MY BEAUTIFUL NEIGHBOUR #6 (SHORT STORY)

The Story So Far:
In the last episode, Razor experienced the divine encounter her brother Ebony ran from. This led to revelations of what transpired in her childhood that transformed her into the powerful and mysterious young woman she became. She just couldn’t stop the tears of joy resulting from getting a second chance from God when she thought her fate was sealed.

Will Ebony toe the same line or will the lure of the sins of the flesh and unbridled pursuit of money prevent him from doing so? Then there is the case of Tasia, his beautiful neighbour, who returned ahead of schedule towards the end of the last episode? How will she fit into the current developments?

Find the answers in this sixth and final episode of our captivating story. If you’re just joining us, be sure to read the previous episodes before this to get the full load of entertainment and blessings.

MY BEAUTIFUL NEIGHBOUR #6

BEAUTIFUL INDEED!

“Where’s Dinma?” Tasia asked.

My mouth was agape. Chidinma was Razor’s given name but we all called her Dinma way back. (That name was our mum’s idea but our dad called her Ifeatu*.) After she changed and became a toughie, everyone started calling her Razor. I’d never mentioned her to Tasia. I only told her about my elder sister, Nonye. So how did she know her, down to her real name from childhood?

Razor opened the curtain and peeped out. The next thing that happened baffled me even further. Tasia left me and ran to my flat. She gathered Razor into her arms and began to crush her like a long-lost friend. Razor, on her part, clung to her. Unbelievable! Razor doesn’t do mush, I reminded myself. What is going on?

Tasia, disengaged herself from Razor and held her some inches away. Looking into her eyes, she said, “You have done very well. Congratulations and welcome to the family of God!” She enfolded Razor in another extended hug. My goodness! I was overflowing with questions but I had no chance to ask them.

Tasia took Razor by the hand and they sat on the sofa. She explained that she needed to be properly prayed for to cut her ties with the kingdom of darkness. She would also need to be in close company with believers who would nurture her in the faith and help her battle through the inevitable attacks that would follow her renunciation of the devil. She had arranged for Razor to stay with her pastor and his family and would like to take her there right away.

“Whoa! Hold your horses, would you?” I cut in. “It’s my little sister you’re talking of.” For the first time in many years, Razor looked and acted like just that. Her 5 ft. 1″ frame had started shivering and I felt it was my duty to protect her as I would have been doing all these years if there had been any need. “I can’t just let you take her to live with strangers. I won’t be there to see how they treat her.”

I was referring to the new Razor before me. If it was the old one, I would have been more worried about the welfare of those she was to live with, not that she would have ever agreed to stay under anyone’s roof. Tasia wanted to say something but I held up my hand indicating she should let me finish.

“I see the need for prayer, but we can go when it’s scheduled and come back here.”

“Believe me, you don’t want to stay with her, not right now.”

“What is that supposed to mean?”

“I mean you are not equipped to handle what’s coming.” She ran to hold Razor down as she had started convulsing.

“Tasia, you’re scaring her.”

“You mean you,” she replied, indicating I was the one who was petrified. She was right but I wasn’t going to admit that.

“We’re wasting time. Go and start the car.”

“She doesn’t need to go anywhere now but a hospital.”

Just then, Razor let out a bloodcurdling scream and I nearly jumped out of my skin. Her eyes began to roll till they were all white and she did a series of high-pitched shrieks that sent me sprinting for the door. I started the car, warmed the engine for a few minutes, then revved it and tooted the horn several times. When they didn’t emerge, I turned off the engine and came back to see what was holding them up, only to see Razor slumped and Tasia commanding the spirit of death to let go of her.

Death? I ran to her and felt for her pulse. None.

Chineke moo!* Jesus, where are you? Didn’t you promise you will defend her? This can’t be happening! It shouldn’t be happening!”

I was babbling. Meanwhile, Tasia was pacing the room like a military general, quoting the Bible and speaking in some strange language. Then she commanded me to be quiet. Commanded was the word. I’d never seen the woman speak with such authority.

“She will be fine.” How do you know that? I couldn’t voice the question because she had knelt beside Razor as she spoke, placed her right hand on her chest and began to sing and laugh in this foreign language that filled me with dread. I had goose pimples all over my skin as she carried on. This woman is deadly, I told myself. I’d hate to be on the receiving end of this her chant. I realised I never even knew her. I just saw the beautiful wrapping, I had no idea she had so much spiritual power.

I didn’t really want to be there but I was paralyzed with fear. Besides, I was anxious about Razor. Then I noticed Tasia was calling Razor’s name. The surprising thing was she didn’t call her Dinma but Ifeatu. I figured that was the name she was known by in the spirit realm, probably because she was initiated with it. No one told me but I knew she was summoning her spirit out from the realm of death. I closed my eyes and sensed thick darkness.

I began to whisper, “Blood of Jesus! Blood of Jesus!” There was no power in my pronouncements. What right did I have to seek coverage from the blood of Jesus? Then I remembered a story I heard about demons entering any available person when they are chased out. The way Tasia was sounding, that could be any moment. I didn’t want to die, not just yet. So I ran into my bedroom and wonder of wonders, the Lord Jesus, was waiting there for me.

“Would you like us to conclude our discussion now?”

I didn’t actually see Him or hear an audible voice. It was just like before, words in my mind and a Presence in the room, only that this time, I knew those weren’t my thoughts and I wasn’t going to run away.

“With all due respect,” I said, “there’s a dead body out there. Shouldn’t you be more concerned about that?”

“Dead or alive, Chidinma is mine.” He must have seen the look of alarm on my face ’cause he added, “But I’m on it as we speak.”

