The road to destiny isn't always smooth...at times you may encounter pot holes & get stuck or take wrong turns & become lost...however when you find Jesus & allow him to take over the wheel & be your GPS, he will show you the way to life and truth...

Monday, May 22, 2017

Purpose, Our Fuel for Life

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Hello everyone,

Thank you for visiting the blog today!
And thank you for your patience with me. I have been extremely busy and I apologize for not being as consistent on this blog as I would love to be. I am learning not to be so hard on myself; my goal is to take it a day at a time as I play the various roles that God has given me.
So today, I want to continue my testimony to my journey to marriage.
If you have not done so already, you can read my previous posts of this testimony by looking to the right of your screen and click on the 'Marriage' label in the labels section.

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In my previous post, I mentioned that  my pastor spoke to my husband  (then  fiance) about starting a new branch of our church in another state (Akure, located in Ondo State).
This occurred in the beginning of our relationship. It was a very tough decision for my husband. A few of the things he considered were: it was the city he grew up in and he was not too fond of it; he was also concerned about getting a good paying job; also we were in the middle of planning our wedding.

For me, I didn't think much of it. From what I gathered, we were just going to be there on a casual basis to help start up the church and then move on with our lives.
But, boy was I mistaken!!!

After taking out some time to pray about it, my husband agreed to go for it. This decision changed our lives forever, we really did not know what we were getting ourselves into. But at the end of the day, it was one of the best decisions we've ever made!

Our relationship became official in December and the inauguration  (church opening) of the church branch in Akure took place at the end of February.

Prior to the inauguration we travelled to Akure (about a 3 hour drive) to meet some of the people that we would be working with and to do some evangelism- publicity for the church.
The weekend finally came for the inaguration and there was so much going on. It was a three day event, by the third day of the inaguration, reality began to settle in. My husband and I were introduced as the pastors in charge of the branch and it hit me. It was really happening! God's strategy of sending me to Nigeria for training in ministry was rather too advanced and 'hands on' for me.

I wanted to take it a step at a time but God had other ideas. As soon as I got engaged, everything changed in leaps and bounds. Before you knew it, people were referring to me as "Pastor Bunmi". That was a tough pill to swallow; in my opinion, there was nothing 'pastory' about me. I was just a girl from America, trying to figure it all out. I was still trying to get my spiritual life up to par, along with many other things.

So the journey began, we had to travel to Akure from Ife twice a week. Thankfully our bosses at work were understanding. We would leavs work early on Wednesday afternoons to be at church by 5:30 pm for bible study. After bible study, we usually had a night vigil that would last until the early hours of the next morning. We would then crashed at the home of our wonderful friends (who took over as pastors after we left).

After a few hours of sleep, we were on the rode again with some church members who came along to asist us. We (my fiance and I) had to hurry back to Ife because we had to attend weekly community development service meetings (CDS). These meetings were part of our NYSC requirements. Staying awake at these meetings were such a struggle for me. I struggled with fatigue and hunger (in most cases, we only managed to purchase snacks on our way back to Ife).

At a point in time, I was elected as the Vice President for my particular CDS group (the Charity group). After much thought, I had to turn over my duties to a friend because I had too much going on.
After CDS, the next stop was always somewhere to get some food and then a well deserved nap; before attending  ministry meetings at the Ife church in the evening.

We would go to work on Fridays and then head back to Akure on Saturdays for evangelism and preparation for Sunday service. After Sunday service, it was back to Ife again.
The times that we spent on the rode was countless...the miles that we covered as we went back and forth were innumerable...but it was Purpose that fueled us and kept us going. It wasn't convenient but it was all a part of the bigger picture of what God had in mind for the purpose of our union.

To be continued...

You are blessed!


- Bunmi



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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Know God and Truly Live

And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
John 17:3 KJV




Our main goal as believers should be to spend our lives discovering who God truly is. This is the key to enjoying eternal life; discovering the multi-facetedness of God and discovering the endless benefits of the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.  

In him all things exists; all that we want and need is in him. It is in him that we truly live; it is in him that will discover purpose and find significance. The essence of our existence is in him. Without him we are as good as dead. Our lives thrive solely in him (Acts 17:28).

Too many people waste their lives chasing things; instead of chasing the giver of all things. And these people spend the bulk of their time trying to make ends meet; however like my father in the Lord fondly says, "ends already met on the cross." It is when we have a revelation of what actually took place on the cross, that we come to the realization that when Jesus uttered the words"it is done", it was more than a statement.

