OF FATE AND FAITH – EPISODE 3

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On a cold harmattan morning, five years after adopting Adura, my husband and I were taking a hot bath when I felt dizzy. The next time I opened my eyes was in the hospital, Adura and my husband standing on either sides. Drips were passed through my veins and I could feel my head heavy. I was told I had passed out having slipped in the bathroom.


The news that I was pregnant came as a rude shock. I had giving up on having children of my womb and I woke up each day thanking God for giving me Adura, and praying for other women in my shoes.

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OF FATE AND FAITH – EPISODE 2

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A wave of nausea hit me. What could that be? As though there had been a conspiracy, my stomach churned and I ran to the toilet. This is the second month I have missed my period and I’ve been sick for sometime. I went to the pharmacy to get a pregnancy kit to confirm my fears. Could I be pregnant, could it be…, no, it has to be pregnancy.


I got the kit without informing my husband. I wanted to surprise him. I collected my urine in a cup and dipped the testing stick into it. I waited with bated breath expecting what the result would be. Disappointment hit me when I saw “not pregnant.”

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OF FATE AND FAITH – EPISODE 1

It happened again. This wasn’t the first, neither was it the second nor the third. As the blood trickled, the tears came pouring out like a fountain.


“Lord why?” I cried out. After 10 years of waiting, why should I still suffer miscarriages, I thought aloud, crying even harder. Perhaps the tears could wash away the pain I felt. The shame became unbearable, and the pressure mounted more. No thanks to my mother in-law who had become a pain in the neck.


This was not what I had bargained for. It wasn’t a part of the covenant I made with God. Hubby and I had prayed against any form of delay in child birth, having seen the trend in his lineage. His mother was plagued with delay and after many years, she conceived her only child- my husband.

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SEEING YOUR CHILD THROUGH FAILURE

I had just resumed for the new academic session to primary two, and I was asked to repeat primary one because I was terrible in reading and writing. Actually, it was my mom who instigated my having to repeat a class. My spirit was dampened, and I suffered self-esteem issues. However, my story did not end there. My mom became my personal reading and writing tutor. I learnt how to read, write and speak good grammar for my level.


I’ve experienced other periods of failures in my life, and since I delayed in sharing my pain with anyone, I suffered alone. With this, I can confidently say I know what it is to be helped through the season of failure, and what it means to face your failure yourself.

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PLATEAU (A BOOK)

In light of the recent and previous happenings in Nigeria, a group of Nigerian young writers came together to compile literary works that would serve as a means of hope to our hurting nation, and a call to action.

The stories are purely fiction, and are merely imaginations and opinions of the authors. Albeit, they portray the current happenings.

The book titled “Plateau” is hereby released and available for free download.

The book is not just about a state, but about a season.

A sneak peek into the book.

From different writers, we have articles, poems and short stories. Some of the works include: “Our Dirge”, “Heal Our Land”, “Peace for Plateau”… amongst others. Do well to find out more in the book. Thank you.

Click on Plateau to download. No price attached.

Do well to drop your review, thoughts, and share as well.

FAITH OR FATE: THE DECISIVE LINE

Let me run through a quick story of my life. I remember I wanted to study law. Things did go as planned. I couldn’t make the University cut-off mark for Law. The University, family and friends suggested I accept fate and settle for some other law related courses. I was at a crossroad of either succumbing to FATE, or exercising my Faith – looking up to God who is the Author and the finisher of my faith. I chose to exercise my faith, and just like it does to everyone who truly engages it, it paid off. I am today half way into becoming a Minister in the temple of justice.

The complexities of modern world have caused many people to relay backward. They sit and wish, work and hope, leaving their lives to such disaster as it is termed FATE.

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FATE

Faith is clearly the missing link in our present day lives and living. Faith is what differentiates these modern days from the glory our fathers and their fathers before them enjoyed. A life where they took absolute command of their lives and living, making bold declarations during the night and watching those declarations find expression all through dawn to dusk. Faith doesn’t make the difference in life, faith is all of the difference.

The Amplified Bible puts it best, defining faith as not just an all time present tense action, but going on to give clear fundamentals as to what constitutes perfect faith. It says, ‘Now FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title-deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]. Hebrews 11 vs. 1 [Amp].

As we go on engaging the numerous process God has drafted for us in life, not just having faith matters, but how well we exercise it. For the faith we have possesses potential energy, and until we put it to action we cannot experience the kinetic dimension of its energy. For the just shall live such excellent life as is prescribed by scriptures only [not one of the many means, ‘only’] by his faith.

However, there are several days our humanity causes us to seemingly want to give up on our faith, it’s allowed to be weak; it’s allowed to be bothered when regardless of the level of faith you’re exercising things are not going right. But there’s a way to build that faith again, for the Bible provides that ‘…building up on your most Holy Faith, praying in the Holy Spirit’

One good way to build up your faith again is to pray. For prayer is a good way to express your faith. It shows to the God that you believe Him, because you do not ask someone to give you what you know that they do not have. Talking to God in prayers as set many people at the peak of their lives.

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Pray in faith

Fate tells you there is a life you deserve; Faith allows you to choose the life you desire, gives you an opportunity to chase at it, and rewards you excellently with it. There’s no life you deserve, there’s just a life you desire. Go for it!

Author: Aiyeyomi Olaitan Ayotunde is a Law student. He is all about writing to inspire. Victim of a failed social, economic and political system, but yet a super optimistic fellow. Lover of God. He also has a blog where he publishes his writings. Check it out here

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WHEN GOD SEEMS FAR

Have you ever been in a situation where it seems the heavens have been shut against you, God seems nowhere to be found. You’ve searched your heart to see whether there be any sin, and you’ve even prayed for a purging, but it seems God is silent.

Many tears have dropped from your tear glands, you’ve made fervent prayers, yet you do not seem to feel God’s presence. Then, you begin to wonder what has gone wrong, it is as if you can no longer hold the forth, your faith begins to feign, and the pressure is overwhelming, and you begin to ponder in your heart, wondering if God has abandoned you.

Well! I’m pleased to inform you that you are not alone. Time and time again have had such experiences, and even passing through it at the moment. There are examples of people in the Bible who have gone through this same experience.

Using David and Job as case studies, let us here what they have to say. David said “Why standest thou afar off, O LORD? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble?” (Psalm 10:1). Lest we forget, David was a man whom God regarded as a man after His own heart.

Taking a look at Job, a man whom God could boldly declare to be an upright man said “Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him:But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined. Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.” (Job 23: 8-12).

These people who were greatly esteemed by God had times when it seemed God was far away from them, yet they kept following after him. Also, taking a look at the time and ministry of Jesus, when He was about to face the cross, He declared “my God my God, why hast thou forsaken me.”

On a final note, a song writer has this to say for situations as this “Lord you seem so far away, a million miles or more it feels today. Though I haven’t lost my faith, I must confess right now that it is hard for me to pray. But I don’t know what to say, and I don’t know where to start, but as you give the grace, with all that is in my heart, I will sing, I will pray, even in the darkest hour, in the sorrow and the pain…”

This song has been an inspiration to me personally. Remember! When the test is going on , the teacher is always there, but he is always silent. Hold on, put your trust in God, for very soon you will work out of that dark hour, and you will begin to feel His presence anew.

God bless you.