I don’t know how but I clearly understood what He meant. Tasia was His representative or better still, He was in Tasia dealing with the matter. That also meant the outcome of that situation was in the bag. I then saw why Tasia could declare calmly about Razor, “She will be fine.” I exhaled.

He gently explained that He sent Tasia to be on hand when Razor surrendered to Him and to hand her over to saints that would care for her. He revealed that Razor was destined to be a fiery evangelist but that the enemy came in early to pervert her call and steal her soul.

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“I have come to take back that which is mine. You also need to come home to me. The ways of the world will frustrate you more and more but in Me, you will have peace. Do you surrender fully to Me now?”

I closed my eyes and said, “Yes, Lord, I do!” Such joy filled my heart that I broke out in worship. This is what I do for a living, entertaining crowds with gospel songs, but this time I wasn’t singing for tips or applause. I was lost in pure and unadulterated adoration to the Lord. I forgot about time, the commotion in my living room and everything else, until Tasia came and touched my uplifted arm.

“He’s gone!” I lamented when I opened my eyes.

“Who?”

“The Lord. He was right there,” I pointed towards the centre of the room.”

She stared at me for some seconds and saw that I was serious, then she said, “Dinma is sleeping.”

“Praise God!” I shouted, running towards the living room. Tasia followed me with a blanket. She covered Razor, who was curled up on the floor, with it.

“I fed her a meat pie and some fruit juice I had in my bag when she came back. I think we should let her rest. I’ve told the pastor to send a prayer team to attend to her later tonight when she awakes. Tomorrow, we’ll get her settled into the parsonage. Then I can leave for Lagos.”

“Thank you so much.” We stood there in silence, watching Razor sleep. My heart told me I will now be responsible for her upkeep. Then I remembered there had been no time to ask the Lord for a solid means of livelihood but I had got the greatest gift of all: reconciliation with Him. I was excited that I would be embarking on a journey of faith with Him and there would be plenty of time to ask Him that and many more questions along the way. There may be some rough times ahead but Razor and I would be fine regardless. I was certain of that.

The journey would see me making some major adjustments to my lifestyle, like in my relationship with women and how I think about them, especially Tasia. It won’t be easy going by how steeped in that stuff I am, but with the kind of interest the Lord Jesus showed in me and my sister today, I’m confident He’ll help me reorder the trajectory of my thoughts about them and act accordingly. And in Tasia’s case, I can start by calling her a more respectful name, the name she used to introduce herself to me, Mama Chinonso. It may not seem like a big change but it will be a constant reminder that she is not to be messed with, not that I would dare to do so after the kind of display she gave today.

Listening to Razor snoring softly almost made my heart burst with joy. It was such a precious sound to hear and it was possible because of the mercies of the Lord Jesus and the angel standing beside me. She went to stretch out on the sofa and I decided it was time to ask some of the questions that arose in my mind when she arrived suddenly and all alone. I sat on an armchair adjacent to the sofa.

“My children said they wanted to spend their entire hols in Lagos, that means we’re spending Christmas and the New Year over there. But I had a burden for you and your sister. I prayed and fasted about it for three days and the Lord told me to come here today, that you guys will be needing my help. I got my husband’s permission and flew down.”

As I listened to Mama Chinonso, I knew that she was an epitome of true beauty: not just a pretty face and a shapely body but a woman with an intimate relationship with the Lord and a deep love for others. She had shown me nothing but kindness from the first time I moved here and had brought out the best in me. I knew that if she had let me have my way with her or even encouraged my immoral moves in any way, I would have lost my respect for her.

They say, “Beauty is only skin deep,” but I guess they’ve never met Mama Chinonso, my beautiful neighbour.

-The end-
Ⓒ Edith Ugochi Ohaja 2017

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*Ifeatu means “a wonder” in Igbo
*Chineke moo! is Igbo for “Oh my God!” It’s lamentation in this context.

PS: It has truly been a pleasure regaling you with this inspiring narrative. May God guide your steps and bind you to Himself with cords of love in Jesus’ name.

LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!

What do you make of Ebony and Razor’s confessions of faith? Do you feel that Ebony, especially, can last as a believer?

Have you ever faced a life-threatening situation in which God displayed His awesome power on your behalf?

Now for a roundup: Kindly share what you’re taking away from this entire story, “My Beautiful Neighbour”.

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157 thoughts on “MY BEAUTIFUL NEIGHBOUR #6 (SHORT STORY)

  1. The entire story turned out glorious. The life of Ebony did not only turn out well but also that of his sister, Chidimma.
    God can use anyone to change ur life and when walking with God, one has nothing to worry about or lose. God is always there for us no matter how we stray or how bad we think we maybe, He is still willing and happy to receive us if we turn to Him.
    Thank you, Ma, for this interesting and educational post. It really reshaped my mind and ministered to me in a special way. I loved the way you utilized the suspense and flashback that held your reader’s attention to the end. You also inspired me to finish my book, not only to entertain but also to encourage and inspire others in a special way. Thank you very much, Ma. I appreciate.

    • Very well put, Chiamaka! God’s grace is available for all who turn to Him as you rightly said. I pray you have abundance of wisdom to complete your book and make it a huge blessing to the readers. Cheers!

  2. Ma, the story is very impactive and touching. it shows that salvation and transformation can occur to anybody at any time and God has a way of drawing his children to himself no matter how far they have strayed. it also shows how the power of God can intervene or overcome spiritual powers and He(God) can use anybody as an instrument to achieve this irrespective of whom we think the person is, as regards Tasia, and at the end Ebony and his evil sister were delivered from the evil one. God bless you, ma, for this post

  3. our grace differs, God can use anyone to change our life. GOD is happy any time we acknowledge our sins and are sorry for them. He will always receive us back.

