My Story: Broken, Shaken but Still Standing

ELIZABETH LAIZA KING

Life has been a great learning curve for me. From living with low-self esteem, feeling like I couldn’t achieve anything great in life, living with nothing, to NOW creating a new life for myself and understanding that life should be lived with love, purpose and  giving.

 

Right now, I can sincerely say that I’ve found my place (and still seeking) in life and it feels great to be walking and living in God’s purpose for my life. While far from perfect, I’m definitely not where I used to be. The life I lived during my old path was full of thorns and thistles; it was an uneasy path. I was arrested by fear, cuffed and incarcerated by the chains of negativity. I know what is means to merely exist and not live, to just be a statistic, or probably not really different from the existence of the piece of furniture in your room.

 

Have you ever felt stuck or lost? Have you ever been at the centre of despair? A place where all your experiences are working against the grain of your dream, and your desire is getting tired; so tired that frustration is leading you to rest, on the bed of suicide. Can you relate to this?

Maybe you’ve never had to go through the eye of a needle, but no matter the level of challenges you face, or had to face, deep down within you know there is something more than your situation. There’s a feeling of bliss within that is yet too far for your faith to reach. You just want to touch it! Right in the middle of your struggle you still smell something good. Have you ever felt this way? I just heard you say, “hmmm”, so my guess was right. We are family, related by our experiences.
I had an undeniable knowing of greatness within, but many times it felt like the light at the end of the tunnel was still 1,000 miles ahead.

There was a phase in my life when I felt totally lost. You know those times when on the outside it looks like everything is going well? You actually feel like an excited bottle of champagne, enthusiastic about the future and ready to make things happen; more like a fast track life. You live all the way, turning deaf ears to that inner voice or whisper; being distracted by other people’s definitions of success and then you embrace the limitations of society while living behind the masks they threw at you. I mean, what kind of life is that?

 

That is the life I lived for a period of time. I must admit, I knew who I was and was gradually embracing my unique self, but it wasn’t at the level I am right now.

 

 

Something Changed! Something Happened…

On Friday, August 23rd 2013, I woke up really refreshed and happy that I was home, away from the hustle and bustle life of Lagos City. I decided to take a break from the craziness of Lagos, get some good peace before going back more energized and ready for something bigger.

 

Feeling like a super woman as always, ready to take on 100 tasks at the same time. I decided to clean up the house, cook and gist with my siblings and cousins who also came to visit. After doing my house chores, I decided to rest before starting my day fully. As I was walking, I felt a very sharp pain on my left ankle. The pain was so excruciating, I had to literally hop to my room on my right leg. I called my mom and she told me to just rest for some hours before getting back up. I was probably tired from travelling, cleaning and being hyper.

Few hours later, I woke up and stepped my leg on the floor, forgetting about what had happened and BOOM! Another level of deeper pain! After that moment, I couldn’t walk. I thought it was going to be an uber quick fix by popping some aspirin and maybe supporting my ankle with band-aid, but I couldn’t even place that foot on the floor; the pain grew worse by the day.

Days turned into weeks and weeks embraced months. I had visited several hospitals across Nigeria for three months, while doing series of scans, but the doctors still didn’t have an answer to the problem. Some of them made guesses and dumped heaps of pain killers for me to take. By then, I was using two crutches to aid my movement. I could no longer wear normal shoes. This left me sitting or lying down most of the time. I was exhausted from getting no results. I was tired of random people saying- Chai! Fine girl, O accident mere gi? (Is it accident?). I was tired of self pity too.

 

 

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After 3 months, I travelled to Dubai for further treatment. After series of scans, the doctors told me I had torn ligaments. Since it was an extreme case, I had to do surgery. Some people might be like – no big deal. I mean, most sports players like Kobe Bryant have such injuries and they get back up in few weeks right? Mine was more extreme and it wasn’t a 3 months or 6 months or 1 year journey.

