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Life is full of challenges, being happy shouldn’t be one of them.

That was my plan for 2014, I was going to laugh more, smile more and be happy.

 

And, behold, I am with thee,

and will keep thee in all places

whither thou goest, and will bring

thee again into this land;

 for I will not leave thee,

until I have done that

which I have spoken to thee of. Gen 28: 15

 

2014 started with a bang with the 100 days Redeemed Church fast. I was excited to participate as I had never fasted that long. Day 2 of the fast, I was rushed to the hospital and admitted for food poisoning. I had never been on admission and had never missed my first Sunday service of the year till 2014. Yet I was still excited as it was a new year and I was determined to be happy no matter what. Then I got robbed in my house, I was served quit notice and had to move out of the house with a promise from the landlord to refund my 4 months unutilised rent after the second quit notice.

My siblings and I stay together so we all became squatters; house hunting in Lagos can be frustrating, annoying, timewasting, depressing and stressful. At a point, I knew all the agents in Surulere and even became an agent too. From February to August I was house searching, chasing my landlord for my refund, and those months went like a blur as I hardly remember any significant thing that happened during the period.

September was the month of favour, I finally got my refund and finally got a fantastic apartment when we had given up searching; from that experience I got to understand that as much as you want to plan your life, it has a way of surprising you with unexpected things that would make you happier than you originally planned (God’s will)

 

O the depth of the riches both

Of the wisdom and knowledge of God!

How unsearchable are his judgements,

and his ways past finding out! Ro 11 :33

 

Mum Turned 60 and became a professor this year, my youngest brother finished serving this year and God settled him job wise. I changed roles in my workplace, it was a bit tough understanding some of my team members initially as a result of cultural differences but thank God we are adapting to each other and our unique work patterns.

 

Thank God for family. In 2014 I became closer to my family and we supported each more than we had ever done. I also thank God for amazing people he brought across my path this year; Kofo (an amazing friend and colleague who opened up her house to store my luggage for the 7 months I was house searching, God bless you), then Efe and Tochukwu.

 

This year I made some fantastic realisations {everyone wanted to hook me up, from people I know to people I don’t even know their names}; I finally settled down in a parish after church hopping for a while. I took a few more risks, went out of my comfort zone a little more, I learnt to trust God more and submit to his will.

It is better to put your trust in God than to put confidence in man. Ps 118:8

 

This year, a number of people died including two people who have inspired me greatly (pastor Myles Munroe and ChazB). Their deaths got me to put my life in perspective.

Although 2014 might not have gone as I had hoped and prayed, I don’t have everything I want, I am extremely grateful to God for life and hope, for laughter and tears, for the disappointments and favours, for deaths and births, for family and friends, for answers to prayers and the ability to still pray, for joy and pain. I am expectant that the remaining 8 days of 2014 would come with the BANG! I am expecting to end my year with even more smiles and laughter.

 

Here is to 2015, my year of even more laughter, I can’t wait to experience what God has in store for me. I know God is able to do far more than I could ask or imagine, so I’m just going to be still and know.

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