BUT FOR HIS GRACE (SHORT STORY)

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This is a fictional story about friendship, generosity and grace. There’s also new love towards the end. Enjoy and kindly share across social media. You are blessed!

BUT FOR HIS GRACE

Cordelia was excited and joyful that Sunday afternoon but she couldn’t tell why. She had dusted the furniture in her living room and added fresh flowers to the vases: some hibiscus, flame of the woods and cockscomb. She was still looking around to ensure everything was sparkling. There was really no need because Ifunanya, her cleaning lady, always did a great job every Saturday. And since her home was air conditioned, there wasn’t much chance of dust invading it. Besides, it was the middle of June, the thick of the rainy season. There was so little dust in the atmosphere.

Still, she was restless, in a giddy kind of way. She had given up guessing what was afoot. She only knew it was something splendid. The last time she felt this way was just prior to getting her current banking job five years back. And the time before that was the eve of the day her mum was healed of a stroke. The hallelujahs were just bubbling up from her belly since she got home from church by 10 a.m. At the moment, the time was 11 o’clock.

She took one last look at her sculpted oak chairs with coffee coloured cushions, rearranged the two landscape paintings on opposite walls of her living room and decided to get a bite to eat in the kitchen.

Her doorbell rang and she turned to answer it. Butterflies began to flutter in her tummy as she unlocked the front door. It didn’t make any sense because it was only Ifunanya, her cleaning lady, coming for her usual Sunday visit.

“Mma, you’re welcome!” Mma was Cordelia’s pet name for Ifunanya. The two were about the same age (late twenties) and good looking but they were the most unlikely friends. While Cordelia had an MBA and worked in a bank, Ifunanya didn’t finish secondary school and was a petty trader.

They had met in the bank when Ifunanya was a cleaner there. One day, Cordelia saw her weeping in the ladies’ restroom. She and several others had been laid off in a cost-saving measure by the company contracted to clean the bank.

Before then, Cordelia had the habit of greeting Ifunanya and the other peripheral staff very warmly just like she did her own colleagues. She had also blessed her financially on some weekends and given her lifts often as they lived in the same part of town. So, Ifunanya readily opened up to her. What made her sack so painful, she lamented, was that she had three young daughters to care for.

Cordelia told her to stop crying, that they would work something out to enable her cater for her kids. She told Ifunanya to meet her at the close of work. Cordelia drove her to her bungalow at the Imo Housing Estate, Umuguma-Owerri, and told her to undertake the cleaning of the house and compound for ten thousand Naira per month. She was to sweep the compound two or three times weekly, weed it when necessary and clean the house on Saturdays. In addition, she gave her fifty thousand Naira to begin selling snacks at a nearby secondary school. That was three years ago.

They had quickly become best friends after that and spent their Sunday afternoons watching TV together, cooking and sharing Bible passages plus anecdotes from their activities during the week.

“Are you just coming back from church?” Ifunanya asked.

“No, but I don’t know what’s happening to me. I’m so happy I feel like screaming.”

“Praise the Lord!” Ifunanya exclaimed. “I think I know why you’re happy. I have a surprise for you,” she added to an incredulous Cordelia.

“I’ll be back soon,” she said, with an amused glint in her eyes, and exited the door she had just walked through.

Cordelia wondered what Ifunanya wanted to give her. Perhaps she had made some pastries or brought her some fruits. That was one thing she loved about Ifunanya. She was such a great giver despite her limited earnings. But if it was any of those things, Ifunanya would have had them in her bag. Maybe it was a big bunch of plantains. That would be very heavy.

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She opened the front door. “Do you need my help?”

“Yes,” replied a dashing young man in a well-cut grey suit. Cordelia looked up at his dark, smiling face. “My aunt says I should bring this stuff here. She’s coming with the rest.”

Cordelia collected the basket of fruit from him and looked further to see Ifunanya approaching with an impish grin on her face.

“Sorry, she brought me here without informing you. I’m her nephew, Nduka.”

“No need to apologise. My name is Cordelia and I’m pleased to meet you.” She gave him a handshake.

“I’m actually a year older than her but my mum is her eldest sister,” Nduka explained, still holding her hand.

“Interesting! Please, come in.” He had to release her hand.

When they were all seated, Cordelia looked at Nduka and told herself he was worth getting giddy about. She was smiling in a manner she would have termed foolish otherwise. She just couldn’t help herself. She reminded herself that she had a boyfriend in Canada. But we seem to be drifting apart. When did we speak last? Two months, three? I can’t even remenber.

“My aunt has told me so much about you. She says you’re an angel sent by God in her hour of need.”

Cordelia smiled. “It sounds nice to be called an angel but as I have told her often, I could have been the one in her position but for God’s grace. I only did the little I could to assist her. She is the one whi has been doing all the hard work and managing her earnings to care for her family.”

That family consisted of three lovely girls, aged between 11 and 7. Ifunanya first got pregnant at the age of 16 when she was in Senior Secondary Class 1. That put an end to her education. Rejected by her family, she ended up in Lagos, hawking, and was soon pregnant with a second baby.

Out of frustration, she came back to Owerri, shortly after the birth of her second child, to marry a widowed, retired teacher. Unfortunately, he died two years later, right after the birth of Ifunanya’s third daughter. After his burial, his sons kicked Ifunanya out to spare them the burden of caring for her and her daughters.

As God would have it, she got the cleaning job with the bank and was barely coping with the paltry pay. Then a few years later, she was laid off and Cordelia came to her rescue.

“I’ve been studying and working in the UK,” Nduka said. “I lost contact with my aunt when she was in Lagos. All my efforts to get my parents to reconnect us failed until I got home last week. They turned their backs on her because of her mistakes years ago, forgetting that everyone deserves forgiveness.”

“I am grateful that God did not abandon me and He gave me a sister and a friend in a stranger,” Ifunanya interposed. “Did you know she has been helping me complete my daughters’ school fees?” she asked Nduka.

“I’m glad there are still people like you with the milk of human kindness …” Nduka told Cordelia.

“Enough, you two! All glory to God! What is this life if we can’t lend a helping hand to one another? Now, what can I offer you, Nduka?” Then turning to Ifunanya, she said, “Mma, uyo bu nu uyo miya gi.”

“Whatever is available will do,” Nduka replied.

She brought him a can of soda. As she poured it in a glass for him, she asked, “How long are you in Nigeria for?”

“Sorry I didn’t explain. I’m back for good. I started a job with a shipping firm in Lagos three months ago but I really don’t like the hectic pace of life in Lagos. I have been offered a teaching position in the Faculty of Engineering at the federal university here in Owerri.”

“Wow, that’s great!”

“I think so too. I want to be closer to my family. And I would very much like to know a certain angel better.”

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Cordelia laughed as the butterflies stirred again. No wonder I was on cloud nine this morning. I can see very clearly where this is heading: exchange of vows at the Cathedral of the Transfiguration of our Lord and reception at the Protea Hotel. She wanted to rebuke herself but saw from the faraway look in her eyes that Ifunanya was hatching similar plans in her mind and so was Nduka, for that matter, going by the tenderness with which he gazed at her.

As their eyes locked, he stood up, took her hands in his and said, “I thank God for bringing us together. Although I’ve just met you, something tells me we have a great time ahead if you will allow it. Will you?”

Cordelia murmured her affirmation, pushing all thoughts of Ogboo, her Canada-based boyfriend away. Staying in Nigeria never sounded better. To think that I’ve been hoping for Ogboo to propose and invite me over for a permanent stay. The fact is, there’s no place like home.

Meanwhile, Ifunanya quietly slipped into the kitchen, thanking God for making these two fall for each other. Two months ago, she had heard from the grapevine that Nduka was back in Nigeria and she started asking God to reunite them and hook him up with her best friend. That prayer had been answered. She hoped they will stay together for the long haul and make each other very happy. And she believed that someday, she too will find happiness with a man who would love her and care for her daughters.

She loved Cordelia’s expression, “But for God’s grace.” Indeed, but for His grace, she and her daughters would have been destitute. Instead, things could only get better from now.

