Thanksgiving Fast–Day 24

Oh wow!!!!! The day is here!! Like, for real for real, I cannot believe it! Like… Seriously, it’s surreal. Praise Jesus for allowing me see this commitment through!!! I am so happy! Like happy happy!!! Day 24 means… I am 24 years old… WOW!! 24… 24… 24!

But, while I freak out, here are 24 reasons I am thanking God today:

  1. WOW!!! It’s Day 24! Mama we made it! 🙂
  2. Friends wishing me happy birthday! So many friends! Shout out to Sonia, Julius, Garvens, and Kim for coming all the way to come visit me at my apartment.
  3. Songs– so many songs.
  4. I finished paying rent for September today– although the struggle is real, I thank God for it!
  5. Today is my birthday– and I’m sure Jesus was born in October 🙂
  6. Also, I started another commitment today, which I know God will help me with.
  7. My brother, my immediate younger brother, Ben. He’s ever growing! I thank God for His life.
  8. Being able to pay people back what I owed them, esp. my mom.
  9.  Being able to make plans– but I know that God’s perfect will will be done.
  10. Reading God’s Word leisurely.
  11. Marriage– hoping someday that I’ll be married to a wonderful man!
  12. Calvary– there is a song titled “Calvary” by Hillsong… and being reminded of it was good. Calvary covered it all, my sin and shame don’t count anymore. All praise to the one who has ransomed my soul, Calvary covered it all!
  13. Prayers– Kim prayed for me and it hit the right spot!
  14. Being able to laugh!!! Oh boy! I love to laugh.
  15. Cookies! My friend Sonia gave me my first present, which is a cookie, and I love it!
  16. Thinking about the fact that last year I was unemployed on my birthday– this year I have a job and a car! Only God takes that glory.
  17. My nephew! He brings me such joy— such a blessing to me!
  18. I got a surprise in my fridge today from the ladies at Navs. It really made me happy!
  19. Getting dinner with my friend Paige– God knew I needed to eat food, and I had no food in my apartment.
  20. Phone calls– hearing my friends’ and loved ones’ voices.
  21. I put makeup on today and I actually did a good job– I looked GOOOOOOOODDDDDD!!!!!!!!!
  22. All October babies!
  23. I’m actually happy– the reason I say that is because I usually get sad around and on my birthday, but this one was different. Admittedly, there were times I felt sad, but God did  not allow me to wallow in my sadness. I am happy!
  24. Last but not least, I thank God for my friend and sister and birthday twin, Grace– she’s actually a couple of years older. But, yeah… I love this woman! I can’t even describe it. I thank God for her life and journey, for her accomplishments, for her story. Last year was great, and I know that this year will be even better!! I can go on and on, but Grace is awesome! I love her dearly, and I am so happy that I share a birthday with her! Praise Jesus for friends! Not only is she beautiful, she’s charismatic, she’s awesome! She has character. She knows God, she believes in Jesus– and I just like her… She’s just awesome!
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Thanksgiving Fast– Day 23

Oh man!!!!! Almost done! I can’t believe it! Like, WHAT?!?!?! So, here we go, Day 23