What took place on the cross was a divine transaction. God ensured that every area of our lives was fully taken care of through the sacrifice of Jesus. It is an awareness and assurance of this that gives us life. The way to truly enjoy life is by discovering this truth. If not, one is subjected to a life of struggle, sorrow and emptiness. However there is a better way, all it is going to cost you is time. Time spent with God is never a waste; it is an investment. A sure investment with a guaranteed reward (Hebrews 11:6).

God wants a relationship; a healthy thriving one. Every healthy relationship requires consistent and effective communication. And that is what God desires from you. There's secrets that he wants to tell you. There are things that he has prepared for you before the foundations of the world. However you can't see them nor walk in them until you rest and learn to be still; until you learn to rest at his feet.

God didn't create us to live a life filled with ups and downs. He designed us to enjoy life on a progressive scale; each day being sweeter than the day before (Proverbs 4:18). Success is inevitable when your focus is on the source. The source of success is the revelation of Jesus (Joshua 1:8). Everyone wants to be successful, however many fail to recognize the true source of success. Look unto Jesus, believe in him, trust in, walk in him, rest in him and live in him!

HAPPY EASTER in advance!!! May the revelation of Jesus Christ fill your hearts and transform your lives!!!


You are blessed!


- Bunmi



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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Love Led Worship

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Hello Everyone! Thanks for stopping by today!

    Today I present an interview with my good friend Abimbola Adeniranye. She recently embarked on a project that really blessed me and I'd like to share it with you all. The project is titled 'Love Led Worship'.

     Love Led Worship uses music (and other mediums) as a tool to share a love that draws us closer to the father, draws us more into the person of Jesus Christ, and fills us with everything the Spirit of God offers- which enables and empowers us to choose real life, show true Love, thirst for the knowledge of who God is and evolve into people who lead the powerful life, special lives God has in store for us as we allow him to lead us along the way here on earth and even into eternity.

I must warn you, it is a bit long but there is a powerful message embedded in this interview!

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     Now let's continue with the interview...
    
    1. Briefly introduce yourself.



My name is Abimbola Adeniranye (Bimi is a nickname that started out in high school and kinda stuck around since then. I’m 30 years old and a few of my favorite things include- movies, music, alone time, my family, my choir group, and yam and eggs Naija style.

2. When did you start singing?

When I was growing up in Nigeria, one of our favorite things to do outside of school session (my siblings and I) was watching sing along videos and cartoon musicals- that was probably where I first started enjoying music. I never realized I had a voice until I was in high school. I went to a boarding school in Ogun state and one day in my first year (JSS1 class) while I was washing my clothes in the corridor (in a bucket of water the way we did it back then), I was singing a song and one of the senior students who was a few steps away walked over. I looked up from my washing to notice this surprised look on her face as she stood in front of me and she said to me “wow, your voice, you can really sing”. I had NO clue what she was talking about - the concept of nice singing voice vs. not nice singing voice wasn’t one I was aware of then (I was 8 years old). She asked me to sing another song for her and she looked really excited when I did.  

It just so happened that her cousin was also the senior prefect in charge of the social events at our school that year, so she took me over to her room and asked me to sing for her as a sort of “audition” for the next monthly “social night” (which was an evening of singing, dancing, and entertainment the students organized at school); once I did, she looked excited and then asked (well more like told me – seniors didn’t “ask” juniors for much lol) me to sing at the next “social night” event. I didn’t know what was getting them all so excited, but I agreed. Come social night, students who were interested in attending gathered and after a few other acts, I got invited me to the “stage”. I believe I sang Boys to Men’s end of the road (not totally sure). I remember people rushing over to watch and I honestly didn’t get it. I was so clueless then that I remember the thought popping in at some point “are they here rushing over to laugh at me and make fun of me”. Anyways, long story short, that was when I “knew” I could kinda sorta sing and that’s when I started becoming more aware of the concept of music and singing as a tool I apparently had in some small way.

3. What type of music inspires you?

My musical taste is diverse. I like any good music really. I enjoy listening to new-country music (they write so well), I like RnB, pop music, enjoy listening to crooners, soft rock, gospel, Nigerian music, etc. My two favorite genres of music to listen to are probably contemporary Christian for sure at number one, and then new-country music possibly for a second.

