I have missed updating you here! It has been an around the clock type of few months. At our September podcast recording, my husband and I were discussing how fast this year has been. We are half way through September and before we know it we are entering a new year! In the midst of this pandemic counting days have never been vital as it is. Each day is God's gift to humanity- to behold Him, His goodness, His mercies, His people and His workings in our midst. This pandemic confirms that life does come with its many challenges that many of us are not fully equipped to navigate successfully.
Last month I had the honor along with ten other terrific speakers to be on the upcoming season two of the SpeakUp show that airs on Amazon Prime. The message is a healing balm for where we are right now amidst this pandemic from what God did in my own life years back. For many people, 2020 has been a traumatic year. The way we are responding to this pandemic or other traumatic situations can either propel us to a strong thriving life fueled by the Holy Spirit or keep us stuck in a destructive cyclic mindset.
When God created humans, He gave us a beauty as living things to have the ability to self repair. Humans are intricate beings with superhero powers when it comes to the body healing itself. When the body experiences a cut or wound like the skin, the body is able to heal itself through repair and regeneration. Isn't our God Great to have created humans this way? Think for a second, there is a mechanism for the human body to heal itself. How about the human soul, emotion, heart or spirit? Is there a mechanism for these inner parts of humans to heal when wounded or cut? God's Word is full of answers! Find out on my episode of the SpeakUp show on Amazon Prime. Elated for you to hear, believe and obey the healing response and other life transforming messages from other speakers. I have the assurance that once you taste and experience the deep abiding joy that comes from the healing response of the soul, you too will be an ambassador of healing to others through agape love because God always gives a crown of beauty for ashes (Isaiah 61: 3). Check back for airing information. Until next post friends, stay safe and healthy. Love & Blessings!!!
“A cheerful heart is good medicine but a crushed spirit dries up the bones" (Proverbs 17:22).
Here we are; in one of the most challenging times in our world. Covid-19 brought the world to a stop with the closings of churches, businesses, schools, events, and aspects of governments all over the world. With this health crisis we have seen loss of loved ones, businesses, jobs, dreams such as graduations, weddings and many more that will take some time to thoroughly assess. One thing is certain in these uncertain times; there is a loving God who cares dearly and desires relationship with His creation no matter the circumstances. What an appropriate time to look up, set hearts upwards, and gaze towards the Only One that deeply understands when nothing seems to make sense about Covid-19. In the last four weeks our ministry -Oasis Focus Inc., have received double the amount of prayer requests from around the world. My husband, myself and our board members are praying with you and for you that the faithfulness of our Great God will cover you during this Covid-19.
Last year, many of you followed my interviews with WMAP Radio; K.C. Armstrong and team. I was honored to have those interviews as part of K.C. Armstrong’s Second in the Simply Amazing Project. A project similar to volumes in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Just in time as we all look forward to life after Covid-19, the Simply Amazing Women is a compilation of stories from twelve other women and me. We take you on our journeys and how the struggles and challenges we each faced, made each of us a better woman. For me, it chronicles the amazing grace of God, without which it would be impossible to be who I am today. All praise and glory goes to the LORD. The official release date is May 1, 2020. However, you don’t have to wait till then. You can pre-order your copy now by clicking the hyperlinks. Additionally, enjoy the following insightful review from Diane Donavan, editor, author, literary agent and reviewer at Midwest Book Review/Bookwatch. "If ever there was a good time to publish an inspirational collection of stories, it's now. Simply Amazing Women is about choosing the kinds of responses during adversity that translate to survival and courage. While these mini-biographies were compiled before Covid-19, they highlight the ongoing need for inspiration now as never before, and are intended, like those in its predecessor Simply Amazing Special Author’s Edition, to provide the encouragement to not just go on with life, but make it the best possible.
The examples posed by these women all demonstrate paths to rising above adversity. Readers receive a survey filled with intense battles involving self-healing, transformation, and the kind of self-improvement that leads to helping others both through example and by outward-oriented effort.
