How God provided Money to offset our debts; the Incredible benefit of being specific in Prayer

How God provided Money to offset our debts; the Incredible benefit of being specific in Prayer

In 2014, we had our 3 little kiddos and were expecting another one. Thus, we felt the need to move to a bigger place. Only my husband had a job at the time, so we thought we‘d look toward the outskirts of Oslo, Norway for a more affordable property fit for a family of six.

 

 

At the onset, we had only a vague picture of what we wanted: a budget, the desired number of rooms, and a woolly idea of places we wanted to live in. We didn’t think it was necessary to ask God for other things that made living in a place convenient: street traffic, distance to the grocery stores, distance to the library,  type of schools in the neighbourhood etc.

 

We searched and viewed all possible houses in the city until we were flummoxed. We’d seen all types of properties. The grueling long search soon made us indecisive. We wanted this house and the next and the other.

 

One day, during either a bible study or a prayer session, I felt the Lord ask me, “What do you really want?” Pointing me to (Mark 11:23) which says, “Whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

This mountain signifying — a definite request.

I believe the Lord nudged me to put it down in writing. After discussing this with my husband, we came up with the following

At least a three-bedroom house with its yard (specifically) at the back for safety

An attached rental property

A slow traffic street

A special school for one of my daughters with walking distance to the train station and grocery stores

Finally, I desperately asked God for a prayer room

 

 

Around my 7th month of pregnancy, we visited a couple who lived in this calm and well-kept community called Ås, situated in the Akershus province of Norway. It’s lavishly surrounded by quaint houses, well-tarred walking, and bicycle paths and sandwiched by nicely manicured hedges. The streets had a calm traffic and were surrounded by lovely greeneries. It also had a short route to the bus stop.  The library and the grocery stores were only a stroll away. At first, I was but attracted to the serenity of the neighborhood, the feeling of fresh air, and the birds chirping. The well-kept parks fascinated me even more. As our friends saw us to our car, almost in a flighty way I said,” Lord, I would love to live in a neighborhood like this”.—We were in for a big surprise.

 

 

From that time on, we started considering the neighborhood of Ås in our search.  Turned out, property prices in Ås were awfully pricey. As we viewed properties in Ås, we noticed that though the asking prices of the houses were at the upper bound of our budget, they were eventually sold for higher prices — anything from 200,000 Norwegian kroner or more (33,000 Canadian dollars) above the asking prices. In fact, one property we’d gone to see in Ås was sold for 1.5 million Norwegian kroner (250,000 Canadian dollars) above the asking price—thanks to the property bubble market.

 

 

After this outlandish pricing episode, we were exasperated and decided to take our eyes off Ås and settle for somewhere more affordable. Though our decision was to forget Ås, every so often, the allure of  Ås came tugging at us. One day, we saw a property for sale in Ås, our treasured location; we gave it one more try. Unlike the previous house viewings here, strangely, we were the only viewer for this property. This rather shocked us until we learned that the property had been on the market for a while. It wouldn’t sell because of a drainage problem in the basement. As we set our eyes on the house, it evoked no special feelings. The house was anything but splendid. Instead, it had a bland and empty look. We were hesitant. On a second thought, we wondered if this could be an opportunity that’s been shrouded in rags waiting for us to refine?

 

 

We consulted with some plumbers who gave us a glimmer of hope to purchase the property. On that slender thread, we dared to buy the house and hoped not to be greeted by mold surprises. After we fixed the drainage problem, we touched up the paintings inside the house, pulled down the wall separating the kitchen from the sitting area and behold, magic happened!

 

We began enjoying our house with all we’d asked for — a three-bedroom house with an attached rental property, the child-friendly neighborhood and a very low street traffic. The closest school which was about 4 minutes walk from our house, was the exact school suited for my first daughter. Not to mention the park merely 2 minutes away.

