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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MobolajiOctober 12, 2015 at 9:23 am
Welcome back baby! I missed you paapaa!
I can only rejoice with you, God is a good God! Even in our ‘not enough’ moments, He shows Himself as Lord! I’m elated about how far the book has gone & the more testimonies that are on the way. Bless your heart for going after God the way you do, you encourage me plenty plenty. Keep living for Christ.
Plus, during my time with Christ yesterday, He also took me to Peter’s story on walking on water(only for me to see it today again). I wrote beside the passage in my Bible something like ‘Keep you gaze on Jesus & you’d not sink.’ But today, I want to focus on the ‘come’ part. God is asking us to COME! COME & see the mighty things that I have proposed to do with you. COME & perform exploits in my name. COME & walk on water with me! His ‘COME’ pushes us to be brave(as it shows in you distributing letters by faith).
Thank you so much for sharing. Today(no matter what the circumstances may me), I am walking towards Jesus, the author & finisher of my faith.
Frances OkoroOctober 12, 2015 at 10:25 am
I don’t know why this encounter with Peter and Jesus, now Jesus and me(us) makes me teary eyed and weepy… I wish we could have a joint Bible study on it, the angle you just pointed out again hit me…
Barring the sounds of men and physical issues..COME.
It’s good to be back babes. And good to have you here…always.
I love you plenty plenty much. Triple plenty.lol
Tope OgunyinkaOctober 12, 2015 at 11:47 am
Glad to have you back Frances! When I switched on my data and got an email from our I was so excited. I’ve missed you sha. Thank God for what he’s doing in your life and the many good things that are coming your way!
Frances OkoroOctober 12, 2015 at 12:24 pm
I’m excited to be back to ohhhh Tope 🙂
Thank youuu. I missed you much! Let me just be mentally noting you guys I need to see in Lagos when I come 🙂
God is awesome! Just awesome, I’m mega grateful to Him three!
MobolajiOctober 12, 2015 at 4:40 pm
Thanks dear one! It’s obvious God is the business of moving us out of the boat in this season! I’m so blessed by D.O’s comment o, thanks Frances!
The question is, am I a boat-potato? Mahn, biko I’m walking on water instead. My post today is on Peter’s story & how God is asking us to walk towards Him on water. It’s time to trust God! http://omobolaji.com/the-word-trust/
Frances OkoroOctober 13, 2015 at 12:14 pm
Like D.O’s comment had me reading and appraising, and thinking and then like you, I’m a water baby. Water is it…and I found something today again when I studied, we can’t sink on the water B. it’s not possible. Whether we doubt when we are out on it or not, Jesus immediately catches us at the sign of any issue..it had me laughing out loud! Like walking on water has full insurance cover, the insurance doesn’t kick in when loss happens, cuz loss can never happen. Jesus won’t let it.
Thanks for sharing your link..thanks. Glad that the word coming deeply into hearts that need it.
D.OOctober 12, 2015 at 2:33 pm
Welcome back Francess. Its so good to have you back and I thank God for His healing power upon you..
This morning I opened my devotional and the topic was “Get out of the boat” with Peter and Jesus as our reference point. Now to come on here and GBAM! Same emphasis . My heart leaps for joy because now I know that God is really speaking through the timely and reassuring words in ths post for some of us who for one reason or the other are still struggling with getting out of the boat and fully coming to Jesus.
Here’s an excerpt of the part that really hit home for me: You know you are a boat-potato when you bury your dreams and hide your talents because youâre afraid of a little rain. You know you’re a boat potato when you hear the call of God on your life, but you’re too scared to heed it.
There’s something â Someone- inside of us who tells us there is more to life than sitting on the boat. You were made for something more than merely avoiding failure. There is something inside of you that wants to walk on the water â to leave the comfort of routine existence and abandon yourself to the high adventure of following God.
So let me ask you a very important question: the boat or the water?Â
Like you, I have. decided to choose water:)
I am so excited for the book launch and what God is doing in your life. It is indeed marvelous in my eyes!
Praying for more of His grace, power, wisdom and strenght as you continually keep your eyes on Him in crazy faith!
Frances OkoroOctober 13, 2015 at 12:26 pm
Abandon ourselves to the high adventure of following God…it is indeed an adventure D.O, one where we don’t know where it leads, full of surprises, but a water can’t be fully smooth can it?there are different creatures in the water, some still never have been seen..but it still is exciting cuz they are new things and that’s what God is calling us unto, new things! Things we have never seen before! Some are tough calling but finally, with Jesus on with us, it all mellows down at the end and what people will then ask is who is this man on the water with us? Even the waves and sea obey Him.
So all is well.
Amen and amen to your prayers D.O, amen!
Adanna O.October 12, 2015 at 2:53 pm
LOL LOL LOL LOL!
I’M SURE YOU KNOW WHY I’M LOL-Ing!
LOL especially at that part where you stopped and laughed at yourself for being crazy. ?
Frances OkoroOctober 13, 2015 at 8:47 am
Adanna…I know..you can actually see my face as I did that… hehe.
