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BISHOP ODEDEJI URGES CHRISTIAN MOTHERS ON SPIRITUAL GROWTH.

BISHOP ODEDEJI URGES CHRISTIAN MOTHERS ON SPIRITUAL GROWTH.

This year s Mothers Union and Young Wives Fellowship Quiet Day has been held with the Diocesan theme ; Fight the Good Fight of Faith and the sub theme ; Overcoming Life s Traps.

 

In his sermon, Bishop of the Diocese of Lagos West, the Rt.Rev. Dr James Olusola Odedeji said the only weapon with which to overcome the world is to allow Jesus in our lives.

 

He emphasised that traps work where someone is weak, sorrowful, frustrated and downcast; stressing the need to embrace self- development, spiritually and physically to overcome traps.

 

Also speaking on the Sub- Theme, Overcoming Life s Traps, the Archdeacon of Isolo rchdeaconry, Ven. Kolawole Ayo Ariire said the issue of traps should be given serious concerns and people should run away from any devilish device that can plunge one into satanic traps. He listed some of the common traps to include, social, mental, financial, moral, parenting and basic relationships.

 

The Venerable Ariire maintained that having a cordial and strong relationship with God, discovering one s purpose in life, daily striving to grow physically and spiritually among others are ways enumerated to overcome traps.

 

He also advised the gathering to embrace the rules and principles of Godliness with contentment which the Bible described as great gain.

 

Speaking further, a youth advocate and clergyman, Canon Bode Daramola opined that building young people s self- esteem is an arduous task for parents and other concerned persons especially mothers. He described mothers as life moulders, hence their roles in building self-esteem can never be downplayed besides fathers and other significant family members.

 

Canon Daramola noted that changes in the family landscape, declining morals, and struggles with value based parenting are the bane of 21st century parenting.According to him, to raise children with positive self esteem, parents and care- givers must be deliberate in seeking relevant applicable knowledge.

 

Earlier, the wife of the Diocesan and Women s Organization President, Dr. Mrs Lydia Olukemi Odedeji charged the womenfolk to be open to learning, re-learn and unlearn; stressing that the topics were chosen based on feedback gotten from a youth programme.

 

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Olayinka Aboderin

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