Joseph Iregbu

Purpose Guy

Unto God She’s Vowed: Isabel-Juda

“Isabel-Juda: for unto God she has been vowed and to God she has been promised. And out of her lips has praise been ordained.”

The last 24 hours has been one I simply want to replay forever.


Isabel-Juda was born at 6PM on Tuesday July 10, 2012. She weighed 3.65kg (8.05 lbs) and stood at 54cm.

The running water woke me up yesterday morning. It was 4AM and wifey was having a shower. That wasn’t normal, not at that time. And of course, the alarm bells in me starting ringing immediately. I could hear her groan. She was in severe pain. The contractions had kicked in. And over the course of the day, the pain increased significantly.

Between contractions, she sang worship songs, held my hand as we walked round the hospital neighbourhood several times in an attempt to kick start labour and looked at me (maybe thinking “This is all your fault dude!”) and at other times she just kept quiet.

We arrived at the hospital at 5AM and 12 hours later she went into labour. In the background, the song “It is Well With My Soul” was on repeat. Wifey showed great character and strength like I have never seen:

She persisted, she lingered and after 40 minutes, she prevailed.

I could describe my experience in the labour room but words fail me. All I can say is I witnessed a miracle yesterday. It was awesome.

You see, we’ve spent the past 3 months watching “One Born Every Minute”, but this wasn’t BBC or More 4. This was it! This is my seed, my flesh, my blood.

This is Isabel-Juda: for unto God she is vowed and to God she has been promised. And out of her lips has praise been ordained.

Mum and Dad love you dearly.

PS: In the last 24 hours, we have been inundated with goodwill messages. Temi and I would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for the stupendous show of love from far and near. Isabel-Juda has an awesome community of uncles, aunts and friends. And for those trusting, may God grant you your season of birth and give you a reason to laugh in Jesus name. Amen. 

About Joseph Iregbu

From a homeless, near-school-dropout to living a story worth telling. Purpose is my passion. What's your story?

12 Replies

  1. Olatunde Biyi

    Congratulations on Isabel-Juda arrival into your family. I pray the Lord will give both of you the grace, wisdom and strength as you embark on the parenting journey. This gift of love shall abide in Jesus Name.

    1. Amen. Thanks Mr Biyi. Much appreciated.

  2. Congratulation to you and wife Sir. God Bless Isabel

    1. Much appreciated. Thanks!

  3. Congratulations!! Stopped by from the Wrecked team. My – you and Jeff have something else in common — new little babies. Blessings to your family.

    1. Hey Alene, great to see you here and there (Wrecked Team). Yes, my life is changing now forever for the better. Thanks for stopping by.
      Looking forward to the Wrecked project!!!

  4. Dayo Fashina

    Congrats, may the Lord grant you and tope the wisdom to raise her in the nurture and fear of the Lord. God Bless

    1. Thanks Dayo. We appreciate.

  5. enoba ogbole

    Isabel-Juda we welcome you in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. May you fulfill destiny and bring joy and laughter to your family. To you proud parents we say welcome to parenthood.

    1. Much appreciated! Thanks

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