“SUPER HUMANS WE SHALL BE”

That was me talking this morning to my Super Daughter, Julie, in an attempt to get her to exercise with me. She refused, but I said, “I will continue to exercise, eat healthy and take care of myself, if only to set a good example for you and your sister to follow.” She didn’t join me in the exercising, but I was happy seeing her prepare a healthy breakfast for herself instead of indulging in the fried foods my sons were having.

But this whole idea of being super humans is where I want us. When the tough times come, we can hold our heads high and hold on to God’s hand super tight as He helps us through any challenge we can possibly face, worried about nothing and trusting God completely. I’m talking Godfidence all the way!

“Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

Super Human Nik is all in her book mode again and yesterday in an appointment with God reading my electronic version of Jesus Calling on my phone, I came across the term, “intimate adventure.” I loved it so much, I went to my manuscript to see where I could possibly insert it because that’s the essence of my entire book – our entire lives can be intimate adventures with God, when we allow Him to take the lead role. He astonishingly knows every intimate detail about us.

Fast forward this morning in my appointment with Him, this time reading the hard copy of the same book I keep in our bedroom. I asked, ‘God, what do you have to say to me?’ randomly opening to the month of September. I then turned the page and read the devotional for September 2:

“You consciously live, move, and have your being in Me (God), desiring that I live in you. I in you and you in Me. This is the intimate adventure I offer you.”

Wink! Wink! And once again everything lined up a little bit too perfect, with God reminding me that He is my Partner in everything I do, including my book – a message from His heart, to my heart, to your heart. He’s been getting me up early, and I feel like I’m in training to be a focused and disciplined Super Human, all to His glory.

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IS YOUR LIFE A MESS?

Having trouble sleeping? Are you sad, depressed, not happy in any area of your life? I have the best solution for you: God.

I showed some friends yesterday an old picture of myself where I was really fat and very miserable. I went from one extreme to the other from starvation diets to gorging myself with food. As soon as I woke up in the mornings, I ran to our bathroom scale and whether I was happy or depressed for the entire day depended on if the number on the scale was going up or down. My thoughts were constantly fixated on losing weight! Finally, I couldn’t take it anymore and not knowing what else to do, I prayed, “God, I need Your help with this.”

I would say within two weeks of saying that prayer, my mom burst into my bedroom door early one morning and said, “Nik, I found the perfect guy for us.” She had trouble sleeping the night before and had seen Dr. Joel Fuhrman talk about his weight loss plan, ‘Eat To Live.’ After watching him for myself, I made up my mind to try it out. On Oct 1, 2011 my life changed when my friend Sal and I embarked on his six-week challenge of healthy eating.

Almost five years later, the insanity about my weight is gone. I now know exactly what to eat to keep my weight under control, doing as Dr. Fuhrman suggests, making fruits and veggies 80-90% of my entire diet and exclude all processed oil like olive oil or vegetable oil. My friends laughed at me drinking my veggie and fruit smoothie yesterday, but the Nik who now gets up to exercise before 6 most mornings to is healthy, happy and strong. I was so impressed with myself as I exercised one morning this week, I was feeling extra energetic from all the good foods I’m focused on giving my body.

Like I wrote earlier this week, God answers our specific prayers when we ask for His help. I figure He doesn’t want to intrude on our freewill and this is why He patiently waits for us to come to Him for help instead of automatically fixing us Himself.

“Am I looking younger?” I annoyingly questioned my daughters yesterday. I’m experimenting to see if I give up sugar and fried foods, if would it help my skin to look younger and three weeks in, my brutally honest kids said my skin is looking younger. Woohoo, I may just have to give up sweets and fried foods forever! But, I feel great, so that’s my real motivation to keep Eating To Live.

GOD AND DR. JOEL FUHRMAN, I’M FOREVER GRATEFUL!

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I HAVE A CONFESSION

The God maniac who’s forever talking about the importance of appointments with God, hasn’t been having them lately. I’ve been very bad and as I confessed this to someone yesterday, I asked if she would have one with me and she agreed. I decided for us to read my fav meditation book when I’m anxious about anything, ‘Jesus Calling Morning and Evening’ by Sarah Young, written as if God is speaking to us. We opened up to her birthday, March 23, and as we started reading, I started screaming and hugging her because it was the perfect message for me:

“When you entrust the details of your life to Me, you are surprised by how thoroughly I answer your petitions. I take pleasure in hearing your prayers, so feel free to bring Me all your requests. The more you pray, the more answers you can receive. Best of all, your faith is strengthened as you see how precisely I respond to your specific prayers.”