Take 'A Mother's Love', a hard-hitting interview with mother Marcy Stone about an amazing journey into motherhood against all odds. K.C. Armstrong's interview here is designed to follow the building blocks of how Marcy Stone evolved her life perspective and came to rely on it to face and overcome many obstacles in her life. From how she overcomes impossible predictions to her realizations of what it really means to be a mother, her story is filled with insights readers will find hard-hitting, remarkable, and clear in their progressive learning opportunities.
Another thoroughly engrossing piece is 'A Song of Gratitude', an interview with Dr. Feyi Obamehinti, who met her abusive mother for the first time at age 16. Dr. Obamehinti's life experience not only led her to become a prominent Christian figure serving as an example for other women, but helped her build a strong family without many of the challenges she faced as a child: "Sometimes, we have to become what we never had. For me, that meant being a loving, caring and present mother for our daughters."
As these remarkable lives unfold through interviews designed to pinpoint the origins of their strengths and perspectives, readers are treated to a moving, inspirational account offering various strategies for overcoming adversity.
As a new world replete with fear, death, and division emerges, there is no better time for reading and considering this book's underlying message about not just survival but building and rebuilding a better life from the ashes of disaster. Very highly recommended as a torchlight guiding the way to transformation.
Simply Amazing Women | K.C. Armstrong | WMAP Publishing
Hardcover: 978-1-7347058-0-5 $28.99
Paperback: 978-1-7347058-2-9 $19.99
Ebook: 978-1-7347058-1-2 $8.99
Until next post friends, stay safe and healthy. Love & Blessings!!!
"For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast" (Ephesians 2: 8-9).
This is a short post :).
I hope your February is cruising along very well. My husband and I just returned from a week long conference in San Antonio, TX. The Riverwalk was the perfect spot to spend our Valentine’s Day. And while in San Antonio, I did something that I could not do before - what you ask? Instead of taking the elevator from the 21st floor at the hotel where we were staying, I decided to take the stairs all the way to the first floor! And then walked 1000 steps to my morning destination. Talk about increase in body heat in a 40 degrees temperature. I share this to say; you build your muscle strength, inner strength and capacity over time. Gradually getting ready for that 26 mile full marathon in 2020 😊.
The use of technology for helping people around the world is getting better with each passing day. Twice a week for the past three weeks I have had the distinct honor to work with some amazing women in Kenya, Africa virtually. These brave women are pastors’ wives from seven different tribes who made a decision to begin their restoration journey using a translated version of my book Crushed to Restored: Principles of Restoration From the Book of Nehemiah (in Bantu Swahili). This is why my calendar has been unavailable this month for virtual one on one sessions. Thank you to my English Learning community translation friends for the invitation and undertaking the huge task of making the freedom sessions possible for these precious women in their native language. Keep up the great work of making God's Word practical in indigenous languages of the world.
More than anything else, these amazing women have blessed me more than they will ever know. Their courage, bravery in the face of unimaginable anguish have sharpened my fire for freedom. I applaud their transparency and vulnerability to confront the trauma they have buried for so long. The oldest in the group of 32 women is 81 years old. It goes to show that it is always the right time to begin restoration. There is no age limit. I am grateful to God for the power of His Word. It is living. It is life. It is liberating. It is healing. What a privilege to be Christ’s ambassador! Until next time friends, keep following the Master Teacher. Love & Blessings!!!
"Christ has set us free to live a free life" (Galatians 5:1).
It has been a while since my last update back in May. So much to update you on this post! I will do my best to give you the highlights so this post will not take you more than 5 minutes to read. Summer has been full, full, full! We had Father’s Day celebrating our amazing dads. On our end, we had fun spoiling my husband. We have to slow him down for this special day, because he loves serving all of us. Grateful for his daily example to us all.
