If God is love…and I am Love…

I am Love, and when we were kids, we had this big picture on the wall at home, at the bottom it read “Love is Jesus”. So is it alright if I said…If God is Love, and I am Love, then you can see me and see the Father, I am God.

There are many things, many purposes, many causes on earth that God will send ministers to handle, He will not appear to do them, but He places us on earth as extensions of His love, of His hands. So even if your name is not Love, you are like the Father, so let his love abide in you. Go out there and be someone’s angel. They may never see God, but they see you and they can feel his love through you!

THE SHIP SCHOLARSHIP ESSAY/VIDEO CONTEST RULES AND HOW TO ENTER

Win N100,000 by being that one student that can help with ideas that will affect millions of students in Africa and improve the system of Education in Nigeria, the prize is N100,000 and one on one mentorship sessions with top ranking professionals in their fields (to be named after winner has been announced).

The title of your essay/video is EDUCATION IN MY COUNTRY WOULD BE MUCH BETTER IF…

APPLICATION DEADLINE

30th April, 2017, 11:59pm (GMT+1)

THE CHALLENGE

The idea is to create a solid business case for improving the educational system in Nigeria, so that more foreign students can study in Nigeria as much as Nigerians study abroad. Your essay should be based on your observation from a national or international, personal, cultural or academic perspective, stating what should be adopted, what should be improved upon and traditions that should be eliminated to improve the quality of graduates, to improve the equality of schools and to improve the quality of teaching and student evaluation methods.

Be as personal as possible, we are seeking to connect with the contestants and match them with mentors.

 

ESSAY/VIDEO EVALUATION

Essays will be read by a panel in three rounds and judged based on originality of content, pragmatic solutions, sound theory, quality of thought, proficiency in writing and expression. Videos will be judged by the same panel using the same criteria. Be as creative as you dare in your videos without losing the message. We highly encourage thinking outside the box, with imaginary but feasible timelines.

Essay : 750 words (excluding footnotes and bibliography, give proper credit for citations and consultations using MLA or APA methods)

Video: 10minutes max (less than 10minutes is allowed, but any video longer than 10minutes will not be evaluated) Feel free to film with your phones and upload to an online video platform. Teamwork in videos is acceptable.

 

ELIGIBILITY

In order to participate, you must

  • Be passionate about education and literacy in Nigeria (or candidate’s country)
  • Be currently a student in the university either in first year, second year or third year
  • Be studying in Nigeria (students of other nationalities can apply as long as they are studying in Nigeria, and they can base their essay on their country or on Nigeria)
  • Either write in English or In French/Videos should be in English or in French

 

NOTIFICATION

Preselected candidates will be notified by the 21st of May and given their telephone interview appointments.

Winner will be announced on the 30th of June, 2017

For proof of enrollment in a university, instructions will be given during the telephone interviews.

Please note that we have a human face, so feel free to send us messages on enquiries concerning the competition. Please do not write to us AFTER the essay concerning your status as a candidate.

SUBMISSION

Video url should be sent to gourmetfrenchng@gmail.com

Essays can be sent directly as the body of an email or attached in PDF or Word formats to the same email address. Enquiries should also be sent to the same email address.

You can only submit one entry for this scholarship/competiton.

Best of Luck!!!

 

 

Because You Seem Brighter

stop playing safeBecause you’re beautiful, you will be hated

Because you’re smart, you wil be despised

Because you’re rich, you will be talked about

because you’re making good decisions, you will be put down

Because you feel good about yourself, you will be misunderstood

Heart gets broken, yet we still love

Stop playing safe, live life the best way that you can

And let people be people

Yes, people will be people

Another species of social animals that walk on twos, eat, poop and talk

Is that all you’re worried about?

Someone like you?

But someone less motivated?

Soaked in rivalry and unhealthy competition?

Is that enough?

Shouldn’t that push you further on?

You’re stronger than this, you know…

You’re stronger

The crown is heavy, but remain on the brighter side…

 

Simple Tips: Beautiful Wedding, Zero Stress

It’s as simple as ABC, and I don’t mean the 26 alphabets.

Just ABC is fine, or as easy as blinking. 🙂

Just focus on three things;

  • 1.       The Almighty God who has brought your love life to this point
  • 2.       The picture of your happy union which is about to blossom in newer ways than you ever knew
  • 3.       The budget, cos there’s life after the wedding.