I fought the idea of doing surgery on my left leg again…I mean, not now, not again. That point, I prayed and still asked God- But why now though? Silence………

 

 

Picture about 20 years ago when I was about 6years, I had injection palsy on my left leg (My advice to you- let injections be your last resort, seriously!). Injection palsy normally affects the longest nerve on the human leg and creeps into the muscles by making it unable to function properly. This issue immediately leads to a foot drop or drop foot. It’s a terrible experience and makes one feel incomplete.

This issue was actually corrected to some extent but I later got to know that it wasn’t well managed. YIKES! So maybe that backfired somehow I guess. But I had gone through University, paid my dues to NYSC and started my career without any problems until that moment. Honestly, it was one of the worst things at that time and my mind still refused to accept it.

We finally decided that doing a surgery would be right in order for me to get back on my feet as soon as possible. The surgery was done 2days later and that was when the real journey began.

I was at the peak of my life and career, felt like a super woman and was ready to rise HIGH like an Eagle, then suddenly this? Hello Laiza, welcome to the real world. Little did I know that in order to rise to greater heights, I needed to be broken- like really broken.

 

 

The Process- Physiotherapy & Personal Growth

Months of pain, sitting down while wishing you could be achieving your goals already (the pain was so excruciating that sometimes I literally had to just stay in one particular position for hours), loitering around social media, wishing that your life was like that of Jake, Amanda or John (Even though some of those social media projections are mere “make believes”), sleepless nights, disappointments, anger, feeling of shame and discouragement.

The most overwhelming ‘not so cool’ part was when I saw people I knew while sitting on a wheel chair or using a walking stick at the airport or a gathering. It’s even worse when that person doesn’t connect with your situation, or sympathize with you and it makes you wonder what goes on in people’s minds. I mean, I thought you were my friend? Or you talk to people about it and their reply makes you wonder if they have a heart.

 

In 2013, I gave so many excuses because of the surgery I had on my leg. In addition to that, physiotherapy wasn’t really going well either because my leg wasn’t responsive to the physiotherapy process like we expected. I honestly think that physio is one of the toughest yet interesting things because it puts you in the spot where you have to relearn what you could do before.

Some days, you’ll get people around make it feel like it’s easy but if you’re lucky to have a good physiotherapist, thank your God. My first therapist was a loving and God fearing woman who understood the essence of getting into my mind first before my body. I believe that our minds are one of our deepest treasures that can either make us or break us. During the first few months of physiotherapy, I gained inner strength and believed that no matter how long it took, I would walk perfectly again. I attended different sessions where I had to strengthen my muscles, learn how to balance myself with my legs without falling and also learn to walk again.

What’s more? I stopped blogging (some people reading this know me from here www.laizafashionblog.wordpress.com content was formally on laizalounge.com).

I got accepted to one of my favorite schools for a Masters program in New York. I was sooo looking forward it. You know that hype right? Well, maybe it should be Harvard during the next try instead or maybe none. Who knows?

But at some point, I was tired of all that waiting and complaining (that isn’t life!) and decided to focus on God. I decided to surrender completely and just ask God to teach me all I needed to learn during that phase of my life. That was when my biggest process started, way deeper than the previous ones. You know the process that turns your mess into a message; the one that turns your pain into meaningful purpose. Yes, that one! Sometimes we think we know God, but He starts opening the eyes of our understanding to see deeper.

I had to take a step back and re-evaluate my life at that point. The moment I decided to open myself up to God and His Word, He began to “break” me. Most people just go through life without really going through their process because they probably don’t have time for it or maybe they simply miss the point. In order to be a great leader or achieve your purpose in life, you must first be broken on the inside; that is when your true light begins to manifest. I knew the life ahead of me was going towards something greater than the usual, but I needed to make patience, wisdom and understanding my best friends in order to prevail, conquer and overcome.

Through my process, I figured out the key to real joy and purpose. This can never be found in human beings, a job or material things. You’ll have to draw it out from within; it’s right there, deep in your belly. It is that undeniable inner beauty that brings out your light and makes you shine and become enviable when people see you (despite your physical challenges or any circumstances).

This is the stage where you find the “PEACE…that peace that passeth ALL understanding”, that, only God can give. It took me a while to get to this point…despite days of laziness or ‘I don’t feel like studying my bible’, I’ve been able to conquer all that and I am still growing and learning.