  4. I don’t want it to end!!! I truly believe that Ebony and Dinma will last, those kind of supernatural encounters cannot be forgotten in a hurry. With the right discipleship, they will shake the kingdom of darkness. It is kind of an eye-opener to how we somehow let traditions and mindsets keep us down. I for one would never get so close to a male neighbor, I think there should be a balance here though. Wisdom is profitable to direct. Maybe when we see them through the eyes of Jesus, it will make it better. I remember how my friends and I got close to some of our neighbors in the lodge in UNN. My friend was more open and I reserved, they responded to her better and sowed seeds that we are still trusting God will yield fruits. Those boys were baaaadddd but funny enough, they never saw us as they saw others, they respected us. I think we must also live in such a way that our lifestyles reflect Jesus. I cringe at what could have happened if Tasia got distracted by the fine bobo. Thank you ma’am for these thoughts to ponder on. God bless you. Please do another series soon.

    • Thank you so much for your insightful comment. Seeing others as Christ sees them is so important. There is no extent we won’t go to bless them if we do. And we should rep the Lord 24/7, otherwise we will be useless when situations that the Lord will want to use us arise in people’s lives. We may not raise the dead, like the lady in the story, but we can be an extended hand of God or His mouth to speak words of encouragement to those we meet.
      And talking of raising the dead, I think that whole stuff was inspired. I was amazed when I learnt that Anastasia in Greek means resurrection AFTER writing the story. All praise and glory to God!
      I’ve been working on another series but it keeps getting longer while I’d prefer to tie it up. So it’s either I give it time and add a few more episodes to what’s down already or I find a neat way to conclude it.
      Thank you so much for following this series. I’ll be looking forward to reading your own stories as you share them. Hope that coincides with when I can spare the time to scroll on Facebook.
      God’s grace at work and with everything else. Cheers! ???

  5. When you encounter the good works of God, you will have no option other than to leave your old life and live for him who plotted your course from time.

    • That has been the experience of Ebony and Razor in this story and countless others in real life. Life outside of Jesus is really not worth living.

  6. wow! the story is very intresting. it finally turned out glorious for Ebony and his sister. GOD can use someone else to change your life to better because nothing is impossible for GOD to do.

  7. this a story, which demonstrate the situations some people found themsevies, as the case of razor and tassia . razor was in a state of confusion in her spiritual life. he needed a good friend who would advice her to make amend in her spiritual life unfortunately tassia was of help. good friends always lead to good direction in life.

    • Perhaps, you should read the story again or check the earlier episodes. Tasia didn’t know Razor from Adam. Cheers!

  8. Ma! this story is not just an ordinary story with moral lesson. its a story to let sinner know that our Lord Jesus can arrest anyone at anytime ​with the help ​from those they don’t even believe will help them . thank God for Mama chinonso. she is a God sent.

  9. I feel the same about what Ebony said “Beauty is only skin deep”. The fact that a girl is beautiful on the outside doesn’t mean she’s beautiful on the inside, inner quality matters in a woman because when beauty is gone, only a person’s character remains.

  10. The power of prayer is really a wonder as in the case of Razor. The power of prayer was so strong and effective that not only did it change her but it also brought her from the brink of death.
    So, we all need not to look down on the power of prayer!

  11. Wow…This story is amazing! It just shows Jesus is looking out for sinners and making sure they receive salvation. One of the beautiful things I witnessed in this story was how u painted images. I could just sit right here and have the picture in my mind.This, ma, is mind blowing.

  12. am touched. I didn’t see that coming but all the same, its a nice one. ebony will make a perfect and strong believer for so was Paul who was once Saul in the bible. I pray God gives me Mama Chinonso’s kind of beauty.

    • Amen in Jesus’ name. I’m confident He will because the Bible says, “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.”

  13. Now to answer your questions at the end. Razor and Ebony’s confessions of faith came just at the right moment. You see, this God of ours is marvellous in his timing. He never does anything too late nor too early. He rescues us before we get the chance to completely ruin ourselves. ‘He sent his word and healed them and delivered them from their destructions'(Psalm 107:20) And yes, they will last as believers. After all, their journey of deliverance and joy in Christ has only just begun. To answer the second one, I believe God displays his awesome power on my behalf everyday! Not necessarily in life-threatening situations but in the little things he does for me…giving me my daily bread, preserving my life and there was this one time he healed my brother of a mental illness that brought tears to our eyes and shame to our door. We called on him and in his infinite mercy, he answered. Today my brother is doing well in his choice course in Unilag. Let anyone say there is no God and i’ll tell them the story. Finally, what am i taking away from the story? Lol. Do i really have to describe this series in all its brilliance and perfection? It’s a masterpiece really. One that exemplifies God’s graciousness and willingness to give us sinners a second chance. Is it ever too late to say i’m sorry? To go back and start anew? It never is. Well done, Aunty Edith. You never fail to deliver. May God’s redeeming grace always come through for us both now and always.

    • Wow! Amen in Jesus’ name. Your comments are unparalleled, my dear Kat! May God distinguish you always in Jesus’ name.

  14. wow!! a beautiful story. i love the way it ended. it means that God can use the least person we expect to help us when we are in trouble. and also i saw that no matter how bad we have lived our lives, when we turn to God he will not forsake us just as was seen in the life of ebony.

  15. God can strengthen us to live a righteous life and leave a wayward past behind. He looks for the best in all of us and keeps his love strong because we are his children.