-The end-

Ⓒ Edith Ugochi Ohaja 2018

The Igbo expression, “uyo bu nu uyo miya gi” means the house belongs to me and you.

Hope you enjoyed this story. Hope you don’t mind chatting with me.

Do you have a friend who has really made a positive difference in your life?

Are you able to get along with people from different social classes?

Looks like Cordelia is thinking of dumping her Canadian-based boyfriend for this guy who has come back to stay in Nigeria. Do you think this is wise?

What words of encouragement do you have for Ifunanya?

What lessons have you learnt from the lives of the characters in this story?

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207 thoughts on “BUT FOR HIS GRACE (SHORT STORY)

  1. The use of suspense made this story interesting for me, I have a lot of friends who have made so much impact in my life and I must say they are my real MVPs, I must say that getting along with people from different social classes is really not an easy one but I learn everyday. Cordelia love, a bird at hand is better than 1million in the bush, we should learn to go where we are appreciated and not where we are seen as an option. Every human deserves happiness and where ever you find your happiness is your comfort zone. Ifunnanya is a strong woman and deserves the best in life, I know of a truth that one day she will reap the fruit of her goodness. Being patient with life is key.

      • This story is really inspiring, I have learnt not to look down on anybody, cause the person may be of help to u tomorrow. Cordelia made mention of her drifting away from her boyfriend, my advice is not to lay all ur eggs in one basket. And for ifunany, she should keep praying hard, God will definitely send her the man who will make her happy..

  2. Yes Ma’am, I do get along with people from different social classes.
    I solely don’t think it’s a wise idea for Cordelia to jilt her Canadian boyfriend for Nduka, Ifunanya’s nephew, because in as much as there’s a huge uncertainty about her fate with her Canadian boyfriend given the breach in their communication, but still I don’t see it as wise for her to judge from her present stance with her Canadian boyfriend and leave him for another person (Nduka).
    LESSONS LEARNT.
    I learnt that it’s good to be helpful, kind and accomodating to people irrespective of our social status, financial standards, and thereof. It’s also inspiring for one to have a strong, persistent, and positive spirit that would always pivot us towards optimism no matter what happens or whatever difficulties we’re faced with as in the case of Ifunanya.

  3. Wow! Interesting! But this ifunanya seems to be filled with misfortunes, though she duly appreciated cordelia with her nephew. What a story indeed fortunate for cordelia.
    Keep this pen flowing.. May your muse never cease.

  4. nice write up ma. Igbos will always say that “ogo mara mma” meaning that helping people is very good. no one knows what tomorrow holds, so help as many people as possible. For God loves a cheerful giver. He will provide for you in the time of need.

  5. To render help to the less privileged is our obligation as Christians,it paves way more blessing…..so brethren I encourage u people to help those in penury because it is said that the more u give the more u receive.Nice post ma.

  6. I love reading about your country, Edith! The names, the foods, the customs, and the words give me a lovely image. Hmmm.. now to your questions. If Cordelia is unmarried and not engaged, she is free to pursue a new relationship. However, she should first pray and ask God for wisdom and discernment. Then the right thing to do is to connect with her Canadian boyfriend and be honest about breaking it off if she feels that is best. But it’s so much easier to get excited about what is right in front of you, than waiting. Perhaps she is just lonely for her love abroad. Maybe it’s God’s plan for her to go to Canada; at least for a time. She should ask Him! Also she should make sure she does not fall for flattery, and in my eyes I feel Nduka was quite forward in his expectations. Though Ifunanya is her closest friend, she didn’t prepare Cordelia for the visitor, or consider that she may actually not feel the same way. She may even be projecting her own desire for a man in her life to complete her family, onto Cordelia. What matters is what God wants… That is why His grace is needed! Just because one or two people say they think God’s plan is coming to fruition, it doesn’t mean it’s so. We have to go to God ON OUR OWN in prayer and ask Jesus for ourselves! I’m looking forward to finding out what happens! God bless you, Edith, and your own beloved, in Jesus’ name! ❤️️

    • Delighted to have you here, Angela! Thank you so much for your wise words. I’m sure our youths will learn a lot from what you have said. We cannot conclude important matters with feelings, we need to clear them with God. And we ought to handle our affairs in an orderly manner. For example, end one relationship properly before entering another. The Canada guy should know what she decides to avoid hurting him. Hope Dave, Jake, Nick and Abby are fine. I’ve really missed you and hope to make up for it once I conclude something time-consuming I have on hand. May God continue to use you mightily to reach the lost and encourage the brethren in Jesus’ name.

  7. I felt a tear trickled down my face. . Ifunanya’s story touched me ..but then Cordelia z definitely an angel …Do such humans still exist??
    Always willing and ready to help ..What a heart of gold she has in her… .
    And dn ma!!…d little suspense in d story was wonderful
    .i was beginning to wonder what will finally b behind her over happy mood ..
    4 someone like Cordelia ,she deserves the best .. D best of bests I must say. ..I hope dz guy z dt best. .
    My only question z ..What about d Canada guy. . What if he returns or gets bk to his senses. ..I hope such twisted stories dnt play here.. Because ,Cordelia Doz not need such headaches in her sweet life
    I leant alot Ooooooo. . And I hope to practicalize it in my daily life .. To help people without a reason and without looking 4 returns. .
    It’s was awesome reading d story …It’s always wonderful reading ur posts ma. . Tnk u

    • Glad you enjoyed the story, Somtochukwu, and learnt somethings as well. Did you mention tears? Wow, so it was really touching, praise God! May each of us be that angel that God uses to help those in need in Jesus’ name.

  8. Wow!! Helping people without a reason do they still exist? With the whole mis fortune Cordelia had ifunanya still helped her. I hope we learn from Cordelia and also be thankful. Then what will happen to the guy abroad if she leaves him for the guy in Nigeria? I pray God opens our hand to help people in need with all her heart Amen.

  9. Wow! Indeed it pays to be good. Helping out people in need is one trait of human kindness that makes life worth living for those at the point of breaking. The story ended well too and it is important to note that blessed is the one that giveth than the one that taketh. God is good.

  10. Wow! I really enjoyed this story, a lot of things I learnt,it is good to help those in needy like Cordelia have helped ifunanya clean the tears in her eyes likewise it is not proper for a family to abandon their own in time of troubles rather they should help the children to correct their wrong. It is essential to know that one good turn deserve another, if Cordelia did not help her chances of knowing nduka is limited. God bless people like Cordelia.

  11. I’ve fallen for the story already, wish there’s another episode that narrates how the two finally became couple. This is a story that tries to show that gratitude is not always in cash, there are several means to say thank you. Mma (Ifunanya) is indeed a good friend, some in her position would rather prefer exploiting Cordelia, but she did’t. She is strong on the other hand because she did’t allow her past to get the most of her. Nicely articulated aunt.

  12. Wooow! So touching a story! Cordelia is an epitome of good heart. Ma, I really like your use of suspense. Nice one.

  13. I enjoyed this sweet story Ma. I wish this story had a continuation, I will like to see how the two love birds ended up. I learnt a lot from this story, one good turn deserves another and also givers never lack. God bless you Ma.

  14. It pays to be good and i tell you, when you are good, good things always come your way. It is also very important to learn how to cope with people from different background and see reasons to accommodate them. Its a very nice one ma and thank God for Cordelia.

  15. Waoo, Cordelia is a woman with a heart of gold. Seeing what Ifunanya was going through made her feel bad about her condition and that was why she employed her personally to take good care of her. May God help us to have this kind of mind set towards our fellow humans.Nice one ma.

  16. I am really mindful of picking my friends and cannot deny the fact that have got a lot them who has really made a positive difference in my life. Getting along with people from different social class haven’t been that easy for me…. I don’t think Cordelia is wrong if she decides to leave her Canadian boyfriend for Nduka cos the story says they have spoken for months and I can’t sense them tearing apart, communication is vital is every relationship. For Ifunanya, you will surely be rewarded for good deeds and humility. I learnt that we should always assist people whenever we are in the position to.

