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12days of Thanksgiving:Ukeni Kambi “From success in my law school program to a deeper walk with God, my heart is filled with gratitude”

TWTW called out for thanksgiving posts from our sisters HERE And for the next 12 days we will see through the eyes of imperfect ladies, striving to give perfect praise to the Lord.

“By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.”

-Hebrews 13:15…

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Eshe ibitetibere
Eshe ibitebade
Adukpe o Jesu
Ibite muwa lo
My heart is filled with gratitude. At the end of last year, I wasn’t in a good place. There was this heart-gnawing fear. A new phase was coming in my life and the uncertainty of the future just ate me away. My relationship with God was on a zig-zag lane and the downward lane seemed to last for longer periods than the upward. I was honestly so scared about the future. A lot of what ifs.

For the first time, I asked for a word for the coming year (2016). I have heard people say they do this, so I decided to try even though i couldn’t think of a “word” that will possibly deal collectively with all the commotions going on in my head. Then on the 31st night, I got the word! From Isaiah 41: 10-14. In three places, God said, fear not, for I will help you. I had a kind of peace and certainty that I’ve never felt before.

Did He help me? Oh sure, He did.
When I called, He answered.
When I lacked, He made a way
When I was scared, He calmed me.
He connected me with the right people, the right friends. He favoured me. Even when I was under alot of stress, He said No.

This year I completed my law school program, I know at least five people who died. One was my course mate in the university. Not only did I complete it, but I did so successfully. It went without a hitch, no queries, no problems with the lecturers, no lack, no externship issues, no dinning issues, and no hostel issues. God was there all the way. I passed the exams, I went through the screening exercise successfully, was called to bar successfully. It was favour favour all the way. There are so many things He did that I cannot even begin to explain. During the exams, it was like God himself was setting the questions! Ah! I tried chronicling my law school miracles but my private journal almost finished and that wasn’t what I bought the book for.

God delivered I and my parents from death by accident. Oh it was a clear case. I was just watching myself going to die but God averted it! My sister delivered safely after 16 hours of labour and two miscarriages.

My relationship with God skyrocketed. The zig zag life reduced drastically. I got to know God on a whole new level and see Him at work.
Deliverance from sicknesses, from fire disaster, from costly incidents, from loss, from lack, so many things that I cannot list.
Who am I that you are mindful of me? I am grateful to you Lord for you are worthy and true.

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Ukeni Nachikambi Victoria. Writer, editor, blogger @kambishares.blogspot.com, lawyer.
She loves God above everything, Family and friends are next. Loves Children and cake too.

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Today is the last day on our #12DaysOfThanksgiving.
We hope that your heart has been softened to see God’s blessings in your life even as you read.
And as we go into 2017 we ask Daddy to take our hands and lead us aright.
Happy New Year in advance sisters!
PS: To see all posts in this series, click HERE
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The Women At The Well will be releasing her first book in February 2017!
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The book is a collection of studies like:
-The List
-Becoming God’s own kind of woman
-Marriage God’s way
-The character of a godly woman
They are words that will bless your heart and soul.
You can pre-order by mailing 4thewomenatthewell@gmail.com
More details here.
A sneak peek will also be available for FREE download on the blog.
It will be up on 9th January 2017.
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12days of Thanksgiving:Ruth Oluwole “Thanking God for opened doors and growth”

TWTW called out for thanksgiving posts from our sisters HERE And for the next 12 days we will see through the eyes of imperfect ladies, striving to give perfect praise to the Lord.

“By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” Hebrews 13:15…

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Dear God..
This Season has been wonderful. When 2015 ended I had to be grateful, but I had mixed feelings. I felt I had not achieved what I had hoped for by the end of the year. I was unsure about my future, my career etc.
I felt I did not really have a testimony I could share even though I was grateful for the other things of life – good health, food, life and all that
And as I moved into 2016, my heart leaped for joy at the promises from your word, I could feel it in my spirit that the year held a lot for me. Fast forward into this year and things seemed so dry, I was seeing the opposite. I started struggling with depressing thoughts and losing my joy.
But Father, ever faithful as you are, you still found a way to speak to me through messages and your word. I have understood that there are times and seasons. I also now know that God takes his time to drill lives he wants to use.
All in all Lord, I know you are taking me someplace..You have good plans concerning me, greater than I can imagine.
I accept this season of waiting, training, becoming, learning, and I promise you my joy because you have commanded in your word that we rejoice always. So Lord I rejoice in you and submit totally to you. I chose you  over everything else.
I love you Lord and I will not despise my little beginning because its called a beginning not an end. I will be joyful…………
This is an excerpt from a letter I wrote to God at the forementioned date. At this time I was waiting on God to open up a Job opportunity for me. I Hated where I was and it was looking like nothing was happening.
The next month I got invited for an Interview, God carried me through all stages till I got the offer of employment. That’s another long story. He has set my feet big time. He gave me a new job and not just any job when others seemed to be losing their jobs this year. I then came to realize that it doesn’t matter what is happening around you, but what God is saying about you (What he had said to me that I held onto – Jer 29:11 ).
This year has been a very significant one for me. There’s a huge difference between last year, and this year so I am thanking God for growth and progress. The knowledge I’ve gained this year is incomparable to any other year.