4. Are their any musical artists that inspire you?


Its hard to narrow down, I love a lot of artists – particularly a lot of contemporary Christian artists. There are so many God-inspired songs or love songs (another of my favorite types of songs) by many people (some well known and some not so much) that I hear and I just love!!! But, if I had to name a few I got inspired by as far as Christian music goes, I’d say I love Hillsong’s music (and all their expressions – Worship, United, Young&Free), Kari Jobe, Jumbo, Nathaniel Bassey, Isreal Houghton’s music,  Jesus culture, Bethel music etc.

5. What was your inspiration for the Love Led Worship series?

This is going to sound like Christian cliché haha… but I can’t help it that that’s the actual story here lol – honestly, the entire idea and decision came to me from God probably just about three months before we shot it (we shot on Jan 21st 2017, he gave it to me in October 2016). When it came to me I thought, “that sounds really cool, I’d love to do something like that for you. You’re everything and I love you more than anything”. But within the next hour I thought about what it might involve and I chickened out haha (how fickle can we be – I act like a major Israelite sometimes lol). But the recurring thought wouldn’t leave me – in his mercy, he’d bring it back and I’d say yes, and then I’d decide no again later. But his mercy stayed and the thought wouldn’t leave me. Again I decided, I’m going to do it and then I told my sister and my fiance about it. And that put it one step further out than just in my mind. From there the thought kept building, evolving, and unfolding more in my head-  As I actively thought it through and used my intellect to process what would be best, he (God) would also use that thinking process to share one thing after the other and disclose with me another part of how he wanted me to set it up and to do it and give me thoughts about what He had in mind until I found myself calling people, sending emails, researching things, and setting it up following his lead entirely. 

That’s part of why when people say “well done” to me for the project, I respond Thank you (cos it means a lot that people like it and they go out of their way to reach out to share it with you and appreciate you) . But when I also follow my response up with “Its all God” or “I thank God for everything”, its not a Christian cliché statement. This kind of reminds me of Moses. He performed a task and if anyone then said well-done to him for leading the Israelites to where he lead them to, what if he responded “oh Thanks!” and left it there? That just doesn’t seem sufficient as a response cos he would feel like a fraud since he knows the vision, the plan, the miracles, the ideas didn’t come from him. He executed them and followed instructions, so he did do something that can never be demeaned. But he certainly couldn’t take credit for it. I can identify with him in a small way. 

Anyways that’s how it came together and bottom line is its so awesome to see how God does amazing things with one small seemingly insignificant step of obedience at a time. He is sooo cool!

6. Who are the other people that are involved in this project? How did you recruit them?

Not much thought to it. Remember when I said that as I thought it through, God showed me each step at a time of ideas he wanted to see happen. I just followed. I wanted my family and their spouses involved. So all the people who led songs where either by actual siblings or their spouses (and they jumped in 100% and did whatever it took to make it work cos they all lead super busy, active lives) I also had only one person in mind when it came to leading the music (band, choir, and arrangement) and that’s my super talented friend, brother, and director of my choir at church (shout out to Perfect Praise) – Jumbo Ane. He is a very talented artist and loves God so he came right on board without hesitation, which was awesome! 

And then I really felt strongly that it should be more of a communal “we’re all in this together” type vibe vocally so I wanted that “church body singing in unison” sound and laid back “not overly dressed up” vibe so I asked my choir members and opened it up to folks with the ability to commit to the rehearsals and minimum requirements I needed to be involved and they gladly obliged. Also, Roye Okupe (my fiance) has worked a lot on different productions in the past so he came on board (naturally lol) in a major way just supporting me spiritually and also helping bring the vision I had been given to life with his many skills (website, camera knowledge, etc) and interpersonal abilities helping me out with communications with the video and sound crew. He was a huge help bringing it all together and making it bigger than I could have carried it on my own.

7. What was your inspiration for writing the song "So Come"? When did you write it? And how long did it take to write it?

Actually I had been trying to write a song for weeks (before the idea for Love Led Worship” was given to me) but i wasn’t quite getting anywhere on a convincingly good one. So I had given up and decided “there are so many songs out there that communicate what I want to share with God anyways, so I’ll just pick cover songs I love, and do one original song that Jumbo had written (Speechless)”. When I told my sister (Shile) and my fiance about the plans, they kept asking “so you’re seriously not going to write a song?” I told them I had tried to and it wasn’t working for me. Roye then suggested I give it one more try and if it doesn’t work, I can go ahead with the plan I had. I went home (kinda frustrated with both of them at this point lol) and I asked God what to do because my mind was made up personally (I can be very stubborn lol).

