LOUD IT: Faith in the Faithfulness of God

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I had just joined the choir and was still a little lost in the crowd. We had finished choral recitals that day when some lady stood up and wanted to make an announcement. With a shy smile, she said, ‘Today makes it 1000 days since I’ve been married to my best friend and lover…and she had many more accolades to shower on her husband who was also a member of the choir. As per romantic, I was very moved; somehow down the line we became friends, and then family.

First thing I noticed about them was that they were friends constantly struggling to outlove each other. For example, one could organize a surprise for the other and end up being surprised instead. More so, they had such a marvelous heart for God and loved kids.  It was easy to love and be inspired by them.  This is really not about them though (yes, I could gush about how much I love them). My friend, M, had been diagnosed with severe endometriosis when she was younger and doctors said one of the side effects was sterility.  MM (her husband) had courted and married her knowing that. They both wanted kids so it was in faith and with the full understanding that God will do it and every month, he went through those painful periods with her.

Let me digress a little. I had seen this couple go through different seasons and seen them serve and see God come through. The testimonies are always amazing proof that they were helped by God in every area. But you know how it feels like God has done all but ONE thing. That was their situation. Later they moved into an estate on the Lekki Axis, a lovely child friendly environment. One evening, they took a walk within the estate and a neighbor stopped to say hello.

The conversation was somewhat like this

Neighbour: Good evening Mr and Mrs

M and MM: Good evening

Neighbour: Welcome to XYZ estate. Good to have you here

M and MM: Thank you. We are glad to be here

Neighbour: It is a lovely estate, do you have kids?

M and MM: No, we do not. Neighbour: Oh, too bad. This is an estate for children

I felt the pain as my friend told me, you know how we say things carelessly and hurt people without knowing. We say things that people take to God in prayer in their hurt, like Hezekiah did the threatening letter from King Sennacherib. That day, I took those words and fed them straight to God as it was hurting. It hurt me, even as a friend. I told God those words; I remember that day like yesterday. After that experience, I made a conscious decision to be more deliberate about how I assumed and what I said to people even with the best intentions.

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One of the many things I love about them was that they remained selflessly serving through their pain. Week after week, through the rehearsals and all, they stayed faithful. And one evening, I was at my parents out of town when I got the call, they were pregnant. I jumped up and screamed. I remember how much I screamed, my mum rushed out in a worried frenzy. I was really excited. God had come through.  Not too many weeks afterwards though, we were called to the hospital, my friend had a miscarriage and there had to be an evacuation. I felt pain; how does this kind of joy come and not even stay? The pregnancy wasn’t even showing yet. And then the pain continued and she had to go right back in for another surgery. But I loved her hubby’s response, it reminded me of Paul’s instruction to us to be joyful in hope, patient in tribulation. He was unperturbed. This was in 2012/2013.

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Now to my testimony: God ALWAYS keeps appointments. He is always on time.  One morning in January 2014, I remember it very clearly, it was the 11th day of January and I was in church for an early meeting.  Apparently my phone had been ringing. When I got to it eventually, it was my friend, M. I picked the phone, wanting to quickly dismiss her as per presentation ahead and I heard her sob. I heard her heart heaving and she was weeping. My heart broke. She was crying so much that everything could wait. Something had happened in her family that brought her pain to the fore. That day, she sounded to me like Hannah at Shiloh. My heart was moved with compassion as I encouraged her. I kept asking God to give me a word to speak to the weary. And as we ended the conversation, I heard myself say ‘by this time next year you will have your own child’. ‘Eeeeewo’,  Where did that come from? As soon as I hung up, I was terrified. God!!! I had no child to give so if that wasn’t God, I was in trouble. I didn’t want to be guilty of speaking what God hadn’t said. But I knew I didn’t make the words up just to comfort her. I left the words to God and moved on about my life leaving God’s words to Him to fulfill.

It was my birthday in March and they both came to the house and she took me to the kitchen and told me that God had come through. That was like the best birthday gift ever, I immediately remembered that conversation in January. I remembered that the doctor had said they had a 2% chance of natural conception. I remembered the woman who passed the spiteful comment in their estate. I remembered how they had considered IVF and were planning to begin the process sometime around then in faith.  I remembered all the hearts lifted in prayer for them as their life and service continued to inspire and then I remembered the FAITHFUL FAITHFULNESS of God. God kept that pregnancy till term, the whole process and birth is another entirely different miracle but He gave us the beautiful Joanna in September of that same year, exactly 9 months after He gave me those words.

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This is an encouragement to me; to have faith in the faithfulness of God. It was not an easy journey. There were storms, infact, I remember one big one and I saw the enemy trying to bring division so they couldn’t approach God as ONE. But God quelled that storm. His wisdom prevailed. I have seen that the devil often wages war against couples and families trusting God by bringing division.  UNITY is a tool of war. Don’t allow the enemy bring any distraction your way. Don’t stay focused on the challenge, rather stay focused on the faithfulness of God. Fill your life with things that give you hope and remind you of the promises of God., instead of staying focused on your need.

God showed his faithfulness by giving them Jojo – a bright and beautiful girl. She is growing every day and her life encourages me so much.

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I’m not sure what the doctors have said about your condition. Don’t be weary in well doing because the answer hasn’t come through yet. Keep trusting God to do what He has said He will do. God is always on time and when words are spoken that hurt you while you wait, take them like the mockings of Peninah and go to Shiloh. We have a God that answers prayers.

@eloxie

39 comments to LOUD IT: Faith in the Faithfulness of God

  • Marquis de Serendip  says:

    Great testimony. I am short for words. God is awesome. It pays to trust Him. ‘Nuff said.

