In Christ I declare: The anointing of the Holy Spirit resting on me is God’s eternal gift to me! God’s words in my mouth, are God’s eternal gift to me and to all my (natural and spiritual) descendants! This is not an isolated gift! This is a family blessing! No devil can stop this flow of eternal blessings! I believe that God’s Word and God’s Spirit must rest on you, my children! Now and forever! Let’s rejoice! To God be all the glory! In Jesus name, amen!
“As for Me, this is My covenant with them,” says the Lord. “My Spirit, who is on you, will not depart from you, and My words that I have put in your mouth will always be on your lips, on the lips of your children and on the lips of their descendants—from this time on and forever,” says the Lord” (Is 59:21)
“Husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the church and gave his life for it. He did this to make the church holy by cleansing it, washing it using water along with spoken words. Then he could present it to himself as a glorious church, without any kind of stain or wrinkle—holy and without faults. So husbands must love their wives as they love their own bodies. A man who loves his wife loves himself” (Eph 5:25-28)
Today is my dear husband’s birthday. I try to find words to express my gratitude to God for giving me Richmond Leigh as my husband. This March we shall be married 43 years. It looks like such a long time and yet, it is just like yesterday when he asked me to marry him on a cold winter day. We were both so young… I was surprised at his ‘bold love’. Happily I said ‘yes’! We were both class mates in the first year, in the College of Medicine Timisoara, Romania. I have never seen ‘a black man’ before. Both my parents and his family did not approve of our marrying so young. The Romanian Communist Government at that time discouraged marriages between Romanians and foreigners. Because of that, we had a lot of problems at the beginning. But we insisted to marry and we did it. Our love encouraged us. We had two children while still in school. My parents eventually accepted Richmond and loved him as their only son. They helped taking care of John and Alina.
We graduated from the Medical school and in 1980 we came to settle in Nigeria. I had no idea where Nigeria is. I could not speak English. I was a young wife and mother. I have never eating eba, yam, ocro, egussi, banga and the rest of Nigerian soups. I was missing my Romanian food. We initially stayed in Benin City and worked at the Specialist Hospital over there. In 1983 we came to Warri and opened a private hospital called ‘lily Clinic’. We had Jemine, our second daughter while in Warri. In 1986 I had a crisis conversion and became born again. Later, my husband reconciled himself with God. In March 2000 we both resigned from medical practice. We started Father’s House Bible Church. God has blessed us beyond imagination! We are now pastors in full time ministry. We have six wonderful grandchildren. We are very happy with God and with ourselves!
These are just few guide lines describing our life together. I want to say that next to knowing Jesus Christ as my Savior and my Lord, my husband is my best friend, my mentor and my hero. By the grace of God I say that he truly loves me. He is a wonderful husband to me. I bless God for the day when we got married! Both of us were very young then. But he was much more mature than me, having great ideas on how to have a successful marriage. Most of his ideas worked wonderfully. He just knows how to be a good husband. He helped me transition from my Romanian way of thinking to understand the Nigerian culture which is very different. Without him I could have been lost in Nigeria. He patiently explained to me again and again what to say and what to do so that I can ‘fit in the system’ without creating social crisis or wounding my own conscience. His work as my teacher can only be rewarded by God. He continues to remind me and correct me again and again when I am ignorant or when I make social mistakes. This is a very important point I want to make: my husband has never corrected me in public, in the presence of his family or even in the presence of our children. All ‘lectures’ where done in private when we are alone! In these 43 years of marriage, no man or woman has ever heard us quarrel or argue. To God be all the glory!
My husband is the reason why I am so happy living in Nigeria. His style of teaching me is wonderful. He has an excellent spirit like Daniel. He polishes me like gold until he is sure that I am confident enough to stand strong in the presence of friends and enemies! He will not rest until I become ‘perfect’ at what I am doing. For my husband, improvement is not good enough. He does not want me to be just a successful survivor but he wants me to be a true woman of God and an inspiration to many. He compliments me often. He wants me to be the best God wants me to be. He always raises the standard, stretching my mental, emotional and spiritual muscles. He encourages me to be a strong leader. I prefer a quiet private life style. But he tells me that I must stand strong by his side without any fear or inferiority complex. Like the song says, my husband is the wind beneath my wings.
We are now older but so very much in love. We are growing together as a Christian couple and as spiritual parents to many. If I continue to write about my husband and our life together I will write many books. There are so many things to share. But for now, I stop here, giving thanks to God for his life, on this his birthday! God bless you my husband, Dr. Richmond Sisan Leigh with the eternal glorious blessings of Christ! In Jesus name, amen!