He asked me to what I wanted to see happen with the project and I told him, then he told me to write it all down and use that as a starting point. I started writing, and I started to get the tune in place and modify the lyrics to fit and within an hour, I had the majority of the song lyrics and tune down. I was amazed and super excited about it (I wrote this within an hour with him when I had been trying for months to do one on my own effort). It was surreal but yet another lesson (amongst many) he showed me through this whole process. Then soon after, I reached out to FemD (one of my brother in laws also featured leading on the Elevation worship cover song). And he brought his genius to the table helping me create the music which I used to record a guide track for the band and choir to use for rehearsals. It was like his skills producing amazing music put flesh to the bones of the song and brought it to life even more. And that’s how that happened.

8. How did you select the other ("Cover") songs?

I identified some songs that I loved and the general direction of what I wanted to do with the project and shared them with my family (my sisters, their husbands, and my brother). Then I asked them all to select one song that they loved and wanted to sing to God and share with people for the project. I asked the married couples to come together and select one song. One of my sisters and her husband (Funmi and FemD) both picked two songs which we all really loved so much that we couldn’t decide which of the two they should land on doing, so we decided in their case, they’d both do a song each. That’s pretty much how it went. I loved all the songs everyone selected and put them in order and we went from there.

9. What do you want people to take away from listening and/or watching the Love Led Worship series?

The original song “So come” summarizes what I want to see happen (and what I believe God wants to do with) the song. People are at different points in their lives. But at whatever point we are in, when we experience the Love of God and really grow in our knowledge of him, it leads us to Love him in response – we become more willing (and by his grace, we also become more able) to surrender and submit our hearts and lives to him. That’s what I want to happen – that the Love we experience Leads us to Worship him (surrender, submit in every way).  And that in turn, when we show that Love to other people in the world, it also Leads them to do the same (Worship him in every way). Hence the name J. This leads us to eternity – but more that that, this allows his Spirit (who he offers to help us if we yield to him) to help us live on this side of eternity with power, love, authority and all the fruits and gifts he comes with. To the glory of His name, and for Our benefit. I want that for myself, I want that for my family and friends. I want that for the world. And he does too.  

10. Do you see yourself pursuing a music career in the near future?

My honest (short) answer to this question is that I have no interest or desire to pursue music as a career. But with that being said, I’ll share my own personal view on the whole “you must pursue your passion/purpose as a career conversation”. This is my view as of right now (subject to being updated by Him in the future as I learn more since I realize I’m not always right lol) –

We should always use the gifts/talents, blessings, and resources God gives us for the strength of his body and the glory of his name! I believe (with His word and His spirit in us), he will lead us into the definition of what that means for each unique individual at each season of their life. Sometimes he may lead one person in one season to put it to "work" in their home with the children, in a refugee camp, or in their local church – bringing increase and yielding fruit that may not be financially abundant in nature... and sometimes for someone else in a particular season, he may lead them to put it to "work" outside their local church to the larger body or in the secular world to yield financial gains. Neither scenario is wrong and I don’t believe its one size fits all so I don’t like to tell people they must be doing one or the other.

The bottom line is, the only time one option or the other becomes wrong is if its not what God wants you to do in that time and season. Is it what He wants? Forget what everyone thinks you should or shouldn’t be doing. And forget your own fears keeping you locked into one lane or the other. Whatever you’re doing, Is it what He is Leading with his spirit (Never contradicting His word) If No- It’s better you turn around if you know whats up! But If yes, go for that option with reckless abandon and submission – giving you best to Him – Loving Led to Worship him in submission doing what He wants for His purposes - and he'll be pleased with that person that does just that in each season of their life. Our part to play is to follow when he leads so that's the plan. Pray for me – for the courage and the grace to do what He tells me to do at each unique season of my life. Right now with this project, I believe I did just that. As for the future, I have my preference lol (which is No to the question above) but we'll see where he's going with all this.. I'm sure it'll be awesomeness regardless of my preferences.

And it is a wrap! That ends the interview.

Below is the video for "So Come", the original song written by Abimbola Adeniranye:


To view and/or listening to the remaining  Love Led Worship music series click here: Love Led Worship Website or Youtube Playlist


You are blessed!


- Bunmi



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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

When God Commands It

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Hello everyone!

Long time no see!

Today I continue my testimony on how I met my husband.

