Detox Day 2: Helpless Feelings…

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The post is mostly aimed at individuals who find themselves helpless, particularly when it comes to dealing with needing to support a close family or friend.

Prior to this post, the number of occasions that I felt helpless when it came about overthinking how and finding ways to support a close one was becoming too frequent. Thoughts like these of course eventually lead worries and anxiety if not familiar with God’s Word.

Proverbs 3:5 tells us “lean not on your own understanding”. By feeling helpless,  unintentionally we are automatically putting our own weight, our own limitations on the matter, attempting to take control of the situations and possibly leading us to make serious decisions which could have serious implications.

So the next time you have the helpless feeling, let’s worry less, pray and believe God is in control of that situation. Seek wisdom and ask God for strength and courage to help support and see through the challenged your close friend or family member are going through.


Food Corner

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Today was my first attempt to try out cauliflower.Roasted cauliflower. I am not quite sure what forced me to buy a whole cauliflower but it was an experience to cook. I over roasted it to get that crispy texture..well I was trying.

The sauce was lush, including ingredients such as Thai green curry and lime leaves.

In small doses, the vegetable was great as a aide dish for my Nigerian noodles.

The ugly vegetable is good for boosting brain heath – surprise surprise! It is also rice in several vitamins and minerals.

 

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Overcoming Your Goliaths… or Your Hurdles

1 Samuel 17. The famous account of David and Goliath.

What did you really get out of this scripture?

When faced with a situation which looks almost impossible to solve or struggling to find ways to avoid various temptations etc; most of us are so quick to say “God is in control”, “God has got our back”, “pray about it” or “it is well”.

Is this really enough?

These are phrases so easily said sometimes to ourselves or to others so casually to the point that it may seems like you have given up….

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Cup of Blessing Two

Hey everyone,

This is an impulse, unplanned post. It is however a post that had to be written in order to appreciate everything the Lord has done for me.

Do you remember the post titled “Cup of Blessing” back in 2015? About how God had my back and providing me with solutions without me trying too hard to overcome certain hurdles – well..

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When reflecting back; God didn’t finish His work there…He blessed me with divine favour (in what was then a new job), the type of favour that was enough to overwhelm me when it came to the last day of that job (last week).

During the two years whilst working in this pharma company; I did see a glimpse of my cup of blessing…rewards, bounces – you name it…But I still found a reason to complain about A, B and C, which now when I look back was a sin and a reflection of pure ungratefulness. I must say, such an action can result into someone’s stagnation without one even knowing.

However, God being merciful continued to give me  divine favour in the eyes of my work colleagues and my managers. On my last working week at the company , the expensive gifts I received , the tears I saw -it all touched me. It was at this point I had to mentally take back every complaint and every negative word said. I felt guilty, I had a conscience.

So what am I saying in this post today? Always thank God for your cups of blessing – no matter the size. When you are going through a rough patch -pause. Take a breather. And revisit the occasion that God gave you that cup of blessing.

I hope this post ministers to someone.

If not..

GOD, THANK YOU FOR YOUR MERCY! Lol.

Typing to you soon.

Dafricanlady.

Triplets after Nineteen Years

Triplets after Nineteen Years of Barrenness.

Today, we have a testimony which I heard during the Christmas 2016 period. As tradition my siblings and I make effort to attend the same church as our parents (seeing as it is family day). I was blessed by the sermon, the worship & praise but of course the TESTIMONIES.

Winners Chapel are always coming out with fire, dangerous mind boggling testimonies. It is unreal.

If you are currently still looking for a place to worship, Winners is a good grounded church.

Onto the testimony…

So I haven’t got this testimony in writing from the married couple themselves or the church (just yet), but whilst hearing the testimony…I tried my best to take notes and then after wrote it as a journal account.

I pray that despite the way the testimony is written…it will minister to you regardless – may you receive your own testimony before the end of first quarter of the year (March ’17):

…everyone including myself was applauding for the West Indian man giving his testimony.

The type of applause to say…thank you God for touching his life, giving him a testimony and let’s carry carrying on encouraging the non-Nigerians to come to our church also. 3 in 1 type of clap.

The West-Indian man has a glow on his face, a glow to indicate to any audience that what God had done for him if not touched…then stunned him and he was indeed grateful. His walk off the altar was light and caught my attention as he shook hands with neighbouring church members. All of a sudden the clapping of hands got louder and louder. I thought it was to mark the end of the testimonies session. Then along with the clapping came the loud surprising cheering. I was confused. Me and my short-self decided to stand up. Probably the most pointless action as all I saw was mainly bald heads, wigs and weaves. I then believed Pastor David Jr came on the altar as an unannounced guest.

