It Is Finished!

Statements of Jesus on the cross
Redemption: Jesus finished the work on the cross.

“It is finished.”
It is more than just a sentence…
It is the final verdict from the lips of Jesus,
Meaning, the work is completely done…
Just as it was planned from the beginning.

The price of justice is fully paid for.
The sacrifice is complete and adequate.
I am forever  ransomed, redeemed
My sins are totally forgiven…
A new beginning is now mine.

The veil is rented in two…
The great chasm bridged, blockade removed.
Access to  God the Father is granted
By the sacrifice of God the Son.
My relationship with the Godhead fully restored.

The battle is over… won and lost
My Jesus is the victorious One.
The seed of the serpent bruised His heel
But the Seed of the woman crushed the head of the serpent.
Satan is defeated, shamed, disgraced forever…

Nothing has been left undone…
My past, my present and my future
All fully taken care of by His blood.
The work of redemption is complete.
Nothing can undo what He has finished.

 

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©CopyRight 2017 | Victor Uyanwanne

Learn, Always Learn 2

Learn, always learn by Victor Uyanwanne
Things to learn from 2

Learn, always learn.
Learn from your friends.
Learn from your enemies.
Learn from everyone in-between.

Learn, always learn.
Learn from your failures.
Learn from your Successes.
Learn from the processes in-between.

Learn, always learn.
Learn from those who rejoice.
Learn from those who mourn.
Learn from other people in-between.

Learn, always learn.
Learn from those who celebrate you.
Learn from those who criticise you.
Learn from the indifferent ones in-between.

Learn, always learn.
Learn when on the mountain top.
Learn when in the valley below.
Learn when anywhere in-between.

Learn, always learn.
Learn from your weakness.
Learn from your strength.
Learn from anything in-between.

Learn, always learn.
Learn from males and females.
Learn from babies and adults.
Learn from everyone in-between.

©CopyRight 2017 | Victor Uyanwanne

Learn, Always Learn!

Learn, always learn.
Things to learn from

Learn, always learn.
Learn from people.
Learn from things.
Learn from books.

Learn, always learn.
Learn from places.
Learn from events.
Learn from history.

Learn, always learn.
Learn from nature.
Learn from animals.
Learn from all creatures.

Learn, always learn
Learn from every experience.
Learn from the good or the bad.
Learn, everytime, everywhere.

©CopyRight 2017 | Victor Uyanwanne

Temptations Of Life

Temptation
I saw you with my clear eyes.
I thought I could steal an innocent look,
But in the end my eyes got hooked.

Temptation
I touched you a little with my fingers,
Thinking I could just fiddle and run.
Now addiction to you has just begun.

Temptation
I could have chosen to flee from you
But I walked through your alluring doors.
See me now so unhappy on your floors!

Temptation.
You crept into my heart and stayed.
Why didn’t I shove you aside once,
And stay untainted as I used to be?

Temptation
I gave you but a little foothold.
Why have you become such a big stronghold,
That seems to hold me down, captive?

Oh God of my salvation
Deliver me from the temptations of life,
That have kept me down and bound.
So I can boldly say, victory is mine at last!

©CopyRight 2017 | Victor Uyanwanne

The Very First Post On This Blog

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We Know

The post you are about to read was the very first content published on this blog. As I said in the post before this one, this blog just turned two years old.

To further commemorate the milestone, I am reposting the pioneer post here for you to read. It was initially published when there were no followers on this Blog. That tells me that you may not have seen it yet.

Now that I have you, kindly indulge me as I present to you, “We Know,” the very first and oldest post on this blog. I guarantee you will find something useful in it.

We Know

We know we have potentials,
But we are not doing enough to develop them.
What is the use of a vibrant energy,
That remains buried and untapped?

We know the future is bright,
But we keep living in the past!
How can we ever enter and enjoy the future,
If we don’t ever leave the past behind?

We know our lives could be better,
But we hesitate to do things to improve on them.
Why are we waiting and delaying?
The room of improvement is never filled up!

We know we are not so perfect,
But we fail to work on our weaknesses!
Can a dirty china become clean,
If it has not been washed at all?

We know we don’t like to be criticised,
But we never cease from doing it to others.
What makes us think we would be likeable?
When our words ache like pain?

We know we like being appreciated,
But we think other’s don’t deserve the same.
If we want appreciation to come around,
We ought to start giving it first to others.

We know we ought to make more progress in life,
But we fear to take the first steps forward.
How can we get to where we want to be,
If we don’t put one foot in front of the other?

We know we crave for love and forgiveness,
But we ourselves are never generous with such.
How can we be so very surprised?
That we don’t get loved and forgiven by others as we want?

We know we crave respect and admiration from others,
But we are less concerned about our self-respect.
Why then are we so bothered that we don’t get so respected,
As much as we think we deserve?

Best friends forever
Best friends forever

We know how good it feels to be welcomed,
But we don’t always spread our hands to welcome others.
Yet we wonder why people don’t always warm up to us,
Like the insect to the nectar in a flower.

We know we are not without blemish,
But we are always quick to cast the stone on others
Why don’t we treat other people
As we want to be treated?

We know Rome was not built in day,
But we cry and worry over every little slip.
With our heart filled with so many worries,
How can we enjoy a deep sleep at night?

We know we shouldn’t go to bed when the roof is on fire,
But we pretend it’s just a little flick of flame.
Why then do we wonder and cry aloud,
When all we have is turned to ashes?

