On this blog, I will serialize a chapter from my Memoir, Graduate from the Valley School. I wrote the memoir with all my soul. I wrote too with my heart, with the feelings it gave me, my memory of the things The Almighty God has done in my life.
The first time I thought of writing such a book in September 2013, I felt afraid, but still the inspiration was too overwhelming to ignore. I took a notebook and scribbled the first draft on paper. I read it to my close friends who encouraged me to carry on but fear overpowered me. I put the draft away and continued writing fiction. I finally decided to brave my fear and write this inspirational memoir because I had kept encountering difficult situations and overcoming them in phenomenal ways. Starting to write was frightening but I had to increase my faith by reading more spiritual books. I read and read and read and as I did so, I gained much confidence. When I finally decided to overcome all odds and found myself actually doing so, I did not stop. Each chapter was like an exorcism through which I evicted the burdens that had kept me under for a long time. Ideas and topics flooded my mind and as long as I did not write them down they weighed down on me. I promised myself and God that I would not die without sharing the goodness God has shown me. Writing the book on its own became an inspiration for me. I looked forward to waking up to it every day. Some of the examples I share with you are from my own experiences; others are from the people I know but not always with their authority. My intentions of writing this book are to teach and encourage God’s people with tangible lessons that God is near us. He lives in us and is real. I wrote with the hope that some will find hope in God. It is only Him alone who can set us free from all life’s oppressions and difficulties. I discovered from my own experiences that if we keep God in our hearts we will persevere and prevail in all the difficulties we may encounter in our lives.
My Valley experience were God’s gift to me. You may choose to call it a summer or winter school. It was still a school. I asked God to use my situation to teach His people to trust Him no matter their circumstances. My circumstances and testimonies are real and I pray and hope they will change someone’s life out there. God lives. He is so near to those who seek him in truth and faith. Let’s seek Him first and everything we need will follow us abundantly. Let’s stop complaining and seek Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. He has all the answers. He has answered and spoken to me so often I feel Him all the time especially when I am not angry, sad, worried or complaining. His power works easily to those who are at peace and ready to hear Him speak to them. God has His own ways of teaching and qualifying those He has chosen to do his work.
May God bless you.