 

The day finally came when the former house owner —a Christian woman— came visiting. She was surprised at the changes we’d made to the house. She couldn’t believe it was the same house she’d sold us months earlier. As we got talking, she revealed something gripping to me. “The room in the basement was my prayer room”, she explained, “It was sacred to me and I would want you to do the same.” She said she felt the need to tell me. Astounded by what I just heard, I immediately felt a tingling sensation of God’s love inside of me. In the subsequent days,  as I kept wondering why this lady divulged that to me, I was engrossed with the thought that perhaps God wanted to hint to me that he’d given me exactly what I asked for.

 

I believe God wanted to show us that we could ask for anything —within the boundaries of His will— in faith and receive it. It mesmerized me that God cared enough to hear every single word we uttered. She telling me definitely built up my faith.  I believe being specific in our prayers helps us recognize when we receive our answers; convinces us of the graciousness of God, and increases our confidence in God. This definitely jacked up mine.

 

More still, about one year later, in October 2016,  the time came for us to leave Norway for Canada. With deep sighs and heavy hearts, we began the process to enlist our house for sale. It was no pleasure having to let go of our “promised” home. After we contacted a realtor to enlist our property for sale, we wondered if the balcony and some other things we needed to fix would affect the sale of the house. Here again, prayer dispels doubt. Philippians 4:6 tells us not to worry but to pray about everything.

We employed our newfound truth about making definite requests in prayer by faith. We asked the Lord to send someone who would buy the house within three months (we scheduled to leave Norway Dec 12th) for a price we had in mind. We had only three months to tidy up the house, sell the house, and handover to the new buyer.

Surprisingly, someone who desperately wanted to buy a house in that neighborhood contacted us before we put our property up on the market. To cut the long story short, we sold this property before the official viewing day for 1 million kroner (more than 166,000 Can Dollars) more than we bought it in the previous year.  Did I mention that because of the initial drainage problem, we bought the house for less than the asking price?

This is just one testimony of how God answered a specific need and sent financial relieve to offset our debt.

“Only ask, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance, the whole earth as your possession”. Psalm 2:8

 

 

What we learned from this episode:

  • Being specific forced us to think about what we really wanted
  • Writing down our requests helped us visualize our desires — an act of faith according to Hebrews 11:1
  • It also helped us pray specifically using related scriptures  to target our prayers
  • Being specific helped us to recognize when God answered and to praise Him accordingly
  • The act made us stand in awe of God when we saw that He actually answered; this made us trust God more in other areas of our lives.
  • It changed the way I relate to God. I now see God as my Daddy that I can tell all my worries and be confident that He hears.

 

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God bless you!

 

 

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Leukemia Healed and then My Life took a Sudden Shift

Leukemia Healed and then My Life took a Sudden Shift

Story from Mae in Calgary, Canada

In February 2001, something weird began to happen to me. I was feeling extremely tired but without any physical pains in my body. This continued until the day I and my husband were invited to supper with some other couples.We were in this place when suddenly, everywhere began to look foggy to me. I could hear people talking but couldn’t see anyone. I was conscious of all that was happening around but was unable to visualize anyone or objects. Finding this very strange, I told my husband to please take me home immediately.

 

We dropped by my family doctor’s, who conducted some initial tests and referred me to a specialist. Within 2 days, I was sent to an Oncologist. I had no clue what an Oncologist was or did. Looking back now, I realized the doctor didn’t tell me what he specialized in and I didn’t bother to ask.  He ran another test withdrawing something from my spine.  After examining the result, he took my hand and without beating about the bush, he said, “ There’s something serious with your blood”  even then I was oblivious.

I was hospitalized immediately and then the lineup of tests began. They drew out so much blood from me while running these tests that I wondered if I had any more blood left. There were series of tests upon tests.The next morning, the doctor announced to me that I had Acute Myeloid Leukemia (Cancer of the blood). ”It was still in the marrow,” the doctor said.  I froze in that moment, startled by the news I’d received. I can’t really explain how I felt but the last thing I thought of was God. All I had was fear. The doctor assured me that he would try to keep the cancer from getting into the blood as it was still in my spine.

