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iTestify!!! – 3

WITH GOD? NO SHAME!

I had no idea how it was going to be…

I was about to write my final exams in the university.

But….

I was broke. I couldn’t even go home to ask for money, because at that point, finances were so rough that I was supporting my siblings for a while with the little I was earning on the side; but I had to quit my Research Assistant part-time job to prepare for exams, and my savings had finally fizzled out.

I didn’t want to disclose my plight to anyone. I was stuck!

I had only God to look up to…

I returned to my hostel room after class one afternoon to find an envelope with my name on it slipped under my door. On opening, I saw money in it…such that I had enough not only to see me through the exam period, but also to spare so I could help out at home! I was in awe!!!
I still don’t know who my benefactor is till date, but iTestify, that God still sends His angels to minister to heirs of salvation.

Was that all? God didn’t stop amazing me!

Talk about “daily manna” and being led one step at a time…

Exams were finally over, and I passed, with obvious divine help all the way….(another narrative entirely)

So having passed my exams, there remained the issue of paying my graduation fees, without which I couldn’t move forward. It was a rather hefty sum (from where I was standing) and the thought of asking anyone around me for such an amount of money didn’t even cross my mind. I figured I was stuck…yet again. And I had just the only option I always had…Look up to God.

I prayed and waited. I waited and prayed….although with very little faith. Yes, I who had enjoyed angelic intervention earlier, thought I was stretching it by asking God yet again. But I had no choice.. Out of the blues, a friend who had been out of town came looking for me frantically. She needed my help with a job, having known that I had some exposure as a Research Assistant. She was desperate, she said, and offered to pay any amount I wanted (within a reasonable margin of course). As I hesitated, she went ahead and named an amount that blew my mind (way beyond what I would have asked for)….enough to pay the graduation fees, with some left over to buy clothes, make hair and other ‘expectations’ for the graduation ceremony.

God promised me that I would never be put to shame and He made good His word. I wasn’t put to shame…just as He had promised 🙂

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Testimony as shared by O.O

Psalm 34::5
They looked to Him and were radiant, And their faces will never be ashamed.

Joel 2:27
Then you will know that I am in Israel, that I am the LORD your God, and that there is no other; never again will my people be shamed.

Psalm 25:3
No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without

 

iTestify – Real life, real issues, real testimonies, REAL GOD!

Get ready for a deluge of hope, stirring up faith in God!

©Debywrites 2016

 

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iTestify!!! – 2

JEHOVAH SHAMMAH.

Grief is something you can never be prepared to deal with.

I lost my younger brother in last year. He was a twin. His twin sister had only resumed her final year about two weeks before he passed on, so we were all scared as to the impact it would have on her studies, and whether she would be able to cope with the loss while trying to round off her final year in school as a Law student. We prayed she would have no carryovers (and by extension this warranted an extra year. How devastating would that have been!)

Even though we had resigned to accept whatever grade she made, we were utterly shocked and overwhelmed to learn that she graduated with  a Second Class Upper. It could only have been God and God alone!! Her convocation comes up this month and we’re super excited!

You know how the Holy Spirit is a Comforter? He’s extremely GOOD at what He does! He has continually ministered to her in a way only He can. She’s so comforted such that she is now the one encouraging the rest of the family! God be praised!

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Here’s another one…

I had been battling with my Masters programme at the University of Lagos. Dragging on unnecessarily, I and three of my classmates eventually had a carryover in a particular course whose lecturer doesn’t joke with attendance. Initially he told those of us carrying over the course that it would not be mandatory to attend class, and that we should just study all that he had taught us in the previous year but after we wrote the exams, our results were not released. When we went to see him, he told us that our attendance wasn’t complete so he didn’t even mark our scripts. The implication was that we would have to carry over the course AGAIN.

We begged. We pleaded. We cried. We cajoled…all to no avail.