If you have not done so already, you can click on the 'How I met my husband' label to the right and see previous posts.

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Everything was falling in place. Both of our families were excited, my friends were excited, our church family was excited. And above all, I had peace. I really didn't know what the details of what the future held for the both of us but I knew that I was in God's Will. It was an amazing feeling, this was something that I never experienced before. While, it was an answer to my prayers; it was all new to me. I had days where I was tempted to afraid because it felt too good to be true; I never knew that God was match maker until he brought me to my husband. At the end of the day, I chose to hold on to God's Word and rest.

Our relationship was blossoming, we were pretty much inseparable. Wherever you saw me, he was not too far away. He insisted that I stop taking the bus and okada (commercial motorbike- used as public transportation), so he always went out of his way to pick me up for work, church, etc. It was cool but I loved my independence, at times I felt smothered and just wanted a break. I kinda missed my old routines; hanging with friends, eating at the local restaurants, buying fruit at the junction (corner) from my favorite food lady, and lastly enjoying some alone time (I enjoy my own company till date!). However, those things began to dwindle and it affected some of my friendships. I tired to explain it to him, but he didn't seem to understand. I mean, I can't blame him; it was all new to him as well and he was excited. Before meeting me, he was in a long distance relationship that lasted for five years; he was not used to having his significant other in close range. Well, I got over it eventually. I just accepted it as something that came with the new territory.

In no time, wedding plans were being made. We originally wanted to get married later on that year (2013), but as we prayed about it God instructed us to choose an earlier date. He spoke to our hearts and said that he had something for us to do together. We both were concerned about choosing an earlier date for various reasons. We felt it was too soon, we just met and were still getting to know one another. We were both serving (doing NYSC) and we didn't have much funds. Our parents were also a bit hesitant because they wanted more time to plan, save money, etc.

But we were sure about what God said and we stood our ground. Our parents eventually agreed and after a little going back and front, we agreed on a date...July 27, 2013. The plans were in motion...I had to decide on a wedding dress, choose wedding colors, traditional attire, etc. We were also having a tradition wedding on the 25th, so we were basically planning two weddings at the same time. Overwhelmed is an understatement of how we felt. It was the first wedding in my family and my family came off as overbearing, wanting to control everything. I desired an intimate wedding but with my family, I knew that it was absolutely impossible. So I accepted my fate but not without a fight!

At one point things began to get overwhelming stressful. Some members of my family on both my father's and mother's side were not in support of our wedding. There major complaint was that the wedding was too soon. Another complaint was that he may have been trying to use me since I was from a America; they felt that he wanted to use me as his ticket to "greener pastures." Some family members vowed to not show up to the wedding. Others proudly said that they were not in support of the wedding and would not contribute in any way.

My mom started to worry and it came to a point that she had to call my pastor and confirm that I was marrying a good guy. My pastor confirmed it and she was rest assured; even though some family members were telling her that she was making a huge mistake.

Around that time, it was God's Word that kept us going. We chose a day to pray and fast about our wedding and marriage. And we chose to believe and trust God for resources. At a point, God gave us a word, he said that people that we least expected would contribute to our wedding. That was good news! I also remembered something that helped me to keep holding on when my pastor shared a testimony about her wedding. She stated that she declared a few scriptures when there was some opposition about the wedding. One of them was, Lamentations 3:37 (King James Version)Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not?. I held on to the scripture and confessed it, sooner than later the voices of those that were opposed to the wedding began to fizzle out. And God showed up in amazing ways. We got discounts for our venues, catering, etc. People that we least expected were also giving us money out of the blue. We were amazed!


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While all that was going on, our pastors asked for us to come to see them one day at their home. They pulled my then fiance aside and told him that a new branch of our church was starting in Akure. Akure is a city located in Ondo State, which is about 2 hours away from Ife. I already saw it coming; one day while the rest of the pastors were in a meeting deliberating on who would go to Akure to start the new branch, my husband walked in and said, "Pastor, I wanted to tell you that I am going to Akure." He actually meant to say that we were going to Lagos, to run errands for our wedding. Everybody who was in the room was surprised because he had no idea what they were talking about before he entered. Some may say it was a coincidence, but I knew that it wasn't.

From that day on I kept telling him that he would be the "chosen one". He didn't want to accept it. He wasn't a fan of Akure, he grew up there and he had some reservations about it all. He loved Ife, he'd been there for about 8 years at this point; he was working in Ife and had major ministry responsibilities in Ife so he didn't see it. Well, lo and behold I was right! So our pastors told him to take some time to pray about it and get back to them.