Besides spiritual growth, I dedicated many hours focused on personal development; from studying books (more self help books), leadership, entrepreneurship and also taking some online courses that will prepare me for what was ahead. I knew I couldn’t afford to waste my time just sitting and hoping. I gained a higher level of strength both spiritually, emotionally, personally and all round.

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Support from Family, Friends, Acquaintances and more

We talk about independence so much that we forget the essence of interdependence and community. What will this world be like without amazing family, friends and acquaintances? Absolutely worthless!

The support I got from my family, especially from my parents, was beyond priceless! During my periods of complaining to my stay in the hospital, to my physiotherapy sessions to sending my younger brother on errands every second, phew! I really can’t thank God enough for giving me an amazing family. Did I forget my other siblings? My siblings gave me all the emotional, spiritual and general support that I needed. It’s one thing to have a family but it’s another thing to understand each other, grow, cry together and support each other through every single journey.

My other family members from my Aunties, uncles, cousins and more were beyond supportive. One of my aunties made it a duty to stay at home for while just to give me a hand in laundry, cooking and more, even though she had a demanding job. I mean, who does that?While some were supportive, others would rather look at you from head to toe and pretend they didn’t see you- (I laugh in spanish). Life is so interesting, I tell you.

Friends are priceless. If you have just 1 really good friend who is there for you through thick and thin, then you are truly blessed. I had amazing friends that supported me throughout my process. I can’t even begin to mention, because I will definitely get alot of this- Ah Laiza, you didn’t mention my name. Every single one of them (some of them did moreeeee) definitely supported me during this journey and honestly, God bless you – if you’re reading this.

I remember specifically when I started physiotherapy in Lagos, one of my friends Ebere would come almost every day during her break at work just to make sure I was fine and sometimes bring food for me. On some days, she would take permission from her husband, even when she was pregnant just to stay with me because I didn’t have any help that period. My mom would always just pray and reign blessings upon her during family prayers and was amazed at her commitment. I had few friends who travelled all the way to the east to visit me; my Slum2School crew showed me so much love and I can’t even begin to say how grateful I am.

Off course I had friends who I expected to show up but never did. Some I understand and the rest I’ve already forgiven. I’ve learnt that people will still forget you and we are all capable of doing the same to others. But what matters is the spirit and attitude of loving people no matter the circumstances!

Furthermore, I met several acquaintances, (some who turned into friends) who understood my condition and supported me throughout my journey through prayers and more. Some people say they need only friends, but sometimes it’s those ones that are not close friends who understand more and strengthen with words that change your life.

Hmmm! If you forget those that took it upon themselves to fast and pray for you, then….! From my pastors (Pastor Anny -HOTR Aba, Pastor Gbenga & Pastor Inky, Pastor Emmanuel, my RCCG Apapa crew, church members, and even the speakers that came to church (e.g Lanre Olusola, Steve Harris, Fela Durotoye and other amazing people I’ve met so far); they all changed my life on a deeper and higher level than ever. God is such an extraordinary strategist because He sure knows how to plan and position you in the right places for His purpose and blessings. Every single City I stayed from 2013 up until now, God knew and sent the right people to me. How amazing is that? God is super amazing!

 

 

 

Faith and Starting Over

My continuous growth and seeking has increased my faith in God to the extent that now I’m more confident in myself (thank God for God-confidence first), I’ve been able to achieve more than I ever dreamed of, and I’m still pushing towards greater heights . I understand what it means to embrace your scars and still be a miracle to someone else despite your situation. It takes more than brokenness, but a humble spirit to remain who you are during your process.

Indeed the greatest disability is not physical, but in our minds. When our minds are renewed, then we stop existing and start living. IT takes faith after failure, to try again. I decided to not even try again but LIVE again and live even better than before. Those lessons strengthen us from the inside and help us build momentum while also making us confident enough to tell our story.

One of the things I have learnt is this- 
 

You must be willing to go through the process because it is those seemingly little things that you learn along the way that matters.

