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Woven & Spun

Pencil marks on a wall, I wasn't always this tall
You scattered some monsters from beneath my bed
You watched my team win
You watched my team lose
Watched when my bicycle went down again
And when I was weak, unable to speak
Still I could call You by name
And I said, Elbow Healer, Superhero
Come if You can
You said, I Am

Only sixteen, life is so mean
What kind of curfew is at 10pm?
You saw my mistakes
And watched my heart break
Heard when I swore I'd never love again
And when I was weak, unable to speak
Still I could call You by name
And I said Heartache Healer, Secret Keeper
Be my best friend
And you said, I Am

The winds of change and circumstance blow in and all around us
So we find a foothold that's familiar
And bless the moments that we feel You nearer

When life had begun, I was woven and spun
You let the angels dance around the throne
And who can say when, but they'll dance again
When I am free and finally headed home
I will be weak, unable to speak
Still I will call You by name
Creator, Maker, Life Sustainer
Comforter, Healer, my Redeemer
Lord and King, Beginning and the End

I Am
Yes, I Am

- I Am by Nichole Nordeman

As I look back over the years today - exactly 28 years since I was born - I bless God for the all He has done for me: for not giving up on me even when I had given up on myself; for picking me up everytime I fell; for calling me beautiful inspite of the ugly scars life had left on me; for being merciful when there was no reason to be...

To the God of second (and third, and fourth...) chances - thank you for being with me through everystep of my journey, for loving me so completely. My Father, My Saviour, My Friend - you are the reason I'm still standing - thank you for seeing me through another year... and help me to remember always that in everything, you are the great I Am.

 

Woven & Spun

Pencil marks on a wall, I wasn't always this tall
You scattered some monsters from beneath my bed
You watched my team win
You watched my team lose
Watched when my bicycle went down again
And when I was weak, unable to speak
Still I could call You by name
And I said, Elbow Healer, Superhero
Come if You can
You said, I Am

Only sixteen, life is so mean
What kind of curfew is at 10pm?
You saw my mistakes
And watched my heart break
Heard when I swore I'd never love again
And when I was weak, unable to speak
Still I could call You by name
And I said Heartache Healer, Secret Keeper
Be my best friend
And you said, I Am

The winds of change and circumstance blow in and all around us
So we find a foothold that's familiar
And bless the moments that we feel You nearer

When life had begun, I was woven and spun
You let the angels dance around the throne
And who can say when, but they'll dance again
When I am free and finally headed home
I will be weak, unable to speak
Still I will call You by name
Creator, Maker, Life Sustainer
Comforter, Healer, my Redeemer
Lord and King, Beginning and the End

I Am
Yes, I Am

- I Am by Nichole Nordeman

As I look back over the years today - exactly 28 years since I was born - I bless God for the all He has done for me: for not giving up on me even when I had given up on myself; for picking me up everytime I fell; for calling me beautiful inspite of the ugly scars life had left on me; for being merciful when there was no reason to be...

To the God of second (and third, and fourth...) chances - thank you for being with me through everystep of my journey, for loving me so completely. My Father, My Saviour, My Friend - you are the reason I'm still standing - thank you for seeing me through another year... and help me to remember always that in everything, you are the great I Am.

 

comments (19)

I'm first...HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

and you look hott!!
Morenike Olagbaju: Thanks, Ebun! I saw Seun in church yesterday. Didn't know he was back.
happy birthday.
it will be nicer if your hands were down.smile
Morenike Olagbaju: Thanks. I thought so too after the shot.
i agree with adebanji. Happy birthday girl
Morenike Olagbaju: Thanks!!!
  • Suby
  • UK, Milton Keynes
  • 29 Apr 2007, 10:18
Amen, Amen, Amen. Happy Happy Happy Birthday babes, you getting real good at this self portrait thing, I look forward to more from you, have as look at http://www.larajade.com/ she has some lovely self portraits, you may get some ideas from there.

Happy Bday again, and hope you have a lovely day

Suby
Morenike Olagbaju: Thanks Suby! Although technically this isn't a self portrait. This was what i initially tried to do - i set the camera on self-timer, got it to focus on a particular point, ran to the same spot before my ten seconds was up, but everytime i tried it the shot came out of focus. So i fixed the settings and set the AF to the spot where sat and told my sis to press the shutter button and this was the result - much better for my earlier attempts (save for the placement of my hands). I'm going to get me one of those remote thingys very soon cos at the moment SPs are really frustruating.

Lara's fantastic! i go to her site (as well as her page on flickr) every now and again. She has got so much talent and creativity - and she's barely 18! Got knows the type of shots she'll be taking by the time she's 21.
Morenike .. Happy Birthday.May the good Lord grant you the desires of your heart.
Morenike Olagbaju: Thanks, Lolu.
  • paul
  • 29 Apr 2007, 18:13
Happy Birthday! And congratulations also on a beautiful portrait and on choosing such fitting words to go with it. I hope your next year is your best yet
Morenike Olagbaju: Thanks, Paul!!! I hope so to.
moody, sultry, beautifully tones...this image is great...
happy birthday...
Morenike Olagbaju: Thanks Samarth.
I love this shot. these are the kind I aspire to take. Love this shot!
Morenike Olagbaju: Thanks Deyemi. It wasn't easy o - please read my reply to Suby amd Mal's posts.
  • mal
  • 29 Apr 2007, 19:49
I know you have done 3 or 4 self ports but you should do more, this is very good. mal
Morenike Olagbaju: Really? This shot was quite a challenge though. Setting and keeping the AF point with my 50mm 1.8 lens is always very tricky and most of the shots came out blurry. To get a different result, I had to keep changing the focus points and settings on the camera, ask my (very patient) sister to press the shutter button and look at the display screen to see the result everytime i tried a different pose. This shot was one of the best and i couldn't be bothered to take any more. I guess technically speaking - this really isn't a self-portrait since my sister and not me pressed the shutterbutton wink.
  • mal
  • 29 Apr 2007, 19:50
pe many happy returns! mal
Morenike Olagbaju: Thanks, Mal!
Amazing shot and brilliant words, have a great yr ahead. Happy Birthday!
Morenike Olagbaju: Thanks, Ade. I had a few friends over and had a really nice time.
I like it very much !!
Morenike Olagbaju: Thanks Zeb! I'm glad you like.
Hmmmm....maybe you can try one with a bit undersaturated....almosts mono but not quite mono.
Morenike Olagbaju: Mmm! Sounds interesting... I'll give it a try.
This is a beautiful poem, and a beautiful picture
Morenike Olagbaju: Thanks, Fehinti. The piece above is actually a song byone of my favourite artists - glad you like the words.
Forgot to mention. I really like your hair-do smile Hope its not a PS trickery though :p
i really like this one.
This is so beautiful, and the words grasped the sweet meaning of the moment!!!
What an expression, what appreciation. Happy birthday indeed.
  • Dapo Lawrence
  • Canada
  • 6 Jan 2011, 10:44
Happy 28th birthday almost 4 years after. Timeless! It was my 32nd birthday that April, guess its yours this year... Touching poem honoring the timeless (eternal) one & you closed it well... Bonne chance belle

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