The drive back home was quiet to say the least. But God was up to something!

To be continued...


You are blessed!


- Bunmi


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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Shadows

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Today as I drove to work and prayed in tongues at the same time, I caught a glimpse of my car's shadow on the ground. I've seen it several times before, therefore I was tempted to ignore it. But the holy spirit called my attention to some things.

I decided to look at the shadow once again and I noticed a few things. The first thing that I noticed was that the shadow of my car displayed a distorted image of my car. The shadow portrayed a car that was shaped completely different from the actual car. In the shadow, the roof of my car was elongated.

The second thing that I noticed within the shadow was that my car appeared to be crossing into the left lane, even though I was in the middle lane. After staring at the shadow for a few seconds, I started to actually believe that my car was crossing over into the left lane; until I looked up and saw that I was in the perfect (right) position in the middle lane.

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2 KJV
The Lord began to speak to my heart. He said "this is what happens to people who focus their attention on the shadows of the devil. They choose to focus their attention on circumstances and situations and/ or trials and tribulations. When this occurs, the devil magnifies these things and the appear bigger than they really are. The devil distorts circumstances and if you look at that distorted image long enough, you'll begin to believe that it is true."

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 1 John 4:4 KJV
He went on to say, "I am in you and I am greater than anything that tries to come against you. When you focus on me and my Word, you will know the truth and you will be set free. When you look unto Jesus, your faith when be strengthened. Looking to shadows or the lies of the enemy will instill fear in you."

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord , He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Psalms 91:1‭-‬2 KJV

I decided to search a few scriptures where the word shadow was mentioned and I saw 'shadow' defined as the word 'Tsale' in Hebrew, which is translated as shade or defence in English. It is the shadow of the Lord that offers shade or defence. The shadow of the devil offers lies- False Evidence Appearing Real (FEAR).

Stop looking at those false shadows, they are not real!!! The shadow of God provides shade, shelter, comfort and defence. When you focus on God and hold on to his Word, you will have peace and rest, irrespective of the circumstances that surround you. The shadow of God is his glory. The glory of God is a covering (protection) and defence. 

But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18 KJV
We reinforce our position within the glory of God by focusing our attention on God and his Word. Make the Word of God your reality. Believe it, receive it, and confess it! All the devil can give you is a ton of lies, however God can never lie. It is absolutely impossible for God to lie. God will always do his part, you have to do your part by believing and acting on what you've believed. Your actions will always be in line with what you believe.

Watch the shadows that you pay attention to. Choose to focus on God and you'll see clearly. You will know the truth and you will live a glorious life!


You are blessed!


- Bunmi



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Monday, February 06, 2017

The Purpose and Power of a Woman





"Woman was created for a purpose. Woman was endowed with power at creation. However, many women suffer from identity crisis as people, society and  media attempt to redefine 'Woman'. Woman was God's idea. Woman is the lifeline of humanity. Woman is the carrier of destinies and the helper of generations. Woman is purposeful, Woman is powerful."


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A few days ago, I had the privilege of ministering at the Family Impact Conference hosted by Joy Blessing of the Love Umbrella.

The Love Umbrella is a ministry whose goal is to help individuals grow in love with their partners and families through the instrumentality of God's Word.

I spoke on the topic titled "The Purpose and Power of a Woman."

I'd like to share what I spoke about below. I pray that you'll be blessed.

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Today, many women are walking around defeated and dejected. Deep down inside of them they know that they are powerful; however they aim their power at the wrong things and people. They misuse their power because they are unware of its purpose. 

Understanding one's purpose is fundamental. Like it has been said by many, "If the purpose of something is unknown, abuse is inevitable." It is necessary to know one's purpose in order for one to walk in the fullness of one’s power.

'Woman' was created on purpose; she was not an after-thought; remember God knows the end from the beginning. I'd like to think of it this way, he saved the best for last; the last edition is always better than the first edition.

After creating Adam, God noticed that there was something missing; he search through all that he had created and he couldn’t find anything to measure up.

Genesis 2:18 “And the LORD God said, it is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a help meet for him.”

Now let’s establish one thing before proceeding, woman had always been at the creation of man. When I say ‘man’, I am referring to the human species. There were many species that were created in the beginning, for example: plants, animals, etc.