The reason I screamed was because this is exactly what happened to me. I was sitting at our dining room table a few days ago, supporting our daughters’ efforts to study for their tests this week. I looked at Julie, my twelve-year-old in complete astonishment. She was sitting down, calmly studying and I incredibly asked God, ‘How did this happen?’ A few weeks ago, Julie and I were on the war path with each other, with her acting very terribly at home and at school to the point I asked her to be removed from her class and placed in a new class. I can honestly say, she literally got me on my knees every day asking God to please calm her down.

Upon her arrival to her new class, her new homeroom teacher has a talk with her and says, “Julie, I don’t believe what they’re saying about you. If I see good behavior this month from you, I will make you student of the month.” And that did the trick! Every day coming home from work, Julie happily showed me her communication book filled with good comments from all her teachers. Instead of fighting, Julie and I are back to our normal, loving, happy selves.

I’m telling you, God precisely responded to my specific prayers. I told her as she left for school today that even if she doesn’t make in the top three of her class, I’m incredibly proud of her for working so hard on improving herself.

“God knows the heart of each person and one’s innermost needs, feelings, and fears. It’s in His power to give each person exactly what he or she needs.”

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“BE A FREAKIN AWESOME INDIVIDUAL”

How about that for a Sunday morning sermon! I can’t tell you how excited I am about my life these days. Every day I wake up wondering, ‘What does God have in store for me today?’ Yesterday I spent a lot of time with my kids and some special friends preparing for some important tests next week at school. I called it the Harvard Club, telling them the preparation for Harvard University starts now by focusing, working hard and giving their best. In other words, “BE A FREAKIN AWESOME INDIVIDUAL.”

I’m all in book mode again, with lots of conversations with God as to where he would like me to go with it. This morning I’m thinking about the subtitle:

‘Daily Reminders For Maximum Wisdom, Peace and Happiness’

This is exactly what has happened to me from writing these posts. I no longer simply react to situations, I’ve calmed down and I listen for God’s direction in everything I do and things work out better than expected. I’m talking the best wisdom from God here! All the problems that I used to worry about have now all been surrendered to God. I fear nothing and my life is at peace. And when you talk joy, there is nothing like this heavenly joy in knowing God is with you every moment as your Friend Partner, Strategist, Counselor, Protector, Teacher and Advisor. Despite all the negativity around me, I’m happy, with my focus on God, determined to be a “BE A FREAKIN AWESOME INDIVIDUAL” all for His glory.

I’m off to another day of studying with the kids AKA my future Harvard graduates.

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THIS SEEMS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE

Is exactly how I’m feeling about my life right now. The posts may be boring to some, but honestly after five years of writing them, they have changed me inside and out. I felt so encouraged yesterday reading a comment from my Facebook God sister, Stefanie:

“Love ya girl…keep going…u are a living testimony how God is so willing to be involved in each tiny aspect of our life. And u give so much back to him by making it public and also proclaim His goodness around the globe!!! Mwah.”

And that’s exactly what has happened, God has become involved with every tiny aspect of my life. How He keeps track of each and everyone of us is so beyond the capabilities of my brain, but trust me, He does.This I will never get over!

One area God has certainly gotten involved with is with my marriage over the last 14 years. I asked my hubby last night, “How do we get closer?” His answer surprised me, “Nik, we’re not going to get any closer than this.” God has truly been my Marriage Counselor. I have my important appointments with Him and He has truly trained me, along with some other people He has sent my way, to be the best, calm, faithful, respectful, honest and loyal wife I can be and leave the rest with HIm. I tell everyone that the love in marriage is like bread, you eat it up and you have to keep remaking it over and over again.

Another big lesson God has taught me is to wait:

“Embrace waiting. Wait on God. It is a form of faith and a declaration that there are things that must happen that you do not control.” — Ed Gungor

There have been issues in my marriage which I’ve had no control over, no matter how hard I tried, and that I simple surrendered over to God – “God, you deal with this!” And with lots of prayer and patience, I’m a super happy and proud wife. Tonight we have some special plans – without the kids!