Miserable I felt…

After two days, I began my chemotherapy treatments. Miserable is an understatement of what I was feeling. I didn’t feel physically weak but was totally and emotionally wrecked out. The niggling weird feelings were horrible. Then came the depression. I didn’t want to talk to anyone. I wanted to be all alone. The chemo treatments made me very depressed.  Now let me say this, I was born in a Christian home, but wasn’t a practising Christian. I knew nothing about the word of God nor any of His Word related to my health.  I was hooked up to blood work. I had more faith in the doctor than anyone else, so it was a good thing the doctor didn’t want to tell me how sick I was.

 

Incessant bouts of depression…

After about 5 weeks, the doctor came in and said to me that the treatments were working. The doctor asked me “do you realize how sick you were?”  “I guess not” I responded. “I got you in remission” he continued. He said the treatment is working but there was not a 100% guarantee

I couldn’t control the incessant bouts of depression. I would feel so helpless and worthless. I’d lost all my hair, lost 43 pounds and didn’t want to go home yet. It was about the last weeks when the medications were taken away that I realized how sick I was. Thankfully, some people always came around to pray for me in the Hospital.

I almost died thoughts…

It was after this sickness that the thoughts of that I almost died started coming hard at me. All of a sudden I realized I would have been dead. Even though I didn’t have a relationship with God at the time, I believe He showed me grace and met me at my level. Each time I went to the hospital for treatments, for some strange reason, I’d be impressed to read a certain sign by the roadside. The signs were moving frontlets of bible verses. Each time I passed and read them, I felt as though there was something pulling me to want to come closer to God. Around that time, I heard of this Hawkwood Baptist preacher in Calgary, Bernie Smith. I would go to him and ask him many questions.  I wondered if God would want me back after so many years of turning my back to him. As I learnt about God’s love and mercy towards me, I decided to start going to church and got baptized thereafter. All the fears I had about where I would go after I die gradually dissipated. Before now, I lived in fear not hopeful in this life or where I’d end up in.

As I studied the Word of God, God started giving me his own thoughts. He would direct me “read this, read this”. They were like God actually talking to me. All traces of fear and agitation left me. I had absolute peace.

Reflecting back

I see now that God had been there all along. I had lots of signs in the hospital. God was trying to get my attention but I didn’t know it at the time. God shook me from this sickness to realize it. Perhaps you’re reading this and you don’t really know this Jesus. God is waiting for you to come to Him. Don’t harden your heart!

The ultimate fear

Throughout this period, I had this fear of death. It’s human nature. This is because we were made for eternity according to Ecclesiastes 3:11. That means that we were made for a life beyond this one.  We were made to live eternally. So departing from the earth is not where life ends.

Perhaps you say, no I’ll take my chances. Well, eternity is a loooong time to be wrong. Do you want an eternity of pain and regret? Or an eternity of peace?

Death still remains the biggest problem of man. But there is good news!  There is a solution. Jesus Christ is the solution.  The scriptures say that “ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no name given on earth by which man shall be saved” Acts 4:12

Jesus went on to say in John 14:6 that  “ I am the way, the truth and the life”. No one comes to the father without Him. The life He gives is a final rest for your soul and a relationship of peace, joy and hope here on earth.

Let’s choose wisely.

God is waiting for you!

I am now 81 years and it has never felt better. It is the same peace I have today. Even If someone tells me that I’ll drop dead in 5 mins I  would not worry at all. I have no doubt God loves me and that I will spend eternity with Him. My life ever since has seen upward motion. Not without challenges though but with ever-increasing victories. I am so glad to present to you this Jesus who helped me from my depressing thoughts. He is the best thing that can ever happen to anyone.

I am so grateful to God that I went through this. The shaking from this cancer helped me find my way to God.

Incase you do not know the Lord, here are some resources that may help in your discovery.

I would love to know if this helped you in any way. Please don’t forget to leave a comment and share as well if you were blessed.

God bless you!