WRONG.

It was after a good few minutes I understood what everyone was cheering about. A man, his wife and an elderly woman – each carrying a baby.

The man begun his testimony: “19 years of bareness, in which during this period: they went abroad and in total had 9 IVF treatments all which failed.

The testifier also mentioned it was that it was around this time last year (December 2015) that the Pastor Udoh declared that there will be a testimony that will include a man, his wife and the grandmother each carrying a baby. According to his testimony, he and his wife held on to that Word.

The new father was still telling his testimony I got on my feet… I had goose bumps. I had hope. I turned into a confident mind-set of the impossible can indeed become the possible.

The most touching part of the testimony was when the Pastor requested for new parents to come forward (to the front) to dedicate their new born babies. The testify explained at that moment that his wife came out and danced her way forward as if she already had her own child.

EHH!!!! TALK ABOUT FAITH.

My account stops there.

There testifiers also keyed into the praising God.

They also keyed into the scripture Hebrews 11:30. A scripture I would like to dismantle, study and share with you today.


Hebrews 11:30

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By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days

-(NKJV)

When we revisit the account in the book of Joshua 6:1-27, it should be pointed out that the walls of Jericho did not fall on its own, neither was it due to the blowing of the trumpets. In actual fact it was due to the confidence and continuous faith in God from the priests that enabled the wall to fall.

This is type of faith is a necessity when you feel that there seems to be no change in circumstances or difficult situations. We need to remember that God has power over the human heart as he had power over Jericho, as He had power over the marriage couple believing in God for children and as He will have power in your darkest day of discouragement.

Once again in reference to the testifiers, they remain committed in continuing to praise God, despite their situation. They didn’t give up on him. They returned to Him day after day – giving him glory! God must have seen this and pour out his blessings onto them…with triplets. Praise the Lord!

I would love to hear from those who go to Winners and particularly heard that testimony ….how amazing was it to be hear that testimony.

NB: If I do get a copy of the version transcribed by Winner’s Chapel, I will post it in the comment section for you to read also.

DAfricanLady


To share a testimony, please email me at  testimonies_speak@outlook.com or message me via The Multifunction Box.


 

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Patricia’s War Book

Hey Testimonies Speakers,

Following on from the previous post, here is a testimony (and more personal words) based on  the War Room film.

2016 has been a year of FAITH. This time last year I watched a movie where a woman had a small room (war room) in her house where she prayed out loud and stuck written prayers on the wall. I do not have a small private room in my house where I can stick prayers all around; however, I was inspired to buy a book to write my prayers in. As the year went on, I wrote down my prayers and this book became my “WAR BOOK”.

Every prayer that was written in the book God answered. Prayer works!!! More importantly, it increased my belief in God and also made me more of a determined person as a whole. I achieved all the goals I set in 2016 simply because of my faith in God. Some of these goals seemed impossible even to begin to wish for at the start of the year. As I reflect back on the prayers I had written down throughout the year; I noticed that shortly after every victorious moment, there was a storm. Nevertheless, I chose to keep praying.

Each time I celebrated what I was given, I also praised God for the outcome to the ‘not yet answered’ prayers. In other words, I praised him in advance. Having faith in God became an addiction because I realised as the year went on I needed it for survival. Every moment of 2016 I needed God and he showed up. It is so easy to forget all the great things God has done, but I found that writing down my prayers allowed me to remember. I love this scripture below because it sums up the above.

“No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. ‭Isaiah‬ ‭54:17‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

It is important to note that the bible did not focus on the weapons forming; however, it is clearly written that the weapon will not prosper. What do you want 2017 to look like for you and your loved ones? That is entirely based on the level of faith you choose to have. Do not limit God. Jesus lives in all of us, and we all have access to him no matter who we think we are.

Throughout 2016, each moment I exercised faith, I backed it with actions by going after my dreams and desires.

“In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”James‬ ‭2:17‬ ‭NIV

I am grateful for 2016 and the wisdom learnt.

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This testimony for me is so timely. Why? I’m halfway through my 21 days fasting with my church – prior to this I found myself a dusted unused 400 paged journal book and mentally (faith-ly) renamed it as my “War Book”. I decided to focus on two main prayer points and broke each of it down into sub-prayer-points and allocated each of the point made to a verse. So 21 verses. Hands down… it has been one of most effective prayer & fasting period. I believe my testimonies are around the corner. Keeping in mind that have a delay doesn’t mean that you will be denied.

This is definitely a testimony that I will be revisiting often this year.

How do you normally organise your prayer and fasting period?


 

To share a testimony, please email me at  testimonies_speak@outlook.com or message me via The Multifunction Box.