GET GOD INVOLVED! Is the message of these boring posts! Then you’ll be like me asking, ‘God, what’s going on here? This seems too good to be true!’
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
“In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 King James Version
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“NIK, YOUR MAILS ARE BORING”

A friend said to me a few minutes ago. So, OK, I get that not everyone is as enthusiastic as I am about God, but I was happy when a young lady who works closely with me and my husband said to me recently that she gets why I’m so passionate about writing these posts. She said she can see the difference God is making in my life from my marriage to our business. She said as I write them I’m also learning and my life reflects it. That was a huge compliment for the God maniac!

And my hope is that as this young lady did, you too will see the value of a life lived close to God. It saddens me when I see people making bad decisions, especially when families are being torn apart under the influence of negative and bad advice. My prayer is that we’ll have such a closeness with God that we constantly seek Him in every decision we make and allow Him to direct and guide our life.

I will sing God’s praises forever! The Nikki before God was a complete disaster. I was drinking alot, overweight, unhappy, worrisome, fearful – in other words a complete wreck! But God came in and changed all of that. Little by little He has been helping me to become a new person. Right now, I can honestly tell you that this is the happiest point I’ve ever been in my life, all thanks to God.

Everything I say and do and everywhere I go is now a conversation with God – He is my priority. And based on whether what I’m thinking feels right or not determines if I go forward with it. He has these unimaginable plans for our lives when we stick close to Him. I’m up super early now, looking forward to everything He has in store for me on a daily basis.

“If you will listen diligently to the voice of the Lord your God, being watchful to do all His commandments which I command you… all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you…” (Deuteronmy 28: 1-2)
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GOD, HIGH FIVE

I pray you get this same feeling from this “positively gorgeous” tumblr.com blog:

“For as the rain and snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:10-11

This is an incredibly beautiful verse. Here is the illustration: God speaks His Word to us. We receive it and it does something radical to our hearts, changing them in a way nothing else can. Then it returns to God in the form of modified behavior as a result of our newly changed hearts.

Now, I don’t care who you are, that’s art, right there. That is positively gorgeous.

It’s important for us to remember something, though: that change is not our own doing. It’s something God does within us. He is constantly feeding us with a love that overflows and spills out of every pore. He hands us a strength to resist temptation, and when we stumble and sin He anoints our heads with grace to forgive us.

It’s also important to remember that this is not something that happens all at once. It’s a continual process of repentance and renewal that will last for our entire earthly lives. Every day, we are a little bit better than we were the day before. Not perfect, but better.

You see, God is a wonderful artist. None of us can deny that; just look around at all of His beautiful creations. Every day is another stroke of the brush on His canvas, which is you.
You are not perfect, but you are forgiven. Don’t be discouraged. God is actively working on you. And one day, when we meet Him face to face, you will be completed, framed and glorified.
You are His masterpiece.”

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“GOD IS NOT A MAGICIAN”

Said a good friend and customer to me yesterday evening. I replied, “God’s the Ultimate Magician who can make anything happen!” He and my husband were trying to persuade me to be more security conscious in Nigeria, but I’m sticking with my faith in God, He’s my security -“God may kill me, but still I will trust him.”

This friend and I always have these God conversations and I told him how God is intimately involved in all our moments and that He was right there with us right then. And this morning in my appointment with Him, God did confirm He was there with us! I was sitting outside, enjoying the morning sun and reading again from my Bible devotional of over 700 pages and I incredibly opened to the following:

“Scripture scholars tell us that Jesus came for an important mission – to proclaim the good news and make the Father known to the world. And because he did not want anything to distract Him from this primary mission, He had to dissuade people from turning Him into a MAGICIAN. His miracles were aimed at helping people to believe in the power and love of God, and not to take their eyes of the target.”

Seeing that word “magician” showing up and everything again lining up a little bit too perfect, was my God wink. I guess that’s why I’m not so concerned about my security because God is constantly reminding that His Presence goes with me wherever I go and He’s a part of every moment of my life. How sweet is that?

Here’s the deal:

Reading this has really encouraged me again with my life’s mission: To bring humanity closer to God, who loves us and is intimately involved our lives. We’re to fix our eyes on Him, not this world.

