Our writer this week is Colleta Madimura is an Associate Pastor at House Church International. She enjoys writing articles, visiting and donating to the orphans, motivational speaking and traveling to the remote areas for outreach, Enjoy.

Life is full of challenges.  Economic difficulties, serious illnesses, family problems and political unrest plague people on a daily basis.  How a person faces each challenge that comes their way however, says much about their character, who they are on the inside.  Some people draw strength and inspiration from the experiences of others.

As a young girl I was so privileged to be raised by a great Woman Of God, my late grandmother Lois.  She was a prayer warrior, an intercessor, a giver.  She had a heart for many.  She was a mother of all nations.  All you could see on her face was an unfading smile which gave warmth to many.  She had a serious discernment spirit.  She was my role model.  Everyday I would ask God that He would give her a long life because I wanted to learn more from her. I was her handbag.

For me to be who I am today is through her teachings and partaking the blessings by association.

My grandmother would ask me time and what I would like to change in the society.  I would tell her that I would love to change the lives of people who are down casted through counseling them, helping the needy and making sure that everyone around me is smiling.  She would also ask me about my profession as she really wanted me to be a nurse but I wanted to be a teacher.  I wanted to be a Village school teacher because I thought that is where I could find the disadvantaged.  All I wanted was to take care of the disadvantaged school kids.  I wanted to be buy them uniforms, pay their school feel, anywhere I could help. It never turned to be that way because God had his own plans.

My grandmother would pray for hours but never saw the importance tst that time had in my life.  When she would ask me to pray, I would just pray for those in prisons, hospitals – those who are sick everywhere and for the disadvantaged.

One day as I was chatting with my grandmother, I would continuously ask her where she gets the words when praying since I always run short of words.  She taught me that only God puts words in her mouth.  She said that called for a DESIRE first to learn more.

I started asking God to help me and started reading His Word more.  I got a word of wisdom and it started opening up that I had to start working on my God given assignment.

I came to realize that, whatever one does in life, where your passion lies is where your God given assignment is.  Discover yours today.

As I grew up, everything I had seemed to come on a silver plate and was in a comfortable zone.  When God sees that there is nothing like an alarming button to wake you up to be serious with your assignment, He will start pruning you.

After my mentor, my grandmother passed on, I realized things were no longer the same, but since I had learned from her, I started following her footsteps.  By then, the words, Lack, suffering were not part of my vocabulary.

As years went by I got married and still things were moving smoothly.  Three years along the line my husband got very sick and passed on and that is where things took a different turn.  I had to dispose of so many assets so as to pay all the debts that were left behind. When all was well with me, I never thought I would fail.  I was down in my spirit for a long time, but that is where God started with me.

He spoke to me that, it was time for me to serve Him for He was laying a new foundation in my life.

By that time everyone around was nowhere to be found, so that it could be the two of us, God and I.  I had just lost my husband and not even relatives, friends, church mates or anyone who knew me checked on me, I was receiving any or getting calls.  I went into a depression for quite some time.  All I could do was to ask God, but “why” and there was no response.

There was lack in my life, I needed peace.  It had reached a point whereby, if I could see someone smiling I thought there was something wrong with them not knowing that it was the depression I had that made me feel this way.

However rest assured, trials and tribulations draw you near to God.

Isaiah 43:2 gave me the assurance that my situation was temporary:

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,Nor shall the flame scorch you.

I had to read the Word of God, and meditate on it day in and day out and I would see the fruits to it. My daily confession would be:

2 Timothy 4:16-18

At my first defense, no one came to my rescue, but everyone deserted me.  May it not be held against them, but the Lord stood by my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it, and I was delivered from the Lion’s mouth.  The Lord will rescue you from every evil attack and will bring me safely from His heavenly kingdom.  To Him being the glory forever and ever, Amen.

In those days the I would also just declare,


When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.


It is well with my soul;
It is well, it is well with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And has shed his own blood for my soul.

My sin—O the bliss of this glorious thought!—
My sin, not in part, but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more;
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

O Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll,
The trump shall resound and the Lord shall descend;
“Even so”—it is well with my soul.

With CM.

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