I’m literally walk with my head heavy right now. I would not trade my experience this year for anything.
The devil is a big kill-joy and he tried to do that this year, to steal my joy but I’m grateful to God for helping me stay strong. I also thank God for saving my family who were attacked by highway robbers. My entire family except me was in that vehicle and I can’t imagine what would have happened if God didn’t rescue them by granting a way escape. The year is over and as He promised in his word none of mine is missing.

“For I know the thoughts I think towards you, saith the Lord, thoughts of good and not of evil to give you your expected end”. Jer29:11
God is faithful and reflecting back, everything that happened through the year, I had asked for it.
On a lighter note, Watch what you ask God, He realllyyy Listens

********************************************************************Ruth Oluwole is a lover of God and has a desire to help people achieve their goals. She loves to read and travel.

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12days of Thanksgiving:Damilola Ayorinde “God used my Nysc for His glory”

 TWTW called out for thanksgiving posts from our sisters HERE And for the next 12 days we will see through the eyes of imperfect ladies, striving to give perfect praise to the Lord.

“By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” Hebrews 13:15…

********************************************************************God did exceedingly above what I could ask, think or imagine. That’s 2016 for me in one sentence. So, I’ve come back to share of His goodness and say “Thank You Lord!!!”

Two major testimonies for me in 2016 that I’ll love to share are my NYSC experience and getting married.

I got posted to Edo state for NYSC and I was looking forward to my time there. It was good for me to be out of my comfort zone and experience the diverse cultures of my dear country. I had it all planned out. Join OBS on camp, get posted to a media house and continue to build my career as a presenter. Somehow, if I did anything else during the year, I felt that would be a waste of my time and talents. How wrong I was! God had other things in mind. In retrospect, I’m so grateful for the change of route during the year.

I ended up serving as a teacher in a girls only secondary school in Benin. God gave me favour with the school authorities and it afforded me the perfect opportunity to do what I love.

I’ve always had a passion for young people, girls especially; wanting them to grow up well rounded and well informed so that they can take good decisions that hopefully would help shape a better future for them. I believe to catch them young. Build their self esteem. Let them discover their talents and abilities and work on them. Etiquette and finishing is also an integral part. And of course, know God and love God and not get caught up in all the negative peer pressure and boy wahala. Somehow all this passion had been ‘forgotten’ in the heat of building a career. It was time to reignite the flame.

I spoke to the Principal about my passion for young people and she was more than glad to provide a platform for me.

She allowed me to speak to the girls on the assembly ground almost every week on whatever I wanted to. We covered topics like Peer Pressure, Friendship, The Power of Focus, among others. I became friends with a number of the girls and got the privilege to mentor a few.

At the end of the academic year I organised a seminar for the girls and got one of my fellow corper friends to be a facilitator. It was a success to the glory of God. From the planning to the execution, God took control. He sent me help and divine provision.

Serving in the school was a hidden treasure on all levels. I was assigned to  teach Civic Education. That in itself was a blessing.  I’m a firm believer that the grass is only greener where you water it and civic education is one subject that helps convey that message. Teaching the subject gave me the opportunity as well to help the students see the good in Nigeria and even Africa. I believe this is a foundation that must be laid if we are to become better citizens. God indeed gave me a chance to pour out and impact my students positively. For that, I’m thankful.

