- Posted by Edith Ohaja
- On June 26, 2019
- 30 Comments
Once in a while, God graciously shows me that the efforts I put into blogging are not in vain. A reader posted the comment below in response to one of my short stories, “My Beautiful Neighbour“.
“Wow!! Ma, dis story is really touching I felt goose (bumps) all over my body.. It was as if Christ was close to me ..from now hence forth I receive Jesus as my personal lord and saviour.. Ma, this your story has a power it’s carrying because I really felt like crying and I feel like worshipping Jesus for the rest of my life.. Thanks so much, ma.” – Cynthia O.
The comment (with a like sign in the screen shot below) brought tears to my eyes and I thank God for the awesome privilege of sharing stories that bring Him close to people via edithohaja.com.
While I was rejoicing and glorifying God over that, I received the comment below:
“I got goose bumps again reading this final episode. God works in mysterious ways. He’s an ever-present help in times of trouble. No doubt, Dinma and Ebony’s story will definitely turn many lives back to Christ. God bless you, Ma, for this touching story.” – Janefrances N.
(See comment with like sign in screen shot further down below.)It gives me so much joy to receive #testimonies in response to my blog posts. #blogging Click To Tweet
I once explained in a post (linked below) why I often present the gospel and encourage people through creative writing in the form of poems and stories (both fictional and nonfictional) rather than straight-out preaching.
“Some people will not click on a post once they think it’s religious. Many of these people will not darken the door of a church either. We can still reach them by approaching them with stuff they can relate to. In the short story series, My Beautiful Neighbour, I presented a young, handsome Nigerian man, who was an unemployed graduate. The story followed his hustles to make a living and his sexual proclivity, heightened by his attraction to his married female neighbour. The story was inspired by the Ponzimania that hit Nigeria between 2014 and 2016.”
It is that story that I am thanking God for the responses it is receiving. I would give other examples if all the stories weren’t so easy to identify with and inspiring.
Beyond evangelism, I love to make my humble contribution to teaching the youth and others the right way to live. But as I said in the post “5 Reasons …” cited above, “I know that most (people) won’t appreciate my droning on about the right values and good behaviour. So I write captivating stories, poems and maxims, which they can read on the blog.” As they are wowed by the humour, suspense and verisimilitude of the stories; the structural beauty of the poems and the catchiness of the maxims; hopefully, they will assimilate the lessons in them.I #blog to provide hope, inspiration, encouragement and vital life lessons to people. Click To Tweet
So if you are ever discouraged or you are just bored, check out my creative writing categories (linked below). By God’s grace, you will find something to buoy up your spirits, entertain you and introduce you to the Lord Jesus or strengthen your connection with Him. If you are looking to improve your writing, you can pick some tips too along the way.
Fiction (I call the posts there Short Stories)
Even my devotional posts benefit from this gift that God has given me. By creatively retelling Bible stories and making them fully relatable to our contemporary life, the readers are able to put themselves in the shoes of the characters and better appreciate what God is telling them through their life stories and other Biblical events. An example is:
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May God bless you abundantly in Jesus’ name.My blog offers captivating and inspiring stories, devitionals, poems and maxims. Click To Tweet
A few commendations from readers:
? “Thank you, ma, for this blog. It has helped to shape our lives positively. It teaches us life lessons which benefit us both in the long and short run. I am really thankful for this inspiring site. Thank you, ma. Keep the flag flying!” – Pamela O. in response to “A Youth and Her Dreams”
? “I will continuously be grateful to God for His love and the wisdom He has bestowed upon you, ma. Your posts are not just for writing sake but they come with a heart-mending spirit. These posts I have read these past days have indeed encouraged me to continue holding onto my faith no matter the situation. And this one is no exception. I will continue waiting for my sunshine day, no matter what I go through. Thanks, ma, once again. This oil shall not dry.” – Favour B. on “You Will Ascend Your Throne of Glory”
? “There’s no gainsaying that your blog is indeed worth visiting. Whenever I visit this blog, I meet articles that encourage, inspire and boost my self-confidence. Most importantly, I come in contact with articles that draw me closer to my Creator-God through His Son, Jesus Christ. May God’s wisdom never lack in your life as you always make efforts to update this blog.” – Kingsley C. J. on “Snappy View of My Bio and the Blog”
? “Ma, I must say the joy of the Lord is your strength. You have gone a long way and you have touched many lives with your writeups. I am a living witness to that. All thanks to God for I believe He is your source of inspiriation.” – Grace U. on on “Snappy View of My Bio and the Blog”
Many more on “Snappy View of My Bio and the Blog” and in comments under each post. All glory to God!
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If you ever feel down or burdened, I’d like you to vist my second blog, Aunty Edith’s Blog (An Encouragement Café). Come, eat and drink from the word of God for free. The posts are crisp, refreshing and uplifting and I believe God will restore hope and joy to you through them.