 

 

Benefit of Praying and Fasting; How I got my Long Delayed Job

Benefit of Praying and Fasting; How I got my Long Delayed Job

 

It was In 1999. I had just graduated from the Federal University of Technology Yola in Nigeria, and had finished my youth service (we usually serve the country for one year). I sought a job from Nov 2000 to Oct 2001. I come from a Moslem family and my father has huge political and business networks, “well connected” as they say in Nigeria. Incidentally, I studied Chemical engineering at the University so it was a small thing for him to contact his friends in the oil companies in Nigeria. He contacted many of his friends on my behalf, In fact, at one time, I received an envelope containing a letter from the presidency’s office to take to Shell Nigeria for employment considerations. I can still remember the letter, It has an engraved Nigeria’s coat of arms. I hadn’t seen such a well-designed letter before. I travelled from Portharcourt, where I lived at the time to Lagos. There I, and my dad went on to deliver the letter to the office of Shell’s human resources director. I didn’t hear a word till date from that office.

 

 

They disappointed me…

I’d tried quite a number of my father’s connections. We went to the executive vice chairman of Exxon mobile at the time for opportunity in Exxon Mobile, we even contacted the Chief Security Officer (CSO) Rivers State Government for a position in Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG) Bonny, yet nothing. I applied to several companies but didn’t get a callback. The intriguing thing was that I was praying and at the same time “pressing the buttons” hoping to get help from my connections. I tried every possible connection until I burned out. This lasted about 1yr.

 

 

Something must be wrong with me…

Out of frustration, one day my well-meaning, Moslem dad had an idea. He advised me to go have a spiritual bath. He went ahead to introduce me to one of his friends that had taken a spiritual bath. ” After I had this spiritual bath, ” his friend said, ” doors began to open”. I was daily swamped by such suggestions from my Dad and my half sisters who by the way thought I was too proud to take their advice. It got to the point where my father began to verbally voice out his dissatisfaction with me. He said he had done everything possible a father could do for his son. He has put me through school. He took me to his friends with high status. “There must be something wrong with you, you must be cursed with some sort of bad luck,” he said in anger, “Christianity is a useless faith,” he continued, we pray five times but you Christians pray only once, which one do you think will have more power?”

 

 

 

 

I decided to do something differently…

In perplexion from all the rantings and disappointment, I told my dad I needed to go away for five days. Sept 9th, 2001, I left for my friend’s house in Ebonyi State for a spiritual retreat. I embarked on a three day, morning to 6 pm fast. It was in this fast that the Lord reprimand me. He said I was foolish in thinking that the arm of flesh would get me a job. He reminded me of  Jer 17:5, It says “Thus says the LORD, Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind And makes flesh his strength, And whose heart turns away from the LORD”.  “You have not looked up to me,” He said. With a penitent heart, I cried bitterly to God and repented of my sins.

 

 

God heard me…

About three days after the fast, in my father’s living room, I read the scripture from Psalm 102:13 that says “Now I will arise and have mercy on Zion for it is time to show favour to her; the appointed time has come.” I felt as though these words were spoken directly to my spirit. There was no shadow of a doubt that those words were for me.  In excitement, I jumped up and started dancing. I danced and danced such that an onlooker would think I was dancing to a tune or a music. I only stopped for not wanting the neighbour to think I was crazy. I had this peace that God had heard me.

 

The next day, Tony my friend came visiting. Out of excitement, I told him I was going to get a Job. He looked at me with the expression of, what has come over you? Seeing we have both been looking for a job for the past year.  He asked, “so what has changed?” Less than a week after I read that verse—around September 18th, 2001. I received a letter from the company: Fugro Consultant Nigeria, formerly called Nigeria Prodec Fugro asking me to come for an interview.

 

This is the first interview letter I am receiving after several applications. The moment I saw this letter, I knew it was my job. The company needed to select only 2 successful candidates. As I prepared for the interview, however, I heard this voice in my head saying how are you sure you’ll be selected? The results came out, and I learnt the company selected those who had a score of 70 and above. I luckily scaled through with slightly above 70 marks. There were still others with a score of 80’s and 90.

