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A few years ago I visited with a dear friend of mine in Nigeria that is the daughter of a former deceased President of the country.  Her father had been an extremely famous and wealthy man in Nigeria.  He was elected as the first democratic elected President of the country but died before taking office.

During my visit to her home in Lagos she was offered a marriage proposal by a extremely wealthy Nigerian business man. (Matter of fact he was close to becoming a billionaire)   With both her father and mother now deceased, the wealthy business man asked her to marry him so that she could maintain her lifestyle and elite social status in the country.  

To my surprise my friend told me that she wished her father was still alive to choose her husband for her.  I was simply perplexed by her position!!!!  This was an extremely brilliant and modern Harvard educated young woman that actually wanted her father to decide on her husband??!!! This same friend had openly organized for women’s rights around the world. Her mother was a famous activist that was killed for her fight for the rights of women.  YET she wanted her father to select a suitable husband???!!!???

I remember saying to my friend, “I really don’t understand.  Would you actually want your father to choose your mate? Do you want an arranged marriage?”

My friend looked at me and said, ” Of course. I would absolutely trust my father with selecting my husband. I would much rather prefer that.” Then she proceeded to tell me her reasons why.  

My friend proudly stated, “My father loved me unconditionally and I know that he would only have chosen the right man for me that would love me they way that he did. I trust my father’s love for me.”

Her answer completely floored me.  But years later as I reflected on what she said I have finally come to an understanding of her position.  Now I too am finally ready for my Father to select my husband for me.

Well....I am not talking about my biological or earthly father (because I wasn’t as lucky as my friend to have a Dad that demonstrated his love in my life).  

But what I mean is that I am finally ready for my real Father (God) to arrange my marriage for me and select my mate.

This is my daily prayer..

Dear Father God,

_I thank you for the many blessings in my life.  Please forgive me of all of my transgressions, evil thoughts, and disobedient deeds.  Thank you for putting an overflow of love in my heart.  Thank you for giving me the desire to want to share my love with a mate.  thank you for the gift of love.

I will no longer lean to my own understanding but I will absolutely trust your will for my life.  I will no longer try to make someone that I love be something that they are not.  I understand that we are all of a journey towards love and it is only you that can change the hearts of man._

Thank you for interfering in my life even when I didn't want you to. Thank you for separating people from my life even when I wanted to hold-on tighter. Thank you for allowing me to feel pain--just enough to release and move towards changing my circumstances. Thank you for giving me revelation, deliverance, grace and protection.

Father God I am now so ready to follow your lead! I now recognize that I have been getting in my own way because of my ego and limited understanding. I will accept YOUR choice of a man because I know that ultimately you know what is best for me.

I am thanking you in advance for setting my "Arranged Marriage."    

Your Daughter LaTosha    


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