Mothers’ Day Reflections…

IMG00690-20130407-1007.jpgIt was yet another Mothers’ Day on Sunday, 12th May, 2013. To this end, I salute every mother of the world. However, constraints made it impossible for me to contribute to the global discuss that usually comes with this ever-important day. The good news is that my contribution is better late than never.

I have written quite a few posts in the past related to these wonderful creations of God. To celebrate our awesome mothers, I share with you once again, some of these popular posts, which I implore mothers to reflect upon…..

Women are next to God…https://justmikemon.wordpress.com/2013/02/06/380/

Shut your door behind outsiders…https://justmikemon.wordpress.com/2013/03/24/handling-outsider-involvement-in-marriages/

My advice to mothers…https://justmikemon.wordpress.com/2013/05/01/that-comforter-of-yours-could-just-be-a-home-breaker/

Give your kids a good up-bringing…https://justmikemon.wordpress.com/2013/04/28/train-up-a-child-in-the-way-that-he-should-go/

Be a good role model for your kids…https://justmikemon.wordpress.com/2013/03/18/what-are-we-teaching-our-children/

Teach your kids about sex and dating…https://justmikemon.wordpress.com/2013/02/26/lets-talk-about-sex/

Out of 5, rate your relationship with your children…https://justmikemon.wordpress.com/2013/01/02/building-a-strong-relationship-with-your-child/

God bless the mothers of the world….

HAPPY MOTHERS’ DAY !!!

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Dry Bones Shall Rise Again !!!

“Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, ‘The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again'”- (Luke 24:1-7)

Surely they killed & buried Him and thought it was over for Him. But they forgot about His resurrection Power !

That same power that raised Jesus from the dead is hereby activated for our enjoyment. Everything dead and buried thing in our life is hereby brought back to life to flourish in Jesus name. Every challenge, sorrow, pain, sickness, lack, and everything that is not of God in our lifes is hereby, by the ressurection of our Lord Jesus, rolled way in Jesus name, amen.

“And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.” – (Matt 28:2)

HAPPY EASTER !!!

 

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What A Friend We Have In Jesus

Here I go again talking about my wonderful late dad. My late dad told us when he was alive to be very careful with those people we call friends. To buttress his point, he told us of what happened to him when he was living in a city called Jos, here in Nigeria. He had a “well trusted friend” – the kind of friend you eat with, drink with and sleep, with your two eyes closed. The type you would describe as “my best friend.” Unknown to him, the guy was a devil in human clothing. One day, on his return from work, his well trusted friend had cleared everything in the house they both shared and disappeared into thin air. He had to start all over again.

Consider this true life story too. A man dates a lady for years (call her Miss A). Unknown to her, the man had been dating another lady (call her Miss B). He concludes marriage with this secret lover and goes ahead to circulate the invitation cards which a friend of Miss A runs into and shows to her! You can imagine a 100 pounder reducing to less than 55 pounds. It was a horrible experience for her.

Consider this one too. A guy is jobless for many years. He luckily runs into an old friend of his who works in a bank. He is assisted to get into the bank by his friend. To show that truly “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked….”(Jere 17:9), he conspires against his friend who helped him into the bank and the guy is fired. Later, life took a downward turn for the sacked friend. He turns to his friend for help and he simply tells him to stay away after helping him once.

Are you tired or bored? One last gist – A man lives with his happy family. The wife’s friend comes visiting one day. She becomes friends with her friend’s husband. In no time, the man starts having an affair with the wife’s friend. The wife gets to know and a once peaceful and enviable family becomes a war zone. In the end, they head to the court for a divorce.

Betrayals, deceit, lies, insincerity, dishonesty, infidelity, backstabbing, selfishness, conspiracy, eye-service, amongst others are the order of the day in today’s friendship and relationships.

But this is true and genuine friendship – the friendship of our Lord Jesus? – cursed, bruised, kicked, insulted, disgraced, betrayed and nailed, and later died on the cross that you and I could live; that our sinful lives could be washed clean”…for the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” – (Romana 6:23).

A real friend that He is, “He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed – (Isaiah 53:5).

This is true and genuine friendship. What a friend we have in Jesus.

HAPPY EASTER TO YOU ALL !!!