Let’s look at Genesis 1:26-28

26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”

Scripture tells us that God is a spirit (John 4:24), therefore when he said let us make ‘man’ in our image and after our likeness, he was speaking of the spirit of man; not the physical body of man.

Let’s continue reading…

27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”

We see from this verse that the female ‘man’ came into existence at the same time that the male ‘man’’ came into existence.

28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”

Both the male and female man were blessed in the beginning (“And God blessed them…).

Let’s read Genesis 2:7:

“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”

Here is where man’s body (or earth suit) was created and his soul (will, emotions, intellect-the part that reasons and thinks) was activated; remember his spirit had already been created in the previous chapter.

We are still referring to the human species here…which is man; meaning that woman was ever present.

Now let’s go to Genesis 2:20-22:

20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. 21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh thereof; 22 And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.”
This is where the female man's body came into existence.
God is purposeful, he is not wasteful; woman was created because she was needed. Verse 20 states the primary purpose of woman; she was created to be a help meet (helper) for the male man. 

Furthermore, we see that God did not go back to gather dust from the ground to create woman. She was created from man’s rib; she was already a part of man.

Therefore woman is not inferior to man; she is his equal counterpart. Now when I say "equal counterpart", I mean that men and women are of the same origin.

The male man and female man were created for the same general purpose (Genesis 1:28: “28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth); however they have different roles to play in fulfilling this purpose.

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Now let's speak specifically about the purpose of a woman.

The Purpose of a Woman:

The confusion about the purpose of a woman began in the garden of Eden. Adam failed to play his role as a man; hence Eve was not informed about her purpose and power. Dr. Myles Monroe of blessed memory puts it this way, "the fall of man = malfunctioning woman & irresponsible man". 

One of Adam’s major responsibilities was to teach Eve the ways of God and to pass on the instruction that was given to him (Ephesians 5:26). This is why the bible says that Adam was not deceived, he knew better; he made the conscious decision to sin against God (1 Timothy 2:14).

One of the major issues that the female man or 'woman' faces today is that she has been told all her life that this is a “man’s world” (referring to the male man). She has been told that her place is in the home. She has been confined to the kitchen and the bedroom ( or “the other room”). She has been told that her opinions were irrelevant and that she had to dance to her husband’s (or a random man's) tune.

However, there is a voice within woman shouting“FALSE! FALSE! That’s a LIE!!!

Then we saw various movements arise, i.e. feminism. Women began to liberality themselves; get an education, work outside the home, etc.

This is lovely, however other issues arose. We began to hear statements like “What a man can do, a woman can do better.”

We must understand that although men and woman are equal counterparts or better said equal opposites; men and women are completely different; a woman trying to be a man is an abuse to purpose. 

The differences between men and women can be seen in various ways, i.e their physical structures; men were designed to be givers while women were designed to be receivers.

Differences could also be seen in the way they reason; men are logical, women are emotional; it could also be said this way, men are thinkers and women are feelers.

Men say what they think and women say what they feel; this is why women are very sensitive to words.

When Adam saw Eve, he not only admired her physical appearance and features. Being a man of God, he saw beyond her curves; he had a revelation:

Genesis 2:23, “And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”

Adam recognized that she was a part of him (bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh). Furthermore, because he was a man who had constant fellowship with the father he called her ‘Woman’ like his God did in Genesis 2:22. He saw that even though they were created similar, this woman had something that he did not have; it was a womb.

The purpose of a womb is to incubate: The purpose of a incubator is to receive, give life to or multiple and give it back.

Woman has the power to take something, make something out of it and give it back. There is a common saying that goes, "Give her a house, she makes it a home; give her groceries, she makes a meal; give her sperm, she makes a baby."

The power of woman is found within the confines of her purpose. A woman that is unaware of her purpose, is powerless.

Another significant difference between men and women is that men are visionaries. You never saw Jesus healing a blind woman during his ministry on Earth. While, women are birthers of visions (i.e. Mary given birth to Jesus, God's vision to save humanity); that is why they are called help meets. Give a woman your vision and she will show you the blue print to making it a reality and help you every step of the way. Men are seed carriers, while women are harvest producers.

This is why we see the devil attacking women throughout scriptures with bareness or infertility; he never attacked men in scriptures with infertility. Even till date we see women being diagnosed with fibroids, endometriosis, ovarian cysts and other reproductive issues. The devil is after the seed! 
Once a woman is impregnated with something (seed), she will bring it forth (Isaiah 66:7).

