Glory To God!

My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God. God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. Glory to God in the church! Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus! Glory down all the generations! Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes!

Ephesians 3:14‭-‬21 MSG

http://bible.com/97/eph.3.14-21.MSG

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We Need To Talk About Lecrae’s Cry For You

About a week ago, Lecrae released his highly anticipated album, All Things Work Together after almost three years since his previous epic release, Anomaly. And in my opinion, Anomaly is a masterpiece but to say that I was shook by the sheer brilliance and realness of this new project is an understatement. Oh my Lecrae, you really did it with this one. You really showed us what it means to make great art. You showed us why. You showed us how. And I don’t even think that’s what you were aiming for. But you did it yo! A proper review will come soon (not by me) but y’all know how I get when something really touches me. Remember my Sense of An Ending review? Yeah, this is kinda what this is gonna be like.

The first time I listened to cry for you, I was going to bed so I didn’t think much of it. Matter of fact, I didn’t think much of the entire album. I wasn’t even going to listen to the album. Lecrae has been taking burns from Christians for some time now because he refused to take on the Christian rapper label and not only that, he intentional decided to go out into the wild and basically befriend non-christians. Making music with them, attending their shows, everything. I kinda understood his heart to an extent when I read Unashamed but a little while after reading that, a close friend sent me a link to an article titled “Bye Lecrae”. The author of that article was very succinct in terms of expression in her approach. I was sold. I texted my friend “I totally agree” back because I had been lowkey judging him too. I just need confirmation and when I got it I jumped at it. Listening to Cry for you changed all that for me tho. Listening to Cry for you opened my eyes.

When I was in 100level, I didn’t have any friends on campus. I had a very close friend that I used to text daily and we would basically talk about everything. At that point in my life I was really struggling with finding a church because I found that the churches around weren’t preaching the gospel. They didn’t know what grace was or how it had saved us. And going to church every Sunday sitting under that ministration left me mildly annoyed and bitter. I hated it. And I would always vent to my friend about this. One Sunday evening, I started again as usual. He said to me “shebi they are taking scriptures from the bible… Don’t worry the Holy Spirit will teach you” Waawu! How humbling. That changed my approach entirely.

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I think, and really this is just me thinking, I think as Christians we need to be more open. I think we need to truly always focus on God and what he is doing. I’m not saying Lecrae isn’t guilty of some wrong but can we help him by pointing fingers at him in public and telling him he is wrong? We can’t fam. That’s not the way family handles stuff. If you are not part of his church family, or his immediate family, you can’t really help him. I know that the internet makes us think typing on a screen can solve any problem, but people are more complicated than that. People are delicate. You don’t spank your younger brother in public for doing something wrong, you get home and you give him the spanking of his life there. You let him cry and wail in your compound. True change comes from the inside out. We can’t expect to change the people we don’t even freaking know. This is why I think I will always have beef with social media. I mean, half of the time, we don’t even have the full story, we only have reports from people that don’t know anything either. The fact is, as long as a person has surrendered their life to God and God’s Holy Spirit has entered them, He can use them. It doesn’t matter what they do. God’s word is power. It doesn’t matter if it is a drunkard that is quoting the scripture, the Holy Spirit can expand it in your heart if you are perceptive enough. God’s work is just that—God’s work. It is God that is doing it. Literally. I don’t know how else to explain this, but we need to get it. The human is the vessel. The human is the human. The human is like you; learning, growing, liable to failure, liable to distraction. See the human with the eyes of the father. Love the human with the heart of the father. And the internet is not the place to do it I am telling you. Yes, you can plant a seed on the internet, preach the gospel, pray over people, write seasoned words. But you cannot call somebody out on the internet and expect actual tangible change. You have no right! Do that with somebody you do life with, your best friend, your sister, your classmate, your girlfriend, boyfriend, wife, could even be your leader, but not a stranger online. Except, and this is a hulk-size except, you really do feel that God is leading you do so. And I am almost certain, God would want you to do that privately.

Just imagine if someone you hardly know was accusing you on the internet, would that make you change if you were guilty? Would that help you change? I don’t think so. I think it would depress you to know that the world knows all your secrets, make you sucidal even and if not that, it would give you permission to be hypocritical. Guys, we are only making it harder for people in positions of leadership to be transparent, we are making it harder for them to grow and in the process we are making ourselves bigger and God smaller. Give people space to grow, to repent, to confess, to find grace.

Like I said, this is me just thinking.

Look out for the album review 🙂

Neuro Update & October Plans

Hey fellow geeks and nerds!

So sorry I haven’t posted any summary as promised. Forgive me, neuro is way crazier than I thought. I had to go looking for a better textbook, which I found. The only problem is I need to plan how I am going to study it. Yes, I’m a planner like that. Anyway, in other news a lot of people said they would prefer a nonspecific study challenge instead of a neuroanatomy centered challenge. Perhaps I was a bit selfish with my neuro challenge. So in that light, I am launching an October Study Challenge. The rules are similar to those of the neuro challenge.

  1. Study for at least two hours everyday through the month of October.
  2. Summarize what you study.
  3. Take a picture and post it online using the hashtag #OctoberStudyChallenge, you can post your summary too if you want.

Happy studying!

xx.

Still I Rise

By Maya Angelou
​You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

Why Am I Here?

To be. To love. To create. To live.

To fall and rise and

Raise others in my rising and more,

In my falling

To look. To see. To breathe. To work.

To be immersed in the beauty of life, and let

The tears and laugh lines of living kiss my naked cheeks.

To shine. To reflect. To sing. To dance.

To be reminded constantly of something bigger than the consequential irregularities of being

A city of blood and flesh and bone

And in that remembrance find

Strength, find hope, find enough love birthing boldness

To wake another morning and the next after that.

What’s Next, Papa?

This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we’re certainly going to go through the good times with him!

Romans 8:15‭-‬17 MSG

http://bible.com/97/rom.8.15-17.MSG

Me & My Neuro Challenge

Hi guys, so yes I started my challenge today. And although I don’t think I did a full hour (probably ’bout 45mins or a little over that) cause I was exhausted, I did cover some ground. Anyway, I found a reasonable place to call it a night and got my summary done too. I just wanted to let you know it’s on (!) and also that I’ll post the summary tmr. Thanks for staying tuned. And welldone, if you are also going on the challenge with me 🙂

Neuro is not that bad (amen) lol.