We’re excited to share with you the next interview on the Blogger Voices Network! We hope you enjoy getting to know Boma Somiari today! Bloggers, don’t forget to link up one or two of your wonderful posts at the end!
Please start by telling us a little about yourself.
I was born and raised in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. By God’s grace, I found Him early and have been in Church all my life.
List approximately three favorites.
My hobbies (I think they change every once in a while, though)
- Making cakes
List one unique fact about you.
I’ve heard I don’t look like it’s very true when I say I like to cook. And eat too.
Tell us about your blog/ministry?
I didn’t know what a blog was when I started blogging. I’d been working on another project at streamsofapril.org and was learned that adding a blog to the site was a good way to keep the site updated. Before long, I began to feel a nudge to start a personal blog. I didn’t think I needed one, but eventually decided to start the blog as the nudging wouldn’t leave despite all my protestations!
My blog is called The April Journal because I was born in April and have come to associate the month with newness and fresh beginnings.
Have you created a special gift for subscribers or written a book?
There’s Faith Basket on my blog. The goal at this time is for it to be a “Pay what you will” kind of store. There’s only “Found”, short story (around 7,000 words) at this time. It was written years ago and it’s about Naomi, a young adult who believed she had outgrown her small town, and took matters into her own hands since it didn’t look like any ways would be opening for her to leave soon, and the town no longer felt like home. In the end she discovers a new meaning of home.
The story can be found here (with an excerpt) https://theapriljournal.com/product/found/
There are other stories ready to be shared, but as I’ve been working on a bigger project, it’s been challenging to get them added to the store. Hopefully before too long, they would be.
What do you feel God leading you to do next?
I finally took the step of faith and began working on a collection of short stories. It’s been quite a journey so far, but I’m grateful for the experience. God willing it would be ready next year.
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Interviewee’s Spiritual Growth
Who is your mentor? What’s one truth you’ve learned from him/her?
I would say I look up to my father as someone who has been on this journey longer than I have. He’s also my Pastor, and I’ve benefited from his ministry through the opportunities we have to practice what we’ve learned as disciples of Jesus Christ.
One truth I’ve learned from him is that the only way to see God move is to walk by faith.
What is your most favorite verse/passage and why?
I don’t have a favorite verse/passage, but Jeremiah 29:11 is one I remind myself of when situations start portraying themselves as what they’re not.
What Bible character has influenced your life the most?
I admire Queen Esther for her courage and faith.
Have you ever gone deep in your walk with God? How did He minister to you?
Every time I go to God’s Word for direction, it amazes me how He addresses my need directly. Sometimes I have to really try to not start screaming in excitement and scare everyone around me. Man really does not live by bread alone, but by God’s Word. This is my testimony.
Wisdom from Boma
What advice would you give a new convert?
Know that God did the work of salvation by Himself. When the enemy comes against you with doubts, tell him that God, by Himself, would finish this good work He has begun in you. All you have to do is believe.
How do you keep your Daily Time with God regular?
I remind myself that I need the Word more than I need food. It helps me make the effort.
How do you think we best need to respond to criticism?
With wisdom and empathy. Take what’s good, and leave what’s not.
Any other words of wisdom you’d like to share?
In the end, all that matters is that we do not miss Heaven.
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