Farewell Trento, Farewell Italy!!

My life surely cannot get any better than it is right now. I see myself, the way He sees me, and just the way I have always wanted my life to be. I am finally where I want to be. Everyone seems to concur. All I keep hearing from them is wow LifeofaStranger; you are finally where you’ve always wanted to be. There is this smile that creeps up on my face. Maybe it’s a relief of some sort, maybe even a sigh of satisfaction. A giggly feeling; am I dreaming or awake? For sure I am awake, or how else am I able to hear these people stop to greet me at the door ways, on the corridor, on the stair ways, even in the conference room. Wow LifeofaStranger, you are finally where you said you will be. You are where you have always wanted to be. A surprise I’m sure on their end, since it involved me always saying things like: the God that I serve is taking me places. That my God is a Real God. That my God is the Real Deal. Another smile, maybe a cheesy grin, I don’t know what it is, a sigh of satisfaction, and a reply from me, yes I am indeed where I’ve always wanted to be.

Then she walks into my office, wow LifeofaStranger, you are finally where you’ve always proclaimed you will be. Sorry come again, I responded. You know what I’m talking about. Another quiet smile from me, yes, you know I am after all the prestigious daughter of the Most High God. She smiled back and replied, yes you have always said that, and that in Your Father’s house there are so many rooms. This is why since you walked into this place close to three years ago; we have called you a princess because you acted like one. Another smile on my face (maybe a smirk). An apology from me, I hadn’t realized that my position in my Father’s house had given me an air of arrogance. Well it made us sit up, and treat you as if you were a foreign princess [sigh]. I cannot begin to imagine how I’ve pranced around the corridors of this place as if my Father owned the institute. I am truly sorry, I responded. I honestly didn’t realize it. I know you all call me a princess, I just figured it was because I was one.. I smiled, she smiled, we both smiled.. I apologised again citing my behaviour was all attributed to the innate drama queen in me… we both smiled again. .

How well am I doing?

Don’t forget to say a prayer for me. For us, and for all of us, she responded. I know God always answers your prayers she said. Look at you. The spoken, has happened to you. Even we all here know of that much. Your God has been so good to you. Indeed He truly has. Indeed He truly has been. Indeed He most definitely has been too wonderful to me.

How well am I doing?

The count down has ended just as it had barely started, my journey is done. My long walk through that desert is over. I have had to stop too many times at designated refresher points, never knowing how long it will last. But now, after all these years, the final leg of the journey – Italy – has come to an end. My ship is set to sail to its final docking station, and indeed how magnificent it will be. The Long turbulent journey is over. I was almost marooned, left for dead, heart broken, distressed, almost destroyed, but thank God for God, for indeed there was nothing in this life and in this world that could have ever separated me from the Love of God. Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? … Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? … “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us – Romans 8:35 – 37.

I have learnt never to shut God out. He has always been everything I needed and even more; He has been my anchor through this turbulent journey. Many a long times when the day refused to break. It was as if the sun didn’t want to shine any more where I was concerned. But who would have thought? Who would have believed? Surely not you! Surely not I! Surely not them!

The sun is out, the wind is perfect and I am set to sail to my final station. My final docking station, the beginning of another GREAT journey, the journey I was born to live. I am going home. I am going home the same way Jacob did. More than He was when he left. With a renewed confidence that He truly is not just a faithful God and Father, but through all this He has been my protector and My warrior, the General of my armed forces. Forever ready to defend me. Always there to catch me when I fall, and to wipe away all of my tears. My peace in the midst of the confusion, my way maker when I did not know which way to turn. My consolation, my very great reward. My elevator, He that can only promote has indeed promoted me beyond my wildest comprehension. Who has given me beauty for all my ashes! Who has given me glory which is visible for all to see. O How can it be Lord, that You are so mindful of me? That You think so much of unworthy me! God YOU ARE TOO MUCH!! YOU ARE GOD ALONE.

I will miss the high places and the mountains. I will miss the lakes and the trees. I will miss the fountains and the buildings. But most of I will miss the people who have made this journey an unforgettable one.

I know I am destined for greatness. We are destined for greatness. Lets now all go become it.

Today is my LAST DAY in the office. So until Next month, see you in England. And Happy Friday Everyone!!

