Thank you for how far we have all come, the trials, tribulations, those who walked out, the experiences and personal growth. With everything you deserve all the glory and honour, you make beautiful in your timing. As we grow and mature more in Christ may you help us to do all that you have asked us and may we continue to be a blessing as we serve others and follow in obedience. So, help us father in your name we pray. halleluyah
2016 IS COMING TO AN END AND SO WHAT BETTER WAY WOULD IT BE LIKE THE PREVIOUS YEARS TO SHARE WHAT I HAVE TAKEN AWAY FROM THIS YEAR SO FAR.
What a year it has been, a blessed year at that, a year of growth, strength, open doors, big milestones, up and downs which in the long run will help in my growth. I pray you are encouraged with what I have learnt and been reminded of in this year. I have just learnt so much especially about my character and I thank God for all He has revealed to me about others, myself, the ministry and other things.
1). God needs to be put first in everything we do regardless of how it looks, He deserves all the glory and knows best, don’t doubt Him or push Him away because in all things we need Him more than ever.
2). It is okay to say no- I am a limited resource and once upon a time all I could say was yes to help people even though I wasn’t always able to, still said it and felt bad if I said no.
3). Journaling can be so relaxing, I have been journaling for a few years now, but this year it became even more clearer why it is so important. You get to document your days so that you can look back and reflect, see your growth and just be thankful. It’s a big part of what gives me peace and writing is one of the things I love to do.
4). Write down prophecies spoken into your life- any word you are given is always important to make a record of it and pray over it, if it is in God’s will and indeed it was laid on that person’s heart to share it, it shall come to pass. Write down anything and everything.
5). Make up does not define us, it is an addition just like accessories are an edition to our unique looks. We can’t hide behind makeup and I am fine, it gets to a stage where doing that becomes tiring. God led me to Italy to break the stronghold of makeup and for the first time it was so liberating to have my bare face shown to the girls, and have embraced it and moving forward with it no longer a stronghold.
6). Not everyone around you is your friend, but some will be there to teach you things that will help in propelling you into greatness, they won’t like you but you can still learn from their ways, there is always something to take away from people good or bad.
7). Not everyone is called in the workplace, many of us me included have worked and God has called us out of the public sector, but sadly the mindset some have is that if you don’t work in the public sector you are nothing basically. But God being so good never bought shame, He has blessed me with two businesses and called me to ministry full time. So never let what people say keep you down but work hard to be kept up and relevant to let God use and guide you.
8). It is okay to cry and say you can’t, we weren’t built to do everything, we are limited resources and no one is perfect so don’t try to be.
9). This walk-in Christ is indeed uncomfortable but so rewarding wouldn’t change a thing. I have learnt that I am stronger than I thought and no weapon against me shall indeed prosper. I am covered and when I let God, He shows up in the most unexpected amazing ways.
10). Don’t put God in a box when you are going through things, never doubt His capabilities because you pass through a difficult time, always learn to look at things in a positive way and be open to learning more, He knows what He is doing and wants you to trust Him and not rely on what the circumstances say.
11). Your faith will be tested and be careful what you pray for, I say this because I have prayed for things and thought oh wow so this is how it is lol. But no be careful because when it comes it will shock you in more ways than one. But it’s a beautiful process of life we go through.
12). Many women are wearing masks and walking around struggling but keeping an act of I am okay and got it all together, that they push away those God has called to bless them. Do not push away people because you never know what you can learn from and what blessings you can receive. Remember God can use anything and anyone. Don’t reject people because they don’t look like who you expect God can use to bless you.
13). Your character will be tested, in all forms and it is then that you see yourself exposed. Not always nice, can be very painful and uncomfortable but worth it. This year my character has been tested in many ways especially say more from June onward, more recently too. I have learnt more about myself, my flaws, my weaknesses as well as strengths and better ways to do things. Character has been a big shaping in my life this year and has taken many different forms.
14). Top down hierarchy, you don’t have to be at the top and neglect those below you, be open to hear everyone out, one thing I have seen a lot of are those who are in higher positions declining those below them because to them you can’t take advice from those below you. That is not the case whether top up or bottom up everyone has ideas and opinions a voice that should be heard. Don’t let your position influence you to think you are above all.
15). It is good to speak out, that is a very healthy way of receiving your healing but not just to anyone, you must be able to discern and be led in what you share. Being open and transparent goes a long way in helping to grow heal and learn. I thank God He has blessed me with amazing women in my life.
16). Fears are false evidence appearing real- we put ourselves through so much when we allow fear to grip us, if only we could just pray and let God in more we wouldn’t have to worry, fear or panic when things don’t always go our way and can dictate to us how to feel and do things if we aren’t strong enough.
