Thursday, May 31, 2007

Mummy Sunday 14:

Inspired by one of my favorite bloggers LondonBuki, this is my fourteenth Mummy Sunday post. I haven't written one in a while cos there has been a lot happening to and around my mummy’s health since the last one I wrote in March- and I just couldn’t bring myself to write about her. This is a post of thanksgiving because time after time, the Lord above keeps proving himself as the head of our household. I dedicate this post to LondonBuki's mom... she will receive divine healing in Jesus name... AMEN!!!

The Faith Of My Mother

I have a distinct memory of an argument I had with my mother years ago as a teenager. I don't remember what it had been about or exactly what she'd said... but I remember the look on her face when I lashed out:

"You're not my role model anyways"

... the pain in her eyes as she walked away...

It’s been about 4 years since then and we never once talked about it, but I still remember.

I remember when Fire and I came to Canada to live with my mom.

I hated the way she yelled and complained… expected me to be the little girl she left in Nigeria so many years ago.

For the first year or two, we had such terrible arguments…

But we finally figured it out… we had to ‘learn’ each other again… to learn to love each other just the way we were.

I once heard someone say that you grow into your mother…

{21, and somewhat wiser}

I think it would be an honour

… her strength, her passion, her drive and ambition, her inner and outward beauty, her compassion… her faith

It will definitely be an honour to become half the woman she is.

My mummy is a woman of such extraordinary faith… so her life is a constant miracle.

God guides and showers her with amazing blessings, allows her to step into places she wouldn’t otherwise dare. He fights her battles for her…

and by virtue of being her children… he fights for my sister Fire and I.

My mummy believes in a God who sees into the soul…

She doesn’t take off her earrings and makeup immediately she’s nearing the church premises, she still wears her red nail polish and fitted, cute clothes. She doesn’t volunteer in every church event just so her pastor can notice her…

cos my mummy’s God is not an ‘eye-service’ God.

My mummy talks to God like a friend… she tells him her joys, her sorrows… her everything.

Fire and I almost always start laughing anytime our mum starts praying… she has absolutely no clue how funny she is. My sister and I always recreate this prayer she said sometime last year:

“Lord Jesus I thank you for waking me up this beautiful morning to be able to give praise to you. Lord I thank you for my family back home and here. Thank you for being our guidance and protection.

Lord today I want to commit my daughter Fire into your hands. This girl is a problem child. Lord please save her. Lord I can’t believe she went to school yesterday and fought with her classmate and even had the audacity to question her vice-principal. Lord please take control of this situation cos I have nobody but you… touch her and make her change I pray in Jesus name. Lord you know disrespectful behaviour does not run in my family so please open her heart so she can get to know you because she needs it Lord. Amen.

Lord please teach my children Overwhelmed and Fire the importance of obedience. Amen. I don’t understand why Overwhelmed didn’t wash the dishes last night. Please create a change in her life so that she will not feel ok anytime she doesn’t do the dishes. I want her to know that it’s a sin to be lazy. Amen

Lord you know that woman who is disturbing me for no apparent reason… please fight for me cos I have nobody else. Lord I have called upon you all my life and you have been there for me. Please continue to be there for me and continue to take the glory I pray in Jesus name. Amen.”

lol

It’s a very simplistic approach to worshipping God… but it works.

My mummy has been sick for months. The doctors initially said she has a cyst. A blood vessel had erupted in her stomach and she’d had the option of operating on it or taking certain pills and recovering in 4-6 weeks. She had Fire and I by c-section, and had a fibroid operation in the past, so she opted to take the pills.

8 weeks after, she still wasn’t feeling better. As a matter of fact, she got worse… more feverish, weak… sick.

She was losing a lot of weight… but oddly enough, her stomach kept getting bigger.

She decided to see some specialists and find out what was going on…

They found a big lump in her stomach.

They were going to run more tests to find out what exactly what it was… but they suspected it was either an ovarian cyst or ovarian cancer.

My entire family was in shock- ‘scared-out-of-our-minds’ shock

My mummy was almost falling apart… I had to stay strong and tell her it was going to be alright… that it couldn’t be our worst fear… I had to tell her that what happened to Aunty H wouldn’t happen to her.

The results came back…

MY MOTHER DOES NOT HAVE CANCER!

She went in for another set of tests… and there was even better news…

THE LUMP THAT WAS THE SIZE OF A TENNIS BALL IN HER STOMACH HAD SHRUNKEN TO THE SIZE OF AN ERASER!!

She might not even have to undergo an operation anymore.

Her doctors were so surprised… wondering what exactly happened

It is God… the God that we serve has come through for us once again!!!

She still has to run through a couple more tests because the doctors want to make sure… but she has already been healed by a power far stronger than their science… Thank you Jesus… I love you.

