The product… And the Manufacturer

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Before my husband and I got married; I think it was 2 years into our relationship, I had some challenges with my body so I went to see the doctor, who carried out some tests on me. After the tests, I was told that the chances of me ever having children were slim to none. In fact, I was told that if I was interested in having children, it will be in my best interest to have them at that point otherwise if I waited, things will not turn out well.  I didn’t really want to tell my husband because I thought, “hhhmmm will he still go ahead with this relationship and get married to me?” While I felt that I shouldn’t tell him, I did and he asked me why I was sounding so down. I replied with all the reasons the doctors gave me. He asked me, “did your doctor create you?” and immediately said, “that report is not for you. We reject it”. I thought to myself, “what kind of boldness is this? Didn’t he hear what I just said?” Even though I wanted to still discuss it with him, he never ever once talked about it with me again. As far as he was concerned, it was a done deal. Although, I still had to go back to my doctor a few times and the reports remained the same, we acted as if everything was perfect and carried on with the relationship. He used to tell me, “just focus on God”, and the truth is that once I really took my focus off the issue; it became non-existent after some time. I actually didn’t go back to the doctor again concerning that issue. I am quite certain that if I kept going on and on about it, if I kept magnifying it, the doctor would have found some additional health “issues” in my system. The boldness of my husband began to rub off on me till every contrary thought of not having children faded away completely. We carried on talking about our plans for children without any regard for the reports. When we eventually got married, and we felt ready for children, everything happened just as we expected! For the rest of my life, I will keep thanking God for proving that He alone has the final say! That experience taught me so much; it showed me that Medical Doctors (while I really appreciate them; and my sister is one) can only tell patients what they know, after all that’s what they went to Medical School for. However, no matter how much of an expert a doctor may be, nobody knows more about a product than the manufacturer. The ability of how God (the Manufacturer) can repair and recreate even the complex human body (the product) became so real to me. A lot of times, when I talk to those who are going through the same thing, I tend to tell them my testimony, which, to the glory of God lifts their spirits. I remind them not to magnify the doctor’s report because that will only multiply their negative reports. Instead, I tell them to magnify their Maker! You may be in that situation right now, whether you are male or female, I am telling you the exact same thing. Man didn’t create you, God created your body from the inside out. He is the one who knows the details of how all your organs should function. He is the one that can even create a being without following the protocols. A man and woman can be intimate but God is the one who gives conception (Ruth 4:13). During a church service, I heard my husband, David Oyedepo Jnr, say something that caught my attention. He said “God does not need time, and He doesn’t need to follow procedures; He manufactured a full grown adult in one day – Adam. So nine months is not a problem for Him to manufacture a baby for you”. Wow! That entered my spirit and consumed me, and I hope it does the same for you. So no matter what the report is, no matter what is stopping you from having your own children as you desire, please don’t be angry, don’t be downcast, and don’t be depressed. The knowledge of man is limited but please rejoice because your Maker is limitless; His knowledge is endless. Whatever any manufacturer says about their product is what is; what anybody else has to say is irrelevant. When you have a product, for example, an iron that may not be working as it should, you have no doubt that the manufacturer has the answer; it won’t make sense for the manufacturer not to know what to do to fix the issue, no matter how complex it may be. In fact, most of us first pick up the manufacturer’s manual for guidance. It applies here too, look through the Manufacturer’s manual (His Word) for guidance. God has said you are a fruitful vine and your children will be like olive shoots around your table (Psalm 128:3). He has said you will see your children’s children (Psalm 128:6). He has said you will still bring forth fruit in old age (Psalm 92:13). Let His promises overwhelm you and ignite your faith because it is by faith that Sarah received strength to conceive at the age of 90 (Hebrews 11:11). Take hold of the testimonies of others and use them to boost your faith! It doesn’t matter how long you have been desiring your own testimony, as God lives, if you are trusting God for the physical manifestation of your children, rejoice! As long as it is your desire, your Maker will bring it to pass. Keep magnifying Him, and be expectant. One important thing I must tell you is this; if you are single and you may have received such a report like I did, please shake away every iota of fear and anxiety. Most of all reject that report and focus on what God’s Word has to say. Like I stated, my husband did not even allow it to be a topic of discussion for us; do the same. If you are married – don’t allow this season of waiting to affect your marriage! Stand by each other and encourage each other. Don’t allow anything or anyone to divide you. It is not your husband’s fault; it is not your wife’s fault. One of my favourite scriptures is this – God is true; every man is a liar (Romans 3:4)! The enemy has tried but God will take the glory! In fact, He has taken it already. Enjoy your husband; enjoy your wife. Always remember that the fact that your children may not be here YET, does not make your marriage a failure! For some of you, it may not even be about children; you may just have some health challenges in your body that requires a touch from God. Digest what you have just read and keep reminding yourself that your body (the product) can still be fixed by your Manufacturer (God), no matter the complexity of your case. Your health will be perfected in the name of Jesus Christ! Amen. I look forward to your testimony!

