Personal Memoirs

Chronicles Of My Last Week In Ekiti State (The End Of My NYSC Year)

I would have said “my last week as a youth corper” in the title above but technically I passed out of NYSC since October 15th (yes, I know I didn’t blog about it, but you guys know I love chronicling my life on the blog so we’ll see how this week will go for that).
I’m traveling out of Ekiti State today, like finally finally except something brings me back here and I can’t help but be so thankful to God.
Maybe I should start the chronicles of the week from today…

 

I woke up at about to 3am and was trying to go back to sleep when I don’t know… I started thinking about my journey today and all that stuff about the life in front of me.
And suddenly, I had Exodus 14:15 ringing in me…
“The Lord said to Moses, Why do you cry to Me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward!”

 

Hah!
Talk about words to push you forth…
Frances GO FORWARD!
I won’t go into the other rhema I got from the entire chapter as this isn’t an #OnlineBibleStudy, but all I’ll say is that God has sent me forth already so I’m going forward.

 

Song for today:
Sinach – “You are the same”.
Nathaniel Bassey – “Imela”
I have danced and danced and sang and sang and prayed and prayed and disturbed my neighbors (sorrryyyyyy) with my normal early morning deals for the last time today 🙂
It’s been amazing this past one year, I won’t even lie.
And the same God who made it awesome will make my future more awesome going forward.
Yes, same God of yesterday, today and forever.

 

But before I go on in a roll with thanksgiving (which I am on), let me blog about what my title talks about.
Here’s what my last week in Ekiti state looked like…

At Ikogosi Warm springs

At Ikogosi Warm springs

I had a busy week all through!
I had decided that I would sight see some places before I leave: Olumirin waterfalls at Erin Ijesha and Ikogosi warm springs and that I did for two days (don’t worry, deets will be up on my #12TripChallenge chronicles soon 🙂

 

On monday I had to run some bank deals concerning my book, went to see someone to drop off some copies for him, then went to the office to see my boss and say my final good bye…
I left my house in the afternoon and I didn’t get back till in the evening. Day gone, errands run.

 

On tuesday, I decided to go see Olusonta hill and Orole hill in Ikere-Ekiti but that trip was one chance!
Will share on how disappointed I was in another post.
I just used the remaining time to go see my colleague’s wife with whom I ran a computer training programme.
We just gisted and talked and I gifted her younger brother with my book.
He insisted that we snap pictures with it and quickly packaged it sharp sharp and when his sister said we should all snap pictures together, we laughed as we saw him bring it out from one envelope. Hehe.

With Joshua in Ikere and oh, that's Olusonta. Hill by the left

With Joshua in Ikere and oh, that’s Olusonta. Hill by the left

 

Wednesday was the day I went to Erin Ijesha to visit Olumirin waterfalls.
All I will ask is has anyone else been there before?
Oh my!
It’s so amazing!!
I filmed a video and of course snapped lots of pictures and also have lots of stories to tell!

Olumirin waterfalls

Olumirin waterfalls

From people I met to how I navigated my way down there. Yes oh, nor be small navigation.
Lol.
I only climbed to the second waterfall sha and my ajuwaya boots came handy 🙂

Live. Laugh. Love

Live. Laugh. Love

 

On thursday I set out for Ikogosi warm springs here in Ekiti.
Have you heard about the place where cold and warm water merges?
Yes, that place.
I will say that I wasn’t too wowed by the place, I love going on trips that I get involved in, like climb, jump, shout, etc.
This one, after touring the place, I just chilled by the poolside and read my own book.

At Ikogosi warm springs poolside

At Ikogosi warm springs poolside

Like seriously, I needed a word I had written in one of the steps so I had a little quiet time with God and of course filmed another video which would be up when I write on gists from the trip.

 

On friday, I thought I won’t go anywhere but then I wanted to just drop off some stuff at the Correctional Centre and an orphanage here when the idea came to actually do a book reading/discussion on purpose there in the correctional centre.
I just prayed and stepped out.

