Sunday, 21 May 2017

First Devotional Thoughts Platform (Part One)

Testimony of God's Faithfulness (Part One)
Akin: Welcome to the DT Platform. We are privileged to have you oblige us with your time, and sharing of your testimony. Please introduce yourself to our audience.

IC: Thanks my brother. I appreciate what you are doing through this platform, reaching out to people going through diverse personal challenges and making yourself a blessing to them through biblical inspirations.

IC: By His grace, I am a child of God, a husband to my wife and father to my 3 children, ages 14, 11 and 9. God has truly been good to me. To some people, I could easily pass for one without any problem, one whose life has been complete from the get go. That is far from the truth. Like everybody, I’ve had my share of personal challenges (and from my perspectives even more than a fair share at times), but in all God has always proved himself faithful and seen me through. As a result, I tend not to be bashful in sharing aspects of my testimonies with people going through similar experience. This is in the hope that by so doing they would be inspired and encouraged. God remains the same yesterday, today and forever and is very much interested in our affairs. Thanks for giving me this opportunity to be part of this ministry.

Akin: The privilege is ours. Knowing the kind of responsibilities you shoulder, it sure took a deep sense of indebtedness to God, and wanting to be a blessing to have obliged. Thanks!

Akin: You had to wait 1, 2, 3…6 years for your first issue. And, it was not as if your wife was not conceiving, but there was the associated pain of miscarriages. (Don’t let me steal your thunder.) Please do share your testimony with us in your own words.

IC: I came from a small family, two boys and a mum, having lost my father when I was three years old. Life was quite difficult for us, with the task of raising us lying squarely on my mum’s shoulders, with her meager income as a schoolteacher. Twice I almost dropped out of school for various reasons. And twice, God intervened and saved my career. My mum’s commitment to actualizing the vision of her late husband, concerning his children’s education, was what kept her going. You can imagine my depth of gratitude, looking back from where God has placed me today and coming to terms with what the enemy wanted to truncate. Due to our peculiar family situation, we were a very close knit family. I had dreams of marrying early, once I graduate from the University and secure a job. And, having children in quick succession, up to five. I wanted to make up for those my mum would have had if my father had not died prematurely. As the old saying goes, “man proposes, but God disposes”. I ended up not marrying as early as I had hoped. Yet, I still had desires and expectations of having all my kids within the first five years of marriage. Little did I know that this “another phase” (as I tagged my marriage on the wedding invitation card) was truly going to be a phase different from all I had ever imagined.

Akin: Wow! We will pick up from here next week.


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