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Are your senses awake?

I went to the salon with my daughter. While we were being attended to, my daughter wanted some water to drink. I asked one of the salon attendants to help us get a bottle of water from the shops. When she brought it, it didn’t look like a ‘fresh’ bottle of water. The bottle was slightly bent out of shape and the label was rough. I cracked a joke about it looking like it was filled with water from a well down the road and we all laughed. Anyway, rather than ask the girl who purchased the water to return it and get me another one, I felt it was too much of a stress seeing that the bottle was sealed. I opened it, took a sip from it (just to check if it was okay) and passed it on to my daughter.

Now my daughter has an awesome sense of smell. What ordinary people would not perceive, she would smell from afar. As she lifted the bottle to her lips, she froze and said “Mummy, this water smells!” (so much for me tasting it, right?) I hadn’t perceived any smell, but what happened was I had ignored all the physical signs I’d seen…

How many times do you ignore warning signs you see about someone and afterwards get burned? How many times have you ignored that tug in your spirit about that business venture simply because it looked ‘okay’? How many times have you thought to yourself “this doesn’t look right, but maybe I’m overanalysing things”.  That’s why we have the Spirit of God! Our spirit is supposed to be connected to that ultimate Spirit who tells us what, how, where, when and with whom to do. Without the Spirit’s direction, we are lost! Looks are deceptive, they say but there is also a saying that you don’t judge a book by its cover! How do you know when to apply which saying if your spirit isn’t sensitive?

I made a wrong judgement by thinking since the bottle was sealed, the water was good. I was wrong. Thank God for my daughter’s sense of smell. Which reminds me…what fragrance are you emanating? How do you smell to others? And how is your sense of smell?

2nd Corinthians 2: 15 (NLT) – Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing.

Romans 8:16 – The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.

Galatians 5:16 – So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.

My thoughts?

Open your eyes to see
Open your ears to hear
Open your mind and conceive
But above all,
Open your spirit to perceive

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God’s blessings!
©Debywrites 2017

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iTestify!!! – 4

UNDESERVED FAVOUR!

I sat in that waiting room, apprehensive. I had arrived a little early for an interview in this Company I totally had no idea of. I received a call 3 days earlier inviting me for this interview and the lady who called asked me to research all I could about the Company before coming. In that waiting room, I saw about 9 other people to be interviewed for the same position. And they all knew someone within the premises, because I saw some of the staff come out and exchange pleasantries with them. I sighed. How on earth am I going to still my frayed nerves? I was so jittery I went to the toilet, twice!

My turn eventually came. I was number 4 or 5 now, I can’t remember. I went in and faced a panel of foreigners and only 2 Nigerians. That made my tummy churn in knots but I was determined not to show it. I smiled a big smile and got down to work…Was the interview easy? I don’t know but I know I answered the questions to the best of my ability.


I had just gotten home after an hour and half of traffic. I was tired and hungry and was just about to open my front door when my phone rang. It was the same lady who called me to invite me for the interview. “They want you to come back immediately”, she said. “They will wait for you no matter how long it takes you to get back”.

I was surprised and even more apprehensive. Several things passed through my mind and I wondered what I was going to meet but I decided to pray all the way back to the Organisation. I got there almost 2 hours later and I was fagged out! As soon as I got there, the receptionist asked me to go upstairs immediately. “They’ve been waiting for you”, she said. I got to the door, knocked and as I stepped in, there was clapping and cheering! The interview panel stood up on their feet and started congratulating me – first for making it back, and then for getting the job! Apparently foreign delegates loved me so much that they wanted me to come back so they could offer me the job in person! One of them was travelling back that night and she said “I’m so glad I met you and I look forward to seeing you next month at our Head Office for training”.

I also learnt that out of all the candidates who showed up, I was the only one without a Masters degree or a University degree! But they wanted me so much that they refused to interview any of the other candidates after me so they won’t be forced to change their minds! They only agreed to interview everyone much later when they learnt it would take me almost 2 hours to get back to them and they didn’t want to stay idle.