  17. Cordelia’s intention of getting closer with Nduka even though she already has a boyfriend outside the country isn’t bad because, according to her, they last time she communicated with him was two to three months ago whereas they are supposed to be communicating everyday as a couple besides as the woman she is, there’s no time on her side. My advice for Cordelia is, she should take things slow and steady with Nduka.

  18. Waow, I wish you could go on, its beautiful. Yes I actually have many friends who have made positive difference in my life. For me, I get along with people just fine, their social classes differences never crossing my mind. I think Cordelia dumping her Canadian-based boyfriend for Nduka, is a wise decision because from every indication, their relationship is drifting and her meeting with Nduka seems to be a divine plan. I will encourage Ifunanya to continue to be a good person and trust in God to always open a door for her when one closes. I learn t that the grace of God in one’s life, is very important and wil help in making one go far in life.

  19. I love the story!!! It’s good to believe in God and always trust him. As the saying goes, “if you do good, good will come to you too; because of Cordelia goodness to Ifunnaya from her heart, the lord provided a husband for her.

  20. Yes I do… God blessed me with a friend who has really made a positive difference in my life. Cordelia shouldn’t waste her time at all waiting for any Canadian -based, after all, they haven’t communicated for quite a long time and to top it all, why look elsewhere when your answer is right at the door? She made a wise decision to move on. My advice to Ifunanya is to be patient,continue to be herself and be optimistic, continually hoping in God. I have learnt, what is this life if we can’t lend a helping hand to one another. Life is not all about existing, but about the number of life’s we have touched.. Great piece MA

  21. Well said,anything that happens in life, does happen for a reason.In any situation one finds himself or herself , we should learn to give glory and gratitude to God because the Lord is the one that plans the events that occur in our lives, even in the worst conditions of life,appreciate God for the much he has done in our lives for he knowth all things.In all endeavours, try to do good and be good , love yourself and also show and express that love to every other person that comes close and afar.Nevertheless, form the habit of helping people that are in need because u never can tell, who will come to your rescue tomorrow just as we all know, that people do bear grudges for some people, due to the way they were treated in the past. In fact , people used to say that this world is a small world, but for me, this world is so tiny, like a cell that i studied in biology in my secondary school. In other words, lets be our brother ‘s keeper, and most especially show gratitude in conjunction with having a good heart when dealing with people whether one is a king or servant, president or the electorate, ruler or steward , vice -chancellor or lecturer,student or teacher and when all of these things are properly put in place the way it should be done, then we will all live to see a better society.

  22. I think Cordelia should move on with her life, for a couple not to communicate for about two months shows they have grown bored of each other. I really like Cordelia because she treats everyone equally not looking down on anyone because of their positions or situation and for the fact that she didn’t just judge ifunanya based on her perspective of life.

  23. Its not wise for Cordelia to just let go of a relationship that has been for years, all for a day of just meeting Nduka. Who knows along the line if Nduka is really someone she could be with. The way it seems, the love is happening fast, it should take time to grow.
    For Ifunanya, God’s grace is sufficient. She should be diligent in the little she is handling and God will bring to reality His plans for her though she has made mistakes.

  24. Thank u ma for the nice story.For me cordelia was too haste to accept Nduka’s proposal and it shouldn’t be so even if she doesn’t have somebody like her Canada friend.She should still give her Canada guy a benefit of doubt as many factors could disconnect people who don’t stay in the same country.This’s b/c it’ gonna be the diassappointment of the year to the Canada guy if all things being equal .

  25. Yes Ma’am,I do really have friends that have made positive difference in my life and am always grateful for that.I don’t think it is wise for wise for Cordellia to leave her Canadian-based boyfriend for Nduka, though she might not have spoken to him for sometime that does not justify a reason to leave him.Talking about getting along with people with different social class, I find it easy to get along. I understand from the lives of the characters that we should endeavour to help people irrespective of their situation,class or background because by so doing we are not only doing it for ourselves but for God.

  26. If Ifunaya and Cordelia are about same age, and Nduka is her nephew then am wondering how old he is … i too have friends who has influenced my life positively. Nice one ma, Gods grace

  27. Two things is certain “one good turn deserves another and givers never lack”,Cordelia is a typical example of a good christian and a cheerful giver,she is accommodating too.the grace of God is sufficient for us but most times we deprive ourself or even fail to recognize this grace through our actions,God loves a cheerful giver and he blesses them abundantly.I have learnt an important lesson here that no matter how little you have,we should try to share for the glory of God.To be appreciative is another attribute as depicted by Ifunanya,she always thank Cordelia for her kind gestures.God might choose to grant our heart desires through our fellow human,so it is very important for us to be good always.

  28. A good turn surely deserves another. The bible wasn’t wrong by admonishing us to love our neighbours as ourselves. Who knows where Ifunanya would have been if not for Cordelia? I don’t think Cordelia’s relationship with the guy in Canada still exist. I mean,they last communicated three months ago. Nduka was God’s sent and she should go for him but also pray about it. We are all blessed by people who’d impact us positively,some could be strangers but all the same,what is life without loving each other?

  29. Of what use is this life if we can’t help each other… This made my day worthwhile.

    Now to the questions…chima is a friend I always bless God for his goodness and love for God is contagious and he has helped so much in growth of my Christian faith.

    Yeah, I get along with people no matter their background.

    Biko, I support the dumping of Ogboo by Cordelia, the relationship is not worth it, abeg. How can you be in a relationship with someone that has not called for like 3 months, nah, I can’t take that.

    Well, I love the fact that Mma didn’t allow her mistakes to weigh her down. I love her strong and hustling spirit. She should keep up the good work and never relent because God has prepared a special package which he will surprise her with.

    Always help people no matter how little you have… This is what I learnt from this story. Thanks, ma’am. Cordelia is a pretty woman.

  30. I appreciate the fact that Cordelia was an angel sent to help Ifunaya and her daughters. We’re meant to live every minute of our lives helping others just as Cordelia helped Ifunaya and her daughters. In as much as she endured for months waiting for Ogboo who based in Canada and forgot her for months, I love how she embraced the love of Nduka who was before her.
    Nice story ma

  31. Wow! Wow!! Wow!!!
    This is just the best thing I have read for some weeks now,probably since after my exams.
    This Story is jut so awesome and I can’t help but exclaim. We all have that one friend who has made several positive changes in our life and we always pray and wish them good. I think Cordelia is truly a God sent to ifunanya and so was Nduka to Cordelia.
    Nothing pays more than being good and helping others when they are in need.
    Sweet and wonderful story. I am very much delighted to read through it.

  32. My God! This is how life should be. Helping out each other in times of need. Cordelia is one of a kind and Ifunanya is also a very appreciative person. Never mistreat those you see when climbing up the ladder because you will still meet them when coming down. This story has a lesson for all to learn.

  33. The more we give, the more we receive. Cordelia has been a giver and God has blessed her with a wonderful man. It truly pays to give a helping hand to people in distress whether they are friends or strangers to us because nobody knows who we will meet in future. May God bless all people who lend shoulders to the needy and poor. Amen

  34. what a character! Cordelia ?
    Though, this is a fictional story, still, God bless Cordelia. in life, it’s hard to find people like Cordelia, someone who would treat you like a sister and as a great friend without asking for much or expecting anything in return despite the social class differences. What an Angel! I encourage everyone of us to show love to the needy and quit looking down on the poor.
    I beg to end this story this way ….
    ….”few months later, Nduka proposed to Cordelia and she said yes and they got married with kids and lived happily ever after”
    Thank you Ma for this story….

  35. I think Cordelia is a really nice person. I have a friend that has made a positive difference in my life. I also think that Cordelia shouldn’t rush things with Nduka in order to avoid making mistakes. Ifunanya is also a really good person for trying to help her friend in return.

  36. Angels are sent from God in form of humans. When we help people, I believe God is using us to better their lives and then, they thank and bless us while God continues to bless us. This is exactly what happened to Cordelia. I believe God has blessed her with a wonderful man.
    The ways of the Lord are incomprehensible and we humans can never understand nor trace them.
    It’s truly good to be good.

