Monday, 20 February 2017

Sexual Purity in Courtship | Interview with The Beautified Woman, Funto Ibuoye

Hello Readers and Followers. Welcome to another real-life interview on Myss Lafunky's Blog.

This week, Sage (SG) interviews Funto Ibuoye (FI). Funto Ibuoye is the founder of The Beautified Network, a for-purpose initiative that is focused on enabling women discover and live in the fullness of their God given purposes.


SG: Tell us a little bit about yourself, your likes and dislikes, your Christian faith including your courtship. How you knew he was "the one", How long you courted for etc.

FI: I am Funto Ibuoye, beloved daughter of the Most High, wife to Akinade Ibuoye, mum to Gbolabo Ibuoye; I currently run The Beautified Network which is an initiative for young women and Five28 Interiors, an Interior Design outfit. 
I like chocolates and fried fish, I don't like cooking even though I have to cook; I got born again in October 2006 and it has been an amazing journey so far.
I met my husband in October 2012; we started dating July 2013 and got married November 2014. Courtship was interesting; we broke up once and got back together. I knew want I wanted in a man so when he came, he ticked off all my boxes and I just had this peace about him. 


SG: What does sexual purity mean to you? 

FI: Purity is about choosing to love God more than anything or anyone and because of this love it breaks your heart to want to do anything that breaks God’s heart. God is more concerned about our purity and virginity is a by-product of purity. When you choose purity, it’s only natural that you keep your virginity and in the case where you’re not a virgin, it’s only natural that you stay celibate till marriage. Purity is a lifestyle; a lifestyle of choosing to honour God with everything - mind, soul and body. So, sexual purity to me is about choosing to honour and obey God when it comes to sex and that means fleeing from sex outside marriage and keeping my marriage bed undefiled.


SG: Who made the decision to practice sexual purity when you courted and how did it go? 

FI: We did not exactly make a decision to practice sexual purity; long before we met each other, we had both separately entered into a covenant with God to stay pure until marriage and so keeping that covenant was something we were both committed to and we did by God’s grace.



SG: Were you tempted at all? If yes, how did you overcome it? Or did you not overcome it? 

FI: Of course we were tempted! But by God’s grace and being committed to keeping our covenant and God's instructions, we were able to pull through. One major thing that helped was that we had boundaries in place that helped us overcome, such as not staying in dark or lonely places, inviting friends to our activities at times just to ensure a third party is around; leaving the door to my room wide open if we had to stay in the room.


SG: Any regrets? 

FI: No regrets whatsoever!


SG: Do you have any tips to share with our readers (both singles/married) about staying sexually pure? Any tips on how to handle the pressure of becoming sexually active in the first few weeks of marriage? 

FI: For the newlyweds on handling pressure of becoming sexually active in the first few weeks of marriage, I would say take your time, relax, have fun exploring each other’s bodies, read good materials on sex and seek advice from a trusted Godly married person has been through the same phase you’re in and is open enough to share his/her experiences and help you through.  I realised that there was no point being pressured at all as pressure only makes your body tense which makes it difficult to have sex especially if you’re virgins.

For the married, our goal is not just to stay pure until marriage, we were never meant to lose our purity, as it’s not something that can be lost or given away like virginity. I did not stop being pure because I got married, in fact, marriage requires another level of purity- keeping the marriage bed undefiled. Not only can I not have sex with anyone asides from my husband, I cannot even imagine it.

For Singles, find different good activities that will keep your mind from being idle such as volunteering for events, attending personal development programs, focus on growing your relationship with God and above all, guard your heart; avoid anything- visual, video, music, anything at all that can excite your sexual appetite. If in a relationship, understand each other and set boundaries in place that will work for both of you.


SG: Thank you Funto for being part of our series. Tune in, same time next week as we round off the series on sexual purity during courtship. The awesome Mysses Lafunky and our editor, her husband, share their story with us on how they maintained sexual purity during the period of their courtship and practical steps on how to handle the pressure of staying pure. P.S. I'll be sharing some of the gist from their beautiful wedding, whether or not they give me the permission ☺

About Funto

Funto is a graduate of Accounting from Covenant University and a Chartered Accountant, Funto published her first book ‘Beautified’ in August 2013 and her second book- ‘The 31 Woman’ in July 2015.
She also runs Five28 Interiors, an Interior Design and Decoration company providing beautiful and luxury interiors for residential and commercial purposes.
Funto is passionate about nation building and helping women live up to their full potential. She strongly believes that the empowered woman is one of the greatest assets of a thriving society/nation.
Her life’s goal is to inspire women, both young and old to fulfil their greatness and live their best lives. She is married to fast rising Afro-fusion Artiste - Gaise and they are blessed with a son.