  16. The story line is quite impressive- young man falls for married woman- I do feel that it’d be pretty interesting if the young woman in question falls for the handsome man’s advances. I’d love to see how you’d weave such a tale.

  17. with God all things are possible. who would have believed that chidimma will come back to life again? the story is full of suspense and anxiety to know what happens next.

  18. Ma, this story is wonderful. i cant even control the tears of joy that are rolling down from my eyes. how can i describe this almighty God who is always ready to help us in all situations, who is always with us, who is ever ready to forgive us our sins? God wanted to change the life of Ebony and his sister, Dimma, and he used Mama Chinonso to achieve that. i pray that God can also use this story to change many souls. Aunty, God bless you.

    • Wow! Thank you for appreciating the story and expressing your perceptions so clearly. A big “Amen” to your prayer and I say God bless you too, my dear.

  19. Wow,this is so lovely i never expected it to turn out this way but i really love it.Mama Chinonso(Tasia) as Ebony calls her turned out to be the means God used to save Ebony and Chidimma from the hand of the devil.This is really lovely ma more grace to you.

  20. This story is interesting, ma. It really gives hope to those that feel that God cannot listen to them because of their sinful life…….Even the bible said that the most righteous man sins at least seven times a day. So brethren, don’t feel too inferior because God knows our weaknesses.

    • Ummmm, Collins, that God knows our weaknesses does not mean we can condone sin or live in it deliberately expecting God to overlook it and run to our aid whenever we need help. Rather, it means that God understands the weakness of our flesh and will forgive us when we err and confess in repentance. Also, when the Bible talks about a righteous man falling, it is referring to trials of life, not sin, and it didn’t say it will all happen in one day. It could be over the course of one’s life. It is a testimony to the resilience of the person of faith. Take a look at that verse and the surrounding verses in the KJV and you will agree with me.
      Proverbs 24:16
      “For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.”
      You are blessed!

  21. The story is very insightful….. No matter how far we think we have gone, God is always there to draw us closer to him.

  22. AWESOME!!!!!!!! This story should really overstep the boundaries of this blog, Ma. People out there need to see this!!
    Nice read, Ma.
    Gladness overfloods my heart upon the realisation that Ebony’s soul was snactched from the custody of the devil.

    • Really glad you enjoyed the story. Will see how it can be issued on a bigger basis by God’s grace. Thank you and be awesomely blessed of the Lord in Jesus’ name.

  23. There’s really no other friend as the sweet lowly Jesus!
    When we think we’ve gotten to the point of no return, The Awesome Heavenly Father gives us a second chance.There could be no other one as benevolent, as sweet, as pure, as LOVING like The heavenly father!

  24. God bless you, ma, you are a blessing to many. One doesn’t need to sponsor extrvagant give aways in order to reach lives. Actually ma, you are doing a really excellent job here.

  25. Ifeatu’s resurrection proves that God is all powerful. Therefore, giving our life to Christ means he takes over.

  26. Indeed the story is very interesting and touching, it shows that salvation and renewal can occur to God`s people at any instant in time and that God has a way of winning his children to himself, as He is the one with the keys to the hearts of the kings no matter how hardened their hearts may be. it also shows how the power of God can intervene or overcome spiritual powers and He(God) can use anybody as an instrument to achieve this, irrespective of whom we think the person is, as regards Tasia, and at the end Ebony and his evil sister were delivered from the evil one.
    May God reward you ma!, for the wonderful and inspiring post.

  27. Am always very happy that no one on earth can read God’s mind and know his plan for you. He works in a mysterious way

  28. The story is amazing. The neighbour is indeed beautiful because the Most Beautiful God is in her and used her to make the hitherto ugly Razor a beautiful person.

  29. Such a beautiful ending! I didn’t expect the twist and the turns but there they are. I’m happy for Ebony and Razor. While reading, I felt like I was there in the story. Nothing and no one is above God. He can bring anyone to Himself, that’s why He’s God.
    Thanks Aunty for this story. I pray to live my life like Tasia who though beautiful and all was still on fire for God. Christians have so forgotten who they are that people can’t tell the difference between them and the world. There ought to a difference. And I hope to be a true reflection of Christ.

  30. Thank God she got saved at last from the cold hands of death and Tasia I love the part she played
    May his name be praised

  31. This story is touching. Who said there is no power in the name of Jesus? God is all powerful, all merciful and He is the only one that can set the captives free… I must confess that this story has really touched my life… God bless u and ur household, ma, for this wonderful story. u are indeed a God-sent to the youths and my prayer is that God will equally use this story to touch the lives of my fellow youths that are going astray IJN.
    More power to ur elbow, Ma. Remain blessed.

  32. The wonders of the lord was active in the life of ebony’s sister, this post though fictional is very serious and touches on some aspects of real life experiences.

  33. The story is amazing. Nobody could possibly believe that the twists and turns will be to that extent, that even Razor could turn out beautiful. It is really fascinating!

  34. wow, what an inspiring and motivating story. the story was well articulated, i was really moved. This story portrayed the infinite mercies of God upon us all, no matter the gravity of sins we have committed, God can still forgive us.

  35. Hmmmmm. That’s the reason why no one knows tomorrow. One can keep on doing what one likes but when God says it’s time, then it’s time. Razor had no control over what was happening to her.

  36. There is something l love about ur stories. Some touch part of life, especially this one remind me of myself. I wish i could make a total u turn in reality like the male character in the story. Mum, i must confess, this has touched me deeply. Thanks ma.

    • Praise God! You can change too, you know. All you need is to decide and surrender to Jesus. He will help you take it from there. You are blessed!

  37. What an interesting story, no matter how we think that our sins are God can still take us back so far we surrender ourselves to him.

