God’s Prodigal Love..

We are all familiar of the parable of the prodigal son in Luke 15; and from childhood, many of us were taught in sunday schools to view this story from the perspective of the son- He took his share of his father’s inheritance, went to a different town, squandered all his money, and when reality hit, decided to return home. And of course, the lesson was always “You can always return to God”. Recently, I saw a book that was titled “The Prodigal God”, and I couldn’t wrap my mind around anyone calling God prodigal. I got home and googled the meaning of the word ‘prodigal’. The first meaning that jumped out at me was “wastefully extravagant”, and the second was “to give something away lavishly”. I smiled!

The story of the prodigal son was not really about the son leaving and coming home when he had hit rock bottom. It was about his father who was so willing to accept a son who had defiled him and defiled tradition, by asking for his share of the inheritance while his father was still alive. Can you imagine walking to your parents now and demanding they give your half of their wealth?money you didn’t even work for? especially after they’ve given you everything a child could ever need? It is absolutely unheard of! I trust African parents will scream out loud and propose that child is planning to kill them in their sleep. This father in the parable did none of that. He gave his second son his share, bade him goodbye and let him live his life. He did not threaten him, nor did he even disown him. He let him be.

After suffering harsh conditions, the son decided it was time to return home and hoped he could be a servant in his father’s house. I guess by now, the gravity of his actions had hit him, and he was feeling remorseful. he packed up whatever was left of his belongings and started the journey back home, probably trying to rehearse what he would say to his father to avoid being banished from the family. But in verse 20, the bible says his father saw him from afar, RAN to him, and KISSED him! That is the most significant part of the parable for me. It highlighted that his father had been thinking about his son the entire time he was away, he had been hoping for his return, and he could hardly contain his excitement when he saw his son from afar! He ran towards him to greet him. He didn’t sit in his room, leaving his son to wonder if it was safe to approach nor did he act like his son was the worst person on earth. He ran towards him, just like God runs towards us when we return home.

God’s love is prodigal; he gives it away lavishly, extravagantly, and he gives it out in surplus quantities. When we drift away, God thinks about us, He hopes we’ll return, He hopes we will realize we can always return home, and not as servants but as sons and daughters! Are you feeling down and out because you took your inheritance and turned away from God? Don’t let the devil fill your head with lies. God is waiting to see you from afar, run towards you, hug you and kiss you, and even throw you a welcome party. Return home today!

God Loves you.

Love and Light.

Motivation Springs.

Nothing is wrong with you!

You have probably been there a few times; looked into the mirror and asked yourself what it is about you that repulses the opposite sex? Why is it that in spite of all your gracious efforts to make your relationships work, something just sets the whole ball into a downward spiral? You’ve probably sat on your own many times and tried to dissect what you did wrong, and how you could have fixed it, but for some reason, you just can’t find anything substantial that you did wrong. Why then do all your relationships fail? Is there an invisible sign on your forehead that says “available for mistreatment”? What exactly is wrong with you that makes the guys and girls want to take advantage of you? My response? Nothing.
As humans, our self-esteem is tied to a whole lot of things; whether we like to admit it or not, a better-paying job is a boost for our self-esteem; a stable relationship where you are cherished and adored is more than a self-esteem boost, it’s a contribution to personal growth and happiness. It’s a place of comfort where you go when you’ve had a hard day at work, or just feel blue because the sky is grey. It is understandable then that if that place of comfort turns out to be a sham, your self-esteem will take a knock, and you’ll feel low. If you find yourself in such situations successively, then you might start to think you are the problem. This is very common amongst women who have been mistreated, cheated on, abused, taken for granted or even played for fools.
Read and understand this…You are not the problem! There are people who are ill-mannered, care-free about their spouses, and have no respect for their relationship who have the stability that you crave. It is not because of who they are, it is because of who they got. The fact that you haven’t gotten the right person does not mean there’s anything wrong with you. It just means you are going through a learning process to equip you with knowledge and maturity that will make you appreciate the right person.
Instead of dwelling on the endless list of what could be wrong with you, look at it this way: someone saw you, checked you out, saw how happy you were, and how you had everything together, and that person decided to interrupt the flow of your life, turn it upside down, use you for your kindheartedness, take advantage of you, and play you for a fool. Something is wrong with them! Something is wrong with someone who looks at you and decides you need to be broken or lied to. Something is wrong with someone who feels you are too happy on your own, and draws you into a web of lies, deceit and abuse. Something is wrong with the person who decides to hurt you because someone else hurt him or her. Something is wrong with the person who kept reiterating your flaws in a bid to tear you down. Something is wrong with that married man who decides to keep you in emotional bondage by making promises he can’t keep. Something is wrong with that lady who is simply leading you on for sport. Yes, you may have fallen victim, but that is not because you are stupid. It is because your intentions towards others are so pure, you can’t conceive in your mind that anyone would want to treat another human being the way you have been treated.
Stop dwelling on the mistreatment; I know the more it happens, the more frequently it chips away at your self-esteem, and you start to walk around with your head bowed and shoulders drooped, but you have to deliberately fight it! You have to deliberate affirm your identity. Speak positive words to yourself every single day! The fact that someone else could not see your worth does not in any way reduce it. Nothing is wrong with you, so stop believing it. XOXO
Love and Light
                                                                                                                                          Motivation Springs.

