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‘Our Father’

Every week, I am privileged to prepare to reach a bible study class.

This privilege is priceless.

Last week, the lesson was on Prayer and we were supposed to  build on ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ in Matthew 6 as a guide.

You know how a very familiar scripture hits you and your head spins? That was what happened as we began to read, almost reciting:

“Our father who is in heaven, hallowed be your name…”-Matthew 6:9

We read on to the end of that chapter and trust me, each verse is a sermon; but my mind stayed on that first line.

My mind is still reeling a bit at the consciousness of what hit me, so I am going to try to coherently share.

Now as a backstory to this prayer, the disciples who were Jews had gone to Jesus to ask him to teach them how to pray.  Have you ever wondered why? Jews pray. 

There has to have been something different in the effect of the prayers Jesus prayed for these guys to have wanted to know how.

And Jesus told them to start by saying ‘Our father’. Nothing relaxes a child like the words my daddy.

Jesus was clarifying our position with those two words.

We are God’s babies. He is our daddy. He loves to chat with us about everything and anything. He’s never distracted,  He’s never bored, He’s always listening- He’s  the infallible parent.

Listen, when Jesus came, God became flesh and moved into our neighbourhood.

The days of special gymnastics to get into his presence or get him to listen to us are over. 

Prayer stopped being a ritual and has become a loving conversation between a father and his child

I have thoroughly enjoyed approaching God as my father. 

How do you see God? Do you still see the deity only or do you see the father?

Our father who is my father and I are off to gist.

Who’s  With Me?

Tobiloba

Celebrating Godly Fatherhood

I saw the movie ‘courageous’ for a second time this last Tuesday and it struck me afresh the huge impact that fathers have on their children-especially their daughters.

A lot of people think the men shape the boys and the women shape the girls, but I beg to disagree. The value a woman is going to place on herself throughout life is going to first be determined by the value she thinks her father places on her.

At this point I would be doing the entire world a great disservice If I do not pause to celebrate the first man in my life, the man who truly loves me, sets the standard that subsequent men who want a place in my life have to meet ( he set it VERY high)LOL!

He taught me to study the bible for myself. Showed me what it means to serve God, shows me that real men have emotions and show them and that a man without God is nothing.

 He is ever ready to gist with me about anything, no matter how mundane. My partner in crime in my teenage years when the boys came flocking- I can never forget the nights of dissecting lyrics and gifts from various guys. We had good laughs and he steered me in the right direction.

He allows me to make my own choices and has never stifled my creativity. He believes in me a lot more than I believe in myself. His faith has helped mine in more ways than one and has kept me from giving up more times than I can count.

He’s stood by me every time I’ve failed and fallen flat on my face. He’s wiped my tears and listened to my fears through every heartache.

Daddy’s hugs seem to fix everything from a broken heart to an annoying boss.

He taught me it is okay to challenge status quo and that you don’t have to conform to societal expectations.

He gives wings to my dreams and enables me to fly

Wow! I have to stop before I write an epistle. I’ll save the epistle for when you turn 70!

Yes where was I? The influence of fathers on their daughters’ abi?

Need I say more?

Just look how I turned out!- The power of an Awesome God and an amazing earthly father who allowed himself to be used to model Christ even in his imperfections.

Thank you Daddy for being amazing. I Love you!

Celebrate my truly amazing dad with me!

 P.S : If its not obvious already, I’m a self confessed daddy’s girl

Tobiloba

LESSONS FROM AN AWESOME MUM …11 years gone yet you still speak…

 

You embodied motherhood, parenthood and partnership

You disciplined, corrected and trained

Kept God in the center of our consciousness

Encouraged us to individually pursue the Lord.

 

You taught me how to be a woman of virtue

To love unconditionally and serve selflessly

The true meaning of motherhood

How to be a wife, a true help-meet to her husband.

 

You showed what it meant to love the Lord

Practically in service and in everyday life

You pushed me beyond the limits I could see

And never let me settle for less than I was worth.

 

You played your role though the time was short

You did all you did with all your heart and soul

Your exit, though so abrupt and sudden

Your life, though over, still speaks.

 

Thank you mummy for fifteen amazing years

Years of impartation and seed sowing

Rewards of which, I reap till now

I always thank God for the angel on loan

I got to call her ‘mummy’!

 

 

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