  1. Waking up this morning and getting to work safe and sound– I had work at 7 am, woke up at 6:40… God did it! Again, having a car makes it easier to get around! God is amazing!!!!!
  2. Work was pretty chill; I actually enjoyed being at my first job today.
  3. Praying and just talking to God while at work. It was pretty awesome!
  4. Paying my phone bill– shout out to le mom for lending me some money (and I thank God, in advance, for allowing me to pay her back).
  5. Honestly, I wasn’t angry at my job today at all– I was a little bit annoyed at times, but no anger! Praise God for that!
  6. My lips! I really do love my lips… I mean REALLY love!
  7. My hair! I thank God for giving me hair. And the style I currently have is pretty awesome- I got a lot of compliments; some people said I was unrecognizable hahah!
  8. I had a nice break at work, too! I ate food, like substantial food.
  9. My aunty, Aunty Pelu! So, today is her birthday!!! Yay!!! Honestly, she is so beautiful! Her life is a testimony. She disciplined me when we were in Nigeria, she encourages while I’m here; she treats me like an adult; she has a beautiful family!!!! She is a source of encouragement to me, and she is absolutely AMAZING!!! I love her so much!!!!! (She’s the one pictured above). Honestly, I can’t wait to go back to Nigeria so I can see her again! I really thank God for her life. What God has done between last year and this year is AMAZING!!!! And I know that God has greater heights to take her, deeper levels in Himself to bring her! I love you, Aunty!!!!
  10. Graham crackers
  11. Napping– best friend right there hahah!
  12. The Bible. The Word of my savior!
  13. Opposable thumbs! It dawned on me how important and useful my thumbs are.
  14. Texting. We live in the age of technology, an age where we can get info relatively quickly!
  15. Being available to help a church community.
  16. Catching up on my Bible readings
  17. Having hope and redemption in/through Christ.
  18. I am almost done with this challenge! #1moredayleft
  19. History– I may not be that educated in history, but we have one, and that’s good!
  20. Not wallowing in my pity or pain.
  21. Music– honestly, I love music!!!!! Christian music is the best! #Jesussongs
  22. Growth– I am growing and growing and growing!!! I thank God for it.
  23. Jesus Christ– my savior is not a swear word, He is a person! He is alive! He is with me! He is for me!!!!!!!!!!!!! #thenameofJesusispower #thenameofJesus

Thanksgiving Fast– Day 22

Ok! I am back on track! Here are the 22 things I am thanking God for today:

Thanking God for:

  1. I can’t believe it’s Day 22!!!
  2. Taking a shower, a nice hot shower! Much needed after several hours of doing my hair.
  3. I had a considerable amount of sleep, so yay!
  4. I made it to work on time!!! For the first time in a while. Oh! It felt so good to not be in a rush!
  5. Work was not busy today- it was actually steady! I remember going to work this morning and thinking it was going to be horrible, but it was chill! I thank God!
  6. Realizing God’s infinite mercy!
  7. Singing at work.
  8. Think about it: God’s mercies are new every morning! Every morning!!!! WOW!!! I thank God for mercy.
  9. Crying– I cried a little at work today. I need to cry some more. I just thank God for tears, for the fact that I can even cry.
  10. Being able to be of help to my coworker.
  11. Visiting my mentor today! It was so nice catching up. I finally visited him at work.
  12. Calling my sister today, talking and listening to her.
  13. Being able to make plans for the future– at the same time, trusting in God’s sovereignty.
  14. Laundry.
  15. Putting finishing touches on my hair.
  16. Running errands safely
  17. Having someone to confide in.
  18. Realizing that I am very much a work in progress… Just pouring out my soul to God.
  19. Fresh towels.
  20. Sweeping my room– no more hairs all over the floor.
  21. Getting paid for a job I did today, so it’s nice to get some cash.
  22. Catching up on these blog posts!

Thanksgiving Fast– Day 21

Ok, here’s the list for 10/17/2016, Monday, which was yesterday!!!

  1. Seeing another day.
  2. Continuing and finishing my hair.
  3. More Supernatural!
  4. Not going to work.
  5. Even though my body was hurting, I was pushing through– only strength from God!
  6. McDonald’s– not the best option for food out there, but it was a quick pick me up when I needed it.
  7. Staying unplugged– I barely used my phone.
  8. The earth
  9. Hot chocolate
  10. Peanut butter and honey sandwich (I think I’ve also mentioned this one before).
  11. Being human– yes, we have our own troubles and setbacks, but we also all have the hope of being with Jesus when/if we accept Him.
  12. God is true, He is real, He knows me!
  13. Sleeping and waking
  14. Friends checking in on me– that really touched me.
  15. Talking to God, you know, casually.
  16. I have a purpose in life
  17. The mercy of God!
  18. Day 21!!!
  19. God is showing me more and more things to be thankful for.
  20. A few more day till my birthday!
  21. Driving back and forth last night to get food– it was very cold and very foggy, but I thank God for journey mercies!