17). You cannot please everyone you come across, even those you are close to, there will be disagreements but the test is how you come out of it with that person and if it is worth saving. I have had some disagreements but that didn’t push us away from each other because we learn that we are all different, have a solid foundation and genuine love for each other which is worth saving, not every disagreement should end in you cutting people of, build on your relationships and let God lead.
18). When you don’t ask for help it can be pride, I have been convicted of this, where I thought I could do it all alone and didn’t need anyone because I knew how I wanted things done. But that does no one any good. You punish yourself when you don’t open up and ask for help, because you can’t do it all your way. Hence us being relational beings. I love the ladies who have helped me in understanding this, praying for me and encouraging me.
19). Don’t allow the pressure from people weigh you down, accept that God knows best and His timing is better than anyone’s, pray and have rest in Him.
20). Your greatest pain will elevate you to your greatest calling- this could not be any more real. I stand by this so much because God has shocked me in how He has used my greatest pain to encourage others, painful experiences when in it can be painful and you feel you can’t go on, but when God uses it for a special purpose you’re just in awe of His beautiful work.
21). Our perceptions of self and things can be very tainted, it’s that deep. God has shown me through people what I cannot see and it can be quite shocking to see how we see things and what keeps us from seeing clearer, aligned to what God is showing. Renew your mind daily and pray over your eye gates it is so important.
22). God has laid on my heart the theme of the year for 2017 and that alone has given me peace. Sometimes we try to always want to do everything but don’t take the time to stop and listen.
23). Be aware of bad habits and pray to break them or else they will get in the way of relationships you form with people. Be aware of barriers that can stop your growth and cause you to be stagnant.
24). When God takes you somewhere always have in mind it may just be for a season and not more, and when you do go be sure to learn as much as you can and leave on good terms, it may mean leaving those relationships behind and that is okay because the greatest days are ahead and you would have learnt what was meant to be taken away from that season with those people.
25). Reflection is so necessary to reflect on relationships in your life, your ways, things you do, why you do them and more, alone time to be God’s presence to be made aware of your ways.
26). Communication is so important and can be so easy doesn’t have to be made difficult but then again we humans tend to over complicate things a lot when it is so simple. If you don’t like something someone has done speak up, if you don’t like the result change your ways, pray and let God. We shouldn’t have to complicate everything God doesn’t.
27). You don’t know how many people you bless when you follow God’s leading, they may not come and tell you but that shouldn’t mean you relax, always remember people are watching your steps. How do you represent God in your actions?
28). It is okay to go away in season to seek God more and have alone time with Him, it helps you seek Him with clarity, peace, no distractions and above all brings direction.
29). When God reveals things to you, it won’t always happen there and then but it will happen because He has said it, it just means you need to work on your patience, trust and faith in Him to bring that word to pass.
30). Learn to be your best encourager – this is so important can’t stress that enough, not everyone wants to see you making it and many will try to bring you down, not everyone will encourage you, but that is why you cannot rely on them to give the satisfaction and encouragement that comes from God and you.
31). The importance of accountability goes a long way, pray for God to bring the right people your way, people who you can say things to in confidence and they will encourage and pray it through with you.
32). Understanding the importance of times and seasons, God is a God of time and order, and if you do not understand this will mess things up for yourself and move before God speaks which is always disastrous.
33). You need to go through seasons of healing, a time to be stripped and made aware of things you couldn’t see through the pain. God knows best and knows why He does what He does, don’t trust but endure the process.
34). Don’t be hard on yourself you will make mistakes but trust in the process God has you.
35). Know your worth and whose you are never settle for less than you deserve. With that silence is golden know when to speak and when to keep quiet.
36). Build intimacy with God and pray to be more sensitive in spirit to connect to God in all things despite the situation.
SOME OF THE MILESTONES I THANK GOD..
ITALY TRIP WITH A FEW OF THE GIRLS – CONSIDERING I HAVENT TRAVELLED IN YEARS DUE TO PLANE ‘FEAR’
ANOTHER YEAR ADDED TO MY LIFE
EUW HAD ITS FIRST CONFERENCE – ‘RENEWING THE FAITH AND RESTORING LOVE BACK INTO WOMENS LIVES.’
EUW CELEBRATING THREE YEARS – 29TH SEPT 2013
MEETING SOME AWESOME PEOPLE AND BUILDING STRONG RELATIONSHIPS WITH THEM
STARTING MY TRAINING – FINAL STAGE – STAY TUNED!!
Overall 2016 has been a very good year and out of all the previous years would say this year I have learnt a lot more about my character than ever before. I thank God for that.
I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST MOVING FORWARD AND A PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL