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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!

©OMOSEBI Mary Omolola, PhD

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Help! It’s a Dead-end

 

I was opportune to minister to a group of students over the weekend. One of the students approached me for counseling after the ministration and she told me she had given up on the issue she was about to talk to me about but that she just felt moved to talk to me about it anyway.

Thank God she decided to open up to me and I trust God that there will be a testimony from her end.

That incidence quickly reminded me about this special message I have for you…

You see, sometimes we get to a place where we feel it is the end of the road for us; a place where we just can’t see any ray of light at the end of the tunnel.

At these times, what do you do?

I have a video message for you in which you will find out what to do at those times. (The video was recorded live in the Beautiful Branches Facebook group).

Remember to share this with your friends; you wouldn’t know which of them thinks he/she has reached a dead-end.

Be blessed!

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Before You Ask…

Something happened to me last week which made me think deeply about the acts of God. As a matter of fact, that incidence brought to mind similar incidences that had happened to me on a recurring basis.

I got a message from someone I only met on Facebook saying she edits videos and would like to touch up my videos. Before I could even reply her message, she already downloaded one of my videos from YouTube and added a few touches to the video and by the time I could reply her message, the next thing she asked me was the means through which she could send the edited video back.

It was just a matter of minutes after I had made a repost of my last live video that I got a message from her that the edited video which I could upload in my YouTube channel was ready and she was going to send it.

I was actually dumbfounded.

That was how someone also sent me a message some months back saying he was led to be doing the graphics for the Worded Bible study group (the Whatsapp Group that I was inspired to create). This brother also joyfully took it upon himself to design all the posters used during the No Sex Outside Marriage campaign.

Those are just two recent instances.

While thinking, I remembered just how I would think about something I wanted and someone will just give me that thing.

All of these WITHOUT ASKING.

You see, God has you in mind.

He knows all you need.

And He says,

. . .But the desire of the righteous [for the blessings of God] will be granted. (PROVERBS 10:24b AMP)

Before you ask, He knows what you have in mind.

This is to encourage you that God loves you more than yourself.

And He cares about His vision in your hands more than you care about it.

He will never leave you stranded.

Know that Your Father in heaven is looking out for you always.

The Lord is your Shepherd; you shall not want. . .

No need for worries.

Be encouraged!

  • OMOSEBI Mary Omolola, PhD
    2017

In Due Season

The angel of the Lord appeared to Zechariah and told him as recorded in Luke 1:13, that his prayer had been heard.

This got me thinking. . .

I asked myself, “Which prayer exactly and when did he pray that prayer”.

I am led to assume that this priest, Zechariah was not praying for a child on the day the angel appeared to Him.

As a matter of inclination, I believe strongly that it might have been years since he had even stopped praying about their issue of barrenness.

His reaction to the angels message to him makes me believe that he had already given up on the matter. He probably had come to terms with his lack and had embraced his predicament with all sense of surrender to God’s will.

But God, decided it was now time to answer the prayers he had offered to God years before.

Glory!

Know this: The prayers of the righteous do not disappear. They are being collected and kept each time you offer them. They are actually seeds.

The fact that you are not “seeing the results” of your prayers now does not mean that you are not being heard.

In due season, God will attend to your case.

He will open His book of remembrance to your life. God never forgets.

He only works with time. He is the master planner and His thoughts and ways may just not align with yours.

I encourage you not to feel discouraged.

Keep sowing the seeds of prayers. And continue watering them with your love for God.

Be completely sold out to Him. Keep your faith in Him ignited and it will be counted to you as righteousness.

Soon, your blessings will blossom.

And whether you believe it or not, you can’t stop God from doing what He has proposed when the time is right.

Shalom!

© OMOSEBI Mary Omolola (PhD)
2017

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Do You Have Trust Issues?

I was feeding our son on a certain evening recently and I observed something I had not noticed before but guess must have been happening before that day.

Once I take a spoonful of food, I would blow air on it with my mouth because the food was a bit hot and then attempt to put it in his mouth. However, he insisted on collecting the spoon from me each time so that he could put the food in his mouth by himself.

After taking about five spoons or so from me, I noticed what he was up to.

He would hold the spoon in his hand and then stick his tongue out to touch the food. He was obviously doing this to check the temperature of the food.

This continued till he finished his portion of food.

My spirit was then tuned to think about that incidence and here’s what was ministered to my heart:

Some of us don’t trust God completely to have His way in our lives just like Daniel didn’t seem to trust me enough.

We sometimes wonder if there really can be a way where He says that He will make a way.

We still want to check again and be sure that He is in control.

We still want to add some human touch to everything to make it feel realistic.

We try to rationalize His promises and see how workable His purposes are.

I’ll like to encourage you to let God have His way in your life.

Surrender yourself and situation completely to Him.

Let Him take care of you how He deems fit.

Stand still and know that He is God.