Follow her on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @funtoibuoye or follow updates on the beautified blog – blog.beautified.com.ng

Photo Credit: http://www.kacheetee.com

Monday, 13 February 2017

Uncensored Interview | Is Sexual Purity Possible in a 7-Year Courtship?

For the next few weeks, Myss Lafunky and her team will be publishing true-life interviews with Christians about their courtship and their views on sexual purity. It promises to be interesting and informative. Let's start with the first interview.

Myss Lafunky (ML) would like to welcome Shade (SD). Shade is a Christian married woman, blessed with an adorable daughter and does various charitable work within her locality. 


ML: Tell us a little bit about yourself apart from what I have mentioned already.

SD: I was born into a semi-Christian family as my dad happens to be a Muslim and my mum is a Christian. Daddy was never home as a military man so we were all brought up in the Christian way.
Mum taught us the study of the word of God with lots of scriptures in our heads but that was just basic head knowledge although it  boosted my faith. In 1995, I gained admission into one of the best secondary schools ever; I was in boarding school. After a couple of weeks of starting secondary school, a Preacher (Pastor Banjo Adesanmi) came to my school to preach and the Holy Spirit convicted me during his preaching and I gave my life to Christ in October 1995.

The fellowship activities in my school gave me a very strong spiritual base back then. We had secondary school clubs like the "praise club", "royal teenagers" by BLW (Christ Embassy) and the likes. We were given responsibilities and always saw ourselves as leaders who must not even break school rules as simple as taking contrabands or talking in the exam hall. We were encouraged on chastity and I remember having a brooch that carried an inscription "WWJD"  meaning, "What Would Jesus Do". Back home, mum encouraged us to attend weddings especially engagements parties and then told us that we must not allow anyone to touch us if we want to have a glorious day.

After secondary school in 2001, I joined Winners Chapel church and the spiritual understanding of so many things dawned on me. I saw more light in scriptures and thus grew immensely in faith.


MLWhat does sexual purity mean to you?

SD: Sexual purity in my own understanding is simply staying completely chaste in every way. Fleeing every appearance of evil as the Bible calls it... Not even the evil itself.


MLWho made the decision to practice sexual purity when you courted and how did it go?

SD: My husband (then fiancé) made the decision on sexual purity. I guess I was more concerned about being a virgin till my wedding night so I really did not mind every other idea of kissing, necking, petting and the likes as long as it did not involve sexual intercourse but my fiancé took a stance against everything even before we had met.

He actually drew up a long list of the do's and don't and asked that I signed it.
So, the many rules kept us guarded even though it did not go down well with me. Some of the rules were: 
  • No public or private display of affection
  • No seeing each other after 8pm
  • No kissing... No petting, no necking
  • No sleep overs at all
  • No being together without a 3rd person being around us
  • Monthly fasting & prayers
  • Monthly discussions on what happened in the month (if he did something that I did not like or if I did something that he did not like).



MLWere you tempted at all? If yes, how did you overcome it? Or did you not overcome it?

SD: Oh yes, we were tempted numerous times, in fact very tempted. I even broke the rules a couple of times too. I can remember one time when I kissed him. His roommate had just stepped out for a while and so he was caught unawares and could not break it off immediately. I can still remember that he screamed at me and I was busy laughing at him though I apologised afterwards.

On another occasion, his roommate mistakenly took the house key with him when he travelled. My fiancé returned late from work and had nowhere to go and I welcomed him to my house. I told him I would be a good girl but he insisted he wasn't going to stay except I slept in my friend's room. I agreed partially. However, when he was fast asleep,I crept back to my room and he did not notice me until the early hours of the morning when I flung my head on his chest and wrapped my hands around him.


MLAny regrets?

