Thursday, 20 October 2016

The God that Compensates!

I will never forget an incident that happened when I was a child. It was a birthday party and of course we were slugging it out on the dance floor (In case you didn't know, we are champion dancers in the Thompson family LOL).

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Dancing is in our blood!
We were told to dance and that good dancers would be rewarded with a sweet. A number of people know that we used to dance then to win a prize - we took no prisoners!

As we were dancing, sweets were being distributed. Even though I danced with all my might and all my strength, giving them moves known and unknown, up and down, left and right, I didn't feel anyone tap me to hand me a sweet!

What happened was that my mum(!) was in charge of distributing the sweets and because she is a woman who wants to be fair and unbiased to a verrryyyyy large extent, she refused to reward my hard labour with a sweet, all because we were related! People who were not even doing half of the calisthenics I was displaying on the dance floor got a sweet! Lol

After a while, one of the other mums who had been watching stood up and exclaimed saying "This girl has been dancing so much, please she deserves a biscuit!"... Alas my hardwork hadn't gone unnoticed and where others got a 'paltry' sweet, I got a nice, bigger biscuit! :-D :-D

I can never forget that experience. This happened many many years ago but the lesson from that day still encourages me and I would like to encourage someone with it as well.

Looking at life and the bigger picture, God is a God that compensates. There's nothing on this earth that you do that goes unnoticed (good or bad). It may seem like no one knows or others are getting a reward, yet you keep putting in so much with nothing to show - it's only a matter of time, don't stop, don't give up, your reward will come and it will compensate you for all the time it seemed you were ignored or neglected.

With the benefit of hindsight, would I take the sweet? Heck no!! I will not change that story at all. The biscuit was worth the wait!

Your wait will be worth it. God will compensate you for every single effort, sacrifice, commitment, disappointment and any other thing you think you might have been deprived of! Hold on, don't stop, keep doing, it will come!

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Where do Broken Hearts Go...

"I feel like such a fool!!

I feel disappointed. I feel hurt. I feel like I don't have sense. I feel unlovable."

Those were real words from a text I sent to a dear friend once. At the time of sending that message I was a heart-broken girl. At that point, I wasn't the confident Ayo, the 'healthy self-esteem' Ayo, the bold Ayo, the goal-getter Ayo, the positive Ayo, I was just the broken, hurt, sad little Ayo.

Many of us might be able to understand what it means to face rejection or be broken-hearted and I'm sure you know just how terrible it feels.

It's sad that one moment, one word, one decision can make you feel so unworthy, making you forget everything else that's good and just focus on that one area that isn't working... Such a bad place to be!

It's amazing how we sometimes allow the actions of one person drastically change our perception of ourselves in the twinkling of an eye. At that point, it doesn't matter who you are, what you have achieved or what God has blessed you with, it is easier to focus on being empty and perhaps not good enough.

... And that's such a BIG lie! A Big lie that you mustn't allow to sink in or be established in your heart and mind. You see, the devil plays tricks with our minds, allowing us to wallow in a state of unworthiness to the extent that we start to believe his lies and make the truth of God concerning us irrelevant in our lives.

We think, ruminate and allow our self-worth get rubbished by thoughts we form in our heads as a result of a bad experience.

You are not useless
You are not foolish
You are not unlovable

You are beautiful
You were created with so much love and attention to intricate detail
You have so much in you to give
You are stronger than words
You are stronger than rejection
You will survive

It's alright to hurt, it's alright to feel sad, but don't stop there, pick yourself up and if no one else is doing so, affirm yourself!

Surround yourself with people who can encourage (I thank God for I have them in abundance!) - if you don't have any, I'll be happy to be one for you! {Email below}

Immerse yourself in the word of God and let Him speak truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth to you. Let His word define you, not the circumstance, not the words, not even your own thoughts.

Pray. Tell God every single thing and express yourself without holding back on how you feel. Let Him know that you need His help. Trust me, He loves you enough to respond to even the littlest or most trivial need. His heart is moved by your tears, He hates to see you suffer. Tell Jesus.

Listen to music. I would recommend songs that would uplift your spirit. Please don't waste your time listening to break-up songs, it would probably only make it worse! Be intentional with the words you feed yourself via music. Let God use music to soothe your soul. It works!

Where do broken hearts go? They go seeking for help, for reassurance, for peace... And there's no better place than in Jesus. Let Him help you.. You are worth it!

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Friday, 30 September 2016

You Deserve More! #MOP16

It's the grand finale and I am very very grateful to God for seeing us through the month of September!

It is indeed a September to remember! What a great and awesome God we serve!

Lord if I had a thousand songs, it wouldn't do You justice

If I had a thousand tongues, I would need more to give You the worship You deserve

If I played a thousand instruments, it would be insufficient to extol Your Majesty

If I danced a thousand steps, I would still need to dance some more for You my King

Nothing could ever fully express my gratitude and praise for You my Great and Mighty God.

