pondered on the lyrics and act on it?

It’s sad how we despise God’s blessings because other expectations aren’t yet met. The truth is nothing matters in life more than life itself.

Isaiah reiterated this…

Isaiah 38
[18] For the grave cannot praise thee, death cannot celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth.
19] The living, the living, he shall praise thee, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known thy truth.

I once asked someone who was grumbling over a ” bad day ” this question: Instead of a “bad day” “would you rather have no day at all?

Jesus rebuked our prioritizing what we wear more than life itself.

Matthew 6:25 KJV
[25] Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

… Including food. It takes life for food to be relevant not vice versa. Our soul is more vital to God than things we get.

Life means opportunity, another chance, it means salvation is possible, miracles are possible, fellowship is available …, only life guarantees these! A thankful heart knows this.

In the cold realities of life can emerge complexities. Whilst some are seeking the fruit of the womb, for others, the challenge they have are their kids. To some they need a wife. For others, that’s exactly what their problem is; their wives are all the trouble they have. It goes on and on…

Shame on the murmurer; he doesn’t think deeply. He grumbles at life’s challenges, he “curses” life without saying it. He despises God’s greatest blessing.

The truth is we can’t pray, trust God and His power and still grumble, despising His blessings. This is because the Christ life plants contentment in us.

1 Timothy 6
[6] But godliness with contentment is great gain.
8] And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

We are yet blessed, despite what we don’t have yet.

True, midnight hours aren’t good times: You probably lost your job, your debts are rising, creditors getting awry, things getting worse even as you are encouraging others. Yet, you can’t murmur. There are blessings to count, and be thankful for even as you expect more.

It’s interesting to note that Jesus’s two most notable miracles were done amidst thanksgiving despite the untoward situations: Supplying abundance of bread in the desert and raising Lazarus from the dead after 4 days.

There are things to be grateful for, friends to be thankful for, family to rejoice for, things yes, things you look at, your church, pastors, colleagues at work, good health, life itself!

Next time the spirit of murmuring wants to descend upon your soul, look around and count your blessings, one by one and you will be amazed how Much the Lord Has Done!


In less than 10 hours, I’ll be adding another year. That funny part of me would like to look back and think about the things I haven’t achieved (and should have achieved) all the years gone by; to rue the many life opportunities I have carelessly allowed to pass me by… But no, I’m not going to give it a shot. Rather, I’m going to be grateful and give thanks: for the gift of life, for salvation, for the blessings of a loving family and wonderful friends, for the victories won, for the benefits I presently enjoy and greater things God has in store for me!

” Little things you (the Lord) do for me……are great things.”


P. S. This article is culled from a post from Pastor Segun Onayinka.