If you’ve known me for more than 5 minutes, you know that the last thing I saw manifesting in my future was marriage. Children, yes. Adoption, for sure. But I’d gotten to a point where I was thankfully content in singleness and had grown accustomed to saying, “That’s just not God’s will for my life.” This website has been the most transparent display of my journey with Christ, myself, and service. I’ve published article after article and interview after interview of me boldly saying, “That’s just not God’s will for my life!” I was never saddened or burdened by it- I just felt it was the truth. My past relationships and experiences with love had me convinced that was never supposed to be a part of my story.
In moving to Nigeria, I knew I’d find my purpose in a new light, but I never imagined my Father would send such a loving and gentle spirit to be a part of fulfilling that purpose. On my visit last month, I asked for my mother’s blessing (tears in eyes of course) and with the fullest of hearts, she said yes. It was like the greatest of burdens lifted and life started anew. I will be back in the States in March and my beautiful friends are hosting a Bridal shower in my honor. Please leave a sunflower in the comments if you’d like to be added to the guest list.
The wedding will be in May, which is one of many reasons why we were so insistent on saving and raising money to get my family here. It’s looking as though my mommy will be able to make it, but prayerfully, my brothers can follow sometime in the near future. I’m grateful. God has been so evident in our relationship. We could write a book filled with all that has happened this past year. It was hard and heavy. We’ve watched each other grow, change, and look more and more like Jesus. I can’t wait to watch our ministry blossom for His kingdom.
Toni Morrison taught me years ago that there was beauty in rising in love, rather than falling. Falling denotes a lack of self-control. Falling denotes an accident or even an inconvenience. I did not fall in love with Ishaku. I rose in it and I’m grateful to see that smile as we continue to rise together. #RiseInLove
I’m so overjoyed for your wonderful blessings cousin.
I love you dearly and I’m very happy for you.💞💞💞
Congratulations!!!! ❤💕❤I’m so happy for you and you know that Mom is as well. I’m leaving two sunflowers, one for each of us. See you when you come home! 🌻🌻
Shak!! I’m SO happy for you my dear! All in Gods timing.
I am overly happy for you! This is so beautiful!! 😭😍😍
Congrats omg!!! Bridal Shower me now please!! 🌻🌻🌻🌻
Thank you, Marc!
Shakiyla, this is beautiful! I had a feeling when you went there this was going to happen for you. I’m extremely elated for you and your Beau! Just like God made a way for you to get there he’ll make a way for your brothers to be able to witness your union.
I’m praying so! Thank you Mrs. Rosalind. Love you.
🌻 oh my gracious I am crying. I am so overjoyed to read this news. I could’nt even get through the whole post before I called you momma. Praise God for His great love for us. I will be in prayer over these next several months for God to just keep doing what He is doing and that things go smoothly. All things work for the good of His people who love Him. 💕💕💕💕
Lol, I bet she was like, girl whats going on?! 😂😂😂 thank you Mrs. Shanna. I appreciate that more than you know.
🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻 so beautiful. So beautifully said. Omg congratulations !!!!! So beautiful…
I’m glad you enjoyed it. He really is a picture of love and life. I’m grateful ♥️
This is overwhelmingly beautiful! You are amazing and deserve this wonderful feeling! Congratulations to you and your fiancé! Much love!
Thank you for the sweet words of encouragement and kindness ♥️
So so happy for you my sister.
Thank you, sister! ♥️
I rejoice with you! He always has better plans than we can even dream. 🌻
I’m so many ways that truth has just knocked me to my knees!
🌻 Sending this sunflower with big love. Can’t wait to squeeze you in a hug, love you mama 💛
I wrote your name before I got that sunflower. ♥️ I love you.
Congrats beautiful 🌻🌻
You write so beautifully and are such a beautiful soul! I can’t wait to see what more God has in store for you!
Thank you, Katie! ♥️
I’m so happy for you mama❤️
You stay in my prayers and I’m in love with your life. Congratulations 💕💕
Thank you!!! ♥️♥️
🌻 let me calm down so I can get my words together….. 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾
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Beautiful and well spoken. God bless you and your fiance’. May God continue his works into your new journey of Love and Happiness.🌻🌻😊😊
Thank you, Cat! ♥️♥️
I am so happy for you, Queen❣️Look at God and all you had to do was take a step of faith! I love you, congratulations 🥰🥰
Thank you, Queen!! I never woulda have imagined.
I wouldn’t miss it! God is so good!
I’m so happy for you my beautiful niece congratulations
Thank you, Auntie! ♥️ I love you more.
Shakiyla‼️Omg🙌🏽 I’m sooooooooo Happy for you❤️ I know u will be a Beautiful Bride💯 Congratulations to you, to the both of you. I’m soooo excited for you.
COUSIN! I can’t wait to see you!
Aww congratulations beautiful, I’m so happy for you and those smiles are heaven sent I love you 😘
I’m so happy for you,may GOD bless you’ll marriage!! Luv U.
🌻🌻 Congratulations beautiful.God is good
So happy for you neicey pooh ❤ 🌻🌻
Such a beautiful LOVE Journey. Beyond happy for you. 🌻🌻💛
Thank you baby!