My NYSC testimony would be far from complete if I fail to mention the new family God gave me in Benin – the Redeemed Christian Corpers Fellowship (RCCF). Nothing beats being in the midst of young people, like-minded people who love God and are all out for God, come rain, come shine. I lived in the Family House and it was a whole new experience for me. Learning to love God and of course, love and live with people. I haven’t really been away from home all my life. I schooled in the same city I lived in, so I was home every other weekend. This was different. Home was at least 5 hours away. I couldn’t just up and leave and catch the next bus to Ibadan because someone got on my nerves. I had to stay and fight, learn, love and forgive. Life long friendships were forged during this time. I’m grateful for the people God sent my way!

The service year ended in October and I got married in November! If someone had told me last December that by this time next year, you would be married, I would say amen o. But in my heart of hearts I would say that one na real miracle if it happen.

Last December, during the RCCG  Holy Ghost Congress, I remember Daddy Adeboye told us to ask God for a Christmas package. One of the things I sincerely asked God for was my husband. I had enjoyed the single life, a whole lot, truth be told, but a new desire and longing had come. And that night, I asked God. It was the first week in December. It was almost like a dare even. There wasn’t really any serious ‘bro’ around. Lol. Ask anyway I did.

Looking back, I discovered that it was around that period that my husband and I reconnected. We had met some years ago and somehow lost contact over time. That December he found out that we were both in the same City together after so many years. He called and promised to check on me. We never did see till the weekend before Christmas and I  ended up hitching a ride with him back to the West for the Yuletide holidays.

We got talking again. Our friendship grew in leaps and bounds. And to the glory of God, a year later, we are man and wife. The journey to the altar is another testimony on its own. God blessed us such that both families accepted each of us. At the beginning of our courtship, he was transferred out of Benin. I’ve never been a fan of long distance relationships, but God helped us through the period. As the D-day drew closer, Jehovah Jireh continually showed himself strong on our behalf.

These are the ‘big things’, the defining moments of my 2016. That’s not all though. I’ve seen the hand of God in the seemingly little things too. The new shoes l silently wished for but never got round to praying for, the jewellery box too; even traffic free roads, to name a few. God is truly worthy of all the Praise.

Hallelujah!

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Damilola is a young multi talented and multi passionate woman. She has strong interests in the media and journalism as well as entrepreneurship. She is committed to mentoring youths, helping them discover and harness the treasures that lie within them; urging them on a journey of self discovery and actualisation. Damilola is also passionate about politics and nation building.

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-Becoming God’s own kind of woman
-Marriage God’s way
-The character of a godly woman
They are words that will bless your heart and soul.
You can pre-order by mailing 4thewomenatthewell@gmail.com
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A sneak peek will also be available for FREE download on the blog.
It will be up on 9th January 2017.
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12days of Thanksgiving:Joy Okpuno “This God is too good oo”

TWTW called out for thanksgiving posts from our sisters HERE And for the next 12 days we will see through the eyes of imperfect ladies, striving to give perfect praise to the Lord.

“By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.”

-Hebrews 13:15

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“you loved me when no one else would, you kept me when no one else could, so I say thank you for being God”

(Travis Greene ‘Thank you for being God’) ….

My favorite way of describing 2016,is it was an “Eventful year”..

I remember celebrating the year so happy, grateful for a stable place to live and good food to celebrate the new year with.The enemy tried to steal this from me,by sending a fire that burnt the first rows of houses in our compound, but the fire didn’t come near our house,our neighbors still describe it as a miracle..

I remember your promise to me at the beginning of this year, where you said no matter what I would never leave you. I didn’t understand what that meant, but now I do and true to your word, you didn’t..

When I was broke,with the scary uncertainty of where my next meal was going to come from?,you came through for me. You created in me a new meaning of us having total dependence on you. You raised up people that i didn’t expect some i haven’t still seen, just to bless me….

Those i ‘trusted’ all disappointed, so that you alone daddy would take all the glory.
I remember early this year when my mum fell ill and the doctors gave horrible theories, but you began your healing on her and we know the healing is complete.
I remember how i was led astray by “friends”whom I depended on,how you saved me,seems like something of a Nollywood script…
I thank you for paying my bills, even in a country where people are screaming recession….

I thank you for promotion in every aspect of my life..
I thank you for the lessons you gave to me this year, some good while some were not so easy to handle, but through it all you where there for me…

I thank you for healing. The days of having to budget money for drugs and regular hospital bills are over…
This year wasn’t so easy Daddy, there were days I cried so much I had nothing left to cry, the days I worried soo much, I had migraines, but your comfort never left me through it all.
I thank you for the friends you put in my path, you took away the not soo good friends I had, and you surrounded me with matured, God loving friends who regularly support me in my walk with you….
I thank you for your patience, I rebelled so much this year, especially when you wanted to bring positive changes to my way of doing things.
I thank you for my schooling for where I am right now,and i thank you for where your leading me next year…
Like you said earlier this year, you never left me, despite the eventful experiences of this year…I thank you so much daddy for these and much more, thank you for being too good to me……

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 Bio:

I am Joy Okpuno, a child of Grace,a lover of God,people,and good food.