  37. One thing I loved about Cordelia was how she impacted in Ifunanya’s life. Life is not all about oneself but about everyone cause we don’t know where our blessings are coming from. And one should not condem others because of their past mistakes.
    When Nduka came, I knew he would marry Cordelia , blessing can come from all angle.

  38. This story is really captivating, to find people like Cordelia nowadays is very rare. Her kind heart and humility is worth more than anything,and also Ifunanya having passed through trials in life and still waxing strong shows strength and that God can never forget his own people.
    We should learn to be like Cordelia, because God’s blessings can come in any form, because without Ifunanya she wouldn’t have met Nduka.

  39. This is such a nice story! I have someone who really impacted my life and I can tell you I know the feeling. I would probably do anything for her. For Ifunanya, she should keep her hopes high and never give up. Things will only get better.
    Cordelia really did well in associating with a woman below her class comfortably. I don’t know if I could do that. About her leaving Ogboo, please its for the better. Her meeting with Nduka is simply the best thing for her than allowing someone in Canada, get into her way of happiness. I’m happy that her goodness was repaid.
    I’ve really learnt a lot. I pray from now on, I would be more disposed towards helping people in bad situations, no matter how little I earn.

  40. One good turn surly deserves another. Cordelia’s good works should be applauded. Nowadays, it’s very hard to see people willing to help you in your time of need. Some people, in other to help you, will require certain favors. Cordelia is an epitom of kindness. Thank you ma for a wonderful story.

  41. Grace is an unmerited favour from God. Obviously it was God’s grace that kept Cordelia where she is, and because she understood that it is not by her might, she saw it vital to lend a helping hand to Ifunanya. There are too many moral lessons in this story, I picked up one; one good turn deserves another, Cordelia by grace helped Ifunanya and by grace also she found Nduka who fell for her. But I don’t think that Cordelia going for Nduka is a bad decision, everything happens for a purpose. Nice post ma.

  42. Very interesting story ma, I learnt a lot first being that looking down on people from different social background is bad and also Cordelia’s decision to be with Nduka is fine by me little did she know that her friendship with ifunaya would result 2 her meeting Nduka. I believe that life always has a way of blessing those who bless. Thank you ma

  43. You need see my expression, ma, upon realising you had made a new post in this section, i just could not wait to read!
    Well well, Ify’s parents failed to understand that Christ gives us a second chance, irrespective of whatever sin we might have committed, they forgot that.
    I would say, we all should emulate Cordelia, her readiness to assist, to alleviate burdens from the shoulders of others, her beautiful heart. All these qualities are ‘do-withouts’ in a Christian’s life.

    Gracias.

  44. Showing kindness to people always brings good fortunes…..The help Cordelia showed to Ifunanya brought marital favor into her life

  45. this is a very interesting story full of lessons and warnings . so many people are like ifunanya who will never learn from other peoples mistake or their first mistake, all thanks to cordelia who He used to bless her life. we cant be as lucky as she we just have to be wise and learn from other peoples story not ours.

  46. Interesting story..
    Cordelia is indeed an angel. She’s ever willing to help people in need, without a reward. Never knew such human exists. She is an epitome of kindness. I love the fact that Cordelia could get along with Ifunanya as friends, despite their social class differences. She never looked down on her, rather she(Cordelia) made a positve difference in her life..
    Thanks, ma, for this interesting piece.

  47. In life we meet new people everyday,but only few will be of positive impact to us.cordelia was true picture of what friendship is all about. We should learn to appreciate and accommodate people when we have all it takes,because we dont know what tomorrow have in store for us. Nice post ma.I feel blessed with this ma.

  48. This is indeed an interesting story; the moral lesson here is that one shouldn’t because of his or her social class look down on anyone because of his or her privileges in life. Cordelia is indeed a woman of God & a person with clear heart & transparent character; if only she knew what lies ahead, that poor Ifunanya would indeed be a blessing to her life in return. Cordelia’s intention on moving on from her ex ogboo is a wise decision because time waits for no one; especially in situations like this where the “American wonder” is not showing concern, might be probably that he has found a white woman to further better his life & hasten acquisition of green card and becoming a well-to-do citizen. Indeed the feeling Cordelia was having from the onset was worth it. Thank you aunt Edith for this inspiring and mind-blowing piece. God bless you ma

  49. Good day ma’am this story is cool,the moral lessons make sense too, for the first question I will say I have friends that have made positive difference and also I do get along with other people no matter your origin,for Ifunanya I will say she should wait on the Lord because it is said that the Lord’s time is the best after all he has been the one seeing her through everything,for the Canada based boyfriend I will say life goes on no time to waist time delay is dangerous so she should let go of him and continue from where she stopped,I learnt that no matter what we should always love people around us and try to treat one another with love because we don’t know where we will find ourselves tomorrow.

  50. Truly blessings come from an unexpected means, if you do good, good returns to you. Cordelia in this story is indeed a role model to be emulated; she saw ifunanya in a devastated & helpless situation, not minding her class and ability to keep her head above water; she still helped and continued helping her, she could have ignored her, but she didn’t. On the other hand Cordelia’s decision on moving on from her former relationship with Ogboo is a wise one because his inability to check up on her would probably be as a reason of him not being interested in her anymore. I urge each and every one of us to emulate Cordelia’s character in this story, the blessing might not come as a material thing on this earth; but we should always bear in mind that God watches us & he keeps record of all our deeds on earth. Thank you aunt Edith for indeed I’m blessed.

  51. It’s definitely not certain where your help might arise from due to the smallest assistance you’ve given to somebody….. As an adage says “No one knows tomorrow” Cordelia never knew the way that would be opened up for the little assistance she gave. It’s just by the grace of God.

  52. Wow! This is all about life. God knows why he created the rich and the poor. This is for the rich to use what God has already given them to support and help the poor, just as Cordelia did.
    Once more, friendship should be symbiotic in nature ( both part benefiting) just like Cordelia and Ifunanya. Therefore, let learn from Cordelia in helping those that we feel we are better than. God bless you ma!

  53. There is nothing more fulfilling than helping people who are in need and putting a smile on their faces because they will forever remain indebted to you, anywhere we find ourselves we should know that it is God’s grace that has brought us there and for a purpose too,so we should make it a habit to show love and concern to one another because it makes a whole lot of difference in their lives…

  54. Wow!! An interesting and inspiring story. Its like the saying,what goes around comes around. In other words,do good at all times because good will also be done to you. And never look down on anybody,God has a plan for everybody.

  55. There is actually a big reward for givers and those who offer a hand of help to people that are in need. Cordelia has a good heart and ifunanya also.she did not waste time in hooking Cordelia up with her nephew. What Cordelia did was very good, some people will judge ifunanya first for getting pregnant at such a young age and just conclude that she deserved what she got but, Cordelia instead, took her in and helped her. When God puts us in a position to help people, we should help them in the best way we can.

  56. Cordelia is a good woman and she did well by helping Ifunanya out when she knew she had the capability to do so. I also love the fact that she always attributes everything to God( when people try to praise her) and that she became good friends with Ifunanya, not withstanding their differing social classes. God has a way of doing his own things. Maybe he sent Nduka Cordelia’s way because he has a plan in mind. I think Cordelia should try and see how things work out between both of them but should also keep her Canadian boyfriend, Ogboo informed.

  57. A bird at hand is better than one million of birds out there,Cordelia used her sense very well, by knowing what she want and what to do at the moment. Finally at the end God bless her and she is forever happy in her life. I really enjoyed the story ma .?

  58. Wow! Such an interesting read. Well I jus have few friends that have impacted my life positively… For me ooooooo, I don’t think she’s d one doing d dumping sef, he is d one that dumped her… Imagine a so called boyfriend not kalin you for over 2months? She shld move ahead with Nduka abeg…
    Showing love to the lower class if you’re privileged is very nice… Kudos to Cordelia for that… My advice to Ifunaya is that she shld jus keep trusting and believing, her miracle is on d way…
    The lesson I learnt is that God wld never forsake his own, He is always ready to provide a helper as He did for Mma…
    Thanks Ma for sharing..

