Category Archives: Keeping Faith

He makes all things beautiful in His time. Ecclesiastes 3:11

June 27th 2014

I just finished an aptitude test at the University of Lagos alongside hundreds or thousands of people. The test was scheduled for 12 noon but we didn’t start till about an hour later. While on the queue, I saw a guy I had done another test with some months ago. You start to make friends with people when you attend several aptitude tests. I saw some other familiar faces at the test venue.

Before the test, the guy sitting next to me started making small talk. He told me about his brother who got a job with a multinational after writing about seventeen unsuccessful aptitude tests. I silently prayed that it wouldn’t be my portion.

After the test, I checked my phone and saw a mail from a firm I had been expecting for almost two months. I started their application process in October 2013 with an application form. Between then and today (9 months, if I was pregnant, I would have had my baby), I had written 2 aptitude tests, a personality test, a group discussion and an interview. By the time I got to the final stages, which were the group discussion and interview, I was very positive about getting this job. I also applied for other jobs during this period too.

I opened the mail expectantly and got the biggest disappointment of my life.

I was unsuccessful.

For the next hour or so, tears flowed down my cheeks as I remembered the interview I did (which I thought went well), dreaded the fact that I was still in the business of writing aptitude tests, had no source of income, breaking the news to those that knew about it, the past 9 months, the dreaded question of “have you gotten a job now?” the disappointment, hurt and fear of the future.

Then a feeling stirred up within me.

I felt at peace.

I can’t even begin to describe it. It was later, when I told my best friend about how I felt and she said it was peace that passes all understanding.

It wasnt God’s will.

I called my mum and told her the sad news.

But then I remembered a big disappointment I had in the past and how God used it for something greater. He used it to show me that indeed all things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose. He reminded me that His thoughts are not my thoughts, neither are His ways my ways. He also reminded me that He will do exceedingly abundantly above all I ask or think according to his power that works within me. And also, that sometimes His answer is NO.

On my way home that day, I went to Coldstone to buy ice cream because ice cream makes me feel better (lol don’t judge). When I got home, my parents encouraged me and told me everything would be fine.

A friend of mine came visiting that evening. I wasnt up for a visit but he had planned to come see me before the news and I couldn’t tell him no. As soon as he saw, he asked what was wrong and I told him. When he was leaving, he reassured me that everything would be fine; he said I should read my Bible and seek God to find out what he has planned for me.

That night before I slept I offered praises to God.

I sang my heart out to him.

The Bible says we should give thanks in all things.

I decided to type this down because I believe sometime in the future, I’ll look back and remember and use this to encourage someone who is hurting.

Sept 10th, 2014

Today like everyday in the past one month, I checked my mail box for THE mail I had been waiting for; it wasn’t there. I went about my normal activities and my phone went off in the afternoon. I turned it on in the evening when I could charge it and the first message I saw was that I had been offered employment!! The text told me to check for a mail they sent to me. I checked my mailbox and saw an email from them confirming the employment offer. I was told to come to their office the following day to pick up my employment letter.

I screamed and told my sister who was sitting beside me. I immediately called my parents and told them the good news.

Not only did I get a job offer, I was posted to the unit I requested for.

God couldn’t have done it any better.

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The job I got was the same aptitude test I went for on June 27th (the day I got the other rejection). When I applied for the job, I just did it for the sake of it because I believed I would get the other job.

The application process lasted for only about 3 months compared to the other one I really wanted (9 months)

Both companies are top companies in the same field.

When I wrote down the post on June 27th, I wrote it that day believing that one day I would use it as a testimony and it has come to pass. I’m sharing this story to encourage anyone who is trusting God for a job (or anything) to keep believing God and not be discouraged because God is faithful.

I have some advice for anyone in a similar situation:

1.Put all YOUR trust in God. Forget what the economy says, forget how many unemployed people are in Nigeria because God is Omnipotent (All powerful) He is not moved by statistics. The Bible says that the earth is the Lords and the fullness thereof. God says that His thoughts towards you are thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you hope and a future. Pray without ceasing.

2.Faith without works is dead. Are you just sleeping and folding your hands instead of applying for jobs? Subscribe to Job websites so you can get job alerts, talk to people (it was a friend that sent me the job advert).

3.Keep yourself busy. In the 11 months I was unemployed; I started my accounting professional exams, started this blog and taught maths in a secondary school. Look for something to do! Pick up a hobby, learn a skill, volunteer etc.

4.Surround yourself with GOOD people. The support and prayers I got from my family and friends was overwhelming. They were always there to encourage my faith, send me job adverts etc. Detach yourself from negative people.

One of my earliest posts on this blog was Job Hunting and I want to say God has been faithful!!!

My new series Through The Waters starts next Friday.

Have a fab weekend!
xoxo

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A Prayer for Nigeria

Hi guys,

I just read this prayer for Nigeria and thought to share with you.

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12

“For the weapons of our warfare are not canal, but are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds” 2Corinthians 10:4

Amen to this prayer!