We know every seed produces after its own kind,
But some of us are those who sow corn and expect a harvest of potatoes.
Who would be ever so disappointed,
As much as someone like that would be?

We know we should say ‘I am sorry’ sometimes,
But our pride keeps us from saying it.
Doesn’t it matter to us that our friends and family are hurt,
When we fail to say “I am sorry, please forgive me?”

We know it’s good for us to give.
But we hoard the things we ought to share.
Have we forgotten the Master’s rule:
“Give and it shall be given to you?”

We know we should give thanks in all things,
But we say all things are not okay to give thanks, so we complain.
Are we now wiser than the Master,
Who said, “give thanks in all things?”

 

©CopyRight 2017 | Victor Uyanwanne

No One Can Love You Like I Do 

No one else can love you like God.
Celebrating Valentine with love from above

Remember I made you in My own image
And then put you on the world stage.
But you turned your back at Me
Away from who you were meant to be

No matter how dark your ways are
I can make you shine like a star
I am the way, the truth and the light.
I can make your way shine so bright.

I have always shown you My love
Brought to the earth from Above
My love for you knows no bounds
Because you’re the one I’ve found

Remember I went all the way for you
So that you can fully come through
To where you are clothed with holiness
And filled with My own righteousness.

No one can love you like I do
It doesn’t really matter who!
All I want from you from the start
Is for you to give Me all your heart.

©CopyRight 2017 | Victor Uyanwanne

Living Life In God’s Name 1

Living life in God's name

This life is more than a game
I will have to live it in God’s name
I will live for only His purpose
And for all He will ever propose.

I will give it all my time
And put in all my dime
I will never like to give up
No matter how big the hiccup.

I know it will not be so easy
Neither can the road be rosy
But I’m ready to meet the marvel
No matter how far I’ll have to travel.

One thing I will have to tell you:
You will see me come through
Has it ever been done before?
I am ready to do much more.

That it can be well achieved
That I have long perceived
The eyes of flesh may not see it
But by faith I can see every bit

It would not have to be so long
Before we would tell who is wrong
I have not said I’m always right
But I can’t give up the good fight.

It is one thing to get a thing started
And yet another to get it completed
I know that He who has set me on
Is still there to keep me moving on.

Still Ahead: Living Life In God’s Name 2

©CopyRight 2017 | Victor Uyanwanne

What Jesus Wants On His Birthday


I know some of you know Me already.
But many of you are yet to know Me personally.
You must have heard about Me before.
As my Name is regularly called amongst the nations.

I can see you feel happy this special season.
And I really like that… but you deserve much more.
I can feel the special and colourful atmosphere.
Pervading across many lands around the world.

The special emphasis on love and giving this season.
The special music playing in homes and malls for the same reason.
The beautiful decorations all around are all noticed.
All is well and good and appreciable.

You say it’s about a Baby that was born by a virgin.
You are right; it happened several centuries ago.
But do you know I Am that  Baby?
Much more than that… I am the Lord and Saviour.

You commemorate My birthday yearly at Christmas.
Celebrating it by all means and ways possible.
Eating the best of meals and drinking the best of wines.
Exchanging gifts amongst yourselves.

You and everyone seem to be happy.
As you spend your time and money.
Visiting people and visiting places.
And throwing parties here and there.

You do all that because of Me?… fine!
But do you know what I really I want from you?
I mean, am I not the One you are celebrating?
At Least I should get a special gift from you!

But do you know the gift I ask of you?
I don’t really want your money.
I don’t want your sacrifices either.
I don’t want whatever you have to give.

You care to know what I really want from you?
I will tell you once again and again:
I want you to know Me personally.
That’s what I really want from you.

You can begin by giving Me your life.
I have given Mine to you already.
That was why I was born, you know!
That was why I lived and died!


It’s time you rewrote your life’s story.
It breaks my heart that year in year out.
You celebrate My birthday religiously.
Without knowing Me the true Celebrant.

Yes, I am the One you celebrate His birth at Christmas.
I am the “Reason for the Season.”
In case you haven’t noticed it before.
My name (Christ) is the main part of Christmas.

Yes, I am Christ the anointed One.
I am Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Son of God.
I was born, I lived, and I died for you.
All I want is for You to know Me personally.

I knew you before you were born.
I invite you to come and know Me now.
So we can be together forever in glory.
Through this life and the one to come.

©CopyRight 2016 | Victor Uyanwanne

Lord Deliver Me From My Self

Doing the will of God

Lord, no matter how I feel
Help me to always do Your will.
The only way I can show You love
Is to obey your laws from above.

I often want to go my way
But in the process I go astray.
So Lord deliver me from myself
I am better off with Your good Self.

In every of my life’s unfolding story
Let my eyes see Your true glory.
And no matter what I go through
Help me to stay faithful to You.

Even when the storms of life rage on
Give me the needed power to move on.
I trust You are up to something
‘Cos without You I can do nothing.

It’s written that as you’re with Jesus
So You promised to always be with us.
Let the wind blow hard and rough
Your strength has made me tough.

I believe all things’ll work out good
Because by me You firmly stood.
In You, I could never be a loser
You’ve made me more than a winner.

©CopyRight 2016 | Victor Uyanwanne

You Are Not A Friend, If …

You are not a friend

If you take pleasure in celebrating my errors more than my excellence, you are not a friend.

