It’s that time of year again when I celebrate a special young woman, my niece, Ezinne. As believers, the Lord Jesus should be our closest friend. Still, a crucial nourishment for our growth in life is the relationships we build with other people. Our zeal to worship should not preclude this lest we become malformed and suffer from avoidable physical and psychological issues. This is the theme of my birthday poem for her this year.

Love you, sweetie! You’ll always be and have the best in life in Jesus’ name. Have a fantastic birthday!!! ????????❤️

(Related: You Will Always Be Blessed-Poem)


As you turn thirteen today
A vibrant life for you I pray
A life enriched with people known
A life that never walks alone

Walk with God to pick your friends
Form strong bonds that nothing rends
With young, old, rich and poor
Male, female, and every colour

Friends will spur and cheer you on
Push you when your strength is gone
Friends will help you keep it real
When by grace you become a big deal

Never think faith is all you need
True, the Lord should take the lead
But we function best when we connect
With folks like us that He selects

Ⓒ Edith Ugochi Ohaja 2019

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Scriptural References

“Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.” – Proverbs 27:17 (KJV)

“He who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty.” – Job 6:14 (ESV)

“A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” – Proverbs 17:17 (KJV)

“Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.
“Oil and perfume make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel.” – Proverbs 27:6, 9 (ESV)

“The righteous should choose his friends carefully, For the way of the wicked leads them astray.” – Proverbs 12:26 (NKJV)

“12. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. 13. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 14. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. 15. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.” – John 15:12-15 (KJV)

English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers

New King James Version (NKJV) Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.




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  • Lilian omeje

    Happy birthday in arrears to your wonderful niece who will be so grateful to have an aunt like you

  • Oshana Oyaku Endurance

    Happy birthday dear…. Welcome to the world of teenagers

  • Ngene Bob Charles

    Poem? No, inspirational nuggets? Yes!

    I love the message tho, we all need to hear this once in a while

  • Anabude oluchi

    Indeed we should walk with God and never walk alone in life because when we walk with him we can never be disappointed.

  • Ezike Winifred udochukwu

    Happy birthday to your niece ma … I pray that all your prayer for her comes to pass in Jesus name ..amen??

  • Pamela Chigbu

    Such an inspirational poem. I always pray to God to give me good friends that will lead me through the right path and not the one that will take me astray. My prayer is that he will continue to guide us throughout the days of our lives, Amen?

  • Happy birthday in arrears Baby girl.
    As I join ur Aunt in celebrating you, may you never lack abundant blessings in Jesus’ name. Amen.

  • In as much as we put God first, we should also know that people around us are very important as they help to direct us when we are missing it and also help us when we need them. But the issue here is getting the right one that are going where we are going and can be there for us when we need them and that is why we should put God first to help choose our friends. One thing i like about this poem is it rythm. God bless you ma.

  • Enukora

    I’ve seen the structure. Thank you ma’am.
    I can improve with more of this

  • Ozioko Glory Oluchi

    Very true, we function best when we connect with folks like us that he select

  • Ude Awelle

    Connecting with friends He selects is very important. A happy belated birthday to her. A beautiful piece!

  • Chikwesiri Uka

    Happy birthday, many more years

  • Abiayi Ifeonuchukwu

    Inasmuch as having friends around us isn’t a bad thing, making sure they are the right circle of friends is very important and will help us in our life’s purposes.
    Wonderful poem… God bless your niece and God bless you.

  • Ajah Ugochi Agnes

    Such an inspirational piece. We should always pray to God for a friend that will spur us to do the things of God. God first and our neighbors follow. “But we function best when we connect With folks like us that He selects”. Very true.

  • Kelly Anwulika Bernice

    Connecting with friends chosen for you by God makes your journey easier and your pace faster. Happy belated birthday dear,may u make real friends chosen by God for your life.

  • Igwe Chioma Esther

    “Walk with God to pick your friends”. I love this because the friends we keep are a reflection of who we are as a person. This is a beautiful poem .

  • Make friends who share the same ideas with you. Happy belated birthday dear

  • Sambo Deborah Friday

    The journey of life can only be tough and strenuous without Jesus being by your side.
    Happy birthday to your lovely niece in arrears ma ?

  • Ezeobi Chisom

    Friends are really important in this journey of life
    Selection of friends also matters

  • Udegbulam Favour Oluchi

    This poem brings me back to the understanding that i should always let God lead me. I have no strength of my own without him.

  • Happy birthday dear. The bible knows why it kept emphasizing on the issue of believers yoking with the unbelievers because they easily corrupt one.

  • My best stanza of the poem”never think faith is all you need True, the lord should take the lead But we function best when we connect with folks like us that he selects “. God bless you ma. And happy birthday to the celebrant.