End-Time Musings

Psalms 35:1-10
A Psalm of David.
Plead the cause of the righteous, the poor and the innocent in Nigeria, O Lord, with them that strive with them:
fight against them that fight against your children.
Take hold of shield and buckler,
and stand up for our help.
Draw out also the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute Your children: say unto our souls, I am thy salvation.
Let them be confounded and put to shame that seek after the souls of a Your children: let them be turned back and brought to confusion that devise the hurt of the innocent!
Let them be as chaff before the wind:
and let the angel of the Lord chase them!
Let their way be dark and slippery:
and let the angel of the Lord persecute them!
For without cause have they hid for the poor, the innocent & the righteous…

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Proverbs 31 Woman

Hi lovelies,
How’s your week going? I read an article on the Proverbs 31 woman and thought to share with you (like I said in my Liebster and Sunshine award post, she’s one of my role models). Please read and feel free to share your thoughts.

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The first part of Proverbs 31:10 literally reads, “Who can find a woman of strength?” The term “virtuous” is from a noun meaning strength, efficiency and ability. Here, it refers to strength of character, that is, moral strength and firmness. In Exodus 18:21, we find the expression used of men. Moses was to find “able men” (literally, “men of strength”) such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness. In light of this verse, we can say that a virtuous man (and by implication, a virtuous woman) is one who fears God, loves the truth and hates sin (compare proverbs 31:10 and 31:30). Moses was to look for such men, and the implication is that such men were not easy to find.

rubies

“Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.” A godly woman like the Proverbs 31 woman is rare and very hard to find in our world today. She is invaluable; her price is far above rubies- no quality of precious stones can equal her worth. She is like a rare gem. No wonder the psalmist cries out, “Help, LORD; for the godly man (or woman) ceaseth; for the faithful fail from the children of men” Psalm 12:1

“The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her” (verse 11). Sadly, this cannot be said of most wives today. Their husbands can’t trust them. Being able to trust your spouse is one of the fundamental foundations of a strong God-honoring marriage. Martin Luther said of his wife, “The greatest gift of God is a pious amiable spouse, who fears God, loves his house and with whom one can live in perfect confidence.”

happy black couple

The husband of the virtuous woman trusts her for two reasons. One, “he shall have no need of spoil. She is not slothful, careless or wasteful. She manages the home so well, and she is industrious, productive, and frugal that her efforts often result in great gain and even profit. Her husband can safely trust in her because he does not need to worry about her financial ability. Two, “she will do him good and not evil all the days of her life” (verse 12). She constantly has her husband’s happiness in view. Her good is unmixed; her good is not capricious; it is constant and permanent, while she and her husband live. She also adds to her husband’s reputation in the world, for he is “known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land” (verse 23). He is respected and honoured by others, not just because of the neatness and cleanliness of his person and dress, but because he is the husband of a woman who is justly held in universal esteem.

home maker

Moreover, the godly woman is skilled and capable of working with fabric. The modern counterpart would be skills in things like quilting and sewing (verse 13). Notice that she works. There is no hint of laziness in her. She “worketh willingly with her hands.” “She is willingly to get her hands dirty,” as the old saying goes. She is no diva, no prima donna! A woman of God is not “above” manual work. She understands that the duties of a wife and mother include ensuring that her family is well fed (verse 14). A virtuous biblical woman will not only go about to learn the necessary cooking skills but also study sound nutrition and will ensure that her family is fed nutritiously, not with a high proportion of out-of-the-box junk food. She is not given to “sleeping in” in the mornings (verse 15). No! Rather, she is up before dawn to make sure her household is well fed.

sucessful black woman

“She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruits of her hands she planteth a vineyard.” (verse 16). Amazing! She is no wimp! She has the intelligence and business since to evaluate a piece of property and buy it. She has her own earnings with which she buys the field and plants a vineyard. She is not afraid of physical work. Like her, many women today have their own home-based businesses. She seems to be a tailor and sells garments and sashes (verses 18, 19 and 24) and she apparently did her business well, working well into the evening, because her trading was profitable. Her home-based skills earn her a profitable income. She is ever willing to share this blessing with the poor and needy (verse 20). She is also fully aware of the priority of her family in her life over other things that might sidetrack her from her domestic responsibilities (verse 21). She is an excellent illustration of the charge to the younger women in Titus 2:5, to be home makers. Not only do her skills earn her an income from the merchants, but also make sure that her own home’s needs are well catered for.

Finally, she has a sense of dignity. She is not frivolous or embarrassing in her conduct. She speaks with wisdom, faithful instruction is on her tongue and she is praiseworthy (verses 25-31).

The Proverbs 31 woman is so exemplary, so virtuous and also so diligent to perform all her duties that you may think it is difficult or even impossible to follow her example. But you need not think this way as a Christian woman. 1 Peter 2:21 instructs us to follow Christ’s example and His steps (Philippians 3:12-14). God has given us a pattern, a mark to shoot for, and though you may come short and often fail, yet His standard is before our eyes. You should never lower the standard of God, even though you fall short of it. Always aspire to pattern your life as that of the Virtuous Woman and by the grace of God, you will become like her in Jesus’ name!

