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My 2018 Indelible Lessons

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It is 2019. What stood out for you in2018? What lesson have you carried with you to this year, especially one that made you better?

These are questions I ask myself each end of year. And this time, I thought I could blog about my 2018 very profound reflections.

1. Trust in God alone, all other ground is sinking sand

When we hear this statement, we often blush it off thinking that since we have not created idols that we worship in our houses, we are good to go. However, many of us have unconsciously put our hopes on jobs, some friends, family, cars, among other things. We at times pray for jobs thinking that with a job we cannot be in lack. Sometimes we believe that with our mothers in the picture, everything will go on well. Prove me wrong if this is not trusting on something else apart from the Lord… and cursed is everyone who puts their trust on man, Jer 17:5.

In the past one year, God has proved me that I only have Him near me, nothing else, no one else. I have had moments with my mother that have left me feeling like we are two worlds apart. I have had enough frustrations at work that have taught me that God only is enough and ever present, not a good job. I have seen friends back off from others (i have had moments of backing off from some) till the lesson hit hard in me; only God is faithful to stay with you, understand you, walk with you… and afterward take you into glory, Psa. 73:24

2. The Lord is lovingly blunt

Well, sometimes we go to God in emotions and not in Spirit and in Truth. We inwardly hope and wish that he will overlook the realities around our situations (in the same way we do) and simply answer the kind of issues we bring to Him. Unfortunately, God goes beyond and deep– leveling mountains, breaking down gates of bronze and cutting through bars of iron (isaiah 45:2) — to tear down lies so we may see Him as He is, and become conformed to the image of His son as has desired of us. He will minister to you in your quite times, convince you of the books to read for a particular season (He really did this), give you a word through someone, show you a placard that ministers to you… all so you can become as He has desired of you.

3. Relationships grow; they do not become perfect from day one

I have always admired married people; especially those whose relationships are apparently doing well. It had never occurred to me that these people have spent years making those relationships work. They have had moments of screaming at one another maybe, mistrust, silence, breaks among many other issues. They have taken time to study one another so that they have understood each other so well, we can only marvel.

Last year, the Lord has shown me the beauty of relationships that develop over time; whether marital or simple friendships. Sometimes we rush to make friends. Some even open up deep secrets hoping to woo them into friendship through sharing. They call each other ‘best friends’ in 3 months, or even start dating, then bang! reality hits one day. I have learnt to slow down the pace of forming relationships. I have learnt that I do not have to share anything when I do not want to.

And as I look forward to better days in my relationships this year, I am grateful to God for those relationships He has allowed to become better and better each day. 😍😍

4. You can track you spending 😊

Did you know that you can actually track your daily, weekly, or monthly spending ? One of my main goals in 2018 was to work in budget’. Even though I struggled to stick to one through the better part of the year, I discovered one app, called ‘Spending Tracker’ and it has worked wonders. It shows you the hole that your money disappears to at the end of every month as it gives an analysis of income and spending. Consider such in 2019

These are just few but indelible convictions and testimonies I am carrying with me from 2018. How about you?

You may be feeling like you had so much to accomplish and you did not accomplish as you hoped. May be even all your resolutions are as you wrote them on 1st of Jan 2018. Do not be discouraged. You may not have done it, but 2019 brings you 365 opportunities.

Trust in the Lord and rely on Him daily. Go slow on making friendships, but when it comes, give it your very best. Keep going to the Lord again and again, day after day. Then track your spending; of time, money and everything that God has given you.

Happy 2019 dear Fan!

  1. Amazing stuff Aggie..May the Lord continuously aspire and give you wisdom, to inspire more and touch life thr’ your writing.

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