God is so faithful and doesn’t joke with His Word. 1Corinthians 10:13 reminds us that – “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it”

This is what I live by, knowing that God’s grace is sufficient for me and whatever we go through will only make us stronger and better to fulfill Gods purpose and calling for our lives. More of Him and less of the distractions!

Moving Forward

While doctors still produced another report recently, my mind hasnt accepted it. I believe in miracles 🙂

Most importantly, I’ve found true purpose in life; first in God and in living and giving of my gifts and talents to this wonderful world. I can’t continue to suppress my LIGHT (and you shouldn’t, no one should). Every single person on this earth brightens up this world in their own unique way and this world will continue in blindness if we don’t SHINE our unique lights. (Repeat that to yourself and personalize it until you get it).

Fast forward to NOW. My life feels so much different. I discovered purpose at this phase (and I’m still uncovering more) when I embraced my uniqueness. I love myself even more and I’ve had time to even start up some businesses, learn more skills, remove toxic people from my life, and create amazing friendships and partnerships. And Oh, I’ve got to explore my love for photography, art, creativity and off course more and more entrepreneurship.

One of the greatest gifts we can give to ourselves is investing in ourselves and I’m glad I spent most of my time doing that through personal development and more.

Talk about higher and greater vision and purpose. I feel FREE sharing my story and I believe that at least one person will be inspired by this. I can’t wait to share and hopefully help you by adding value to your life’s journey.

 

 

Finally…

Through it all, I have had more time with God and my family which is definitely priceless.

One major lesson I learnt was that, what was wrong with me wasn’t my leg, it was the limits I put on myself and my limited vision of the unending possibilities for my life. Immediately I realized that ERROR, I decided to change it.

 

I thank God for the Spirit of wisdom, knowledge, understanding and the fullness of the Spirit of God in my life. It’s not what we go through, it’s how we go through it and how we come out. Some days I got caught up by FOMO (Fear of Missing Out), but I now understand something higher than this called RESTORATION and ACCELERATED PROMOTION. This is what God gives and I’ve decided to walk in the fullness of it.

The world defines peace and happiness by possessions, jobs, money and the craze we see on social media, they smear every letter of the word PEACE with materialism, but now I know that it can only be birthed through God and the knowledge, love and acceptance of myself and others.

Whilst I am on my way along the paths of my predestined purpose, I am confident and more excited about the amazing things happening to me and in me now, and the greater things that are yet to come out of me.This inner peace I have right now cannot be measured by the yardstick the world gives, and I hope everyone gets to experience it at some point. It’s simply priceless!

What’s testimony about if we don’t share it? What’s knowledge about if we don’t apply it and share it with the world through our gifts and talents? I’m on that path of sharing more and more of my experiences, lessons, and generally helping other people to live and live their purpose on earth. It’s high time we all stopped hiding our light!

For those going through, you must realize that your present trouble is not going to last forever, it’s only temporary and in some cases, it’s necessary for you to go through it. The ultimate focus should be on your role in the spiritual realm of God; that’s what lasts forever. See beyond the pain trying to impair your vision you. You are bigger than your present trials. God is BIGGER than every single circumstance we go through. You have already overcome and it’s not over until you win.

I’m not a perfect person, or some lady who has it all figured out and I never pretend to have all the answers. We all make mistakes right? But I’m dedicated to sharing what I’ve learnt (and still learning) to add a sparkle to the lives of many people.

 

One thing I know for sure is that God does not make mistakes (Mbanu!- Big NO), but He does make miracles. I am a miracle and so are you!

 

 

Thank you for reading and sharing my story with me. From the depth of my heart, I appreciate you.

 

 

Have you been through a situation that turned your pain into purpose or your mess into a message? Have you been broken but never allowed the situation to keep you down?

 

 

Why wait to share your story? You cannot wait for the controversy to stop for the movement to go forward. Please share your story. I’ll love to know!

 

 

 

***If you know that this story will help somebody, please don’t hesitate to share it with them.

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84 thoughts on “My Story: Broken, Shaken but Still Standing

  1. I commend you for sharing your story. You always inspired me by your strength and I thank God for you. Keep it up and don’t let anyone and/or situation steal your shine! I pray for God’s continued miracles in your life.

