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My Testimony: The Lord Surely Directs The Steps Of The Godly

Hello everyone!

Today’s Online Bible Study will be taking a bit of a twist today.

Testimony time with the message wrapped in it all 🙂

 

So as I type this, I am sitting in the living room of someone I met from my blog in a series of events that can only be “divine direction/connection”
Let me explain…
And oh, she doesn’t know that I am writing this(I guess you’ll read it here sis) but I explain myself better in words(the life of a writer) and this has been ringing in my head so I better just put it down…

It began with a series of emails…
“Hi Frances, I am an avid reader of your blog…”
“Hello sis, thank you so much for reaching out…”

And then it went on till this year when I shared the post about my work in the secondary schools and the fact that I just might need sponsors.
Again the email…
“I’d love to contribute what I can as God blesses me to…”

And then I share a post about how difficult it was to find a church in Ekiti State where I currently live.
And again an email…
“I’d love to connect you to a friend of mine in Ekiti who can help you settle down…”

And that’s another testimony on its own. I did say that I will share the story on how I got attached to a firm and found a Church here in my PPA State, so let me share now…
(And as an aside, just follow the thread of my story/testimony really well, I will tie it all into what I really want to share today at the end)
So where was I?

Yes about how I got attached to a firm and found a Church.

I was just making small talk with my landlady when I mentioned that I wanted to attach at a firm. She immediately said that she knows one lawyer who she can introduce me to. There and then she called him and he spoke to me. He was traveling the next day so we couldn’t see at his firm but we exchanged numbers and he promised to call me up the next day.
Then comes in the text from the lady this special blog reader (now sister) had introduced me to.
She sent me a firm’s address and told me to check them out and tell the principal that she sent me.
I got there, the principal wasn’t around but the secretary was in and I asked her to give me the principal’s number.
On dialing the number, guess what?
It was same lawyer whom my landlady had introduced me to the week before.
Coincidence or confirmation?

 
And then the Church…
The first time I went to the Church I currently worship at, I told my friend that I feel like that will be my Church but let me roll around Churches first and make sure(do small church prostitution I mean, lol)
And on a particular sunday after rolling around, I told my friend that abeg, that first Church is my Church oh, I will start attending there now.
Well, the text message from the lady I was introduced to came in and guess what Church she wanted to refer me to?
That same Church I had told my friend that I was feeling like it’s my Church.
Coincidence or confirmation?

 
So both the firm and the Church she referred me to were places I had dealings with before but she had no idea about.
Needless to say, both places are where I am currently settled at right now.

 

So that said, let’s go back to this wonderful blog reader turned sister who’s living room I am sitting in as I type this right now. (And who introduced me to the lady who referred me to both the firm and Church.)
Again I got an email from her even after all she had done before.
Her sending in funds for my project at the School had blown me away before. I mean is it everyday that people who had never met you believe in what God has given you to do so much so that they help with it?
So her email came in and then she was inviting me to come in for us to see – have some bonding session(in her words, hehe)
For me to come spend the weekend in her place(I ended up spending more than a weekend) and also take part in a meeting of Christian ladies with a heart for God.(her ministry)

 
So, let me chip in something here, this is who I am…
You maybe talking to me and my mind is afar of, processing some stuff in my mind with God.
We were having Bible Study during the meeting and I was asking God…
“Lord, I don’t understand, why did you make our paths meet?”
“Lord, how come people just trust me?”
“Are you indeed doing what you are doing through this small blog? I had no idea that you had so much in store for this. Lord, how?”
The truth is I still don’t have an answer for the questions I was asking God that day but a scripture was ringing in my heart and that’s where the thread of this story/testimony today will end.
Psalm 37:23
“The lord directs the steps of the godly.He delights in every detail of their lives”

I have no doubt that God is directing my steps.
From meeting this lovely sister via the blog, to getting confirmation for both the firm where I am now, to getting confirmation for a Church to attend.
And sometimes – all the time, it still blows my mind away.

 
I was telling this lovely sis while we had a chat in her house that the truth is, right now, I don’t see beyond October when I will pass out.
Yes, there’s something that I will love to take part in right after NYSC, but I have no plans cut out for where I will work, what I will do, where I will live, etc, etc.
And still again, that above passage soothes me to no end.
It’s okay for me not to know these things.
I don’t see any thing as little that God does for me.
How on earth did He orchestrate my path to meet such a lovely person through my blog?
How on earth did He make her so open hearted, she saw no big deal in opening her home to me?
Forget about the fact that I had no check in my spirit whatsoever, it seemed like I had known her like forever but still, it blows me away that someone will be so trusting of me?
How?
In Nigeria?

