To All Pregnant Women…

God’s purpose for pregnancy was for procreation. Nothing more. By extension, it was to bring joy, firstly, to the woman and then the family. You were supposed to be a “heroine” in a journey where only God can say, with 100% certainty, how it will end.

My thoughts goes to you today – thoughts that agree with God’s purpose for pregnancy – to deliver safely and then celebration follows…..

And when you eventually “arrive safely” with your heavenly gift(s), do not forget to give glory to God. Haven’t you heard; that so many women could not complete the “journey” even with the best of medical personnel and country that they put their hopes and confidence in. If you have done same, It is not too late to hand over the rest of the “journey” into God’s hands.

I wish you safe delivery and very beautiful gifts from the Most High God to show for it ūüôā

God bless us all

Truly, GOD Answers Prayers !!!

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Pastor E.A. Adeboye, General Overseer, RCCG.

Saturday, 16th March 2013, will for ever be a day to remember for a¬†colleague¬†of mine. That was the day God, in His infinite wisdom and magnanimity decided to make her the happiest woman in the world, by making her a mother….after waiting on God for……wait for it…….nine years !!! Wowwww !!! I can imagine the feeling. I can imagine the way she smiles now. I can imagine how the new father feels. I can also imagine how they now see God.

One thing that is hard to explain is why GOD does things the way and time He does them. But what I don’t need any Pastor to tell me is that¬†TRULY, ¬†GOD ANSWERS PRAYERS !!! Its really encouraging for me because she is the third person I will talk to God about concerning the fruit of the womb, and God did not make me, and every other person who wished her God’s mercies, to be put to shame.

So, to GOD be all the glory for His mercies for allowing fertilisation to take place, for seeing her through during the pregnancy, delivery and post delivery. Glory be to God for the angelic gift of a boy that ended the nine months journey. May His mercies and grace continue to shine upon her, the baby ad the husband. May the Lord be a father to the baby in all respects.

Are you waiting on God for something? Be patient. Is it not better to wait on God for ever than to run after the devil and his¬†disciples?¬† Hold on tight to God. It is worth it because (Prov 10:22 says) : “The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich,¬†and he addeth no sorrow with it.”

Put Him to¬†remembrance¬†all the time. ¬†Isaiah 43:26 says : “Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou,¬†that thou mayest be justified.”

Do not listen to discouraging stories. Do not be moved by discouraging scenes. No matter how hopeless the situation might be “…..¬†with God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37). ¬†The¬†Israelites¬†(Exodus 14) were completely hopeless at the Red Sea. But God shocked them all when ¬†“…the LORD said to Moses, “Why do you cry to me? ¬†Tell the people of Israel to go forward.”¬†(Exodus 14:15).¬†It sounds¬†really¬†stupid. Isn’t it? ¬†But, as by GOD, ¬†”¬†Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the people of Israel went into the midst of the sea on dry ground, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.”

God is awesome !!! For me and my household, the taste of the pudding is in the eating. It is either GOD or GOD. Are you waiting on Him for anything ? Do you know someone who is ? I have a message from from GOD to you (or the person) :

¬†‚ÄúFor I know the plans I have for you,‚Äô declares the LORD, ‚Äėplans to prosper¬†you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will ¬†seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†

Thanks for your time and CONGRATULATIONS to Mrs Itunu Ashogbon and family.

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With God all things are possible

Praying your through in an unsafe world

Withholding what belongs to God

Pause for a while…and count your blessings

If God is on our side…Michael Jackson on mind

Never lose hope…

Child delivery : A tribute to God almighty and all mothers, especially my late sister

Keep your head up : God is still God

The amazing grace of God

Childlessness : Marriage gone sour

Child delivery : Tribute To God Almighty and All mothers, Especially My Late Sister

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.

My dearly beloved late sister

My dearly beloved late sister

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 ‚Äď 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 ‚Äė‚Äôbeautiful‚Äô‚Äô boy, after¬†ten ‚Äė‚Äôgruesome‚Äô‚Äô 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 ‚Äď 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 ‚Äė‚Äôfight.‚Äô‚Äô 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‚Äôs 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 ‚Äė‚Äôcross‚Äô‚Äô that was meant to bring joy to the family, if she arrives safely. Where they don‚Äôt, 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 ‚Äė‚Äôhelped my wife carry her pregnancy‚Äô‚Äô 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.