My case was much worse because I didn’t attend class even once, unlike my other colleagues who had attended twice and did the Continuous Assessment Test. The man didn’t even want to have an audience with me. I had given up hope and was just praying for God’s mercy.
It turned out that due to some issues, the results of my set (even those who didn’t have any carryovers) had not been sent to the Postgraduate School all this while. On a good day, the results of those who didn’t have any issues should have been forwarded to the PG school but somehow it hadn’t happened due to one delay or another.

Now the results were about to be sent and since it was only one course that was keeping my three colleagues and I, other lecturers prevailed on this particular lecturer to mark our scripts so that the entire results of our whole set could be sent together.
So he marked our scripts and released the results. I got a C which could have as well been an A as far as I’m concerned. I’m grateful that God’s mercy triumphed over the judgment I could have received.

He comforted and showed me mercy and kindness. Glory be to God alone!

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Testimony as shared by Y.O

Psalm 46:1;10-11
God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.

Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!

The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge

Selah

iTestify – Real life, real issues, real testimonies, REAL GOD!

Get ready for a deluge of hope, stirring up faith in God!

©Debywrites 2016

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iTestify!!! – 1

GOD DELIVERED, RESTORED AND PROVIDED.

I needed to go to the US on holidays. But that’s not the beginning of the story…

Prior to that, I was involved in a terrible accident and my car was a complete write off! Nothing could be salvaged 😦

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But that’s not the whole story….

You see, I came out unscathed, alive and very well. It was very obvious to all that God divinely protected me. The driver of the other vehicle had a broken leg (or was it legs?). I was totally unhurt. Yes, I had lost a car but I didn’t lose my life! My joy knew no bounds, I was overwhelmingly grateful to God for saving my life!

But He decided to add more to the story…

While I was in service on Sunday, God caused my pastor to give me his own car! It was not what I expected, I mean, never in my wildest dreams did I think I would get such a gift. Me, a Range Rover!!? 😮

No, it was obviously GOD and GOD alone!!!

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And the story continues…

As if that wasn’t enough, remember my US trip? I totally trusted God for it. This was after the accident and with me cruising in my new car which, by the way I didn’t buy…remember? My faith had gone up to another level! So while I planned this trip and trusted God for dollars, He showed up!

By the day of my departure, I didn’t have to buy a single dollar!!! Who dashes forex in “these hard times”?

ONLY GOD!!!

He protects, He delivers, He restores and He satisfies! Glory be to God alone!

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Testimony as shared by W.J

Psalm 91:14-15

“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;

I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name..

He will call on me, and I will answer him;

I will be with him in trouble,

I will deliver him and honor him.

iTestify – Real life, real issues, real testimonies, REAL GOD!

Get ready for a deluge of hope, stirring up faith in God!

©Debywrites 2016

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iTestify!!! The beginning…

Hi!

iTestify is here!

If there is anything I love to do, it’s to encourage people while being optimistic. I may not have all the answers, and may even be struggling myself but you can’t stay discouraged around me, no sir!

It is on one of my many musings on how ‘tough’ the times are that this idea (I can’t call it a project, can I? LOL) was birthed. iTestify is in celebration of how awesome God is, and how He is still alive at work! I intend to stir hope out there, and if it’s only one person whose faith becomes strengthened by this platform and puts their trust in God even more than before, if that person rises from the ashes of despair and smiles again at the hope of a brighter tomorrow, then my aim is achieved and I’m a “happy bunny”! 😀

So every Friday, the stories you will be reading will be true life testimonies as shared by friends. Some may sound outlandish, but trust me they are all very real.

GOD IS REAL!

Do you have testimonies you’d like to share anonymously? Is there something that God has done for you – some breakthrough, some protection, some provision or just anything at all but you don’t want divulge your information?

Guess what?

You can email your testimony to me on dee@outlook.com and I’ll share anonymously on my blog here while protecting your identity. I’ll also edit and write it so you don’t have to be a fantastic writer!

iTestify – Real life, real issues, real testimonies, REAL GOD!

Heartwarming testimonies to encourage and strengthen your faith!