 

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Praying Your Way Through In An Unsafe World

Pastor E.A. Adeboye

Pastor E.A. Adeboye

I just had a discussion with a colleague over the wicked and sinful world in which we now find ourselves. We now live a world where the devil is wrecking so much havoc on per second basis. There is hardly a country today without its own fair share of bad news. My beloved country is not excluded. These days, it seems that all the media houses are thriving on bad news – satanic attacks, bomb blasts, suicide bombings, wars, armed robbery, rape, flooding, earth quakes, assassinations, murder, incest, plane crashes, gun attacks in schools……..One then begins to wonder how to survive each passing day with so much evil out there.

Governments all over the world have failed to keep us safe. In some countries it is even the government that is killing its own people. On our own and in the alternative, we have done so many things to stay safe. Some have even resorted to the occult. But the rampaging of the devil and his disciples continues unabated – sucking blood and spreading sorrow !!!

As it is, the only way out is to cleave to the unfailing source of security; the ultimate power that swallows up other powers; the God of gods and the Lord of lords and the one who has delivered me (and I belief you too) from the “mouth of the lion” countless times. His protection seems to be the most reliable these days, as every other means and source of protection and security have failed us big time.

Thus, these days, we need to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessa 5:17). We need to commit each day into God’s hands. Thus, “in all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”(Prov 3:6 says).

And at night, we need to acknowledge and give Him praises for a job well done through out the day because “Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast redeemed: thou hast guided them in thy strength unto thy holy habitation”(Exodus 15:13).

And before we sleep we need to ask him for the mercies of the night because “…except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh in vain”. (Psalm 127:1). He’s ever waiting for our prayers. He does not charge consultation fees. He does not discriminate. He is not like man who sleeps even while watching over us. He is not like man who turns around to kill the person he is watching over. He knows everything that is going to happen. He does not require you to sacrifice a family member or to shed blood before he can protect you. He is awesomely magnanimous. He is, and would for ever be my prefered source of security and protection.

A prayerless life is an easy catch for the devil and his disciples. A life without God is like having eyeballs without eyelids. It is like a crawling baby on a very busy road. Pray…ceaselessly !

God bless us all.

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International Women’s Day : Tribute To All Women

GLO-2.jpgThis is actually a post I did earlier and decided to use it to honour a group of  people I see as being next to God….WOMEN…..to mark the International Women’s Day…..

After marriage, the best news one can hear is that the couple are about to become parents. Given the number of couples who have had to wait for so many months or years to have this joy; or those who are yet to have this kind of joy after many months or years of marriage, one can imagine the amount of joy and excitement that usually greets the news that the woman is pregnant. The excitement is heightened when the pregnancy is actually the first. In some cases, a party is thrown and testimonies are made in the church.

As the pregnancy grows into weeks and then months, the excitement multiplies. Prayers, anti natal visits and all sorts of advice come from all sorts of people. The excitement reaches its peak when the pregnancy reaches the seventh month or thereabout when the sex of the baby is known and is probably what the couples had hoped for.  At this time, it is expected that the baby’s (or babies’) needs would have been bought.

And then the moment finally comes when the baby is ready to come into the world !!!

It was Thursday, 24th July 2008,  I had my first encounter with the real life version of what I used to watch in films – when a man has to wait outside the labour ward and await the outcome of the nine months journey which he had escorted his wife all along – an outcome which no one except GOD could say exactly how it would turn out to be. The labour pain started at exactly 10.15p.m., apparently an answered prayer, as I had asked GOD to please make it happen at a time I can find help. I have never been as confused all my life. I was vibrating all over when my wife told me that it seems the moment has finally come.  

By the amazing grace and mercies of GOD, my wife delivered safely, a ‘’beautiful’’ boy, after ten ‘’gruesome’’ hours of waiting. It was the longest ten hours I have ever had in all of my life. In fact, my wife said she had almost concluded delivery before the mid wives came to finish the job. Praise the LORD. Three months later, again by the amazing grace and mercies of GOD, my younger sister put to bed. Wao !!!

With these testimonies and many before it, pregnancy meant: go to the hospital when the labour pain comes; deliver and then jubilation follows. Even though I have heard of complications that ended up with sorrow, I still saw pregnancy the way GOD planned it – a means of procreation. Simple!!!

However, this confidence suffered a serious setback on Tuesday, 8th May, 2012 (a day to my birthday). At about 10a.m., I got the worst phone call I have ever (and would ever) received, from my younger brother. The news? My younger sister had died during child birth earlier in the morning. I did not know when I dropped the call and threw the phone on the table. It was like a dream to me. I felt like removing all my clothes and throw them away. I had a feeling which only a Physiatrist could describe properly. Like I said earlier, pregnancy meant go to the hospital when the labour pain comes; deliver and let the jubilation begin.

