Please Pardon Me.

Please Pardon Me.

Pardon my Silence My dear readers,
Please I beg your pardon. I should have written to you way before now but procrastination has been the enemy.
I have been working on so many things and adding blogging to it has been quite a task. I am getting ready for a come back soon though, after I give Teshuva a bit of a face lift.
I also have a list of interesting announcements to make…
Please be patient and expectant too.
I pray God’s grace, mercy and favour surround you till I come back to you.
Love you loads!

The Power Of God’s Fire In Your Marriage.

The Power Of God’s Fire In Your Marriage.

The Power Of God's Fire In Your Marriage.Fire has so many functions while causing terrible damages too. Fire has its pros and cons depending on which way it appears or functions.

The fire of God is very beneficial to the christian man and woman, especially those who seek Him earnestly. The fire of God means so many different things and works in so many different ways in different circumstances. The fire of God works for His own, but works against His enemies.

In this post I want to list some of the different manifestations of God’s fire and some of the ways it can be of immense benefits to a marriage, hence the need to call for God’s fire and expose it to our marriages.

1. The Fire Of God Refines And Purifies.
He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and He will purify the sons of Levi [the priests], and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may present to the Lord [grain] offerings in righteousness. Malachi 3:3 AMP

Like the purifier, God puts our marriages  through the fire, and He takes care that the fire is not too hot that it totally damages our marriage, but just hot enough to remove the dross completely until He sees His image in our marriages, until His image is reflected in our homes.z

So, when your marriage is passing through a test, it could simply be God removing every dross it might have gathered over time, due to neglect or carelessness, and refining and purifying your marriage. God’s purifying and refining fire, makes your marriage better than it was.

So that the genuineness of your faith, which is much more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested and purified by fire, may be found to result in [your] praise and glory and honour at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:7 AMP

2. The Fire Of God Consumes.
When Elijah was faced with enemies in 2 Kings He called for fire and they were consumed.

Then the king sent to Elijah a captain of fifty with his fifty [fighting men to seize the prophet]. And he went up to him, and behold, he was sitting on the top of a hill. And the captain said to him, Man of God, the king says, Come down.  Elijah replied to the captain of fifty,  So if I am a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty [fighting men]. Then fire fell from heaven and consumed him and his fifty. 11 So King Ahaziah again sent to him another captain of fifty with his fifty [fighting men]. And he said to him, Man of God, thus says the king, Come down quickly. Elijah answered them,  If I am a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty [fighting men]. And the fire of God came down from heaven and consumed him and his fifty. 2 Kings 1:9-12 AMP

God’s holiness is the reason He manifests as a consuming fire, it burns up anything unholy. He consumes all unholiness and wickedness in your marriage and family.

3. The Fire Of God Protects And Preserves.
God preserves His own with His fire.

For I, declares the Lord, will be a wall of fire around her [protecting her from enemies], and I will be the glory in her midst. Zechariah 2:5 AMP

When you ask for God’s fire, He becomes a hedge of protection round your family, protecting and defending your marriage from the enemy. When the enemy throws darts against your marriage, darts of strife, confusion, disunity, and all of such, they cannot get a hold on your marriage because of the protecting and preserving fire of God.

4. The Fire Of God Leads And Guides.
Fire produces flame(light) in darkness.

The [presence of the] Lord was going before them by day in a pillar (column) of cloud to lead them along the way, and in a pillar of fire by night to give them light, so that they could travel by day and by night. Exodus 13:21 AMP

In times when the enemy seeks to introduce darkness to your marriage, God’s flame of fire shines in and darkness disappears. Also, when you and your spouse need His leading and direction on which way to go, God’s fire leads the way and all you have to do is follow.

5. The Fire Of God Empowers Your Marriage.
But you will receive power and ability when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be My witnesses [to tell people about Me] both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and Samaria, and even to the ends of the earth. Acts 1:8 AMP

The fire of God empowers you and your spouse and consequently your marriage, to be a witness for Him. Your marriage becomes a model for what a godly marriage should be like. You become a witness for God and His kingdom as men and women are drawn to the Light in your home.

I want to imagine that you have already begun praying in your heart as you read, that God’s fire will fall greatly in your marriage.

Tell me what you think.

Copyright© Teshuva 2016

Righteousness Delivers. (VLOG)

Righteousness Delivers. (VLOG)

Righteousness deliversWhen you stay by the ocean of healthy waters, dryness does not affect you. The world is in recession according to experts, but The One who created the experts, The Expert of all experts says we can live in abundance even in these times.

The only way to stay GLUED to God, Our Jehovah Jireh, is to live in righteousness.

Here is a short video I made about this.

Do you believe you can prosper in famine?
Are you living the life that can make that happen?

Copyright© Teshuva 206

How I Almost Aborted My Baby.

How I Almost Aborted My Baby.

How I Almost Aborted My BabyAbout a couple of weeks ago, I was in a discussion with some women and we talked about women, marriage and various marital issues.
It was then one of the women in our midst shared her story. And I took her permission to share it here on Teshuva, hoping that someone would learn a thing or two from it as we all learnt when she shared with us.

I got pregnant unexpectedly, with contraception in place. When I discovered I was so down casted because we were done with child bearing… or so we thought.
When I mentioned it to my husband, he was put off and he said to me, “What kind of embarrassment is this”

The Counsel And “Help”.
One evening after church service I mentioned it to a “sister” who assured me that it was nothing to worry about and there was something to do to take care of “the situation”.
She introduced me to some pills which I started taking. I just couldn’t get over what people would say to me after having all my other children, I was even more overwhelmed by my husband’s words.