 

So this is the fact…

The seemingly little directions like the above that I see each day makes me certain that God is working out the pieces in my life in bits by bits and that’s okay.
How He leads me to people, I do not understand.
While I was in camp, I sat close to a guy and we started talking about youths.
As we spoke I discovered that he is a believer(oh, all the better) and we exchanged contacts then in camp.
Well, guess what?
That same guy is going to be a resource person at the next awakening youth event that will be holding this friday.
I remember writing in my journal that day and saying that I was in awe as to how God was leading me to people in camp.
I mean, I was absolutely amazed that people I sat with in seminars just somehow clicked with me in odd ways.
And some of them I am still in touch with today and I take none of it for granted.
There is a certain way that God just orchestrates our paths to where we should be and to whom we should be with.
So in times when I think about the fact that I am not certain about my future at all, I remember that verse in Psalm 37 again and it calms me down.
Then I remember testimonies of finding a church, a firm and connecting with awesome people like the sister I talked about up there and I am encouraged.

 

See dearies, if you are worried about your future, just stop, stop right now.
You are worried about getting a job, getting accommodation, where you will be after so so and so time…just stop it right now.
Have you prayed about it all?
Have you given God your future and asked Him to take control over it?
Then leave it in His hands.
God will make ways and clear paths that need to be cleared for you.
God will open doors and bring what you need at every point in time.
How will He do it?
That’s not for you to worry about.
It could be something like you getting an email like I did… “I will be glad to support what you are doing in schools”
Or it could be something like getting a call… “send your CV, I know someone who will definitely take you”

With all these stuffs happening in my life, I am learning to chill and rest my future and life in God’s hands and we all should do the same too.
Where I will work after NYSC?
Lord you know.
Where I will live after now?
Lord you know.
Who will help me after now?
Lord you know.
And it’s good enough for me that you know.
Case closed, matter settled.

 

The basic thing I want us all to see today(including myself), is that God will take care of us.
I do not take things for granted, gratitude is my lifestyle and if God can tug at someone’s heart to trust me so wholly, let me into their home, totally be like a long lost sister to me… then forget it, this God is still in the business of drawing threads that need to be drawn.
And I will let Him draw them.
We all should let Him draw the lines that need to be drawn and connected in our lives.
So when you get all ruffled up again, we have got just one verse to let sink into us from today…
Psalm 37:23
“The lord directs the steps of the godly.He delights in every detail of their lives.”

You can go further and read the whole of Psalm 37.
That Psalm 37 and Psalm 139 makes me smile deeply anytime I need comfort from worries brought on by myself, and I am certain that the word will do the same for you.

 

 

Till our next Online Bible Study,
Much Love,
Frances.

 

 

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19 Comments

  • Reply
    gabby
    May 27, 2015 at 7:25 am

    Was just thinking about this same thing this morning.. God is always directing our paths in ways we least expected. God certainly knows the thoughts he has for us.

    When you find your purpose God always makes a way, don’t think about it just follow..

    • Reply
      Frances Okoro
      May 28, 2015 at 4:23 pm

      Awww Gabby, that’s one verse that make me smile!
      “How precious are your thoughts towards me oh God”!
      Indeed, how precious are His thoughts towards us…

      And yes, the deal with provision and purpose..this our God..ah!
      Words aren’t enough to say thank you!
      How He does His this ehn..

  • Reply
    Tope BANKS
    May 27, 2015 at 8:12 am

    The steps of the righteous are ordered by God. Keep shining dear

    • Reply
      Frances Okoro
      May 28, 2015 at 4:26 pm

      Yes, I love that song Tope. We used to sing “the steps of the righteous they are ordered by the Lord” in our welcome song in fellowship then.. and it’s certainly true…

  • Reply
    D.O
    May 27, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Hello Francess,
    What a joy to read today’s Bible study… Just yesterday evening, I had a major meltdown about not knowing what the future holds for me.. My Spirit was restless and deeply troubled. I woke up this morning, read my devotions, searched the scriptures, esp Psalms, and then came your mail….
    And once again, God has come through and spoken through you to me with the assurance that He is still in the business of directing my steps&delighting in every detail of my life….I am reminded this morningto rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him!!!v7. And such peace I already feel.
    Thank you for sharing your testimony. I have been greatly blessed by it and todays study!!! God bless you..