This year has been a birthing year and bringing forth of heaven to earth. Ecstatic for each birthing. Drum roll!! Audiobook of Crushed to Restored has been completed and under review before it is released. I will keep you posted when that happens. Drum roll number two!! Oasis Focus Inc. family book was published last week! The Educator’s Compass- a weekly Bible Study curriculum for public school educators! Yes, you read that correctly 😊. In just few days of release, the response has been great. If you have any teacher in your life, be sure and get them this Bible Study that they can relate to as educators. We believe that the community teachers will develop through the Bible and prayer with each other will be an energizer for their overall well-being. To order, click on this Amazon hyperlink.
For those of you that have asked for an official review of Crushed to Restored, that is now available. You may catch up on the official review here: Official Review of Crushed to Restored. Thank you to all the wonderful hosts and their teams that have had me on their broadcasts sharing about Crushed to Restored. Grateful for how God has connected us to spread the message of hope and restoration together. Be sure to visit Crushed to Restored site to also catch up on the various broadcasts. That's it for now friends! Until next post, enjoy the rest of your summer! Love & Blessings!!
Thank you for all the birthday greetings, wishes, prayers and gifts. I am blessed by each of you! My life tank is overflowing with so much love, joy and gratitude. Thank you to my incredible husband and daughters who went all out again to make this year's celebration a memorable one. We found out we have a new taste for painting; which was one of my celebration activities for my birthday. Our paintings now adorn our kitchen for a daily reminder. Then Mother's Day was filled with sweet family moments. Grateful to have three amazing daughters who make this honor of being a mother unforgettable in every way. They tell me how blessed they are that God made me their Momma. It's the other way round; I am the blessed one for sure! Thank you Honey! You are the BEST! I love you! Thank you Daughters! I love each of you and so proud to be your Momma!
Summer is around the corner! This means school is almost out for many students. Well done on completing another school year. Congratulations to all graduates! And congratulations in order for all my former students who have sent me wedding invitations. It's a busy summer and I am stoked about each moment ahead.
The past six weeks I have been blessed to be part of two colleges special topics class as a visiting lecturer. Guess what the topic was? Trauma! So glad this is now at the fore front of colleges too. My professor friend in California invited me back in late March as a visiting author since her class is using my book (Crushed to Restored) as a class resource. Trauma is no longer a covered up thing that is forbidden. For healing to take place, there must be demonstrated care in a welcoming environment that allows people who have been abused to talk about those hard places in their lives, so they can heal and move forward in their lives. Honored to have shared my life story and guide many students in similar situations. Hope is spreading like a healing balm and it gives me so much joy!!
I promised the students I would post our central discussion points on trauma (I have no permission to post our pictures and licensed counselors understand why). I hope and pray these discussion points are helpful to those of you on your restoration journeys as well. I am praying for you passionately; because I understand and know what it is to be where you are. My prayer remains the same: that you will each find hope in Jesus Christ, freedom and healing that will make you look back in deep gratitude for your life and journeys. It is only possible through Jesus Christ, Savior of the world.
Trauma Discussion Points: Firstly, to be a giver in every sense is a blessing and this trait must be stewarded well. However what happens when you become more like an ATM machine with no limits. Any relationship will suffer if cultivated and built this way. Secondly, how do you navigate life withdrawals from your life that leave you in the red emotionally and physically? If not appropriately handled, these red withdrawals can lead to trauma. Thirdly, some cultures around the world have social contracts that are developed and must be followed. How do you break free from such co-dependent relationships to live a life of freedom in Christ? This requires the help of both a spiritual leader and professional licensed counselor. Next, how do you break free from triangulation? This is a tactic in abuse situations to deflect from addressing key issues or responsibilities. It is important to recognize what it looks like. Lastly, how do you recognize toxicity? Toxicity has a pattern. Toxic is toxic no matter the enhancements. One of the best Bible based guidelines I shared with the class as a follow up is an article by Focus on the Family. Click on the Focus on the Family hyperlink to read the article. You were created with loving intentions by God in His own likeness. You have divine nature in you! Because of this divine nature, you can overcome and be a victor who honors God even in the most difficult of situations. You are so loved and I believe in you! “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’ So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth." Genesis 1:26-28
Excited about summer: audiobook will be released (just three chapters left to complete the recording), family book will be released, three college appearances and I am looking forward to Summer Community Bible Study on the Book of Malachi. Find more information on the Summer Bible Study by visiting: https://bit.ly/2IRlrBC. That's it for now friends! This is to a terrific summer!