 

In preparation for the 2nd interview phase, I read all relevant books I could think of. On the morning of the interview, after my quiet time with God, I began to do a recap of all I’d read. Just then, I heard the Holy Spirit speak to my heart to pick up the diary I’d used during my youth service. In the diary contained some points I jotted down from a book called “How to answer tough interview questions” I’d completely forgotten about this diary and hadn’t opened it for a year. I opened it that morning and dusted it, then I glanced through it for few minutes and continued with my engineering book.

 

As I sat for the 2nd phase of the interview, I thought it was going to be a question and answer exam. Surprisingly, it was a written exam. There were 16 questions. 15 of the 16 questions were a word for word what I read from the diary that morning. When I saw this, I was excitedly paralysed. The first words that came from my mouth were “ God I thank you”. I tingled with Joy as I happily reproduced back the answers.

 

I didn’t receive a response after the said time…

After waiting for the stipulated 2 weeks given by the company, I was quite concerned I’d not been called by the company. Anxiously, I called One of my friends who had also made it to the 2nd round. He informed me he has already received a rejection letter. This made me even more nervous; I called the company to find out what was happening and was told to wait until I get a response.

 

 

About the 3rd or fourth week, I received a  letter requesting that I come for discussions with the management. On the eve of the scheduled discussion, I attended a vigil in the Assemblies of God church in Port Harcourt city, Nigeria —as was my custom. After the prayer meeting that night, I bought a book displayed on the tables there at the church.

 

The next morning, I left for the management discussion with the book I’d bought the previous night. I arrived the company’s building and was waiting at the reception’s office. It wasn’t long before the Managing Director called me into his office and we began to talk. He started with subject-specific questions and gradually veered into more general questions. That was when he asked me why I was holding a Christian book. Now that was a logical question as my names reflect my Moslem background. I told him I was born a Moslem but was miraculously converted to Christianity.  On hearing this, he immediately called the office secretary (the late Kate Okafor) to give me my employment letter to sign.

 

What I later found out from Kate…

She said that the company had already selected the 1st candidate and had reservations to pick me as the 2nd candidate. They’ve had an issue with a former Moslem employee, so this time around the company wanted people that would fully participate in the company’s values. My confirmation was delayed because my two first names are Moslem names. Even today, I often wondered why they still held on with me. Glory to God

 

 

  I learned that…

  1. We shouldn’t trust in the arm of flesh— my letter from the office of the presidency.
  2. As believers, we can’t dictate to God ”Use this man or this person”. Let God use whosoever he wants to.
  3. People say you need to know someone before you get a job. I’ll say you need to know God and then He’ll connect you with the right people.
  4. The promises we claim by faith are promises that are revealed to us. It feels as though you’ve already received it when the written word becomes the spoken word. We must, however, properly position ourselves to hear God.
  5. This experience increased my faith by leaps and bounds. I was able to talk to my father that God was alive. What my dad couldn’t do, God did for me.
  6. During the times we were hoping in our connections, something kept telling me, why don’t you take out time to seek God? I knew something was not in agreement with my spirit but because I desperately needed a job, I ignored the HolySpirit and tagged along; until I hit rock bottom.

God Bless you!

—Submitted by Omotayo from Norway

Have you’ve had a similar experience? what happened and what did you learn? Please comment below. We’d really love to hear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How God Helped Me Through A Tough disappointment

How God Helped Me Through A Tough disappointment

 

Disappointment to a noble soul is what cold water is to burning metal; it strengthens, tempers, intensifies, but never destroys it.” — Eliza Tabor

Have you been disappointed or hurt by a dear friend, a colleague at work, or a relative? Who sets out for the day hoping to be let down or hurt by anyone?  Distress, disappointment, and hurt sometimes find their way to us when we least expect them. However, building an inner strength prepares and strengthens us in times of distress.