Luke 1:17 – For with God nothing shall be impossible –

1st Thessalonians 5:11 – “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing”

1st Thessalonians 5:14b – “…..encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone”

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Get ready for a deluge of hope, stirring up faith in God!

©Debywrites 2016

 

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Stop Running Please.

“Please stop running around like Flash! If you fall and begin to cry because you refused to listen, I won’t pet you and I will most likely spank you as well”

That was me doing what mothers know how to do best – shouting at my son for running. You see, he already has a history of fracturing his arm from falling while running, yet running is still his favourite pastime! So of course I’m not in the least pleased whenever I see him running. But you see, children teach us life lessons in the most humble way and when we least expect it. So on this day, my son yet again taught me a profound lesson, one that God Himself taught in His word through one of the most powerful parables in the Bible – The Parable of the Prodigal Son.

Read Luke 15: 11-24

In verse 21, the son thought he was no longer worthy to be called a son. And he was willing to downgrade himself based on his thoughts. He was hoping his father would accept him as a servant. But father never removed the sonship in the first place and even though he wandered away, he was and always would be his father’s son.

My son’s response to me on that day was a deep hearted laugh. And still laughing he said to me “Mummy, you can’t spank me when I fall and I’m in pain crying. You will always pet me because I am your son”

He is so 100 and 1 percent sure of my love for him, and he knows that no matter what he does, I will still love him, accept him and even cleanse his wounds. Isn’t that what God our Father does? No matter how murky the waters of sin you have dipped yourself into; no matter how hard you fall; no matter how far away you have strayed; as long as you cry out to Him, He’ll pick you up and clean you up and restore you as a son to the house. God does not condemn you when you fall. He loves you regardless! And whenever you find that hard to believe, just remember the scenario you just read. Believe me it’s true.

Have you wandered away? Be assured of God’s love today.

My thoughts?

Unconditional is the love of God
Chasing and racing after you
It goes above and beyond
The silly silly things you do

He doesn’t condone sin, no
It breaks His heart when you fall
But He would never let you go
And would joyfully answer when you call

So stop running please
Come home to the Father
In His arms you’ll find bliss
And great grace you’ll gather

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God’s blessings!
©Debywrites 2016

 

 

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Older and wiser.

No it’s not my birthday…yet.

I wrote the write-up below on the 3rd May 2015 on my Facebook wall. You know how Facebook post memories for you to remember? I’ve been reminded 😀

Yes it’s true. We grow older and should be wiser – learning from life’s experiences, other people’s mistakes, our own mistakes, our successes, joys and milestones.

Live to be wiser as you age. And yes, we all age but you can choose how you age.

My thoughts?

I’m older and wiser. 
Can’t believe how I’ve changed 
How much I’ve grown 
That little fearful girl
Has matured so… 
Learnt to ignore things that I otherwise wouldn’t have
Learnt to forgive when the hurt seems so deep 
Learnt to laugh at when life throws a curveball
Learnt to trust God even when there seem to be no reason to
Learnt to choose the battles to fight
And tackle head-on the ones I should 
Made mistakes but learnt from those also
My past behind me, my present secure, my future is bright
Yes I’m definitely older….and wiser….and better.

 

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God’s blessings!
©Debywrites 2016

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#MusingsOfASpiritfilledMelancholic: Hold the stares please.

I look posh, really I do.
Do I act posh? Sometimes, when the situation calls for it.
And when the situation doesn’t? Well…you don’t ‘wanna’ know 😀
Or you could choose to find out like that taxi driver who was contemplating ‘God knows what’ as I sat in his taxi. I don’t know what he was thinking, but I noticed he kept glancing at me while driving. Not once, not twice…

I looked down and noticed my skirt had ridden up, so I adjusted it. That didn’t help.

I looked at his side mirror. It didn’t look like that was the object of attraction.

“Why did I sit in front now?”, I mused.

The ride was long, and the sideways glances didn’t stop.

