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

(Related: Birthday Wishes …)

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

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