BY IJEOMA EGOLE
Creatives it's the end of October! Eeek! Bring on cold winter nights, "everything warm" fashion and Christmas! Today, we feature another inspiring article from creative writer, Ije to get us in the mindset to be fruitful in this season! Check it out!
Q&A with Ije
What inspired you to start blogging?
When I was younger, I used to write a lot down as a way of getting things I was going through off my chest. As I got older, these became letters to God and then into letters to encourage myself and others. I'm really driven by the scripture Titus 3:14, and really believe that an urgent need today is to encourage one another- especially in such stressful times when so many people are tempted to give up.
What do you hope your readers will gain from your posts?
I don't claim to have all the answers, but I hope to share as openly and transparently as possible with those who read the blogs, the challenges I face in my own journey and the lessons God has taught me along the way. If when people read the blogs they are reminded that they're not alone, that there is always hope no matter how bleak it looks and they should keep going, then I can't ask for more than that!
What is your biggest challenge with your creativity?
At first it was what people would think of me when they read it, so I actually started off posting anonymously. Over time, I've learnt to overcome that by realising that it's not really about me at all. My biggest challenge now is wondering what to write about each week, and worrying if I'll run out of things to write! It's really challenged me to trust God more as I'm really only the tool God uses to get the message across, and so if I stay tuned to Him and listen out for what He wants to say, I'll never run dry of things to write.
Do you have a favourite blogger? If so, who is it and why?
I don’t really have a favourite blogger, but I am inspired by Paul. I think if he was a writer today, his blogs would probably be trending on social media, just because he was always very honest about where he was at, yet always trying to encourage the Christians in his time. In essence, that’s the reason why I write today.
What's next for Ije?
I hear from a lot of people that the Bible isn't relevant to the issues they’re facing today, which couldn’t be further away from the truth. I’d really like to show that the Bible is not only relevant but very much alive, by planting seeds of the Gospel and hope in people's hearts. I’m open and excited for what God has planned and where He’ll take me. I’m still learning, but I'm excited about what the future holds.