I choose life!


Good morning precious children and brethren, especially those in Father’s House. This is Malia. I want to encourage you all with the encouragement I receive from the Holy Spirit. These past few days have been the most painful time in my life. I am getting used to the new reality that my beloved Husband of 47 years, your father in the Lord and Pastor Richmond Sisan Leigh is now in heaven. The pain is still in my heart but like I said yesterday. I refuse to allow the pain of loss to control my mind. I try to see everything thru the eyes of Jesus. He loved my husband and called him home. No servant can resist that call to glory. The truth is that as children of God, heaven is what we pray for and desire to go to one day. I have learned recently, thru my husband ‘s translation, that the call to glory, which is the greatest promotion and reward to any believer, that call can happen any moment. We need to be prepared any moment. We need to serve God in the best way we can so that we have no regrets when the hour comes. Tali lived a good life, godly life, happy life and fulfilled life. He loved the Lord Jesus more than he loved me, or his children, family and friends. This is how it should be! I am very proud of him. Tali still remains my hero, my inspiration! Of course, we could have loved to have him more days on earth, but God called him now. I bow to God’s will and I continue to worship Him.


This morning I am encouraged by the Word of God. I try t remove my attention from looking at myself or the circumstances around me. I go to the Word of God because it is my anchor in the storm of life. The Word of God never changes. Jesus is still the same, yesterday, today and forever. Praise His Holy name! This is God’s Word for me and for you today: “This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob” (Deut 30:19, 20; NIV).


On behalf of myself and our children (natural and spiritual), in Christ I declare:

Having the heavens and the earth as my witnesses, I CHOOSE LIFE! Therefore, ME AND OUR CHILDREN (natural and spiritual) WILL LIVE! I choose to love the Almighty God, the Lord Jesus Christ with all my heart and with all my soul! I choose to listen to His voice and obey it. I do not live by bread alone but by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God! I will hold fast to God all the days of my life! I choose the eternal blessings of Christ! God is our life! God will give us many years in the land He has given to us. God bless you all! To God be all the glory! In Jesus’ name, amen!


(Pastor (Mrs) Silvia Lia Leigh, 16-07-2020)

5 comments on “I choose life!

  1. Mary Ann says:

    I did not know your beloved husband went to be with the Lord.
    He seemed so healthy and vibrant, living each day to the fullest.
    I praise God that He has been your strength through mourning.

  2. Silvia Lia Leigh, MD says:

    Dear Mary Ann, My beloved husband of 47 years went to heaven suddenly. The assurance that he was truly saved and that he served our Lord Jesus Christ faithfully to his last breath on earth, gives me so much peace and joy. His last words on his lips: I love You Jesus… To God be all the glory!” The Holy Spirit is working mighty in my heart. Please pray for me. I am now the senior pastor of the church my husband and I started in Nigeria 20 years ago. God bless you too

  3. Mary Sweeney says:

    Silvia, Your faith inspires me so much! I’m so sorry for the loss of your husband. You were blessed to have each other for 47 years! Praying for you and your church as God gives you strength.

    • Silvia Lia Leigh, MD says:

      I am grateful to God and content to live a life that is not my own. God’s power is greater that my pain! God bless you too, Mary!

  4. Mary Sweeney says:

    Wow, Sylvia! Spoken like a true servant. This encourages me so much. Thanks for the reminder that this life is not our own – we are His to do and will as He pleases.

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