I AM A HAPPY MOTHER

PRAISE REPORT

I just received this note from a daughter in Christ. She is a very committed Christian, happily married. She was sick for sometime. Her husband was out of job. They prayed and encouraged me all the time.
It is so sweet to hear good testimonies from our children, both natural and spiritual. Parents live to hear such reports. I told all my children that especially at this time of trial for me, the grace of God will increase upon them. I told them that, as a family, we don’t want to hear any bad news. My fracture is enough trial for all of us, for a long long time. Read my dear daughter’s note, tap from this anointing. and be blessed also!

“Good evening Malia!
Praise be to God now and always, God has done great things for me and family My testimonies are many…
1. My ‘sickness’ was not a sickness. We are expecting a baby! We are very very happy!
2. God has giving me my result. I’m now a graduate after so many years.
3. My husband has been called back to work.
4. God has given us a land .
My heart is filled with an unending praise. Malia God is good. your prayers for my family are not vain ,thanks mother for your prayers and your encouragement that took us to another level, God bless you mother.
Your loving and grateful daughter…”

“Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; They will not be ashamed When they speak with their enemies in the gate” (Ps 127:4, 5)

I KNOW HE WATCHES ME

 

 

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life… about your body … O you of little faith? For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Mt 6:25-34)

 

It is more than nine weeks since I fell and broke my ankle. The cast is off, thank God! I now need to learn how to walk (again). During this trying time I had learned so many lessons. This is one of them: I need to be totally free from worry, anxiety and the fear of the future. When I was healthy and strong I ignored these fears. But now, walking slowly with crutches, these worries try to come back, try to mock me and my faith. I know that Jesus commanded me not to worry about my life or about my body.  With all my heart I want to obey His Word. But these questions pushed themselves like bullies in my mind: ‘Will I ever walk well again? Will I be able to dance? Will this wicked pain leave me? Will I be healed completely?’ I know the scriptures. But to apply them now in my life, to my surprise, it is really hard. I say ‘hard’ but not impossible! I must remember that! I want my faith to increase, not to decrease and become ‘little faith’.  I hate to damage my faith….God forbid!

 

Why worry about tomorrow? As I study myself I discover that worry comes from losing control. In the flesh, we all want to control our lives. This is the power of sin. But control must be given to the Lord Jesus Christ thru prayer and surrender. He alone ‘is able to bring everything under His control’ (Phil 3:21; NIV). In Greek, the word ‘control’ means to subdue all rebellious things and bring them under His authority. All things is created by God and they have to submit and obey their Creator. That is why we say that ‘God is in control!’

 

Unfortunately, we are deceived to think that we are like God.  We foolishly desire that all things should submit to our authority. We get angry when people around us get stubborn or rebellious. We try to teach them to submit. When things get chaotic we panic for fear of losing control. We want that everybody and everything should bow their knees to us. That is the problem! That was my problem…

 

The truth is that I am not God. All things and all people do not need to submit to me. They should submit to the Lord Jesus Christ, but not to me. If they chose rebellion, I can only pray for them and let them go. When I lose friends, I should not panic. If people betray me I should remain calm knowing that God is God. I am not in control of their decisions. When I lose my physical strength, even for a little while I should not worry, for my body does not belong to me, but to the Lord. When I lose money, I should not fret, for I cannot control all the businesses of the world. I should still trust God! During this trial of health, I had to learn humility. I remember that God is God and me is me. Truth humbles the flesh. But truth is the best medicine to heal my anxious heart and even my broken ankle. And for that, I am grateful!

 

“Dear Heavenly Father, I totally surrender to You the desire to control my life. I am sorry for trying to imagine that I am God. I can never be God. Only You alone are God!  Thank You for the lessons of love and truth. Thank You for Your mercy and peace. I rest my soul in You. I receive my healing now. To You alone be all the glory, In Jesus name, amen!”

 

“Whenever I am tempted, whenever clouds arise,

When songs give place to sighing, when hope within me dies,

I draw the closer to Him, from care He sets me free;

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;

 

I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free,

For His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me”

(Civilla D. Martin, 1905)

eye on the sparrow

MY NINE WEEKS TESTIMONY

PRAISE REPORT

 

Today it is nine weeks since I fell and broke my ankle. For all this time I had to stay indoors. This Monday the doctor removed my cast. I now have to do physiotherapy, learning to walk again. This has been a most interesting journey. The fracture stopped me from walking, from going to church, from cooking and taking care of my husband and other things where I needed my physical strength. But the same fracture failed to break my spirit. The devil could not stop me doing these holy things: study of my Bible, praise and worship my God, prayer, intercession, writing my books, encouraging my husband in his ministry and encouraging my children (natural and spiritual) in their walk with the Lord!