Again, if you are yet to get a copy of the book, visit Advantage Books, Amazon or Barnes & Noble. And please, don't forget to write to let me know you started your restoration journey. I would love to keep you in prayer. I believe in you! Love and Blessings!!
"Stand firm therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage." Galatians 5:1
I am continually humbled at all God is doing through the book: Crushed to Restored: Principles of Restoration from the Book of Nehemiah. For everyone that has contacted me sharing their life experiences and restoration journeys; you have become part of my obedience gratitude. God knew each of you would be the recipient of His blessings as you read through the book. Each of you is the reason behind the book. God never wastes our past pains or hurts. Overcoming through Jesus Christ, our tests become our testimonies; our messes become our messages. The God that hung the stars, knows exactly how to put all the broken pieces of our lives back together. So dear friends, be encouraged as you journey towards your restoration. There is so much beauty and power in your healing and wholeness. I believe in you and praying for you as you journey towards restoration.
Hard at work our team is spreading the message of hope in Christ. Here is a recent interview with Motherhood Moment (a well known think tank that covers everything Moms need to know about raising well rounded and balanced children). Check out my interview that covers soul sustenance as it relates to overcoming life's challenges. Click on the hyperlink to read the interview and share with your friends and colleagues. My life tank is overflowing with so much joy and gratitude. Our last TV broadcast hosted by my husband and I, with Dr. Ruth Goodwin and her trauma care specialist- Mrs. Simpson was a blockbuster with all the responses we received. Be sure and check out the archives section on this website to share the URL with friends and colleagues. Nothing brings us joy like your salvation, healing, equipping and restoration. Work continues on the audiobook version of the book. We are working towards a summer release date.
Again, if you are yet to get your copy of the book, go and get a copy from the Publisher-Advantage Books, Amazon or Barnes & Noble. And please, be sure and let me know you started your journey of restoration. I would love to keep you in prayer. I believe in you! Love & Blessings!!
"I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth." (3 John 1:4)
Wow! I am so grateful for your support. Keeping up with the weekly emails of people I have never met and texts from those I know, have been a blessing in so many ways. Many of you share how God is speaking to you and unearthing “stuff” in your lives as you are reading Crushed to Restored: Principles of Restoration from the Book of Nehemiah. The “unearthing” is part of getting to the root causes of whatever your circumstance of crushing maybe in your restoration journey. It is necessary to address these root causes with honesty and transparency with God, yourself and others. Freedom, healing and wholeness awaits you on the other side of what seems right now like “reliving” some of the past hurts and pain. I applaud each of you for your courage to begin your restoration journeys. I am honored to partner and serve you in this capacity. Be assured of my earnest prayer for your restoration. I already see you free, healed and whole because Jesus Christ guarantees your healing and God your Creator specializes in giving beauty for ashes (Isaiah 61:3). So, my friend, trust the workings of the Holy Spirit as you journey through the book.
I received permission from three dear readers who are currently on their restoration journeys to share with you their testimonies of what God is doing in them as they read the book.
