Knowing God is Good, Knowing and Loving God is better

I’m a very, very picky eater and a slow one. I don’t particularly understand the craze about drumsticks and unless the chicken/turkey wing is soft, please don’t give it to me, it’s so difficult to bite into without staining your clothes and I prefer to use cutlery, even at home.

My cousin is a clown

I don’t eat most swallows, I hate boiled eggs and I do not like garden eggs. Unless you have a couple of hours to spare, please don’t give me pounded/poundo yam, I like yam pottage but only once every couple of years, I like beans but in extremely tiny quantities, one of my cousins (I forget which one) has a picture of me taken when my mom made me finish my garri by fire by force. She gave me the garri (half a cup by 1pm, by 7pm I was still eating it). My family has learned to if not embrace my picky eating, tolerate it. I hate throwing food away so I’d leave it in the fridge until myself or someone else ate it or until someone else threw it away.

A revolution started for me in 2016, when I decided to try making garden egg sauce (it was desperately bitter) but I managed it with sweet potatoes, I tried grilled plantain with egg and sausage filling, I tried boiled plantain and I discovered I loved it and I was thinking perhaps the restrictions I’d self- imposed on my food were too strict but it wasn’t until I tried snails that I knew for sure.

I hated snails until August 27, 2017. I remember the date because it was one of my closest friends birthdays. We were invited to a birthday party in her honor and I knew that I did not want to eat rice that day. So, I scoured the menu, ordered nkwobi as a starter and then a dish called Chef’s combo platter with snails. The only other non rice/ poundo/beans related option was The Chef’s combo platter with prawns and you guessed it, I didn’t like prawns back then. So I settled for the snails and I reasoned that if I couldn’t stand it, my friends would help me finish it or failing that, I’d bring it home for my dad, mom or brother. Imagine how shocked I was to realize that I loved it.

The Chef’s combo platter with snails

I recently watched this Airtel advert, #3G is good, 4G is better and it illustrates Iya Rainbow battling with the traditional gele while her daughter- in- law easily puts on her auto gele. The traditional gele comes apart when Iya Rainbow bends her head, and the amount of flustering over her amuses me. She finally tries the auto gele and can bend her head without worrying about the gele losing its shape. And she chooses to replace all her geles with the easier, shape retaining auto geles. (Just watch the advert).

Proverbs 3:5 & 6: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do and he will show you which path to take.

It pains me to realize, but sometimes I forget about God when I’m considering solutions to my problems. I relegate him to the level of prawns, snails or worse, boiled eggs and I completely forget what a mighty, mighty absolutely fantastic God I am serving. The God who makes a way where there is no way, the God who brings to fruition every word that comes out of His mouth. The God who surprises and delights me at inopportune moments. And a problem when faced with God by your side, is a problem you can face squarely, head on. So, today spend some time with the God who makes everything beautiful in His time.

Rush Podcast (Podcast Go)

“How do we know what our hearts need this Christmas, if we don’t connect with the one who knows what our hearts always need?” – Healing your heart this Christmas, 00.07.27, Rush Podcast.

“There’s only one thing we need to do… and it’s this, worship” 00.08.25.
“What is worship? Worship is simply telling God who He is, who we trust Him to be”- 00.10.14.

So today, Trust in the One who created you. He more than anyone else knows just what you need at every point in your life. And worship Him.

P. S – I have tried prawns now (love them), plantain and egg frittata (adore it), a bigger quantity of beans and even boiled egg white. (I did not like it very much). I still take ages over pounded yam but I’ve made progress and I’m proud of myself.

P. S 2: Loving and worshipping God in no way means sending Whatsapp Broadcast messages or Facebook or email chain messages. Those are extraordinarily annoying and emotionally manipulative to the extreme.

Please stop doing this if you already do. You will not die. The quality of your life will not be reduced, you will live a happy, peaceful life with greater quality relationships if you put down your phone instead of threatening people with stupid messages like this-

Thank you and God bless you.

Merry Christmas everyone!

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(5) Everything will be alright, Obianuju

1 Kings 19:11-13 New Living Translation (NLT)

11 “Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the Lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.

And a voice said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” (Sourced from http://www.biblegateway.com)

Many people say that Elijah was depressed. That might be true. But more to the point, I believe he had anxiety. Extreme anxiety, just like me.

And reading this post in my Bible app (YouVersion) a couple of days back, the idea for this post was born.

Most of the time, we see the windstorm, the earthquake and the fire as examples of great and mighty things that the Lord will not show up in. But remember that God appeared to Moses as a burning bush (Exodus 3:1-17) and He appeared to the Israelites to lead them through the wilderness as a cloud (Exodus 13:21). I’m not trying to pigeonhole God. I believe that He will appear to you however and in whatever form he needs to take to help you believe in him or strengthen your faith.

But a new revelation came to me reading that verse. I believe that God was talking to me, giving me a new revelation that the windstorm, the earthquake and the fire are not just forms, they could take on the personality of problems. The windstorm could be the toothache plaguing me right now. The earthquake could be the fact that after a long time toughing out headaches and migraines, I find myself on the slippery slide toward opioid addiction and the fire could be the fact that I’m not sure how I’m going to pay for much of the work that will be done on my teeth. But then, like a balm to my anxiety ridden soul comes the calm that is God’s voice.