  38. The lord does his own thing in his own way and when it pleases him. And can use any body to save life. ma your stories touches life and i pray that the good God will continue to make you a beautiful neighour

  39. oh! how i wish that the whole students will read this short story to internalise and understand GOD’s love for us. At least, very many souls must surely be saved because it is educational and inspirational.

  40. wow! everything turned opposite, would anyone believe that mama nonso could be this spiritual? that razor will change? let alone ebony. this makes it clear that the plan of GOD is always different from that of man. all we need to do is put our trust in Him while HE leads the way

    • Yes, my dear, things aren’t always what they seem. We should never underestimate or write off anyone because we don’t know God’s plans for them or what they are capable of in a moment of crisis. Thanks for following the entire series and be richly blessed of the Lord in Jesus’ name.

  41. This shows how merciful our God can be, he doesn’t want his children to wallow and die in sin, because the devil only came to steal, kill and destroy just as he wanted to destroy ebony but God intervened and saved his soul.

  42. When things do not work out the way we want, we still need to hold our faith to GOD knowing that when you are with him you need not worry because you’re safe. He will never allow the eyes of the devourers to see you. He is indeed merciful.

    • I wonder which character you are referring to here. None really seems to fit as I compare your comment to the story, except maybe Razor and the last part of your contribution.

  43. Our God is so merciful that even after our sins, he doesn’t want us his children to die in sin. His love for us is awesome.

  44. Divine encounter changes the person’s life, as it has been the experience of Ebony and Razor in the story. Nice job ma.

  45. Jesus is indeed the hope of glory and the savior of mankind. He works in mysterious ways that we cannot comprehend. His grace is sufficient for us and He is the pillar of restoration. Surely, He will deliver us from destruction and will always send help to us just like He did for Razor and Ebony. And may we continue to have an intimate relationship with Him and grow in His love. Thanks so much ma and God bless you for sharing this story.

  46. God will always send our heavenly helpers to us even at the dying moments.this story has increased my trust level in God.ur stories touch me one way or the other. God bless you MA

  47. This story shows that God can arrest anybody and make them change from their bad ways. Who would have thought that Razor would change. The power of God is totally capable of doing things we may never expect.

  48. I like the fact that Ebony embraced the Lord when he called him. He will definitely last as a believer as long as he is willing and ready to walk in the way of the Lord.

  49. This story is wonderful and that joy that comes from giving your life to Christ, I was happy at the end of the story when Ebony was saved and Razor’s destiny was recovered. Nice write up ma and the story line is superb.

  50. Wow! This has been a wonderful thought provoking, and interesting series through out. I couldn’t help but wonder when reading this part, how much personal experience or observations you drew from. This particular (part 6) made me suspect, that the enemy finds different tactics convenient or successful, per location or culture………. I have no doubt that the enemy is busy attacking and prowling, and YET, OUR GOD WINS. Praise His HOLY NAME.

    • So glad you followed the series to the end. Yes, there’s some cultural element involved but as you said, no matter what the devil comes up with, God is capable of neutralsing it. Have a lovely afternoon.

  51. Such an interesting end. Thank God for the encounter Ebony and his sister got. God truly is merciful and He said He will have mercy on whom He pleases. Dinma is really blessed to have gotten God’s mercy, not all get such a second chance.

  52. I love the way the story ended on a good and positive note.
    Not the usual way of the guy finally having upper hand and satisfying his selfish interest and lust.

  53. we are the straying sheep while God still remains the ever-loving and faithful father who never gives up on us. He uses anyone in bringing us back to Him and the best thing we can ever do, is surrendering to Him and allowing Him to lead us. Ebony has experienced that true and personal encounter with Christ and thus, his life will not remain the same. am so happy this story ended well. it has taught me to never judge people before getting to know them better just like in the case of Mama Chinonso whom most thought had an ulterior motive. you are simply the best, ma.

    • Glory to God! Someone who walks by the Spirit may be hard to pigeonhole and can easily be understood by those to whom everything is black and white.

  54. I believe Ebony will actually last long as a Christian, the joy of serving the Lord is already in him. It’s a good thing that Razor and Ebony surrendered their lives to Christ. I love the ending to this story, it’s a good thing that Ebony was not blinded by lust and the fact that Mama Chinonso was the vessel the Lord used to save them.

  55. I honestly love the way this story ended. I am glad Ebony and Razor found Christ and I feel they would continue to follow God’s path (if the story continued). Interesting story Ma, God bless you abundantly for your stories are inspiring. Remain blessed!

  56. Oh my God… The story took an unexpected turn and I am filled with awe and my body goosebumps. Wow!!. God is really a wonderful God. An awesome Messiah. The lion of Judah. He saved Ebony and His sister from the claws of Satan using his beautiful neighbour whom I had misjudged from the previous episodes… God is the way… The truth and the life… Whomever comes to him is saved for eternity. God is awesome!!. I love the story and the end is fabulous!!

  57. I didn’t see this coming. thank God for Anastasia. No one ever encountered the light and remained the same.

  58. How unexpected but fantastic ending. I’m so glad they both found Christ at the end and I wish them fruitfulness in Christ

  59. Mama Chinonso is more than just a nice neighbour…she is simply an angel put in place by God to lead Ebony and his sister back to God. Really, when God is interested in your soul, he would stop at nothing to bring you back to him no matter how far away you are from him. A wonderful story this is ma!

  60. Wow God decided to use mama nonso to deliver razor and her brother I believe the two of them will continue to serve the lord

  61. Tasia is truly an epitome of beauty in an angel form. She is a rare being with whom God recued Razor and her brother Ikem. You know what, God has a divine way of recuing a lost sheep. Statistically man is myopic. And hence the reason for his Jekyll and Hyde personality. Leave God to do the work, just worship him and your life will never remain the same again.