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-Becoming God’s own kind of woman
-Marriage God’s way
-The character of a godly woman
They are words that will bless your heart and soul.
You can pre-order by mailing 4thewomenatthewell@gmail.com
More details here.
A sneak peek will also be available for FREE download on the blog.
It will be up on 9th January 2017.
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12days of Thanksgiving:Chinyere Anoke “2016 was a fulfilling and fruitful year”

TWTW called out for thanksgiving posts from our sisters HERE And for the next 12 days we will see through the eyes of imperfect ladies, striving to give perfect praise to the Lord.

“By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.”

-Hebrews 13:15…

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Amidst numerous tests, challenges, disappointments and near frustrating situations, 2016 has been a full, fulfilling and fruitful year for me. I delayed in sending in my testimony for the #12DaysOfThanksgiving because I don’t know where to start…

I’ve got big miracles and numerous seemingly small ones that I hitherto took for granted but now, I’m super grateful for them all.
2016 was declared our year of help from above and I can testify that God has indeed helped I and my family. An attempt to count my 2016 blessings will most certainly run into weeks and months.
In this year, God gave me a job I didn’t actively pray or apply for. In this year, God brought me back to the city of my choice. In this year, God has graciously added another year to every member of my family – from my parents to their grandchildren.
In this year, God spared our lives from different accidents and close shaves with death. In this year, God was/is really our healer we all fell ill at some point in the course of the year but God healed us from these different sicknesses and diseases. In our schools and places of work, God favoured us above our fellow men.
In this year, I started my blog which God used the first ever TWTW Meet to inspire me to start, I want to specially thank God for coming through for me on that platform. There’s been some tests and challenges but God has used that platform to strengthen my faith and trust in Him.
In this year, my personal relationship with God grew and became better. Yes, I’m not ‘there’ yet, (wherever ‘there’ is) but I’m super grateful for growth in my personal walk to becoming who He wants me to be.
So many testimonies I can not talk about in details… God answered some of my prayers and denied answers to some – for both I’m super grateful because they all worked together for my good.
In 2016, I judge God Faithful and an all time Helper. Please join me and thank Him.

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I am Chinyere Distinguished Lydia Anoke, a Jesus Lover steadily growing in her walk with God. I love to read, write and impact lives with the gifts and opportunities God brings my way. I am also a Content Developer, writer and freelance editor.

To know more about me, visit my blog www.distinguishedlives.wordpress.com

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New here?
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-Becoming God’s own kind of woman
-Marriage God’s way
-The character of a godly woman
They are words that will bless your heart and soul.
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More details here.
A sneak peek will also be available for FREE download on the blog.
It will be up on 9th January 2017. In the mean time, enjoy this sneak peak video

 

12days of Thanksgiving:Emmanuela Went From Fire Disaster To Getting Married In 2016

TWTW called out for thanksgiving posts from our sisters HERE And for the next 12 days we will see through the eyes of imperfect ladies, striving to give perfect praise to the Lord.

By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.”

-Hebrews 13:15…

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12 January, 2016.

It was 01:22am. The shouts of “Fire, Fire, Fire” jolted me from sleep. I jumped off the bed and started searching frantically for the key to the door as it was not on the door. I found it few minutes later in the new bag I just bought some days ago and had taken to work the previous day. I opened the door and ran out in my flimsy night gown without any footwear, hoping that I would come back in to continue my sleep after the fire has been put out. I was wrong! That day turned out to be one of my longest.

In summary,  few hours later, everything I called ‘possession’ was reduced to rubble right before my eyes. Books, clothes, books, bags, books etc. What a way to start the New Year! I had lost my phone few days earlier in a short commute to work.

As I walked the street in an oversized gown and slippers, the pair my friend-now-husband bought around the corner, I felt bad for going to the market some days before that day to buy new clothes and bags in readiness for the new work year. I also felt really bad for my aunt, in whose house I was living and who had travelled to the village at the time of the fire incident. I felt like bad luck. I wished I had taken my handbag with me when I took the key. At least I would have saved my Int’l passport, my office vault key and my wallet with few thousands in it. But then I wouldn’t have saved my life. And right there in the midst of the settling smoke and particles, I received my first testimony. God saved me and spared my life. Still, I couldn’t help but feel that 2016 would be a bleak year.