Disappointment and hurt come with life. At some point, we’ll either offend someone or be offended. But like an abrasive is used to smoothen out rough edges on materials, so can distress sometimes help refine us to becoming better people. How we go about disappointment and pain, however, determines how refined or boorish we’ll become. Our response goes a long way in shaping the quality of life, friendships, freedom, and opportunities we’ll experience afterwards. It also affects our ability to pursue goals with energy and persistence. 

The scripture puts it this way:  “A broken (crushed) spirit saps your strength, but a cheerful heart is a good medicine” —Prov 17:22 

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I received shocking news…

It was in February of 2012, I’d only returned from my 4 weeks vacation. And like any other day, I resumed work at one of the company’s  branches. I’d phoned one of my colleagues who was also the store manager for some assistance. But her response over the phone gave me an inkling that something was amiss. She added also that she’ll be coming to meet me in my branch office shortly.

My branch manager walked in with a gloomy look that confirmed my suspicion. She began to narrate some incidents that had occurred while I was away. Then she made some staggering statements that weren’t true about me. As those words swirled around my head, I could only freeze. I lost all ounce of strength to defend myself, let alone a clue of what to do. In my wildest imagination did I see any of those accusations coming. As I stood startled, trying so hard to think straight, she then announced that I would no longer be working with them; I had two weeks to make an appeal. 

I learned only a few days later that there’d been some chit-chatting behind me while I was away. This was only the aftermath of their conversations.

Fear, mixed with anger, gripped my heart. The world stood still in this moment as myriads of thoughts raced through my mind. “What would people say?” I’d testified how I miraculously got the job. “What a bad example you are, how do we pay our bills? No other person will want to hire you…” The thoughts kept flowing. 

I felt so angry and hurt as everything within me was yelling,”lash out!”  Just then, I heard this gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit saying to keep calm.

Somehow, I was able to restrain myself. The days that followed were simply horrible!  They were filled with confusion and bewilderment. I felt no strength or motivation to do anything. This reminds me of what the scriptures say in Prov 24:10  “ If your strength fails on the day of battle, your strength is small.”

In other words,  if we sink, withdraw, slack or quit, in the day of affliction, troubles, distress, or challenge, our ability and strength is insufficient.

We fight back with strength from our Spirit within…

Now, my thoughts were blurred with anger and disappointment. Yet, as I studied and pondered on God’s word, the anger began to diffuse. One day, the thought that ” Everything works together for good to them that love God and are called according to His purpose Rom 8: 28” occurred to me. This thought suddenly gave me an assurance that everything would go well. I was quite unsure of what to do, so I decided to spend more time with God in prayer and in the Word, trusting Him to direct my steps.

Avoid the temptation to run-off to go tell people a negative report before speaking with your father above. Sure, we may seek counsel from people but let’s learn to consult God FIRST. That shows we trust and value His opinion more than anyone else’s.

Regarding this, the Bible says: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his arm, whose heart turns away from the LORD. He is a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land. Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD”— (Jeremiah 17:5-7).

As the days passed, we (I and my husband) felt we should contact a lawyer. Meanwhile, one day, I felt led to read Matthew 5:44-48 please find time to read).Paraphrasing, it says: to love our enemies, to pray for those who persecute us, do good to those who hate us and to bless and do not curse.With God’s help, I found myself praying this way. I asked God to forgive my colleague. I started saying that I loved her, I forgave her, and I prayed that God reveals Himself to her. Gradually, I noticed my attitude toward her beginning to change from anger to compassion. I couldn’t speak ill of her anymore. I’d forgiven her.

Interestingly, on the day of the hearing, even my colleagues I’d not called upon, spoke up for me. I was shocked at the outcome of events in my favour: The company apologized profusely and annulled their statement against me. To say the least, I was restored to work.

Surprisingly, like the ricochet of a bullet, the store manager was demoted and replaced some weeks later.

Two years later, after we both had left the company, she called me to apologize that she offended me. Glory to God! 

It’s so exciting to watch how God will fight our battles when we approach issues His way; God designed for us to overcome ALL hurt and challenges of life with a good attitude.