  2. This really spoke to me. Thanks for sharing your story… It reminded me of a TED Video by Stacey Kramer – The best gift I ever survived.
    Sometimes the painful experiences we go through is a gift… A gift that helps us to reallign our lives, become better people and inspire others…
    Thanks for sharing your gift :).

    1. I’m definitely checking our the video right now. Very true…sometimes those painful experiences are where our purpose truly begins. That truly is a gift, an undeniable one that noone can take away from us.

      Thank you so much Nedu. And thanks for your helppppppp!

  3. You are a miracle Laiza, you were so brave to share your story. I am so sorry I didn’t know. But I also believe in miracles, and I believe that by His stripes you are healed, and I trust God that He is perfecting everything that concerns you. I will continue to keep you in my prayers and look forward to your future testimonies as they unfold.

    1. Awww thank you hun. I so appreciate those prayers already. I thank God for the courage to share my story…it didn’t come easy. Thank you dear. God bless you. Indeed more testimonies will come

  4. Inspiring story. May you light shine much brighter everyday as you allow God’s magnificence shine through you. Thanks for sharing

  5. Thank you for sharing this Laiza! This reminds me not to wait till the “miracle” happens before I testify. I thank God for you.

    You go girl!!

    1. You’re welcome hun. Indeed we can’t keep waiting for that miracle before moving forward. In fact, when we testify even in advance, we glorify God and put His name on the line. As always, His name can never be tarnished in our lives. God bless yoU!

  6. We all face challenges, just how we tackle them that matters. Admire your desire to keep pushing forward no matter what, wish I could say the same, currently live a life where i say to myself “Well what else could go wrong?”, not because I want to but because of a lot a whole LOT that has been happening, but i still fight hoping to see the light at the end of the tunnel, wishing i’d be in this position to write a similar story like yours.

    1. well, what else could go wrong? but then on the flip side, what if they go right? dear sir(or ma), life is what you make of it. rather than stay at this level, why not trust God enough to act on living differently? you are still alive after all that has gone wrong, i think that’s one good enough reason to make things right. what you have on you right now is just enough to make the difference. #selah #IamKing #sage

    2. My dear! I tell you this- so far you keep holding on to God, you will surely come out with a testimony even beyond and bigger than your expectations. I may not know what you’re going through. In fact, I don’t! But I know the one who has promised and will never fail. Keep the faith and I’ll also be glad to guide you. God bless you! I’m looking forward to your testimony!

  7. For some reason I have wet eyes…lol…you have no idea how proud of you I am. I’m glad you’ve shared this and inspired not just me but a truck load of people! I could TOTALLY relate to this post and it’s safe to say I’ve been inspired to share my story too. Maybe not now sha…lool. It can only get better for you. Your path is shining brighter and brighter with every passing day and I know for a fact that men will gather continually to praise that light! Keep it coming!! #UnleashYourKing!

    1. Awwww my Ursula! Nne, God bless you. And I can’t wait for you to share your story too…I’m sure it will inspire so many people. Amen Amen Amen! Thank you for being such an amazing friend. May God continue to shine His light on you!!!

  8. Laiza!! You’re a Strong woman. Greatly inspired this morning. May God perfect what He has started in your life!! God bless you!!

  9. Laiza you are an amazing lady, your will power is second to non, you have always inspired and motivated me, im Glad you didn’t let these trial break u, God’s abundant blessings,way to go Eliza!

  10. I remember all the time i told u how much i admired your faith. I have learnt a lot from you through this experience. God bless u!

    1. Thank you Del. All glory to God mehn, It’s not an easy journey but by His strength we always conquer. God bless you too!

  11. Life isn’t truly lived until it is a source of inspiration for others… It can only get better from here on! Truly amazing!

  12. Thank you so much for sharing this story.. I so much relate to this cos at some point last year, this was sort of me after i had an accident.. Most times, this is GOD drawing us closer and im thankful for every exeperience cos at the same time i gained my employment my employment with emts as a FTE. Thank you LaiB. I had no idea.

    1. Wow! I’m so sorry to hear about your accident. I trust you’re stronger now.

      You’re right. God sometimes allows situations to happen in order to bring us closer to Him. I’m so happy for you on your employment. Greater things to come.

