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Dare Your Fears

Today, I want to share with you two major experiences I have had with FEAR. . .

I had this terrible fear/hatred for dogs that lasted so many years. It all began when I was a young girl. I had lived with a dog owner who treated us (human beings in the house) badly because of his dogs. For instance, he would buy milk for the dog while we didn’t get any to drink. We slept on empty stomachs sometimes when he got angry that we hadn’t fed the dog or given it enough food; because he had thrown our dinner away. It was really awful.

My hatred for that particular dog gradually grew into deep fear for dogs generally.

I literally began to shake when I saw dogs especially if they were not the local Nigerian breed of dogs.

I was really praying that I wouldn’t marry a man who loves dogs. But hey, my wish was not granted.

When I discovered that my husband loves dogs I changed gear for my prayers. I began to pray that he would not think of getting a dog despite his love for them.

I had thought that my prayers were being answered until there was an attempt by burglars to break into our house and boom, my husband decided it was time to get a dog. I hated the idea but I had to let go under the condition that the care of the dog was his sole responsibility.

We were both good with the arrangement until one day…

My husband had travelled and I was wondering how I would handle the dog. We had someone who helped with the dog whenever my husband wasn’t at home but wasn’t going to be available the next day. This person came in the evening to feed the dog and let it out of the cage and the plan was to wait for this person to return late morning to lead it back into it’s cage. This meant that we were going to be stuck in the house until then. However, I woke up the next morning to observe my quiet time. Immediately afterwards, I just told myself, “I can do this. I can lead that dog back in”

Immediately I stepped out through the door, with a rod in hand and it’s food in the other, I saw the dog run away. I was wondering where it had gone. I walked towards the cage and peeped from a distance to see where it was (for fear of it not attacking me from the back) only for me to see it already standing in its cage.

I hadn’t said a word of command to it before it took dressing. Lol

That incidence proved to me that fear is indeed an illusion.

I had a similar experience with driving. I had an accident when I first begun driving several years ago which completely crippled my confidence to drive a car. I refused to drive for so many years.

It was so bad that I would scream at my husband if he drove too fast to let me alight from the car so that he could go and jam the car all by himself. (I am laughing at myself right now)

I would fight my husband whenever he tried to motivate me to try driving again. He tried petting me but it didn’t work. He tried the path of tough love but that didn’t work either. I said he wasn’t patient enough with me.

The truth however is that it was totally my fault that I couldn’t drive.
The culprit was my mind. It was all in my mind that I was going to have an accident if I tried to drive.

It was when we had access to a second car that it occurred to me that my inability to drive was an issue.

I had to wait for my husband to take me wherever I had to go but could not take a bike to. I was a regular bike rider while a car was parked at home. Why? I just couldn’t summon courage to drive

You see, I have killed snakes before. I am a naturally rugged person that dares all sorts. I can face anything and take on any challenge but these two, were big issues for me. My friends called me fearless (well now I believe I FULLY am). Many of them ask me if there was anything I couldn’t do. Let me not bore you with the list of things I have tried in this life.

My decision to break the jinx was spontaneous. I just woke up one day and started driving again. I was always chanting the thirteenth verse of the fourth chapter of the book of Philippians (I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me) when I first set out to dare my fears. And God has been faithful to His Words.

I have so many stories to tell about me being faced with fear. It’s just that I found it more difficult to conquer these two.

Fear respects no one, I tell you.

It will raise its ugly head anytime you try to embark on any path that leads to greatness.

Face your fears squarely.

Stop allowing fear cripple your visions.

Let your fear become afraid of you.

…It’s either you scare your fears or your fears scare you from achieving greatness.

It’s really left to you to decide who or what wins.

Forget about the negative ‘what ifs’ and charge forward towards greatness not minding the scary thoughts.

Great people do not settle for the easy way out. Fear makes you cower and run from taking risks.

Pursue your dreams…

Live your life fully…

Receive strength to forge ahead without fear!

Β©OMOSEBI Mary Omolola, PhD

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He’s Working. . .

I was watching a certain episode of RESCUE BOTS with the children few days ago and there was a certain scene where the lava from a volcano was flowing towards the control room. At that moment, the youngest member of the team was right inside that room and never knew there was imminent danger. They tried all they could to keep him informed but he was offline. The boy was busy doing some other stuff.