Oh really, can I pass for a Hottie?!

Blog Idol rocks. I am so loving it. Who would have thought so much fun can be derived from such. And I can only vote for a favourite, not more.

So back to my main story. You would think seing a police car in your neighbourhood would make you feel a tad safe. Well on friday on my way home, after trying to chat to the girls who were hanging around the corner of my apartment scantily dressed at 11pm at night – who by the way thought I was trying to solicit them for a service, could you imagine – anyways that story is for another day – a police car drove by and the men in the car really smilled at me. I wasnt quite sure what all that was about, I mean I’ve spoken to police men which ever counry I’ve been to, they are very good with directions and help, but I felt this was alittle different.

So anyways , I said Ciao back, and continued my walk. Walked past those girls again, cause I sorta missed my turn and had to walk back (so it would look like I was walking back and forth..lol), said my hellos again and went home. The next day I happened to mention this to my collegue at work who told me that the police men knew all the girls in my district and must have thought I was a new girl walking the block Bwahahahaah. Could you imagine. I was very well and smartly dressed, only below the knee showing. And that they are well within their right to ask the girls for their services as its very legal here. I was sort of flabbagasted, like can I really pass for a road side chica.

And I had to go home so late, cause I stayed out on the phone box chatting to my mum. Obvioulsy not going to try going home in the dark again. You just never know the sort of stories I might be telling. But Im really begining to love it here. The views really are spectacular, and Im only 4hrs away on the train from Munich. Might try visitng continental europe on the train.

Happy voting. NaijaDude rocks. Miss T, can’t wait to hear your next piece.

UPDATE

I am so excited, and I don’t know why, maybe its because temmylicious is finally settled, maybe its because I have this indiscribable joy in my heart. But I know its becauuse God is with me, I just want to go out and shout scream and dance on the top of my street to whoever would listen about the goodness of God. He really is a good God, Did you know that. He really is somthing. Ok, I have 5 job offers, can you imagin that. This my God will not kill me with Favour.

Dearest Friends

It appears I have dealt you a bitter blow by gowing away and not bothering to inform you all. I did mention it the last time I was on Terc. I have finally arrived in the UK from my many trips and will be here just a little while. I will try and keep up with my blog trotting and blogging. I thoroughly enjoyed my trips especially the latest the one to nigeria. Oh my Goodness, its really made me think of one day moving back to nigeria in the not so distant future (maybe its the same bug I get every time I go which dies down after 8 months of my return – LOL).

Anyhows, there is a LATEST DEVELOPMENT. Guess friends??

LOve ya.. will keep ya updated.

So Long Blacksburg, Farewell USA

As the title of my blog suggests, I am no longer a stranger in a foreign land {if you wondered US}, I am finally Home. To my parents house how I’ve missed home. I still have many travels before me, but for now I will be doing it from the UK. From Loved ones.

But blacksburg was really not as bad as I made it out to be. I was so upset that I was away from home that I had failed to recognise what was staring back at me, or should I say what I had in blacksburg. I had a wonderful Church, some great collegues at VT and the Lord had given me the opportunity to meet some great people whose paths were caused to cross mine to be an influnce and source of support when I needed them the most.

My last sunday in church was two days ago, and I never realised how much little o me was loved. My goodness could you believe the church were in tears that I was leaving and they all came out and gave me money – close to like 1000 dollars. Could you imagine that, I couldn’t I was shocked I was wailing terribly and chocked up with tears. Gosh, the word of God is so true, He would cause people to bless you, come and see how visiting pastors were counting money to give me. I was like ooh my goodness upon all my shakara I didnt know people love me pass like this oo.

So even though I was dying to come home, I never realised I had a home away from home, and only when I was leaving did I realise how much I was loved. So if none of you wants to love me, I have so many that do. I am currently asking God what to do with this money, this is not the kind to go and buy shoe and bag and leather coat with matching trousers with. I need to go before God to ask Him what to do with this money His people have given me.

So on that note, I would like to send out a warm hearty love to everyone, and a special thank you for the concerns you gave throughout out my most difficult week. I Love you all. Stay well and I will be back with some updates on my trips to munich and verona. Take care all.

Life.