    • Reply
      Frances Okoro
      May 28, 2015 at 4:39 pm

      Hello D.O
      *hugs and hugs*
      The peace that comes from placing our trust in God yes? Just priceless!

      He’s got you. Just #rest 🙂

  • Reply
    Mobolaji
    May 27, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Oh Frances! A friend and I were talking about this on Monday. There are so many ‘coincidences’ that there’s no argument that God is real and awesome! She shared with me how God had placed a lady in her life in her former hostel who was like her spiritual sister, and when she left the place and thought she’d be alone,God again placed my roommate and I in her path.
    God takes care of us. He is so good to us!
    Sometimes things happen or we connect with people that help us in unimaginable ways! Sebi, I only started talking to the person that bought my phone few weeks (maybe a month) ago with absolutely no strings attached!
    God knows exactly what we need at every point of our lives and He is faithful, He is faithful!
    Thank you my Lord, for you’re so wide that my human mind cannot understand it all; and you’re still so small that you know me personally and live in me!
    Thank you again Frances! I am grateful. I am grateful.

    • Reply
      Frances Okoro
      May 28, 2015 at 5:22 pm

      As in Mobolaji! I’m breaking out in smiles here…
      God sure does know what we need, even when we don’t even think of it..like its amazing!
      Awesome and glorious king!
      Yes, He knows and does the needful for us…

  • Reply
    mateyscott
    May 27, 2015 at 11:33 am

    I can totally relate! God is a kick ass matchmaker.

    • Reply
      Frances Okoro
      May 28, 2015 at 5:19 pm

      Hehe Mayowa!
      Yes He is!

      And i’ve missed you..how body? 🙂

  • Reply
    keke
    May 27, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Frances your testimony is so powerful and touching. It is a great reminder that God is ahead of us always, working things out before we even figure it out ourselves. There is nothing else to do but trust that God is in control when we face difficult questions like “what next”? I am encouraged by your testimony and I pray God increases these wonderful people for their obedience. God will continue to bless you beyond the invisible and direct your future.

    • Reply
      Frances Okoro
      May 28, 2015 at 5:37 pm

      Oh Keke, you always pray for me…bestest gift ever!
      Oh thank you!
      God will indeed go before you and make every crooked path straight..yes He will.
      *much love*

  • Reply
    Olawumi
    May 27, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    Again another posts dats right on track. Was just telling my friend how I dnt know what my next step is and I (lemme use this opportunity to state dat I have control issues) find that disheartening.
    I’ve bin praying for certain things since January n planning for them but the answers im getting dnt fit into my plans! Blew a huge hole right tru n I’ve bin crying to God to “correct” this. But in all my groaning I remember God’s plans r so much better than mine.
    Thanks for this post and thanks for ur msg d other day *winks* 1st xtian nytin im subscribing to and God has bin using it to direct, correct and reassure me that He is Faithful

    • Reply
      Frances Okoro
      May 28, 2015 at 5:44 pm

      Oh Olawunmi..shebi it’s awesome to know that the words inside me are for me and others.
      God’s gat you… His plans are always better anyway…
      *hugs and hugs*

  • Reply
    Toju Oki-Adebayo
    May 28, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Smiles

  • Reply
    Princess Okechukwu
    May 29, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    Hun! He will keep ordering your steps. You are His; shine on!

    I can totally relate to how you feel. I remember last year how God ordered my steps to a church, and from that church, a woman asked me to move in with her family for 5months, and for that five months she gave me monthly allowance. I didn’t pay rent or bills. Then when I was relocating after I was done with school, she helped carry along half of my baggage; as I couldn’t carry all I had amassed over the years. And she was relocating to the same country as well. Now how do I explain this, if not by saying: ‘that’s God’s signature all around it’

    Everytime I remember that scenario, I just rest, knowing that even the tiniest detail of my life, God is very much interested.

    Frances, God is sovereign, and He isn’t done with you, yet; He is just started. Lots of love!

    • Reply
      Princess Okechukwu
      May 29, 2015 at 6:35 pm

      *He has just started*

    • Reply
      Frances Okoro
      May 30, 2015 at 12:04 am

      Oh Princess, you need to see me saying “wow” as I read your comment..Boss Father!
      He thinks of everything and goes before and after us to straighten out even the most minute details…
      I pray to remember what you just shared now anytime my “fre fre” body gets ruffled up.
      God bless you bigly sis 🙂

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