“But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Genesis 50:19-20 (NIV)
Hey Beautiful people!!! 🙋🏽😎 Welcome to the behind the scenes story of how this website came about. The process wasn’t easy but the final result was worth it.
Special shout out to the site designer Tobi Lafinhan. God bless you for attempting to understand the vision behind the site and for running with it wholeheartedly, for the advice both practical and insightful and for the behind the scenes jokes and laughs. #divinealignment
Enjoy the behind the scenes story!
Website Idea Date: Thursday 13th April 2017. This was literally the day after I resigned my former 9-5 job. God planted the vision in my mind in the evening as I was sitting down on my bed just chilling and relaxing and I immediately reached out to one of my IT friends and asked him how much a custom domain name would cost. Between then and now, the vision and mission became stronger and clearer the more I spent time praying and communing with God. Please note, it still unfolds everyday but at least now, you’re reading something tangible not just some idea in my mind’s eye. Trust the process. It’s coming out alright!
“Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it.For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry.” Habakkuk 2:2-3 (NKJV)
Website Launch Date: Wednesday 1st November 2017.
(The story of why it took 7 months to materialise is seriously for another day 😛) Halleluyah people! We made it. Congrats!!! 🌞
The Story Behind The Names of Each Major Category:
God Notes, Stories and Musings: These are notes I was inspired to start writing by the Holy Spirit in August 2016.
I would write randomly using a note taking app on my smartphone.
I’ve been writing those short notes until the present day.
The first note was written on the 30th of August 2016 and it’s titled “Life”. You can read it here
(Don’t you just love how technology can be very useful in helping us track our daily lives? lol)
As the name of this section implies, some of them are very deep and are a direct result of a conversation I just had with God or the Holy Spirit, some of them show the emotional state of mind I was in at the time, some of them are really silly, some are random, some are funny. But the most important thing is that they are all real and are a reflection of what makes me tick as a person and what sometimes goes on in my head and emotions. Lol. More importantly, these stories reflect the lessons God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit wanted me to learn at the time. Hopefully, these notes are a source of inspiration and encouragement to someone out there.
Expect to see the date the note was originally written and the date it was published on this site.
Fun fact: The day I decided, ok, let me see how many notes I’ve written and which ones can be published on the site, I had 384 notes!!!
Prayer & Prophecy: This section is pretty self-explanatory; because we are spiritual beings living in a natural physical realm in a physical body, interacting with an invisible God, Son and Holy Spirit and invisible good and bad spirits. (Angels and Demons…no, not that movie with Tom Hanks in it, no, not the book which was written by Dan Brown but actual angels and demons).
You’re most likely to find supernatural subjects here such as spiritual warfare, prayer & intercession, prophecy, etc.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel.” Ephesians 6: 10-19 (NIV)
It’s a Wonderful Life: Is inspired by the 1946 drama/fantasy film by Frank Capra. For those who don’t know, I’m a huge fan of classic Hollywood movies. Now you know. Hehe. Basically, even though life is one long victorious struggle, it’s still a wonderful life with all its everyday categories that make life wonderful from books to music to family. As Christians, we are still human at the end of the day living a wonderful life.
Below is a quote from the movie:
Clarence the angel: “Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?”
Behind The Scenes Convo’s With the Site Designer
The category title Finger Food under “It’s a wonderful life” is as a result of the somehow creative genius of Tobi Lafinhan (the site designer) 😄
I wanted to name it daily writings or inspired or inspirational and Tobi said and I quote “Really? That’s so basic,” 🙄
After rolling my eyes at him, I asked what he would call it instead since in fact my own ideas were “basic” and he said “Finger Food!” (Popularly known in Nigeria as Small Chops) and I’m just sitting down there like, this guy is nuts, He has definitely lost the plot lol. But then I thought about it and I was like hmmmnn, on second thought, it’s not a bad idea and that’s how the name “Finger Food” came about. Lol.
“Small chops” is essentially a small platter of assorted tasty finger food if you will. These are everyday inspirational writing inspired by the Holy Spirit and if you follow me already on Instagram you’ll know I write little snippets here and there. The topic can be anything which is why it needed a unique name and that’s why small chops is the perfect name. Writing chops. Finger Chops. 😬😎
These are different from God notes, stories and musings because they tend to be more specifically inspired, while God notes, stories and musings are exactly that quite random.
Besides everyone knows that a Naija party or event is just not complete without small chops and Nigerian’s love us some small chops/finger food!
My dear Non-Nigerians friends, if you don’t know what small chops/finger food means, Google is your friend. 😊
I hope you enjoyed the story behind the process.
Enjoy the content of the website!!!