1. Dear Dr. Feyi, my dad bought me your book Crushed to Restored because our family lost our mom suddenly last December. It has been a shocking experience that I did not know I was developing anger towards God until I started reading your book. It has been a very difficult time for our family. I am doing a lot of reflecting and praying. Thank you for writing this book. It is taking me deeper in my prayer life. Please keep me and my family in your prayers. Amanda G. (OK)
2.Good afternoon Feyi. I am working on 9. Beware the angel of light from Nehemiah 6 in your study. I have really been hit by your statement of, “the level of your purpose is typically tied to the level of attack you encounter; hence, your level of attack should be a tell-tale sign of your purpose”. Also, that while on our restoration journey, we do not get breaks from the enemy’s attacks because he doesn’t want to give up territory. Wow! So powerful. This is speaking to me so much about why I have been chronically ill for so long and why my son has suffered so much the past few years. Thank you for this study and the truths from it. (Misty H, TX)
3. My Dear Friend, I am so grateful to God for you! God has used you and your husband in so many ways for our family. But. This. New. Book of yours is slicing my soul! Things I have stuffed in me for years, God is unearthing them as I read your book! How did you know to include reflection as people read the book? That my friend is the icing on this cake that sometimes is not tasting so well because I am having to look inside of me and not all the people I thought had did me wrong. Thank you for your obedience, it must have not been easy. Proud to call you friend and blessed that God is using you at a higher level to bless me. (Elenna B, TX)
For all my auditory learner friends, you will be excited to know an audiobook version of the book is in the works.I am working with two amazing experts (one an acclaimed producer/engineer in the entertainment industry and the other an award winning author of several Christian books). The audiobook should be out by summer. Stay tuned for release date.
Be sure and watch Oasis Connection TV program on the UANetwork this month (April 13 & 27). My incredible husband interviewed me, Dr. Ruth Goodwin of Safe Harbor Counseling Center about trauma from the book and an expert counselor in trauma care Mrs. Simpson of Safe Harbor Counseling. These are broadcasts you do not want to miss as you journey through your restoration.
Again, if you are yet to get your copy of the book, go and get a copy from the Publisher-Advantage Books, Amazon or Barnes & Noble. And please, be sure and let me know you started your journey of restoration. I would love to keep you in prayer. I believe in you! Love & Blessings!!
“To all who mourn in Israel He will give: beauty for ashes; joy instead of mourning; praise instead of heaviness. For God has planted them like strong and graceful oaks for His own glory.” (Isaiah 61:3, TLB)
Howdy Friends! It feels like Christmas.....what does that mean? A time our world is accustomed to the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ's birth. This is what is happening and I am beyond thrilled that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ is being heralded as Healer! Deliverer! Restorer! Hope Giver! Where are all these taking place? Glad you asked :).
Crushed to Restored: Principles of Restoration from the Book of Nehemiah, just released book is in the hands of many across the globe! To God be the glory! I am thrilled that people are reading, reflecting, seeking God, praying, and finding answers in the Word of God. I am humbled by the faithfulness of God. Indeed God does all things well. He specializes in giving beauty for ashes (Isaiah 61:3). That is the delight of our Creator - the one who knows us too well. So, no matter what loss we might have had, He the Creator is a Masterful Restorer. We were meant to need Him to put us back as He created and designed each one. My earnest prayer is for your restoration.
This is exactly what you will find on the pages of Crushed to Restored: Principles of Restoration from the book of Nehemiah. You will find time tested truth of God's Word well suited for human brokenness that gently leads us to the Hope Giver- Jesus Christ- the Way, Truth, and Life! Using the principles of restoration in the book of Nehemiah, I share my personal journey of restoration from brokenness to wholeness! Only Jesus Christ can do that. And He wants to do that for you too.
Here is an excerpt from the foreword section of the book:
"I do so appreciate the work Dr. Obamehinti has done to bring this book to you. There are far too many resources available these days that want to tell you what to do, but don't include the details of what happened that generated the pain and brokenness, provide an adequate picture of the torment it brought and also reveals the struggle and the victory it produced.............This book is an apt description of that restoration process.....Jim & Pat Banks || Founders House of Healing Ministries||Thompson Station, TN."
This is the umbrella ministry of the Trauma Prayer. A prayer that has touched millions of people around the world. The prayer is included in the book as a guide for your restoration journey. Be sure and check out the Trauma Prayer on Vimeo or YouTube.
