Sunday, 1 October 2017

Dear Sholly, Your RisingšŸŒ» was good

Rising Speakers and Coaches

Dear Sholly

Yesterday was amazing. 

Like I promised you, it wasn't some stiff, follow the rules, everything must be perfect session. It was fun, it was quirky, cozy-ish, the microphone 'fell my hand' and we ran over time. Oh! But Sholly! It was a great day spent honoring you and God kept his promises too. 

First of all, he filled the room. He brought the guests. He spoke through the Speakers and He dropped life changing pearls of wisdom  through the Coaches. 

He made sure we heard the Word. He made sure we expressed His Love. He hugged us when we teared up. In short, God kept his promise to make 'Rising' 'good' like when he created the world 'good'.

I miss you so much but I thank you. Thank you for making a way for my life to become even more purposeful. Thank you for jolting me out of being almost at ease in Zion. God has much more for me to do Sholly and because of you, I'm paying more attention. Like Coach Olusola said, 'being born again is not enough!'. 

And Sholly, that brings me to my next thing. I can't capture every little morsel of goodness that God served us yesterday through the Speakers and Coaches. I'll make a video from all the FB live clips to do that. For now, let me just share my nuggets from each one. Then, I'll share photos! 

God bless Fotolighthouse for me. The Rising pictures are all manner of gorgeousness. But first my key takeaways: 

Sola Macaulay
I was thoroughly amazed by this my sister because I know how nervous she was. But God doesn't care about that. Whom he sends, he equips. Sola is a true #RisingChampionšŸŒ». 

  1. I cried many tears asking God why he couldn't have made it such that I was with you when you died. Listening to Sola, our first speaker, I'm not sure anymore. Watching a loved one die seems much harder than just hearing about it. Bottom line? There is no better way. They both suck.
  2. Live your life now! Focus on your purpose. 
  3. Even in your pain, you must find a way to please God

Dr.  Bode Abass
Shola! Did you hear this man's story? My heart broke because I understood his guilt and how it can ravage your insides! Yet, daily he #RisesUpšŸŒ»

  1. God trumps medicine! When a doctor says this, you must pay attention. 
  2. Always try to see God in everything you go through. 
  3. Take your eyes off yourself when guilt hits and instead focus on God.

Dr. Toyin Abass
Sholly, did you see how lovely she is? But you can't miss the inner steel that runs through her spine. Spiritually speaking. 

  1. Quit the anger. Admit your pain to God. Never let your pain make you think God has left you. 
  2. God is super able to work in you to sort you out. Be real with him.
  3. God uses us through our places of pain. 
  4. Be practical about supporting grieving people. Talk less, act more. Cook, help with laundry, baby sitting, etc.

Gozie Udemezue 
The Igbotic Soup Mama! She cracked the room up so much even as she brought us to tears. When she talked about profit from loss, I looked at all the people in the room because of you and knew she was right. They were "my profit from the pain of losing you". God bless each one of them. 

  1. No matter how deep you sink or how dark it is, God is there with you.
  2. Your pain has the power to drive you to your purpose. 
  3. There is 'profit' in our loss because God is able to make all things work together for our good.

Aburo! We had the best Coaches! Together, they ignited in me this desire to go 'be' better and therefore 'do' better. 

Coach Lanre Olusola
  1. Let yourself grieve. Cry. Express your pain. Then accept the death.
  2. Plan for your own death. Make a will. How I wish you and I had talked about this ShollyšŸ˜¢. 
  3. Make your life count for God. Being born again is not enough! It's the first step in the journey of being who God has called you to be and doing what he's created you to do.  
  4. Accept that what you have right now is what you need. Embrace your own lane. He reminded us in his own way to quit looking over into your neighbors yard. The grass might be greener but so is the water bill.  
  5. My best bit was when he used Job's story. The conversation with God to underscore how 'in charge' God is. There is nothing that happens without his permission. Sholly, that hit me. Nobody could have hurt you or done you wrong 'behind his back'. I must accept that it's part of his 'good' for me and for you and for our family. Your work was done. I just must. To not do so is to deny God is who he says he is.
I had so many high points but one of the highest was when Coach said that in all his years of coaching and counseling, he had never been to an Programme like your Rising! Sholly! He said I was "not OK"šŸ˜Š at all.  Best compliment ever! 

Coach Laila St. Matthew-Daniel

Was the icing on the cake. In spite of not feeling well, she still came out for us. 
  1. You will be angry but you must deal with it. Or it will eat you up.
  2. Challenges will come but you must not turn your back on them, you must confront them. "Whatever you are going through, please do not back it, face it".
  3. You must understand who you are!!! She spoke encouraging words into us and then made us sing Sinach's Believer's anthem! One of the guests told me she's going to look herself in the mirror every morning and sing that song to herself. That's how powerful Mrs. D's talk was. She made someone connect in a new way with an old song.

Joint Q and A
As both Coaches responded to questions, here's what I gleaned:  
  1. Your purpose is in your pain
  2. The problem is the way you see your problem. (As in 'wow').
  3. Don't shun getting professional help if you've prayed and gone through all the steps on your own and depression is not going. See a Counselor. It doesn't mean you are 'kolo'. 
  4. For your body, you have doctors; for your spirit, you have your pastor and for your mind/soul, you have the Therapists. Seek the help you need!
  5. Don't let what has happened to you steal your days on earth and rob you of fulfilling God's plan for your life.
  6. This one is specially for my sisters/couples seeking children. Children are gifts from God. Gifts can come through various channels. The gift of a child doesn't always have to come through you being pregnant yourself and giving birth. You can adopt. There are many of God's gifts currently 'unclaimed' in orphanages right now. Pray on it and see perhaps that's how God wants to give you 'your gift'. 

Uncle Henry shared updates on the case and gave the Vote of Thanks and  then we wrapped up. And that, in summary, are some of my key takeaways from your RisingšŸŒ» my love. It was glorious. 

Next blog, I'll share some testimonies with you.

I love you Sholly and again, thank you for giving my life new meaning. I'm just praying there are more like me out there who may be sinking with grief but will read this and choose to #RiseUpšŸŒ» with purpose. Daily.

Talk to you again soon. 

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