She was an attorney thriving in her career until one day God called her to do His work. Ever since that fateful beckoning, speaker and Xulon Press author Olawunmi Biriyok hasn’t regretted one step of her new journey.
“My faith in God, words cannot describe, as it has been more about action: He has done so much for me. For putting my absolute trust in Him, He has never let me down or disappointed me. I’ve looked up to Him and He has always been by my side, taking care of me,” Olawunmi proclaims with a smile.
Naming herself a “PA” (personal assistant) of God in 2012, Olawunmi has seen her personal relationship with God grow through the establishing of her One-2-Three Worthy Living ministry and in the publishing of her three books with Xulon Press: The Manual for Righteous Living, Walk the Walk…and stop talking the talk, and Run the Race (of a Worthy Lifestyle).
Each book has reflected on discovering the life God has appointed for each person and combating the challenges of this world in order to fully embrace that purpose. Just as with her ministry, the books are to empower people to seek a stronger, spiritual connection with God.
“All my books are about living right with God. They are inspirational and motivating, as they put a person on the right path with a personal, one-on-one, unique relationship with God,” Olawunmi states.
“I don’t just get up and write a book, but I hear it from God. The Holy Spirit writes through me, and I am directed by God how to write.”
Olawunmi first felt God’s prompting to write her books during one of her daily quiet times of devotional, prayer, and praise and worship with God. Becoming a writer utilized skills not needed as much with her previous profession, but that still used the same courage of taking a stand and helping others from her law years.
“As an attorney, I did more of talking than writing. God encouraged me to write about my Christian life, as I’m more of a talker than writer, and I said, ‘Okay, that is something that I can do.’ My ministry soon took over from there, wanting to help others spiritually,” she says.
Led by God to Help Others
Olawunmi was not unfamiliar with the presence of God, having responded to many altar calls throughout her childhood. Yet this changed when she became an adult and understood the importance of accepting Jesus into her heart, being baptized on March 22, 1988.
“I personally gave my life to Christ and ever since then, I haven’t looked back. I’ve always walked with Jesus, which is what inspired my Walk the Walk book. God was transforming me through the writing of this book, and I literally got down on my knees and asked God’s forgiveness as I wrote this book, which I now see will transform lives as it did for me,” she recalls.
Her full acceptance of God into her life led Olawunmi to start her One-2-Three Worthy Living empowerment ministry and take part in speaking engagements in England, Scotland and Oklahoma. The hope is to reach out to not just non-believers, but to believers who may be well versed in the Bible, but are struggling to implement these truths into their lives.
“Religion is a relationship with God, not just religious acts. If you know the Word without embodying it, it won’t change you at all. If you know the Word, then put the Word in practice and let it begin to make changes in your life,” Olawunmi mentions.
As she moves forward with her ministry, Olawunmi wants to spread her message of Jesus to South Africa and Florida, as both areas have been placed on her heart recently. She also will continue her writing, having recently published an e-book on tithing through her ministry.
Wherever God leads her next, Olawunmi will not fear, as she knows God will provide for her every step of the way.
“God wants all of us to make our living to please Him and when we do, He takes care of everything else in our lives, to the point where He makes our enemies to be at peace with us,” she concludes.
“What more could we ask for? All I have to do is work on myself and forget about pointing the finger at others. Just concentrate on your relationship with God and He will take care of everything else.”
Proverbs 16:7 (NKJV): “When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.”
Find Olawunmi Biriyok’s books The Manual for Righteous Living, Walk the Walk…and stop talking the talk, and Run the Race (of a Worthy Lifestyle) on the Xulon Press Bookstore.