“No one calls for justice; no one pleads a case with integrity. They rely on empty arguments, they utter lies; they conceive trouble and give birth to evil. They hatch the eggs of vipers and spin a spider’s web. Whoever eats their eggs will die, and when one is broken, an adder is hatched. Their cobwebs are useless for clothing; they cannot cover themselves with what they make” (Is 59:4-6)
The devil is compared to a spider. The works of the evil men are compared to spider’s webs. To better understand the works of the devil, read some information about the spider and its web.
Spiders are insects that have eight legs and fangs that inject venom killing their prey. The spider’s web is a snare to catch other insects. Each web is a work of art. The silky thread that makes the web is very strong. The spider silk is up to five times as strong as the same weight of steel. The silk itself has an ability to soften or stiffen to withstand different types of loads – unlike any other natural or man-made fiber. It is very durable. Removing up to 10 per cent of the threads from various areas made the web not weaker but actually up to 10 per cent stronger. Its complex structure means that when a single strand of a web breaks, the overall strength of the web increases rather than weakens. To spin a web the spider has to work a lot. The spider produces a fluid substance made of proteins. He loses weight when he builds its web. But once the web is ready, he can rest for the ‘food’ will come to him. The spider chooses wisely where to place its web. It avoids areas where the winds are too strong and where there is too much traffic. The spider prefers quiet dark places. The lonely insects are attracted by the mystery of the web and ignorantly fly into it. The spider produces two types of silky threads. Most of the web is made of sticky material which is able to capture any flying insect. The more the victim tries to free itself, the more it is wrapped in the web. The spider produces another type of silky thread which is stiff and non-sticky. These threads are all connected with the center and make the high ways for the spider to freely move up and down the net. Occasionally, the spider makes mistakes and it is captured in the sticky side of the web he has done to capture others.
We can spiritualize this information. The devil has a plan to ‘kill, steal and destroy’. The work of the devil is based on deception. He places his snares in areas that are dark and lonely. The offer of the devil looks beautiful and innocent but it is deadly. The devil is very skillful at tempting men and women. He uses the same strategies. The devil is not creative. The devil knows how to escape its own troubles but if you follow him, you will be captured by its lies. Once captured by the devil’s snare, you cannot free yourself. The more you struggle, the more the bondage increases. The sinner cannot save himself. He needs help from the outside. The only Savior is the Lord Jesus Christ. When Christ died on the Cross, the veil at the Temple that separated men from God was torn into two. The sinners received forgiveness and direct access to enter the presence of God. The Son of Man was revealed to destroy the works of the devil (1Jn 3:8). Have faith in Christ crucified and resurrected! Jesus is able to destroy any ‘web’ of deception of the devil. If Jesus makes you free, you shall be free indeed!
Let’s pray: “Dear Heavenly Father, have mercy on us. We went astray and got entangled in the deception of the devil. We tried to free ourselves but we failed. We need Your help. Please help us now! We take authority against any deception of the devil. We destroy any spell placed on us and on our families, in the name of Jesus! We declare that by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the snare is broken and we are free! Testimonies of deliverance must follow! We shall testify to the power and goodness of God! Glory to God! In Jesus name we pray, amen!”
“Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars? He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name. Because of His great power and incomparable strength, not a single one is missing” (Is 40:26)
When Abraham was crying to have a child God commanded him to look up to the sky in the night. He saw millions of stars. They were so many that he could not count them all. The stars were all beautiful, each shining brightly, each defeating its surrounding darkness. God created the stars. They are like an army of generals defeating the enemies. Stars must shine! God knows each one by name. God keeps all the stars. By His great power God takes care of them. Not a single star is missing from the sky this night. Did you know that?
In the same way, child of God, trust your God that all your dreams are safe and secure in His hands. Not one of your dreams is lost.These are not some scattered useless nameless abandoned dreams. They are God’s gift to you. God knows each one of them. God calls each of your dreams by name. There is a naming ceremony for each of your answered prayers. The answers to your prayers will bring glory to God like the stars shine in the night. Fear not! You shall not be disappointed! The stars are not falling from the sky! Your dreams will not fall down and fade into nothing! even now and forever, hope is holding you. Your prayers shall end in praise! Not one of your testimonies is missing! From faith to sight, one by one, your testimonies, like the stars, they shall report to their Almighty Creator. The time to rejoice is now! Like we say in Nigeria: ‘All correct Sir!’