 

Truth be told, too many opinions cause wedding planning stress, and when it comes to opinions, everyone has them, even you, thinking about things like:

  • Who do we invite, who’s going to get angry?
  • If we don’t have a five foot tall cake, people will think we are poor.
  • My mum doesn’t like the venue, your dad doesn’t like the pastor.
  • My friends would like to wear a certain fabric together.
  • If we do just a court wedding, people will think I was pregnant before marriage.
  • I want to wear a red dress but I don’t want them to think I couldn’t afford to at least rent a wedding dress.
  • I really would like to sing on my wedding day but I don’t want them to say I copied Sara (whoever that is)
  • My wedding cards are ugly, I really don’t want wedding cards unless they’re as amazing as I imagined when I was 5, I want them to open the card and then this bright light shines and my intending and I reflect on the walls of their room and start giving an invitation speech with music playing on the background.
  • I want to arrive in a limo, I can’t believe we don’t have a car. He doesn’t have a car?
  • If we don’t do prewedding videos and photos, they will think we are not goofy or romantic. Our prewedding pics should be taken by a professional, we can’t just use our phones.
  • Why is she using her natural hair? The ring is not golden? She made herself up? The dress is not from Italy? I can’t believe they’re serving just snacks! Why is  everywhere so hot? 
  • Why is the Pastor preaching? They didn’t get a live band, the dress was ugly, he didn’t wear a suit, there were no bridesmaids, I wasn’t invited, I wasn’t a bridesmaid, she sold the asoebi, I gave mine for free, why is she rushing the wedding, is he on a love potion? Why is she still wearing a white dress, all her exes are here and two of her daughters are on the bridal train.

 

Just LET IT GO!

You can do it on the balcony with your parents and the pastor, look good, take pictures, share them on Facebook, Insta, anywhere you wish.

You don’t have to invite the world, you don’t have to please everyone, only very few people care about your happiness, attending your wedding is not always a sign of love, close your heart to what people have to say, it’s your day, it’s about you, God and the future with your love. My friend who got married last week always used to say ‘As long as the groom is there, the bride is usually not going to notice”.

And if you have been blessed with great and understanding friends, they’ll admire you for the simplicity and classiness of your wedding and the maturity of your mind and your choices. Even if you have all the money in the world to spend, still focus on God, your union and the budget, not on what anyone tries to suggest. Ideas are easy to come by sometimes, talk is cheap.

A married man said to me over office lunch one day “I saw a different person in my wife when she was planning our marriage, she was fierce, tense, easily angered…I said, ‘but I don’t have that kind of money’, and she said she would borrow”

Another friend speaking about her friend’s breakup said “He called off the wedding because according to him, in his entire life, since he was a kid, he has never been involved in so many arguments as he has in the past three months since they started planning the wedding, not from his friends, sisters, aunts, never”.

Don’t start your wedding with debts, life goes on, don’t plan your wedding with fights and misunderstandings, love goes on, never leave God out of it, apply wisdom, knowing God is true wisdom, a wise woman builds her house, a lot that is said about the virtuous woman is about spending, creating wealth, savings, giving her husband someone to trust and compassion.

You’re about to start a life of planning and executing, both for him and the kids and your grandkids, don’t stress yourself, let it come naturally, spend wisely, let your husband-to-be, know that his peace is assured with you, forever, no stress, no debt, as much as it lies in your power, use wisdom, where it’s beyond you, remain focused on the One who brought you together, listen to good counsel, ignore anything or anyone that’s going to try to steal your joy with opinions, your wedding is not a show to impress anyone, if they want entertainment, they know where to go.

This is your big day! In future,as your wealth increases, if you want another party, with a dress, a cake and all, YOU STILL CAN HAVE IT! Even if you want to recreate the walk down the isle, with friends watching again, o please, have fun, do it as many times as you want.

Nothing stops you from celebrating love and renewing your vows again and again and again!

For now, learn to politely tell those who  are putting unnecessary pressure on you that you and your husband are trying to create a beautiful memory, and it’s not a show, mind who you’re listening to, always choose happiness.

Create a beautiful memory…

I hope this helps!

Can I Pray Just Once Over A Pressing Desire?

Do you pray over and over for the same meal when you sit to eat?