Important Take Aways

  • God’s word gives us the right perspective to deal with relationship issues; if we make time for God’s words, it will show up in times we need it.
  • People’s bad attitudes shouldn’t change our good attitudes.
  • God uses situations, both good and bad, especially people’s bad attitudes, to refine us.
  • A strong spirit can stand in anything (Prov 18:2). God’s Word is food for our spirit. It becomes our thoughts and words, if we consume enough of it. God’s word can work through us helping us overcome any challenge.
  • Entrusting our lives to God helps us respond to negative circumstances out of a living relationship with Jesus Christ —love and not bitterness.

Have you had a similar experience? How did you handle it? We’d love to chat with you in the comments below.

 

 

 

How God Helped Me Through A Difficult Study —Amaka’s Story.

How God Helped Me Through A Difficult Study —Amaka’s Story.

“When you get into a tight place, and everything goes against you till it seems as if you couldn’t hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that’s just the place and time that the tides’ll turn“. —Harriet Beecher Stowe

I’ll never forget 2013 when I decided to take a Master degree in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Oslo, Norway. I had three kids at the time and my plan was to finish my studies after two years then find a job. This all changed when I found out I was pregnant at the end of my 1st study year. For many weeks I prayed I would wake up and realise this was all a dream. My family life was already hectic with three kids, a husband employed full-time, and no relatives close by to help. Crippled by this news, I felt as if I was trapped in a revolving door.

I took time away from school because of severe pregnancy sickness. Most of these times were spent feeding on God’s word. This continued even after the baby’s arrival. Little did I know I was preparing myself for the hard days ahead. Now with only a few months until school started, a problem arose — I needed a babysitter for my little baby “How hard could this be ?” I thought.  I searched and asked around for an ideal babysitter — someone who’d  suit my timing, budget, and needs.  Days, weeks, and months passed, and I’ve still not found my ideal person. Meanwhile, I’d prayed and believed that I’ve received an answer to my prayers according to Mark 11:24.

 

On the weekend before school started, as I sat on the train going to the city centre, my eyes met with those of a lady, probably in her late forties. She smiled at me and we exchanged pleasantries. As we chatted, it turned out, she was also looking for a  job and could babysit. Best of all, she lived close to me and her price was good for me – exactly what I wanted. Relieved and assured of God’s love, this testimony would set the pace to trust God, even more, in the coming months

God’s Word became my life-line

As school started, the pressure began to mount —team projects, assignments, books, and papers to read up, — coupled with incessant house chores, kid’s appointments and after-school activities. ‘’ How would I cope,” I wondered?  The pressure was so much that at some point I felt It was a luxury to sit down to rest. God’s word became my life support. I literally depended on God’s word as a lifeline. I dreaded leaving the house without spending quality time in the Word and in prayer, realizing my sanity in relating with my kids, husband, and others depended on it. God was gracious to me in my studies. I made very good grades and didn’t have to retake any courses. Even when others dropped out because of the school pressure, God upheld me.

In the 3rd semester, during an internship with a company, I needed to deliver two reports. In addition to that, I was taking an elective (minor) in a programming course that was way out of my depth. As time began to run out for my deliverables, I started feeling the weight of my tasks pulling down on me. I started doubting, “Will I ever get past this study?, will I have to defer this study again?” In those times, the Lord spoke to my heart.  He said,“ I  give power to the weak and to those who have no might —no willingness—I increase strength” — Isaiah 40:29. He also said to me that He resists the proud but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6). Empowered by those words, I found the strength to persist. As a result, I delivered a very good report which the company was impressed with. I also passed the elective course.