  62. I was happy at the end of the story when Ebony was saved and Razor’s destiny was recovered, no matter how big we think our sins are God is always ready to forgive us all we need is just surrender ourselves to him sincerely.

  63. Ebony and her sister got saved at last! Thank God and i believe their union with Jesus will last forever. God has saved and shown them His love and Ebony will ever be in His presence.
    The story is interesting and life lesson for all. The story line is something that could not be guessed. Jesus is ever merciful and it does not matter our fault or dark life. He is the light knocking at the door of our hearts to come in and deliver, change us from all darkness to His light. We the children of God should always show His love and be ready to carry out responsibilities that He would help to see the future and help others.

  64. It appears that Ebony’s conversion to faith had turned out to be his best decision ever made, his joy towards it is very much evident. what a proper way to end such a lovely story.

  65. Who would have believed that Tasia has such deep relationship with God? Indeed things are not always the way they seem to be. Razor, finally received Christ and Ebony on his part entered into relationship with the lord. This is absolutely unpredictable. The suspense, the actions, the dramas, etc all contributed in making the story very interesting, and captivating. Thank very much , Ma. I really Enjoyed Myself. Keep doing the good work! God Bless You Exceedingly!!

  66. This is amazing. Tasia is a Powerful Woman of God? Razor, a member of devilish society? Ebony now a Born again Christian? Unpredictable! Ebony appreciates Tasia for her true love since he moved in. This story teaches that no matter your condition or how bad you are, God can still redeem you and make you his son or daughter. God proved to Razor that despite his allegiance to the kingdom of Darkness, He still loves and protects her after all, “He Died for Her”. Jesus died for Our Sake and to Ebony not even his dirty feelings for Tasia could make God abandon him. God comes to save at his appointed time. The story is too God. God bless the active Hands of our Aunt. God bless you, Ma. You are very Creative!

  67. Wow..that was…intense. I could almost imagine myself there with them, watching the whole thing like it was happening in front of me. And my heart was racing…lol.
    Thanks be to God. He has finally saved his own. Nice one ma. I think I prefer this series to From Bait to Catch.

  68. Wow! This story is filled with morals. if I say I didn’t learn I would be lying. God has a way of doing His things, He knew the day would come when Ebony and razor would surrender to Him, that is why he made Ebony pack to the apartment, built such relationship between mama chinonso and him and other subsequent happenings. The ways of men cannot be measured with your way o lord. Ma God bless you so much for this series.

  69. With God all things are possible. Ebony will last as a child of God by the grace of God. Doubting that is doubting what God can do in the life of a man. God is faithful.

  70. hmmm, am short of words,i never expected such ending. God is too good and gracious,he is a patient God that loves us unconditionally. this story can keep any christian going and give hope to the unbelievers.This is the most wonderful story i have come across in a long time. in you i have seen the full representation of the excellent spirit of Daniel, i tap from that blessing ma. you are are a blessing to us.

  71. I wasn’t able to ask God for my solid livelihood but am happy for the greatest gift I got which is reconciliation with God” this part was amazing……
    This story taught me not to judge cos from the beginning I was attacking mama nonso with her action without me knowing that in this life everything happen for a reason nd God always have plan for everybody…..

    Chai…..this story really got me…..

  72. I almost cried while reading this. God is indeed wonderful and He is always there for us. He speaks to us in diverse ways, we should learn not to block Him or run from Him. Humans, especially the men, need to understand that not every prettty, glowing woman is immoral. There are devoted Christians amongst them and this teaches us that our physical beauty should not be used for the wrong reasons, rather it should be used to serve God wholeheartedly. i really enjoyed this story. Remain Blessed ma.

  73. Waoo! Waoo! Waoooo! This is really amazing, from the beginning to the end is just so captivating, a very nice work ma, coming to the answers of the question in the story, God’s revelation of himself to Ebony attracted his full repentance.God works in a mysterious way ,he can manifest his glory through people just as the way he uses mama Chinonso to deliver Razor.God’s manifestation of his powers on this two siblings will make them steadfast in their faith because they surrendered and accepted Jesus with all their hearts.lessons from this story: 1. We never know what gift God bestowed on us till we give him chance in our lives, this can be in the life of razor whom have a greater power to work for God but his father used it as an advantage to restore his own devilish power before he died. 2 .Never condemn any soul based on their past mistakes. 3. Let our love for people be genuine and not be based on the lustfulness of the flesh.

  74. Ebony and Razor’s confession regarding to faith is good , there is nothing like believing in God, I mean they are Christians but not church folks but God spoke to ebony and he surrendered to God, that is he is now born again and willingly to change and be a better person, I think ebony can last as a believer, Yes, I have, at first I thought every was just normal that is ordinary but the intervention of God when I seek his help in my life and I started seeing things beyond the ordinary.

  75. Yes, ebony faith can last as a believer because he gave his life to Christ and he is willing to be a true servant of God. Yes, but it was not easy and with God all things are possible, Thank you ma, the story was indeed educating to me.

  76. Thank you ma!!! it was really an interesting story…hmmm, Life without Christ is indeed a waste. and to think that God will use Tasia to liberate the family is something i find unimaginable…This only shows that God works in mysterious ways and we should not think low of people. I mean who would have thought that Tasia commanded such spiritual strength…Ebony on the other hand would have made a big mistake if he had made any wrong move…God is a loving father always ready to accept us into his wide arms irrespective of our iniquities…Thank you Jesus!!!…Ma this story was really captivating…

  77. I think Ebony can last as a believe, I mean he gave his heart to God, his is willingly to serve and worship God, he is born again .I have encountered a life-threatening situation but it was God the almighty that saw me through and I thank him for everything he is been doing in my life, well, sometimes, it is good to talk to people in a polite manner.