If you delight in talking down on me and you never get to talk about my good qualities, you are not a friend.

If you see me on the road to hell and you secretly wish that I go through it to the end, you are not a friend.

If you rejoice when I am sad and you are unhappy when I succeed, you are not a friend.

If you paint me well in my face and you stab me at my back, you are not a friend.

If my joy makes you sad and my cry makes you smile, you are not a friend.

If you believe when they tell you I am bad and you doubt when they say I am good, you are not a friend.

If you love me when I see you and you hate me when I don’t see you, you are not a friend.

If you stay close when the weather is fair, but you run away when I’m in a storm, you are not a friend.

If you say ‘cheers’ in my face and you say ‘jeers’ at my back, you are not a friend.

If you call me when you need me and you don’t answer when I call you, you are not a friend.

If you wish that I fall so that I cannot rise above you, you are not a friend.

If you hate to love me or love to hate me you are not a friend.

If you always tell me sweet lies instead of the bitter truth, you are not a friend.

If you see nothing good in me and neither think greatness of me, you are not a friend.

If you see me take poison and you urge me on with pleasure, you are not a friend.

If you vilify me in order to make you appear a hero, you are not a friend.

If you lie against me to make you look good, you are not a friend.

If you share in all my secrets, but you never share any of yours with me, you are not a friend.

If you think ill of me and never wishes me well, you are not a friend.

Someone is not your friend, if ……?

Share your thoughts in the comment section.

You Are Not Too Old To Be Happy

Nobody is too old to be happy, Victor Uyanwanne

No matter who or how old you are
Know that you are surely a shining star.
No matter what you have been told.
Be happy, you are not yet too old.

Do not let your perceived old age
Make you feel like a bird in a cage.
That you have been around for a while
Is enough reason to make you smile.

You have seen many life’s seasons
That have given you multiple reasons
Which we see have made you wise
In yours, and in our youthful eyes.

Try and forget the pain of yester years
And your many treacherous days of tears.
Rejoice in the moments you have and now.
Please find out if you don’t know how.

To you Facebook may look like magic.
Without it doesn’t mean your life is tragic.
Even if all you ever knew was a real ‘picture book’.
Smile as your grandsons splash your pictures on Facebook.

You may not have known how to tweet
But hasn’t your life been very sweet?
Even if yours hasn’t been a life of ease
Be you not bitter to your grave, please.

Before you ultimately return to your Maker.
Or become an item for the undertaker
Endeavour to heal all known sores.
And seek not to settle old scores.

It is true you have come of age.
But don’t quit being happy at this stage.
Even though your journey has been bumpy
You are never too old to be happy.

 

©CopyRight 2016 | Victor Uyanwanne

I Want To Be Your Friend Forever

I want to be your best friend
Now and till the very end.
Always being there for you
No matter what you go through.

I want to be there even when you mourn.
Whether in the night, noon or morn.
I will stick with you till tomorrow.
Sharing in your pain, joy and sorrow.

I want to be with you all the way
And not only for this passing day.
Cheering you on when your way is right
Or giving you a warning when it isn’t so bright.

I want to be your truest friend
Way beyond the farthest bend.
Giving you all the support you require
When to meet your goals, you aspire.

I want to be your friend and brother
Whenever, wherever and forever.
Infusing you with the power of hope
So that in adversity you can cope.

I want to be there when you need me.
For that’s where I was called to be.
So that as you play on in your game.
I’ll be in the grandstand to holler your name.

Count on me as a true friend forever.
I promise to never leave you, ever.
Whether you win or you lose.
To be with you I will choose.

Even when your adversaries roar.
I will always be there to help you soar.
Like the wind under the wings of the eagle.
I’ll help you overcome the struggle.

©CopyRight 2016 | Victor Uyanwanne

Jesus For Life

Satan was defeated before I was born.
But I didn’t know it until I was born again.

When Jesus was crucified, satan made the greatest mistake of his life.
And when Jesus arose from the dead, He striped satan of all his powers.

When I gave my life to Christ, satan lost the battle for my soul forever.
Now, I am more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus.

No to satan, yes to Jesus… forever!
Now I belong to “JESUS for LIFE!”

How about you?

First posted on my facebook wall on Sept. 19, 2014.

©CopyRight 2016 | Victor Uyanwanne

Tears to Cheers, The Battle Is Won!

You have had your years of tears.
Now welcome your season of cheers.
God knows and calls you by your name.
And He is not calling you to shame.

You have had your seasons of pains.
By faith receive your harvest of gains.
It could never be by might or sight.
But it is by your right in Christ.

You have been trying to be tough.
Because things have been so rough.
You have been going at a frantic pace.
It is time for you to rest in His grace.

Now Cheer up in your labour of love.
Help has come to you from above.
You may have been badly shaken up.
But this is not the time to give up.

Stand up, stand up for what is right.
And with all your heart fight.
Get ready and keep it steady.
By faith the battle is won already.

©CopyRight 2016 | Victor Uyanwanne

When Will Perfection Come?

You cannot please everyone
I want to stand firm in faith all the time.
But sometimes, doubts unsettle my balance.

I want to please everyone every time.
But I can only try, I can’t do it obviously?

I want to be all smiles whenever you see me.
But not when sometimes pains sting like bees.

I want to reach out and change the world.
Who do I think I am? Definitely not God!

I want to look young and beautiful forever.
But natural laws are still actively working in me.