From one moment to the next, we don’t know what will come our way, but if we can pause, focus on God, He will help us with His wisdom to live the best life. That moment the night before in wanting to scream, but instead having an appointment with God, I saw things from His perspective and the crazy Nikki that wanted to make an appearance was sent away and I calmly dealt with the situation in a loving and peaceful manner, forgiving quickly and I was happier for it. God is teaching me the true definition of love which is not unmannerly!

And God’s wisdom is the best wisdom, so slow down and go to God in every decision. His ways are higher and better than our ways.

God,
Thank you for loving us so much. Amen.

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AND THE CRAZY LADY RETURNED

I’m so on to God! He knows exactly the experiences we need to grow us up to become stronger, wiser, braver and bring us closer to Him. A small thing happened that got me thinking all sorts of craziness. And It was in my appointment with God yesterday that got me back to my senses. After reading Marianne Williamson’s brilliant book, ‘A Year of Miracles,’ I surrendered the entire situation to God:

“I give my life to God today.

Today I will not burden myself by thinking I need to run the universe. I needn’t control anyone or anything. I need only to show up fully with my heart and in my excellence.

I surrender everything to God, who lives within me. Every burden and decision I place in his hands. I know as I do so I will be led to divine right thought and action. The universe will arrange itself on my behalf.

How wonderful it is to relax at last and fall back into the arms of God. It is not a stiff neck but a soft heart that will guide my course of action. I will not forget to trust God today.”

It was if she wrote this specifically for me in that moment. I immediately handed that burden over to God. My sanity returned and I was happy again.

Here’s the deal:

We can truly relax with God, but we have to trust Him. So many things are not within our control to handle and we can turn those things over to God to handle for us. He’s great at that! We just need to go out every day being our excellent selves, doing our best with whatever we feel He’s asking us to do and leaving the rest with Him. “Don’t become bitter, become better.” “You shall hold your peace and God will fight for you.” “While we do this, we should not allow the weeds that prop up from time to time to overshadow the wheat.”

In Nigeria lately there are lots of bombings and even that I’m turning over to God knowing He’s our protection. The economy is not as strong as it used to be, but I’m trusting God that He’s taking care of us – we’re not going by the ordinary rules of man!

God,

Thank you for being a God who cares about us. Help us to always trust You knowing that You’re behind the scenes of our lives turning every situation to our good.

Amen.

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“GET ACCUSTOMED TO REFERRING EVERYTHING TO GOD”

HEE HAW!!! THIS IS WHERE I WANT US! Constantly going to God and seeking His incredible wisdom in everything we do, everywhere we go and everything we say. The customer I wrote about recently, who I advised to include God in on his decision about where to move to, sent me an email yesterday that he found a new place. He was excited about it and knew without a doubt that this was where God wanted him. I told him that doubt for me means don’t from God because His answer is never “maybe” or “perhaps,” it’s always a big “YES!!!!” when He wants us to go in a certain direction.

Here’s the deal:

So all day now I’m going to God, “Should I say this?” “Should I do this” “Should I go here?” and I listen for His direction. If I feel peace or excitement, that’s my cue from Him to proceed. No peace means no move!

A question to Him yesterday was “Should I go to work?” (Working with a hubby/boss certainly has its privileges!) The feeling from God was to go and I was so happy I did.

“Worry about nothing, instead pray about everything.” In this life there will always be challenges, trouble, frustrations, but we must not get discouraged.

“The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14

In other words, we roll with God and He’s working behind the scenes of our lives, protecting us, fighting for us, helping us with our challenges and therefore we can relax and simply focus on doing our best with what He would have us to do and leave the rest with Him.

“Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,” says the Lord Almighty (Zechariah 4:6)

“We aren’t limited to the earth’s resources; we have unlimited spiritual resources by the Spirit of God. There are things that can’t happen by human thinking and reasoning. There are things that won’t be solved by natural power and might. But God is not limited to what we can see. When you open the door of faith in your heart, God will move through you by His Spirit. No matter what challenges or obstacles you may be facing today, know that you can live in complete victory by His Spirit!” – Pastor Joel Osteen

God,
Thank You that we’re not going by the ordinary rules of man. Help us to “get accustomed to referring everything to You.”
Amen.

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