I quit

The boiling point was in the final semester when I was writing my thesis. Pressed for time and strained from the rigorous research and writing, I began to think of quitting. “I’m done trying”. I was exhausted and left with no strength for one more day. What do you do when you’ve lost your will to persevere?  Hauled in this dark pit of despair, I cried to God that night for strength. God responded by giving me an encouraging dream: I saw myself running along with some people. As we got to a large ditch, while others crossed over, I couldn’t. Overwhelmed by the size of the ditch, I turned to go back. Just then I thought, “ I’ve come so far to go back”. As I cried, suddenly, I was lifted up by some invisible force, that was how I crossed over to the other side. I woke up so encouraged that the next time I sat to write, I pictured myself overcoming and finishing the thesis. As a result, I successfully finished and defended my thesis with a B grade. Indeed, It was a long bumpy ride but absolutely worth it.

My Takeaways.

  1. Flee from Complaining and Negative talking, instead, confess God’s Word. With so much strain on the marriage and family, Philippians 2:14 reminded me that complaining made me guilty.  I was reminded of the need to confess God’s word in every situation —My husband’s actions, my tiredness, my school assignments, kids acting out, my negative thoughts. Instead of speaking my frustrating state, I must speak what God sees in the situation. For the righteous live by faith and not by sight (IICorinthians 5:7)
  2. God is Concerned about our Attitudes as we journey to our Goals. He is more interested in our character more than He is interested in what we “achieve”. God’s word is the chief transformer. A well-fed soul will produce a good character.
  3. God Delights in Turning our Difficult Situations for our good. For any number of reasons, we find ourselves in different situations. Yet God is in perfect Control of everything including the “mistakes” of our lives. Commit everything over to Him and trust daily in his leading. He makes ALL things work together for those who Love Him. (Romans 8:28).
  4. With humility and persistence, we can achieve all we set our minds to do. A Humble person acknowledges they can do nothing of lasting value without Gods help; It’s an attitude of utter reliance on God. We must realize that All our abilities and strength comes from God. He helps us do “difficult” things.

Blessings!

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Leukemia Healed! Appropriating God’s Word in Prayer

Leukemia Healed! Appropriating God’s Word in Prayer

   I was recently reminded of God’s faithfulness. My prayer partner in Nigeria had been married for Eight years and had been believing God for the fruit of the womb. She finally took in 2016 with some medical help. Some weeks later, she went for a bone marrow test and the doctors told her she had leukemia. She was pregnant with twins and her white blood cell was as high as 75000 each time she did her routine blood work. “The devil is a liar and will continue to be”, was my thought as I heard this. She sent me and a few others, the doctor’s report. Now, this report shook me down to my core. I was so vexed in my spirit so I immediately went to prayers with her. We referred to scriptures like Mark 11: 24  which says “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” and Deut 7:14 which says You will be blessed more than any other people; none of your men or women will be childless, nor will any of your livestock be without young”. We believed and concluded the prayer by saying No to the report; It shall not stand. I had to put God’s word before me all through this time and kept confessing God’s word for her. Some weeks later, when another test was taken,  the blood test came out negative. The moment I heard this, I could only but weep for joy. Glory to God! I refuse to take this testimony lightly —I recall some time ago, someone had told me she had a terminal disease. We did nothing more than routine prayers. Some weeks later, after another blood test, the result remained the same — This time around, I decided I ‘ll do something differently. This is huge for me because, in the midst of my imperfections and storms of life, He encouraged me by this; prayer works! God is wonderful! Those who call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. John 10:10 comes to mind here, the devil wanted to STEAL her testimony and her peace, kill her hope and then finally DESTROY her testimony but Jesus has come with an abundance of life for all who will look to Him for life. 

HERE’s WHAT I LEARNED

  •          As my second experience with a similar situation and I realized, this time I knew exactly what to do. How to persist!
  • How not to be mechanical, but from deep within, call out to the God of mercy.  And really, from my own time of also trusting God for the fruit of the womb, I’ve learned to be strategic in my praying.
  •        I learned to never take a negative report lightly; I must always run to God and refute the accusations of the enemy.
  •         God’s word works! What HE says is superior over any other report. I must always hold on to God
 God Bless you! —Sent in by Lillian, Nigeria  What has God done for you? We’d be thrilled to hear your inspiring testimonies. Please Share your story here