I want to get everyone to like me.
Not when ‘hate’ is still a word in the dictionary.

I strive to be better than I am now.
But when will perfection come?
© Copyright 2016-Victor Uyanwanne

Finding The Friend That Sticks Closer Than A Brother 

When I thought I had reached an awful end.
I came to know a faithful and true Friend.
Who completely loves me as I am.
And never causes me any kind of harm.

Many a friend have come my journey way.
But some of them would not afford to stay.
Many were willing to help but were unable.
A few unwilling to render help, but capable.

There’s one thing I have come to know.
Many friends will always come and go.
Their going away may not be caused by strife.
It is a normal phenomenon of this life.

It’s okay when some friends go away for good.
Especially if they can’t stand in your ‘hood’.
When that happens, I’ll try not to feel too sad.
Because I’ll soon find out it’s not all that bad.

Indeed, there is a friend that sticks closer,
Than the most loyal biological brother.
But that will be a very difficult kind,
That only a few will be privileged to find.

I may find one friend that stays longer,
That gives me a kind of support stronger,
Than anyone else has ever given me.
But what if that never comes to be?

We can always find a friend in the Lord Jesus,
Who has promised He’ll always be there for us.
Whatever we go through in this time and space,
We can get succour by looking unto His face.

He is the friend closer than a brother.
I am staying with Him forever and ever.
He is the truest Friend I’ve ever met.
He is known as Jesus Christ of Nazareth!

Proverbs 18:24

 

©CopyRight 2016 -Victor Uyanwanne

Beautiful and Talented: Who, Me?

Talented, beautiful, handsome

If you are asked to mention #talented people, don’t count yourself out.

If you are asked to mention #beautiful / #handsome people, don’t count yourself out.

You are beautiful / handsome and you are talented .

You may not feel like it sometimes, but you are still talented.

You may not feel like it all the time, but you are still beautiful / handsome.

No matter who you are and where you are from, take it from me: You are beautiful / handsome and talented!

I know this because I know you were fearfully and wonderfully made.

Have you ever had that feeling of not being talented or  beautiful / handsome enough? How did you handle it?
©2016 CopyRight | Victor Uyanwanne

A Broken Piece of Heart

Shattered piece of heart

You said you loved me dearly.
I thought you meant it truly.
So I gave you my heart wholly.
But you had it broken in pieces.

It was almost getting too late
Before I knew you were not so different
From the many others before you:
Self-seeking, lustful and deceitful.

You did me more harm than good
You left me worse than you met me
With scars so wide and so deep
Till I became a shadow of myself.

For many years, I went about my life
With a broken piece of heart, bleeding.
No one could fill the great void I felt
Or mend the awfully shattered part of me.

But then I met the greatest Friend and Lover
Who truly loved me as I am, unconditionally.
The One who gave up His life for me
And gave me a brand new heart too.

 

Photo credits: Crosscards.com

 

©CopyRight 2016| Victor Uyanwanne

Tribute to a Woman of Faith and Focus

TRIBUTE TO A WOMAN OF FAITH AND FOCUS

You may be gone from our midst
But you aren’t gone from our hearts.
‘Cos we will always remember you.
Though you are no more here.

Your legacies remain alive with us.
You were a mother like no other
You were unique in your own ways.
You lived your life the best way you could.

You ran the race God set before you.
Now that you have gone the way of all men
We are sad that you are no more here
But we will always celebrate your memory.
Till we meet again in the Lord’s bosom.

You found the Gospel light at a tender age
And you followed it till you breathed your last.
You did not only find the way of Christ
You pointed it out for us your children to follow.

Lt Mrs Victoria Uyanwannne Bakwunye
Lt Mrs Victoria Uyanwannne Bakwunye

You told us you knew no other way, but Christ
You told us to follow Jesus Christ
Till our days on earth are gone.
Now that you are no more here
God is helping us to follow through.

You taught us how to give to God
Since the time we were kids
Now that we are grown men and women
We have not forgotten this lesson of yours.

You were a mother like no other
You proved that love and discipline go together
You never spared the rod to spoil the child.
Your love was strict, but it was also true.

You never feared any man, except God.
You showed courage even in danger
You always stood for what you believed in
Even when no one else stood with you.

You never went back on your words
You always did what you promised.
Your face always carried a cheerful smile
That radiated to those around you.
The daughters of men testify of your generosity

Lt Mrs. Victoria Uyanwanne Bakwunye
Lt Mrs. Victoria Uyanwanne Bakwunye

We are glad we had the chance to know you
As a shining example of faithfulness and loyalty
You stayed faithful to God until your last breath
You were loyal to our father even in his death.

You disciplined us in love unto maturity.
You may be gone from our eyes
But you will never be gone from our hearts.
Adieu Mama Victoria, a woman of faith and focus.

 

PS: Tribute to my mother Victoria Ofunim Uyanwanne Bakwunye, in commemoration of one year anniversary of her passing, which occurred on April 18, 2015.

If You Say ….

If you say

If you say you love me but you don’t show any care for me, how do I believe you?

If you say you don’t want me but you keep hanging around me, you get me confused.

If you say you will always be there for me but you are never around when I need you, it doesn’t make sense to me.

If you say you will give me the world but you never gave me a smile, you leave me doubting.

If you say I am adorable, but you treat me a little better than a piece of trash, you depict a lie.

If you say we are good together but you keep me at arm’s length, I wouldn’t take you serious.

