Friday, 28 November 2008

Is your straight road really straight?

Sefiat just finished secondary school. It was a breath of fresh air to have completed secondary education but then there was a major decision to be made.

“What do I study? Where do I apply?”

Time was running fast. Weeks were turning into months and the pressure to make a decision increased by the hour. Advices from here and there only made her more confused. Deep down in here heart she wanted to study French at university but that reason so she could say she held a degree. The other thing was nursing but her ego stepped in the way. She had been told nursing was a ‘dumping ground’ for those not good enough to study medicine and she felt she was better than a ‘dumping ground’!

She went to God in prayer. The revelation from here changed her life for good.
She dreamt: she and her friend stood in front of two roads. One went straight ahead in front of her and the other had steps going underground and then steps coming upwards at the other end.

“The straight road is always the quickest” she thought.
Being the one to choose first, she chose the straight road while her friend Bukky chose the underground route.

Sefiat had not gotten far in her journey when she heard Bukky calling afar “Sefiat where are you? I’ve reached the other end. Where are you?”
By the time Sefiat had got to the middle of the road there were a series of obstacles that blocked here road. She could hear Bukky calling her but couldn’t see her.

When she woke up, she knew what God was telling her.
Sefiat went on to do nursing which she didn’t regret because the knowledge she gained helped her to nurse her children when they were ill rather than waiting for a doctor or admitting them in a hospital.
She remembered her mother telling her that if she studied French, she would use money from the house she rented out to fund her education.
But a year later her mom’s house got burnt down. Of course that meant no money was available.

Sefiat thought doing French at university was a fast and easy road to gaining a degree, But God made her think again.

God is faithful! Every Christian will come to a point in their life when they have to accept what God wills and let go of their own. It’s going to be hard but in the future when you look back, you’ll realise that the road you thought was straight wasn’t. The road which is truly straight is the road God chooses for you.

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him who have been called according to his purpose - Romans 8:28"

The Lord is good all the time!

Sunday, 23 November 2008

Early Morning Praise

As the dawn breaks and the sun rises in the morning,
I lift my hands to the heavens and sing my praises to the Lord most high. For his power and majesty reigns supreme.

El Roi, you O LORD are the king of all creation.
Adonai, the head overall, I worship you
You are and have been so good to me.
El Olam, the everlasting God, there is none like you.
Yahweh Tsidkenu, the righteous God, I thank you because you are ever faithful.
You remain the same now and forever more.
Yahweh Shammah, My God who is present always. In the midst of the storm you are there waiting for me to climb up into your arms and feel your heart beat; so I can rest assured that you are bigger than every storm.

Jehovah Jireh, My one and only provider. With all my heart I give thanks for you are more than able to supply my needs according to your riches in Glory.
You are my ROCK and as I stand on you, I will not be shaken by waves of the raging waters.
Attiq Yomin, the ancient of days, all wisdom belong to you. I thank you because you will direct my steps in this new day!

Blessed be your name.
Good morning father, Good morning LORD!

"From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the LORD is to be praised.- Psalm 113:3"

The Lord is good all the time!

Thursday, 20 November 2008

My testimony

As a little girl, i had many dreams. Every time I dreamt, alongside I saw how far i was from achieving that dream.the thing is I was never afraid to dream.I had no idea how i was going to achieve it but I knew with God all things are possible!

I always wanted to be a doctor and I wanted the get the best medical training possible.
2005 found me making the journey from Nigeria to the UK. New country, new lifestyle...I was thrown into the confusion while in the middle of high school.
I gradually picked myself up.Thank God for friends who are secret 'helpers'.

School was my biggest problem yet.I was finding my subjects difficult and no matter the effort i put in, I wasn't getting results. Frustration crept into my life.I was hating life and hating myself.
I tried my best and I prayed. Exams came and went and I forgot all about it 'till the 14th of August when i called my school for results.

I don't remember anything worse than these words: 'you got a C in Chemistry'. At that moment, it was like an arrow pierced my heart.
I'm sure you're wondering what on earth I'm talking about but I'll explain. Ever since I could comprehend words, i wanted to be a doctor. Moving to the UK didn't change that dream. The passion moved with me!

To get into medical school, you must have at least grades AAB or AAA in 3 sciences. One of those A grades must be in chemistry( this is what most medical schools say). All the places I applied to required an A grade in chemistry and i was 2 grades below!!!
So basically I was the kind of candidate that the university would have immediately thrown away my application form once they saw the results.
I felt like the road had ended for me.I thought all doors would have closed by now.
My daily routine became: cry for breakfast, worry for lunch and cry for dinner.

