Hey guyss, how aree youu??
I’m super exciteddddd..
First.. Merry Christmasss (it’s never too late lol), I hope everyone had an amazing time remembering the precious gift God gave us through His son Jesus. In Him we have love.. true love, hope (a reason to live), victory, and deliverance as He conquered the grave.
Did anyone do anything fun or silly for Christmas, or receive any silly or long anticipated gifts?
As for me, I never really have a christmas wish list #GrowingUpNigerian haha. A new dress, rice and chicken was always enough for me.
As we all knowww … 2017 is literally next door!!!!
This period is much of a reflective one for me; I’m looking back at the year, decisions made, time with friends and family, relationships, disappointments, blessings, victories, lessons learned.
Since CravingHisLifestyle is a medium for me to learn and share, I decided to make this entry about a few lessons I learned this year. Here goes:
2016 was a year of growth for me, and I’m talking MAJOR growth. I feel like I grew more this year than in the past two years combined, (I also believe those years were preparatory years, years were God watered and nurtured me to get me ready for the growing season).
Part of the growth lies in me being able to say 2016 has been the best! Not because it was full of roses, but because I am learning the concept of James 1:2. At a point, I thought I was now an expert in this concept. Troubles come, and i dance LOL. Until at a point this year, the problems kept flowing in like water. I was sorting out one thing and BAM here comes another bad news. At some points, I even stopped praying hard, I’d say a “going through the motions” prayer, just because I got tired of feeling like my prayers didn’t matter, whatever was going to happen would happen.
Ha, but through these times, God started building the prayer warrior in me. I’m talking War room movie prayer closet post it notes speak in tongues speak loud regardless of where I am bind principalities and powers in high places type of prayer warrior.
I’m literally laughing and almost about to cry while writing this. It’s so beautiful to look back and see God’s mighty hand carrying you through times where you didn’t think you would make it.
God is good.
Another big lesson this year is in the phrase above. God is good. My situations don’t determine how much he deserves praise or how good he is. He is just that: Pure good. Filled with love, mercy, peace, and good.
I have also been learning to be totally surrendered to God. Read this:
Acts 20:22-24 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)
22 “But now I must obey the Spirit and go to Jerusalem. I don’t know what will happen to me there. 23 I know only that in every city the Holy Spirit tells me that troubles and even jail wait for me. 24 I don’t care about my own life. The most important thing is that I finish my work. I want to finish the work that the Lord Jesus gave me to do—to tell people the Good News about God’s grace.
The first time I really read those verses, my mind was blown. Like I actually had to pause for minutess, Paul was literally saying “Bruv whatever happens happens, I’m living for God.” I mean he was saying, even if I’m sick with no cure, if none of my prayers seem to get answered, if I don’t end up where I want to be on earth, i’m good. I care more about the work of God than my life on earth. Regardless of whatever happens, the most important thing is that I finish the work Christ has given me – to share the good news of God’s grace. #BackToTheBasics
The last major lesson is this: Learning is a process.
Oh my… this was one of the longest for me to learn, as basic as it sounds. Learning is a journey, slow and steady, it’s not ASAP.
Take for instance, faith. I used to think I could get a degree in faith. Like I had gone through a tough time and automatically i had this wonder woman faith in God. No matter what comes, I can trust God. I was leaning on my strength. Then major disappointment hit and I was struck. I remember looking up on google, “God has let me down.” I don’t even know what I was hoping to find, I just didn’t want to hear the conventional (but very true) “Everything is for a reason” “God knows best” “Jer 29 11.” When God brought me out of that despair, I was even more angry at myself that I lost faith in the beginning. God started helping me see that a walk with Him is not like getting an education.
Being a Christian is nothing like taking certain classes in a period of time and suddenly becoming some kind of expert in that area with a master’s degree. No. You keep learning, you keep growing. You stumble, you get up. You fail, you learn. You pass, you still learn.
Actual learning (and not a regular go to school and get an A learning) takes time. It takes commitment, persistence, readiness, openness. It is a process.
For each of the lessons I learned this year, it doesn’t mean I am now an expert. Nope, it means I learned, and I am still learning and there in lies the real growth. I am leaning on God and standing firmly on His promises.
As the year wraps up, I want to give a massive shout out to my dad and mom. O how I love you guys. Thank you. For everything. I love you guys. I can’t say more because that would mean a whole new post but you guys are major factors of my growth. Thank you, I love you.
I am also giving a huge shout out to you reading this. Thank you.
I would love to hear from you guys: how you spent christmas, christmas gifts, lessons learned from this year, disappointments, victories, your shout outs, etc. We can all learn from each other and grow together.
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