Taking My First Walk.

I have been a born again Christian for a number of years now. However, I still believe that this faith journey of mine has a long way to go… It is one that is familiar and but at the same unfamiliar to me. One has to be really intentional.

It really started a few years ago when something happened that ended up adding to allll the other burdens of that week and I felt like my world was falling apart. Imagine! I was already dealing with so much and this one thing felt like the thing that was going to break me. Then I spoke these words, “God, I know I am a strong woman but just how strong do You really think I am? I am not sure that I have the strength for this storm.”

I literally cried and I spent hours on the phone with those closest to me. Wrapped under my bedsheets and trying to sleep the weekend away. I wanted to pretend as though nothing wrong was happening. I wanted to have the escape that sleep can sometimes bring.

God had other plans for me…

Very early the next morning I felt God waking me up and telling me to go for a walk. He was literally trying to pull me outside. Honestly, I wrestled with it for a while, being the stubborn person that I can sometimes be. I did not want to get out of bed and I certainly did not want to go for a walk! The sun was barely up and I was comfortable continuing on this pity party of mine. The urge to get up and get outside to walk would not leave me so I said, “Ok God, I do not know what good it will do but I will go!”

Let me just tell you, that first walk with God that day has meant everything to me.

It was the start of something great, something hard, something painful, and something full of joy! I walked for about an hour just crying out loud to God about every hurt I was experiencing. You can only imagine how I looked!

My Walk.

That first slow walk was full of tears, sobs, moans, yells, and quiet whispers to God. I asked so many questions, I told Him all my fears and hurts, I began to rely on Him again in a way I had not in a very long time. See, I thought I was close in my walk with Him but I realised that day that I had really stumbled. I had stopped living for HIM and had just been existing. Other things had come above God. I let others define my happiness and my mood for each day. I was pouring everything I could into every relationship but the one that really mattered most. In the middle of it all, I was nowhere to be found.

Liz had ceased to exist. What I then realised is, God knows exactly how to get my attention and it took what I thought was my world falling apart to wake me up. During that walk, I realised that I no longer loved a lot about the way I was. I did not like the way I was behaving, the way I was living my life and the fact that I was not confident in Christ the way I should be.

Did this one walk completely heal me?? No.
Did it answer all my questions?? Not even close.

What it did do is make me realise was that, no, I was not strong enough for this storm, but I did not have to be because God was, and it is in Him that I find my strength. In 1 Chronicles 16:11, the Bible says we should continually look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always.

This walk was just the beginning of the journey that would take me through a roller coaster of emotions daily.

This walk was the beginning of my Waiting on God, of my relying completely on Him, of Him building a faith in me that moved mountains and finding a true peace in the midst of the storm. I am so thankful to God for pulling me outside to walk and talk with HIM!

I just want to encourage you that we are not called to walk in our strength; we are called to walk in His..

What do you need to talk over with the Lord?  Do not wait another day!  It is time to stop existing and time to start living for Him! 

Love,

Liz Fashanu

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Who Is In Your Circle?

The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray. Proverbs 12:26

Throughout the duration of life, there will be hundreds of people who will come into contact with. Some may be around for a number of years and some may only be there temporarily. With that being said, there are always circumstances that can lead your circle to change. You have a falling out with your best friend, someone goes away to school and you lose contact with each other. I am learning that things can change very quickly when it comes to friendship.

One day you may think you are so close with someone, next minute you know, you two can never talk again. It has happened a few times with me. I also know it is very easy to blame different circumstances but sometimes I may have just not been a good friend.

This is why I value prayer. Praying that I will always be a good friend, a friend who will always be there for my loved ones and they always know that, providing them with sound advice and prayer.

Praying for God to cover your friendships with the blood of Jesus, asking God to reveal those who may not have your best intentions and removing them from your life is so important.

Your inner circle should be thought of as a mental sanctuary where you do not have to worry about who knows who’s business or who does not like this one. If this happens to be the case, you should consider making subgroups within that circle if you need to, because when people do not like each other, things become very messy. 

Make sure that the people you keep around you are for you, meaning you all are there out of love for each other. There should not be any going behind people’s backs or shadiness happening. We are honestly too mature for all that.. Do not be afraid to ask questions. If someone is really your friend, you should be able to talk to them about how you feel and be able to tell when they are lying or when something is off.

Five Reasons Why You Should Surround Yourself With God-given Friends:

  • Where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.” (Proverbs 11:14)
  • “A wise man is strong, yes, a man of knowledge increases strength; For by wise counsel you will wage your own war, and in a multitude of counsellors there is safety.” (Proverbs 24:5)
  • “As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” (Proverbs 27:17)
  • “Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter days.” (Proverbs 19:20)
  • “Cease listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge.” (Proverbs 19:27)

These five verses show us that there is safety in the multitude of counsellors, that plans can go awry without having other people to sort things out with. That war is waged by having wise counsel with others. That learning is increased by listening to wise counsel, and that if we cease to listen to wise counsel – that we will start to stray from being able to acquire more knowledge in God!

Overall, I just want to encourage you to pray about the company you keep and for God to bless you with Godly friendships.

Love,

Liz Fashanu

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My Thoughts On Modesty

Let us just get straight into my five thoughts when it comes to modesty…

1. Yes, God is looking at my heart, but everyone else sees the outside!

When God is on my inside, my outside shows it. He is too powerful, too big—to hide in some invisible corner of my heart. I can tell a lot about others’ values by what they wear. Shouldn’t they see my King in me?

2. Modesty is not about covering my body; it is about revealing my dignity.

I respect myself; I am too special to be put on display. I dress to honour God because I am confident—I am sure of who I am and what I stand for. I have a healthy level of self-esteem; I do not resort to flaunting my body for attention.

3. I disrespect men when I dress carelessly—when I know I may distract them or tempt them to have impure thoughts.

Men are definitely responsible for their actions. I truly believe that. However, if someone were to flash ten thousand pounds in my face, would I not have a flicker of thought about what I could do with that kind of money? How can I blame men for a mental response that only comes naturally?

I do not want to behave selfishly; I know that God does not take it lightly when I intentionally cause others to sin.

4. Modesty is as much about attitude and conduct as it is about clothes.

When my accessories are louder than a continuous drumming sound taking in a downstairs apartment. When my social media posts are designed to showcase my utter greatness. When my voice never fails to carry across the entire restaurant… I am not being modest.

5. Being modest is one way I fulfil the greatest commandments: To love the Lord with all my heart, soul, and mind, and to love my neighbour as myself.

If I love God, I will behave in accordance with His Word. If I love those around me, I will dress in a way that respects them, promotes unity, and encourages wholesome attitudes.

With all this being said, I think it is important to invest as much time on my inward beauty as I do on my outward appearance. My beauty should not come from outward adornment- magnificent hairstyles, showy jewellery, and expensive clothes. It should be that of my inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit.

I know that outward beauty is fleeting. But inward beauty can never fade.

Love Always,

Liz Fashanu

Let me know your thoughts below!

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