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During my university days, I noticed that I began to develop an unusual passion and interest for cooking. This propelled me to take cooking lessons during weekends. In less than a year, I was done and had totally mastered the art of cooking.
People knew me as a great cook. My food was greatly loved by all and very much desired. During that time, I only cooked for fun and not for money. I had no intention to commercialise my skill. I was only driven by passion and an unusual sudden love for cooking.
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Three years after I graduated from the university, I met my fiance. He also got very thrilled with my cooking. Sometimes, He would make cook a special meal for him and in such occasions he was fond of inviting some of his friends over, so he could brag about me.
Surprisingly, everything changed immediately we got married. The great chef and professional cook turned into a very terrible cook. In fact, I was like a wife who couldn’t cook. It was so terrible that, I couldn’t even eat a food that had been cooked by me. And this affected my marriage greatly.
Initially, my husband kept very quiet about it. He didn’t hurt me, neither did he scold me. Rather, he would most times quietly patronise a nearby restaurant.
But this did not last for long. After a year, he finally spoke out. He said to me:
“Baby, my major intention for making you my wife wasn’t because you were a good cook then. It was because I loved you and I still do. I am not bothered about
any of your inadequacies but I have come to realise that good food is very essential in a home. I do o know what the issue is as to why your cooking as changed
but I would appreciate it if you could find a solution to this “Cooking Mess”.”
My heart shattered in two, on hearing this. I knew exactly what he meant. And even though he sounded calm and polite, it was very obvious that he was very unhappy
and dissatisfied with me.
Before then, I had tried all I could to fix my cooking. I even began to began to follow the recipes on the notes from the cooking classes I had taken years ago, yet there
was no single improvement. This made me realise that something wasn’t just right. So, I began to pray about it.
Six weeks later, I finally got to know what the problem really was.
As I was silently praying in the Holy Spirit while doing the laundry that Saturday morning, I had vision. It appeared like a flash. In that vision, I saw my mother speaking with anger. She was saying: “YOU MUST REAP IT, AS LONG AS I AM YOUR MOTHER”. I saw like three different occasions where she made this declaration. I paused my Laundry and began to meditate on what I had seen.I was surprised at what I had seen.
Then suddenly, began to remember that while growing up, I was the very lazy type. I never liked doing house chores neither did I really enjoy helping out at the kitchen.
I usually preferred reading my books and watching TV (rarely). I was a brainy teenager. I loved to study my books always and this made me excel greatly at school.
Even though my parents were very proud of me because of my commitment to my studies, my mother was very upset at me and was constantly complaining about my lazy attitude towards
house keeping and cooking. From an harmless concern about my lack of interest in cooking, it graduate into a toxic anger and expression of frustration because of my refusal to adjust.
My academic success was no longer valued as every member of the family became more concerned about the kind of woman I’d become. I was often told that “Book isn’t everything in life”.
Little did they know that things were going to fall into place later on. My mother would always yell at me and when ever she felt frustrated by it she began to say things like:
“One day you will definitely marry. As you have never liked to render help to me in the kitchen so your children would never render help to you” “As long as I am your mother, in your
marriage you must have a reason to look back at this time in regretfully.” “When your husband chases you from the house, the shame would be all yours.” etc…
None of us really took her statements seriously because we felt that there were only uttered out of anger. We knew her to be fond of saying negative things and making negative decrees
whenever she was angry with either me or any of my siblings. She was a very nice and caring mother but whenever she was upset with us, she always made statements like:
“You must reap it!”, “You must regret it!”, “It must be done back to you”, “Your children must do same to you.”
As the last child of the family, I have observed strange occurrences and happenings in the marriages and homes of my elder sisters. These occurrences have been a great concern to our mother.
All these years, she has been fasting and praying seriously for God’s intervention. Little did she know that she had caused it all through her constant negative proclamations over us.
The next day been Sunday, I went to church. That Sunday God spoke to me through the message. The message was on THE BLESSING. It was explained that everyone in Christ Jesus has been translated from the realm of THE CURSE (darkness) to the realm of THE BLESSING (light). It was further explained that some Christians still experience curses operate in their lives as a result of ignorance.
The Pastor went on to say that:
“The Blessing of God maketh rich and adds no sorrow. The blessing is so powerful that every curse melts away once it comes upon and is activated on someone. Be it curses
from, oneself, parents, elders, spiritual leaders etc even though you were at fault at the time the curse was made. The Blessing of God overrides the words of men.The Blessing
is upon every Child of God. But, it begins to bear fruits in ones life when he comes to realise that it is on him, when he begins to confess that it is on him and begins
to rejoice and give thanks to God that it is on him, despite the current uncomfortable situation or state that he is in.”