That’s faith! You know the food is blessed, you know God heard you, you go on and eat it and you’re healthy and bubbly, so why is it different when we pray for more pressing needs?

It’s not more difficult for God to hear your cry than it is for Him to bless your food…it can be really tempting to keep reminding God when you’re desperate, I have a clear notice at the entrance of my room, u see it as soon as u open the door,

“God heard you, just be patient”

Praising while you wait also helps your heart feel merry, Jesus gave a clear instruction when He said “Let not your heart be troubled”

God loves to be believed and trusted. Keep praising Him, keep meditating on His promises and He will reveal His plan to you as you fill yourself up with more of Him.

He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that you can ever ask or think according to the power that is at work within you…fill yourself up with Him, in the midst of that trial.

You can pray amiss but you can’t praise amiss. God inhabits praises, invite him with words and melodies of adoration. Keep singing His words back to Him, and praise Him with the loving expressions of your soul, because you know He always comes through, “it is through faith and patience that we inherit the promise” while you wait, praise, and have this confidence, according to 1 John 5:14-15

14 This is the [remarkable degree of] confidence which we [as believers are entitled to] have before Him: that [a]if we ask anything according to His will, [that is, consistent with His plan and purpose] He hears us. 15 And if we know [for a fact, as indeed we do] that He hears and listens to us in whatever we ask, we [also] know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that we have [granted to us] the requests which we have asked from Him.

For Your Glory – Tasha Cobbs

I do love to pout.

love Aludo_For your glory Tasha Cobbs

And many times, when I wake up, when I’m joyful, when I’m just back to my door from school or work< I go “A thousand kisses to you Lord”

 

I wanna see God, after all of this, I really do.

So living right, drawing men to Him, being great at whatever I do so that people can be drawn to my God and having an excellent spirit, mature, full of wisdom and beyond human understanding is a lifestyle, He enables me, I try, then he enables me…

Glory is something to-die-for, I don’t know how to put it, can’t explain…but really, thank you Tasha Cobbs for helping us express it in this song, cos I would anything to see this God, cos I love Him, cos I’m a huge huge fan and beneficiary, cos I got questions too…and cos I wanna just rest and play with my eternal Love, to behold Him…to just be there, right next, in His own home…chilling  with ma senior love…
“I wanna be where You are”

Daddy remembers…

I'm not chubby, God gave me happy cheeks...lol

I’m not chubby, God gave me happy cheeks…lol

More than twice in the past two years, including 2015, my dad would encourage me by reminding me of those things I did for God as a child. He’d list them all and I’d  start crying and then he’d add that God has not forgotten, and God is not unfaithful.

Tonight, I was just remembering, 7 year old me, gathering kids in church to come around for evangelism and hospital visitations, I think the world was safer then and parents had more trust…we walked far and wide with no adult, one time we got carried out of a hospital while we were praying, haha each time I tell that story, i keep saying “I don”t know how we got outside the hospital” we were carried by the nurses…lol.

I remembered those songs I wrote and taught the kids, small and short as I was, and I’m smiling as I write this. Those plays we acted. Those days of Andrew, Bolaji, Philipa, Ejiro and many whose names I don’t remember, we were eight,but mostly us 5.

Yea, I was a stubborn child but it’s funny how daddy remembers this and always uses it to encourage me in tough times that God never forgets me, and then he reminds me of seriously awkwardly tough situations that God has brought me out of before…immediately after the last big miracle, my youngest sister said “Love, it’s principle, show me the way”, I said there is no principle dear, it’s grace, remember, not of works…and she said “No, Love, this one is definitely by principle” and then she too talked about one thing I did loooonnnggggg agooooo, i don’t know if I should say it. I was a child, and it was awkward, in fact it was awkward to the point that even the Pastor thought it was a missing item…I’d given it to God, I loved it, but…cant explain…

i’ll keep that for another day,but really, I may have done many weird weird things and made sacrifices just because I love this God but I feel, He always brings me out cos He is God. And he knows deep in my heart who I am, my motive and He is committed to a plan.

God is committed to a plan for your life so hang in there, God has not forgotten your labour of love. If my earthly father remembers, amidst all those times I was a strong-willed and stubborn child, lol, (good stubborn not bad stubborn..still stubborn 😀 ) I’m sure God will never forget you, nor his plans for you.