      Thank you so much!

  13. Laiza! You know I always tell you how much you inspire me, truly you do! I remember I asked a few times about why you stopped blogging and you told me you had stuffs in the works and you’d start soon again, meanwhile all that time you were fighting for yourself and your purpose here, wow! I’m deeply touched by your story, I may not know the amount of pain you went through, but I sure can relate in my own way. My favorite mantra Abi quote is “Chibuike’m-God is my strength” , I know He is yours too, He is also your healer and more to you, so my dear, you’re covered!
    Indeed the greatest disability is that of the mind. Once we are able to renew our mind, life, we experience a different kind of life, I can testify to this because I’ve been practicing it and I see the results. This got to me “Some days I got caught up by FOMO (Fear of Missing Out), but I now understand something higher than this called RESTORATION and ACCELERATED PROMOTION. This is what God gives and I’ve decided to walk in the fullness of it.”…I read something from my rhapaody this morning and i’ll sum it up,,,truth is God has his ways, like Joel 2:25 says, He’ll make up for the years of the locust…God is the only one that can give you (us) back all you’ve (we’ve) lost, He is the only one that can make up for lost time because He is the owner of time! Keep keeping your composure, He will restore all the wasted years, moths, weeks, days, hours, minutes, seconds, and even wasted moments, He can move you a thousand paces forward, far ahead of your peers!
    It is well with you Laiza!

    1. Wow! Even your comment alone inspired me and brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much Arnie for being an inspiration and for being part of my process. Indeed God will restore all we’ve lost and I’m holding on strongly to that word. God bless you dear. It’s not over until we win!

  14. Laiza,

    Great woman of God! Eyes have not seen, nor have ears heard… (you know the rest). God is not through with you, He hasn’t even started and it’s like this? May his name alone be praised.

  15. Oh wow hearing your story really struck a cord in my heart. I’m truly inspired by your post. There’s something about your experience that challenges my spirit. God has given you a rare gift of motivation not in the ordinary sense but in an extraordinary God-given sense. Again I’m truly inspired and I thank God for all he has done in your life. May the good Lord continue to bless you and cause you to be a blessing to others.

  16. Thanks Laiza for sharing thia story. I have not been one to comment on blog posts but this truely inspired me. The truth as you said it is we must always look out for what God wants to teach us in every situation we find ourselves in. We can’t just settle, we must live. This has been one of the most inspiring pieces I have read this week. Please don’t stop shining God’s light in the best way you know how to. God bless you and I pray that your healing will be perfected. Your testimony will surely be shared on a larger platform!

  17. Laiza your story inspired and touched me
    Reading through you story Brought me close to tears but I thank the Almighty for your life and the testimony you have become.
    Never knew you went through that kinda challenge. I always admire your faith and bravery even before we met physically in 2013. I can relate to this in a way. I will also share my story soon.

    May the LORD perfect allow that concerns youaand continue to strengthen you.
    You are destined for greatness!

  18. Dear laiza,
    I thank God for your life, your story has just confirmed what my inner mind keeps telling me about this life.
    All I want to say to you is ” this too shall pass”.
    Keep trusting God and He will make everything beautiful in His time.

  19. My goodness! This really resonates with me. You are a STRONG woman! I remember when I started my blog and always enjoyed reading your posts then all of a sudden, nothing. It made no sense to me at that time. So I was delighted when I got your email about African fashion bloggers network. Your story has really touched me and I’m happy you shared it with us. I’m at a crossroad in my life and prayerfully waiting to share my testimony soon. I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers (and please keep me in yours). Go girl, you gat this!

    1. Awww Louisa! Thank you so much! I’m glad you were inspired by my story/experience. Thank you for your prayers and I can’t wait to hear your testimoniesss. God never forgets His own. In fact He cannot fail. Keep holding on to His promises and soon you’ll come out as gold. How’s blogging going? I’ll keep you in my prayers too. 🙂

  20. Oh Laiza! I Am so inspired! Thank God for giving you strength conquer it all, am happy u stayed strong. Yes, it’s true our present trouble is not going to last forever. It’s only temporary.