You deserve all I could ever give to You and more!

Thursday, 29 September 2016

My Utmost for His Highest - Bamidele Adenipekun (Bams) #MOP16

I was really pleased to receive my dear friend and sister Bami's email, containing her praise to God! Bami is a strong woman! An amazingly strong and beautiful woman of God. I admire her strength and passion for God, her resilient spirit and her faith in God despite all odds. She's a phenomenal woman indeed and one that is a role model to many.

I know that this praise is coming from a deep place of gratitude to God who deserves the very best we could ever give.

Keep shining for Jesus Bami, He is the Lover of your soul, the One who holds you so dear and precious in His sight. In your life may He continuously be glorified in Jesus name.


I'd been toying with the idea of writing something about my praise since the beginning of this month when you started the theme on this blog.

Where do I even begin? I have been a poster child of God's grace, mercy, loving kindness and goodness all my life.
If not for His goodness I simply won't be alive today.
So I know that no offering of worship or praise I bring could ever come close to being enough.
I'll therefore borrow the chorus from a song by Twila Paris: My Utmost for His Highest

"For His highest, I'll give my utmost to the King of kings to the Lord of hosts
For His glory, for His goodness, I will give my utmost for His highest."

In view of His amazing sacrifice giving my utmost is the least I could give; my reasonable offering.

I love You Lord because You first loved me
Receive my offering of praise
I love You Lord no-one else comes close
None can compare to You
Ever-faithful and true
I love You Lord receive my praise
I give it all to You


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It's 1 more day to go in the Month of Praise here on 1 + The One and it has been absolutely wonderful. Don't forget, you can be a part of it too! What's Your praise to God? Share with us and most importantly share with HIM!

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Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Immortal, Invincible, God Only Wise! #MOP16

Today I would like to praise God with this very popular hymn.... I love hymns a whole LOT and I wish I could praise Him with as many as possible today (lol) but I'll go ahead and exalt His name with this particular one because it exalts the name of our great God so beautifully!

I love the hymn Great is thy Faithfulness (because it talks about the faithfulness of God. My God is a FAITHFUL God. You can rely on Him, He is dependable, very dependable). I also really like 'My Help Cometh from the Lord' - I can lift up my hand in total surrender to the One who can lift my burdens and carry me through life. I love 'To God be the Glory', 'How Great Thou Art', 'Now thank we all our God' and of course 'In Christ Alone'! Love them and so much more..

However, here's my pick today... I praise You Immortal, Invincible, God only Wise -

Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most bless├Ęd, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, Thy great Name we praise.

Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
Nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest in might;
Thy justice, like mountains, high soaring above
Thy clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love.

To all, life Thou givest, to both great and small;
In all life Thou livest, the true life of all;
We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
And wither and perish—but naught changeth Thee.

Great Father of glory, pure Father of light,
Thine angels adore Thee, all veiling their sight;
But of all Thy rich graces this grace, Lord, impart
Take the veil from our faces, the vile from our heart.

All laud we would render; O help us to see
’Tis only the splendor of light hideth Thee,
And so let Thy glory, Almighty, impart,
Through Christ in His story, Thy Christ to the heart.

Do you like hymns? What's your favourite hymn?


It's 2 more days to go in the Month of Praise here on 1 + The One and it has been absolutely wonderful. Don't forget, you can be a part of it too! What's Your praise to God? Share with us and most importantly share with HIM!

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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Praise Him with my Talent - Ayobami Soetan (Lightchild) #MOP16

It's still the month of praise and I thank God for what He is has done so far. Hope you caught up with Love, Life & Lightchild yesterday!

Now, one of the areas I consider Lightchild's greatest talents is his dexterity on the keys. It's not just talent, I believe it's a gift from God. It was self-taught and I admire the way he 'enters' into worship when he plays. He has played with a wide array of worship leaders from around the world and he continues to glorify God with his talent.

I pray that like David, he will play and God will be glorified, he will play and demons will flee, healing and miracles will take place. Above all, may God be pleased with his praise in Jesus name.


So I’m not one to take selfies or record snapchats or upload personal videos.... though I get to boss people around to do so.... But on my last mini break from music, work and the hustle and bustle of home, I could not resist the 'urge' to play out two of my favourite songs on two different pianos that were just eyeing me up and asking to be played. By the way, this was over 9 months ago....

The first one is a free style version of the song 'Great is Your Love - The Walls Group'... I remember the first time I heard the song, I literally left it on repeat for a whole week... Simple in lyrics, catchy in melody but fully expressing the words of my heart at the very first moment I heard it...
".....Great is Your love, always covering me... so undeserving, You still look out for me...."


This second one is an excerpt from the song 'More than anything - Lamar Campbell', an old classic song, that has this phrase that gets to me every single time .... "because of you my cloudy days are gone... I just want to say that I love You more than anything"....


