But Jesus spoke to them at once. âDonât be afraid,â he said. âTake courage. I am here!â
Then Peter called to him, âLord, if itâs really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.â
âYes, come,â Jesus said.
So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus.
I know it seems like every time I go to a conference, I don’t want to come back online (yes, Grace, I got your mail, I want to stay in the Spirit.lol).
And yes, I do admit that it’s pure bliss to just stay without distractions and sit at the feet of Jesus… I mean I felt and saw the stark difference immediately I subscribed on saturday. Swoosh! There is a difference between having everybody’s life all up in your face and jejely being on your own and soaking up your spirit… but that hasn’t been the only reason I haven’t been online.
I came back from Jos last week sunday (which was an awesome time in God by the way, I don’t think I would be able to blog stuff from there though I might spill some from time to time), but I fell ill this past week.
I thought it was stress but it was malaria, 3 pluses, which threw my neighbours and friends into confusion because the illness defied “small injections” till I was admitted.
I didn’t get symptoms on time and maybe the stress added up to it so it was pretty “somehow”. Left the hospital on thursday night and I’m still trying to force myself to rest.
I say “force myself” because my “head” won’t let me.
Like today, I woke up by 3am, a Bible passage was ringing in my head and while at it I just decided to do my quiet time and then I just decided to finish up with my book because we would be going to print this week and then I just decided to go and buy some eggs for my customer…. and bla bla bla.
But speaking on my book.
All through when I was sick… and as an aside, you guys know it’s soooo good to be filled with the Word? So WHENEVER you need it it filters through! I won’t go into how I was praising through fever and how “our body might waste away but our spirits are being renewed day by day was ringing through my heart right there on the bed(thats in 2Corinthians 5). God is awesome people.
But before I get side tracked again, let’s take about the book I was about getting into…
When I was sick, I was very worried about the book I’m currently working on.
I was planning on going to Ibadan for printing last week friday and I kept asking God how this stuff will be pulled now.
I have already started sharing invitation letters for the book launch all based on blind faith and now, all I see are waves.
And over and over again, even with my pounding head and nurses giving me multiple injections, drips upon drips and weakness that couldn’t make me stand for a minute, I was seeing Peter.
It feels like I am drowning Lord. In fact I am drowning.
You said write this book.
You said faith works… that’s what I am doing but I don’t see the end no more.
I have shared invites and now I can’t even work on the final editing and print the book… and all I could hear was(and still is) COME.
He told Peter (Frances) COME.
And even when the waves threatened to drown me, He still says, COME. See me, not the waves.
So I have cried out, help me Lord and still He says COME.
Don’t come on the waves with your feet; COME WITH ME.
And that’s what I’m doing by publishing this post.
I think I wrote the words below the week before I traveled to Jos, and even now when I am even more than ever before fixing my eyes on Jesus, I’m publishing it as a statement of faith.
I have written on Peter’s exchange with Jesus in the line of faith before here and if I feel led to in the weeks ahead, I will share the study on walking on the waves.
For today, read my statement of faith on my journey to publishing my book below.
This is what Faith currently looks like for me:
Faith is sharing invitation letters to high profile personnel you want you attend your book launch when you still haven’t (physically) gotten the complete money needed to publish the book.
I had a “crazy moment” as I walked back home on Wednesday September 23rd 2015.
A crazy moment is when the Word hits me so strongly, I start laughing and speaking in tongues right where it hits me. And in this case, it hit me right there on the street.
I was on my way home from CDS when I strongly felt like I should stop the bike at the Local Government and share the invitation letters to my book launch to some of the heads of department there.
I did that and as I walked home, the full weight of what I had done hit me.
Now Frances, you just shared letters to a book launch when you don’t have the full cash at hand to print out the books!
And you wrote in the letter also that free books will be given to the students…wow!
I thought of what would happen if I explained this faith stunt to those I just shared the letters to.
They would think that I am crazy… which I am actually… crazy in the Word.
And I just burst out laughing right there on my street.
I was laughing because the full import of the faith I had just displayed hit me!
Like Lord, this is crazy! But then faith is crazy!
I was laughing because I had gotten the reality of the book coming to life so deeply in my spirit, what I saw physically didn’t seem to matter to me.