  • Chibuife Isaac Chukwuebuka

    Walking with God doesn’t go unrewarded. He never disappoints us. As we walk with God we should also endeavour to walk with the right friends that will influence us positively.

  • Obiora Miracle onyinyechi

    We should never walk alone but always with God. Nice write up.

  • Onah chiamaka Gloria

    Great, this is a Nice write up, we should always learn to surround our selves with God fearing and intelligent friends, because birds of a feather, flocks together

  • This article really multivate people and helps one to understand some certain things in life

  • Udop Reyner Ivor

    Interesting! We should walk with God and never walk alone because when we do that, things become way easier for us.

  • Ebeyi Emmanuel

    Never think that you are alone cause your maker is always there with you…. Happy birthday dear

  • Put God first and follow his path to avoid destruction

  • Chinenye Enwerem

    Indeed friends are everything, they can make or mar us.

  • Nwoke uchenna

    Happy birthday in arrears.
    You shall never walk alone, because God is with you at all times.

  • Chukwumalume Ozioma

    A really beautiful rhyme! May God indeed help us pick friends that mean well.

  • Iwuchukwu Vivian Chinagolum

    While walking with God we need to also walk with friends.

  • Nweze Mary Chioma

    Wow! The first scriptural reference got my attention ma. Iron really does sharpen iron. It’s not just faith but also connecting with God’s selected people that keeps us going strong.

  • Obiogwu Onyinye

    It’s really sweet having an aunt like you, imagine me having a poem dedicated to me every year??. The poem is great; we should make friends (no man is an island) but not ones to lead us astray.

  • John Adoyi

    This poem is filled with wisdom.
    A poem of lovely advice to everyone.

  • Okafor Agatha Ifeoma

    Let God lead your path.

  • Chukwuemeka uchechukwu pepertua

    Because life journey is full of obstacles we need God and friends as well for the journey and lucky is that person that find a good and worthy friend.

  • Phillips faith


    Indeed as we Christians we need the lord in everything we do and anywhere we are at the moment. Walking alone as Christians without the spirit of the lord leading you is self destruction di we must put God first in everything we do cause once we engage God in all our doings in life we will never be disappointed.

  • Akpan Sarah Precious

    It is always best to allow God lead you in every aspect of life, especially in terms of picking friends.

  • Onoh Chinenye

    The big Thirteen, Hurray! As you enter into your teenage years may you never walk alone, Ezinne. The lord will be your spiritual guide and amongst your peers, he will select his representatives as your friends just so that you will never feel alone. Happy belated birthday! You’re blessed in Jesus Name, Amen.

  • Njepuome Nmesoma .O.

    Nicely said ma
    Walking with the Lord is indeed the best way to go.

  • Mecha Favour

    Happy birthday dear, our prayer is that the Lord connects us to those who would help us achieve what we desire and not pull us down.

  • Eze Goodness Mmesoma

    May God guide her in everything she does. We can not walk alone because God is with us.

  • Chukwuma Ifeanyi Williams

    Happy thirteenth birthday.
    May you receive every prayer laid out for you and become great like your aunt.

  • Dennis Lovelyn Chisom

    Happy birthday Ezinne.
    With God on our side we will excel.

  • Dennis Lovelyn Chisom

    May the Lord be with you in your teenage years.

  • Zita Ezechi

    Many more years to Ezinne!
    I’m blessed by this post… We must learn to put God first in everything we do

  • Aroh Anthonia Ifeoma

    You’ve just let us know just as my mama would say that God is interested not just in our spiritual life but also every other aspect, especially in our relationship with others and choosing friends. Seek God before selecting friends.

  • Adimorah perpetual

    We always walk with God ,put him first in everything we do in life because he never fails.

  • Odumuko Oluchukwu Victoria

    A beautiful poem. “Walk with God to choose your friends.” This part really speaks to me.

  • Chinweuba Blessing Oluchi

    Faith in God is needed but having like minds as friend would help. This poem is amazing.


    You do not have to walk alone; the holy is here to walk with, guide and protect you as you take a big step.
    May your little silent prayers be answered. Amen.

  • Ibaro Harrison Chidalu

    May God take the lead, amen!
    Belated happy birthday

  • Manifest Eja

    Wawuu. This is a very lovely poem.
    The advice here is meant for everyone and wish everyone can inbibe the spirit of great connection.

  • Victor Izuchukwu

    Happy belated birthday, welcome to the teenage world.

  • Nwafor Cynthia Chinenyenwa

    Working alone can be self-destructive. Put God first in all things let Him lead you and guide you on the path to follow and you will never go astray.

  • Amen to your prayers ma.
    The best life anybody can live is the life with Jesus. When you walk with him, He leads and directs you because the scripture says that the steps of the righteous are ordered by God.

  • Iyorakpo Dorathy

    Such an orderly inspirational piece this is. May God bless you for this unending wisdom you continue to share.

