Ice and Christy- My Love Story
Story By Joseph Ice
The year was 2011, approaching my final year at the Nasarawa State University. My research topic had just been approved and like most Nigerian students that I know, I went in search of what we call “project materials”
Zaria was where my quest led me to. Looking back now, I am grateful and thankful to God for how his master plan plays out in the overall affairs of our lives. At about the time of my visit to Zaria, Youth With A Purpose(YWAP),which was the fellowship I was actively part of on my campus, was involved in an 80 day prayer in preparation for our annual national conference known as “BoothCamp”.
Worthy of mention, is that fact that, my host in Zaria was also the coordinator of Zaria main campus of ABU. So naturally, I continued the prayer stretch with them during the period of my stay… It was about this time that we met with my wife-to-be as she was a member of that same fellowship and chapter… Our first encounter cannot be described as anything other than normal. I honestly didn’t think much of it. Unlike most other people, I did not know it from the start that she was the one!!!
Fast forward to the end of my stay in Zaria that period, I got the materials I came for and was about ready to leave. I exchanged phone numbers with a number of persons and she just so happened to be one of those people with whom numbers were swapped.
I am trying hard to Cut the long story short, Thanks to MTN extra cool and 2go, communication between the both of us grew like a well Watered garden. And so we blossomed.
Now, here is the twist; I had dated two other people before then and I am just that kind of guy that wouldn’t ask a lady out if I am not sure of what her answer will be… Many fellas will identify
So, my strategy was simple, “get to know her, become friends before you think of dating”. This had been my winning strategy and I had never had a lady say “NO” to me. This time, I decided to do it differently and just like king Solomon in the bible who got tired of wisdom and wanted to know what folly felt like, I decided to ask her out one night.
I wasn’t so sure what her answer will be, but I still gave it a shot and she said NO! When she said no, I felt fulfilled. And I wondered why some guys couldn’t take “no” for an answer. It seemed a good test to go through. You see, I had figured, she is a beautiful girl who loves the Lord, so either ways, “I win”.
So, that was how she said “No” and I didn’t bother because, it was not so much of an issue. Looking back now, I am glad she did not agree to my first moves then, because I am not sure I would have handled it well.
This was still in 2011 and between 2011and 2013 I dated someone else which also didn’t work out and one other person who said the dreaded words, “I like you as a person but as far as a relationship is concerned, the answer is no”. At around this time, I was rounding up my compulsory one year National Youth Service and I was ready for a serious relationship. As a matter of fact, I did not want to date another person who will not be my wife, so I was determined; the next shall be the Last!!!
During this period, I prayed a simple, but sincere prayer, I told God to not allow the wrong person say yes if I ask her out let alone to say yes to dating me. Now, I was at a place where I felt that I had two options, it was between one of these two sisters, sister A or B.
Then, in December of the same 2013, I attended a meeting and I received a prophecy that confirmed that my current Fiancé is the ONE! It wasn’t like a direct prophecy to me, but once it came forth, the Holy spirit, ministered to me that it was a word for me and that was how I decided in my heart that she was the One.
I gave it a little time and by the 3rd day of February, 2014, I asked her out again after so much time. It was a Sunday afternoon and it was on WhatsApp because we were living in different cities at the time. She was in Zaria schooling and I was rounding up my NYSC in Kano. As the talks progressed, we decided not to continue the conversation online but to have a face to face conversation, which we eventually did on the 15th of, about two weeks later.
Someone reading this maybe wondering, “what happened to February 14th why not on Valentine’s day?” Well, I had a Valentine event I had to perform/minister at and hence, could only be available a day after valentine. After the talk, (which was lengthy, by the way) she got me to wait for 99 days before saying the much needed and long awaited “YES”… The yes came on may 24th, 2014 and like they say, “the rest is history”. Here we are today!!! Hope you enjoyed the read?
Joseph Ice will be getting hitched officially to His Sweetheart; Christy Ondoma on the 3rd of March 2018!
its such a joy when love stories have happy endings!
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