So I opened up my purse and brought out a toothpick. Yes I carry toothpicks around. If you wanna know why, buzz me privately…lol. I broke the toothpick in half and put one half into my mouth. Then started making the hissing sound, the one that irritates the life out of my husband (sorry love…hehehe). I honestly don’t know why I did it, but I just felt the taxi driver needed something to put him off….I was right! He concentrated on the road very well after that. The glances stopped. I guess in his mind he just couldn’t understand why this “posh looking girl” was acting so crass. Better that than an acidic tongue, ehn?

Oh well…I don’t like my space invaded, and that also with includes unnecessary stares.

Phew!!!

But have you noticed that there are times you can’t help but stare? Oh, it happens to the best of us.

You meet someone who reminds you of your past…

You see someone who looks like someone you know but can’t seem to place the face..

You see a beautiful face with flawless makeup and just stare in awe (Ladies, can you relate?)

You see someone scantily or awkwardly dressed and you just stare in wonder…

The other day I was about to board a flight and I saw a guy with sagging pants. Sagging is no big deal but this guy’s pants were literally on his thighs while his red boxers rounded his bum. Of course he couldn’t walk well and I just couldn’t help but staaaare! And yes, I ended up bursting into laughter 😀 😀

Well, staring is RUDE…in case you never knew. And even with how ‘shy’ I could get sometimes, I have learnt to walk up to the ‘stare-ee’ and speak up. A bit of courtesy won’t hurt. And you may actually end of making someone’s day with the few words you say.

Because someone somewhere may just need to hear a beautiful compliment to drive the storm clouds away. Or hear you speak the truth in love…whichever it is.

So when next you’re tempted to stare, look, glance, gaze…or whatever synonym works for you, please remember it is rude and try the ‘speak up or smile’ approach instead. Or just glance surreptitiously without making the other person feel uncomfortable!

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God’s blessings!
©Debywrites 2016

 

 

 

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I lost the ‘super’…

I am Superwoman.

You think I lie?

Ask my children

The other day their daddy told them about God’s omnipresence and omniscience, saying “God can do anything and everything at the same time”. My son says “Yes, just like my mummy”.

So you see, I’m super woman.

Well, until recently. I lost the super  and became just a woman. I stopped trying to do everything and compete with God. I have always known that I couldn’t compete anyway, I was only stubbornly trying…. 😀

You see, most of the time we push ourselves too hard especially after listening to so many motivational talks. There are plenty “life coaches” out there and I daresay they only serve to confuse a lot of people the more. So after listening to almost all of them, reading various posts on social media, attending several conferences, we begin to push ourselves. Too hard. Trying to achieve everything within the shortest possible time. Then we start wearing ourselves out because the truth is results do take long to show. And when you are worn out, you get discouraged.

So I threw out the ‘super’ because I could no longer cope. What was I thinking anyway? In my own strength? Naaa!

I can only do all things through Christ who gives me strength – Philippians 4:13

But don’t tell my children I lost the ‘super’. …Are you kidding me? They won’t believe you anyway. I will always be super in their eyes…hehehe

My thoughts?

I’m only human
A mere woman

But as a mother
I’m strong like no other

I can do everything
And I do anything

Because in my children’s eyes
I’m superwoman every morning I rise

Even though no human being is super
I can add to my natural God’s super

Then I remain super not only in my children’s eyes
Also in my mind I wear a cape in disguise

Cheers to all the ‘super’ mothers out there!

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God’s blessings!
©Debywrites 2016

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Crawled out.

It’s April!

Yaaaaaay!!!!

Don’t give me that look like “Where did this one crawl out from?” We’ve all got to crawl out from somewhere, sometime. I mean everyone has the one button, which when pressed sends the ‘hibernate’ signal to the brain and we obey…

So I hibernated. Why? I don’t know. Why did I crawl back out? I still don’t know. All I know is that I crawled back out. I’d like to say I sprung back out but I know that’s so not true. I crawled out 😀

It took me a long time to get back here but here l am! *Crawling does take time you know*

Anyway, here’s thanking God for the past gone 1st quarter of 2016 and praying that the 2nd quarter will bring in freshness and newness, blossoming and blooming, just as the Spring season does!