  • Maureen

    Happy birthday to you Ezinne, may you continue to walk in God’s path all the days of your life. Amen

  • Igboka chidimma

    Walking with friends selected by God is the ultimate.

  • Elijah Akuma

    Life is really a journey that should not be embarked on alone. You need friends of like minds.

  • Enemuwe John Paul

    I tap also from the blessings coming from the poem.

  • Ikechukwu Fountain Chidera

    Happy belated birthday, baby girl! Wishing you heaven’s best!

  • Nweze Somto Maryann

    Such an inspirational poem. We pray God will lead us to friends that share the same idea and brings out the best in your us. Friends are really important in life, it’s no fun alone. May God take the lead. Amen.

  • Ugwu Somtochukwu

    We should always put God first in all we do. That way, He’ll be able to direct us and His will will be done in our lives. Walking alone is destructive!

  • Okochi Chinonso

    As important as faith is we should ask the lord for guidance when choosing the ones we want to call friends

  • Agbedo Ebubechukwu

    Happy birthday in arrears Queen!

  • Nkan David

    Happy Birthday in arrears Ezinne, may the Lord direct your paths and decision in all you do…Amen

  • Adiele Onyedikachi

    Happy birthday, this is truly the best advice let God pick your friends for you, and never forget him in all your ways

  • Ama Mitchelle Chisom

    There is nothing more important in this life than being in a loving relationship and walk with the lord.

  • Victor-sunday Daniel

    Don’t think that faith is all that we need, most times our faith fails and we crash but when we connect with folks like us that God selects, we will function at our best.

  • In this world no man is an island, we need one and another in one way or the other, therefore we have to allow God lead and direct us to the right people.

  • Iheme Akunna

    There’s strength and honour in good communication, friends, allies, for either way, they can grow or lead one astray.


    There’s strength and honour in good communication, friends, allies, for either way, they can grow or lead one astray.

  • Bassey Katherine akpan

    Walking with God means we are not alone, because he is the right person one need to soar higher.

  • Nora Nsan

    Nice one ma
    It’s true that the journey of life can not be smooth with out Jesus 🙏 for all with need is Jesus for a better life

  • Nancy Njoku

    Nicely said ma’am.
    Happy belated birthday Ezinne!!

  • Macaulay Tekevwe

    Thank you ma for sharing

  • Ubani Sonia Nmesoma

    We need friends to lift us up sometimes. Happy birthday in arrears to your niece.

  • Evelyn Johnny

    Happy birthday
    Many more years to her

  • Otum chiamaka

    In this life, don’t neglect people. Learn to connect with people no matter the class, race or gender because we walk best when we function with folks like us.

    Happy belated birthday Ezinne.

  • Okoro Iheoma

    Friends are important we can’t achieve much on our own, we need friends we even need spiritual guidance those praying for us and those we pray with.
    This is nice.

  • Amadi Doris Nmesoma

    Amen to your wishes, ma.

    Happy belated birthday, Ezinne.

  • Akamadu Oluoma Francisca

    Belated happy birthday to her.

  • Wonodi Success

    Walking with God makes life beautiful!

  • Ihuoma Ogochukwu Chinonye

    The last stanza. We are not meant to be alone. We must associate ourselves with the right type and kinds of people. We need each other to survive.

  • Rejoice Ezeabii

    Walk with God and also right friends

  • Peace Agada

    Oh my love for peoms written from the heart!
    May we never walk alone, even as believers in as much as we have the Lord jesus as our anchor and strength we shouldn’t relent in our communication with humans and our loved ones because sometimes God speaks through them. This is such a beautiful piece, the indepthness and words from the heart. Your niece is indeed blessed to have you ma. Thank you so much for this piece and happy birthday in arrears to your beautiful niece.

  • oboni veronica

    Happy birthday dear, in life for anyone to succeed in anything he or she is doing you need to involve God and he will lead you in the right paths.

  • Akamadu Oluoma Francisca

    Belated happy birthday to her

  • Uduma precious

    This poem is very simple to comprehend ,this poem tells us to walk with God so he will choose our friends ,someone who will help us when were down ,someone who can pray with us, someone that will help us know God just as the scripture says ”IRON SHARPENETH IRON;SO AS A MAN SHARPENETH THE COUNTEANCE OF HIS FRIEND.A friend that will counsel us in the way of the lord just as the scripture has said ”OIL AND PERFUME MAKE THE HEART GLAD AND THE SWEETNESS OF A FRIEND COMES FROM HIS EARNESRT COUNSEL”.
    1) I learnt that before choosing a friend we should allow God to walk with us friends o work with us so he might give us friends that will spur and cheer us on ,friends that will push us when our strength are gone ,friends that will help us keep it real
    2) I also learnt that we should allow God to take lead ,take control in our lives so that we can see the wonders he’s going to accomplish .

