A Heart Of Gratitude

Instead of a ‘bad day‘, would you rather have no day at all?

See how Jesus rebukes our prioritizing material things 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, expectations and desires met, 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’ 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 over, things yes, things you look at, good health, and life itself!

Next time you feel like throwing a pity party and give in to despair, look around and count your blessings, one by one and you will be amazed how Much the Lord Has Done for You!


It’s my birthday come Saturday and I can’t help but be thankful 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!

I see God at work in the multitude of desires, hopes and aspirations. You should too.

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


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

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🙏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.

THE LIEBSTER AWARD

A wonderful blogger Fiez has considered me fit to be nominated for the Liebster Award. Thanks a lot Fiez for the honor. I do not take it for granted.

I’ve come to highly regard quite a number of bloggers and she is on top of the list. Fiez is a creative writer/blogger per excellence. She carves everything positive and inspiring into well-composed lines. Her writings cut across genres like flash fictions, poems, proverbs, motivational articles, writing guides and much more.

Kindly visit and follow her blog Artistic Words to benefit from the lots of goodness her works avail. You won’t regret doing so.

A Little About This Award.

The Liebster Award is internet based and given by bloggers to fellow bloggers. The idea is to help connect with and support other bloggers.

The Rules:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.

2. Share 11 facts about yourself.

3. Answer the 11 questions the blogger
asked you.

4. Nominate 11 bloggers and make them happy!

5. Make up to 11 questions for your nominees to answer.

6. Notify your 11 nominees.

11 Facts About Myself:

1. I’m a Nigerian through and through and from the Yoruba speaking tribe.

2. I speak mainly English, Yoruba and a bit of Pidgin. Although I’ll like to learn a couple of foreign languages, looks like my brain has reached the limit of its plasticity.

3. I’m intentional about my relationships with people and ensure I leave positive impacts.

4. You can’t see me and not see God. I’m a firm believer in Christ and I live to serve Him.

5. One sport I can’t try out is swimming. I have issues with ‘waters’.

6 When I’m not at work, on the road, in church or seeing someone, you are likely to find me in the comfort of my room. Yes, I’m mostly an indoor person.

7. I love to read novels and see movies. Just that I hardly have the time to do either these days.

8. I’m a case study when it comes to songs. You need to see my collections/playlist. I listen to varying kind of songs regardless of the genre (from oldies to contemporary) as long as it’s meaningful. I’m more into gospels though.

9. I like to walk/pace a lot; it helps me think better. Although I think it’s a burden sometimes.

10. You want to get me something? Get me a book of substance. Yea, I’ll like to consider myself a mid-level bibliomaniac. Meanwhile, you don’t need to restrict the ‘gettings’ to books only.😉

11. I like serene environments a lot – countryside, suburbs…; a spot where I can relish the beauty of nature.

My answers to Fiez’s questions:

1. What are your favorite blog topics?
I think I look out more for topics that deals with faith, relationships,lifestyle, and informative write-ups.

2.Which of your blog posts do you think is the best?
🤔Hmm. Kinda hard to single out the best from one’s list of works. But if I have to, I’ll go for The Believer; His Health and Commonsense.

3. What is your country of origin what do you like about your country?
I’m from this wonderful country called Nigeria. Among other things, one thing fascinates me about the country is its diversity: A nation of hundreds of languages, tribes, cultures and belief systems – we can’t have a dull moment with that.

4. How is your emotional state when looking at an adult crying bitterly?
I literally sighed reading this questions. It’s not uncommon to see adults cry but it’s not usual. Whatever makes a grownup cry must eat into the bones. I feel really uncomfortable and highly concerned seeing an adult cry.

5. If you were to live someone else’s life, who would it be and why?
😎I admire the lifestyle of quite a number of people. However, I’ve never considered walking in their shoes. I love the life God gave me. I’ll just rather be a better version of me.

6. If you were placed in an air-conditioned room for a whole day, how comfortable would you be?
As a local man that I am, I won’t be comfortable at all, especially if the temperature is high 🤦‍♂️. That’s why I always have a jacket handy at work. I can’t deal.

7. When you become the president of your country, will you still blog?
😂 . Seriously? Now that you asked, I’ll have to research on the number of sitting presidents who blog. But then, I’ll love to if there is ever a room for it. It’s easier said than done though.

8. What is the one food you’ll not eat for all the gold in the world?
Smiles. I love to experiment when it comes to food so I won’t want to be close-minded about eating a particular food. However, if I come across a food that I have a ‘not good’ feeling about, I sure won’t eat it for anything.