My thoughts?

Spring time ushers freshness
The gloomy winter days are gone
Clear blue skies awareness
And new dreams are borne

Time to embrace the happiness
That every new season brings
Here’s wishing you great giddiness
And hoping your heart sings

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God’s blessings!
©Debywrites 2016

 

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Timeless lessons…

I wrote this a while back but the lessons herein are timeless.

7 VITAL LESSONS I LEARNED.

I love Children. They are so pure, so innocent. They do and say things so innocently sometimes you wonder where they get their ‘wisdom’ from. I am particularly fascinated by my children. Watching them relate with each other and others often leaves me having a conversation with the Holy Spirit and pondering on life! Take this scenario that ensued between my then five year old daughter and her not yet 2 year old brother.

She was watching her favourite cartoon. He comes and taps her quietly. She ignores him. He starts to run round the sitting room, climbing the center table, obstructing her view and generally disturbing her while she was watching.

M: Pls stop running around, you are disturbing me.
(He goes and pulls her hair instead)
M: Stop it or I’ll spank you now.
(He runs circles around her, laughing in giggles)
M: Stop it now! I’m your senior sister. You have to listen to me!
(Followed by a spank on his ‘bumbum’)


And there was silence! My son stopped all his antics, looked at his sister’s face, realised she was veeery serious and he moved away…. quickly!


I watched this scene quietly and in awe and I have through meditation gleaned these 7 lessons from it:

1. In life the devil sneaks in because we are not watchful. He sees we are concentrating on life’s pleasures (watching cartoon) and we may have forgotten to be watchful. He pokes us with his finger (small trouble) to get your attention. We ignore it. John 10: 10a tells us “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy “

2. Because we are engrossed in the blessing from God we seem to be enjoying, we sometimes forget that there is still an enemy out there who will do anything to bring us down. He has tried one small trouble, next thing he does is to run around us with all sorts and manner of distraction. In Luke 22:46, Jesus asked his disciples “Why do you sleep? Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation.”

3. When we see the devil troubling us and we do pray, it shouldn’t be feeble at first. “Stop, you are disturbing me” we say but without any form of seriousness. James 4:7b “Resist the devil and he will flee from you”. Resist means to fight back with all you’ve got.

4. When we begin to get irritated by his antics and we now up our prayers, he is still there sometimes, running around us. Why? We are yet to use our full-fledged authority. Proverbs 28:1b “But the righteous are bold as a lion”

5. When we recognize who we are in Christ Jesus, then we can say authoritatively “Get thee behind me satan, I am a child of the Most High God”. We can say “I have been given authority to trample upon snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy” Luke 10:19.

6. In using our authority, the devil HAS to LISTEN to us! It’s a done deal. There are no ways about it. Philippians 2:9-10 “Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth” When a child of God speaks, the devil has to shudder, stop dead in his tracks and retract quickly, lest he be burnt!
And like my daughter said in a booming voice “I’m your senior sister, you have to listen!” you can show the devil who is BOSS!

Imagine all these lessons from just a short scene that played out. But the highlight for me was when my daughter went after her brother after scolding him, and hugged him. That showed the innocence of a child’s heart. Perhaps that is why Jesus said in Luke 18:17 “Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” Am I saying that we should go after the devil after exercising our authority? Of course not! I gleaned an entirely different lesson, the 7th and the most key to me:

7. Have the heart to forgive! Be like a child. Yes, people will step on your toes, yes offenses will come, but you have to learn to let go! Mark 11:25 “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses”. Forgiveness releases you, and releases all of your outstanding blessings that may have been hanging due to bitterness and resentment. You feel free, and have such joy that only you can describe. I know, because I’ve been there. That is perhaps a story for another day.

So there you have it – 7 vital lessons God showed me and I have in turn shared with you. Now you have no excuse. Look for yourself in any of the points, and like a wise one, go and do the needful.

The grace of God is available.

 

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Originally written for Thypreciousjewels.

God’s blessings!
©Debywrites 2016