If you say you want a better you but you keep doing the same old things, then you are not serious yet.

 

©CopyRight | Victor Uyanwanne

God Is Still Your Friend

HOPE

When all your hopes appear gone
And the needed help is not near
Remember: God is still there

When the light is out
And all you can see is thick darkness
Try not to forget God’s goodness

When you think no one understands
Which makes you feel so mad
Remember: things are not so bad

When you find yourself in a quagmire
And all your problems seem to swell
By faith, you can still say “It is well”

When you’re tempted in life to quit
Encourage yourself, stay on and fight
By God’s grace, things will turn out right.

When it seems no one cares
And troubles assail you without end
Remember: God is still your friend.

 

P.S. This poem was inspired after reading Jessie Jeanine’s I Am No More

 

©CopyRight | Victor Uyanwanne

 

The Things You Know Can Radically Change Your Life

YOU KNOW

radically change your life

You know you have potentials
But You are not doing enough to develop them.
What is the use of a vibrant energy,
That remains largely buried and untapped?

You know the future is bright
But you keep living in the past!
How can you ever enjoy the future,
If you don’t ever leave the past behind?

You know your life could be better
But you hesitate to do what it takes to improve on it.
Why are you waiting and delaying?
The room for improvement is never filled up!

You know you are not so perfect!
But you fail to work on your obvious weaknesses!
Can a dirty china become clean,
If it has not been washed at all?

You know you don’t like to be criticized
But you never cease from criticizing others.
What makes you think you would be likable,
When your words ache like pain?

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You know you like being appreciated
But you think others don’t deserve the same.
Don’t you think if you want appreciation to come round,
You ought to start giving it first to others?

You know you ought to make more progress in life
But you fear to take the necessary steps forward.
How can you get to where you want to be
If you don’t dare to leave where you are?

You know you crave for love and forgiveness
But you yourself are never generous with such.
How can you be so very surprised, that
You don’t get often loved and forgiven by others as you want?

You know you want respect and admiration from others
But you are less concerned about your self-respect
Why then are you so bothered that you don’t get so respected,
As much as you think you deserve?

You know how good it feels to be warmly welcomed
But you don’t always spread your hands to welcome others
Yet you wonder why people don’t always warm up to you
Like the insect to the nectar in a scenting flower.

You know you are not without blemish
But you are always quick to cast the stone on others
Why don’t you treat other people with grace,
As you want to be treated?

You know Rome was not built in a day
But you cry and worry over every little slip.
With your heart filled with so much worry,
How can you enjoy a deep sleep at night?

How can you get to where you want to be
If you don’t dare to leave where you are?

You know you shouldn’t go to bed with the roof on fire.
But you pretend it’s just a little flick of flame.
Why then do you wonder and cry aloud,
When all you have is burnt to ashes?

You know every seed produces after its own kind.
But somehow you sow corn and expect a harvest of yam.
Who would be ever so disappointed,
As much as someone like that would be?

You know you should say ‘I am sorry’ sometimes
But your pride keeps you from saying so.
Doesn’t it matter to you that your friends and family are hurt,
When you fail to say “I am sorry, please forgive me”?

You know it’s good for you to give generously.
But you hoard the things you ought to share with others.
Have you forgotten the Master’s golden rule?
“Give and it shall be given unto you.”

You know you should give thanks in all things.
But you complain that all things are not okay
Are you now wiser than the Master,
Who said in his Word “give thanks in all things”?

 

 

P.S. Adapted from WE KNOW, the very first post published on this blog. It has been one year since this blog was started.

Photo Source: Quotesgram[dot]com

 

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What Is The Best Way To Appreciate A Blogger Who Inspires You?

Thank You

There are many ways God speaks to us as His children. One of the ways is that He uses men and women to carry a specific message of hope, encouragement, inspiration or blessing to us.

I can honestly say that God has been using some blogs to speak to me. One of such blog is  CHRISTian poetry by Deborah Ann.

God has used Ann to bless and inspire me through her beautiful Christian poems. Every morning, Ann waits upon God by meditating on the Scripture until she is able to get a message out from it.

The message is then packaged and delivered to us on her blog in the form of rhymes. That way, she has written a good number of inspiring Bible-based poems which are always a blessing to read. Any ardent follower of her blog can attest to that.

One cool morning recently, as I read one of her posts May Peace Rule Your Heart, I found myself flowing in an appreciative poetic anointing. So I left her these comments:

Ann, I cannot thank you enough
For all the wonderful lessons
I have learnt from your poems
Which are always inspired blessings

Every morning you get from God
Poems that leaves us greatly inspired
Reading them makes me smile
Indeed, you are greatly admired.

Ann, may the grace of God
Overflow more to you
So that you will always for us
With beautiful poems come through

May our glorious God in Heaven
Give you good health and longevity
Fill you with strength, joy, peace
And fulfilment without brevity

Please keep the flag flying
Keep your light shining bright
And to the God who inspires you
Keep holding on to Him tight.

That was my humble way of appreciating a humble woman of God who has consistently demonstrated that we can tap into the wisdom of God when we fellowship with Him through His word.

 

When I penned the words of that poem into the comment section of the post, I wasn’t sure if she would like it or not. But thankfully she did like it!

Here was her comment after reading my comment:

WOW [Victor], you have blessed me so much with “your poem.” I was not expecting anything like that and have never received anything like it before.

