I believe in the power of testimonies. I can’t count the number of times I’ve been blessed and encouraged by listening to the testimony of the goodness of the Lord from others. It is for this reason through the prompting of the Holy Spirit that I decided that EDUTH was necessary for the blog where people including myself would share testimonies to inspire and encourage others.
And of course to launch this section, I’m sharing with you the testimony of how this blog was birthed! Growing up I loved to write, I used to say writing was my hobby but my dad would say writing was my escape! I was socially awkward that to avoid interacting with people, I would rather hide and write my feelings and thoughts about things and life instead of share them with anyone. Writing was my escape from reality as well as my method of facing it! However, God had different plans for this problem. So in the year 2014, He hit my heart with an instruction to start a blog, something that still lets me do what I love to do but this time bringing glory to His name and people closer to Him.
I said yes please sign me up. (Lol) I mean He’s told me this, I expected that the next day I would be fully inspired to deliver. Boyyyy!!! Was I disappointed. Really God???? you tell me this and You won’t deliver! In my foolishness I thought, If He knew He wasn’t ready then He shouldn’t have instructed me and put the desire in me so strong. It wasn’t God who wasn’t ready, it was ME. God had to work on me to be able to use me. That’s one thing I’ve learnt in this Christian walk. God would have to form you; beat you to shape and mould you into a person He can use.
Okay back to the testimony, so for 2 years I have gone through a roller coaster of events that have been drastically changing me and I’m still being worked on now. Last year, the desire popped up again and I told a friend that I feel the time has come to start blogging. But ei, God still nothing?! (lol) Being frustrated I pushed it at the back of my mind, close enough not to forget it but far enough so it didn’t consume my mind. Now in January (2016), God asks me to leave my job and then brings the desire back and here I am thinking, okay fine, so I’d have free time to write but ‘God what about the money aspect of it?’, I mean to build a website demands money, to hire an editor, a photographer. They all demand money, why would you let me leave my job, be unemployed and expect me to blog. All this while I had a friend who encouraged me, I don’t know if she saw the full picture I couldn’t see but I like to believe she knew and trusted in the God who had called me to write. So I started asking around for cost and hearing the amounts discouraged me I won’t lie.
In April, another friend gave me a word from the Lord that I was about to enter a new phase in my life so I needed to spend a good amount of time just praying. I rolled my eyes, I’ve been waiting for this new phase for years and it hasn’t showed up. So I really wasn’t in the mood to hear that. Then days after that word came, my church declares a prayer camp for 6 weeks. Coincidence? I think not! And I must say that camp changed my life and my view on the things of God. Then a family member offered to build a website for me for free (thanks RiCon) I’m like okayyyyy now we are talking, God. Lol
In June, my old boss calls me to come work for him, I prayed about it and God told me to take up the offer, so here I am thinking the job was to finance the extra things I needed for the blog. Little did I know that in taking up that offer laid my miracle.
I started work and then everything and I mean everything I needed to get this blog running was offered to me by my amazing new work family (honestly I love you guys) for free!!! Like free!!! They even go beyond to offer me counsel, they give me ideas, they give me pressure to meet a post’s deadline. My editor Adwoa can testify that even by being in their midst, I’ve been inspired by the Holy Spirit more and written more in this short time than I have since 2014.
I just want to encourage you that Gods ways are definitely not our ways. His ways are perfect!! It might not come when we want it or how we want it but in the end you’d see why it took that long or why He took that route to fulfill His promise to you. God can’t lie! Once He’s said it, He will perform it and bigger than your mind conceived. You just need to trust Him!
Testimonies are shared to give peace, comfort, encouragement and confidence in the Almighty. It teaches the importance of diving into the word of God to understand Him and understand the way He works. It’s the only way life and this walk will be beautiful, the only way to be confident in your future and know that yes challenges might come, it might even get a little scary but His Grace, Mercy and Favour are made available for us to overcome. God promised to never leave us or forsake us and He can’t fail on His word! He will accomplish that good thing that He has set out to do in your life. Amen