Mannerisms that won’t get away from me. Looool
Frances OkoroOctober 13, 2015 at 8:55 am
Okay…I believe you can actually pishure my face as I did that on the street…mannerisms that won’t get away from me *face in hands* loooooll
ololadeOctober 12, 2015 at 4:04 pm
I missed you so much(for real), and I am glad you are back…
Thanks so much for your post today, I was blessed.
I was hoping you will post excerpts from the conference here, so we too can gain something from it.
But all in all, I’m glad you are back, and that you are letting God use you.
Frances OkoroOctober 13, 2015 at 8:52 am
Ololade!!! *hugs and hugs and hugs*
Okay, I might not blog about the conference, but you’ll see some effects of it here on the blog, I just might talk about something from it on tomorrow’s study, so we all win eh? 🙂
Love and much love babes.
mateyscottOctober 12, 2015 at 9:24 pm
Thank God for the manifestation of his word in your life. This is nothing compared to what is coming. So hold on to faith Frances. You will need it for the bigger projects.
God bless your heart and strengthen you for the journey ahead
Frances OkoroOctober 13, 2015 at 8:43 am
Ah Mayowa…I know right? bigger faith will be needed soonest for greater things..makes you love the Christian walk when you think about it..from glory to glory to glory and then our lives grow along with it as we dig deeper into God.
Thank you dear
Cassandra IkegbuneOctober 12, 2015 at 9:52 pm
Aww great job dear!! All the best with everything! God continue to use you to bless people.
Frances OkoroOctober 13, 2015 at 8:36 am
Thank you so much Cassie 🙂
mideOctober 13, 2015 at 9:46 am
I am so glad to have you bank Frances, i have been waiting all week, checking the site to see if there is a new post. It seems i read the same devotional with D.O because that was the same topic “get out of the boat’, i also read mobolaji’s post and it was also about trust, Peter and the boat story and finally your post mentioned it too.
So i took my time to read all and i said God is really passing a message across, same message from three different blogs.
What is amazing is that even as the world is getting ”bad and bad”, God’s word is abounding more and more.
I can’t wait to get the book on purpose, God bless you Frances
Frances OkoroOctober 13, 2015 at 12:11 pm
Awwww Mide…i’m back now 🙂
Thank you, thank you!
And that’s so profound, even as the world tries to stuff God’s word, they can’t. They just can’t. It’s too powerful, god will always get it out through His people who’s antenna’s are tuned to Him. This is so reassuring…
LyndaOctober 13, 2015 at 2:03 pm
‘Even if our bodies waste away our spirits are renewed’ very powerful word for the sick. Thank God you’re healed. I love how you broke down this faith message. You’re blessed with the word of knowledge. Your launch and all – May it be done you according to your faith. How easily do I stumble when one little thing goes wrong. Chai. I really need this faith growth.
The enemy always tries to sow fear, doubt and despair in our hearts because he knows that Faith is one very strong amour of warfare for us. Just like fear is one great tool of his. I think God allows the storm to rage (devil to tempt and attack us) because he expects us to overcome using our swords of war (name,blood of Jesus, the word, the Holy spirit etc). He s given us the power and expects us to cast out devils and make declarations in faith, not come crying to him all the time. In the scriptures we see the devil seeking permission all over – Oh God,May I attack Job? Pls Lord let me enter the sheep at least… So he can’t go beyond what God allows.
Peter didn’t know he could walk on water until Jesus said, Oya come. So sometimes we are ignorant of the power given us. In the other story when the wind was disturbing their boat and They went to wake Jesus, he said, oh ye of little faith… In other words, why not deal with it yourself. He expected them to command the wind themselves! Again they didn’t know they could, and at this time the spirit had not been fully received by them. So I feel God lets storms rage cos he expects us to deal with it in his name. And this makes the enemy hate us so much, that little us can call on the name of God to torment him and his demons.
May God increase our faith.
Frances OkoroOctober 14, 2015 at 6:57 pm
I can imagine satan being so helpless and begging God o afflict the brethren..ah Lynda, satan has been whooped! if only believers can understand this.. we all fall prey sometimes but i remember a word for me this past week too….
‘we overcome the world, even by our faith”…Faith is the pass to living above all the little things satan does, its worth investing in.
I’ve noticed that sometimes its all amped up and sometimes we are scared but i believe that if we would say like Peter every time and mean it, “Lord help me”, Jesus would always help even our unbelief and teach us to get to that point where we sleep when the storms rage because we know who we are…
I will simply end by saying a big amen to your prayer…may our faith walk grow!
Princess OkechukwuOctober 14, 2015 at 12:30 am
Frances, as I was reading this post, this scripture kept ringing in my heart, and it is God’s Word for you: ‘No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame…’ Psalm 25 v 3a
Frances, you won’t be put to shame! I am Thankful to God for healing and wholeness upon you. This book launch will be a success, take your eyes off the waves. Our Father still remains faithful.
Loving you with prayer, all the way.
Frances OkoroOctober 14, 2015 at 6:44 pm
my sister… Princess…. you are one in a million you know?
Hugging those words… I cant sink…God’s with me… given Him my all, this cannot end in shame!