  59. I’m grateful to u for this wonderful post. It is only but divine arrangement that brought about the meeting of ifunanya and Cordelia. God is truly a miracle worker, who knows what would have become of ifunanya and her children if she hadn’t met Cordelia. Probably she would have gone into prostitution or device another illegal way so as to survive with her children which in turn may lead to a social problem. Thank God for the kind Cordelia who became an instrument of help to ifunanya and her children. Irrespective of class difference we should assist one another. As for Cordelia I think she should not discard her boyfriend in Canada simply because she met a new guy. She should compare and contrast before she make a decision. Remain ever blessed ma.

  60. Oh my goodness. I have good friends, though not experienced anything of this sort but i enjoyed every line of the story. We need more Cordelia s in the world. ????

  61. Is good to make friends that will make a positive impact in your life.
    Also is good to help people cause they might be in the position to help you in the future. Nice one MA.

  62. We must understand that everything we have in life is not by right but by the grace of God. We must never forget that without the life given to us by Jehovah , we would never have achieved anything

  63. One good turn deserves another.. Helping others attracts good things to you too.. I like the fact that Mma appreciates all the help and kindness her friend offered her and still tries her best to give her no matter the little she has. This is a very inspiring story.. Kudos ma’am

  64. It is good to always lend a helping hand to those in need and also try to connect with people even if you are not on the same social class because you can never tell when your reward will come. Grace places a man indeed. But for God’s Grace, who knows where we would have been. Ma you are a blessing. God bless you richly.

  65. Keeping friends that cant impact your life is just waste of time because they will influence your life the other way round.
    Getting along with people not minding your social status is what great people like cordelia do, she’s a lady of good virtue, they even watch movie and gist on sundays like who does that?
    As for her canada-based boyfriend, he has expired and the love has vanished, like for 2-3 months you have not from your boyfriend and you think its normal? Aunty marry the one you’re seeing now oo before he starts chasing University babes oo.
    As for Ifunaya, her appointed time is near.
    ???

  66. Helping people in their time of need has it its way of attracting favour. I really hope things work out well between Cordelia and Nduka.

  67. This is such an amazing story. Societal class could have derailed Cordelia from being friends with Ifunanya but it did not. The simple truth is that when God is in charge of your story, everything will fall in place for you no matter what.

  68. I really don’t think it’s a smart choice for Cordelia to leave her Canadian boyfriend for Nduka, Ifunanya’s nephew, despite not being sure of her fate with her Canadian boyfriend due to communication as a barrier, but for her to judge from her present stance with her Canadian boyfriend and leave him for Nduka is unfair to an extent! Also, we shoulp help keeping aside social class and our positions.

  69. This is very interesting story, that cordelia was in a better condition than ifunanya is not because she is too righteous or that she is above mistake, is all because of the grace of God, she was able to understand that her richness was to help the poor and the needy, some many people fail to understand that their richness today was for a purpose instead they keep on enriching themselves, why the poor keep on been poorer. is always good to do good because no one knows tomorrow, cordelia was a destiny helper sent to ifunanya and ifunanya was also destiny to find her husband.

  70. It is good to always lend a helping hand to those in need and also try to connect with people even if you are not on the same social class because you can never tell when your reward will come. Grace places a man indeed. But for God’s Grace, who knows where we would have been. Ma, i say you are a blessing. God bless you richly.

  71. It is always good to help others as God will open ways for you when you need help.. Because everything we have in this life is by the grace of God. Nice story ma

  72. Its always good to be of help to others who are in need,i know that cordelia never thought that her goodness towards ifunanya will bring divine connection to her,despite the fact that they are not related at all, she still took MMA in and made her a sister. Ifunanya through cordelias help experienced love which she never taught she could get from any one. And this love will always remind her that there is always hope……God help me to always treat people with love and care…..beautiful story ma.

  73. Wow!!what a story!!!This story emphasises the need for relationships regardless of social class.God used Cordelia to touch ifunanya and ifunanya also helped her back.Though I senses some serious matchmaking skills at work….God has a way of making sure his children get what they want.so much love and positivity in one post.God bless you aunty Edith .May you continue to shine like the stars..

  74. It is true that many people find it hard to flow well with people from the lower which is a very bad attitude to let out. We should always gave a helping hand to those who need it more cos, we don’t know when and through whom God will bless us. Nice story…

  75. Wow! Really this is awesome… Truly this story is a lesson to all, we must learn not to compare ourselves with others. Cordelia helped ifunnaya without judging her past also we should endeavor to help those that who are in need because no one knows what the future holds, my kind advice to cordelia is that she should pray to God for confirmation before accepting.. The Canada boyfriend might not be her husband, may the good lord help us to touch souls and also direct our paths. Amen

  76. This story is highly educative and interesting, at every point in our life we ought to help those in need as it portrays the quality of a good Christian

  77. This story is very inspiring.
    The use of suspense made the story interesting for me..

    God used Cordelia to touch ifunanya’s life..
    And I also learn not to look down on people because we don’t know we’re the help we need will come from..
    I pray God gives me a heart like Cordelia because I have always wish to be helping people..

    Remain blessed ma

  78. Waow!!..lovely and intriguing as well…I like vthat Cordelia effortlessly got hooked up with Nduka- well that’s her price for being generous! Good things come to those who are worth it.

  79. We should always lend a helping hand to those in need and also try to relate with people even if we are not on the same social rank because we can’t tell who will be our saviour tomorrow.

  80. The rewards of kindness are inevitable. Am happy for Cordelia. Love is a beautiful thing. Every good thing we do in life will aways bring us favour. Cordelia’s kindness has given her her soulmate. This story teaches a lot. As Christians, we should show love to one another and help each other. You might be in need of help someday and a person you once helped may be in the position to help you.

  81. This story is indeed interesting. Cordelia really tried for Mma regardless of her level, she stooped so low to hear from ifunanya and equally helped her by being kind to her. Wish she eventually gained at last because one good turn deserves another.

  82. It does not pay to think less about people or look down on them because help could come from anywhere and anyone…..Cordelia was really an angel to Ifunanya when she needed help;she was very good to her regardless of their different social statuses…..Her earlier feeling that morning shows that it was a divine plan a to meet Nduka…..Ifunanya also should not lose hope as God will also give her miracles…..God bless you aunty for this post…Amen

  83. It pays to be kind towards others, because, no one knows where his or her blessing will emanate from

  84. The story is inspirational, people should lend a helping hand towards one another, we shouldn’t judge or neglect our fellow brother because of his/her past mistakes but try to correct, cause each challenge we face in this life is a stepping stone to a great victory

  85. God’s grace is really sufficient for us. No matter how many mistakes we make, he is always there for us. This story is very thought provoking. It encourages us to render help when we can. There are various lessons to be learnt and I Enjoyed every bit of this story.

  86. It is very sad to see a friend or relative suffering or in need, especially when they pretend that everything is all right. It is a delicate situation when approaching someone in this predicament, as often a person’s pride stands in the way of reaching out for comfort. The way Cordelia approached the situation was very intelligent and encouraging. I also think it is a wise decision for Cordelia to move on with Nduka. Remain Blessed.

  87. There are lessons to learn from this. Good people actually make the world better. I get along well with people from any class. Truth is I love greetings. Lol.
    The Nigerian setting has made it so that waiting for a man who’s based abroad for a very long time could be detrimental. All the same, I believe love conquers all. If she loves the present, maybe it’s wise to forget about the former.
    I would encourage Ifunanya to hold on to God. He who provided a helper at the time of her needs, would never leave her. She should also forgive those who rejected her. They can’t have the final say in her life.
    It indeed pays to be generous in the case of Cordelia, humble in the case of Ifunanya and prayerful. Without God, who are we kwan? But for his Grace.

  88. In life we are meant to be our brother’s keepers. Helping and showing love to everyone around us because you never know where your blessings would come from.
    One good turn always deserves another.