    God bless you dear.

  21. Wow!! your courage is highly inspirational, thank you for telling your story. Am so certain this not the end of this story, the best part of it is yet to be told.

  22. Thank you Laiza for sharing your story. Getting through Brokenness is one experience that can shoot one up or take one off completely. God will restored ALL and bless you with many more… you have thought me to say ‘I Can’t Give Up’

  23. I have always known you are cut from the cloth of greatness, Laiza. I pray that you keep rising and that you become a beacon of hope for many….as you ARE.

  24. Laiza..you are a very strong lady..I remember when I first met you, you looked so quiet..but when I got to really talk to you.I knew that you had so much in you..I wanna thank you for sharing your story cuz it has brought hope to a lot of persons..me included..I want to also Tia k you for being my friend for..you are a rare gem..I know that we are all moving to greater heights..love you dearie #kinging#

  25. You are a testimony laiza, God who started a good work in you will perfect it in due course. God makes all things beautiful in his time.

    God bless you

  26. You have just helped a mind in turmoil. Thanks Laiza and may God continue to keep Ur unique light shining for ever!

  27. Thank you for sharing. The Message it carried just got Delivered! Proverbs 4:18 – “The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.” Keep shinning Laiza!

  28. Laiza you are a blessing! God has used your life and is still using you to show his infinite mercy, grace and Favour. You are a testimony and I thank God for his faithfulness and revelation in your life. Can’t wait to see more of the awesome wonders he will do in your life!

  29. Sister friend!!! Words can describe how proud I am of you! You inspire me! Your strength from day one, from the day of the injection issue till today is beyond amazing! Thank you for being such an amazing soul! This is just the beginning launcher, God has amazing plans for you and I am excited to walk with you through this journey! King Laiza the great love u baby girl

  30. I’m so touched by your story dear,it is indeed an Inspiration,thanks for sharing……I believe God lets us go through some trying phases in life just so that we can bounce back much better and be used for his glory.congratulations for God just started with you!

  31. Bravo! Bravo! I’ve been toying with the notion of writing my own story and you just inspired me and I sincerely thank you for that.

    I read about all you’ve been through and my story feels like nothing but everyone’s story and lessons can’t all be the same, whether difficult or easy.

    You’ve always been an inspiration to me and I never did recognise it but now I do. Now, I know why even lack of communication didn’t keep our friendship apart.

    I appreciate you, Laiza and As you are blessed so, you are Healed!! Your faith is strong enough and so is mine.. God bless you, sweetie..

  32. I’m truly inspired by your story and I pray God strengthens u to be all He’s made you to be. Two lessons learnt: 1. make patience, wisdom and understanding my best friend 2. God will not give us more than we can bear…
    keep d fire burning and d king in u enthroned!

  33. Laiza DA great!!!
    Nne, daalu o! Lol hope I got that expression right hehhe. I won’t lie, as I write words fail me because for every paragraph I read, it felt …i don’t even know what to qualify the feeling as. But I’ll single out this paragraph (below) as it made me nod my head to the fact that I’m also in my process and can’t believe how well I’ve embraced it!!! God’s grace ooo!

    ‘Through my process, I figured out the key to real joy and purpose. This can never be found in human beings, a job or material things. You’ll have to draw it out from within; it’s right there, deep in your belly. It is that undeniable inner beauty that brings out your light and makes you shine and become enviable when people see you (despite your physical challenges or any circumstances).’

    I thank God for your life Laiza. You are significant and relevant beyond your imagination. God bless you and thanks for sharing.

  34. And I smiled after reading this. The boldness to face life and handle it’s challenges head on is sometimes something most of us cannot afford, but you, you have triumphed and emerged victorious. I’m proud to be in league with you.
    Life is only truly lived, when it is lived for others. Thanks for been such an inspiration to many and to me as well.
    Well done King Elizabeth!!!
    #IamKing #MindShift #PurposeDrivenLife

    1. Wow! Thank you Jeff! God bless you for your continuous support. Indeed the life is truly lived when lives for others. Wise words as always. God bless you!

