Our fourteenth guest is Miss Chinomso O.
Chinomso is vivacious, bubbly, outgoing, stylish, and a spirited lady. She is always smiling. I got the opportunity to be in a 12 hr car ride with her and I can certainly say, she is genuinely LIVELY for God! Besides her love for God, Miss Chino likes fashion and enjoys chatting about faith, relationship, beauty, among other topics (check out her blog). Thanks Chinomso for letting us in through your lens.
A. Describe yourself in 4 words? Outgoing, kind, wise, fearless, graceful, elegant, creative, free, exciting.
- I love God because even whilst knowing that I am flawed and a sinner, he chooses me every time. I love God because when everyone else leaves, he’s the only one that remains. He is prepared to split rock for me and to part seas, not because I deserve it, but because he loves me so much.
- Favorite encounter with God. We all can’t be Moses….. seeing the presence of God through a burning bush and all. .For me, I encounter God even in the sadness and the joyful moments. My favorite encounter would be seeing God activate in my fathers hospital room 3 days before his passing. Here’s how it happened: My friends had come to visit one night to pray with us, at a time when my father had lost almost 90% of his functions. The only part of him that moved were his eyes, which rapidly moved in one uncontrolled direction towards a particular corner of hid room. He had drooping eyelids at this point and eyes of the color of the clouds just before a storm arrives. The seizures now seemed nonexistent and all that remained was the body of a man who appeared almost lifeless. My friends and I encompassed the bed where he laid and held hands and started praising and thanking God. That’s right – even a whole teary eyed me was thanking the Lord for what was causing me the greatest sadness. the louder we praised, the more he seemed responsive. Then it happened, my encounter with God. I encountered God in seeing my father come to life for 2 minutes, as he turned his head – all on his own and locked eyes with me and as we sang, I saw life in him. After those two minutes were up, he tilted his head back in his original direction and remained as we once saw him. I felt God that night, in that room, through my fathers’ encounter with him.
- Favorite female Christian/gospel artist? I love the sound of Shana Wilson, Natalie Grant, Yolanda Adam, Karen Clark Sheard, Lara George, Tamela Mann, Jessica Reedy, Tasha Cobbs, Kim Walker-Smith, Anita Wilson, CeCe Winans, Kierra Sheard, Nicole Mullen, Maurette Brown Clark.
- Favorite male Christian/gospel artist? Aaron Shust (“Ever Be” makes me cry all the time), The Katinas, VaShawn Mitchell, Big Daddy Weave, Mark Schultz, Samsong, Donnie McClurkin, Mike Abdul, Ruben Studdard, Kirk Franklin, Travis Greene, Jonathan McReynolds, Fred Hammond, Micah Stamplety, Jonathan Nelson and Smokie Norful, Ron Kenoly, Chris Tomlin, William McDowell…, Marvin Sapp, just to name a few. Freke Umoh and Chris August.
- Favorite bible scripture when you are down? Isaiah 41:10 which reads: So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. This passage helps to reassure me that the lord can bring me out of my depressive state and situations- any situation for that matter
- Favorite song that lifts your spirit? Going to pick my current wake-up song: My name is Chukwu-Nomso or Chinomso, so when I found this song titled: “Chukwu Nonso” by Freke Umoh, my heart melted because it was as though my earthly and heavenly father were speaking directly to me through the lyrics. This song continues to lift up my spirit.
- Favorite bible scripture? Isaiah 43:11-13 reads: I alone am the Lord, the only one who can save you. I predicted what would happen, and then I came to your aid. No foreign god has ever done this; you are my witnesses. I am God and always will be. No one can escape from my power; no one can change what I do.”
- To me, God stands for …………(acronym- your choice)
Good Old Dad. He is the father of the fatherless and the mother of the motherless.
- Favorite female in the bible? Everyone knows how much I adore Esther. She was a woman who was favored by both men and God. God used her to do great and wonderful things. It’s a very beautiful story of the lord giving us our qualification and a voice when others discount us.
- Favorite male in the bible? I like David. Despite what he went through, he remained prayerful and he wasn’t ashamed to confess his sins and repent. He shows that even a king is human, not above other men and certainly not above God. He was risen up because he was a man after the lords heart, whereas Saul was not. He was found in work and continued to work and wait on the lord. He always went back to the lord, which showed an acknowledgment of the most high.
- Favorite thing about Jesus? He’s the link that connects us to an even higher power, the father. I love his humility and call to service.
- Favorite thing about God? He is in the business of surprising people. He accepts what men reject and he answers to no one. He can do whatever he wants to do and for whomever he chooses. He can’t be bought and most importantly, he loves hard.
- I pray because Prayer works. It’s the very prayers that my parents and their parents before them prayed that are carrying me till this day. I also pray because its my lifeline. What we bind in the spiritual and decree in the spiritual, play out in the physical. So because I am at war, I suit up in prayer. Its necessary, even when things are going good. You never know when the enemy will attack.
- Favorite parable? I like the parable of the Lowest Seat at the Feast. The story goes something like this: when he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable: “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this man your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all your fellow guests. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” This is one of the many reasons why Esther is my favorite female character in the bible. She exudes this meekness that’s grounded in humility. I strive to be more humble in my life- genuine humility. I have seen humility shine through, far more in my own life, than exalting myself ever could. The blessed are the humble in spirit and heart. I don’t like having a behavior of entitlement. I am not entitled to anything because it can all change for me tomorrow; but with a humble heart today, I have preserved the chances of potentially keeping what the lord has so graciously given, in prayer that I may receive more in order to be a blessing to others in the name of the lord.
- I would rather/prefer – my situation at a particular moment dictates which I do? sing praise songs; fast; sing worship songs; pray; all of the above – but it depends on the situation. I do enjoy singing praise and worship songs a bit more because these things help me especially when my spirit needs upliftment in order to be able to pray and fast sometimes.
- On that last day, I want Jesus to say You belong to me and only me. You are a woman after my very own heart Chinomso. I am proud of the life you’ve lived in me. You have fulfilled your purpose, now it’s time to come home.
- If I could do one thing for Jesus, it would be to truly live a life of service to others in his name.
- What does LOVE mean to you? Those who know me would say I believe too much in the notion of love. I talk about it, I write about it, I believe wholeheartedly in its power to truly transform lives. This doesn’t just apply to romantic love, but to God. He is love. He is intimacy, he is the giver of every relationship that we’ll ever have here on earth. Love means more to me than financial wealth, image and everything else that this life has to offer. Love requires sacrifice, hope for a better tomorrow, patience, endurance and everything else that 1 Corinthian 13:4-8. Love isn’t a game, that’s for certain. Love is not for cowards, but the bold at heart. You’ve got to be prepared to embody everything it stands for and if you’re not ready, don’t make false attempts. When I marvel at God and how he is: that love which he is, it gives me goosebumps because he loves and loves hard, regardless of who we are. He is invested and wants all of us. that’s what love calls for: all of us.
- A testimony/story that makes you marvel overtime about God The whole bible is full of stories that make me marvel at Gods strength and compassion for his people and his nature. The struggles that I’ve been through, yet don’t often share out of fear of being judged, makes me marvel till this day at how strong Gods love is for me. I could have died a long time ago as a child, but the lord kept me for one of his mighty purposes.
- I can’t live without? Love. Love can’t exist without God, therefore I can’t live without God.