The robots and the rest of the team did all they could to make sure the young chap was safe. He never knew how much work they put in to ensure his safety until they drove into the control room and informed him about what had happened.

As that episode of the cartoon ended, my spirit was ministered to.

I felt reassured of God’s love right at that moment.

God fights so many battles for us; many of which we are not aware of.

He is even busy working things out for us that we didn’t even think we needed.

He is always watching out for His own. The Almighty God loves you so much.

My friend, you can rest assured that God is an amazing Father. He cares for you more than you could ever care for yourself.

Let your heart be at peace.

God is working even now; when it feels like He has forgotten you.

He will never forget you…

You are always on His mind.

Shalom!




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When The Hands Of Man Are Tied

Daniel was an adorable young man. Daniel had proven himself to be diligent and disciplined. He was a leader par excellence. He was also skilled, wise and highly knowledgeable. Besides, he was good looking.

His boss, the king loved him.

Who wouldn’t love a man like that?

Well, sadly some people hated him despite all his good attributes probably due to jealousy or out of sheer insecurities or low self-esteem.

These haters conspired against Daniel. Even though they could not find any ‘sane’ reason to put him in trouble they orchestrated a web to catch him anyway.

They knew that he loved His God wholeheartedly and they took advantage of that.

They tricked the undiscerning king into making a law forbidding anyone from praying to any god or petitioning any man asides the king. They sure worked on the king’s emotions by making him feel so important.

Of course Daniel had a priority. And that was his relationship with His God. He wasn’t going to let any law of man make him miss out of the Beautiful fellowship he constantly enjoys with His maker.

This definitely wasn’t the first time he would make this kind of choice. He had chosen not to eat the King’s meat and defile himself doing that.

Yes, his haters caught him like they envisioned.

The king had no choice but to command that his favourite man be thrown into the lions’ den.

The king wanted to help Daniel but he couldn’t.

Yes, his hands were tied.

But God made a way.

Hallelujah!

I tell you today friend, God is going to show up for you when it seems you are at your wit’s end.

He is an ever present help in trouble.

He is with you in the midst of that storm.

Man may disappoint you but God will never.

Trust Him wholeheartedly from today.

Stop seeking help from men on the hills (influential people). Their hands get tied sometimes too.

Instead, lift up your eyes unto God Almighty; the maker of heaven and earth who is able to do exceedingly abundantly far above all you could ever ask or think.

His hands are never tied and can never be.

May the peace of God that passes all human reasoning be your portion Now and forever!

  • OMOSEBI Mary Omolola (PhD)
    Β©2017

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Faithful Is Our God

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I’m sharing a song of hope on this #Song_day.

Yes, God is faithful. This song by Hezekiah Walker is an inspiring piece that talks about the faithfulness of God.

Has He promised you something and it seems it’s taking too long to see it fulfilled?

One thing is sure: He will surely watch over His Words to perform it.

God is not a man, that He should tell or act a lie, neither the son of man, that He should feel repentance or compunction [for what He has promised]. Has He said and shall He not do it? Or has He spoken and shall He not make it good? (Numbers 23:19 AMPC)

Be encouraged as you listen to this song.

Be assured of His faithfulness.

May your faith in God be strengthened today!

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“Faithful Is Our God”

Faithful, faithful, faithful is our God
Faithful, faithful, faithful is our God
Faithful, faithful, faithful is our God
Faithful, faithful, faithful is our God
I’m reaping the harvest God promised me
Take back what the devil stole from me
And I rejoice today, for I shall recover it all
Yes, I rejoice today, for I shall recover it all [4x]

Holy, holy, holy is our God
Holy, holy, holy is our God
Holy, holy, holy is our God
Holy, holy, holy is our God
I’m reaping the harvest God promised me
Take back what the devil stole from me
And I rejoice today, for I shall recover it all
Yes, I rejoice today, for I shall recover it all

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus is our God
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus is our God
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus is our God
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus is our God

I’m reaping the harvest God promised me
Take back what the devil stole from me [12x]

And I rejoice today [8x] For I shall recover it all

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Click on the media icon to listen.

Be blessed as you listen!

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