Each day I pray for the Lord to inspire me and that He should send me something from time to time to quicken to my spirit that I am indeed doing this all for His glory and His purpose. Every now and then I get a word of encouragement from someone that confirms I am using my gift for Him. This not only confirms it but it solidifies this is w[h]ere God wants me.

Thank you again for giving me such a huge blessing. ~ Have a wonderful day with Jesus ~ Deborah Ann

Of course, Ann, I know you weren’t expecting it. But I had to do as I felt led to do. So I thank you for liking it. 

Your poems always make my day. And I pray that your gift will continue to used for the blessings of mankind and to the glory of God.

I decided to share my experience with your blog here so that my readers can be blessed and inspired too. I hope that one day you will publish a compilation of all your poems into a book for us to have.

Indeed, the Bible is right: he that blesses us is blessed. And when we bless others we are blessed too.

Is there anyone whose blog posts have greatly impacted your life? Why don’t you reach out and say a thank you to such one? You will make his/her day by doing so and also bring glory to God.

 

©CopyRight | Victor Uyanwanne

I STAND ON THE ROCK OF AGES

I STAND ON THE ROCK OF AGES

Written by Victor Uyanwanne

Standing on the Rock
Rock

I stand on the Rock of Ages
This is a lesson for all my stooges
On my way to go beyond the norm
I fear no earthly weather or storm

I’ve got no wings but I can fly
Give me the chance and I will ply
On the road ahead and make it
The sky could never be my limit

I am on a journey to the top
Let nothing dare put a stop
You may come along if you want
Together we can pull the stunt

I know it will not be easy
Surely the road will be breezy
As Christ is on the boat with us, He will
Say to the storm “peace, be still”

You know He has done it before
I choose to believe therefore
That He will do it yet again
And put away all the pain

Even when the enemies roar
Like the uncommon eagle I will soar
It has never been by my might
That I am able to hold on tight

I have become God’s child of grace
Delivered from all forms of disgrace
Empowered by His love and favour
Fruitful and rewarding are my labour.

TRIBUTE TO MY MOTHER

TRIBUTE TO MY MOTHER
By Victor Uyanwanne

First and foremost, let me be frank with you. As the title clearly portrays, this article is not about me. But I had to begin with a short narrative of a personal history to be able to put things in the best perspective. Kindly indulge me as you read on.

My mother, Victoria Ofunim Uyanwanne Bakwunye (nee Okwuedei) went home recently to be with the Lord at a very ripe age estimated at 90 years. Needless to say, it was our greatest honour and privilege as her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren to gather from far and wide in June 2015 in our home state of Delta, Nigeria, to give her a very befitting burial. Before her death on April 18, 2015, she had been all my siblings and I had since our father passed on twenty one years ago at an equally ripe age.

Despite her being advanced in age, I am glad that she didn’t die until her wish came through.

As at the time our father, Uyanwanne Bakwunye, passed away in the morning of June 13, 1994, I had hardly fully understood the meaning of death because I was probably too naive – an innocent teenager I was – to have fully comprehended the full import of death as it were. It was shortly later in life after his death that I came to the full realisation that I would never see my dad again in this life. Poor me!

I missed my dad (especially his love and friendship) since his passing on. But I am not complaining; all has been well with me and I have many reasons to be very grateful to God for everything. Thanks to my recently departed mum and my older siblings who ensured that I was well taken care of from then on.

I was the baby of the house. My parents gave birth to me when they were already advanced in age. This realisation often reminds me of something similar from the story of Joseph in the Bible. It was recorded of him in the book of Genesis (37:3) that “Joseph was a son born to [Jacob] in his old age.” I guess I could easily identify with that depiction! (Incidentally, for many reasons other than this, Joseph has become my favourite Bible character).

As a child, I wasn’t so sure of the number of years between my parents’ ages but one thing was very clear to me then: my dad was much older than my mum. I grew up knowing both of them as “Baba” and “Mama”. In those days in the Nigerian environment (a small town known as Owerre Olubor in the present Delta State) where I was born, (and I believe in many other parts of the world), that was how children called their parents – especially if they were advanced in age as mine were.

We didn’t live in any remarkable luxury, but we were happy and contented

Being the fifth and the last child of my parents, I would say things were relatively easier for me than it was for my older siblings. While growing up, I was never under any kind of pressure. I was much loved by my parents and my siblings and I knew it. They protected me and shielded me from any ‘bad weather’.

They met my needs to the best of their abilities. They shouldered most my responsibilities, leaving me with lots of time to play and to read my books. (To be sincere, I played more that I read then. Smiles! Let’s leave that topic for another day!)

Suffice to say, to a very large extent, I could aver that I was the object of the love of my parents as well as those of my siblings who were much older than I was. We didn’t live in any remarkable luxury, but we were happy and contented. I couldn’t have asked for a better family than mine, as I was convinced that the best family to be born into was this one I was born into.

I hardly wanted people to know I was the last child of my parents. But somehow, some people were always able to figure that out.

My family members had some pet names for me. For instance, my mother called me “Ugochukwu” (meaning God’s honour), while my eldest sister Caroline Onumuzor fondly called me ‘Lastborn.” That’s what she and some other people from my home town still call me till date!

To be honest, I didn’t mind them calling me “Lastborn” anywhere, provided no ‘outsider’ was around to hear them call me that. Smiles! To me the reason was simple: most people thought that all “lastborns” were spoilt brats. And that’s not a compliment! So as much as possible, I hardly wanted people to know I was the last child of my parents. But somehow, some people were always able to figure that out.