As I got to know later, my sister bled to death!!! Help could not come immediately. She was taken to a maternity home with little or no medical facility and personnel to handle complications. She had to be rushed to a hospital, which was not even nearby, for help. Imagine a woman in pain losing blood over a long distance. My sweet sister and her baby who was fully delivered could not be saved!!! And so I lost my dearly beloved sister.

Perhaps, just perhaps, my sister and her baby could have been saved if the right personnel and facilities were on ground to attend to them when every second mattered.

At this time, my wife was about seven months pregnant. I have never been as fearful as I was in my entire life. I prayed the way I have never done before. My sister’s death made me to now see pregnancy differently. Pregnancy was not supposed to be a source of death. I was so afraid. Not even my prayers and prayer requests and other safe deliveries could rebuild my positive perception of pregnancy.

God and women are awesome !

God and women are awesome !

On Wednesday, 11th July, 2012, the day and moment came. Against all fears, GOD in His infinite grace and mercy granted my wife safe “arrival.” However, it was not without a ‘’fight.’’ My wife had a tear and started bleeding. Two different actions were taken to stop the bleeding to no avail. It was the third, and GOD’s amazing mercies that stopped the bleeding. What could have happened if the doctors did not know of the third technique?

After this last experience, I now see mothers as special beings created by God and who should be treated as such. They carry the responsibility which cannot be delegated. Responsibility, which sometimes ends in fatality. My sister is gone, but the husband is still alive. What a sacrifice. Obviously, he will remarry. Life goes on. She died, like so many other mothers, while carrying a ‘’cross’’ that was meant to bring joy to the family, if she arrives safely. Where they don’t, they bear ALL the pain and sometimes never live to tell how much pain they had gone through. What a responsibility.

Are you pregnant or perhaps a friend or relation is? Or perhaps your wife is pregnant? Please allow me to share a few tips or human efforts that can be taken as preventive measures against having problematic pregnancies/deliveries:-

*A very good hospital is a MUST. If possible, opt for a near-by hospital. Labour pains can become fatal if urgent attention is not given to the woman. Some women have died in the course of delivering on the way to the hospital or at home. Avoid a penny-wise-pound-foolish mistakes.

*Ante natal appointments MUST be kept religiously.

*Regular scans should be conducted to ascertain the position of the baby and the placenta.

*Do not wait until the next ante natal appointment before you complain of headaches, abdominal pain, dizziness, foul odour from the vagina and other unusual feelings.

*Ante natal check up is NOT complete without checking the heart beat/health of the baby in the womb. This could save the life of a woman if the growing baby had died in the womb without the woman knowing.

*Avoid taking things that are injurious to the unborn baby such as cigarettes, alcohol, native concoctions and foods that are capable of making the baby too big for easy passage from the vagina.

*NEVER agree to a caesarian section where you are not sure of the reputation of the hospital for such operations.

*Men should endeavor to follow their wives to ante natal checkups. They can help remind their wives of what the Doctor said, and insist on some things which the woman would have treated with levity.

*Finally, and above all, be very prayerful. It is no hidden secret that the best of hospitals in the world today have lost countless women during child birth. However, it will be very foolish of anyone to say that because he/she is praying, then no human effort is important.

I doff my hat for every mother out there. I hold you all in high esteem. I have been to the labour ward twice and have ‘’helped my wife carry her pregnancy’’ twice and would therefore not need anyone to tell me what pregnancy and child delivery is all about. For the expectant mothers, I wish you the grace and mercies of God. But please you and your husband MUST do everything humanly possible to have a safe delivery and leave the rest to GOD for perfection.

To my dearly beloved sister, in whose memory this blog post is dedicated, I want to say it’s still too hard to believe that you are no more. It is insane to question GOD. But sweet memories lingers forever in the hearts of those you left behind, especially your son, Simi.

May your sweet soul rest in perfect peace, in Jesus name, amen.

HAPPY WOMEN’S DAY !!!

The world is filled with all sorts of people – people who love you, haters, people who are jealous over your success, people who celebrate your success, people who just like saying trash without thinking, people who are objective in their reasoning……all sorts of people. So when “NEGATIVE PEOPLE” come your way, do not give them the joy of allowing their negativity to to make you lose focus. Stay focused and and move on cos they would be very happy to see you do those things that will make you go down…..don’t give them that joy. – Michael Monday.

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