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THE DAY I’D NEVER FORGET

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Exactly one year ago I had an experience that shook me and my life was left permanently transformed. I’m hoping it will change your thinking too. Please read patiently to the end

Uche Michael had told me he had something beautiful for me. I believed him because that’s what wives do- they believe their husbands. Brethren trust me when I say my husband was dependable, he truly was.

I believed him and was seriously anticipating his promised bounties.

Towards evening, I heard a shout in the back yard. I didn’t know what it was. I thought it was just the normal noise the children around usually made while playing around. I ignored it and continued putting my clothes away. But some how the noise increased and became almost unbearable, so I got up, got to the kitchen and saw the doors wide open. There were petals everywhere on the floor. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Immediately something fell on me from the ceiling, it was a dress!

I was really excited at this point. It was really getting interesting.

But where did this dress fall from? “I’d sort that out later,” I thought while I continued my journey toward the noise outside. Then something sparkly caught my attention on the sink, it was a wrist watch!

Wow!

Really?

A wristwatch in my kitchen?

Then I decided to slow down and look around the kitchen because it looked as though there were treasures in that kitchen I didn’t know about.

To my amazement, I wasn’t disappointed either. I found shoes on one of the counter tops, beautiful Ankara materials and an umbrella handing in the door leading outside.

Remember there was a deafening noise outside, but I chose to concentrate on the beauties I found in my kitchen instead.

On getting outside, I discovered that my little girl had jumped into the well mistakenly while playing, and the other children didn’t know how to bring her out! My heart instantly jumped into my stomach when I learnt she had been thrown up by the water two times before I arrived the scene.

Tears immediately started dropping from eyes uncontrollably, my hands were shaking and I felt the blood rushing through my veins in full force. My daughter was getting drowned yet I was inside searching the kitchen for gifts that I could have found any other time. Somehow amidst the serious shivers and hot tears I was able to throw in the life line we had attached to the well. The life line had come with a vertical fall arrest system installed in the well; and only I and my husband knew how to operate it. The children didn’t know how to use it because we had not taught other yard members how it works.

I began to pray, asking God to make her come up again the third time. I begged the Lord to give me one more chance and to save my daughter. I also asked the Lord to forgive me for not responding to the screams of those children promptly, promising to teach everyone around me how to use the life line.

While I prayed, I heard the rumbling of the waters, and with the rumbling came my daughter out of the water. She’d came up so high we were able to immediately move the lifeline reining her in. We dragged her up and out of the well!

It was indeed a miracle of mercy! God had shown me mercy and had saved me the eternal guilt of not doing what I could have done to save my daughter’s life.


We then entered the second stage of trying to resuscitate her. By this time other people from the neighborhood had gathered and they were helping out. I couldn’t stop the tears from flowing because my daughter almost died because of my insensitivity. I heard the noise quite well but was not bothered about the urgency of that need. I also knew how to use the life line but never taught our neighbours. Now my selfish actions almost got my daughter drowned in the well I could navigate.

In this month of July, we’re reminded that though they’re treasures in the house for us by our Kinsman Redeemer; there are still people dying in the world, sinking in the wells of despondency and despair. As we claim the promises of our Father, let’s not forget that there are people that we alone can help.

You have been blessed with some unique abilities and gifting for your world. You’re a solution in motion and no one else can solve the problems you were equipped to solve. Please, I am begging you to look away from your troubles and cares a little while to see that there’s someone else around you that needs you.

There’s a womanizer that needs deliverance,
A rapist in need of the gospel,
There are drug addicts that need freedom,
Sex workers that need Jesus.

They’re not just ‘messed up’ as we may describe them; they are IN NEED of the Saviour and you have access to Him. Don’t be selfish. You can always come back to the kitchen to keep searching the cupboards and cabinets because since it’s your kitchen, you will always have access to them.

“All things are yours”

Happy New Month 😊😊😊

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN TODAY’S MARRIAGE; WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I’M IN SUCH CONDITION AS A BELIEVER?

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN TODAY’S MARRIAGE; WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I’M IN SUCH CONDITION AS A BELIEVER?

Domestic violence is a violence or other abuse in a marriage.
Domestic violence could involve any body but I’m looking at it in a family setting between a man and his wife.

Domestic violence includes

  • Physical, verbal, emotional, economic, religion reproductive and sexual abuse.

Many people are going through a lot in marriages today, some Christan homes inclusive. This has caused a lot of harms in homes, churches and the society at large. So many women have lost their lives in the process,men inclusive but women are mostly at the receiving end. And they endure mostly even to the point of loosing their lives. This they do because of:

  1. The love they have for their spouse
  2. Because of their children
  3. What the society will say about them
  4. Because of their faith and religion.

Please when beating and sexual molestation becomes the case in your home, there’s need for separation.

Now in as much as the Bible frowns at divorce, I don’t think it’ll be reasonable for one to remain in an abusive marriage where his/her life is a stake. The same children you think about will still be maltreated, neglected and will be forced to face horrible situations the moment you are gone. The same society you are thinking of what they will say will still blame you for not speaking out on time. Your making heaven is even very slim because I don’t think your heart is clean in that condition. Your bad thoughts, unforgiveness and bitterness is enough to send you to hell. And instead of you to commit murder, I think you should separate if that’s the only option left.

Many women are going through alot. When a domestic violence involves life threatening abuses, there’s need for you to seek for help.

Many women have died in this process. Pls being born again doesn’t mean your brain should be suspended. Yes divorce is a sin but you shouldn’t die either because you are married. You are being asked to keep praying often times, yes but you could do that also while away. Many women are dying silently. Women please speak out in such conditions, don’t keep quiet. Make sure the problem is not from you. Make sure you are not the cause of it.