SD: Hmm...well, I initially had regrets after I got married and it wasn't easy coping with the idea of sex. I felt immense pains after each trial and it took over 1 week before I even allowed penetration at all. The romance aspect was my favourite but penetration was a capital NO go area for me. It finally dawned on me that I had to adjust to this new lifestyle. Times when my husband wanted sex in the middle of the night when I was busy dreaming of one huge contract. He would touch me and I would scream to be left alone, at times I pleaded or even faked tummy pains /headaches.

The first set of issues we had in our marriage was sex based... I didn't want to hear of it at all. I was given KY gel by a Dr friend to ease penetration. My husband is very gentle, understanding and romantic. He organised lots of candle light dinners in the house, poured red petals from the bathroom to the bed, bought me sexy stuffs to wear, told me romantic stories, prepared my body all day with erotic messages from work and all the rest and gradually I adjusted.

One day he screamed and said "I have been patiently waiting for these past 7 years and now you're acting like a child . . ." Those words hurt me and I cried myself for hours, I said I didn't want sex at all.
He came and apologised to me and said Okay... It's fine. Let's pray about it but I just couldn't pray. Each time I attempted sex, it felt like I was being tortured and it was just penetration. Nonetheless, I adjusted. 

By the 3rd month of being married, I was pregnant and I wasn't thrilled as I hadn't even adapted to the sex life before I had gotten pregnant and I knew I wouldn't even want to try sex with pregnancy as I was just trying to cope even wen I wasn't pregnant. 
Then one day I said to him: "You see the reason why your sexual purity stuff has not paid off". Maybe if we had been trying oral sex, fingering and all, my vagina muscles would have been expanded and there would be no need for the pains... And he said to me "love, we have something to bring to God boldly as a strong reason" and he also said "do you know how many destinies would have been moulded for our own good because we practised sexual purity?"

Meanwhile I had a programme for secondary school children on virginity.... (more like an abstinence club). It still hasn't started because I am yet to find someone of like mind or with same vision and I cannot do it all by myself.
My husband then asked: "Who would rather pass the message of sexual purity to the younger generation if not someone who had practised sexual purity during their courtship and knows it is very possible?"

So initially I had my regrets but along the line, better understanding dawned on me and it didn't look like a regret after all. 

In fact, I forgot to mention some things. The major thing that kept us strong was the fact that rumours were flying around that we had been sleeping together. You know as church workers in a very big church, people knew my fiancé and because of him, they knew me. I was part of the choir and I ministered on the altar and that made it worse. Many ladies in church and choir had eyes on him and they were out to frustrate me. Someone even wrote a petition against me to the church.
It was hard, I used to cry a lot when we heard all those stuffs and all, I even said I wasn't going to marry him anymore. BUT he told me one thing, he said the only thing we could do was to prove everyone wrong by ensuring that we stayed sexually pure and we would be able to boldly declare to everyone that we stayed pure and Satan would not have anything to accuse us of.

So the more the rumours went around, the stronger we became and the more determined we were to our decision.

Left to me... Sincerely I would have faltered long long ago but for my husband, it was a no no.


MLDo you have any tips to share with our single readers about staying sexually pure?

SD: I'll share some tips that worked for us.

  • We filled our times together with meaningful activities
  • Like the saying goes "an idle mind is the devil's workshop"
  • We drew up a long list of books on faith, determination, relationship, prosperity, leadership and the likes from different authors and had a mandate to read at least 1 per month. We did a summary of our books separately, then did a review when we met
  • Majority of the books that I have ever read were during my courtship days
  • We had prayer and fasting days too on a weekly and monthly basis (every Wednesday and last Sunday of the month
  • We also had our relationship mentors
  • We had late Pastor Bimbo Odukoya's books. Infact we sold some of her books in church.
I realised that if your spirit is energised, walking in the flesh is minimal (Galatians 5:16).


ML: Thank you for taking your time to answer all the questions. 

SD: You're welcome. Thank you for the opportunity, I'm honoured. You definitely are going places by God's Grace. May God bless your ministry.

If you have any questions for Shade or any contributions, please leave your comment below or send an email to trulymakingadifference@gmail.com

Myss Lafunky and her husband plan to explore some of the issues that may affect Christians that married as virgins and any other pertinent issues from all the interviews. This session will be posted after all the interviews have been conducted. We have about two more interviews to share with you.

Thank you for reading. Watch out for the next true life story about sexual purity next Monday.

Have a great week!

