Monday, January 7, 2013

Delay does not mean denial. You are never too old to find Happiness

2 years ago I attended the wedding of a woman who was 59 years old. This couple were so madly in love and it showed. Her 70 year old husband couldn't bear to have his bride out of his sight.

But it hadn't always been like this, she had dated a young man in her youth whom she even found herself catering for, for several years only for him to finally get a job and an apartment and other fringe benefits. He proposed and they planned the wedding to the point where there were even souvenirs. Unexpectedly, this man turned around one day and said he was no longer interested. She almost went crazy. How could this be happening?

Many years later she had overcome the trauma of her 1st love and embarked on a relationship with another man who she later got pregnant for, at the age of 37. Unbeknownst to her he was married with a family. After this shocking revelation, he urged her to abort the pregnancy. She was totally disgusted by the idea, so she carried the pregnancy to full term and raised the beautiful child alone.

Over the years men showed interest but she had committed herself to God and put all her efforts into raising her child. Her heart was broken but she mended it with the total love she had for her child and God. She truly started living and enjoying life, she would go swimming, take herself to the movies, engage in arts and crafts and other things she liked. She also started saying she would still marry, of course many people laughed at her and doubted but at the age of 57 a God fearing man came into her life and asked her hand in marriage.

You see, she had devoted her life to her child and committed fully to God. Her daughter grew up beautifully and despite all odds she sent her to the University. She called it all joy.

We must know that nothing that we cannot handle will happen in our lives. It might seem that raising the children alone is impossible but when you realise you are blessed to be a mother and with joy you look unto God for strength and comfort, you will become a vehicle of the manifestation of God's power. Sacrifices are hard to make but nothing of much value comes without a reasonable amount of sacrifice. When you make sacrifices for your innocent children WITH confidence that results in joy, that God will see you through you realise Phillipians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me" It is true. All Christians must let the Word of God transform their lives instead of having a form of godliness and denying the power thereof. It is something we cannot do by ourselves.

Be challenged to experiment on the word. I heard a Pastor say: “We will compare the word unto a seed. Now, if ye give place, that a seed may be planted in your heart, behold, if it be a true seed, or a good seed, if ye do not cast it out by your unbelief, that ye will resist the Spirit of the Lord, behold, it will begin to swell within your breasts; and when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within yourselves—It must be that this is a good seed, or that the word is good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul; yea, it beginneth to enlighten my understanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me.”

Ijeoma Olujekun

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