Trust Him completely knowing fully well that He has you covered. He always has your best interest at heart because He loves you.

Always Remember that He is the ALMIGHTY.

Today, I admonish you to ask the Lord To Help your unbelief.

Let your faith in Him grow.

Even if it doesn’t seem like it right now, believe that all will be well with you!

© OMOSEBI Mary Omolola (PhD)
2017

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When You Meet Roadblocks In Your Way

Few days to the deadline I had set to get three new books ready towards the end of last year, the unexpected happened to me.

That was the first time I would have that kind of experience that left me practically in shock. . .

I had worked late into the early hours of the day that this happened.

I was set to continue my work on my system late that morning but I got the shock of my life when the notebook just wouldn’t boot.

. . . The system had obviously crashed.

My plan was to do a backup after the few corrections I had to make that day but the time never came.

My head kept spinning around. Was it my academic papers waiting to be submitted for publication or my archives of pictures that I had not backed up that I had to think about?

But what got me the most at that point were my books. Where was I supposed to start from?

But you know what? After the first ten to fifteen minutes of worrying about it, I just felt a kind of peace that I couldn’t explain. I was calm to the extent that I was beginning to wonder if I was okay.

My husband tried to check what was wrong later that day. He tried troubleshooting the system and punched in some commands but the system didn’t budge.

All I just kept saying was, “It is well”.

After several attempts without success, he had to pull the system apart the next day to get the hard disk out and see if he could salvage the situation. I even joked about how my notebook that I had loved for so long was undergoing surgery.

To the glory of God he was able to retrieve some files including the books. Even though most of the files were corrupted, I still thank God for His peace when I needed it most.

I felt it strongly in my spirit that the enemy was not in any way happy with what I was doing and he was trying his antics to discourage me from forging ahead with my mission.

I don’t know who this is for but peradventure you are set on achieving a mission and you have hit a roadblock on your way.

Don’t be discouraged.

The fact that it is a God given vision doesn’t mean it will be hitch free.

Be encouraged by the fact that God will never leave you stranded.

He might allow you to encounter a few hiccups in your plans but he will surely give you victory. In the end, you become a stronger vessel.

He is the all-sufficient God; He is sufficient for you.

He is able and will bulldoze the obstacles from your way.

You must know that it is normal for the enemy to always want to fight against God-given visions.

When the enemy hits you below the belt, retreat and gather strength to try again.

You just have to keep pushing.

The idea is never to give up.

Keep this in mind as you journey through this year.

Shalom!

  • OMOSEBI Mary Omolola (PhD)
    ©2017

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Take That Step of Faith

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My husband (then fiancé) and I were to have a counselling session with the Pastor of my church one Saturday afternoon, about ten weeks before our wedding. He arrived early so we decided to wait in an eatery pending the time of our appointment.

At a point during our discussion while we waited, we started talking about the expenses for the wedding and we got sober. Why? We couldn’t figure out how the wedding was going to run smoothly because we had practically no money. Our savings was so minute compared to the expenses of the wedding. The logical thing to do would have been to postpone the wedding.

He looked at me that day after several minutes of the depressing talk about insufficient funds and said, “We are moving forward. If I don’t marry you now I will still have to do it later. I’ll rather do it now. We are getting married in December at the word of the Lord.” He got a sudden boost of faith and I experienced a surge too. We encouraged ourselves in the Lord. We concluded that though we didn’t know how the wedding was going to be, we had chosen to trust God and step out in faith. We faced Him squarely after that and expected a miracle from Him. Our faith got shaken as the days passed by and we were even getting nervous about giving out invitations to people but we kept on still.

Lo and behold. The MIRACLES  began to roll in. It started with someone giving us over half a million that we needed to pay as two-year rent for the apartment we wanted but had no money to pay for. Then the gifts began to come in from friends and family without asking them. The gifts came majorly from unexpected sources.

The wedding came and it was superb. People who attended the wedding attested to how glorious the wedding was. God indeed glorified Himself. We didn’t owe a single kobo by the end of that day. As a matter of fact we had surplus. Everything was in surplus. We went home with some cash gifts too.

I remember how we both knelt down at the foot of our bed in the hotel room that night and could do nothing but worship God. We were dazed by how God handled it all. Nothing was left unattended to. That day was totally beautiful.

I remember my husband and I joking recently about what would have happened if we had decided to postpone the wedding and wait till we had enough savings. We concluded that we would most likely still not be married by 2017 (with the hike in prices of everything).

I really don’t know who this message is for but I am sure it’s for someone.

Trust God and take that leap of faith at the Word of the Lord. Enough of the stagnancy as a result of fear. It is time to move forward.

I encourage you to let your faith be built up. Hold on to the Word of God and think about how great God really is. With Him, nothing is impossible. Exalt God above your limitations.

All will be well. I believe! Do you believe?

~ OMOSEBI Mary Omolola
© 2016

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