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CHRISTMAS IS JUST A FEW DAYS AWAY

The chatter in the market was lively, I mean at this time of the year one wouldn’t expect less. In case you don’t know, christmas is some 6 days away. No minding the sun on my Ethiopian skin, I pushed my way through urging Bimbo to do the same but this girl had other plans.

“Babe, let us go nah, you know we have to meet that tailor Mama Izzy. She seems to be dodging us these days on top of our own clothes fa.”

“My dear, I won’t be surprised if she has not even touched our materials.”

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To the demon called suicide

Written by Fortune Chiamaka Jacob

Last month, you lurked around standing very close to mama Nkechi’s shed but unknown to us you were more than a shadow.

For days you trailed her daughter Nkechi until she became a shadow of her self.

Whenever I talked to her she seemed to stare into space muttering only “how could you, how could you?

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WHAT IS THE MAGIC?

Have you read “The Devil’s Proposal”, “The Candle in the Wind”, “Talitha Cumi” “Where is the Guy I married”, “The Candle in the Wind”, “Death in the Pot”, “Quirk of Fate”, and that popular message that went viral on social media some time ago “You are Fasting” or the latest of them all “Smallville College”?

If you have not, then you should because those stories are so, I would comment my reserve for now and share this beautiful guest post form the author of all the stories I’ve been talking about!

Enjoy 😘

WHAT IS THE MAGIC?

By: De-Raconteur

From a very young age, one thing I did so well was write. The next was cook!…haha During Maths class, I might look so disinterestingly at the trigonometries and graphs but when the English Language teacher enters the class, I would be the star! When others think summary and and oral parts of the subject are hard, I would get my teacher’s best mark!- effortlessly.

And when I write essays and articles and letters, he would seize my scripts. Those would be read loudly during his class and everyone would scramble for my script later on to know what the magic was.

This gift was realized in me at a very early age. When I was five years thereabout, I would go to my dad’s library, pick some of his books and start ‘writing’ in them. When I look at those books now, I see from where my ‘ministry’ began and would simply smile in gratitude to the Lord.

As I grew, I remember pickinh used chalks from school and hiding them in my bag. At home, I would move to our tankhouse and start writing on it, both the sensible and the gibberish.

Well, my dad read them all whenever we weren’t watching because after some time, He would usually call me close and give me A4 papers and new pens. He would ask me to start writing.

He told me something one day and I will summarise the whole talk in one sentence- Your gift/talent is the crude oil. The training you receive in line with your gift is the refined oil that will help others and fetch you money and a name!

According to him, it is one thing to have a gift/talent. It is another thing to get the gift properly trained (sharpened).

Because of what he said, I was reassured that I had found my path. When I got to JSS3 and with my JSSCE result, the principal insisted I go to the Science Class. I insisted on going to the Arts Class. I knew I would be exposed to details on writing and it was so. I released three story books before moving to SS 1. And before leaving SS3, a novella was released.

I must appreciate my dad today. If not nothing, this great man was a vessel in God’s Hands for me. He saw it, picked it, appreciated it, trimmed it and trained it!

There is a gift in every man! Parents shouldn’t just look away when their children do things. Some of the children do not even know what gifts and talents are. Help them realize the gifts, encourage them and sponsor the training!

How was my writing skills sharpened further? I went to the university to bag two degrees. A B.sc in Mass Communication and a Masters in Journalism. And they are summarily about what? Writing!

Woah!!! Writing is life!

When I look at the books I wrote just with my gifts and talents, though very interesting, I could see so many flaws that might not be glaring to the readers instantly. But with the refining, trainings and trimmings, it only gets better.

Interestingly, I have been invited to teach writing in several places, hence, raconteurs are being reproduced for the Lord everywhere through one raconteur that found herself and sharpened her rough edges! Halleluyah!

The gift which was deposited in me by the Lord, trimmed and sharpened by seasoned trainers and blessed further by the Lord has produced so many great stories for the Lord! Many are on de-raconteur.com

Do you also write and desire to be better at it?

Do you want to learn writing from the scratch?

Do you want to find a lasting solution to your writer’s block?

Do you need refreshing ideas and story lines?

