Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Last night, out of my desperation, I told God "Do You really listen to my prayer?"
In the past two weeks there is a particular prayer that I have been waiting for an answer. Every morning, I prayed boldly, believing that today is going to be the day. Every night, I prayed boldly again, believing that tonight God is working and the answer will be delivered the next day. It's been going on for two weeks. The kids and the big family are all involved, praying for one breakthrough. And honestly, there were nights when my mind wandered thinking about all the what ifs and doubt started talking louder.
I felt so bad, doubting God, yet I knew that He honors my honesty.
After asking that silly question, I tucked my kids in bed and I asked my daughter to pray for one more time with that specific request.
As I was about to step out of their room, I grabbed a purse that I haven't touched for a month to look for something and there I found something different. I found an empty water bottle. My jaw dropped! My daughter shouted "That's the answer to our prayer, mommy!"
My son has requested me to find an empty 330ml water bottle for his school project since a few days ago. That day, before I left my office, my son called to remind me to bring an empty bottle (we don't normally stock on 330ml bottle at home, but the office does), yet when I got home I realized that I totally forgot to grab a bottle! (please forgive me, son!). Before bed, I told him that I will grab the bottle from the office before school time tomorrow.
But there it was, in the middle of my doubt, the much-needed-empty bottle suddenly appeared.
I knew it was God who set it up. Before I was able to compose words, He whispered
"I am here, my child,
listening to every prayer you lift up,
and ready to give you the answer
at the right time & right place".
I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD
in the land of the living!
Wait for the LORD; be strong,
and let your heart take courage;
wait for the LORD!
Friends, we might share the same story. You and I might be in a time of waiting for one answer. Let's trust Him once again. Let's trust His perfect timing because He will never fail us. The answer of your prayer is it's way.
"If the Lord Jehovah makes us wait, let us do so with our whole hearts; for blessed are all they that wait for Him. He is worth waiting for. The waiting itself is beneficial to us: it tries faith, exercises patience, trains submission, and endears the blessing when it comes. The Lord's people have always been a waiting people" - Charles Spurgeon
For His Glory
Saturday, April 16, 2016
This week, through my encounter with a unique chemistry of a relationship, has made me wonder, for once again, "what does a woman really need?"
Then I ask myself, "what do you really need, Felecia?'.
It is written in Ephesians 5:33 "So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband". A woman needs love and a man needs respect and with a perfect balance, lives will be so beautiful. So, the question is "what is actually love according to a woman's perception?"
love is when you are being honest
love is when you tell me everything I need to know
love is when you accept my flaws
love is when you embrace my feelings
love is when you put judgement aside and give me a hug instead
love is when you tell me I am beautiful
love is when you put your phone away and listen to my story
love is when you show up with a flower your pick by the street
love is when you let me cry and mess my make up
love is when you remember my favorite ice cream
love is when you share your steak and fries
love is when you hold my hand
love is when you offer help cleaning up my messy room
love is when you leave me a love post it note
love is when you ask for my opinion
To think about it, respect is also the same way
respect is when you are being honest
respect is when you tell me everything I need to know
respect is when you accept my flaws
respect is when you give me a space to process my emotion
respect is when you put judgement aside and sit quietly next to me instead
respect is when you say "I am your biggest fan"
respect is when you put your curling iron down and listen to my story
respect is when you show up with a home made lunch at the office
respect is when you let me be quiet and think
respect is when you remember my favorite ice cream
respect is when you keep your own salad and let me enjoy my steak
respect is when you place your arms around me
respect is when you help cleaning up my messy room
respect is when you leave me a love post it note
respect is when you let me make a decision
Now, the question is "how much would you place her/him before yourself?"
The Golden Rule
“Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you"
Matthew 7:12 (NLT)
For His Glory~
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
A few weeks ago, the world captured a brand new Cinderella Story. This time, her name is Olajumoke Orisaguna from the land of Nigeria.
|Source: TY Bello|
TY Bello, a world-known Nigerian photographer, had come across Olajumoke by accident. She was having a photo shoot with an international hip hop star Tinie Tempah when Olajumoke, walked into the frame with a tray of Agege bread on her head.
Olajumoke had trained as a hair stylist, got married but had to leave her husband and a daughter back home in Ire, Osun state, to make a living in Lagos as a bread seller. Her life as a bread seller in Lagos is easily imaginable: exposure to the elements, to sundry abuse, including the possibility of being raped by unruly artisans and bachelors, who will offer to buy bread and something else along with it, if the hawker is willing. (source: thenet.ng)
It was Olajumoke's reality until that day when she accidentally photobombed TY Bello's photo shoot for the famous star. Her life was forever changed. Today, she is a model and her story has appeared all over the world, inspiring millions of people.
When I heard this story, I was not surprised at all. I know who TY Bello is and for her "random act of kindness" to be published all over the world, I can say, it's time.
I met TY Bello back in 2014. It wasn't by accident that God placed us together. For a week, God gave me a chance to know her for His purpose to change the course of my life. Aside from being a world-known singer, songwriter, photographer, and philanthropist, TY Bello is simply a humble daughter of the King. Through stories that we shared together, I could see how much love she has received from God and she has for others.
TY Bello has the ability to see people beyond what others can see. I believe it was a split-second decision she made that day to include Olajumoke in the frame. She was being fully aware and quick to see a bread-seller with miss-matched outfit as someone valuable rather than a distraction. She saw something more ...
Through love, she saw a life.
Through an open heart, she saw a beautiful soul.
Through an open arm, she saw a future.
Though Faith, she could see
Faith is daring the soul to go beyond what the eyes can see
-William Newton Clarke
TY Bello's faith inspires me. I realize how much I have missed numerous opportunities to see others simply because I was too occupied with myself, my business, my time, my battle, and my life.
The time when I could've given a smile to a stranger instead of scrolling down the Instagram feed.
The time when I could've said something to a sad-looking cashier instead of speeding through the check out line.
The time when I could've helped a mother with her three young children carrying the groceries instead of hurrying in the parking lot.
The time when I could've taken a few minutes to ask how a co-worker's day has been instead of running straight to the meeting room.
The time when I could've recognized a beautiful soul instead of worrying too much about my situation.
Friends, I am also aware that some of you might say "I am in need to be seen, how could I see others? I want you to know that your Father in Heaven sees you and nothing is hidden from Him. Trust Him enough that He is working things behind the scene for you. Now is the time to see beyond ourselves and be the miracle that someone is waiting for. Let's find more Olajumoke.
The time to see is now.
For His Glory~
For TY: Thank you for seeing others. I am forever grateful for you.