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:
WOW!!! It’s Day 24! Mama we made it! 🙂
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.
Songs– so many songs.
I finished paying rent for September today– although the struggle is real, I thank God for it!
Today is my birthday– and I’m sure Jesus was born in October 🙂
Also, I started another commitment today, which I know God will help me with.
My brother, my immediate younger brother, Ben. He’s ever growing! I thank God for His life.
Being able to pay people back what I owed them, esp. my mom.
Being able to make plans– but I know that God’s perfect will will be done.
Reading God’s Word leisurely.
Marriage– hoping someday that I’ll be married to a wonderful man!
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!
Prayers– Kim prayed for me and it hit the right spot!
Being able to laugh!!! Oh boy! I love to laugh.
Cookies! My friend Sonia gave me my first present, which is a cookie, and I love it!
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.
My nephew! He brings me such joy— such a blessing to me!
I got a surprise in my fridge today from the ladies at Navs. It really made me happy!
Getting dinner with my friend Paige– God knew I needed to eat food, and I had no food in my apartment.
Phone calls– hearing my friends’ and loved ones’ voices.
I put makeup on today and I actually did a good job– I looked GOOOOOOOODDDDDD!!!!!!!!!
All October babies!
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!
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!
Oh man!!!!! Almost done! I can’t believe it! Like, WHAT?!?!?! So, here we go, Day 23
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!!!!!
Work was pretty chill; I actually enjoyed being at my first job today.
Praying and just talking to God while at work. It was pretty awesome!
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).
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!
My lips! I really do love my lips… I mean REALLY love!
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!
I had a nice break at work, too! I ate food, like substantial food.
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!!!!
Napping– best friend right there hahah!
The Bible. The Word of my savior!
Opposable thumbs! It dawned on me how important and useful my thumbs are.
Texting. We live in the age of technology, an age where we can get info relatively quickly!
Being available to help a church community.
Catching up on my Bible readings
Having hope and redemption in/through Christ.
I am almost done with this challenge! #1moredayleft
History– I may not be that educated in history, but we have one, and that’s good!
Not wallowing in my pity or pain.
Music– honestly, I love music!!!!! Christian music is the best! #Jesussongs
Growth– I am growing and growing and growing!!! I thank God for it.
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
I slept really well! I mean REALLY!!! The bed we slept on was so comfortable.
Having a comforter to keep me warm when it got cold.
I love Coke! I love Coca-Cola!!!!
The retreat went really well. Very nice view.
Just being able to unplug over the weekend!
I had quality quiet time with God! It was awesome. So peaceful, quiet.
We looked at the book of Daniel over the weekend.
Realization (heart knowledge) that God is always working, orchestrating– in the background, but He is at the center of it all.
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.
I talked with new people over the weekend, hearing stories, laughing, playing games! I thank God for great company.
I AM NO LONGER A SLAVE TO SIN.
Nature! Being surrounded by God’s fingerprint!! Ah!!!
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.
I prepped for a Bible study with one of the girls at the retreat.
The game subway surf– I love that game.
Having technology to be able to capture such great beauty around us.
Having a relationship with God.
I sat outside Saturday afternoon, and was just read the Word. It was AMAZING!!!!
I have so much catching up to do!! Oh, man! So, here’s my list for 10/14/2016, Friday.
Waking up and going to work.
Staying awake at work and making it through.
Being able to give a co-worker a ride– ministry and opportunity.
I made moin moin (Bean cake) and I ate it! It was delicious!
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!
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!
Birthdays!! They are so awesome.
Catching up on these blog entries.
Running errands, to and fro, and making it safely.(Psalm 121 comes to mind).
Driving to NH, for Navs Retreat
Getting pulled over, but no incident– it was really scary!!!
Being part of the 2016 Navs Fall Retreat.
Conversations with people.
I met a married couple, and they gave me hope for marriage.
We stayed in this really nice house, a REALLY nice house!
Hope (hoping) that one day I’ll be able to support people who are fundraising.
Bonding with someone over snacks!
God’s sovereignty– everything will be alright because God is in control.
Ok… almost caught up! Here’s the list for yesterday (10/13/2016):
Grace and patience and mercy of God extended to me by other people–they are God’s hands and feet!
I’m official– getting a work sweater! And it’ll be purple 🙂
I was free yesterday afternoon, by God’s grace. It felt so good!
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!
Nancy Nash. She is a wonderful lady! A gem!
The miracle of sleeping and waking.
The peace of God!
I like music… and I am able to buy music, so I thank God for it.
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.
Harmony– not just in singing, but in life altogether.
Hymns! I love hymns!!!!
God’s unfailing covenant love.
I don’t understand God (Genesis 15:17)… and I thank God for not understanding God.
“Coram Deo” means “In the presence of God”.
My sight/vision. I was very concerned yesterday. But I thank God that I will not lose my sight or vision!
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 😦
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.
Waking up with songs on my mind. This has been happening for some time now, and I thank God for it.
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!
Actually for real making it to work on time; there was no need to rush.
I had a peanut butter and honey sandwich for lunch, which was pretty awesome, very delicious.
Making it through work! It is always busy on Tuesdays! But, I thank God I survived another Tuesday!
Making it home in one piece. I almost got into a car accident– I hadn’t even left work yet! Praise God!!!
Washing dishes is always fun! Having the ability to do such a mundane task is worth saying thank you, God, for.
Having utensils to cook with.
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!)
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.
Brownies– I thank God for sweets in general.
Getting paycheck- having a job, truly, is a blessing.
My friend Israel celebrated his birthday! #oldman hahah
Staying up to type this list… It’s no joke, but I thank God for it!