Hey guys! It’s been 16 days of sharing promises that have become testimonies, and today we’d be reading another outstanding testimony of confidence in the power of Jesus, birthed by the Word of God shared in the promise slips.
This testimony got me really excited and rejoicing with Jessica because God just knows how to show off😂
Meet Jessica, the lady with a God bigger than all her problems:
Read her testimony here 👇
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My name is Jessica Aletor and I realllly love to be called Jessica Chayil (the name spoke to me during the first Chayil conference where I volunteered to serve the married women and also got a word in Isaiah 62:1-4 that I will be Married). Last year was a trying one, but it ended amazinggggggg!
Starting from January last year, my (then) boss who I looked up to resigned. The surprise resignation left me a little confused and distraught. You see, she was really a great influence in the 2 years I worked with her. She taught me workplace discipline, how to maintain a healthy eating habit, motivated me to start running, and would push me forward to take on new challenges. Through her I learnt how to research and apply for visas without any help from agents (after multiple 6 months visas, I got my 2 years visa 💃).
Five months after my boss left, things got really terrible. I was managing 4 units, generating content and supervising the production of a bi-monthly magazine and I was also planning a Trade Mission to the UK. The stress was so much that I became moody, tired, and a prime target for the devil. Trust me he tried, but the Word of God is Alive and Active (the amplified version even states; it is FULL OF POWER) –
“For the word of God is living and active and full of power [making it operative, energizing, and effective]. It is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as the division of the soul and spirit [the completeness of a person], and of both joints and marrow [the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and judging the very thoughts and intentions of the heart”
After I returned from the UK Trip in June, things went from bad to worse at work. Our salary was reduced, and queries started trooping in. You see, the plot was so obvious that everyone knew all the queries were either to make me snap like someone without home training/fruit of the spirit or resign. My boss’ replacement who was at that time acting for 4 months, wanted me out of the seat and made no secret that she was trying to get her family member/friend to replace me. I never talk bad about people so let’s fast forward.
When the next false query dropped, with faith, I tapped my table and told my colleagues that if I started looking for a job, I’ll get one in 2 weeks and that God will bless me with a salary that’s two times more than what she (my boss’ replacement) was earning. We all laughed, but my angels heard and went to work.
Fast forward to the week of When Women Worship. I participated in the fruit fast diligently, came for the prayers and keyed in to people’s testimonies from the previous years. On the second day of the fast, my former boss asked how I was doing and after I explained, we both agreed it was time I applied for a new job as I had outgrown my current role -which was confirmed by a colleague who said the same thing. I was so busy trying to balance the overseas trip accounts and prepare reports that I forgot to send my CV. The third day of the fast, after my former boss had tried countless times to reach me (even after finding out that the vacancy had ended 4 weeks prior to when we spoke about the job application), she went ahead and sent my CV.
On the 16th of June 2017 -the day of When Women Worship- before coming to church from work, the President of my organization was around and tried to rectify the case by calling a meeting where he said I should be commended and not bashed for doing an excellent job during the overseas trip. After talking about leadership styles, he nullified all queries. But after he left, I got another query. I was so pained by the accusations and almost gave up walking in love as I could not understand how even after the President ordered for the case to be thrown out, I was still been taunted.
When I got to church, I walked past the registration desk deep in thought. I was called back to pick a promise slip. I reluctantly picked up a promise slip and I literally froze as I read the words “I know the plans I have for you, announces the LORD. I want you to enjoy success. I do not plan to harm you. I will give you hope for the years to come” -Jeremiah 29:11 NLT. The Word spoke life to my soul and cheered me up as if I was just pumped with adrenaline, another reason was because I had on me a bracelet given to me by my sister with the same scripture.
So before the programme started I kept declaring ‘For JESUS knows the thoughts that HE thinks towards ME, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give ME an expected end. I am a living Miracle and I will testify!!
During the worship, each song spoke to me deeply with so much reassurance that God’s got me. When PITA came up and sang “I cannot call on your name and end up in shame No way!” I whispered “You are my God” and remembered the theme of the conference – The Name JESUS.
Then Pastor M came up and just settled the matter with her charge saying “JESUS WILL SEE TO IT!”
When I got home, I saw an email requesting I come in for an interview on Tuesday the 20th of June, 2017. I prayed about it but did not really have time to study for the interview like I would have. I just went with JESUS. I got there 25 Minutes late (Uber guy, GPS issues). I prayed and waited. I was the last person to go in and while I spoke in tongues, I answered the questions as intelligently as I could and then I left. (Timer: 11 minutes 5 seconds hmmm ok, when the hot fine lady before me spent 35 minutes. Hmmm God, okay o!)
When God wants to show off. . .
I was still on my way back to the Island when I received an email with an offer letter from the organisation. I spoke in tongues. The Uber guy kept asking madam goodnews or bad news? LOL. Let’s just say my Angels went to work on that statement I made jokingly in FAITH exactly 7 days ago. Double “her” salary, baaaaad package.
Left to my friends they wanted me stop work that day sef, especially since I had not gone on leave, but I considered my organisation and did the honorable thing by giving notice and doing a proper handover. When I read my letter of recommendation from my President, I cried and made a photocopy for myself.
I wasn’t paid my salary even with my 3 weeks notice and my 20 days leave, instead I was told to pay 1 week outstanding (even when the HR policy had no information like that. And I studied Human Relations for my masters, so I knew I was being cheated). I knew it was all part of the devil’s plan that bridges are burnt and I leave badly, so I was calm. My colleagues could not fathom how I could love someone who daily threatened me, wanted to bring her family member to take my position and cheated me out of my leave allowance and salary, but I knew it was going to end in praise.
When I resumed at my new place of work, I got over half a million naira as welcome money -minus my salary, which was almost 8 times the leave allowance and one week salary I had to pay.
Guess what? During the September conference I got another promise slip with 3 stickers. . .
Promise slip: Wherever you go and whatever you do, you will be blessed!! Deuteronomy 28: 6 (NLT)
STICKER: For the word of God is Alive and Powerful. Hebrew 4:12 NLT
I have enjoyed and am still enjoying God’s promise on my life at my new place of work and in life in general. I will always shout for Joy to the Lord and enter his gates with thanksgiving and praise for the rest of my life.
I keyed into the promises of 2018 from December 28th when ladies fasted for one day and gathered to pray, my promise slip was “May He give you the desires of your heart and make all your plans succeed” Psalm 20:4.
As I march forward I know I AM SETTLED in every area. God’s got this! And God’s got you!! Pray, Worship and Praise.
Lessons I learnt from this experience:
#Lesson 1: Do your work diligently people are watching, no false query can spoil a good seed you’ve planted and watered.
#Lesson 2: If you must leave a place, make sure you do not burn bridges, leave for the right reasons because you might meet what you’re running from at the place you’re going to.
#Lesson 3: You shall have whatever you say, declare big things, your angels are listening.
#Lesson 4: When facing trials, be still! God will send people to fight for you. His own is sweeter
#Lesson 5: Always add value to your organization
#Lesson 6: When stressed or facing a temptation, take a break, go on recess, pray, talk to your mentors, pastors, family & friends.
Do not be an island. If not for them I probably would have burnt bridges ehen. Wise counsel taught me how to walk in love even when I was being accused wrongly.
I Love my Church, I Love my Pastors and Just Us Girls Conference is just way out of this world!!
I am getting ready for an OVERFLOW!!
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I just love how God honors His promises in the lives of His Children.
Stay encouraged sis!
God’s love and light,