  • Ide Oluchukwu Cherish

    Good friends are very important. And walking with God should should be a priority.

  • Okoye-azi Chiemerie Regina

    I love the last stanza of the poem. May God help us all in choosing the right friends.

  • Agwubuo Ebube

    We should always choose our friends wisely, they either make or break us.

    Happy birthday beautiful Ezinne

  • Ezenwa Miracle Joy

    Turning to a new age, we should always remember that it’s not a time to feel independent of anyone or God but a time where and when we need His direction to go journey in life as He leads us through the path of destiny in order for us not to walk alone. Thank you ma for this.

  • Abosi Delight

    We should never walk alone as long as we are conscious of God by our side… Thank you Ma

  • This is such a powerful prayer poem
    Friendship is very important for this life’s journey, and that y we should seek God for the right people.

  • Ikwumonu Rosemary Aladi

    Such a beautiful peom, Friendship is very important in our work in life . and contribution could make or may us that’s why we need God’s direction in making friends.

  • Igboka Valentine chidera

    Wonderful poem, having the right companions is crucial to achieving our goals in life.

  • Nwachinemere Oham

    Happy birthday! Walk with God, but put in the effort.

  • Okereke victoria chigemezu

    We should always choose our friends wisely

  • Ngwu Chinasa Modesta

    Happy birthday dear,may you grow in the lord.
    Allowing God to pick your friends for you.

  • Ngwu Chinasa Modesta

    Happy birthday dear,may you grow in the lord.

  • Braide kenneth victor

    Man may fail us but when we walk with God, He never disappoints.

  • Glory Odogwu Chikaodinaka

    A happy belated birthday to your niece ma.
    this is a beautiful piece filled with words of encouragement and an advice on the kind of company to keep.

  • Amadi Doris Nmesoma

    In as much as we have God in our lives, we need to connect with people inorder to achieve God’s purpose. As the saying ” If you want to go fast, go alone but if you want to go far; go with people.

  • Amachaghi Goodness Akuchukwu

    I wish I had an Aunty 😭 like u that celebrates me on my special day love u ma♥️

  • Ugwuagbo Chibuike Emmanuel

    Happy birthday to your niece na

  • Oke Sharon Munachimso

    A person’s birthday is always a memorable day and we pray that God continue to add more life to us and help us to always take the right path as we clock a year older every year

  • Okro Light Ibezim

    Happy birthday Ezinne, both in arrears and in advance. Just grow in love and fear of God like your aunty, Edith Ohaja.

  • Amah Victoria Chiamaka

    It important we value the people we have in our lives especially friends and family. And work in God’s wisdom.

    Happy belated birthday to your niece ma. Remain blessed.

  • Uduma precious

    I learnt here that before choosing a friend one should walk with God so he might give us friends that will support and cheer us on. for it says ,” oil and perfume make the heart glad and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel”.
    b) I also learnt that if we allow God to take lead of our respective lives so as to give us friends that will help us keep it real , push us when our strength is gone for it says,” iron sharpeneth iron ; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend”.

  • Oluka Faith Chikodili

    May God bless her new age.🙏

  • Melody Duruigbo

    Wonderful poem. We should always associate or choose friends that would help shape our lives positively. Happy birthday dear ezinne🎉

  • Ekene Emmanuella kosisochi

    Happy birthday, dear . May you age with God’s love.

  • Aniaku Oluchi Victory

    One must put God first in everything one does. Happy birthday to your niece in arrears ma. And God bless you ma

  • Robinson Mercy

    Belated happy birthday.

  • Okwa perpetual chidimma

    We need each other to succeed in this journey of life and God most importantly.

  • Oluchi Chinecherem

    She’s such a blessed lady to have you as an aunt. I was blessed from the piece too.

  • Okafor Unoma Oluchi

    I’m reminded of the saying ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go with people

  • Chukwuebuka Joseph Uzochukwu

    It’s sheer ignorance to think we don’t need men in conducting our affairs. We should take the process, even if painstaking, to follow after people who will be of help to us in the long run.

  • Etim Mary David

    I have chosen not to walk alone for I have tried walking alone so many times and always go astray.
    Happy birthday to your niece.

  • Juliet

    Happy birthday to her in arrears, may God give me wonderful friends that will lead me to the right path.

  • A wise message, emphasizing the importance of forming meaningful connections and friendships throughout life’s journey. It offers valuable advice for growth and support.

  • Nwaneri chinenye Priscilla

    Friends are everything, those that make you and stand by you and those that mar you . The most important friend one can have in his/her life is Jesus. He can never fail us.

  • Success ogbonna

    Indeed we shouldn’t work alone let God be the center of all our decisions. When we make friends when we need advice and comfort it should be all about God.

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