Monday, 6 February 2017

A Tale of Two Lives

What a week it has been; I had to say goodbye to a very important phase of my life (as well as my old laptop) and move into a new phase. For our dear readers, this is the first article I have typed on my "new" laptop. For the sake of its age and importance I think I’ll name him "Optimus Prime". It’s 4:27 am on a Saturday morning, most of my neighbours would be asleep but not Sage. Sage does not sleep at night, at night, he sees the Sun and gets down to work as it is then I'm most energetic. Part of getting used to my new but old laptop is that the auto-correct functions will take a while to kick in . . . sigh. So here I am at 4:27 am, hunched over my laptop, jamming Travis Greene and Tye Tribbett in order to deliver the post for the week. The Holy Spirit has a way of dropping messages in my heart that hit me hard. Consider these scenarios:
  1. As a child, our parents would lay out rules and regulations by which we must abide or face the risk of the legendary "Pankere" [a wooden cane] (Please, what does Pankere mean and who invented the name Pankere? These are serious questions) . . . Mehn! Was it painful. Then imagine that just a few minutes after laying out all these rules and regulations you see them breaking them? How would you feel? I won’t ask what you would say....who born monkey pikin to correct him mama or papa.
  2. Imagine if a portion of the Bible documented that Jesus lied to His parents despite preaching the necessity of the truth. How would you feel?
  3. Or imagine catching your Pastor in the red light district (my Christmas lights are actually red....it elicited the weirdest response from a guest once, that is a story for another day). How would you feel?

Well my guess is as good as yours, you would label them hypocrites and if you find it difficult to trust people once they’ve broken it, like myself, that is most likely the end of the relationship. Let's see that the scriptures say in Luke 6:41-42:

"And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying, ‘Friend, let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye."

As children of God, it is important to live a life that does not dilute the word with the world. Why? Have you ever been faced with a situation in where you went out to evangelise or were preaching to an old friend of yours and the person laughed in your face, asked you to drop the act and then proceeded to invite you drink alcohol or chase babes? That would be awkward wouldn’t it? Well it is important that we ensure we do not have any log of wood in our eyes so that we may be able to go out to the world and remove the speck of dust from the eyes of others. We have been called to be the salt of the world and to lead others to the kingdom of heaven. We have been called a chosen generation, a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9). 


The charge therefore as we go into this new week is to evaluate our lives, ask God for forgiveness in the areas in which we have been hypocritical (I know I have been hypocritical in different areas of my life) and begin to make the necessary changes that will ensure we are blameless and righteous before God. Stay blessed!

P.S. Fam you won’t believe what happened oh! As I finished this post, PHCN "spoke" to me and "took" the light. The entire article had not been saved and you can be sure I lost a significant portion of the work. This was a totally different ending but all things work together for good.

- Sage
Photo credit: witzend.wordpress.com

Monday, 30 January 2017

Broken But Restored By The Great Repairer

It was nice to be on vacation for the last 2 weeks, while Mysses Lafunky (I’m sure you’ve all noticed that she’s no longer a Myss) took charge and taught us valuable lessons on been a forgiver and a giver and also admonishing us to accept the invitation to God’s kingdom lest we be left behind. The thought of being left behind is the scariest thought that has ever come to my mind. Why? The book of Revelations paints a very dark picture of what the world will look like when rapture occurs. Alternatively, you can watch the movie: Left Behind. Oddly enough when I started typing this opening paragraph I thought I was going off course but in reality it actually ties in to what was laid into my heart a few weeks ago. How did I get this inspiration? I’m imagining you’re already curious. Well, it came from a broken piece of wrist-watch I’d worn for the better part of the last 6 months. Imagine wearing a watch that is not working and also has a cracked screen. Initially, it was laziness that stopped me from fixing it and eventually I got used to the watch as it was. Little did I know that the Holy Spirit would use it to send a word to the world. I should also mention that this will be the last article I would type on this laptop as the original owner will be collecting it a few hours after we publish this. So farewell to my trustworthy Dell (rugged yet smooth, old yet timeless, a great partner in all my travels) you’ll be missed. To the matter at hand then.

My Broken Wrist Watch

While thinking of the article, I asked myself how much the most expensive wrist-watch in the world would cost. Thanks to the great people at Forbes, I got an answer in the click of a google search icon. The most expensive watch in the world costs $3.98m. That’s a lot of money for a watch, yet someone out there paid for it. Just a little check I did, thanks again to the wonderful people at Forbes, and the most expensive watch in the world is more expensive that the most expensive car in the world. There must be something about wrist-watches.