TALK ABOUT DIVINE FAVOUR!

I was shocked, overwhelmed, flabbergasted, in awe….all the adverbs you could think of. When I came to my senses and managed to get my tongue working, they sent me into mute mode again as they reeled out their offer and the total package. And just like that, from being jobless and hopeless for almost one year, I became a Regional Manager at Mid Management level in an International Organisation! And it had nothing to do with my qualifications!

My tears of joy knew no bounds. I can’t begin to tell you how much I had suffered, how I had searched for jobs and none seemed forthcoming. I literally spent my days crying, praying and hoping. And yet it seemed nothing was happening. I was low on money and had even borrowed the money I used to transport myself to the interview that morning but I kept hoping and God surpassed my expectations!

I have since settled into my job and have several promotions even after that but every time I think about what God did and how I started, I stand in awe of how great God is!

I have since learnt that God is no respecter of persons. If He dis it for me, He can do it for ANYONE. Indeed, He is the only one who can turn any life around. To Him be all the glory!

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Testimony as shared by O.D.O

Psalm 126:1-6

When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.
Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The Lord hath done great things for them.
The Lord hath done great things for us; and we are glad.
Turn again our captivity, O Lord, as the streams in the south.
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
He that goes out and weeps, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with 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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Finish well, finish strong.

When I had my first child, I was in the hospital for 20 hours. Got in at 2am and didn’t have her till 10pm at night!

I went through all the stages of childbearing and labour and though it was slow and steady, I experienced the pain nonetheless. Throughout my stay that day, I was attended to by the night nurse, then the morning nurse, the afternoon nurse, and finally, the evening/night nurse again! I sat through 4 shifts and it wasn’t easy. I gritted my teeth in pain, I swallowed my screams, I persevered. I’m one of those with high pain threshold so yes, looking at me you would think I was having a field day but I wasn’t!

The afternoon nurse looked at me on resuming her shift and said “You mean there’s a pregnant woman in this hospital about to give birth and we can’t hear the screams? Ah ahn, you never start o”. I smiled and told her “I have started and this is how I will remain” She nodded condescendingly.

When the night nurse took over, by which time I was almost signing the consent form for a C.S, she looked at me and said “You are strong in the Lord, I can see that. You will have this baby. Don’t give up now. Let’s do this together”. Needless to say, God used her for me and I had my baby effortlessly not too long after that.

During my 20 hours, another pregnant woman came in, had her baby in a short time and was sent off to the ward afterwards. A shorter labour period, yes, but though I started before her, she had her baby before me but that didn’t stop me from having my baby eventually!

You may not be where you thought you should be. You may have started off before a lot of your peers or even started off together but it now seems like they have left you behind. You are gritting your teeth in pain, bearing the disappointments in silence, licking your wounds and looking all forlorn and it seems you’re being overtaken over and over again! But that you started and others have passed you by, while it seems you are crawling doesn’t make you a failure! That you are experiencing pain doesn’t mean it will never end. God is too faithful to leave you to it all by yourself. And even when people come with all sorts of negative and non encouraging comments (like the afternoon nurse), rest assured that God will send you the one who will lift up your hands and stand with you through it (the night nurse).

In the midst of it all, it is your confidence in the Lord that pulls you through. As long as you keep your eyes on the goal (in this case having my baby), you can be sure you will finish well and strong. God is on your side. Trust Him!

Philippians 1:6 – being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Psalm 30:5 – For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favour lasts a lifetime;
weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning

My thoughts?

He makes all things beautiful in its time
Though it feels today your life is not worth a dime
All you need to do is just patiently wait
Rest assured, He can never be late
What might seem like an endless delay
Is God’s grace bringing His best your way

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Originally written for Thypreciousjewels 2016

God’s blessings!
©Debywrites 2016

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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