55 comments:

Bubbles said...

Thank God for ur mom. Her healing will surely be complete.

I love her prayers though, i thought it was only my mom that indulged in such conversations with the lord.

These women...... seriously.

Nonesuch said...

i'm glad about you mum's health. Thank God for his healing power. we shall all rejoice with LB when her Mum recovers fully IJN. Amen.
Did your Mummy add to her prayer lines like this...even though they have mouth Lord they cant open it to say Amen to my prayers. Lord forgive them and teach them to say Amen to Prayer. Imagine that in Yoruba in the middle of the family devotion. we would all burst into laughter but she prayed on. Mothers... they are indeed a blessing.

babe said...

Heya.....GOD IS GOOD OH!!!!!! You people should better start cooking rice for your thanksgiving ceremony....I am back oh!!!

Oro said...

That's just the way the Father is... He Protects, He preserves and He Provides for. You mum is the safest of hands and i know things can only get better.
Christianity is no religion, it's a way of life. Your mum understands this...
I have no doubt in mind that you and 'fire' will make her proud.

She'll be at her best with time...saying the prayers more audibly than ever.

You are blessed ;)

dolly said...

Mummy is well in Jesus name

Nyemoni said...

At Long LAST!!! A mummy monday post!!!

I am so happy for you, your sis and your mum, only God knows how much fear you'd have felt when you had the cancer scare... I thank God because He is the God that healeth us! Thanks for reminding us how very precious our mothers are... we should borrow a leaf from them and emulate their examples...
God bless!

bimbylads said...

that was beautiful and inspiring, and I recieve that healing for all the sick in blogville and beyond in Jesus name.

Thank God for your mum, better things to come in Jesus name.. mwah

Naija Vixen said...

OWNB...Mummy is healed by His Blood...in Jesus Name...God is GOOD!!!

LondonBuki said...

All is well with your Mummy dear... :-)

Naija Vixen said...

I just had to leave another comment...God is truly the best...he will not reward your mother's diligence with sadness... nor all her troubles with more troubles...This is your family's year of breakthrough...Amen.

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

@Bubbles: I thank God too… lol… moms are hilarious… more so because they don’t realize how funny they are…

@Nonesuch: Thanks dear. I can’t wait for buki’s mom to receive her complete healing(I already told buki to inform mommy that I’m expecting some fantastic jollof rice oh.. lol) lmao… your mom is hilarious..my mom says things like that as well actually.

Simply Gorgeous said...

I am so happy to hear that your mother is getting better. She sounds like a very loving and funny person. I pray that she continues to get better.

omohemi Benson said...

I am so glad for your mom, her healing is permanent in Jesus name.

You have an amazing mom who reminds me of mine, I wonder everytime if I'll ever be like her.

Whether you like it or not you are like your mom in severally ways, strong,loving and determined.

Soul said...

Amen.
That's all I can say. Amen.

Your mum, LB's mum, anybody out there whose mum, father, borher, sister, cousing, uncle, aunt sone, daughter... any and everybody...
amen o.
Ashe.

adumaadan - Blacktinkerbell said...

I'm glad your mum is well and she will continue to get better in Jesus' name. Sorry about the restriction o. I had to get away for personal reasons and won't stay public for too long. Next time though, I promise you'll get an invite.

The shopaholic. said...

God is a truly wonderful God. Overwhelmed, I am go happy for your body, and I believe that it will continue to be well with her and the rest of you, in Jesus name.

foxynaija26 said...

My sweetheart ur blogs are inspiring and i love it because i know you more than i ever will just hanging out. Your mum is fine, the Bible says that no weapon fashioned against us shall prosper in Jesus Name,Amen and im rest assured that it is well. There is so much i want to write but i feel like you have written everything down it wont sound original. Lol, i insist that all Nigerian mothers are the same, my mum tells me " take a chair sit down, tell God to sit down in front of you and talk to him like you are talking to me now" I once told her i was going to die and she got her migraines again but she is now fine God is a healer and the greatest physician. Ron Kenoly's song says " whose report will you believe, i shall believe the report of the lord, his report says i am HEALED, his report says VICTORY." Hold on to that, it is well.

you know they say there is nothing hidden under the sun, whatever you are going through somebody else has gone through it, I'm your somebody and vice versa, so if you wanna talk, or cry(i like to cry) holla at me ok.

Thoughts said...

God is good all the time. I testify to his faithfulness, time and time again.God Bless ur family:)

temmy tayo said...

Thank God for your mum.

nameless.poetical. said...

I dont have the words to say this but let me put it this way.
You know how much you love your mom and how much you would want good things for her.
Now think about God who is INFINITELY BIGGER than you and has a MUCH GREATER capacity of love for your mom.
Add the fact that not only wanting good for her, He CAN make good things fall her way.
Smile and rest easy, God is in control.
Always and Forever.