My desire is that one day we will all be willing to step over the line from hopelessness to hope, from hurt to healing, from struggle to surrender—that we will look around the room, beneath the cross, seeing each other and hearing Jesus finish that statement: “If you really knew me, you’d know that you are not alone.”
YouVersion plan; Known by Tauren Wells.

I once wrote a post that spoke about my anxiety in great detail here. And I remember in that post, that you could see evidence, receipts of one time I tested God and he showed himself super strong and extremely faithful. I believe that He will do it again. As many times as it takes to calm my fears. He will do it again. Reminding myself of that wonderful fact is a good reason why I refuse to let my anxiety get the better of me. I refuse to live a life caged in by my own fear. It’s beautiful out in the sunshine. We have to blindly trust in God until we hear his still small voice calling out to us.

Everything. Will. Be. Alright. Obianuju. Everything. Will. Be. OK.

Speaking of which, have you heard what the Lord has done… go to a local church and experience testimony hour. It’s so beautiful. I have so many testimonies of this year. Try God and see His beauty and power. Try Him and see.

Anxiety is a terrible thing to have. And I do not take it lightly. I confess good things over my life constantly, I seek out a friend to talk to about it and to encourage me and I research other methods to keep it contained. If you have the YouVersion Bible app, under Bible Plans, look for Brittney A. Moses’ plan. (Here, I took a screenshot of it to assist you in locating it)

She’s working on becoming a Christian psychologist and she knows exactly what she is talking about as you will hear if you choose to listen to her podcast. (Invest in Podcast Go by the way. The file size is quite small, about 45MB, it has a greater selection of podcasts than some other apps and it is completely free)

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I thought this was beautiful- https://www.kacheetee.com/blog/2018/11/3/mumfession-being-a-mum-with-sickle-cell.

(4) Wedding Playlist Suggestion 6- Michelle Featherstone: Careful

I really wish I could have a sample audio of this song to play for you. But alas you have to take the video with it. Gosh dang! Lol

https://youtube/smcYL0IBQpc

I’m a relatively new discoverer of Michelle Featherstone’s music. But once I discovered it, I discovered it with a vengeance. It gives me hope. Of better times to come and reminds me of better times in the past. Plus the dulcet sounds of her voice calm me down in the best ways. Love it.
It’s the little things
They pulled me in
And I’m defenseless
I try to ignore
Like I’ve done before
But it’s just useless
I’ve made up my mind
That I’m gonna let you in
And I’m not afraid
But I have to say
This is gonna hurt if it ever ends
But somehow you out shattered my defense
This is gonna hurt if it ever starts
So promise you’ll be careful with my heart
It’s the things you do
They made me fall hard for you and I can’t help it
And it’s every day that I feel this way
So just don’t stop it
I’ve made up my mind that I’m gonna let you in
And I’m not afraid but I have to say
This is gonna hurt if it ever ends
But somehow you out shattered my defense
This is gonna hurt if it ever starts
So promise you’ll be careful with my heart
It’s the little things
They pulled me in
And I’m defenseless
I try to ignore
Like I’ve done before
But it’s just useless
I’ve made up my mind
That I’m gonna let you in
And I’m not afraid
But I have to say
This is gonna hurt if it ever ends
But somehow you out shattered my defense
This is gonna hurt if it ever starts
So promise you’ll be careful with my heart
It’s the things you do
They made me fall hard for you and I can’t help it
And it’s every day that I feel this way
So just don’t stop it
I’ve made up my mind that I’m gonna let you in
And I’m not afraid but I have to say
This is gonna hurt if it ever ends
But somehow you out shattered my defense
This is gonna hurt if it ever starts
So promise you’ll be careful with my heart
I won’t make excuses
They just all seem useless
You don’t have the time
I guess I’ll take my chances now that I know love is on the line

This is gonna hurt if it ever ends
But somehow you out shattered my defense
This is gonna hurt if it ever starts
So promise you’ll be careful with my heart
Careful with my heart
Careful with my heartI won’t make excuses
They just all seem useless
You don’t have the time
I guess I’ll take my chances now that I know love is on the line
This is gonna hurt if it ever ends
But somehow you out shattered my defense
This is gonna hurt if it ever starts
So promise you’ll be careful with my heart
Careful with my heart
Careful with my heart
I won’t make excuses
They just all seem useless
You don’t have the time
I guess I’ll take my chances now that I know love is on the line
This is gonna hurt if it ever ends
But somehow you out shattered my defense
This is gonna hurt if it ever starts
So promise you’ll be careful with my heart
Careful with my heart
Careful with my heart won’t make excuses
They just all seem useless
You don’t have the time
I guess I’ll take my chances now that I know love is on the line
This is gonna hurt if it ever ends
But somehow you out shattered my defense
This is gonna hurt if it ever starts
So promise you’ll be careful with my heart
Careful with my heart
Careful with my heart

To keep me honest about my promise to write 100 posts from October 7, 2018 to October 7, 2019, I am numbering my posts. 😊