Ifeoma Samuel is a hope giver and disciple of Christ. Her story will uplift and inspire you. She does more than blog. She is also a veterinarian and has saved both human and pet lives in her work.
I met her through blogging linkup parties. She is also a regular on my Literacy Musing Monday’s linkup and a special guest contributor. Her guest post Literacy Musing Mondays: Reasons to Read New Authors received great feedback and comments. We also have featured her posts that she links up several times, including this post: Psst: You Are Somebody.
She uses her writings to share everyday life stories about God’s immense love and encourages her readers to appreciate and live a life full of God’s Love. She is a member of the Ruby for Women Blogger team; a monthly guest for allmomdoes.com; and a contributing writer at Faith’n’Friends.
I hope you enjoy learning more about her in my interview that follows.
Ifeoma Samuel :Biography
I am Ifeoma Samuel, wife of an loving friend, Obiora Samuel and mother of a very active girl. I am from Nigeria in West Africa and I have spent some years in South Africa and visited a few other places too.
I also enjoy teaching Children’s Sunday school.
Ifeoma Samuel :Gospel Story, How She Came to Know Christ as Her Savior.
Born in a Christian family, I began my curiosity of wanting to know more about Jesus as early as six years. I’d love to go to church with my grandfather very early, and we were back before everyone else were home. My grandfather would tell me many Bible stories over a cup of tea and some biscuits. That was our routine.
He was a journal keeper. I mean he had so much that even when he passed away, I was reading everything he left behind! He always kept notes of his Bible Study and Books he had read. I would take them one after the other, read the scriptures there and write mine too. That was how it all began. I am grateful for grandma who taught me how to pray. She would pray about everything although I found that odd initially *smiles*
Her Favorite Verse and How It Became Important to Her
Every time I am asked this very same question I am at loss of words. Truthfully, in every situation or life season something new comes up or I’d say a favorite verse.
Her Blogging Story
Blogging is a way to do a number of things. First, I began blogging to share the Gospel. Next, I wanted to be a source of encouragement to people. I also viewed blogging as a chance to improve writing skills and meet people. I, however, wanted to Glorify God in all that I do, including my blogging.
Her Blogging Mission
Be an encourager, to build and to repair with the water of God’s Word (Isaiah 58:12)
Her Top Three Posts Based on Readership Statistics
Her Three Favorite Posts
What Inspires Her to Write for Christ?
My Love for Jesus, especially in an age where people no longer want to listen and everyone wants to go their own way. We need more people to speak and in this case through writing of the love and sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Her Favorite Song
Aha! Another favorites which I have none! I am sorry to disappoint you all but I hardly have favorites not even with food or colors or movies…it is a running joke in my home.
Authors Who Inspire Her or Motivate Her to Write
There is a long list, but I’d stick to a few, Holley Gerth, Stormie Omartian, Francine Rivers, Jennifer Dukes Lee,
A Personal Blogging Story
Of course, I have a lot but I will share this one because it gives me chills!
When I wrote my first book, I didn’t think so much of it because it invovled series I wrote for the blog until I met someone who had bought the book.
She told me she left it on her table then her mom took it.
Her mom suffered from terminally illness and diagnosed to have a few months to live. Then she began to read it and take notes. She narrated how her mom followed the prayers for those 30 days and studied the bible. She read everything!
Now somewhere in the later pages I wrote about heaven and living each day as though our maker would ask us to come home at any moment. That woman died peacefully and asked her daughter to tell me I was a fine writer.
I came home and cried. Someone made peace with God and went home, and the last thing she read was my book. I was scared at her story.
I never post without praying about it because it could be the very last thing someone reads before they go home. Phew! That was hard to write.
(My personal note: I cry as I read this story. This series is such a blessing to prepare. Thank you for the validation.)
Her Blogging Tips
Pray about your blog.
Know why you are doing what you do…there are tons of advice and how-to’s out there but they may not work for you.
Blog about what you have passion for and enjoy the process of growing and connecting with people.
Don’t try to be anyone else, find your wave and ride it well.
If you are in for profits, no worries they will come, but first you must put your heart to it genuinely.
Last Minute Thoughts On Inspiration and Uplifting from Ifeoma SamuelGod can use that which is in your hand no matter how small or insignificant you think it is Click To Tweet
I love being a rural evangelist…that’s where I saw God using what I thought was not useful for reaching out to the rural people.
Permit me to share this story here,
A few years ago, I treated a dog, I strongly suspected it had rabies. The next day it died, and we confirmed it had the silent form of rabies. I was so scared that I was infected because I had a cut on my finger. Although I had protected myself, I still became worried because I couldn’t remember how I cut myself. That night in my fear I prayed and the Lord said I was fine.
Something rose up in me, however. That dog belonged to a very poor family. She just had her pups too. They were too poor to vaccinate just as other families with animals in the same community. I was moved because I know how fatal rabies infection was and the frequency was high around that area.
The Lord laid it in my heart to go. On one hand was my needle and medicines as a veterinarian, and on the other was the bible. When the Lord says “Go”…do it!
There was a huge favour…the State government funded the payment for the medications and gave me a rugged jeep for movement. I did as many villages as I could.
Lesson learned, many times all God needs is someone that will say “Yes Lord”. You too can be that woman with that little.
Even if it is with a little blog, a little knitting, or singing or baking or cooking whatever it is, God can do so much.
The question is, will you obey?