  78. This is a very emotional, touching and power-packed story. i imagined it and now, I’ve got goosebumps on my skin. God is wonderful! God is amazing. look at how he brought ebony out of his former apartment to reside beside the angel in human body that God used to save both him and his sister from the shackles of the evil one. we give glory to God!! what a captivating story. at some point, I forgot it was a story, it felt so real. I want to comment on those parents who hand over deadly and spiritual powers to their children and put them under the devil. This has to stop. Children need to make a choice of whom they want to serve and parents are expected to guide them in the right direction. imagine that razor was just 7 years old when her dad handed that evil power over to her. what did she know? May the Lord save us in Jesus Name,Amen

  79. God has shown me so much goodness that I even ponder at times whether I deserve it. God has saved my life in countless situations and even given me hope when I lost all hopes. this story is wonderful, it gives people an assurance that no matter what God is always there to support, protect and embrace us no matter what kind of sins we have committed. Am very happy with the turn out of things. God bless u ma for this inspiring piece.

  80. Yes I have… I have faced a life threatening situation where I was poisoned. It defaulted medical predictions and medication.. I was left at the mercy of God who failed not to prove himself. He healed me of what could have led to people’s death. This story is just another confirmation that God loves us… If we can understand His sacrifice of love for us, we can fulfill His predestined plans for us.. Lovely piece MA, more grace.

  81. With all ebony just saw and even experienced first hand,I think he will last and probably spend the rest of his life in a Christ like way.
    I have never been in any life threatening situation but I have heard of so many and the way the Lord intervened and saved his children,you will know this Lord we are serving is a true and living God.

  82. Wow, this series has been a rollercoaster of fun.God is an all knowing and all seeing supreme being and as such he knows our deepest darkest sins and desires. I am happy that Dinma was delivered from the clutches of darkness. Thank you ma for this wonderful story and always remain blessed.

  83. the lord is good, he has delivered Razor from the powers withholding her praise be his name. it was a wonderful read from the start, nice work ma.

  84. What a victorious ending. True beauty is not on the physical body, but in the soul. This is an eye opener for true Christians to use their beauty given to them by God to serve him. I k new God had a hand in this whole situation from the beginning. I’m happy God use Tasia to save Ebony and his sister, Razor, at last.

  85. God has indeed saved his own children….. A real encounter with Christ……I dont think Ebony will go back to his past…. D things he saw alone is ok to give him a reminder…… An interesting series i must say……

  86. Very interesting and touching, this is not what I had in mind when I was reading the previous episodes, I was thinking it was one romantic story like that but now I see that Mama Chinonso is really God sent and a good woman, praise God

  87. This is an amazing story, I’m so excited. It is a bit different from the usual romance, although the ride through has been a rollacoaster, I’ve really enjoyed it. This story has a beautiful ending.

  88. This story postulated that salvation and transformation can reach anybody at any time, and God has a way to draw his children close to him.

  89. This is a mind blowing short story. I think this will serve as a mirror to our women today. So that they will know that beauty is a thing of good virtue and knowing God. This story is really glorious.

  90. Wow!!! One doesn’t have any security except in Christ Jesus! I just learnt from this post now that we are representatives of God here on earth! I’m a physical Jesus. The believer has so much authority within him but most times we don’t even know so we end up falling for the devices of the devil. Secondly, the devil knows someone that will challenge him when he sees one and he’ll go to any length to stop one from fulfilling purpose. This was eye opening. I choose to wield my authority!

  91. The life of Ebony did not only turn out well but also that of his sister, Chidimma. God can use anyone to change ur life and when walking with God, one has nothing to worry about or lose. God is always there for us no matter how we stray or how bad we think we maybe, He is still willing and happy to receive us if we turn to Him. Thank you, Ma, for this interesting and educational post. It really reshaped my mind and ministered to me in a special way. I loved the way you utilized the suspense and flashback that held your reader’s attention to the end of the story. Your stories teach alot.

  92. Dinma is indeed blesssed to have encountered God, I love the way the story ended its really amazing. God is indeed a merciful Father and we should always trust in him at all times and not neglect him in any way. Thumbs up for this story, Ma’am!

  93. Wow! So glad it ended this way! I believe Ebony and his sister Razor will last as Christians. No one ever encounters the Lord Jesus Christ and remains the same.
    Overall, I think “my beautiful neighbor” is a beautiful story. From it, I have learned that people are not just the way you see them, there’s more. You only have to get closer to find out.

  94. At first I thought that Tasia had another hidden agenda which is to seduce Ebony but now I realize that she is really a God sent to liberate him and razor from their bondage

  95. God is willingly to accept anyone who turns to him, his Grace is still very much available. It should be understood that life makes more sense when you have God….
    The story indeed has impact …..

  96. Indeed God is a master planner. He knew that if things went well for Ebony he would forget Him on the long run. It is important also to see the importance of praying for one another like mama Chinonso prayed for Ebony and his sister. Lastly, we should learn to submit to God when he calls so he can deliver us. Assuming if Razor had declined or refused, she would have died an untimely death and would not have fulfilled her destiny. Beautiful write up with a lot of morals.

  97. Woow.. What a wonderful story…now I can say that it was the lord that made Ebony to move into his new apartment where he meet a wonderful, charming and kind woman who brought him and his sister closer to Him
    Indeed the lord works in mysterious ways

  98. With all these life changing encounters, Ebony and Dinma will definitely last longer as believers.

    It’s crystal clear now that God allowed Ebony move out from his former apartment so he could transform him.