 

I therefore conclude that the devil is a liar and a loser. He ‘tried’ his best and his worst and he failed! The more he attacks me, the more I am revived by the Lord! By the grace of God, in Christ, I am a champion and an overcomer! My faith has been purified in the fire and shines like gold. I feel happy! I feel strong! This is a good place to be!

 

This is a good lesson for all: Do not dwell on your loses! Look unto Jesus, the Author and the Finisher of your faith! God is your Provider! He will not stop being your Shepherd even when things go rough! The devil cannot stop Jesus to perform wonders in your life! Jesus Christ is still Lord over all!

 

“Count your blessings, name them one by one! And you shall be surprised at what the Lord has done!”

FORGETTING AND FORWARDING

 

 

“No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead… Let all who are spiritually mature agree on these things.…” (Philip 3:13, 15)

 

I want to describe to you spiritual maturity. Apostle Paul says that there are two steps to it: forgetting the past and forwarding towards the future! It sounds simple but in practice it is hard. It takes many prayers, tears and pains along the way to achieve maturity, to become spiritually fruitful. But the earlier you do these, the easier your life will become.

 

To forget it means to be unable to think about something in my past. It means to fail to remember something that has hunted me. It means to stop caring about something or someone because God wants me to let go. It means to disappoint my (overloaded) memory. I need to learn to forgive myself. Then I need to let go of that pain. I should not be proud of my ‘great memory’! Only a proud or greedy person will refuse to forget something sinful from the past. Once I forget my mistakes, my mind becomes simpler. I enter the land of peace. I can now rest my soul.

 

The second step is to move forward.   The word means to remove the obstacles on my way and to make progress, to advance or to be promoted. Each time you are able to let go of something negative from your past, it is like a chain has been removed from your ankles and you receive the push to move on. These two things are connected. Spiritually mature people are quick in forgetting and quick in forwarding. That is why they run fast like a race car. This is the ideal Christianity. This is your destiny!

 

May you receive these words! May you obey these words! For the glory for God and for your good! In Jesus name, amen!

run far

MY TESTIMONY AS A MOTHER

“My son (my daughters), listen to your father when he corrects you, and don’t ignore what your mother teaches you. What you learn from your parents will bring you honor and respect, like a crown or a gold medal” (PV 1: 8, 9)

My husband and I we have two daughters, Alina and Jemine. As a mother, I loved them very much when they were little. But looking back, I think that I was not the best mum to them because as a young wife and mother, I worried too much. I wanted to be ‘a perfect mother’ and of course, that was not possible. Thank God that after I gave my life to Christ, I changed for the better. I relaxed. I received peace with God and with myself. I no longer worry. I stop comparing myself with other successful women. I discovered who I am in Christ. I accepted myself as I am and in the same time praying to be like Jesus. I patiently waited for the spiritual fruit to grow in my heart. I now love and even like myself.

This is my testimony: In spite of my mistakes as a mother, I thank God that our daughters grew up to be wonderful women of God. It is the work and the grace of God! I discovered that now, as we are all getting older, we have a wonderful relationship as adults, as women of God. I truly enjoy my relationship with my daughters now more than ever. They live in the US and I live mostly in Nigeria. We are far away in the natural. But in the Spirit we are one! We talk on the phone and speak thru ‘Face time’ almost daily. We share the Word of God and we pray for one another. They do not need my counsel for every little thing. But they ask for my advice in the more serious things of life and I am honored to share with them from my experience. I am so grateful to God for making me a very happy mother and grandmother.

“Thank You Lord Jesus for everything! You have over-ruled the mistakes of my past. You have made all things new. I now know that I do not have to be perfect in my strength. For I see that You alone shall ‘perfect all that concerns me and Your mercy endures forever’ (Ps 138:8). To You alone be all the glory!

