DAVID AND VICTORIA: WHEN GOD WRITES THE LOVE STORY

There is nothing regular about this couple; theirs is a story of love, patience, God’s intervention and grace. It is not just exciting but it is also a beautiful story.

David and Victoria are my friends and their love would make you jealous. The way David watches out for Victoria and the way he protects her, is something I admire. The interesting thing about them is their friendship. Victoria is the shy one while David is quite outspoken. It’s a perfect blend but what amazes me the most, is how they always look out for each other.

Beyond love and affection, is the commitment they share and how passionate they are about purpose. Victoria has been a great helpmeet and I’ve seen how she supports and encourages David when he goes out to minister or when he holds his programme.

Another gist about this couple is that they share the same birthdate and today is their birthday.

Interviewing this couple was a great experience because they were both real and their story is one you will learn from.

It is time to meet this beautiful couple, so grab your bottle of orange juice and get a slice of cake to step down with, while you read how God wrote Victoria and David’s love story.

Onome:  Tell us something about you and what makes you special?

Victoria:  Everything about me is special, Onome and it’s because God is my creator.  He is the most special person on earth, and He created me, thus, I am special.

I am Victoria Adeola Ibitoye (nee Ajayi), I am a child of God and an Accountant by profession, trained at the Federal Polytechnic, Offa. I served in Rivers State. I love reading, dancing, travelling and I also love music.

David: The scriptures from A to Z testify to it about me. I am special because God says so. After all, why will Christ die for a nobody?

I am David Iyanuoluwa Ibitoye. I am saved and I love Jesus more than my breath. I want to die loving Him. I am an alumnus of the great University of Ilorin; the Better By Far University, and the Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary, Ogbomoso. Needless to say, I am a pastor. I got born again in the year 2009. I love music, reading, travelling (not on Nigerian roads though), gisting and meditating. I’m a lazy writer but oftentimes I stumble on writing and it comes out fine…I guess.

Onome: Tell us about your waiting season

Victoria: God helped me during my waiting season because I decided from the beginning, not to play around. I wanted my first love to be my husband, and God did just that for me. Not that I didn’t have suitors, some of them looked so much “like it”, but God helped me out.

At a time, I looked at many of my friends getting engaged and I was just there, but the Holy Spirit kept encouraging me to wait and I did just that. Then God showed me, love, by giving me the best man on earth as my husband.

David: Well, when I was single, I was helped by God. I had a breakup as a teenager. I was the one who broke up. I regret that decision because I knew I hurt the lady. So, I decided never to enter into any other relationship unsure. I promised myself before God that my next girlfriend would be my wife, and God helped me.

Onome: How did you meet your husband/wife and how did you know he/she was the one?

Victoria: On the 3rd of August 2014 in church, after the Sunday school class he took, he asked me to please wait behind to see him, for an important discussion after service, which I did. Interestingly, I wasn’t expecting it. I thought he wanted to discuss some “Kingdom assignment” with me (not as if toasting me was not kingdom assignment though), to my amazement, he told me he would like to walk life’s journey with me, and that was it. He did not over-spiritualize the proposal, he didn’t try to impress me or sweep me off my feet with some spiritual talk. He just said, “I love you sister Vic, and I will like you to be my wife.” What impressed me the most was that his words were brief and straight to the point. With a little sprinkle of arrogance which I enjoyed though, he asked if I would like to be disturbed for my answer or if I would just get back to him whenever I was ready. I loved that. I told him I prefer not to be disturbed.

Actually, immediately he came, I had this inner peace in my spirit man, compared to what I had experienced with other suitors. But you know, as a lady, I didn’t want to rush into my response like that, so I told him I would get back to him, and I did on the 1st of October 2014 after being fully convinced by the Holy Spirit.

David: Actually, I have received her since 2010. That year, I was working a menial job and came home hungry one day. I was scrambling for what to eat at home but couldn’t find any. So I went to my mom’s WMU bag (Women Missionary Union, it’s the women arm of the Baptist denomination) for WMU biscuits and the likes and was disappointed again. While searching inside the bag, I saw a picture of a prison evangelism team of my church and saw my fiancée among the prison evangelists.

Then I clearly heard the Holy-Ghost say (so audibly, I had to turn back to check if someone was behind me) “That is your wife” and that was it. Though I ignored for some time because I wasn’t at first pleased with it, God had to teach me how to love His will, and if I have to choose over and over again, I would still choose my Victoria. In 2014 after having been fully convinced by the Lord and just after graduating Unilorin, I went to deliver my manifesto to her after a Sunday service. Three months later she said yes.