 

know your worth…give your worth!

From me to you:

Please don’t let anybody, including yourself, diminish your potential!

You are a goldmine!
You are an asset!
You absolutely have something to offer to the world!

Be willing and ready to discover who you are in Christ! And run with the picture God shows you.

We all have the potential to be positive reference points in the world but having potential is not enough! Be ready to be stretched! Be ready to be uncomfortable! Be ready to have less sleep!

Being single shouldn’t stop you!
Marriage shouldn’t stop you!
Motherhood shouldn’t stop you!
Nothing & No one should be given the privilege of stopping you!

Women all over the world have done amazing things by God’s grace.

Don’t feel the need to compete with your husband! Instead be determined to add value to him!
Don’t feel the need to compete with your children! Instead be determined to add value to them!
Don’t feel the need to compete with others! Instead be determined to add value to the world! There is something in you that somebody needs! It will be selfish not to give it!

Be a Value Adding Woman!

Know what your own unique assignment is, stay in your lane and maintain your focus!

Create a balance, know when to wait and know the right time to move. Whatever you do, don’t stop & don’t remain stagnant!

S-T-R-E-T-C-H… without breaking

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One of my favorite things to do is exercise. In fact those who know me well know that as I don’t joke with my spiritual walk, I also don’t joke with my physical fitness. But as much as I enjoy challenging my body, one part that I didn’t used to enjoy was stretching! I actually used to dread it so much. Then I began to learn about the benefits of stretching and what it does to the body, and since then I have never looked back. I take it as seriously as my workouts and I enjoy it a whole lot more. So much so that I stretch even when I am not working out! I have learnt however that it’s not just our bodies that need to be stretched. We can be stretched in every area of our lives, even in our relationships and marriages. I got this light one day, while engaging in a post workout stretch; I thought to myself that I will like to know the proper definition of stretching so once I could, I looked it up in various ways and one definition that stuck to me was this – being capable of lengthening without tearing or breaking! Once I read it, one thought came to my mind – MARRIAGE! I thought to myself ‘it’s true, marriage stretches us’! Why? Well because we have to be patient (even when we would rather not be). We have to have self-control (even when we would rather speak our minds as we please). We have to love unconditionally (hhhmm). We have to compromise (even when we would prefer that the marriage revolves around us). The list is endless. We have to be willing to stretch, to lengthen, to grow; and we must do them all – without breaking! Just like with the physical stretch, it may not be enjoyable BUT I have learnt that if I want to build the type of marriage that God has in mind, I have to lay my will down a lot and take up God’s will – I have to stretch myself! To many, doing all that is much too stressful and doesn’t sound appealing; they would rather not do it, but I believe it is because they don’t really know or understand the benefits of doing so. Physically, stretching can be so rewarding; some of the benefits include flexibility, increased blood flow to the muscles, and increased range of motion in the joints. One of the greatest benefits of stretching in marriage is the opportunity to grow in our Christian walk. It is also very exciting and rewarding to go through life with another person even if it means having to learn how to be less self-centered!! As I continue to take stretching as serious as my workouts, I have not stopped seeing great improvements, and I keep reminding myself that anything that stretches me will always bring out the best in me. We can either whine and groan about it, or use it as an opportunity to become better. The same way we allow our careers, our academics, etc. to challenge us and we are determined to give it our best to get the best, let’s do the same with our marriages. Single or married? Male or female? Imagine how our marriages would be if we decide to give it our very best, if we decide to stretch just a little bit more? Don’t be conformed to this world, renew your mind concerning the type of family life you are entitled to as a Christian (Romans 12:2), walk in that light and do all you can to make it a reality with the grace and the tools God has made available to you! Be willing to S-T-R-E-T-C-H – Spirit. Soul. And Body. And be ready to do so without breaking!