Do you want to know how to create killer titles and resolutions?

Do you want to learn the art of suspense and climax?

Or you want to learn how to write an e-book and publish it?

Do you want to start a blog and you don’t know how to go about it?

Your specialty is article writing, non-fiction, poetry or fiction and you need to be better at it?

Do you have issues with editing and proof-reading and you want to know how to master the art and be a pro?

Do you have a half-written book and your heart burns to see it completed and published?

Why not be a part of the second class of the DE-RACONTEUR WRITERS’ COURSE coming up for two weeks in March?

Oh yes! Come 3rd March to 16th March, 2019, with a well prepared syllabus, lesson notes, audio notes, pictorial explanations, class exams, exercises and project, I will by His Grace be delving into teaching and sharpening those skills in you!

And the good news is this: IT IS AN ONLINE COURSE!!!

Guess what! When you come out of this refined training, you will be like gold! Why? Because God is in this training and your trainer is skilled! You gotta believe that…haha

So, let’s solve the riddle of our title. What apart from the Lord’s Inspiration gives your writing a top-notch feel? What is that ‘magic’? IT’S PROPER TRAINING!

Do you want to be a part of this life changing opportunity?

Simply pay a token of 5000 naira into 0701105202 Access Bank Account (Savings) of Lizzy Oyebola Oyekunle.

If you were a part of the basic class last year and you want to be a part of this advanced class also, you have a discount of 40% meaning that you are to pay a token of 3000 naira to be a part of this class.

Teenagers and students in the secondary school that want to be a part of this class also have a discount of 40%.

Simply pay the amount to the account above and then send the following to 09056404048 on WhatsApp:
Your name
Your age
Your country
An evidence of payment.

NOTE: If you want to be a part of the class but you TRULY do not have the means, contact me via deraconteursite@gmail.com for an interaction.

deraconteursite@gmail.com

You want to know about the first class of this writers’ course? Why not follow this link to read up? https://www.de-raconteur.com/2018/09/you-need-to-read-this-blog-post/

Or you want to know more about this course and more about the registration? Follow this link- dwc.de-raconteur.com

De-Raconteur Writers’ Course!

…producing refined raconteurs for the Lord!

See you at the top!

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One Nation

This post was supposed to come out yesterday, but thank God it’s coming out today.

As we go out to vote this week, can you please sing this lovely song by Timi Dakolo with me:
Here we stand as a people
With one song, with one voice
We’re a nation, undivided and poised
We will take our stand, and build our land
With faith to defend what is ours

Here we are as a people
With one heart, for one cause
We’re determined to rebuild and restore
Where freedom reigns, and truth prevails
A land where there’s hope for us all
A land where there’s hope for us all
We’re all we have, we’ll defend our land
We believe in this nation, and we know we’ll get there
We’re all we have, we’ll defend our land
We believe in Nigeria and the promise she holds
And that one day we’ll shine like the sun
We’re a great nation
Though we are many people
Different tribes, different tongues
We’re united in our strength and resolve
To uphold the honour of our land
And for generations to come
And for generations to come
We’re all we have, we’ll defend our land
We believe in this nation, and we know we’ll get there
We’re all we have, we’ll defend our land
We believe in Nigeria and the promise she holds
And that one day we’ll shine like the sun
We’re a great nation
Nigeria Nigeria
Nigeria Nigeria
Nigeria Nigeria
Nigeria Nigeria
Nigeria Nigeria
Nigeria Nigeria
Nigeria Nigeria
We’re all we have, we’ll defend our land
We believe in this nation, and we know we’ll get there
We’re all we have, we’ll defend our land
We believe in Nigeria and the promise she holds
And that one day we’ll shine like the sun
We’re all we have, we’ll defend our land
We believe…
We’re all we have, we’ll defend our land
We believe…
We’re a great nation.

Come, do you know the old national anthem? I stumbled across it and would love you to sing it with me:

Nigeria we hail thee,
Our own dear native land,
Though tribe and tongue may differ,
In brotherhood we stand,
Nigerians all, are proud to serve
Our sovereign Motherland.
Our flag shall be a symbol
That truth and justice reign,
In peace or battle honour’d,
And this we count as gain,
To hand on to our children
A banner without stain.
O God of all creation,
Grant this our one request,
Help us to build a nation
Where no man is oppressed,
And so with peace and plenty
Nigeria may be blessed.