Onome: How was it like preparing for your wedding?

Victoria: Hmmm… I would say interesting but ours was a testimony so I would say God did it.

David: God gave us a word in Matthew 22:2 “The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son”… That was it. God told us in the order of heaven, the Father makes marriages for His children, so He began to give us specific instructions on what to do. He sent many angels in human form to us. For example, when it was time to get introduced and it was looking impossible, it was one of my Pastors, Reverend Shola Sangoleye, who advised us to just pick a day and trust God. We chose November 30 and God made it work. Then we were left with the wedding date. We found it hard to conclude on a day, then God just told us to pick by faith. We settled eventually for May 30, then coronavirus came. We decided we were not going to shift the day for anything. God granted our hearts’ desires and it worked out just fine. To God be the glory!

Onome: What is the place of God in choosing a partner?

Victoria: God is the author of marriage. Any relationship that will not become a snare must be God’s idea. Even with the partner that God gives you, there are lines to straighten out, not to talk of jumping into it all by yourself…

David: The thing is that no man knows himself fully, not to talk of another person. Even if you court a lady for 20 years, you still don’t get to know an inch of what she is. So, why not take the short-cut; go through her Maker who knows all about her? He calibrated her being so He is the best person to tell you if it is safe to marry some lady or not. Furthermore, God knows your capacity as a person. He gives you the partner that your faith and desire can walk with. No one is perfect, but if you choose without His leading, the probability to choose the one your faith cannot walk with is incalculable. Thus, God is not to be an after-thought after choosing someone, but the One Who directs your heart into what to do. Not all good, godly, born-again ladies are right for one o! so we must not be fooled into gambling with our marital lives.

Onome: so David and Victoria, How did you keep yourselves while dating? How did you abstain from sex, what was your secret?

David: My wife is the best person to answer this

Victoria: (smiles) Honestly, God kept us. We were determined from the onset to keep ourselves. Our father in the Lord, Reverend Paul Debo Adeyemi told us when we just started, that the lady should be at the driver’s side. I sat comfortably at the driver’s side ooo! Our Reverend further advised us that whenever we were alone, we should beware of tempting situations. We were able to achieve this. Whenever I go visiting my single fiance, I would sleepover at someone else’s place instead of his, because we were wise enough not to trust ourselves prodigally. Sex is worth waiting for. Thus, it is unwise to rush into it.

Onome: Hmmm.. Thanks, guys. The last question. What’s your advise to singles who are waiting?

Victoria: I will put it in one sentence and that sums it up; It is good to wait for God’s time because His time is the best.

David:Firstly, relax! Build a relationship with God first. Don’t start emergency prayer life when you’re looking for a partner. The God you cannot hear when you’re deciding which cloth to wear, you can never hear when deciding whom to marry.

John Piper’s daughter once said, “A girl should get so lost in God that a man has to know God to find her.” That ought to be everyone’s maxim. Just get lost in loving God, you will be found by a lover of God.

Onome: It has been a great time with you guys. Thank you for your time, we do appreciate you.

David and Victoria: Onome,  It is an honour, we appreciate the opportunity to share our story!

Onome: Oh, happy birthday guys, God bless and increase you on all sides.

David and Victoria: Onome, we appreciate. Amen. Thank you.

CONCLUSION

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart;  do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do,  and he will show you which path to take”. (Proverbs 3:5-6) NLT

There are days it gets overwhelming, I know being single is not fun when you see everyone around you getting engaged or married but God is not done with you. Let this Love story encourage you in your wait, I’ve known Victoria for more than 15 years and I know her to be so committed and faithful to God’s work and God blessed her with the best.

David had to submit his will and desire to God and God the perfect fit for his purpose and assignment. He had to allow God to teach him how to love this special woman. David has been my friend for more than 10 years and each time we talk about love and marriage, he was never worried because he believed God had his best interest at heart.

You think God is late, He is not. He is busy writing your love story, be patient and trust His timing.

I look forward to sharing your story.

PS: Don’t forget to show our couple some love in the comment section, it’s their birthday let’s wish them well.

You have my love,

Onome.

34 Comments Add yours

  1. Atinuke+Olumayowa says:

    They’re both my god daughter and son. I’m not surprised seeing them as husband and wife today, they’re so divinely matched. I enjoyed and was blessed reading through their interviews, it’s indeed when God write your love story. Congratulations on your new home and happy glorious birthday to you both.

    I love and celebrate you.

    Kudos to you my Onome, My love doctor. Keep blessing us with your blog.

    1. David Ibitoye says:

      Wow… Thank you awesome big sister mi. Your moral support is just too much. God bless you for us ma.