Thanksgiving Fast– Day 20

The list for 10/16/2016, Sunday

  1. Last day of the retreat.
  2. Driving back to MA, safe and sound!
  3. Bringing some food stuff back with me from the retreat.
  4. Making new friends.
  5. Being part of the retreat– it was nice, really nice. I felt accomplished, I guess.
  6. Relaxing when I got back… Oh, man! I didn’t realize how much I’d missed my room.
  7. Watching past seasons of Supernatural! I really love that show.
  8. Netflix– I really love TV, to be honest (and I feel like I’ve mentioned this before).
  9. Started doing my hair.
  10. It was my uncle’s birthday. He’s the best!!! I love him so much!
  11. My hands and feet.
  12. Having hair products on hand, available.
  13. Knowing the Word of God, having knowledge of it.
  14. Another Sunday, being able to experience it.
  15. Having a family.
  16. Having food to eat.
  17. Entertainment, of all kinds.
  18. Pushing through my tiredness– even being able to do that, all God’s grace!
  19. Having family to talk to/with– the good, the bad, the ugly.
  20. Day 20! I really can’t believe it! 4 more days!!

Thanksgiving Fast– Day 19

This list is for 10/15/2016, Saturday

  1. I slept really well! I mean REALLY!!! The bed we slept on was so comfortable.
  2. Having a comforter to keep me warm when it got cold.
  3. I love Coke! I love Coca-Cola!!!!
  4. The retreat went really well. Very nice view.
  5. Just being able to unplug over the weekend!
  6. I had quality quiet time with God! It was awesome. So peaceful, quiet.
  7. We looked at the book of Daniel over the weekend.
  8. Realization (heart knowledge) that God is always working, orchestrating– in the background, but He is at the center of it all.
  9. Confronting my fear– something I have been struggling with for some time, that I am not enough, that I will be forgotten, or that I am not doing enough. I confessed this to God– I know that there is work to be done.
  10. I talked with new people over the weekend, hearing stories, laughing, playing games! I thank God for great company.
  11. Romans 5-6
  12. I AM NO LONGER A SLAVE TO SIN.
  13. Nature! Being surrounded by God’s fingerprint!! Ah!!!
  14. There was a hike on Saturday, and I know it was great, but I thank God because I did not go– it gave me the time to be still and just be quiet and be restful in the presence of God.
  15. I prepped for a Bible study with one of the girls at the retreat.
  16. The game subway surf– I love that game.
  17. Having technology to be able to capture such great beauty around us.
  18. Having a relationship with God.
  19. I sat outside Saturday afternoon, and was just read the Word. It was AMAZING!!!!

Thanksgiving Fast– Day 18

I have so much catching up to do!! Oh, man! So, here’s my list for 10/14/2016, Friday.

  1. Waking up and going to work.
  2. Staying awake at work and making it through.
  3. Being able to give a co-worker a ride– ministry and opportunity.
  4. I made moin moin (Bean cake) and I ate it! It was delicious!
  5. My friend Bolanle, whose birthday was on Friday! (Her picture is above). Bolanle is a great woman of God– young, but the anointing of God upon her life is PALPABLE! She’s beautiful, caring, kind. Ahh!! I thank God for her!
  6. My friend Eileen, whose birthday was also on Friday. I met Eileen not too long ago, and I already admire her. She encourages me to want to get closer to Jesus! She is so beautiful! And she likes my jollof rice, even though she’s Ghanian haha!
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    My friend Eileen and I in May 2016

     

  7. Birthdays!! They are so awesome.
  8. Catching up on these blog entries.
  9. Running errands, to and fro, and making it safely.(Psalm 121 comes to mind).
  10. Driving to NH, for Navs Retreat
  11. Getting pulled over, but no incident– it was really scary!!!
  12. Being part of the 2016 Navs Fall Retreat.
  13. Conversations with people.
  14. I met a married couple, and they gave me hope for marriage.
  15. We stayed in this really nice house, a REALLY nice house!
  16. Hope (hoping) that one day I’ll be able to support people who are fundraising.
  17. Bonding with someone over snacks!
  18. God’s sovereignty– everything will be alright because God is in control.