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Lessons from the Clay Pot!

ASHSALT

I’m clay in the hands of my master… I mean It!

In times past, I used to be sad at the pace of my progress in spiritual things, as well as the rate at which I produced godly write ups!

In fact, prior to this time, I was always sad when I looked at my stats… 1, 12, 8, 6 viewers when I shared the post to over 50 individuals and more than 10 different groups. My best was 71 views on a particular day! I was really thrilled, but most times they were still very low after that, except for January when God gave the blog a resurgence, and it came up to 52 views on one beautiful day again. Praise the Lord!

Sometimes, God’s message to Baruch would speak to me “seek not great things for thyself ” but, I’d refuse to be comforted, I mean I’d be…

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WELCOME TO 2019 – YOUR BEST YEAR EVER!

ASHSALT

A new year with marvelous opportunities has just begun. As this year kicks off today…

I challenge you to join me in finishing the 66 books of the Bible in 3 years.

Even though I’ve finished reading the Bible 8 times, I still feel like a learner whenever I am reading the Bible.

Kindly chat me up if you are interested in joining me in this 3 –year plan, I’d call it #BIBLE_READING_CHALLENGE_2019_2021, starting from January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2021.

The anchor text is found in Philippians 3:10, and it says:

“That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death”

So, welcome on board to the 3 year Bible Reading Challenge.

Kindly read, like, comment and share.

I love you.

Shalom!

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MY JOURNEY IN 2018

ASHSALT

Written by Emmanuel Salt Ashibuogwu.

Photo Credit: Pixels.

My desire is to be a man of the books, so this year (2018) I set out to read a number of books:

1. The 66 books of the Bible.
2. Two Christian books per month (Spiritual and secular or financial, in short, any book that will aid my personal development).

At the end of the year (2018), here is a breakdown of the books the Lord enabled me to read:
1. The 66 books of the Bible
2. Be the Best, the Very Best by E.A. Adeboye (Completed)
3. Beat the Best and be the Best by D.K. Olukoya (Completed)
4. Understanding Divine Direction by Bishop David Oyedepo (Completed)
5. Guilt struck by Grace Obiyo (Completed)
6. Talitha Cumi, the Candle in the Wind, etc. by Lizzy Oyebola Oyekunle (Completed)
7. Finishing Strong by Steve Farrar (Completed)
8. The Kneeling Christian…

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Tis’ So Sweet To Trust in Jesus

How I love this hymn, please enjoy it with me.

1. ’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus

Just to take Him at His Word;

Just to rest upon His promise,

And to know, “Thus saith the Lord

    • Refrain:
      Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
      How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er;
      Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
      Oh, for grace to trust Him more!
  1. Oh, how sweet to trust in Jesus,
    Just to trust His cleansing blood;
    And in simple faith to plunge me
    ’Neath the healing, cleansing flood
  2. Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus, Just from sin and self to cease; Just from Jesus simply taking. Life and rest, and joy and peace.
  3. I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee, Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend; And I know that Thou art with me, Wilt be with me to the end

© Louisa M. R. Stead

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God is about to WOW You!

I love this message, as it inspired me to keep giving my best to the Lord. You’d be surprised how blessed you would become after reading this short peace. God bless you June.

The Godly Chic Diaries

God is about to WOW you. He’s going above and beyond what you asked. The Lord knows what you’ve prayed for. His answer is: I’m doing more than that!…

Here’s the thing. I largely navigated my life- my thoughts, my emotions my entire life. Growing up I ALWAYS had my head in the clouds, thinking of the life I want to create for myself. I used to be afraid of pushing through gifts and talents I knew I had because of the possible exposure it would cause, being a private (introverted) person that I am. What I didn’t understand is that God’s gifts and talents AREN’T FOR US TO KEEP! It is meant to help other souls who might need that special encouragement or that extra push to better themselves as well!

“So lets not get tired of doing what is good. At the right time you will reap a…

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