What else could be farther from the truth? God proved me wrong with the ensuing events.

Not too long after the fire incident, I was posted to the Head Office and right there in my new office, a new business was birthed. I started my peanut business. I saw that God was being intentional with me. He had reasons for everything He allows me to go through and everywhere He takes me to.

I had always told God that I wish to get married in 2016. It was a mere wish for me as I really didn’t attach any urgency to it. My loving father answered still. According to His perfect will, I got married on the 24th of August, 2016. The story behind our (my husband and I) reunion, courtship and union is a testimony on its own.

Before the wedding ceremony, I was in need of money to settle some things. I couldn’t ask friends and relatives because not many of them were aware that I was getting married in the first instance. It’s a long story. I kept on hoping for a miracle and the miracle did come in two folds, few days before the D-day.

It came in form of a call at the end of which I was requested to come for an internal interview with one of the Executive Directors in my company. I didn’t just get the promotion, I also got a cheque as a wedding gift from my new boss. The cash equivalent was just enough to cater to my immediate needs. There is another great testimony behind the cheque. I’ll save it for later.

How can I leave out the other miraculous provisions from God?

So in 2016, a year that didn’t start out so well, the Word of God became life to me:

Ps. 145:14 The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.

He had always told me through the year,
But now saith The Lord that created thee, O Emmanuela, and He that formed thee, O Nkiruka. Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name.” (Isa. 43:1-2)

Even my own life amazes me. The love God has for me is more evident with each passing day.-

“And provide for those who grieve in Zion– to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.

-Isaiah 61:3

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Bio:

Emmanuela  Oruche is a lover of the creator and the created. I am a passionate being who just wants to love more.

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New here?
We love you!
The Women At The Well will be releasing her first book in February 2017!
 pre-order-twtw-first-book
The book is a collection of studies like:
-The List
-Becoming God’s own kind of woman
-Marriage God’s way
-The character of a godly woman
They are words that will bless your heart and soul.
You can pre-order by mailing 4thewomenatthewell@gmail.com
More details here.
A sneak peek will also be available for FREE download on the blog.
It will be up on 9th January 2017.

12days of Thanksgiving: Funmi Abiola “God’s favour was with me”.

TWTW called out for thanksgiving posts from our sisters HERE And for the next 12 days we will see through the eyes of imperfect ladies, striving to give perfect praise to the Lord.
“By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” Hebrews 13:15…
————————————————————————————————————– 2016 has been an interesting year for me. I had a couple of dreams that got me scared. One of them was that I would loose my job in 2016. The kind of dream that dwells in you subconsciously,but every now and then would resurface. The good thing about it was that it prepared me to look for other alternatives. I would wonder,”What would I do if I lost this job?”. The funny thing is that if I had asked myself this question in 2015, I probably would have had a heart attack.
As God had it, I started seeing things differently. One day after I was led to fast for 2 weeks, i was joking with a colleague about blogging and that is how the idea of Lagos Food Corner came up.
Anyway back to my job. Everyone knows about the recession and how it has affected companies and mine was no exception.
I remembered my dream and felt that it would come to pass, especially since my activities had decreased. In November our HR department became very active and I would sometimes think, “there is no how you are going to escape this”. Then again I would remind myself of all the efforts I had made, and console myself with the fact that they seemed to be satisfied with my work.
To cut the long story short my MD called me randomly to his office one day and told me that due to lack of visibility for next year, they could not afford to keep me again. However he told me to go for an interview with another subsidiary that did not even need my services. He told me it would be through but I should be prepared. He even coached me on some points they could raise. I went for the interview and God’s favour saw me throughout.
I got the job and now I am shuttling 2 jobs and the 2 subsidiaries are going to split my bill in order to maintain my salary.

I bless the Lord who indeed is faithful. Who did not put me to shame, Who sent me a helper, Who made a way where there was no way for me.

————————————————————————————————————–Funmi Abiola, one of God’s Nigerian daughters. Don’t be fooled by her name, she only understands English, French and a little bit of Igbo and Spanish.
God also turned her passion for food into an Instagram page: Lagos Food Corner. She has a 9-5 where she is in charge of serious marketing issues for her company.
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