Are you like a Broken Watch

Earlier, I talked about my broken wrist-watch and I’m sure there are a lot of us that can connect to this watch. We’ve all gone through situations in life that has definitely broken either our will or our spirit. It could be a heartbreak caused by the death of a loved one or a heartbreak caused by a text from a loved one saying goodbye or been dumped at the altar. It could be as a result of a job loss. I’ve heard stories of people that were broken as a result of sexual assault or having to abort an unwanted pregnancy for fear of society or parental rejection.
We’ve all gone through situations that left us broken and weak. I have been in so many of these situations and yet almost no one has ever known the pains I’ve felt. So many times, I’ve been broken and weak to the point that I could barely muster the will to pray. This is definitely not unique to only me, there are definitely a lot of us out there that have been in such situations.

Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. (Is. 41:10, NKJV).

When we are faced with such situations, God says fear not. He even went further to remind us that He is our God and He will help us. That is what David did when he got back home and found that his city had been attacked (1Sam. 30:6).



Are you like a Designer Watch

From a young age, I’d heard of great watch makers like Rolex and how Swiss watches were the best. There are so many great designer watches but only one model has the highest value. The Patek Phillipe 5004T sold for $3.98m at an auction in 2013. What makes this watch so unique? How does this relate to me as a human being?
Well, like these designer wrist-watches, we were all created uniquely by God and specially crafted by Him but as time passed, things happened that have either broken us or scarred us. The great news however is that just as these watches can be repaired by a watch repairer, we can be repaired by the master repairer. Who is this master repairer? Jesus Christ, the son of God. So when we are broken, what do we do? We go to the master repairer (Matt:11:28) and cast all our anxiety on him (1Pet. 5:7). Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away. Behold, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17)
When we are in Christ, all the old things that broke us down and left us weak pass away. Behold we become new. Just as a hefty price was paid for the watch, so was a hefty price paid for our lives. John 3:16 spells out exactly what the price was that God paid for each and every one of us. A price so great that the great Apostle Paul in Romans 5:7-8 could not find an earthly comparison. However as Christians, there will always be trials and tribulations that will hit us. The charge therefore is:
  • To remember that God loved us so much that He sent His son to pay the ultimate price
  • Go back to Him in prayers.
  • Fear not and strengthen and encourage yourself in Him (1Sam. 30:6) and
  • Trust in Him to make you new and whole again.

Always remember, the best is yet to come and as God is in it, it’s not over. Listen and enjoy:

Sage


Monday, 23 January 2017

ALL the Wedding Guests Didn't Turn Up - Find Out What Happened Next

There's a beautiful island called Lanziland, a breathtaking island with beautiful scenery and beautiful people. The people of Lanziland are usually described as happy people. The island is located near the Indian Ocean and is off the coast of East Africa. The island was governed by King Kambua who was highly regarded and respected by his people.

It was announced on various TV stations that the King's only son recently proposed to his girlfriend. This became the main news on various media channels and Lanziland people could not wait for the wedding day to be announced as they had a feeling that the King may grant public holidays for the whole island.

The royal family began the wedding preparation and the wedding was expected to last for three days as part of the culture of Lanzians. When the wedding dates were announced on television and various media platforms, the people celebrated as though it was the member of their families getting married. As predicted by the people, the King declared three days of public holidays to celebrate the wedding ceremony.
The King invited the nobles of the island and respected celebrities for this wedding. Several guesses were made by news reporters about the guests lists; news reporters said it was a great honour for anyone to be invited for the royal wedding. Many journalists strove to ensure their organisation got selected to be part of the official ceremony media in order to get first hand scoops of the wedding. Who wouldn't want to be at such a wedding?

On the first day of the wedding, something took the King by surprise. Despite it being a honour to have been invited to the royal wedding, the expected guests did not turn up for the first day of the wedding. The King was concerned about this and sent his officials to contact the guests to establish why they were not at the wedding. The officials reported to the king that the expected guests were verbally abusive towards them when they made contact with them. The King extended his gracious arm to them and asked his officials to contact his guests again to find out exactly what had happened and to remind them that they are welcome to attend the second and third day of the wedding. How nice of the king to have sent out the invitation again. Despite this, the people ignored the officials.

