When the Holy Spirit dropped it in my heart to start journaling Thankful Thursday on the blog, it was to encourage me to pause, look back and intentionally recount the little things that I’m grateful for. Then about two Tuesdays ago, I think, (while discussing with my blog prefect 🙈) He dropped the hint to also start journaling testimonies on Thursdays. So come next Thursday, and every other Thursday, you’d be reading about God’s faithfulness in the lives of His Children. And because I know you too are His own, please feel free to share your testimony with us (that is, me and other readers). Today, I am excited and thankful that the new month began on a Thankful-Thursday! Thank You Papa for the gift of life. And I know that all things are working for my good because the lines have fallen for me in pleasant places.
I’m just here contemplating how to begin today’s post 🤔
But let me just get to it already!
On Saturday in a meeting for “Just Us Girls”, my Pastor M(Mildred) made me realize the fulfillment of psalm 121:2 in my life o! “My help comes from The Lord” very literally. And my heart went up with gratitude to God.
So today my post is in gratitude to God for the help/maid/nanny He sent to my family.
Anyone who ever had the conversation with me before now knew that I was never considering having a maid- I did not care for “housemaid wahala” or their disrespect, I kuku don’t have strength for stress, so I thought to avoid it all together. Plus I am extremely particular about how things are done in my house (I am too into the details of arrangement to have someone give me a headache by not arranging things with the labels facing front). I also couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that some strange person will come andbe living in my house.
Now the testimony about my help! The first day I spoke to her- before she arrived, I found out her name is Peace! Coincidence? I don’t think so. (p.s: my husband and I, oh, and my baby are Mr. and Mrs Peace and baby Peace). THEN, when we called to reserve a ticket for her to be transported to Lagos, someone offered to pay the fee. THEN, she’s so smart and catches on fast that I only have to tell her or show her how I want something done at most twice, and she does it. Then the way she takes initiative! leaves me stunned and so grateful that many times I say “Father I thank You for my help”. It’s also beautiful how she bonded with my princess Maya from the first day. The one wey sweet me pass is the way she cleans and arranges, it feels and looks just like I would have done it.
I do not take all of these and more for granted at all, because not everyone gets the privilege of having the right help on the first try. Asham Peace Caleb came into my home and since then she has been a help indeed, plus she has blended in so well it doesn’t feel like I have an outsider living with me.
God is so mindful of me and for this I am eternally grateful.
Disclaimer: Not everyone who reads this post will have a Eureka moment, but I know there’s “that one person”. and so, dear That One Person, it is for you I dedicated.ly make this post.
I remember how many times I’ve been so pumped up to chase after my goals I do not remember the number of times I’ve had to pick myself up and start again- chasing my dreams, most times from where I stopped, other times right from the beginning. It can be pretty difficult and depressing, knowing that a lot of time has gone by and left us looking just the same. One trap we are most likely to fall into is; comparing our timeline with the timeline of people in our age group who seem to have it all together. Don’t fall in that trap.
Today I have one simple message for you: You can have a new beginning, it doesn’t matter how many new beginnings you’ve had before. There’s so much God wants to do with you and through you with what time you have left on earth. Forgive yourself (for time wasted) and allow God have the opportunity to use this new week to help you begin again.
Prayer: LORD, thank You for fresh starts. Thank You for making available the grace to begin again with You. I yield myself to You as You lead me to accomplish (insert what you’d like to accomplish with God’s help). In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Truly there’s always always something to be thankful for (no matter how minor it seems!)- If you doubt that, take a moment of your time and honestly think back. Have you done that? Did you think of atleast one thing you feel privileged to be experiencing? Like the gift of sight to read this post. Are you thankful for it?
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I’m grateful for a lot! But my special gratitude post today is for my beautiful princess, Zoey-Maya. Amongst many other things, I’m eternally grateful for her Divine Health! God has been too faithful in Protecting, Preserving, Providing for and Perfecting her. When I was still doing my antenatal, I watched as a certain mother who put to bed during that period kept brining her new born to the hospital for one issue or the other until I gave birth. So I do not take it for granted that from Zoey’s birth till date she has remained in perfect health! I believe that divine health through out our years is a possibility, because it has been my reality for as long as I can remember- and so I know that all of her years will be in Divine health.
About two Sundays ago, Maya had a terrible cough! One that kept waking her up from her sleep. The cough was so coarse that I felt her pain. She wasn’t accepting her vitamins, she simply spit out the whole thing after I gave it to her. So I blessed my breast milk, declared it to be the blood of Jesus and that became her medication. The healing God gave my baby was so swift! By the next night the cough was gone! I was so grateful because how else could I have eased the pain of my little one? But God is faithful in His love for her.