Back then, most people knew me as “Okem” for short (which simply means “my bequest” or “my gift”; the name in its fullest form being “Okechukwuyem”, meaning “God’s bequest/gift to me”). I later became known as “Victor” before the age of six years when my mum took me for infant baptism in her church, St. Barnabas Anglican Owerre Olubor, Delta State. She remained a member of this church until her glorious exit from the earth earlier this year.

Thanks to mama, she was the light we saw that pointed us the way to Christ!

About sixteen years after I underwent the said infant baptism, at which time I had become an undergraduate, I had to undergo what in Pentecostal cycles is referred to as “baptism by immersion” ; that was after I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and personal Saviour. This didn’t require a change of name, but a change of heart. Thanks to mama, she was the light we saw that pointed us the way to Christ!

Now fast forward to the present year, 2015. Baba and mama’s lastborn has become a man. I am now a full grown adult, married to a beautiful lady from heaven and blessed with two wonderful boys (Best and Newman) as children.

Needless to say, I have not only increased in stature, I have also increased in wisdom in all ramifications. So when in the morning of Saturday April 18, 2015 I was informed via a telephone conversation with my eldest sister, Onumuzor, that my mum had “just passed on to be with the Lord”, I was already well abreast with the real meaning of death, the death of an aged parent.

To be honest, I had always been scared of losing my mum.

I heaved a deep sigh…. Mama is gone? Instantly, emotions welled up like a flowing river from within me and my eyes were filled with tears as I managed to end the telephone call. I found myself sobbing my eyes wet, with a nagging thought in my heart like “the day I feared most had finally come: mama was no more.”

To be honest, I had always been scared of losing my mum. I mean I knew she would die someday, but I didn’t expect it would be that very day. I also knew mama was well advanced in age, yet I had the secret wish that she would stay on earth a bit longer. After all, despite her old age, she was still relatively strong in her body and she always had the love and care she needed from her children and grandchildren. Her health had also remained relatively stable until she suddenly had a relapse two weeks before her demise.

Mama came, she saw and she conquered! That’s the feeling all of us her children share.

There I was standing in my sitting room on that fateful Saturday morning when the news of her death filtered into my ear drums. At first, I had tried not to cry aloud but I couldn’t. I then walked from the sitting room towards the kitchen to tell my wife, Jennifer, about the sad news I just received. I sobbed for a while in her warm embrace as she tried to console me. I then regained my composure, but not fast enough as not to allow my first son notice that everything didn’t seem well with his daddy.

“Mummy, why is daddy crying,” he asked, “did he fall down?”

“No Best, he didn’t fall down. Don’t worry, he will be fine,” my wife tried to explain to the boy.

I wouldn’t blame him; he had never seen me cry since he was born three years ago. Besides, he is only a child and would not even understand the full meaning of death. How would we have explained to him that his paternal grandmother was no more? The last time mama saw him, she was very fond of him; they bonded well together.

I was still a bachelor when mama told me she would be ready to go ‘home’ only when I had given her a grandchild.

I remember then, Mama heart’s was really glad that she had seen a grandson from her last born child – Me! Some years back, I was still a bachelor when mama told me she would be ready to go ‘home’ only when I had given her a grandchild. Over the years that followed, I never forgot those words!

Despite her being advanced in age, I am glad that she didn’t die until her wish came through. In fact, I would say she had more than her wish because she had two grandchildren through my wife and I – in addition to several others from my older siblings and their respective spouses. In all respect, she died a happy woman, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Fulfilled!

I wept on hearing the news of mum’s passing. But moments later that same day, the negative emotions I felt about her passing began to wane and positive stimulations about her life and times began to well up from my spirit.

Mama came, she saw and she conquered! That’s the feeling all of us her children share. I for one, her exit made me cry. But at the same time, I felt relieved when I began to put things in the proper perspective. I am convinced that she had gone to be with the Lord, because till her death, she maintained an unwavering faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, as her Lord and Saviour. It was this realisation that gave my siblings and I the greatest consolation of heart we needed.

I know I would not be able to describe all things my mother represented, but I know I wrote from my heart.

As I very well recall, naturally, I wept on hearing the news of mum’s passing. But moments later that same day, the negative emotions I felt about her passing began to wane and positive stimulations about her life and times began to well up from my spirit. Suddenly, I thought about her strict love, fearlessness, self-discipline, self-control, contentment, patience, courage, independent mindedness, industry, smiling face, generosity, strong faith in God, fidelity, sense of loyalty and many other sublime qualities too numerous to mention in this space.

In response to the positive thoughts overflow, I pulled by tablet device and began to type as fast as I could and as the words flowed. In the end I came up with these verses of poetic expression below that informed that title of this discourse. I know I would not be able to describe all things my mother represented, but I know I wrote from my heart.

TRIBUTE TO MY MOTHER

Mama, today you are gone from our midst
But you are not gone from our hearts
Cos we will always remember you
Though you are no more here
Your legacies remain alive with us
You were a mother like no other
You were unique in your own ways.

You lived your life the best way you could

You lived your life the best way you could
You ran the race God set before you
Now you have gone the way of all men
We are sad that you are gone,
But we will always celebrate you.

You found the gospel light at a tender age
And you followed it till you breathe your last
You did not only find the way of Christ
You pointed it out for us your children to follow
You told us you knew no other way, but the way of Christ.