Much Love...

Patrice said...

Amen!

Dishes next, you won't be able to help yourself.

P.S. I see you published this according to the lunar calender . . .

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

@Babe: hey welcome back sweetie.. I’ve missed you oh… how come you’re always taking these long leaves of absence without even informing a whole me… wassup with that now?lol… no problem… I will make special turkey rice just for you… my own is called ‘chop-and-quench’… lol

@oro: Christianity is not a religion, it’s a way of life… I like that. Thanks for your words sweetie…

@Dolly: Amen oh my sister… AMEN!!!

@Nyemoni: lol… it’s mummy Sunday oh… and I’m aware I put it up on Thursday but na so e dey me for body jare. I’m happy for us too… cos when there is health… there is life. Thanks mami… hope you’re not too busy mixing baby formular for your sisters baby… lol(dang I remember one of my ex-friends whose agbaya self was addicted to cerelac… as in she could have it for breakfast, lunch and dinner)

@Bimbylads: Hey sweetie…. Amen oh… I appreciate… e don tey whey we see ya eye… you dey kampe abi?

butterfliesandstars said...

I'm really happy for you, Fire and your mum. I'm sure it hasn't been easy but our God is just, righteous and good to those that believe in him...so keep the faith and it is well.

Thank God for the results - God that started her healing will complete the work he has started.

As for the prayers..."some daughters do have them"...lol but that's what the mothers are there for right...a spot of comic relief in everyday activity...
Love

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

@Naija Vixen: Amen my sister… we have a very big God oh who is always by our side, a very big God oh by our side by our side… have a great weekend gorgeous

@LondonBuki: Amen and yours as well… your mommy is gonna sing and dance with us in no time Buki from London state…

@Simply Gorgeous: Yes oh… she feels ok.. she just has to run through some more tests… God is really good… I can’t say how happy we all are… as in I was crying tears of joy… God is just sooo god. She is absolutely hilarious… you’d love her if you ever met her… she get her wahala sometimes sha… but she makes me laugh almost all the time

@Omohemi Benson: Amen… you are a beautiful person inside and out…love you mami

@Soul: Amen oh… Ashe(lol.. it’s been such a long while since I heard that one)

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

@adumadan: I’m glad I get invited to the exclusive blog parry oh… I’m gonna wear a red dress… lol… Amen for your prayers.. thanks

@the shopaholic: He is a miracle working God… Amen.. thanks angel… have a great weekend

Nigerican said...

Thank goodness u're moms doing better. That must have been real scary to think she had cancer.

As women we actually do begin to turn into our mothers, i do so many things like her now. When i realize i'm acting like her it always freaks me out.
I saw a cute magnet one day that said " Mirror Mirror on the wall, i am my mother after all".

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

@foxynaija26: You’re sort of right sha… when we chill… we end up goofing around and don’t really yarn ‘deep’… but you know I’m capable of serious ‘metaphysical’ yarns and gbo gbo e… lol… I feel you sha… I’m really happy that she feels better as in you have no idea cos I’ve been scared for a while… just didn’t want to show it cos then it’d be more of a reality for me. Lol… your mom is absolutely hilarious… oh my gosh you’re giving me memories, when we were in naija I used to hear that ron kenoly guy a lot(him and don moen) but as I reach Canada, I don’t think I’ve ever heard him… ever. I’m glad I have a shoulder in you sha… e get some stuff when we go yarn later sha… I go holla you(sha keep in mind… girls over 5 ft 10 don’t cry.. lol… abi should I say the rich don’t cry.. oh my gosh do you remember that show in naija ‘the rich also cry’… fantastic show although I don’t remember anything except this pretty girl having a sick father.. lol)

@Thoughts: Amen… God bless yours too… thanks angel

@Temmytayo: yes oh temmy … I’m thanking him every day for the miracle…

@nameless poetical: Thanks my dear… you see why I call you William Shakespeare… you always know the right thing to say… thanks angel… hope you’re having a great spring abi na summer so far… I go holla you self later…

@Patrice: lol… you always make me laugh or smile with your comments… always…

@butterfliesandstars: lmao… that’s exactly what she is… a spot of comic relief in my life… now that she’s better… I will continue with my mummy Sundays… you will get to know her much much better… cos she rawks!!!

@Nigerican: I’m glad she is too… it was a real scare but thank God it’s water under the bridge… my mom is well(and won’t be sick for the next 45 years in Jesus name… AMEN!!!) I like that… mirror mirror on the wall, I am my mother afterall… I’ll put that on my msn(oh shit I forgot… I haven’t gone on that thing in almost 4 months… lol wouldn’t it be funny if I’ve forgotten the password?)Hope you’re back for good oh my blog sister…

DiAmOnD hawk said...