I also believe that the importance of a name and it’s meaning cannot be over emphasised. I love how her name makes it so easy to prophesy over her life. Zoey means The God Kind of Life, and I confess the God Kind of Life over her morning noon and night- basically anytime I am led to. God cannot be sick so you Zoey-Maya cannever be sick! God can never be molested, neither can you Zoey! The blood of Jesus flows through your veins and is steady revitalizing all of your organs. You are protected, provided for, preserved and perfected by God. And I know that He who has began this beautiful work that is your life is faithful to see you to the completion of your work here on earth.
synonyms: calculated, conscious, intended, planned, meant, considered, studied, knowing, wilful, purposeful, premeditated, thought out in advance etc.
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One word that is definitely the hallmark of my 2018 is “Intentional”. Because you know you can’t make a positive change in your life until you decide to be intentional about your choices.
Many mistakes were made in 2017, and I know of only one way I can avoid such mistakes this amazing new year. . .
There’s so many pit holes we can avoid once we can acknowledge the need for God’s leading and give in.
The first time I heard my pastor (Kingsley Okonkwo) share the testimony of a certain business man who never recorded a single investment loss (because each time before he made a business decision, he’d go into his closet to seek God’s guidance), I was intrigued and astounded, I mean! It’s actually possible! To let God decide your every step! The second time I heard it however, it did more than strike a cord, it led me to make an intentional decision. I decided that whatever I needed to do, no matter how low priority it may seem, I’d ask the Holy Spirit to ‘OK’ it before I move forward.
It’s not always easy. Sometimes you may already be 55% into that decision before remembering that “ah” you’ve not checked in with God. It’s okay then to take a pause, back up and seek God’s face. I’d usually ask “H.S. what do You think?” “H.S. what should I do?” “H.S. help me please!” And for every time I have sincerely let Him lead me, I have found rest.
The Holy Spirit’s voice is as loud as your willingness to listen
I encourage you to seek God’s voice for every decision you need to make today, and be intentional about allowing Him lead.
I believe that the state of our mind affects how our life is lived, to a large extent. If your mind is lazy, your life will record zero percent productivity. If your mind is idle, the enemy will give you mind options that even you will not be pleased about- you’d give in to the fear of things that God has promised you don’t need to fret about- your faith level will take a downward spiral and truly truly, you might even forget how to pray. Long and short of the story is, there is much more danger in keeping an idle mind than you may think.
By all means, fight the good fight to keep your mind on whatever things are right. Times when my mind chooses to wander off thinking nonsense, I subject it to the ‘authority of The Spirit’ by speaking in tounges- it’s a trusted mind-reset technique- then I quickly substitute that nonsense thought with one worthy of praise.
It’s a conscious effort this mind status thing, because if you don’t make it so you lose the control of it all together. How beautiful your mind is is therefore determined by what you feed your mind. What you allow in however should ultimately feed your spirit, so that your spirit is strong enough to put your mind under subjection when it begins to think it’s the Boss.
Let not your mind be idle, or lazy, or preoccupied thinking the wrong things, because you see, an idle mind is the devil’s workshop.
Yesterday night riding home after a very long and busy yet exciting day for my family, I was making some financial calculations in my mind. It’s annoying how one still has to spend so much on certain things such as fuel for the gen, because NEPA has gone on a break. And naturally it’s easy for such concerns to get one grumbling and complaining, but that’s a tired roller coaster I don’t feel like getting on anymore.
Tired of quite keeping it in I voiced out my thoughts, and my husband reminded me of how worked-up I used to get last year when I’d go grocery shopping and realize how almost everything had gone up in price since the last time I shopped. It was a pleasant memory lane to visit even for just a bit because it helped me realize the testimony that had come out of those times.
We rise above, no matter how annoying or tough the present situation is- “while we look not at the things which are seen: for the things which are seen are temporal (subject to change); but the things which are not seen are eternal.” ~2Corinthians 4:18
Every challenge has an expiry date- what’s important however is the state of your heart through the challenge; What is your confesion? What is your faith walk? No matter how things change or don’t change, I’ve realized that God always prepares a way of escape for those whom He loves. I’m totes grateful that I live a life that is dedicated to God’s use, hence a life where God totes takes care of me. What’s there to complain about mbok? 😅#teamtotallysatisfiedwithJesus! #satisfiedbabygirl #IhaveallthatIneed #totallycontent #GodsOwn #heavensambassador 💕
To every trying situation, remember this phrase and grow from the process- “and it came to pass!”