Hence men in the house, you must be very careful with what you give you’re the women of your life; she will always reproduce what she’s been given; If you sow negative words, she will reproduce negative actions.

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How to Discover One’s Purpose?:

Purpose is found in God; any effort to discover purpose outside God will lead to confusion.
First of all, one must be born again. One must receive the life of God and confess him as Lord of his life (Romans 10:8-10).

Another woman or man can not tell you what your purpose is; this is how inappropriate relationships develop. Purpose can only be revealed by one's creator. God knows you intricately, he created you and chose your purpose before your parents even thought of you (Jeremiah 1:5).

The manual for creation has been made available for us; this manual is the Bible. We also have the gift of the Holy Spirit to aid in discovering purpose.

The Bible is God’s Will; and as his child, his will must become yours in order for you to fulfill your purpose and live a fulfilled life.

There is a general purpose as a member of the body of Christ (the great commission) and a specific purpose for every individual.

Women have to understand, that there is absolutely nothing WRONG with them; the images that are portrayed on media, in magazines, and on social media are not REAL. You are created the way you were because of your purpose (height, shape, characteristics, personality, etc.). Flaws and in, you are perfect in your father’s eyes and you were created for such a time as this.

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I hope that you were blessed by this blog post! I pray that every woman that is reading this will be inspired and encourage to step out and be bold in fulfilling her purpose. THE WORLD IS AWAITING YOUR MANIFESTATION!!!



You are blessed!


- Bunmi



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Thursday, January 19, 2017

This Was Meant to Be

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From that moment on, the good news began to spread rapidly. The news was met with a number of reactions from various people.  I was welcomed with open arms by his fellow colleagues at church. It felt good, although a part of me felt a little shy... I never subscribed to being the center of attention. Apparently the attention came with my new “title”; along with other responsibilities.  

The good thing was that after the news broke, I was finally able to speak with my mentor. We met up at a church celebration and she told me to meet her in her car. She was overjoyed and asked me how I knew that he was my husband. I shared the number of instances that led to my discovery. She also stated that she had a revelation about us being a couple on the first day she met me. It was surreal; I was amazed at how everything played out. Who would have thought that this was one of the reasons why God sent me to Nigeria?  As I’d come to find out, it was a major piece of the puzzle.

As expected, a few church members were not feeling the idea of a flashy dressing-makeup wearing-stranger from America being in a relationship with their dearly beloved pastor. Boy did I hear some things: “How can she come from nowhere and get engaged to him? She hasn’t been in church for long enough!”; “How can she marry him? I saw wearing a backless dress one day (which was absolutely false). I’m pretty sure that much more was said; because some of the looks that I got spoke volumes.

I let it get to me a bit; I started to feel self-conscious and started reconsidering my wardrobe among other things. I wanted to look, talk and act like “a pastor’s wife”. However, I was able to snap out of it before it got too far. My sweetheart encouraged me, he told me that I was perfect just the way I was. He told me that my flashy dressing/make-up wearing ways reminded him of his mom and sister; he had absolutely no issues with it.

At this time, I also remembered a word that God gave me when I first arrived in Ife. After surveying the environment, I felt like I stuck out like a sore thumb. I always got attention, everyone knew that I wasn’t from there…they knew that I wasn’t from Nigeria. I didn’t even have to utter a word; forget it when I actually spoke….all heads turned and all eyes were on me. I didn’t like it one bit and I contemplated ways in which I could fit in. But God spoke these words to my heart one day “You are light, light cannot be hidden.” So I made up my mind to be unapologetic about being myself.

Shortly after, I was officially introduced to the stewards (volunteers) of the church. Boy was I embarrassed/shy/nervous! I wasn’t even hinted to the announcement prior to it being done. I was just told to wait behind the service to see one of the pastors. Before, I knew it I was on the spotlight. My mentor informed them that I was engaged to one of the pastors and asked me when they wedding was on the spot. Wedding date??? I smiled to hide my shock and quickly said June. June!!! That was 5 months away, what was I thinking???

Shortly afterwards, I met some members of his family. His parents stopped over in a town close by on their way to a wedding. We met up with them there and eventually went to the wedding also. His sister was also in Ife for some time; she came for a school program. I got to know her a bit, she was amazing. I loved his family from the first day that I met them. They were all sweet; they welcomed me with open arms. I felt loved and accepted.
Things were looking good…everything was falling into place…this was meant to be…  


To be continued...

          

You are blessed!


- Bunmi


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