    The point I’m taking home is that beautiful ladies are not only good for beauty pageantry. Beautiful women should also use their beauty to win souls for God.

    Also, God can visit anyone at anytime. We should always make ourselves available in order to receive him.

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful series MA. May your ink never dry.

  99. Wow. I never pictured the story to end like this. But it’s still nice. They all came back to the Lord and to their senses. It reminds us that Jesus is always there to fight our battles and that no matter how steeped we are in darkness, he will fight and rescue us because we are his. We need only to believe and surrender.

  100. Seriously, this story is so inspiring, when God wants to show his mercy, he can do that through different ways which at first, if one is not careful may miss what god is planning for you. Mama Chinonso is really a God sent to Ebony and his sister Razor. Thank God their lives has been transformed for good.

  101. This story is such an interesting one incorporating in it many pertinent lessons ranging from the fact that God is always there for us, no matter the gravity of our sins, as long as we have felt guilty of our sins and seek His face. Another lesson inherent in this story is openness to change and repentance. If Razor was not open to change, then she wouldn’t have been saved. Again the story presents the best fact that God is the master Planner of all. This point is well evident in the fact that, it is God who planted Tasia (mama chinonso) there in a pleasing way to get the soul of Ebony back to Him, and above all brought her back to intercede for the two lost souls. Our God is great. Praise the Lord

  102. Praise the Lord!!
    I always knew that Mama Chinonso didn’t have any ulterior motive,I thought she was being simply nice,but I never knew she is God’s servant,sent to help Ebony and Chidimma (as I prefer to calk her now)
    The story is totally different from what it looked like in d beginning, so much suspense.
    I enjoyed every part of the story.
    May God bless you more aunty Edith, may he give you more grace to write to the glory of his name. Amen

  103. Wow!! Ma dis story is really touching I felt goose buds all over my body.. It’s was as if Christ was close to me ..from now hence forth I receive Jesus as my personal lord and saviour.. Ma this your story has a power it’s carrying because I really felt like crying and I feel like worshipping Jesus for the rest of my life.. Thanks so much ma..

    • Amen. Your response also brought tears to my eyes. May the Lord keep you in His love and help you grow in Him in Jesus’ name.

  104. Hallelujah! As I expected, I know God brought Ebony to that compound for a reason and also he made mama chinonso closer to him for a reason. God is indeed a wonderful God, his thought concerning us are of good not of evil to give us an expected end.

  105. Wow. What a wonderful story. I thank God for bringing mama chinonso into the lives of razor and Ebony. she is truly a beautiful woman with a beautiful soul,and I thank God for using her. God is always interested in our soul,and it’s not God’s thought for us to perish in sin. I pray that i will have this kind of encounter with Lord Jesus someday. Thank you mum for this wonderful story.

  106. Ebony and razor will stick with God for a long time
    I think God placed mama chinonso in dat compound for a divine mission which was finally accomplished.
    The truth behind this story is that God is the supreme

  107. What started like a lovestruck story ended in a supernatural way.
    Mama chinonso was present for a divine mission which gave chidimma(razor) a divine encounter with the MOST HIGH
    Great twist of faith

  108. Wow.. What a plot twist. Its amazing how everything turns out at the end. God works in mysterious ways. From a lusting ebony to a repentant Ikeamefula, from strict razor to repentant chidinma,from Tasia the kind hearted beautiful neighbour to a prayful mama chinonso.
    These is a masterpiece.
    Remain blessed ma.

  109. I got goose bumps again reading this final episode. God works in mysterious ways, He’s an ever present help, in times of trouble. Without doubt, Dinma and Ebony’s story will definitely turn many lives back to Christ. God bless you, Ma for this touching story.

  110. Wow what a divine encounter if only we will recognize him when he comes our life will be better am so happy the way the story turn out though it is friction but I feel like am there encountering God in his majesty thank you Ma for this wonderful piece.

  111. Guilty of prejudice! Turns out mama Chinonso was the opposite of what i thought. I liked razor’s character. Its a pity it came from the an evil spirit

  112. It’s very obvious that mama chinonso was on a mission to help Ebony and Razor which was accomplished at last. Truly the supremacy of God was seen in this story.

  113. When God is addressing a particular matter about anyone, nothing can stop Him until He’s done
    Thanks to mama chinonso(Tesia) for being at the right time to be used by God .

  114. God is the way whoever runs to him will be saved for he is a stromg tower. This story is a blessing, am happy Razor was saved,Ebony encounterd God and Anastasia is the Angel God sent to them. God ordered the step of Ebony into that compound so he would meet Anastasia.
    More grace aunty Edith

  115. Wow! I love happy endings. This was a long interesting read and I couldn’t help but marvel at Gods wonders and miracles. No matter what kind of sinner you must have been in the past, God still finds a way to welcome you and embrace you in his arms. Razor’s life is a testimony and I am glad Ebony saw more in Mama Chinonso than his lustful desires.

  116. Wow! What a story! This story gave me goosebumps. Actually I was expecting this story to be a romantic one having judge it by the tittle but little did I know. This story is powerful. Is there anything too big for the lord to do? Ebony is saved, Chidinma is saved. Thank you Ma for such a great story.

  117. So, chidinma and Ebony end up being saved. Nothing is too hard for God to do. I love the fact that it ended happily. Nice job ma!

  118. It’s interesting to see that no one laughs with God when things gets out of hand or when we think we’ve been robbed spiritually. Praise God to where this story has turned.

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