      Onome, May your pen never lack ink. Amen.

  2. Emmanuel Femi Oyediji says:

    Wonderfully wonderful, I celebrate my wonderful oga Pst. David and Mrs. Victoria Ibitoye. God bless you the more. 1 Love!

    1. David Ibitoye says:

      Amen Oga mi Sir. God bless you sir.

    2. Emmanuel ABIFARIN says:

      Sorry, I will have to use some Yoruba, model leleyi oo.
      And happy birthday to you both. Well done to Mrs Onome for the write up.

      1. David Ibitoye says:

        Oga mi, The Lord bless you sir. Gbogbo wa náà la ma jẹ model lágbára Ọlọrun.

  3. Oluwagbemiga Ajayi says:

    Congratulations Victoria and David, and happy birthday. The Lord will bless and uphold your home. It shall be heaven on earth

    1. David Ibitoye says:

      Amen, Ègbón. God bless you sir. We appreciate your time.

  4. Adesoye oluwatosin says:

    Happy birthday to you couples God will be with you and you shall succeed in your journey of life

    1. David Ibitoye says:

      Amen. Amen. Thank you, Tosin.

  5. Victoria says:

    Wow!
    Am bless my this
    Happy birthday sir/ma
    May God bless and increase you in everyside
    Kudus to onemewrites

    1. David Ibitoye says:

      A great job From Onomewrites indeed. Thank you for reading. You are just so special.

  6. Kemi says:

    Wow!
    What a beautiful story here! It’s so inspiring and I’m greatly blessed.
    Thanks to the couple for sharing this.
    I wish them a happy married life, more of this beautiful day to celebrate. Happy birthday sir and ma

    1. David Ibitoye says:

      Amen. We are glad it inspired you. We hope to read your own awesome story soon. God bless you.

  7. Eunice says:

    Happy birthday pst and Mrs ibitoye.. Good bless your home .. it shall be heaven on earth

    1. David Ibitoye says:

      Amen. God bless you, Eunice. We are honoured you chose to read our story. Remain blessed.

  8. Joshua Afolayan says:

    Happy married life and happy birthday celebration. The Lord will keep and perfect everything that pertains to you…God bless you and bless your home

    1. David Ibitoye says:

      Amen. Thank you ègbón. Glad you read through.

  9. Omolara ,(nee Alalade) says:

    A big congratulations to you both, his wisdom at every point of ur marriage will always be sufficient, Godly children shall surround ur table.

    1. David Ibitoye says:

      Amen and amen. Thank you. We appreciate the time you took to read through our story. God bless you.

  10. ogunmola Kehinde says:

    Interesting love story written by God indeed. Congratulations and happy birthday to you two
    This is just the beginning of your love story

    1. David Ibitoye says:

      Amen. Thank you for taking out time to read through. God bless you abundantly.

  11. Kolawole Dorcas Folashewa says:

    Awnawn this is awesome…God will help you to build and manage your home ,hbd once again,I love u both

    1. David Ibitoye says:

      Thank you Folashewa. I know God is writing yours too and we shall laugh with you soonest. God bless you!

  12. Temilade says:

    Wow…

    1. David Ibitoye says:

      I’m wowed this wowed you! Like wow! God bless you. We look forward to reading your sweet story soon.

  13. Israel Olayode says:

    Congratulations for the wedding, I pray God’s peace and help will be yours always; and happy birthday to you both too, having the same birthdate couldn’t have been a coincidence but God’s ordinance. Enjoy till Jesus comes!

    1. David Ibitoye says:

      Thank you sir. And a big amen to your prayers. God the Perfect Writer will perfect all our stories.

  14. Johnson ABIFARIN says:

    God’s predestined marriage!.
    Happy birthday to you both.

    Well done, Onome for the well articulated writeup.

    1. David Ibitoye says:

      Thank you Bishop sir. We celebrate you for taking out time to read our story. God bless you sir.

  15. Oguntimehin Julianah Opeyemi says:

    This is lovely, wow Victoria and David you have done well may the Lord continue to keep you and be your heavenly father congratulations on your new home and happy birthday to you Mr and Mrs Ibitoye.
    My dear sister Onome pls keep the good work going the Lord will enlarge your coast.

    1. David Ibitoye says:

      Amen! Amen. God bless you for reading this. We are glad you found it worthwhile.

  16. Victoria Adepeju. says:

    HHmmm! It is always good when it is God.
    It is always God when it is good. Congratulations to you two friends.

    1. David Ibitoye says:

      Thank you my Pastor! God bless you ma, and may He perfect your story too.

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