Culled from Christian Women Mirror, June 2014 Edition.

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Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful fathers in the world. May God bless you and keep you, may He be gracious to you and may His countenance shine upon you.

For those who have lost their fathers,

Those who do not know what it feels like to have a father,

Remember God is a father to the fatherless:

‘A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.’ Psalm 68:5

God is a father to His children:

‘See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.’ 1 John 3:1

If you haven’t made your way right with God by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour and repenting of your sins, I encourage you to so you can experience the Father’s love:

‘For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him, should not perish but have everlasting life.’ John 3:16

God’s love is so real, He says in His word:

But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’ Romans 8 37-39

‘See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.’ Isaiah 49:16

‘For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ Jeremiah 29:11

And if you have a father:

Listen to your father, who gave you life,
and do not despise your mother when she is old.’
Proverbs 23:22

‘Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)’ Ephesians 6:2

I pray God grants our fathers long lives and may they live to reap the fruits of their labour and see their children’s children in Jesus’ Name.

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Pray for Nigeria

Hi guys,

This blog post wasn’t planned.

I  just read about over 200 students who were slaughtered on their way to write the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB) exam on Thursday and Friday by terrorists in the north.

I felt sick to my stomach reading that. Over the past  few months it’s been from one attack to another.  It has become too frequent that we are becoming immune to these acts of wickedness. I remember the secondary school boys who were slaughtered in their boarding school in February.

How long will this continue?

Should we just fold our hands in silence because it hasn’t affected us directly? ? People have lost their children, mothers,  fathers, sisters, brothers, husbands, wives.

Is it enough to just see and read about these horror stories?  These acts of wickedness??

I believe it’s time we all went down on our knees and really pray for Nigeria.  I’m not talking about a one liner prayer you say. I’m talking about interceding for this country.

You know what the Bible says in  Psalm 122:6

‘Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. May those who love you be secure’.

NIGERIA IS OUR JERUSALEM

I’ve heard many people say. ‘We’ve been praying for Nigeria.  What good has it done?’
Really? ?? If you doubt the effectiveness of spiritual warfare, please read about the walls of Jericho,  read the book of Esther and how Haman’s evil decree was overturned, read 2 Chronicles 20 about King Jehosaphat’s victory.

I’ll leave you with these verses from the Bible:

Ephesians 6:12

‘For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

2 Chronicles 7 : 14

‘If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.’

John 14:27

‘ Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.’

Love Is In The Air

Hi guys,

TGIF 🙂

As the world celebrates Valentine’s Day today; I want to share God’s unconditional love for us.  So we have 2 posts today: Fiction- Friday and a love letter from God.

Enjoy 🙂

Dear Child,

You are my masterpiece, I fearfully and wonderfully created you in my own image. You are engraved in the palm of my hand. You are the apple of my eye. I love you with an everlasting love. My child, though a mother may forget her nursing child, I will never forget you.

Before you were conceived in your mother’s womb, I knew you. You didn’t come into this world by accident. I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

My love for you is immeasurable that’s why I sent Jesus, my only son to the world to die on the cross of Calvary for your sins. He was wounded for your transgressions and bruised for your iniquities. It was heart-breaking for me to see him carry the sins of humanity on that cross, I couldn’t watch; he thought I had forsaken him.

I love you unconditionally! My love to you is a gift! Not something you can earn by works. I desire a relationship with you my little one. I want to hear you speak to me, because I’m ever ready to listen; I want you to study my word so I can guide you through life; my Holy Spirit, the teacher would be there to teach you.

Dear one, I see how you struggle with all the disappointments, failure, sorrow, suffering, pain and heartache in the world. I want you to come to me with all your burdens and weariness and I will give you rest. I promise to never leave or forsake you. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep you. When you walk through fire, you will not be burnt. I would speak to you through my still small voice and through my Word.

I know you think you don’t need me. You don’t need a crutch through life like some people say. You need me. There’s a longing in your heart, a God-shaped vacuum that only me can satisfy. You have tried to fill it up with other gods like money, your spouse and career. That vacuum can only be filled by me. It is in me you live, move and have your being.

Child, do not think for a moment that I do not understand all the temptations and trials you face daily. I do because my son lived in the world. Jesus understands your weaknesses, he faced all the same temptations you face and he is always at my right hand pleading for you.

Jesus has been knocking at the door of your heart and he is still knocking, please child, open up to him before it is too late.

My child, don’t say tomorrow because today is the day of salvation; tomorrow might be too late. Jesus is coming back into the world very soon to take my people and I don’t want you to be left behind. Left behind to the tribulation that awaits the world and the punishment that awaits sinners.

I hate sin, my eyes are too pure to behold iniquity. Satan knows this and he goes about like a roaring lion seeking whom to devour. My grace is sufficient for you my child, my power is made perfect in you weakness.

Accept me as you Lord and Saviour today and I’ll make you a new creature. I’ll forgive you of every sin you’ve ever committed and remember them no more.

I love you with an everlasting love!

                                                                                                                Your Heavenly Father.