Attn: Mums!

Hi.
Yes, I’m back!! Thank you for all the mails, text messages, ‘pings’ and phone calls.
I deeply appreciate your concern and your prayers. God bless you. Thanks be to
God who always causes us to triumph! I am alive and well by the grace of God
and BFT is still here!
So,
just last night, I was watching an interview on TV and the person being interviewed,
(a musician/artist/et al)  was asked how
he started out; he replied that he started from his church choir as a kid and I
thought, ‘don’t they all?’ Indeed. So many of the secular musicians started out
by singing in their church choirs and doing gospel gigs but somehow, somewhere
along the line, the story changed. ‘Train
up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from
it,’
right? Whatever happened? Last month we celebrated Children’s Day and
sometimes, honestly I look at my boys and my heart almost skips because I ask
myself, ‘Am I doing it right? Am I bringing them up the way I should?’ I don’t
know if anyone is sincere enough right now to admit that they have been in my
shoes. I mean, as a mother, I sometimes worry about a lot of things but for me,
this is by far the weightiest.
As
a child and even up till date, one image of my mother I hold so dear is one of
her kneeling and praying in the sitting room every morning. If you woke up
early enough and walked past the sitting room, you were sure to find her there;
praying about any and every thing, calling all five of us by name and
presenting us before God. If for instance, the day before you had behaved ‘one
kain’, if you listened hard enough, you probably would hear her ‘reporting’ you
to God…”teach Onose to be quiet Lord, to stop running around and be the person
you created her to be…” Oh yes, she did.
Those
prayers I know, have gone a long way into molding us to who and what we are
today. These days, we modern day parents are more concerned about the external
What clothes do we buy for them? Do
they look really good? Are they amongst the best dressed? Do they appear
trendy?
While neglecting the most important, the spiritual. No mother, sane
that is, would let her child go out naked to school, church, the mall or
anywhere. You want him or her to look the best and be admired by all. I wonder
why then we allow them go naked spiritually? We sometimes are so busy that we
forget to pray for and over our kids. They leave the house without that
covering and are open and vulnerable to any and everything. Perhaps if they
could pray for themselves, they would but they can’t. Well, depending on how
old they are, they may be able to but not as you can. We received them with an instruction,
“Nurse him for me”. We must understand the gravity and importance of the
ministry into which we have been called as mothers and as parents.
I
was about 6 or 7 years old when I was given my first personal daily devotional,
‘Special times with God’ along with a
notebook where you were expected to write what God told you during your
devotion. Lol. I mean. I was hearing from God whether I liked it or not.
Scripture Union used to hold fellowships on Sunday afternoons which also helped
to build us up and of course how can I forget Sunday evenings, where we got to
recite to our parents, the Bible verse or chapter as the case may be that we
had been assigned the previous week. And from time to time, they would ask,
‘Are you born again?’ Seriously. They didn’t take it for granted that our Bible
reading and all, meant we were automatically born again. I mean, my mum would bring
out her Bible and preach to me whenever she wanted to. If you said you were
born again, she would gently ask about your fruits. Fruits? She would turn to
Gal 5:22. Come on! We saw them love God. We saw them pray. We saw them believe
God for seemingly impossible things that came to pass! They were our examples.
They didn’t just say, they also did; and the things they did, fueled our faith
and caused us to grow. And by God’s grace, grow we did. Sometimes we felt as
though they were taking it to the extreme, ‘don’t sing this song, don’t wear
this or that, don’t do this, don’t do that’. It felt like we were the only
serious Christian children around and we got the usual jeers and taunts that
came from being Pastor’s kids (long story for another day), but the seed that
was sown in us, did not die. Thank You Jesus. I’m so glad and blessed that I
have them as parents and even if you didn’t have such parents, be the kind of
parent that you wished your own parents were!!
So
today, as I look at my boys, I realize that Train up a child in the way he should go….. goes further than just
taking them for Church services or ‘growing up in Church’. I need to spend time
on my knees for them, I need to tell them about Jesus, they also need me to be
an example too. I wonder if I am doing the right things, I hope I am at least trying.
I hope I am doing the best that I can. Investing in their future today so that
I can say of a truth that my offspring is part of the Lord’s army. Saved.
Redeemed. Living for Him.
But
I have so much to do. And the Holy Spirit gently reminds me, to
whom much is given, much is required.

Help
me Lord!
God
bless y’all.
Onose.
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8 Comments

  1. Avatar Josephine June 13, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    I think I also saw d interview about the personality who started from church and became a secular musician or so and it pains my heart each time I hear that. I wish parents will do a better job with their kids. I pray I do a better job with mine. God help us do a great job with our children cos their destinies are kinda tied to us. We need to train them in the way they should go not pamper them so they like us for a season and regret much later in life. God help us. Thanks for the peice and welcome back. Had been so looking forward to your posts and I have never been disappointed.

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  2. Avatar Ifeoma Egwu June 14, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Lord,help us all. Amen

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  3. Avatar hokaha June 18, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Thanku Ma..again another huge call of God upon our lives as mothers..I pray for grace for us all. The Lord is ur strength. Thankyou for letting Him use you through this medium. May grace be ever available to you..

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    1. Avatar Onose Adeleye Inno June 18, 2014 at 12:40 pm

      Amen! Thank you so much Hokaha. I appreciate ur coming around… 🙂 God bless u and yours!

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  4. Avatar Myss Lafunky July 5, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Amen. Bringing up godly children in this generation requires extra ordinary patience, time, availability and prayer as children are now exposed to a lot of things.
    Brining up our children is a service/and purpose that parents will give account unto God on the last day.
    When children are well brought up, the cycle is likely to be passed down to their own generation as well.

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    1. Avatar Onose Adeleye Inno July 7, 2014 at 5:07 pm

      Indeed. So true. The times are evil, nevertheless God standards have not changed and we will give account! Thank u Myss Lafunky.

      Reply

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