Days later, as I read DesiringGod.org newsletter on “Prevailing prayers”, I realized that what I had just done (what I have been doing on this book journey) is simply what the widow did to the king in the story Jesus spoke about in Luke 18.
I was praying (actually praising) in faith for what my spirit had already received and I was doing it relentlessly. And this… this kind of faith pleases God to no end. (read Luke 18 for yourself to see what I’m talking about).
This book journey has been one that has stretched my faith. And I kid you guys not.
It’s almost difficult to explain.
Maybe I will have words to write about it for others later on, but for now, all I will say is that, faith works.
If you want proof that it works, stay tuned on the blog on October 22nd when photos and videos of the book launch will be shared.
Yes, works are in place to launch “10 Steps To Walking In Purpose” on Thursday, October 22nd 2015.
It’s not really going to be a big launch, I will just be doing it as my final seminar being held at a school in Ekiti State before I leave.
It will be held at one of the schools I have organized Awakening Youths seminar at and I am still working to invite commissioners/offices that have to do with youths/education/girl child development… etc.
The plan is to give the book to some students for free. And I already have 25 sponsored copies and more on the way.
How did that happen?
I don’t think the copies will go round and I am also inviting students from the other four Schools I have been to in Ekiti this year, so if you have some sort of competition/questions we can ask the students to spice things up and then give the book to who wins the competition, holla moi. (I need ideas, I really don’t know what people do in book launches even though mine is a small one 🙂
I think I will make out time to share lessons from this book journey…
From getting the idea from God (yes, it would shock you to know that the entire 143 pages of the book arose from a reply I was crafting to an email, that was when God hinted me that this is actually a book)…
To the fear of not being enough…
To faith stunts…
To raw determination to multiply the talent my Father gave me before He traveled (Matthew 25)…
To praying hearts and praying hands (Princess my sister, my heart is full of thanks to you)…
To divine helpers…
To divine provision…
To seeing a dream God placed in your heart become a reality…
I will share it all in a series or maybe a mini eBook someday for would be Christian authors.
But for today, I just wanted to give you guys up to date gist on my upcoming book – “10 Steps To Walking In Purpose.”
The hard copies will be available for sale at 500naira each and you can reach me for how to get your copy (copies).
I am still working on getting it on online platforms (Konga, Jumia) and into bookshops around the country.
If you can be used to help me in this regard, please holla.
The e-copies on my blog will be for free for everyone (that’s my directive and I believe that it’s important that I obey it), but the way it’s working out right now, I think the hard copies will be launched before the e-copies (don’t want to over load myself, will be focusing on getting out the hard copies first)
So anyone who is waiting for the ecopies will have to wait for a while… hopefully, for not so long.
But for now, you can save the date, on Thursday 22nd October 2015, my book “10 Steps To Walking In Purpose” will go live.
And it will bring to light the fact that God does indeed bring dreams in our hearts to pass.
And no matter what happens on that 22nd day of October, I know the jubilation in heaven will even be more than the one in my heart, because more than ever before, my family in heaven – my cloud of witnesses will be overjoyed that I am running the race Daddy has set me on and despite what maybe, I ran the race of multiplying the little talent He gave me with endurance.
That is the biggest testimony that can arise from this book journey.
From next week, I will start sharing some snippets from the book to whet your appetite.
I will open up the book page on facebook and keep people interested posted. (supposed to have done this by now but illness and all).
And oh, if you can make it, you are invited to my book launch oh.
Venue: Ado Grammar School, Poly Road, Odo-Ado, Ado-Ekiti.
Date: 22nd October 2015
#Grace, grace and strength.
Till next update on “10 Steps To Walking In Purpose” book, keep in touch everywhere 🙂
And yes, if the message hasn’t been passed already, this is also my way of saying I am back.
Thank you for your mails, messages, calls, etc.
Some really took it personal oh. I will try as much as possible to be online and blog as I should. Lol.
I love you all.
And will compensate you guys with some more spiced up posts soon.
I got back to some more questions on the last Bible study/some mails/some issues I want to discuss and I think the time is ripe to film a video on some of these things.
So if I am up to it, we should spice up some recent posts that will be coming up on the blog soon.
Again, I love you all my blog family, have an amazing week ahead.
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