But wait! Before we step out, a selfie

But wait! Before we step out, a selfie

And I tell you guys, it was awesome!!
My very first book reading/discussion on purpose which I plan to be something I regularly do in different places I am (there will be one in Lagos soon, watch out for it).
We did the discussion on step 2 in the book “Yes, you are worthy!”.
And I was just thankful at these teenagers opening up to me about stuff they had done.
We talked about how God still has a great plan and purpose for their lives despite the past provided they let Him into their lives now.
We discussed my own past and how God has brought me here now and I told them that God will do same for them too.
We also delved into the “wisdom nuggets” in the book and the reflection and decision aspect.
And finally wrapped up with prayers, call for who wants to be born again and some questions and answers.
See the teenagers asking me when next I’ll come to Ekiti.

At the centre...

At the centre…donated two books..

Words cannot explain what that session arising from the book did in my heart.
I plan to have more of such book readings, not just with teenagers like that, but with the general public, in schools, universities, etc.
My eyes are opening up each day to what God intends this book to achieve and I am content to let Him do it.
Afterwards I did my other running around to do and had to meet up with two friends.
Damilare who was the photographer for my book launch and Genesis. Erm, if you don’t know Genesis, read this post. You must know him on this blog. Lol.
Anyways, we all met at my house and gisted and laughed and gisted and laughed while I was arranged my stuff.
Mhen, I nor know who gimme all these kind of load.
My dad and I don’t see eye to eye anytime I want to travel because he is always like “you carry too many things” and I admit I do but like I always reply him, “there’s nothing to remove from the load nah.” lol.
And that was my reply to Genesis too when he was doing “see what you can remove”.
*Rolls eyes*

My bags..and there's more ohh

My bags..and there’s more ohh

Anywhos, we all had an amazing evening or night rather because Damilare left at to 8 or so and Genesis and my neighbour’s kids who also came left by past 9.
Busy day yes?!
And then this morning I was up by to 3am.
You already know the story from that 3am till now.
I simply danced and praised and jumped and shouted and praised after getting my “send forth” word from God.
I knew my time in Ekiti was up as at last week.
Like I have done all I was meant to do here.
All the goals and purpose have been fulfilled.
The lessons I got from God in this quiet season are priceless.
The intimacy I have enjoyed with Him, in His word, in His presence have been amazing.
It’s been a quiet season for the past one year, but one where God has laid the foundation for every other thing to come in my life.
I don’t think I would fully appreciate this year till the years go by and God opens up more of my path of purpose to me.
I believe a lot of my time with Him here in Ekiti will replay themselves in my head and heart as the years go by.
I have prayed and I want you all to take a moment and pray for me today too…
That I will only be led by the Lord.
Wherever I go, whatever I do, only His will is allowed in my life.
And wherever He takes me, my vital union, intimacy and relationship with Him shall never be disrupted, rather we will continue to grow deeper in love…deeper in our walk with each other day by day.
That the hustle and bustle of walking in purpose shall never take me away from Him and just like Mary, I will always leave it all when need be (as need will always be) to sit at His feet.

 

I am so thankful for the past one year in Ekiti State.
So thankful that I even had such an awesome week to wrap it all with.
Trust me to still go out smiling and laughing and joyful.
God’s been good to me in 2015.
Too Good!
And now He says GO FORWARD.
Do I know where?
Erm, not really.
I have plans for the next two months but something tells me that when I step my feet in Lagos, my schedule might change so really, I’m following the Lord step by step, walking on the water with faith all the way.
And surprisingly, it gives me the best feeling ever!
Sometimes I am fearful…
Sometimes I am scared…
Sometimes I have to read and meditate on His word over and over again to remember that He can never fail me on the less-than-popular path I have chosen to tread in Him…
But always I TRUST HIM as He keeps reiterating to me to do.
He cares about me.
And even when I am confused, He is not because it’s all in His plan for good for me.
The Israelites were confused and frightened when the Egyptians caight up with them in Exodus 14, but still God said go forward.
I don’t know all He knows about my going forward in Him, but I know that the Ekiti (Egypt) I am leaving right now is less than where He is taking me and my heart will settle upon that truth.