    • Stupendous Grace  says:

      Thanks dear Marquis, ‘Nuff said indeed. God bless you!

  • chinelo  says:

    God bless u for sharing these testimonies.
    They are so encouraging.

    • Stupendous Grace  says:

      God bless you dear Chinelo. I’m glad you are encouraged by them. Hold to God’s unchanging hand. He is faithful!!!

  • bert  says:

    I don’t call him an Awesome God, and a Dependable God for nothing! He’s ever faithful and ever Sure.

    • Stupendous Grace  says:

      Exactly!!! Faithful and True is His name. God bless you Bert.

  • Yetunde whesu  says:

    Wow. How great is our Elohim, how great is our Elshadai, how great, how great is our Adonai. This testimony shall surely be permanent in Jesus name.

    • Stupendous Grace  says:

      AMEN!!! He is such a great, great God. God bless you Yetunde.

  • Teggie  says:

    Hallelujah! This moved me to tears… I tap into this testimony on behalf of everyone I know, believing God for the fruit of the womb. I pray they never lose faith in God’s faithfulness… It’s well

  • sarah  says:

    God is soooooo Faithful.

  • Tobi  says:

    God is faithful!

  • Ifeanyichukwu  says:

    Awesome GOD…nothing is above HIM.

  • lawson omotayo  says:

    I’ve been reading stupendous grace for close to 2 years now and have always been blessed it. This is something people need to hear about, I’ve had some trying times myself and peoples comment can always come across as insensitive or mocking but I know now there never is a time when God is not aware and he always comes through in due time just stay your course. Thank you for this wonderful testimoney

  • Rosemary  says:

    God’s faithfulness is unmatched! Steadfast and ever present. He alone deserves the praise. I am blessed by this piece and it’s a source of encouragement for me. Congrats to the couple.

  • Frances Okoro  says:

    Short of words.
    Certain that I will re-read this in the days/months to come.
    God is faithful…and He never forgets His promises…cliche but true, if you stick with the word, testimonies will arise.
    God bless their home!

  • Nelson Joshua  says:

    God is awesome!

  • Dumeje ANOMBEM  says:

    Thank you Eloho, reading this was truly a blessing onto my spirit.
    Yayyyy God!!

  • Ademeno Lola  says:

    God is too faithful to fail n He is dependable and more than enough.
    How great is He…………Using this testimony to stand in the gap for those who wants great gift from the Lord theirs is coming NOW and it is DONE IJMN.
    What a GREAT TESTIMONY!

    SERVING GOD PAYS!!!

  • Helen  says:

    Great testimony . He is a dependable and reliable God. With God nothing is impossible.

  • Bridget  says:

    Awesome testimony and such a lovely and beautiful blessing. He never sleeps nor slumbers..He is a faithful.

  • Koko  says:

    He indeed is a faithful God. Always on time! Always!!

  • Oluseyi Oyelakin  says:

    Indeed! God is faithful. I am encouraged and trusting God to give me a good man like MM.

  • Ozim-Ifeoma Obasi  says:

    AWESOME TESTIMONY. Thank you for blessing my morning! More especially with testimony of two special people I know! We will yet see God more in our lives. God bless you for writing this. Sharing it!

  • Rukevwe  says:

    God will do just what He says He will do

  • @hauwawonder  says:

    This brought tears to my eyes, wow! What a testimony! God knows just when and how to bring about the miracle. I always say to myself 1. It won’t be a testimony if it didn’t come after a storm… and 2. The testimony must come so someone else will be saved and encouraged. Good writing sis, God bless u much! :*

  • Seun Oluwalade  says:

    Thanks Eloho. Mr & Mrs are my friends in the university. Their love and commitment to God has been there from their foundation. God is faithful. He will never leave nor forsake us. Such an inspiring chapter of their lives, not just for their sakes but ours. How great is our God!

  • Lol  says:

    God is indeed faithful! I can boldly attest to the faithfulness of God in the life of the couple. They serve God with everything that they have! In giving, they don’t hold anything, And their love for each other is unspeakable! ( I admire them so so much).

    God will continue to make Joanna a source of Joy to them. I celebrate you M and MM******winks*******

    Thanks sis for sharing…….

  • Kings  says:

    Inspiring Post. Those Words actually came from your spirit.They were not orchestrated from your senses.Thanks for Sharing. God Bless You.

  • Ejiro  says:

    Faithful is our God…awesome testimony. May his name be praised forever and ever. Amen

  • Ehjeerho  says:

    Amazing testimony. The Ordinary just won’t do, I have got to get deeper with HIM…I want this kind of supernatural in my life.

  • Esther  says:

    Whao, m speechless. Lord, increase my faith in you.

  • Piriye  says:

    He glories in himself, he is not man that he should lie, what he says he will do that is what he does. This is only the beginning of greater things to come. Bless your heart and theirs… X

  • Milly  says:

    Overwhelming grace!!! All glory to God who always causes us to triumph. May God’s grace never leave their home and God bless you real good for sharing.

  • chidera  says:

    Thank God for His matchless grace

    Who Are The Ten Virgins? Part 5

  • E'  says:

    God is faithful!!!

    Btw been a while here and I see the blog layout has changed. I certainly prefer this fuss free one. Hehehe

  • Tomi  says:

    Real testimony! It touched me again as though I never knew this story before. Only God can do this.

    Thumbs up for an excellent write-up.

    Thank you for sharing my sister-in-law’s story.

    I’ll love to share on my blog too.

    • Stupendous Grace  says:

      Thank you Tomi!!! Truly, only God could have done it. I celebrate with you. Please feel free to LOUD IT. You have my permission to share. God bless you.

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  • enajyte  says:

    God always comes through. Always.

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