Monday, August 8, 2011

25 years since we both said “I do”

Dear God,

I thank you for my marriage!
Thank you for giving me a great husband and friend
Thank you for the blessings of our children, Emanuel and Angelique.
Thank you for 25 years. of thick and thin.

My hubby and sweetheart!

It seems like yesterday when we both said "I do" and chose to love and live together as husband and wife.
In sickness and in wellness;
In pain and in happiness;
In sorrow and in joy.

My hubby and sweetheart!

To love, to cherish,
To help each other
And stay faithful
Until death parts us!

I remember our wedding verse from the book of Ruth
“Don’t beg me to leave you or to stop following you.
Where you go, I will go.
Where you live, I will live.
Your people will be my people,
and your God will be my God".

Said with great excitement and joy!
Still ringing in my ears like it was yesterday!

Little did we realize that
with marriage comes also
pain, cries, sorrow, frustrations, etc.
Little did we prepare for the ups and downs, the storms and the twists
That are all part and parcel of the marriage institution!

For 25 years dear hubby and sweetheart
we have been best friends
For 25 years. We have been lovers
For 25 years. We have lived together and worked together, yes worked together!
For 25 years. We have experimented life together with our children
Indeed for 25 years.  We have weathered the storms of life together! Phew!

BUT today,
The things I'm  grateful for far outweigh the things I’m not happy about.

If I could count my blessings and like the song writer said "and name them one by one" it will surprise you what our God has done in our marriage!

I can say without any doubt
That our Maker has been faithful in bringing us this far
We wouldn't have made it without his grace and mercy
So with great pleasure i say 'thank you Jehovah'

And yes Lord!
For the years to come, hopefully another 25 years, yes! Even more Lord!

With you on our side and in our boat,
We'd still be loving each other
We'd still be forgiving each other
We'd still be working together
We’d still be everything you have created us to be!

Loving you hubby and sweetheart
Till the very end.

Yinka Opadiya on our 25th wedding anniversary

Friday, August 5, 2011

Life is not always what i think it should be.

Food for thought:
I took the pictures of these 2 trees yesterday at the back of our house. Spot the difference!
Same season (winter in Sydney!). One has just flowers and no leaves; the other has flowers and full-on leaves. In my mind i thought i never imagined a tree could even bring out flowers without leaves.

I'm still wondering how this could be. I will understand if there was nothing on this tree, taking into consideration that the cold weather might not be suitable for it.

Then, i took a look at the second tree and i was very surprised to see the green leaves and flowers. I remember the adage 'different strokes, different folks'. Except that in this case they are trees and not folks!

This made me think of life. -Things are not going to always be what i think they should be.
Just thinking aloud...

My Prayer Declarations 1

I cancel death in my family. There shall not be any sudden death or any premature death in Jesus mighty name!

I will not bury any of my kids in Jesus' name.

My parents will not bury any of their children too in Jesus' name.

We will all fulfill the numbers of our days.

No Sudden death in my family. No! no! no! to every plan of the enemy, in Jesus name.

We will live long and live in divine health in Jesus name.

No evil will befall us!
No plague will come near our dwelling places, in Jesus name! Amen.

I have what I say!
I pray this with every fiber of my being. 
I cut off every evil report in Jesus Name!

I cancel every demonic dream in Jesus Name!
I decree life and abundant life for me and everyone that belongs to me, in Jesus Name! 

I thank you my Lord for the covenant of long life.
I thank you my Saviour for your sacrifice on the cross!
I thank you my Lord for the blood of the covenant.

I stand on that today and the evil is averted in Jesus Name! 

We will live and not die prematurely!
We will fulfill our destiny in Christ.
We will declare the works of the Lord in the land of the living. 

Amen n amen! 

Alleluia! Preist den Herrn! Dieu soi loue! Praise the Lord! Oluwa mo dupe!