I guess my life is characterised by one major theme that you’ll always hear me say - If not for God’s love, grace and mercy... I can’t begin to imagine where I would be, what I’d be doing now, what my life would look like et al. Even in the times that I thought I was good or was doing good, my goodness still comes up short when compared to His, and makes mine look like rags. And at the times when I was so unfaithful to Him, I’m glad that He didn’t and doesn’t take away these three forces (grace, love and mercy) away from me. That’s why He only, gets my unreserved praise, anytime, any day, anywhere!


Express your praise to God in the best way you can. Make it as diverse as possible. God loves to see His children praise Him... like children. With abandon, displaying the talents and gifts He has blessed us with and totally glorifying His name... So sing, dance, shout, clap, jump, smile, kneel, play an instrument.... Just praise Him!!

It's 3 more days to go in the Month of Praise here on 1 + The One and it has been absolutely wonderful. Don't forget, you can be a part of it too! What's Your praise to God? Share with us and most importantly share with HIM!

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Monday, 26 September 2016

Love, Life & Lightchild - In Awe of You... I Love You Lord #MOP16

Lightchild Family is blessed with a group of musicians and vocalists, who have become more than musicians who come together to make good music, but also a family of worshippers that love God and love music....

So when we do get a chance to come together to rehearse or just hang out, we would sometimes sing a few of our favourite worship songs before we get on with it...

So here’s a little video of one of our favourite worship medleys, unrehearsed (so pardon the hungry looks, we just got in from Sunday service)... It’s 'In Awe of You' by Trey McLoughlin and 'I Love You Lord' by Muyiwa Riversongz.

These two songs are classics that we as individuals and as a group have covered and sing pretty much most times we get together or lead worship.. Hope it touches your heart as it does ours...
...... Lightchild
You can read other Love, Life and Lightchild posts HERE. Also, follow Lightchild on Twitter@light_child , Instagram @lightchildfamily and Facebook -LightChildFamily


Editor's note - Lightchild is the man on the keyboard! :-D

It's 4 more days to go in the Month of Praise here on 1 + The One and it has been absolutely wonderful. Don't forget, you can be a part of it too! What's Your praise to God? Share with us and most importantly share with HIM!
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Sunday, 25 September 2016

Way-Maker! #MOP16

Daddy thank You for the many countless miracles you do for me!

You are my


Sleeping and waking up each day in itself is a big miracle! Thank You for being Faithful to me each and every single day. Your greatness has no quantification.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Everything Written about You is Great! - #MOP16

Demons tremble at Your presence
What a mighty God we serve
Glory, glory Halleluyah
Everything written about You is great

Oh how I adore You with the words of this song great and mighty God!

The extent of Your greatness is unfathomable. You who walked on the sea, who fed thousands of people with just 5 loaves and 2 fishes, You who called forth Lazarus from the dead after 3 days! You who turned water into wine, You who cast out demons with a command - You are so so great!

You have the final say, You are able to do and undo, You speak and the whole earth trembles, You arise and Your enemies scatter, You are the great and mighty God and there is nothing that You cannot do neither is there anything impossible for You!

You heal the sick, you make the lame walk, You give the barren child, You make the blind to see, You make the deaf hear, You make the dumb speak - You are so great and mighty Awesome God and I praise You today and always!


It's still the Month of Praise here on 1 + The One and it has been absolutely wonderful. Don't forget, you can be a part of it too! What's Your praise to God? Share with us and most importantly share with HIM!

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Friday, 23 September 2016

Your Majesty - #MOP16

There is none who is holy as You
There is none who can compare to You
Your Majesty, Your Majesty!

King of Kings Lord of Lords
Mighty God
All the honour, and power and praise
Your Majesty, Your Majesty!

Your Majesty, the Great and Mighty God!

Unquestionable King of glory! I humbly bow before Your Majesty. You alone are the King of all heaven and earth. Only You reign supreme as the Sovereign God. Angels bow before You, heaven and earth adores You, all creation glorifies You.

You are great in power and fearful in praises. No one dares contend with You as all power belongs to You. You are greater than the greatest, bigger than the biggest, Awesome are You Lord!

When You speak it is done, You decree a thing and it is established. Your words are powerful, sharper than a two-edged sword. You speak and mountains move, You speak and miracles happen, You speak and seas and storms obey You, You speak and You turn around impossible situations, You speak and wombs open, You speak and closed doors are forced open, You speak and a beggar becomes a Prince in a startling moment. You speak and heaven and earth aligns to bring it to pass. My Excellent Jehovah!

You are so Great! I bow before Your majesty.


It's still the Month of Praise here on 1 + The One and it has been absolutely wonderful. Don't forget, you can be a part of it too! What's Your praise to God? Share with us and most importantly share with HIM!

Email to send in your praise!