My Daughter And Her God.
One day, I bled so heavily that I messed up every where in my room before I could get to the bathroom. While I was in the bathroom weeping over the thought of losing my baby because I had been bleeding the whole day, my seven year old daughter came to me after she had cleaned up the bloody mess.

She’s asked why I was why I was crying and I responded that I was afraid of losing my baby.
Then she said, “Don’t you know the ministry of The Holy Spirit again?”
She continued, “Well I don’t know about you but I know what I have discussed with my God, nothing will happen. Let the will of God be done but I know what I have told my God.” I received a bit of encouragement after then.

How It Ended.
To cut her story short, she went for two separate scans after that episode and was scheduled for an evacuation. The day she was getting ready for the evacuation from nowhere her sister called to ask if everything was all right and she pretended everything was fine, even after her sister put so much pressure on her because of the things God had shown her.
That day in the clinic, for some reason her doctor decided to do one more scan before the procedure.

When she left her doctor, she went for a different scan and the report was the same. Of course her joy knew no bounds.

She was excited the abortion had failed.

Her Husband Had No Idea.
She had not told her husband about what she had done or what had been happening all this time (he worked in a different state at the time and only came home occasionally). When she told her husband after knowing her baby was alive and well, he was so sure he couldn’t have asked, “What kind of embarrassment is this?”
This goes to show that her husband did not mean to cause any harm, he just spoke the first thought that came to mind and look what it caused her.

Many times we say things without thinking it through.

There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Proverbs 12:18 ESV

Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. Proverbs 16:24 ESV

When we speak from our flesh and emotions we can hardly speak the right words. We should be mindful of the things we say especially to our spouses. Our words hurt or affect them mostly more than that of others.

I am not saying what her husband said is an excuse for what she did. But imagine if he had spoken reassuring words instead, letting her know that they were in it together, after all, she did not get pregnant by herself, and besides she had her contraceptive in place.

We should also be careful who we take our matters to. We should trust God for discernment so that we do not fall for wrong counsellors. Maybe if she had not met that “sister” she wouldn’t have done what she did or gone through what she went through.

Blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God] is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked [following their advice and example]… Psalm 1:1 AMP

What do you say to your spouse?
How has this story impacted you?

Copyright© Teshuva 2016

My Bad Example To My Son.

My Bad Example To My Son.

My bad example to my son.Something really funny happened some days ago, and it reminded me of how everything we do affects and shapes our children.
We had finished evening service and as I was meeting and greeting some brethren, a sister said she needed to see me. I wrapped up with the people I was talking with and quickly went to see her, at this time my husband and our boys had gone out of the church.
I didn’t realize that the discussion would take more than a few minutes and I couldn’t just get up and leave, every time I thought we were wrapping up, something else came up and since I was travelling the next day I wanted to conclude with her.

My Mistake.
My husband started sending people to call me out for us to go home, I kept telling them to tell him I would soon be out. He sent the first, second, third, and fourth… I can’t remember if there was a fifth, but I send them back with pleas for a little more time. Finally after a time way longer than I thought it would be, I ran out hand in hand with my sister and saw that they had driven towards the gate.

We walked fast, ran a little after them and I said out there, ‘He cannot leave me, he cannot leave the apple of his eye.’  Some brethren were still outside taking with each other when I said that and they laughed along with us. Realizing he was within hearing, I exclaimed a bit under my breath, ‘I hope he didn’t hear that!’
When we got to the car, I expected to see an angry husband, but he was calm, I was surprised because the wait was long and he was very hungry.

I should have gone to talk to him about the meeting I was having, or ended and rescheduled it for when I return, instead of keeping him waiting in hunger.

I apologized for keeping them waiting as I got in the car. After he talked a bit with the sister, we drove off, out of the church gate.

My Son And His Thoughts.
As we drove out of the church street, my husband told me what one of our boys had said while they were waiting.
I should mention here that there was a big birthday card we had to travel with and of course my husband wont let me carry it while he is with me. Back to my son…

He said he would love to live with the girl he would want to marry for one year to make sure she will not keep him waiting like I just kept his dad and also make sure she will not take on tasks that he would end up having to take over, just like I did with the card. Lolol…

My Thoughts And Response.
I laughed and told him that would be living in sin.  Thinking of it now, I should make him read my post on COHABITATION. My husband said, he had already told him it would be wrong to live with any girl before marriage. Our son had replied that he would not have sex with her, he would just observe her and her attitude. His dad responded that it would be difficult to live with a girl in same house without committing any sexual sin with her, I believe the boy got it.

His wrong thoughts do not make my actions right.

I also told him, how be it humorously, that no good man should watch his wife struggle without helping out. It was so funny as we talked about it and laughed in the car, his brothers were all laughing and giggling with him but I took note of what had just happened.

This reminds me of over a decade ago when one of my sons as a baby rushed to give me kiss just after he had seen his dad kissing me.
Now look what another one of them had deduced from this incident that I took casual, look the thought that came to him because of what I had done. Even the card that nothing bad, had left an impression on him that would have led him to error if he was not corrected.

We must do everything to ensure that we do right all the time so that we can be good examples to our children and teach them valuable life lessons. I have always known this, but God needed to remind me…

I must make sure I follow Christ, so my children will not go wrong following me.

Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ… 1 Corinthians 11:1

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

Are you being a good example to your children?
Do you have any story like mine?

Copyright© Teshuva 2016