I have seen a woman beating blue black by her husband. Not once not twice. Infact the man always use cane,belt etc on her. And she’s asked to keep praying. What if she die one day? What if she couldn’t take it any longer and tries to defend herself and kill her partner in the process, what will be her lot?

Women should take the necessary steps the moment they see that things are getting out of hand.

Try to see how you could save the situation by involving your spiritual leaders, your both families,the people your partner respects so much and if there’s no changes please take a break while you pray and take the necessary steps to save your marriage.

Pls note that your being away is for the mean time. Even while away you are to remain and keep your body. It’s not a time to go about messing up. If you do that you are commenting sin. You are to maintain sexual purity. Even when your partner is doing otherwise. The only time remarriage is possible is when one partner is dead. See Romans 7:2,1cor.7:39.

Neighbors should as well look out for their fellow women/men. Please speak out for them. Some of them are in a tight corner and can’t help themselves.

Stay tuned for the next post on this same topic!

Say no to domestic violence.

What’s your take on this? Share your opinion.
Will you allow your daughter, sister, brother,son go through domestic violence?
What will you have them do;the abused?

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LEKKI SHOOTINGS: SANWO-OLU HAS LOST CREDIBILITY, SAYS FSD

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LEKKI SHOOTINGS: SANWO-OLU HAS LOST CREDIBILITY, SAYS FSD

By Oladimeji Ramon

A group, the Federal Social Democrats, says the credibility and integrity of the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, have been diminished by the alleged shooting of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers at the Lekki tollgate on the night of October 20.

According to the group, the Lekki incident has eroded the admiration that Sanwo-Olu won with his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The group, in statement on Sunday signed on its behalf by Olutola Mobolurin, also condemned the harassment of #EndSARS protest leaders through the freezing of their bank accounts and stopping them from travelling outside the country.

The FSD’s statement was titled, ‘Statement by the Federal Social Democrats On the #EndSARS Movement and Violence in the Wake of Lekki Shootings.’

The group said, “Governor Sanwo-Olu, who before now has been credited with responsible and energetic response to the COVID-19 pandemic, has by this one act lost his credibility and integrity for many. He has a big task in regaining the confidence of the public and youths; his credibility gap surrounding what happened at the Lekki Toll Plaza is not helped by the insensitive bluster of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the governor’s residence stating that those who were injured and presumably those who died had questions to answer.”

Though the group condemned the destruction of public assets and looting that trailed the shootings at the Lekki tollgate, it said the mayhem pointed to the alienation of a large number of youths from society by government.

It said, “The so-called hoodlums are the youths that have been denied any stake in society by the self-dealing and state capture that have characterised governance over the last 30 years. Millions of our youths have been uneducated, unemployable and with no meaningful social safety net. Even for the millions who are educated and skilled, long-term unemployment has been their experience in the Nigerian prebendal political economy that serves primarily the interests of public office holders and their cronies.

“Some of the ‘hoodlums’ responsible for the trashing of Lagos are the youths and ‘the toughies’ that many politicians have over the years employed to subvert the democratic process through intimidation of voters and perpetration of violence during elections.”

The group said the organisers of the #EndSARS protests deserved commendation for the resourcefulness, transparency and accountability which they demonstrated.

The group condemned “the growing reports of compilation of names of the assumed leaders and facilitators of the protests for government reprisals.”

It said, “Those that are being targeted are reportedly being prevented from travelling outside Nigeria while accounts of some have been frozen. This is hardly the hallmark of a democratic government that is interested in dialoguing with the youths or learning positive lessons from the #EndSARS protests. It is also a violation of the spirit of government’s acceptance of the 5 for 5 agenda. The President should stop all these acts of witch-hunt.”

The FSD solicited support for the Lagos State Government to rebuild and replace the vandalised public assets.

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APPOINTMENT OF WTO CHIEF IN DOUBT AFTER KEY MEETING CANCELLED

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APPOINTMENT OF WTO CHIEF IN DOUBT AFTER KEY MEETING CANCELLED

• Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala had been expected to be confirmed as leader on Monday

By Richard Partington

The race to find a new leader of the World Trade Organization has been thrown into renewed uncertainty after the cancellation of a key appointment meeting following the US presidential election.

The Geneva-based WTO, which acts as an international arbiter for trading disputes, said it had put off a meeting scheduled for Monday that had been called to appoint Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as its next director general.

Donald Trump’s administration opposed her selection in one of its final acts before the US election, despite the former Nigerian finance minister securing the overwhelming backing of the WTO’s 164 members.

The special meeting of the trade body’s general council had been convened to take a formal decision on the appointment. Officials had been set to put forward Dr Okonjo-Iweala as the candidate most likely to attract a majority, after most countries expressed a preference for her over South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee.

Okonjo-Iweala had moved a step closer to becoming the first woman and the first African to be director of the global trade watchdog after securing backing from the EU, China, Japan and Australia. Liam Fox, the leading Brexiter and former international trade secretary, had run as the UK government’s preferred candidate but failed to win enough support from other countries to reach the last two in the process.

Trade experts said Joe Biden defeating Trump in last week’s election may have led to countries calling for a delay in the WTO leadership race, with the aim of securing the Biden White House’s backing for Okonjo-Iweala after he takes charge in January.

The delay in selecting a new WTO director general comes at a fragile moment for the world economy amid the second wave of Covid-19, and after years of criticism of the WTO and calls for reform from Trump.

The WTO said the meeting would be postponed until further notice, during which time the organisation would continue undertaking consultations with delegations from countries around the world to pick a new leader.

It said in a statement: “For reasons including the health situation and current events, delegations will not be in a position to take a formal decision on 9 November.”

  • TheGuardian

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