  89. As we were taught in the bible, give and it shall be given unto you, good measures, pressed down, shaken together and running over shall men give unto you..remember givers never lack

  90. I am surprised at this powerful missive that has just captured my whole life and the need to influence others

  91. This story is very interesting, I have learnt that a person you see today as nonentity might become great in future.

  92. We are all equal in this world, no one is greater than the other.no matter how rich we are, we should always look at the people around us and be able to help and bring them closer to us. Because we may never when they will be of help like in the case of Cordelia and Nduka. A wonderful story ma.

  93. Wow God has a way of paying back every little kindness we show to people. Who would have thought that Cordelia would have found the love she so much sought because she extended that hand of kindness to Ifunanya?

  94. indeed, our achievements is basically dependent on the Grace of God. at times we prosper beyond imagination not because we worth it but according to the love or Grace of God which paves way for our greatness.. this story has shown the effect of keeping the most important and common law… love and treat your neighbour as yourself. ma may you be blessed with more inspiration to write more of this

  95. This life is a vicious circle, what goes around comes around. Its always good to do good always, no one knows were his/her blessings will come from. In all, i really enjoyed the story

  96. It pays to do good and be good even to people who may never repay your kindness and it is always good to let God take the lead in all you do.

  97. Aunty, you just left tears in my eyes. If not for grace! I wish humanity will spare a moment to care and I wish those who receive grace will be grateful. God bless you for me.

  98. I have a lot of friends who have made a lot of positive impact in my life, I pray not to forget or disappoint any of them. Cordelia don’t have to abandoned her Canada boyfriend but there is also a need to build a relationship with nduka (decent relationship). U can never tell who will actually be the right one. Speaking on generosity and kindness towards the needy and the less privilege, I think it is a command not a choice or lifestyle, we got to do it for there lies our greatest achievement on earth. Religiously, culturally, socially, is good to be good!

  99. we should not look down on any body despite their social status. God will definitely answer Ifunanya her prayers and give her a man that will make her happy for the rest of her life.

  100. This story is highly educative and interesting
    At every point in our life we meet new people and it is our duty to help those in need as it portrays the quality of a good Christian

  101. It is said that the world rotates on its axis. The earner cannot quit just because he or she thinks its enough and in the same vain, the eater does not quit to say he or she is satisfied. Cordelia is a very kind hearted woman, and God blessed her through her kindness to Ifunnaya. Thank u ma, this is a great lesson.

  102. Wow, its really a touchy story. It teaches us to always be nice as we don’t know where our help comes from. If Cordelia wasn’t nice to ifunaya she might not have met nduka.

  103. His grace is indeed sufficient. law of nature, she gave good and will definitely receive good. she should just pray and be sure its him before calling it quits with her canadian boyfriend.

  104. Well the world is a small place and nobody knows where his/her help is coming from. But I don’t believe in love at first sight so I think she should take things easy and also pray to God to be sure the man is her husband.

  105. Beautifully structured.
    I’m much affected by Cordelia’s modesty.
    She takes no credit for her good deeds, but gives all glory to the Creator. Good standard for everyone.
    Whoever thought that a charming suitor as Nduka would come to her through Ifunanya who was apparently beneath her financially?
    I’m fascinated at the turn of events here.
    Thank you??

  106. Cordelia believes in the Igbo adage “uyo bu nu uyo mu na gi”. it means that any happines is for me and you. it is good for us to help people in need. had it been Cordelia did not help Ifunanya and her kids, she would not have met Nduka, who she just met for the first day and she is trying to forget Ogboo her Canada boyfriend.God is so wonderful.I love this story in particular. Thanks ma.

  107. God loves and rewards abundantly those who care for the poor… Cordelia’s life is worth emulating… Ifunanya’s family that rejected her forgot that nobody is above mistakes and no sin is unforgivable…our God is a merciful Father, as far as Ifunanya has repented, God will surely bless her richly. Nice story, Aunty Edith!!!

  108. What goes around, comes around. In this story it is observed that cordelia’s good work spoke for her, and i think she should forget that her Canadian boyfriend and move on with her life, she never can tell maybe he is already married and has moved on with his life there; like they say ” a bird at hand worth more than thousands birds in the forest”. Nduka is God’s dream man for cordelia so she should just carry on…………………………….. I love this story Ma

    • It is never good to look down on people no matter what. The stubbling block today may turn to be the steeping stone tomorrow treat people with dignity, it always pay.
      ..now to your Questions, If Cordelia is not married to the canadian guy and not engaged to him, she is free to go into a new relationship but first of all she should pray and ask God for wisdom and the way to follow . And if possible let her try to connect with her Canadian boyfriend to kno her stand about the relationship . Maybe it’s God’s plan for her to go to Can ada because the whole thing dont seems borthering her much as she is not even healing from the guy She has to be careful and make sure she does not flater , and I feel Nduka was quite forward and serious to be in a relationship with cordelia Though Ifunanya is her closest friend, she didn’t prepare Cordelia for the visitor, or consider that she may actually not feel the same way. She may even be projecting her own desire for a man in her life to complete her family, onto Cordelia. What matters is what her feeling and what she want and as well the will of God… That is why His grace is needed! Just because one or two people feel the same way, that does not mean to be Gods will At times its Co Incidence . We have to go to God in prayer and ask for ourselves! But MA you kept us in suspense.

  109. What goes around, comes around. In this story it is observed that cordelia’s good work spoke for her, and i think she should forget that her Canadian boyfriend and move on with her life, she never can tell maybe he is already married and has moved on with his life there; like they say ” a bird at hand worth more than thousands birds in the forest”. Nduka is God’s dream man for cordelia so she should just carry on…………………………….. I love this story Ma.

  110. ifunanya was really lucky. she was blessed by God. God gave her Cordelia who became a friend and took care of all her financial problems. She did it with all her heart and God rewarded her by giving her heart desire.

  111. Cordelia should sort things out with her Canadian boyfriend so that there will be no attachments,also little favours done come with greater rewards.this a nice story and I think I have been in this kind of situation.

  112. I like this. No one on earth is a write off because that person might be your destiny linker. That you may see someone like Ifunanya, you may think that she is nobody despite her predicament not knowing that something good might come out of her. Anyway I thank God for Cordelia on her giving aspect because it’s only God’s favour and grace that made her to appreciate Ifunanya despite her conditions and it has yielded good result on her side at the end.

  113. This story is so interesting,to be of help to a person that you are better of is a good thing that we should uphold because we never know, maybe God will bless us through that person we have helped and also we should learn never to lose faith in God. Thank you ma for this wonderful story that you have given to us

  114. Making good friends that will lead us to the positive aspect of life is essential in life. Just like Cordelia helped Anayo and helped her when she was in need which made them to become very close friends irrespective of their social class. We should be able to do this because we never know who we might meet in the future

  115. I believe that friends are born to meet, understand and help each other. Therefore, everyone is important and should be recognized always.

  116. the story although short contains some moral lesson, which should not be seen as just a story story but an encouraging one.

  117. This is a wonderful story that gives moral lessons. We should try as much as possible to identify with the poor people in our society, socialize with them, and help them when they are in need because you don’t know who is going to help you in future.

  118. The story makes each and every one to think about their Creator’s kindness. According to Cordelia, “What is life if we can’t lend a helping to one another?” This is a very knowledgeable quote which provides food for thought.

  119. Good luck can come in different ways just as Cordelia helped Ifunanya with her financial situation which made them to become very close friends. It is good to help the needy because you never know what will happen in the future.

  120. The story is definitely an inspiring story. I am touched by the fact that Ifunanya wasn’t looked down on by Cordelia just because of her social status. I believe that everyone who comes into one’s life is there for a reason be it good or bad. If Cordelia hadn’t helped Ifunanya, she probably won’t have met Nduke whom as the story makes us believe is the one for her. I am sad that Ifunanya’s family weren’t more forgiving. People shouldn’t be judged by their mistakes because we are all human and definitely make mistakes.This story teaches us that when we come across people who are in need and we are able to offer our assistance, we shouldn’t hesitate to do so.

