Grateful

I cannot believe I’ve been away for this long. I met up with my friend tonight and I couldn’t help feeling that it was time to get back to writing. Thanks P for the encouragement I really appreciate it and may have needed it more than I realized. ๐Ÿ™‚

For over 2 months I’ve been sitting on this post. It’s nothing profound, but I think a part of me didn’t want to revisit the old “negative” feelings. Yet today as I write, I can celebrate my freedom journey. Yes, I know I’ve mentioned it a few times on this blog. I hope you never get tired (LOL). This is a lifelong adventure that I am so excited to be on. I am continuing to grow and experience the freedom that comes from knowing Christ, having a relationship with the Father and letting His Holy Spirit lead my life. A couple months ago, my pastor spoke to us about the importance of the kind of foundation we build our lives on. He reminded us that God loves us just as we are, but He loves us too much to leave us stuck. I want my life and family and everything in my life to be firmly built and planted in Jesus. (Amen!)

Thanks to “featured photos” on iPhone, I recently stumbled upon this photo from 2017 and was flooded with emotions.

Oh goodness! I was so sad in this photo, but who could tell?

I felt dissatisfied, hopeless, and empty. I tried everything to keep it all together, but in my own strength. No surprise, I failed… I cannot praise God enough for finding me, pulling me out of the muddy, dark and hopeless ditch and literally placing me on the Solid Rock (Thank You Jesus).

2017

For a minute, I think I kind of started to let life distract me a bit. It is okay. This will happen sometimes. Things don’t always go the way we expect. We could get hurt and disappointed by things and people we love and trust. Yet we shouldn’t let any of that come between us and God or the things He is leading us to.

In each season of my life I pray that I never stop desiring a heart that grows in intimacy with God and that I keep the motivation of the things I do under God. I pray that His Spirit leads me to heal and to forgive myself and others of past (and any future) hurts. I pray that I can stand firm and not let the disappointments of life lead me away from any of the paths He has placed me on. I pray that I am available to hear His voice when He speaks and my heart is obedient to His Will. I pray that I continue to grow in faith no matter what season of life I am in. I pray that I can continue to level up in my relationship and knowledge of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I am encouraged and excited about the things of God and extremely grateful that I have been given the opportunity to learn what it means to serve His Kingdom. Truly honored [insert tears!] Thank You Jesus, You are the best and I love You.

I cannot praise God enough that this is the life I get to live now. Earlier today considering new possibilities I wondered to myself. Who are you? ๐Ÿ™‚ Not in a bad way, but like, who are you woman because I am in awe of who you are becoming because of Jesus. I am proud of you Uju for putting in the work. It’s not over yet, I have not arrived, there’s still so much work to be done, but I can stop and take a breath to celebrate how far I’ve already come! I am not the old me anymore! (Glory to God!).

"This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to Himself through Christ. And God has given this task of reconciling people to Him..." 2 Corinthians 5:17-18 (NLT)

I am so grateful for Jesus. He is the One we all need. For years my soul yearned for Him and I didn’t understand, so I filled my life and time with lots of other things. While some of it was “good”, none of it could take His place. I am thankful for the work of the Holy Spirit in my life thus far. Thank You Jesus for setting me free and the journey I’ve been on to learn what godly excellence looks like and how I can daily grow to live according to God’s Will.

Dear reader, thank you for stopping by today. I pray you are reminded even now that our lives are more important than making perfect snapshots. I pray that you don’t get so caught up in creating what appears “perfect” on the outside that you miss out on all the amazing things God wants to do on the inside of you. Even if it isn’t easy to navigate. I pray that you are bold, courageous and strengthened to let the Holy Spirit help you tackle the heart and mind issues as needed. And I especially pray that your soul would find Jesus (or receive the spirit refreshing it needs) in this season. In Jesus’ Holy Name, Amen.

Love,

Uju

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