You were a mother like no other

You told us to follow Jesus Christ
Till our days on earth are gone
Now that you are no more here
God will help us to follow through
You taught us how to give the tithe to God
Since the time we were kids
Now that we are grown men and women
We have not forgotten this lesson of yours.

You were a mother like no other
You proved that love and discipline can go together
You never spared the rod to spoil the child
You never feared any man, except God
You showed courage even in danger
You stood for what you believed in
Even when no one else stood with you

You are a shining example of faithfulness, loyalty and discipline

You never went back on your words
You always did what you promised
Your face always carried a cheerful smile
That radiated to those around you
The daughters of men testify of your generosity
Your love was strict, but it was also true
We are glad we had the chance to know this.

You are a shining example of faithfulness, loyalty and discipline
You stayed faithful to God until your last breath
You were loyal to our father even in death
And you disciplined us in love unto maturity
You may be gone from our eyes
But you will never be gone from our hearts.
Adieu Mama, a woman of faith and focus.

 

Copyright| Victor Uyanwanne

THERE IS ROOM FOR MORE

There is room for more
By Victor Uyanwanne

There is always room for more
Seek it and you will find it
The room of improvement is never filled

There is always room for more
Your life can be happier
You can live healthier
Trust me, you can be wealthier too

Be you, but be the best you
Check where you stand, you can stand taller
Check where you have been in life, you can go further
Evaluate your achievement, you can achieve more

Yes you know much, but there is much you don’t know
You have learned a lot, but then there is still much to learn
Don’t close your mind, so you don’t imprison yourself
Live free, but not without limits

Smile, it doesn’t hurt anyone
Forgive more than you want to be forgiven
Love better than you are doing now
Give more than you have ever done before

Improve your life
There is always room for more…….

ON TOP OF MY GAME

ON TOP OF MY GAME
By Victor Uyanwanne

I have to be on top of my game
You can call me by my name
It doesn’t mean I am proud
You know I just have to keep aflame
Like you, I prefer to have fortune and fame
Than live in abject penury and shame

Please don’t leave your game to chance
In every show, put in your best dance

Yes, I want to lead the good pack
And I don’t want to live in a shack
Please don’t blame me at all
It is neither yours, nor my fault
You know Life is very difficult
Not by chance but by default

Please don’t leave your game to chance
In every show, put in your best dance
Always be the best you can be
Live your life to the very full
But try not to be so boastful
And whatever you are, be grateful

Be determined to have your needs met
But never undermine the needs of others

You should mean life like business
That doesn’t mean you should play ruthless
Say what you mean and mean what you say
You know the going is already getting rough
To keep going, you got to really get tough
Be thorough, but no unnecessary show off

Spread out your tentacles, widen your dragnet
Be determined to have your needs met
But never undermine the needs of others
Always put in your very best labour
Do it with all your heart and fervor
Hopefully, you will be met with uncommon favour.

 

©Copyright 2015│Victor Uyanwanne

USE YOUR IMAGINATION

USE YOUR IMAGINATION
By Victor Uyanwanne

Albert Einstein. Photo:LinkedIn.com
Albert Einstein. Photo:LinkedIn.com

Use your imagination
It is the world of no limitation
When you get your thoughts limited
You get yourself really cheated.

Use your imagination
It’s a free world of no nation
You don’t need a visa to get in
Neither a permit to work therein.

 
 
 

LOGIC will get you from A to B. IMAGINATION will take you EVERYWHERE – Albert Einstein

Use your imagination
Subject all negatives to incineration
In your mind begin to form the picture
Of your earnestly desired future.

Use your imagination
Let it be your decision
To think better of yourself
Than an old book on a shelf.

Live out of your life imagination, not your history – Steve Covey

Use your imagination
To the point of combustion
So you can produce the energy
That gives you life’s synergy.

Use your imagination
Clear out all the confusion
Reach for the happiness of life
Eliminate all manner of strife.

Use your imagination
Don’t be under compulsion
Learn to use it willingly
You’ll get the benefits steadily.

…If we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless –Jamie Paolinetti

Use your imagination
Change your life beyond comprehension
It doesn’t happen overnight
But it is the beginning of the good fight.

Use your imagination
See yourself, in life, change position
You know you can hardly feature
In the future you don’t picture.

The man who has no imagination has no wings – Mohammed Ali

Use your imagination
You may experience some interruption
But don’t give up
Do your best to stay up.

Use your imagination
Bring yourself out of seclusion
Experience the world called ‘wonderful’
And begin to live life to the full.

Albert Einstein. Photo:LinkedIn.com

 

 

©Copyright 2015│Victor Uyanwanne

WRITE IT DOWN

WRITE IT DOWN
By Victor Uyanwanne

Pen & Paper

 

You have an idea, write it down.
When you write down your idea, it makes it clearer.
As your ideas become clearer, you can make reference to them.
When you refer to them you can improve on them.
Your improved idea can motivate you.
As they motivate you, go ahead and execute them.

NEVER STOP TRYING

NEVER STOP TRYING
By Victor Uyanwanne
20/03/2015

Rome was not built in a day
That’s what people say
But why do some people worry
That they are not in a hurry?

The race is not to the swift
So don’t cause any rift
You know that with divine grace
You can get to win the race?

Learn to never stop trying
But try and cease crying
You know a bucket of tears
Does not birth a couple of cheers