My teacher was disappointed and i realised that he had lost all hope in me( like its my fault that he cannot teach properly..LOL).Only bad news came my way.
I didn't really know how to fix the situation because i was kinda confident for that exam and i couldn't picture where i had gone wrong (but obviously i went wrong somewhere if i 'failed' rite?)

I was angry and bitter but nevertheless I dived into my books once more.That helped a bit but made me more stressed and exhausted each day.One day my Mum said to me "you can read all you like but without God, it could end up in vain".
I then realised that all along, I'd been trying to do it my way and wanting God to take sides with me when He should have been in control.

I don't remember how many times how i came to God crying m eyes out.No one really understood how i felt but God did. My pastor told me once that my tears would only show the devil that he's won.
I went from PRAYER to PRAISE.things got tougher but i chose to believe the report of the Lord.
The month of November was declared a month of changing levels and with that prophetic declaration came the answers to my prayers.
I have letters inviting me to the interviews of a couple of universities which i am looking forward to.


We all have different experiences, our miracles and our testimony's. This is mine.

The top ten things that i can tell you are that:

~Miracles are real

~You will have your testimony

~God is not asleep

~Believe the report of the Lord

~Let God take full control

~The voices of evil will rise up when you are destined for greatness

~Without faith it is impossible to please God

~ Nothing is too great for God to handle

~ Prayer is the master key

~Praise is a prayer that will always work

"With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God-Mark 10:26-28"

The Lord is good all the time!

Sunday, 9 November 2008

Have you given God your all?

An unemployed graduate woke up one morning and checked his pocket. All he had left was $10. He decided to use it to buy food and then wait for death as he was too proud to go begging. He was frustrated as he could find no job, and nobody was ready to help him. He bought food and as he sat down to eat, an o ld man and two little children came along and asked him to help them with food as they had not eaten for almost a week.

He looked at them. They were so lean that he could see their bones coming out. Their eyes had gone into the socket. With the last bit of compassion he had, he gave them the food. The old man and children prayed that God would bless and prosper him and then gave him a very old coin. The young graduate said to them 'you need the prayer more than I do'.

With no money, no job, no food, the young graduate went under the bridge to rest and wait for death. As he was about to go to sleep, he saw an old newspaper on the ground. He picked it up, and suddenly he saw an advertisement for people with old coins to come to a certain address. He decided to go there with the old coin the old man gave him. On getting to the place, he gave the proprietor the coin. The proprietor screamed, brought out a big book and showed the young graduate a photograph. This same old coin was worth 3 million dollars. The young graduate was overjoyed as the proprietor gave him a bank draft for 3 million dollars.

Within an hour, he collected the Bank Draft an d went in search of the old man and little children. By the time he got to where he left them eating, they had gone. He asked the owner of the canteen if he knew them. He said no but they left a note for you. He quickly opened the note thinking it would lead him to find them.

This is what the note said: 'You gave us your all and we have rewarded you back with the coin,' signed God the Father, The Son and The Ho ly Ghost. 1 Kings 17:10-16; Matthew 11:28-30

Have you given all to Jesus Christ? If you haven't, do so today and he will surprise you.


The Lord is good all the time!

Saturday, 1 November 2008

Shape up! ..The teacup tells its story

I wasn't always like this. let me tell you my story:

I used to be a hard,cold lump of clay when one day the potter picked me up and said " i could do something with this". He started to gradually put pressure on me and change my shape.

Out of shock, i asked "what are you doing? That hurts. Stop!!" but he said "not yet" then he put me on a wheel and began to spin me around until I shouted, "let me off". Again he replied "Not yet". Then he shaped me into a cup and put me into a hot oven. I cried so hard "let me out of here!" but again he replied calmly "Not yet".

When he took me out, i thought surely his work must be done now but you wouldn't belive what happened next. He painted me and put me back in the oven!
I struggled and cried saying "I can't stand this, pelase let me out!" But he said "not yet".

Finally he took me out of the oven and set me on a shelf where i thought he had forgoten me.
Oh here comes the best part; One day he took me off the shelf and held me up before a mirror. I just couldn't believe my eyes. I had become a beautiful teacup that everyone wanted to buy.

And guess what...I AM still that teacup that everyone wants to buy!!


There are things going on in your life that you don't understand.The pain, the pressure, the hardship, sometimes you just wonder what exactly they are there for. When you finally get to the place that God wants you to be, you'll realse that He has been making you into a vesssel He can use, bless and use to bless others. So Allow God to mould you..Get into shape!

"...We are the clay and you our Potter..." - Isaiah 64:8

The Lord is good all the time!