Alina and maJemine and me

LET US RUN

 

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls” (Heb 12:1-3)

 

After I broke my ankle, the advice of the doctors was that I should walk with crutches for some time and not step on my injured foot. My weight will be too much and the fracture will not heal. This type of walk is called ‘nonbearing weight ambulation’. I take the doctor’s advice seriously because I am also a doctor by profession. But I always pray for the Spirit’s revelation. This is what I have received:  The Christian race is compared with running to win a medal. Any medal is good but the gold one is the best. To win the gold medal we are here given some instructions from Coach Apostle Paul. Dear child of God, if you want to be a champion, better listen!

 

*In this race we are not alone. We are surrounded by other champions, who are alive on earth and also the ones alive in heaven. They know how hard it is to win the battle for they have done it too. They sympathize with your struggles. But they also know how much greater is the reward for running well! They encourage us to keep running well unto the end! Listen to the voice of your pastors, leaders and mentors; the voice of the ones who make Jesus happy! Humble yourself! Learn from them! Follow their examples of faith!

 

*This race is not a 100 meters dash. It is more like a marathon, a race that lasts for a life time. That is why, to finish well, your speed is not as important as your patience. Learn to be patient with yourself and others! Even if you go slowly but surely, that is good enough! Do not despise the little gains along the way! Just keep moving on!

 

*You should lay aside every weight. The word ‘weight’ means any heavy burden that oppresses you; any responsibility that causes you anxiety and depression. These are not open sins but little hindrances along the way. They slow you down. Jesus said that ‘the flesh is weak and it profits nothing’. It means that anything done in flesh, using your own strength, anything done without the power of the Holy Spirit, becomes a weight on your spirit and slows you down. These hindrances distract you from the purpose of the race which is wining your reward, your medal. These are some hindrances: Be careful with the books you read, the things you watch on the TV or the internet, with your eating and sleeping habits, with the type of friends you have, with your hobbies, and generally with anything that make you waste your precious time on earth. Anything that is ‘good’ but has no spiritual or eternal value is a weight that slows you down in this race. Identify it, repent and throw it away! Deliver yourself! Immediately you sense a new freedom and you make greater progress!

 

*Repent of sins that ensnare your feet. In Greek, the word ‘ensnare’ describes another competitor who is a false believer. He comes near to study you, so that he will trip you to fall. We do not compete against other believers. Each child of God has its own path to follow! We should encourage one another along the way! But there are many false Christians who enroll in the race just to cause harm to the true believers. You should never open your heart to a false believer. He cannot pray for you. He cannot help you. He will only hinder your walk with God. Stay clear!

 

*You need to be patient so that you finish the race. The word patient means to have hope and joy as you move on, as you wait for God to answer your prayers. Patience means endurance to the end!

 

*Look up and see Jesus! He gave you faith to become saved. He will give you faith to persevere to the end. Your Lord is the greatest Champion in the universe! You are the child of that Champion! Be like your elder brother!  When there are trials of faith, consider Jesus, how he suffered on earth among the sinners who hated Him. But He still finished the race to the glory and delight of the Father who sent Him. There are wicked people in the world who hate the idea that you are a champion. Most of these people are religious hypocrites. They are jealous on you. They will be happy if you fall or are disqualified. But I tell you: if the devil likes it or not, you should run the race and win that shining medal of light! To the glory of God!

 

*Do not be weary or discouraged! Do not depend on your flesh for it is easily tired, fainting, frustrated, bitter and angry. Do not lose your courage and confidence! You started in the Spirit; you should end in the Spirit! You are a child of God! That alone should encourage you! You can do it!

 

Dear children, let’s run…and run…and run… to the end! Glory to God!

marathon

PROPHETIC DECLARATION OF FAITH

According to the Word of God (Ps 20:1-5)
In Christ I declare:
In the day of trouble the Lord was with me!
The God for Jacob kept me safe from all harm!
Jehovah God sent me help from the sanctuary in Zion!
The Lord God remembered with pleasure my sacrifices and my offerings, my prayers and my praise!
The Almighty God has granted me my heart’s desires!
My God has fulfilled all my plans!
There shall be shouts of joy in the congregation when they shall hear the news of my victory!
The flags of victory shall fly high on the day of my thanksgiving!
God has done mightily on my behalf!
The Lord has answered all my prayers!
I am blessed!
My family is blessed!
My husband is blessed!
Our children (natural and spiritual) are blessed!
Our ministry is blessed!
Glory to God in the highest!
In Jesus name
Amen!