Have you put ‘the one for you” on hold?

I’d like to think everyone is seeking a partner they can spend forever with. No matter how nonchalant we may feel about serious relationships, there is a part of us deep down that yearns for an uncommon connection with someone else. We all yearn for someone that knows us so well, it makes other people wonder if they know us at all. We all want to feel we are loved, cared for, and we have that special person to call on when the chips come tumbling down. Why then do we put these special people on hold when we meet them?

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There is a very interesting trend I have noticed; we tend to put the people we genuinely connect with on hold because we are just not yet ready for something serious. I think this trend is more common with men; but from conversations with young men, some women are also aboard this train. There is something about a strong connection with a person that makes us believe that no matter what we will always have that person to fall back on. There is something about a strong connection that makes us believe that person will not find anyone else either, so why don’t we do all the crazy stuff we want to do now and come back to this special person when we are all good and ready? I call this putting the right person for you on hold.

Let’s think about it this way: You call a friend over the phone and the conversation is good… not just good, but really amazing and stable. Suddenly, your phone beeps and it’s an incoming call i.e. a distraction. It’s a tempting one so you decide to put your friend on hold. You pick the tempting call and you get carried away by the new dimension it brings. It is exciting, invigorating, unstable but enticing so you keep the conversation flowing while your friend is on hold. This happens more times than it should and it becomes a norm for you. Your friend gets tired of being put on hold after a few calls, and starts to do one of two things – puts the phone on speaker and goes to do other things or hangs up. Sure you can always call back if the call has been dropped but what if… just what if… when you call back, you find that your friend is on another call, and is unwilling to drop that call for you because you have a trend of putting things on hold to attend to other distractions?

Be careful when you think you are playing smart by putting the partner God has sent to you on hold while you play around with people who have no business in your future. Be careful when the devil feeds you lies such as “you are still young”, “you should play around more”, “it’s not yet time”, “you don’t deserve this person”. Be careful of the lies in your heart that tell you this person is a last resort and will always be there. Be careful because the person you’ve put on hold can receive another call, not from someone they won’t like but from someone who will be ten times who you are and actually want to talk to them. Once that new call is picked, you’ll have difficulty reconnecting, and even if your call manages to get through, the stability, nurture and support that you were meant to enjoy will end up being given to someone else, and you might find yourself saying things like “He used to DM me you know?” or “She used to get excited whenever I gave her attention.” No doubt he or she was crazy about you, but you put the call on hold and attended to the things you felt couldn’t wait. You took for granted the one person that should have received ALL your attention. Used to? That counts for nothing. Yes, you might find someone too but you can agree with me that God’s perfect will is always much much much better than God’s permissive will.

Have you put the one for you on hold? I suggest you retrace your steps and put all the effort you’ve put in your distractions into regaining their trust. Distractions are sometimes the devil’s way of keeping you from the amazing plans God has for your future. And believe me when I say those distractions are usually hard to ignore or even miss. But you must ask yourself the crucial question: would you rather enjoy these short-termed distractions which will end up leaving you high and dry? Or would you prefer to concentrate all your efforts on making it work with the right person so you can reap the amazing benefits in future? Don’t cheat yourself and don’t fool yourself. Don’t give up a diamond for a sandy rock, and don’t think others don’t see the diamond too. Retrace your steps today. Good luck. XOXO

 

Motivation Springs.

 

 

No Chill.

Some of us are just soo Amazing that some people cannot contend with our Awesomeness!!!… I for one knows how special and Extra-ordinary i am and i see how people think so less of themselves that they allow people take advantage of their emotions, and who they really are, people make you change from the sweet loving warm hearted person you are into someone you can barely recognise – cold hearted, mean, snobbish and the likes of it…

Well, some of us are born like that but God made no mistake in making you who you are, and this may sound like a broken record but some people are not meant to be in your lives, you have to come to terms with that.

You are who God says you are and some people are bound to make you feel otherwise because of some selfish reasons you may never get to fathom, they make you feel like you are not worth the struggle, worth the job, worth the love, worth fighting for or even worth keeping, but be rest assured that you are worth every and anything except it is not meant for you in God’s eyes..I also tell myself that i am indispensable, except it wasn’t meant to be because i know my value and in as much as i know i am imperfect, i strive to be a better person everyday and so should you..

No one should tell you when you can’t take it anymore, no one should force you to let it go because our strength and weaknesses differs…only you can tell yourself when you can’t take it anymore and enough of people trying to make you seem paranoid, We all know about our 6th sense, some call it instincts and when you are in line with yourself your instincts almost never lies..

Just take a deep breath and tell yourself that your God made no mistake and only him can define who you are and you have chosen to be Extra-ordinary.

XOXO

Love and Light.