LOL @ your mom's prayers... and yes it IS God..

SET said...

IT IS WELL IN JESUS' NAME. ASK GOD, BELIEVE IT WILL BE WELL AND RECEIVE BY LIKE IT IS WELL BEFORE IT IT PHYSICALLY WELL. FAITH

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

@Diamond Hawk: my mom is just a character sha… thank the Lord above for his mercies…

@Set: Amen! Thanks mami…

boorish male said...

It is great that she is feeling better. keep praying, all will be well.....

laspapi said...

I'm glad for your mum, fire and you, Storm. Thank God. It's all I can say.

BOBBY said...

GOD IS GOOD

Chika said...

Oh my dear Overwhelmed...It is well by the special grace of God!

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

@boorish male: hey welcome back darling… yeah mommy is feeling fantastic… thanks to the Lord above…

@Laspapi: Thanks darling

@Bobby: FOREVER AND EVER AMEN!!!

@Chika: Amen… thanks angel…

Waffarian said...

Glad your mum's doing well! Take good care of her, I know you are!

Vera Ezimora said...

Praaaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiissssssssssssseeeeeeeeeeeeeeee the Lordd!!!

Allulia!

Alleluia??

Amen!!

Do I sound like one of 'them'? LOL.

Seriously, I thank God for your Mom. I really do.

Chineke gozie nne gi some more. Ame!!

LurLar said...

It's feels good wheneva God is in control.......he tells every1 to back off......nd He is like hey:AM IN CHARGE.

Linda Ikeji said...

thank God for ur mum...may she live longer than even she expects...

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

@Waffarian: Yes oh she’s doing very very well… thanks to the man above… I am taking care of her oh… anything I can do for my mummy is never too much… how you doing mami? Hope you’re having a great summer…

@Vera Ezimora: nne e don tey small oh… in fact I go email you soon… cos I have missed you and your yeye blog rantings… lol. I’m beginning to think that you spend a lot of time in the front of the church(Igbo church at that… lol) AMEN TO YOUR PRAYER OH…

@Lurlar: hey angel… yes it does feel good… cos then I know my mom is in safe hands…

@Linda Ikeji: AMENNNNNNNNNNNN… iSEEEEEEEEEE ….lol

Freaky Deaky said...

I'm glad that your mom is doing better. I hope she continues to improve.

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

@Freaky Deaky: Thanks darling… lol that teddy is funny as hell..

The Mistress said...

Wow thank goodness your mom is ok...what a miraculous recovery!

I loved this post...even though I've never fought or argued with my mom, I understand how that can be...it's awesome to see that other women worship their mom's the way I do mine.

Biodun said...

Praise the Lord!!!!!!!! I am so glad to know your mum is better, God is good!

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

@The mistress: I’m glad she’s alright too… thank heavens. Lol I already know you’re a mommys girl… lol… cute

@Biodun: God is really good… how you doing angel?

~Mimi~ said...

wow!! i love your mum's testimony. it will be permanent in Jesus name!!!

יש (Yosh) said...

That's a touching one o! And beyond any doubt is also a miracle...I mean all those body "signs" with the test results coming out neg...

God be praised!

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

@Mimi: AMEN oh… thanks my dear

@Yosh: my blog back-bone… kilon pop?(Lol picture me saying that in the razzest naija accent imaginable!)… God is good sha is all I can say… as in he proves himself time and time again… me I’m not really a go to church every Sunday kinda person… but when God keeps proving himself like this… it’s like I know there’s a power above and the least I can do is worship him and say thank you…

Pink-satin said...

God dey o..god is good..Thank God for ur moms life

P.s:it will be cool if u add d voice thing looking forward to it

Vickii said...

Thank God for your mother, she sounds really amazing!

Noni Moss said...

Oh wow - FANTASTIC news about your mum - you must have been soo worried.

Life through rose-tinted glasses said...

Praise the Lord for his mercies!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow! I guess I've missed a lot. Keep praying and check your email tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Your posts are so painful to read because it's almost like I was writing them. I'm Nigerian but I'm not in the blog scene at all and got a call from a friend asking me if I blog! I told him no and he said I had to read your blog as he thought it was me writing it. Our experiences are so similar and I have spent the last 30 minutes crying. Your mothers strength is incredible, no word of a lie and I hope God grants you the strength and wisdom to view all your experiences as a stepping stone and not an obstacles.

G.nie said...

Hello dear, i'm so happy for your mum & ur family, moreso that u guys trusted GOD completely & ofcourse, HE didnt fail you guys. Ur description of ur mom fits mine purrrfectly. Is your mum ibo from imo state? Love her loads because her prayers keep me going strong. May GOD perfect ur mom's healing, IN JEsus' name.