  35. Laiza u know how u inspire me I don’t need to say much dear. You always love to see people grow in anything good they decide to build on, that alone is enough…. You are a great lady…. Tears…..

  36. Thank you for sharing your story Elizabeth. It is true that God allows certain situations in our lives because He wants to refocus our gaze and attention. To outsiders (and even ourselves at times) it will seem like punishment and cruelty, but God always knows what He’s doing. He takes us through fire to refine us and because He has a higher calling for us he needs to prepare us for it.
    I’m happy that you have learned the lessons you need to learn from this episode. I can only pray that you grow to know God more, and that His plan for you will be ever clear. God bless you.

  37. Very Inspirational indeed! Thanks for sharing Laiza. The LORD who has started this good work in you will bring it to a perfect completion!

  38. “Turning your mess into a message” that quote has come to stay. You have always touched lifes knowningly or unknowingly. Thanks for blessing us with this message n may our good God give u strength to never wither.

  39. I’ve scrolled up to read your testimony at least 4 times. In each paragraph, your sentences oozed with inspiration. If they say a person is measured by the value of their mind, then Laiza you are one of the most valuable persons I have ever met. To me you are Laiza the Visionary…Laiza the Powerhouse!
    Sharing this testimony is a further display of your strength. I thank God that I know you. I thank God for letting our paths cross. Thank you for reminding me this morning that God has a divine and perfect plan for us irrespective of the situation. Thank you for teaching me to remove limitations.
    You changed your perspective and you changed your reality! You will change the world!

  40. Thank God for the new strength you found during the time of despair in your life. You really touched my heart, my body, and my soul with this story, God will continue to strengthen you as you continue on the part of greatness, Amen

  41. Your story is so inspiring! May God continue to strengthen you and use you as an inspirition to everyone out there including me. I have read this story twice!! Thank you so much for sharing this and for thw inspiring words.

  42. Elizabeth…as I read your story, I am reminded of how we are all on different paths, different journeys with God, different issues but still He births light through every individual darkness and story.
    Light is shining through your own story.
    More light will shine through it.
    God bless you and keep you sheltered in His arms.

    Funny enough, I am actually going to run a “share your story, own your brokenness” series on my blog this august.
    Seems like God is indeed trying to get the word out.
    In sharing our stories, another will heal through what God has done in us.

    1. Thank you so much Uju! I really appreciate your kind and encouraging words. Indeed we need to focus to see that light at the end of the tunnel.

      I’m glad my story was inspiring to you and I’m so happy I shared it. T

      Thank you for visiting. I appreciate it 🙂

  43. Hello Laiza,

    Thanks for sharing this story. I am glad you have the faith that is needed for your mess to become a message, and yes, it already has.

    Who would have believed that you passed through something like this, and you still came out with a smile. What can I say? I admire your optimism, cheerfulness and never-say-never attitude.

    I am sure that He who has taken you this far will not leave you.

    Jisie ike

  44. Hi Laiza

    Your story is inspiring and I must commend you for your courage. I was drawn to your message that your life was turned from a mess to a message. God is great and this shows that it is easy to hold to excuses but it is wisdom to move forward and make a difference. You have done this Laiza. You are an inspiration. Take Care

  45. Hey Laiza
    Call me kuku but in my head, we are friends…LOL.
    I got chills reading this post. Look at God!!! You will continue to be a testimony. God just began with you. Continue to be great. That is who He has made you to be, no matter the plans of the enemy.
    God bless you.
    P/S I never missed a post on laizalounge. Don’t think I’ll miss any on here either… x

  46. Dearest Laiza:
    You, indeed, are a masterpiece! Thank you for sharing your amazing story with the world. Your courage and faith is so inspiring. I want you to know that the world is waiting for the fullness of your GOD given gifts to unfold. Romans 8:19.
    May you fully blossom in the beauty and grace of Christ Jesus!

    With Love,
    Jokotade

  47. Wow..Laiza, this is Amazing..Thanks for sharing your story ..I have always known that there was something special about you. Your courage and faith is so inspiring. I thank God for making our paths to cross. More Grace..

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