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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!

Watch the video NOW 

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

Having Strong Convictions

I find it rather funny that all the men who approached me for a marital relationship back in the day were all working with oil companies and earning really large. (What a coincidence right?)

. . . Except my husband (then fiance).

Yes, he wasn’t even working when I agreed to marry him.

There was so much pressure from particularly two of those men but l just wouldn’t change my mind for anything in this world.

There was even a time when we had a huge disagreement in our relationship and one of these men who had disappeared before (I thought I had won the battle of keeping him away) suddenly reappeared with a powerful determination to win me over; more like a mighty surge. It was like a set up; I tell you.

Despite what was going on in my relationship at that time, I didn’t even bother considering “a way out”. I was so resolute that this was where I was meant to be.

Why was it that easy for me to maintain my stand?

I was super sure of what God was the One leading me on that path.

I had grown in my walk with God over the years before I came to the juncture where I needed to make a decision as to who to marry.

God was a part of my daily dealings regularly so choosing a life partner was just another decision to be made and all we had to do was go through the same process.

He speaks… I listen.

Hearing from God is very paramount to being able to live a stress-free life.

You have to come to the place where you only move when God says you should move and stop when He says to do so.

You also can hear God consistently.

It’s not difficult at all.

To learn how, watch these TWO videos (A two-part series) where I teach on how to hear from God and begin to enjoy a life led by the Spirit of God, who knows the end of every situation from the beginning.

This is the only way you will be able to live life purposefully.

HOW TO HEAR FROM GOD (1)

 

HOW TO HEAR FROM GOD (2)

Be blessed.

 

Looking For Answers?

On a certain day during the course of last week, our son came to meet me in the kitchen saying something repeatedly but I couldn’t grasp what he was saying. I kept asking Him to repeat what he wanted to tell me but I still couldn’t understand.

Then, my sister who was in the kitchen with me at the time suggested that I call his sister to come and listen to him with the hope of her being able to interpret what he was saying (which sounded like Latin to me)

Amazingly, his sister only needed him to say to her once what he had told me about ten times before for her to understand him. She repeated what he was saying in clear words and I saw his face beam with joy.

Wow!

I was touched by that and a message was dropped in my spirit as I ruminated on that incidence few minutes later. . .

What do you do when life seems confusing?

What about when it seems you don’t understand what God is telling you?

. . . Call in the Holy Spirit to resolve every knotted issue.

. . . Seek answers from the Word of God.

The Word of God will be a lamp for your feet; light unto your path.

The Holy Spirit will teach you all things and direct you on the path of life.

Develop a relationship with Him and begin to see Him come through for you always.

He has ALL the answers to all your life’s questions.

No need to go through life all confused.

No need to play games with your future when you can ask the author of your life for directions.

Let the Holy Spirit guide you through life.

. . .Save yourself of undue stress.

~ OMOSEBI Mary Omolola, PhD
©2017

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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Don’t Follow Your Heart

Don't follow your heart

I have heard the cliché “Follow your heart” too many times. When you ask for advice,  they tell you to follow your heart. When you have an important decision to make, they tell you to follow your heart. We now have so many heart followers and error makers.

The Bible is clear on the state of the human heart. . .

“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? (Jeremiah 17:9 NLT)

Your own heart is capable of deceiving you. I have been a victim of this at one time or another. Even though I am not one to advice people to ‘follow their hearts’, I have followed my heart before and my heart led me astray.

 

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Your heart is the seat of your emotions and emotions are not reliable to lead you in decision making.

Some argue that you can follow your heart as long as it is circumcised. Maybe so if that heart is truly filled with God. I believe that a circumcised heart however, will seek to follow God’s instructions at all costs. That heart has God as it’s focus and acknowledges God as the one at work in it.

When you trust your heart to lead you, you are indirectly turning it to a god. Some people boast and say that their hearts are always right. They try to share the glory with God.

The Holy Spirit is the only one who can lead you through the right path at ALL times. He is infallible.

God never makes mistakes.

So, why gamble when there is someone who can sort out your issues without fail?

Why take the path of chance when there is someone who is the Way and knows the way that you should follow?

Hear this-

Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left. Then you will destroy all your silver idols and your precious gold images. You will throw them out like filthy rags, saying to them, “Good riddance!”  (Isaiah 30:21-22 NLT)

Let God  be the shepherd of your soul.

It is time to give up your heart following and follow God sheepishly.

Decide not to go anywhere except God’s presence is going with you.

Decide not to take any step except the Lord says you should.

Depend on God totally. Rely on His directives from this moment onwards on EVERY issue.

Let the Word of God be your guide. The Psalmist testifies thus about the Word of God –

Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. (Psalms 119:105 NLT)

Move only at God’s Word. Follow God with all your heart. Let Jesus lead you. Listen for the Holy Spirit’s voice at ALL times. . .

Be blessed!

~ OMOSEBI Mary Omolola
© 2016

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