You are welcome in the Name of the Lord, you are welcome in the name of the Lord, I can see all over you, the glory of the Lord, you are welcome in than name of the Lord ( Feel free to sing along) 💯💯💯.
🙊 I know, I know, it’s the end of the Brave series Part 2😿😺. I have mixed feelings about this.. Hmm, well, 😀.. Lets get right into it, shall we?
Our final guest is a change agent, a fire-spitting woman of God, she is a great leader. She is called, ” Ogundeji Oluwadunsin Faith”. Find out more about her below.
“MY JOURNEY IS WHAT IS CALLED, “BEAUTY FOR ASHES”
“To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.” Isaiah 61:3 KJV
Sometimes it hurts, sometimes it’s hard, sometimes it’s dark, and it leaves its mark, like ashes of grief, in the deepest parts of our souls, where no one but God can really see.
That’s why he brings beauty out of it.
I’ve made quite a number of mistakes in life but one thing i never did was to regret any…
Oh! No, I don’t regret my mistakes….. I learn from it…. I snap out of it quickly and move on…
And even though i never regretted any mistake, there was one mistake i always wished i never made; that i went into a relationship at an early stage of life and experienced physical abuse, just because i was on campus and it didn’t sound or look okay for me to stay without a man.
My friends were in relationships and their stories sounded interesting.
Oh, my parents raised me better, they told me relationship was never a thing to take lightly that it had to be for Goodly and Godly reasons and it had to be for ME.
Oh… I didn’t listen, i went into the relationship and at an early stage of life, I experienced what an Abusive Relationship was.
I was stuck in for almost two years, beaten, battered, and shattered.
I stayed in there thinking he was the best for me, hoping to get married to him.
Oh! What ignorance.
I thought no one was better, he was the best.
Oh no, I wasn’t there because of the goodies, I was there because even though I didn’t have the Holy Spirit, I was and I’m still a very decent lady, I couldn’t afford to jump from one relationship to the other.
He would abuse me and still cheat.
It was more like I was trapped.
It was two years of torture.
But, one morning I woke up and I told myself I was done, it was a difficult situation but I was determined to leave.
It was extremely difficult gathering up the courage to leave , I knew I needed help.
I was grateful I spoke with someone, I just went online, searched for a Christian counselor who later became my mentor.
She helped me out, gave me books to read, prayed with me and made sure I opted out of the relationship.
And yes! I became depressed for a year , I never wanted a relationship neither did I want to get married or hear marriage stories.
All I wanted to do was enjoy my new journey in Christ and be the best in my career.
One day, while I was praying for my purpose, the veil was opened,
God gave me an assignment to raise a sexually pure generation that is spiritually, mentally and emotionally balanced for marital bliss.
He told me ,he was there all through the ashes but he had beauty planned out.
That was the beginning of my liberation and journey to beauty and for 6 years now, it has been beauty all round.
God never intends for us to stay stuck in our sin, pain, or deep sorrow. He heals and restores, He calls us onward, He reminds us that in Him, we have great purpose and hope.
There’s beauty and greatness behind every mark of darkness. The ashes will fall away, they don’t stay forever, but His greatness and glory shine forever through every broken place and flaw we’ve struggled through.
Even though GOD told me he was there in the midst of the ashes, I wished I knew GOD personally earlier.
I could have waited, waited to be treated right, waited to do it for God and for me, waited to do it until i was truly ready, waited to know there’s more to life.
I shouldn’t have been pressured.
I could have listened to to my inner self, She asked me many times, “What’s the hurry?”. Even though i never knew the Holy Spirit then, I had instincts ….
I’m bearing my heart to you today as you read this blog post because you think that relationship/marriage will make you fit in since everyone is in one or everyone is getting married or in a relationship.
It’s not true, you never have to fit in, not into any box nor into any norm.
It’s not a crime to be single and to get it right.
You must live your life according to God’s terms and your standards, and i promise you, the world will adjust.
Yeees, all your friends are married, you have been jilted quite a number of times, your pillow has soaked a lot of tears.
I know you are worried about your age. Yes, you are close to being 30 years of age, I love you for staying strong, i admire you for choosing your convictions over flippant men. I salute you for knowing you deserve better and not settling for less or settling with an unworthy partner.
I know you have a checklist, I hope you concentrate on completing other things on your checklist and wait for the Awemazing (awesome+amazing)Man/woman that you deserve, and this would happen at the right time.
When pressure sets in and you are about to bury your convictions, remember how much i respect you, remember how much standards you set for yourself has inspired me, remember this blog post.”
I love you,
What a way to end the brave series. Whew! And just like that, 9 strong people in the space of 9 weeks have set the record and are heading on to making the world a better place. Oh, Miss. Ogundeji, you are a rare gem, you are a queen. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Oh, thank you! You are blessed and uplifted. I pray you achieve your purpose and have an heaven on earth marriage. Amen💓
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I appreciate you all deeply. Words fail me. Thank you to Mr. Peter Medzi, Mr. Kalio Sotonye, Mrs. Grace Olowu, Mr. Kingsley Charles, Mr. Acolatse Mac-Abel, Miss. Ireoluwatomiwa Agbe-Davies, Miss. Elizabeth Maame Esi Ewudiwa, Mr. Emmanuel Ladzekpo, and Miss. Ogundeji Oluwadunsin. I honor you all. Thank you for making this a success and for joining me on this journey💓💯. If you would love to read any of their stories, please just clock on their names and you’d be able to view their brave stories.
God bless you all, see you next week Friday, by God willing.💓
Boye Paulina Sharon
3rd August, 2020