  121. The story is definitely an inspiring story. I am touched by the fact that Ifunanya wasn’t looked down on by Cordelia just because of her social status. I believe that everyone who comes into one’s life is there for a reason be it good or bad. If Cordelia hadn’t helped Ifunanya, she probably won’t have met Nduke whom as the story makes us believe is the one for her. I am sad that Ifunanya’s family weren’t more forgiving. People shouldn’t be judged by their mistakes because we are all human and definitely make mistakes.This story teaches us that when we come across people who are in need and we are able to offer our assistance, we shouldn’t hesitate to do so.

  122. I want people to learn from cordelia.cordelia gave help to ifunanya.it paves ways for open doors,favour and blessings .cordelia should not rush into any relationship. If she wants Nduka ,she should end the one with guy abroad. Wonderful story.

  123. Yesoh! The good one does today is an investment to be reaped tomorrow.it is good to do good.

  124. Friends like this are everything
    Cordelia made a very wise decision giving ifunaya’s nephew a chance because I think the relationship with her boyfriend didn’t have a future, so why not go with someone ready and willing.

  125. Nothing good goes unrewarded. Cordelia received her reward after all the good things she did and this story is a call for people to be more generous. Nice story

  126. This story is actually a didactic one. In life, one need to always be good to people, because nobody knows how God does His things.

  127. Awww. what a lovely write up. Really giving pays. Cordelia is kind and caring. And her lovely virtue paid her so well. In the case of Cordelia quitting her Canada relationship for Nduka for me she is not wrong .its better you go for what you see than waiting for something to come.

  128. The story teaches a lot.
    She could have easily said that she had a boyfriend in Canada
    But instead she believed God and followed his lead.
    This teaches us that God’s time is the best.

  129. This is a challenge to people in such a situation as her. God said in His word “that we should seek first the kingdom of God and all other things will be added unto you”. If you put God first in our doings,He would make a way where there seems to be no way.

  130. Nice one here I learned a lot and one of them being that it is more rewarding to help or render assistance to people most especially when you are in the position to do that. As my favourite scholar said “u have not lived if no body can trace your impact in their lives”. And finally it pays to be nice as cordelia’s caring heart attracted nduka to her Good with the fact that whatever you give into life is what you get in return

  131. Whoa!!! Ma’am this story is like the best so far for me…..Cordelia is generous as portrayed in the story to ifunaya her friend and through her kind gestures to ifunaya she gets to meet her true love??…..Nduka.

  132. Quite inspiring story! Cordelia is such a good person. She’s a rare gem. Ifunanya is so lucky to have Cordelia around her. But, I don’t think it is wise for Cordelia to dump her Canadian based boyfriend for her new friend. She doesn’t fully know his attitudes. Feelings can be deceitful and this is marriage matter.

  133. This one really touched the depth of my heart. Like the saying goes: “life is like an ocean where everyone swim; those you help today comes around tomorrow and be the ladder to your glory.” Cordelia deserve what she got at last, for the genorous soul she was, and earlier that day, I think God was preparing her for the reward of her deeds.

  134. There is a saying that it is good to be good because goodness attract goodness. This should teach us that we should always value people and be good to them, because you may never know who might end up being your messaiah.

  135. The good thing about life is that you never know who your helper will be, which is a reason why we shouldn’t look down on anyone. The grace of God is just so unpredictable. It just has a way of making things easier for us. Imagine Nduka coming to the house himself, not her going out to look for a suitor. But, the Grace of God locates us more when we’re walking in God’s plan. One lesson I’ve actually learnt from this beautiful story is to never look down on the days of my little beginning! Who ever thought that Ifunanya would be a channel to Cordelia’s happiness??

  136. An inspiring and a delightful write-up.this story has triggered and inspired not just i but is imploring and appealing to everyone to never give up on anyone.it advises us to always lend a helping hand to the needy.But our young ladies should be careful.Getting pregnant without the resources to cater and shoulder the responsibility is not advisable.our young women should desist from such indulgement

  137. Very intriguing story! Indeed, blessings can come In various ways. Of all things I read in this story what I understand is never to look down on people. Attitude matters a lot and it goes a Long way In one’s life. Cordelia showed care for ifunanya from the onset to the end. More still, it was done without any condition attached she did it without expecting anything from her which is the best kind of giving. In return, she found a new lover, Nduka, a promising young man. She never could have dreamt of it that moment. Ifunanya on her part also gives lessons to all who feel hopeless and dejected;”a silver lining behind every dark tunnel “

  138. Some times trying to punish a child leads to problem created rather than problem solved………. Taking the case of Ifunanya for instance- her parents disowned her for a single problem (being pregnant) which led to the coming of two extra babies with her still unmarried.

  139. The story is quite interesting. In this world, there are the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’.The ‘haves’ should always endeavor to put a smile on the face of those who do not have as Cordelia did. Again, I understand that anyone who is not helping your dreams should be jettisoned. I really liked the way she left the Canadian boy and went for Nduka. Finally, everybody should endeavor to help the poor as that is the will of God.

  140. The story is quite interesting. In this world,there are the ‘haves’ and ‘have not’.We should always endeavor to put a smile in the lives of people that don’t have as Cordelia did. I understand that in this life,anyone that is not helping your dreams should be jettisoned. I really liked the way she left the Canadian boy and went for Nduka.Finally,we should endeavor to help the poor as that is the will of God.

  141. Quite inspiring, it tends to hurt so bad when one is in a tight condition and then the individual that would have been of help will not render help at all even though the person knows you so well, he/she will act as if he/she doesn’t know you. I’m impressed for the fact that people like Cordelia, which are rear to come by are still in existence. About Cordelia and Ogboo, I believe in having a sound understanding about some certain things especially when it comes to “relationships matters”,I suggest that before she moves on with Nduka, she should have mutual understanding with Ogboo.. Just like Nora suggested earlier on. I thank God for Ifunanya, I pray that she will enjoy happiness in full and no more going back to suffering.. Exactly her heart desires..

  142. according to cordelia in the story { what is life if you cannot lend a helping hand to one another and this you have done by sharing these motivating stories to us

  143. Cordelia is quite a nice damsel, but I fear she might be making a mistake due to love at first sight.For crying out loud, she didn’t know this guy except for the few introduction , she had already fallen for him. God would help him because that’s a very tight situation seeing that she already had a boyfriend elsewhere .

  144. No feeling beats that where you like someone and the person likes you back. Plus let’s all learn to give helping hands when we can.

  145. Personally I feel Cordelia was unwise in letting go of a relationship that has been for years,she barely knows nduka,plus love ought to grow and all that..maybe its not about how long but how well then, I don’t know,Ifunanya has made mistakes yes,and we all do..she should keep her hope in God and be dilligent in her doings..at the end I think the most important lesson here is helping whenever you can

  146. We should never look down on anyone at all despite the social, economic background and awhat-a-view because we all deserve happiness, God bless Cordelia for accommodating Ifunnaya, no one knows tomorrow. That’s why we are always advised to be good to people. God bless you ma for this story.

  147. I don’t really think its a good idea to jump into a relationship without properly ending the previous one. That was no really a good decision Cordelia made. She should have prayed and asked God first before making her decision. I really admire her social behavior, despite her level as a worker in a bank, she still socialize with the people around her, even to a cleaner, wow! I must really commend that. That was so nice of her. Therefore, we should learn to emulate her kind of personality. We should always try and give a helping hand to the needy in the way we can. Be kind and social to the people no matter their status.

  148. Hmm… What an inspiration! I really learnt a whole lot here. It’s not good to look down on people no matter who they are. Don’t feel that your class don’t match theirs. The persoyyou neglect today may be your saviour tomorrow.

  149. What an interesting story
    Though despite the fact that Cordelia had a white collar Job. It never made her to feel more superior to Ifunanya. I learnt that it pays to help the needy because no one knows what tomorrow has to offer. Cordelia portrayed the attitude of being humble, is very nice to be humble in life.