9. How many books have you finished reading this month?
As much I’ll like to give you a number in 10s, I’m afraid I’m afraid I’ve only read just two. 😢

10. On a scale of 1 to 10, with ten as the strongest, how would you rate your passion for exercise?
One thing I’m particularly lazy at. Let me rate myself on 4 ½ 😂 . I really need to work on it. So help me God!

11. What character/attitude of yours do you like most?
Not that I have a preference coz each one serves an important purpose. I’ll go for thoughtfulness though.

If you’re nominated, please write a post, it will mean so much to a lot of bloggers. But if time won’t permit you, reblog this Liebster Award Post right away. Cheers.

My 11 Nominees:

1. Queen Karen
2. Inspired Grisele
3. d_analyzt
4. haven4life
5. Paulina Mwindor
6. Rupali
7. Precious One
8. Perth Girl
9. Winnie Malinga
10. rubiescorner
11. HeavenlyGlimpse

Congratulations to you all! 🥂🥂

My questions for the nominees:

1. What makes you tick?
2. Who is your favourite author?
3. What’s your most memorable experience in recent times?
4. Why did you decide to blog?
5. Where is the best place you’ll go for a vacation?
6. Who are your first three most loved artistes?
7. How do you find inspiration for your writings?
8. What’s your best meal?
9. What’s that one thing you can’t do without?
10. How best do you relax?
11. What’s your favorite quote?


Thanks for sticking with me all the way. I look forward to enjoying this ride with you all for a long time to come.

THE SEEMINGLY LITTLE THINGS

Sullivan felt disappointed at what his old man left him for an inheritance. Not that he expected to get the bull share of what he left behind. But then, he never anticipated the ill-luck- of- a benefaction his late father bequeathed to him. His father Truman had passed away a couple of months ago, having lived till the ripe age of 80. He died a wealthy man with a good number of holdings, businesses and property to his name.

But of all there was to give away, the only thing that came to him was a document for a parcel of land with a note attached to it. All the note said was ‘value this inheritance; there is more to it than you think’. And to add salt to injury, he got to know that the land was located in the hinterland.

He mused over what he was supposed to do with a parcel of land in the middle of nowhere. It wouldn’t even fetch a good price to start a small business if he decided to sell it off. Just to think that Billy the family’s black sheep had cut a better deal while he got next to nothing for his meritorious service to Truman. For all he cared, his late father never meant well for him.

Not long after the will had been read, he visited the community where the land was located. Seeing that he’ll never have a need for it, he decided to transfer its ownership to Ryan, an old acquaintance of his who lived there. He’ll rather give it out for free than sell it – good riddance to bad rubbish.

It was a fortunate Ryan to whom Sullivan bequeathed the property. He had been desirous of acquiring a piece of land where he could farm and sink a well in order to water the crops. He set to work immediately and engaged the services of a couple of labourers who began to dig.

They hadn’t dug for too long when one of the labourers called Ryan’s attention to a curious find: It was a sprinkling of metallic elements of a deep, rich yellow colour. I think you just struck gold Mr Ryan, one of the labourers informed him.

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Nothing is too small; nothing is too big. It’s all about perception.

Most times, it’s the seemingly little/intangible things of life that matter the most.

I woke up this morning, hale and hearty and with a roof under my head and loved ones around me. I have good clothes to wear and can afford a three-square meal. I’m healthy enough to step out and work. I can put a smile on people’s faces by the little acts of service I render… I’ve got a lot to be grateful for!

It’s a flaw in human nature that we don’t get to value those seemingly little things of life until we lose them. Most times, we only find pleasure/happiness in the supposedly spectacular things. Things like the purchase of an expensive piece of property, a mouth-watering contract, a new highly-paying job, etc. We seem to forget that the presence of those little things is what makes it possible to hope for the big things in the first place.

5 blessings we rarely take into account:

🙏The fact that we are alive: only the living can long for anything

🙏The good health we enjoy: it’s the best wealth we can ever have.

🙏The gift of true friends and loved ones: they keep us going when the going gets tough

🙏Sound mind: It’s why we can dream and long for ‘better things’ in the first place

🙏Life challenges: they bring the best out of us

In placing priority on the things we desire, we are oblivious of the manifolds of goodness concealed within the so-called insignificant things that we have.

When we fail to appreciate the little things God has given us, we set ourselves up for a life of regrets, worry, dejection and misery. For every single thing we long for, there are dozens more to be grateful for.

Dream, desire and pursue better living conditions. Strive to achieve life goals and aspirations. Want more than ‘just a little’. However, never allow your longings and pursuits make you lose focus of the good things you already enjoy. On your way to ‘more’, celebrate/enjoy what you have.

Be thankful for the little things, for they are most important. Little is much when God is involved.

When was the last time you were thankful for the little things?

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