Since the guests that were invited refused to come for the wedding, the King sent out his officials to the streets to invite all the people that they could find, whether they were known to be good or bad and whether they were famous or not. Surprisingly, the random people turned up for the wedding and they were received well by the royals. Members of the royal palace including the King welcomed them and they explained the order of the day to them, they even clothed the ones that were not suitable dressed for the occasion. The celebration continued and the media described the wedding as phenomenal.

This story can be likened to God's invitation to you. On a daily basis, many are being invited to be part of God's Kingdom (heaven) but only a very few are responding to this special invitation. If Jesus Christ asks you, why should I let you into My heaven and give you eternal life despite your refusal of my invitation. What would you say to Jesus?

God wants you to think of your life after this earth as only those that have accepted Jesus Christ as their saviour and those that follow His teachings will be with Him in Heaven and live forevermore. 

The Bible says:

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, "Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame." For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." (Romans 10:9-13 ESV)

Are you going to be part of God's Kingdom or reject His kingdom?  To reject the invitation of God is to reject God’s only provision for eternal life and it is to choose death and hell.


Are you taking a conscious effort to invite those around you to be part of God's kingdom? Are you praying for those around you to be part of God's Kingdom?

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Have a great week ahead. See you next week Monday for another post.

Monday, 16 January 2017

A Generous Giver but Rejected by God

Let's meet Liz. Liz was a chronic giver, she was liberal in giving and sharing. She was always ready to help those less fortunate than her and those in need. Liz is still a generous giver. Friends, colleagues and family were inspired by her generosity. Liz was inspired to give as she learned this from her parents; both her parents were known to be very generous in giving to everyone irrespective of their own low income. Liz strategically planned how her monthly salary was spent such as giving to her local church as well as to different people in need around her.

Are you inspired by Liz's lifestyle of giving? Something happened to Liz that she will never forget. In the year 2015, Liz had an encounter with God through a dream. The angel of the Lord appeared to her and told her that while her giving was commendable and that she would receive the rewards of reaping and sowing (the law of harvest) but her giving was not acceptable to God. Liz was indignant and questioned the angel as she believed she was following the word of God in respects of giving to others and giving in the house of God.

The angel told her that she holds offences, holds grudges, she does not forgive people when they offend her; the angel of the Lord reminded her of different people that she is yet to forgive. The angel of the Lord also reminded her of the scripture in Matthew 5:23-24 which says:

“Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” Matthew 5:23-24 NKJV.

In addition,  the angel of the Lord also reminded her of the scripture in the same book of Matthew 5:44-48 which says:

"But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

Liz became very tearful, she told the angel of the Lord that she does not know why she struggles to forgive those that offend her. She said even when her family and church family offend her, she takes everything to heart including when her children offend her. The angel of the Lord told Liz that she had to forgive other people in order to receive God's forgiveness for any wrong she does as in the story of the unforgiving servant that Jesus Christ told Peter in Matthew 18:21-35

Jesus Christ also said: "Blessed (content, sheltered by God's promises) are the people that are merciful, for they shall obtain mercy" (Matthew 5:7).



Are you a giver but struggles to let go of offences? Or are you someone that easily let go of offences but struggles to give? Ask God to help you. Are you thinking this post does not apply to you at all? Can I kindly suggest that you ask God to show you the area of your life where you need to improve.

Have a great week ahead. See you next week Monday for another post from us.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Calling All Christian Authors | Publicise Your Christian Books for free

There's a new initiative on the blog. Myss Lafunky has noticed that there are limited avenues for Christian authors to freely promote their Christian books. With 1,500 viewers that view Myss Lafunky's blogspot on a monthly basis, Myss Lafunky would like you to take this free offer to publicise your Christian book(s) to our audience and to those that arrive on our blog via various search engines.  



What do you have to do to ensure your books are publicised on the blog? See below:  

1) Notify us of your interest by sending an email to trulymakingadifference@gmail.com

2) A member of Myss Lafunky's blogspot will interview you about your book(s) and to know more about you

3) The interview will be published on our blog site including details of where your book(s) can be purchased

4) You will be notified of the date when the interview will be published on the blog site.

Please share with friends, families, Christian authors and your church family. Let's help one another. Sharing is caring.

Please don't forget to contact us via our email for further questions: trulymakingadifference@gmail.com