 

And I believe these words are flowing from my heart because I will need to re-read it someday soon.
No problem Lord, I know that’s how you deal with me. 🙂
So you guys, I have got to run
Got to prepare to move!

 

And uhm, all you guys in Lagos that have been saying “when are you coming to Lagos, I wanna meet you, or I will buy your book when I see you in Lag”.
Oya, I will be at my Church, The Oasis, the youth church of Redeem the king’s court, 3 Keystone bank crescent off Adeyemo Alakija Street, VI.
It’s easy to locate.
You can also call me sha on 07035539092… so let’s meet up people 🙂

 

 

Till my next personal memoirs,
Love,
Frances.

 

 

 

P.S: I apologize for not blogging this week, I put the word out on the blog facebook page that I won’t be blogging till next week…till today that is 🙂

Normal blog schedule starts next week God willing

 

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Princess Okechukwu
    October 31, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    I just love coming on here. The Spirit of God is here.

    It’s time to go forward indeed, and here’s a word to remember: ‘“The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.”
    ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭4:18‬ ‭NIV‬‬

    Following you through how you started and seeing this phase till the end has been a miraculous experience. Wow! You’re a tree planted in God, you’ll keep producing fruit, Bebe!

    Btw, we have unfinished business oh. Waiting for your response.

    Love you loads!

    • Reply
      Frances Okoro
      November 1, 2015 at 3:38 pm

      I love me some more words to push me forth…
      So even though I don’t see the steps, still it’s shining brighter and brighter…no regress.

      It’s been amazing documenting it all Princess… more amazing the helpers, people like you God’s blessed me with.
      As you’ve been a blessing to me in this phase, even more so will others be a blessing to you on your own journey.
      Love you, love you plenty!

      I will ping you on the unfinished biz 🙂

  • Reply
    graciemama
    November 1, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Congrats dear. I planned seeing Ikogosi warm spring someday and your post is giving me ac2nd thought.

    • Reply
      Frances Okoro
      November 1, 2015 at 1:25 pm

      You can still see it oh Gracie…atleast to cross it off your list and when people talk about it, you know you’ve been there…
      Me personally sha, it was just a place to chill but if you swim/wanna lodge, it should be more fun.

      And thank you! Thank you! Ekiti phase is done.

  • Reply
    vicky
    November 1, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    sorry, but can i call even though i’m not in lagos? 😀

    • Reply
      Frances Okoro
      November 1, 2015 at 8:10 pm

      Haha Vicky! Of course you can! Put some smiles on my face pleaseee!

  • Reply
    Naijasinglegirl
    November 1, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Thank you. I am making notes.

    • Reply
      Frances Okoro
      November 1, 2015 at 10:10 pm

      I see you came by NaijaSingleGirl..welcome!
      Hope you put your notes into good use 🙂

  • Reply
    tope
    November 1, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    That one year away from the hustle & bustle of Lagos was needed. May God continue to lead you his way!
    Yay! So Oyin.. my dear friend met you today and sent me a picture……made my day! Hopefully I can meet you one day, soon.

    • Reply
      Frances Okoro
      November 1, 2015 at 10:14 pm

      Ohhhhhh Nike! So it’s you she was talking about!
      Wowzers!!!
      Sis Onyinkan is our minister at Church and you can imagine my surprise when she mentioned your name…like what!
      I couldn’t place which “Nike”, thought maybe it’s a silent reader..but it’s sooooo good to know that it’s you… you are family nahhh(as we all are here).
      Hope to meet you too, soonest!

      And yes, the year at Ekiti was needed, necessary, essential for these latter years I’ll step into…hope to use the lessons still in my walk with God

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