Thanksgiving Fast– Day 17

Ok… almost caught up! Here’s the list for yesterday (10/13/2016):

  1. Grace and patience and mercy of God extended to me by other people–they are God’s hands and feet!
  2. I’m official– getting a work sweater! And it’ll be purple 🙂
  3. I was free yesterday afternoon, by God’s grace. It felt so good!
  4. Learning and adjusting to my financial responsibilities. Although adulting is so hard, I thank God that I am getting the hang of it. Paying rent, bills, insurance, etc… Not a lot of money left at the end of the week, but I am learning and growing!
  5. Nancy Nash. She is a wonderful lady! A gem!
  6. The miracle of sleeping and waking.
  7. The peace of God!
  8. I like music… and I am able to buy music, so I thank God for it.
  9. Reading Romans 4 again– Romans 4 was a major part in my decision in coming back to Amherst and work with Navs. I’m awaiting a revelation and deeper understanding of it.
  10. Harmony– not just in singing, but in life altogether.
  11. Hymns! I love hymns!!!!
  12. God’s unfailing covenant love.
  13. I don’t understand God (Genesis 15:17)… and I thank God for not understanding God.
  14. “Coram Deo” means “In the presence of God”.
  15. My sight/vision. I was very concerned yesterday. But I thank God that I will not lose my sight or vision!
  16. Being able to cook for the potluck going on today! I love to cook!!!! And I pray that they like it– I won’t be there 😦
  17. Strength and empowerment to go through life!

Thanksgiving Fast– Day 16

I know in the last post I mentioned not wanting to be behind on this… Well… I thank God for grace. No excuses– I just couldn’t type them up 😦

But here were the 16 things I was especially thankful for (on 10/12/2016):

  1. Waking up and making it to work… Slept at 2:30, woke up at around 7:30, needed to be at work at 8… Praise God for grace, mercy, protection– and I’m trying, believe me, to work on my sleeping schedule.
  2. My birthday was 8 days away hahah!
  3. Being able to share my testimony at Nav night
  4. Being at Nav night on Wednesday night and I guess, in general, being able to help with The Navigators on campus. Long story to that, and perhaps, God willing, I’ll share.
  5. Prayer. I really thank God that we can pray for one another.
  6. Being able to be available to help my friends out.
  7. Having older people, esp. women, willing to take me under their wings and teach/disciple me.
  8. House sitting– I house sat for the first time!!!
  9. Healing– I had a terrible stomach ache Wednesday morning, and I felt as if my stomach was going to explode, but God healed me!
  10. Being able to style my hair differently.
  11. BASIC Bible study.
  12. Leaning to embrace myself, flaws and all. And although I still have a long way to go, I thank God that I am not where I used to be in terms of my (low) self esteem.
  13. Being intentional, not just with this challenge, but with other things as well.
  14. Figuring out this game called Black Magic at Nav Night! It took me the whole night, but I got it– I promise, we’re God fearing, Jesus believing, Holy Spirit filled people 🙂
  15. I felt accomplished teaching others a new game! I am not cool at all, but the game was pretty cool haha!
  16. Being alive, alive (and thriving) enough to even stick with this challenge!

Praise Jesus!

Thanksgiving Fast– Day 15

I know that we are already in a new day, but I can’t afford to be behind again and again… Thank you, Lord, for forgiving me. Anyway, here’s Day 15’s list.

  1. Waking up with songs on my mind. This has been happening for some time now, and I thank God for it.
  2. Over this past weekend my mouth, but most especially my inner, lower gum area, felt weird, as if something was running back and forth inside. But when I woke up in the morning (Oct. 11, 2016, Tuesday), I realized the uncomfortable feeling was gone!
  3. Actually for real making it to work on time; there was no need to rush.
  4. I had a peanut butter and honey sandwich for lunch, which was pretty awesome, very delicious.
  5. Making it through work! It is always busy on Tuesdays! But, I thank God I survived another Tuesday!
  6. Making it home in one piece. I almost got into a car accident– I hadn’t even left work yet! Praise God!!!
  7. Washing dishes is always fun! Having the ability to do such a mundane task is worth saying thank you, God, for.
  8. Having utensils to cook with.
  9. COOKING! I love to cook– and by God’s grace, I am thanking God in advance for giving me the grace and desire to cook for my family (and they will love it!)
  10. Having things to actually cook. I made a Nigerian favorite, moin moin. Although it didin’t come out the way I wanted it, I thank God that I could make it. I like the way it tastes.
  11. Brownies– I thank God for sweets in general.
  12. Getting paycheck- having a job, truly, is a blessing.
  13. My friend Israel celebrated his birthday! #oldman hahah
  14. Staying up to type this list… It’s no joke, but I thank God for it!
  15. Catching up on my to-do list!