  150. Thank u ma for the nice story. For me cordelia was too hastey to accept Nduka’s proposal and it shouldn’t be so even if she doesn’t have somebody like her Canada friend. She should still give her Canada guy a benefit of doubt as many factors could disconnect people who don’t stay in the same country. This’s b/c it’ gonna be the diassappointment of the year to the Canada guy if all things being equal

  151. Omg!
    This story is so interesting,I wish you’ll write a second part,where they wedded at the cathedral with the little girls as little brides and the reception at the Protea hotel..lol, really I had to check the hotel on google to know if it actually exists and it does,so it seems so real to me,not fictional.
    On a serious note now, I think Cordelia should break up with the Canada guy,not because of Nduka though,but because the relationship is not working,she can’t even remember the last time they spoke to each other, there is no communication, she doesn’t even know if he still alive or not.I don’t believe one can stay that long without communicating with someone she loves.

  152. Interested and educating story. Cordelia is just allowing her feelings to control her, which is wrong , all she need to do is to seek God first instead of falling in order to curb her loneliness.from this story I have learnt a lot, first, God’s grace is sufficient, he who sows bountifully reaps bountifully for this effect we should always help people in need because we do not know who will be our Saviour tomorrow.

  153. Just like coderlia,a good friend can infuluebce you positively and vice versa,we have to be good to our friends so as to attain common good in the society,bad friend can lead to social vices, although this story is fiction but it is good for it can change our life

  154. Cordelia is such a nice lady and I hope she makes the right choice. In my opinion, however, I think she should pray earnestly about the likely marriage proposal from Nduka. Although Nduka seems to be a good man, he might turn out to be something else eventually. On the other hand, I pray that ifunanya will find a companion too and I hope she perseveres.

  155. Its good to show love to everyone equally without any form of social discrimination, because you can’t tell were your blessings might come from,and there is a reward for every good deeds done to anyone,just as Cordelia was blessed by God through ifunanya.

  156. inspiring and life mirroring story of commonplace relationships! Cordelia is such a good person. She’s a rare gem. Ifunanya is so lucky to have Cordelia around her. But, I don’t think it is wise for Cordelia to dump her Canadian based boyfriend for her new friend. She doesn’t fully know his attitudes. Feelings can be deceitful and this is marriage matter.do..she should have kept her hope in God and be dilligent in her doings..at the end I think the most important lesson here is helping whenever you can

  157. Cordelia’s pure intention in helping Ifunanya is commendable. How the world will be a better place if we have more Cordelia in our society. Ifunanya has also endured much suffering in her age and I’m happy for her new lease of life now. I hope and pray that Cordelia finds peace and fulfillment in Nduka.

  158. We need to be consistently aware of the need to serve God and to serve others in any and all of your actions. This is the way of the miracle worker. Nice story

  159. It is admirable of Cordelia not only for helping a poor and fired cleaner but also for befriending her. It takes a good stretch of charitable and simple mind to do that. From the look of things, it seems she has met the right person, although it’s still necessary for her to clear all ties wit Ogboo before a union with Nduka.

  160. It is admirable of Cordelia not only for helping a poor and fired cleaner but also for befriending her. It takes a good stretch of charitable and simple mind to do that. From the look of things, it seems she has met the right person, although it is still necessary for her to clear all ties wit Ogboo before a union with Nduka.

  161. As Christians we are obligated to rendering help to the less privilege just the way codelia helped ifunanya and we should also not look down at anybody because we are all equal ifunanya was also of help to codelia by connecting her with Nduka such is life!

  162. It is always good to be good and it’s good to pay back good with good. Help people around you, even when you no nothing about them. Let’s try to imitate Cordelia and ifunanya in this story.God bless you MA

  163. Nice story.cordelia is good example of a good friend and an example that they are still good people out there .everyone should emulate such trait.

  164. We should always be nice to everyone never look down on your fellow human beign because no one knows tomorrow

  165. I love the statement, “what is life if we can’t help one another?” And I agree, we as human beings and God’s children should help people according to our capabilities, if she hadn’t helped Ifunaya, she probably wouldn’t have met Nduka, helping people can open very unexpected doors

  166. We should learn to help everyone despite their social status. In this life, there is the law of karma that states what goes around comes back around. Cordelia was good to Ifunaya and she received it back in return even if it doesn’t seem significant as she has a boyfriend already

  167. Cordelia is a very nice person and God rewarded her kindness towards Ifunanya
    Ifunanya is also a nice person by not forgetting the person that helped her in time of need…she introduced her to Nduka is not everyone that will remember to do that…some will even say no to that, that their friendship might end if she introduces them
    This is a moral lesson to always help the needy that way you too can be blessed

  168. Do to other what you want others to do unto you, Cordelia is a nice lady i hope she makes the right decision. Good friends influence us positively, we should be mindful of the kind of friends we keep in our lives.

  169. It is good to be good.It could only be by God’s grace and Cordelia’s kindheartedness that brought she and Nduka together. God used Ifunaya to get a good life partner for Cordelia.

  170. I really enjoyed the suspense! It made it very interesting. It’s never good to look down on others, no matter how less they appear. the one you look down on today might be the person you have to look up to. Such is life, no one knows tomorrow

  171. This is such an inspiring story that I have learnt so much from it. The character which I admire so much is the character of Cordelia. Although rich but very humble that she had to be best of friends with a cleaner. She even went out of her way to support her friend financially and otherwise. Can i be like her? was the question lingering in my mind as I was reading this story. Her character is very unique and worth emulating.

  172. If we had more cordelias in the world,i dont think this world will be this miserable.cordelias story is an example of what’re goes around comes around.Her kindheartedness has brought her and nduka together.tank u ma for this story because its an example to everyone of us out here.tank u

  173. It’s good to be good, Cordelia is truly a good lady and never expected anything in return. Ifunanya is also a good giver and a grateful personality.

  174. But for his grace indeed!!!I love the kind of Cordelia,she’s free and happy person.this is God trying to pay her back for her good deeds towards ifunnaya.

  175. Wow! I enjoyed this story! Can wait to meet my own Cordelia.(Chuckles) Anyway, if all in this nation Nigeria would have this caring and concern attitude of Cordelia, believe me things will be well. One Nigeria one love. However, anything we are and we do is all by God’s grace.

  176. BUT FOR HIS GRACE. This is a very awesome example of the works of God.
    Because you’re rich doesn’t mean its by your power or might. It is the same Grace that makes us see each day. There are people out there that we are in better financial state than. It’s not because we are better than them but because of his divine grace.
    The fact that we are aware that it is by his grace should drive us to reach out to those who are in need because the same way that financial capacity came,it can also go.
    I like the fact that Ifunaya set her nephew up with Cordelia. Why wait for someone who hasn’t spoken to you in 2 months. You never can tell,he may also have other plans there.
    Everyone is equal in the eyes of God and such we should learn to treat everyone with equal respect. Ifunaya should continue to strive on. Gods time is the best. The same way He sent Cordelia to her,He will also send others.

  177. This story is funny and interesting. It has more than one lesson. We should always lend a helping hand and not look down on people. This story is also a good example of one good turn deserves another.

  178. Yeah,i do have a lovely friend that has the ‘Ifunanyian’ kinda trait…And trust me,it feels good to know someone cares and shares your burden with you. I only pray God helps me to be so good a person that wen someone thinks of me, they smile too.
    I can mix and mingle easily with every social class because I do not let myself believe I am lesser or inferior to them because they have more money. “E no dey today no mean say e no go dey tomorrow”.
    Lastly, I congratulate Ifunanya. I learnt something from her and I also advise she leaves ogboo for good what boyfriend communicates with his girlfriend on monthly intervals?

  179. The saying that one good turn deserves another is true beyond all reasonable doubt. We shouldn’t hesitate when we are in the position to help because the prayers of a grateful heart goes a long way.

  180. For me the good we do for others will be counted for us one day…it will never fail us. After all, What is this life if we can’t lend a helping hand to one another?

  181. This is so story is so beautiful and touching , especially the part where the come from different class. If everyone was this caring and sweet, we won’t even have problem in this life.

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