If you are yet to get your copy, go and get a copy from the Publisher-Advantage Books, Amazon or Barnes & Noble. And be sure and let me know you started your journey of restoration. I would love to keep you in prayer. You were meant to live in the freedom that Jesus Christ provides in your spirit, soul and body. This is because spiritual problems can only be solved by the Holy Spirit. A hearty thank you to everyone that purchased a book. It is an honor to get to serve you in this capacity of bringing Crushed to Restored to you and your families. I believe in you! Love & Blessings!!
"I am the God that makes all things new." Revelation 21:5
P.S.: To answer the question about who built the book website: Our oldest daughter is one of our favorite tech gurus. From being a TV journalist, to building and maintaining websites, she is a cherished Jewel that we are proud and grateful to God for. Feel free to contact her via the link to her website for any tech related work. You will be pleased you did.
Howdy Friends! 😊
Most of you have heard the news! Monday, March 11 is the launch of Crushed to Restored: Principles of Restoration from the Book of Nehemiah! This has been a busy week for our family as we prepare for the book launch. I am deeply grateful to everyone for their love and support. I know it is God doing what He does best - expressing His heart and love through His people. So thank you! There is now a dedicated place to get updates on Crushed to Restored - click here to purchase the book and learn more information.
When the publisher gave the news of the launch date as March 11, I was elated because it is exactly one day after my husband’s birthday. As our daughters received the news of the launch date, they were also excited that the celebration would continue in the Obamehinti Tribe! Those that know us well, know we love celebrating the goodness of God no matter the occasion. It’s our way of showing appreciation to God.
So, on that note, Happy Birthday to my incredible husband of 29 years! I am so very proud of the man of God that you are. Thank you for leading, not just our nuclear family in the way of the Lord, but your extended family, and your teams both professionally and at Oasis Focus Inc. Your pioneering example of living for Jesus Christ has borne great fruit in the lives of so many. From myself, to our daughters, to past classmates, to siblings, to extended members, co-workers, friends, mentees and strangers alike. It is such an honor and joy that we get to enjoy life together. I am blessed by your unwavering faith in God that calls everyone connected to you higher and deeper. I love the fire of God that burns in and through you; right from the first time we met till now. Thank you for making a legacy of faith a major priority and passing that on to our daughters for many generations to come. I love you Honey and grateful to God for you! We celebrate the anointed and amazing man of God that you are!
“A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children.” Proverbs 13:22a
Howdy Friends! It is already feeling like spring; however, Texans know all that can change in just an hour. For now, the freshness in the air is enough till spring actually kicks in. Those of you on my email subscription list have already heard the great news! So I am sharing for those yet to know 😊
Drum roll.........March 11 is the official launch date for "Crushed to Restored: Principles of Restoration from the Book of Nehemiah", my new book that took over a decade to complete! I'm ecstatically thrilled for the message of hope and healing in Christ Jesus that is getting ready to rescue souls that have been in torment for years in the clutches of darkness. I am a witness to the healing and wholeness that Jesus Christ freely gives and the healing power of the Word of God. Our lives many times is like thousand pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, and only God, the Creator, knows how to put every piece of it together to make the beautiful, completed puzzle He had in mind when He formed each one of us in our mother’s womb. God has a special design of putting each of the pieces of the puzzle of our lives together beautifully. I'm grateful for everyone that has worked tirelessly with me on this. It does indeed take a dedicated team to bring a vision to life - from the publisher, to the designer, to all contributors, praying friends and my incredible family. Thank you to all!
In a continuous mode of putting words to inspired thoughts, I've already begun writing again for the next book slated for summer 2019 release. Stay tuned friends for more information on "Crushed to Restored: Principles of Restoration from the Book of Nehemiah" press and events..….cheers to a terrific spring time! Much Love & Blessings!!
"By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you." 2 Timothy 1:14 ESV