Gratitude (2014)

I am happy. I am indeed a very joyful and blessed child. I am about to do something very cliché that most people tend to do when the year is almost over. I am about to tell you how very grateful I am like I did last year. I am so grateful to God, you cannot know the depth of my gratitude even after you read this. 2014 has been good to me. I have cried, laughed, lost, gained, learnt and most especially, I have been broken this year. Let me try to start from somewhere and please pardon me if this is a bit long. I will try my possible best to summarise a whole year in some words.

Family is one of the best gifts that accompanies life. My family has indeed been amazing. My baby, Shikemi has grown and she is such a beauty, such a smart baby and every time I see her even if it is through sykpe, I cannot help but bless God for being God. My beautiful mother, that woman is beautiful not only inside but also outside. She breathes God and inspires us to breathe him too. Talk about someone believing so much in you, someone always standing in the gap for you in the place of prayer and you have Moromoke Oyedokun. My dad always says everyone can be a dad but not everyone can be a father and he proves that right everyday. This beautiful man that I call my baby is a father indeed. A father that makes me go on my knees to ask God to bless him for being a father. Always ready to give without us asking. Always ready to give advice and set you straight. Always ready to take the steps with us. He is not the military kind of dad, but one I can comfortably go out with for ice cream and gist with, even about boys. Such a cool dad and grand- dad. Damola, my twin sister, the genius who is both my sounding board and my adviser. Oluwapelumi, a girl with a strong heart that has taught me about courage. Adeleke, the brother-in-law that has become a brother and friend that silently tells me to go on. Ademola, the awesome brother that never fails to ask how I am.

This year, God set my feet in Lighthouse International Christian Centre and I met amazing people. I met Pastor Yemi Graceman Aduloju, a man that carries grace, anointing and whose body and soul are built with love. This beautiful, beautiful man related with me not as a superior but as a friend from the very beginning. My pastor, my friend who is so full of wisdom. Oh! How God used him. He used him so much and still uses him. I always went to church knowing I would leave with a word or two. An amazing pastor that would not hesitate to give his best to you. I will never forget the day he called me to check up on me because I didn’t go to church. And this beautiful man still calls me to check up on me. An amazing friend you have become sir, not only to me but also to my family. Thank you so much for answering God’s call. That decision has blessed the rest of us.

I walked into a building and there sat MSM. Aunty Bukky, I love, love you. You are so beautiful. Thank you for having a very beautiful heart. Thank you for being such a friend and not looking at age. Thank you for teaching me and allowing yourself to be taught. Thank you for bringing beautiful tears to my eyes. Thank you so much for pushing me. Thank you for your mails. Thank you for leaving an indelible mark in my life though I haven’t known you for long

We lose and gain every year. That’s just how life is. We get busy but you Toyole have never let busyness stop you from listening to me. You haven’t let it stop you from sending me mails though I have you on BBM, skpye, whatsapp and now snapchat. Thank you for sending links to articles and stories that you know I will like. Thank you for not letting me stop trying. Thank you for always saying the truth even when it’s not what I want to hear. You have such a beautiful mind and thank you for believing so much in me and for being one of the people I can comfortably tell about my struggles. Even if we stop talking tomorrow, you will always be one of those friends that still matters. Just like you Itoro, you are one of those friends that will still always matter. Thank you for the many years you were my sounding board. Thank you for teaching me and helping me have some virtues. I indeed love you always and forever hon even if it is no longer an active love.

Emmauel Oseghale Esenabhalu, one of the very active constants in my life. I love you, I’m sure you already know that. Thank you for being constant. Thank you for the many laughs. Thank you for always asking questions I run away from. Thank you for letting me in and talking to me when I needed it and did not need it. Thank you for being one of the few people who knows me even when I don’t talk. Thank you for being there and being strong for me this year. Thank you for letting me dump it on your shoulder after I have dumped it on God’s shoulders. I have many ‘thank you’s’ to say you, but I will wrap up with thank you for being a friend and family.

I have so many people to thank, old friends and new friends that words cannot be enough. What is life without friends and what is this blog without readers? Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! This year, I learnt God never lets anything happen to us without having a reason. I learnt forgiveness releases you. I learnt about God’s redeeming love and the need to love the people he has placed on earth with us. I learnt we are all strong if only we allow ourselves channel that inner strength. I learnt about how strong grace and mercy are. I was weak, very weak at certain points this year and I shed so many tears. I felt alone this year but love showed up. God’s love and the love he placed in people’s heart. Frances, God bless you for your blog and all the other amazing blogs I came across this year. I learnt we are never alone and I can tell you with all confidence that God always knows what he is doing and no matter what, you have the strength to get back up when you fall.

In 2015, my darlings, let God walk you through the dark nights because only he has the power to (Daniel 2:22). Let him know your works, please let him know you (revelations 3:8). Be less concerned about religion and more about actually having a relationship with him. Walk with him now and let him work through you (Ecclesiastics 12:1). Don’t let it be because of you that someone will leave the church or not believe in God. Take it to him, darlings, take whatever it is to him (Jeremiah 32:27). After you have done all you can, just leave it to Him, smile even when it hurts to having the confidence that the one that watches over Isreal that neither sleeps nor slumbers is right there. Never let a problem make your life stagnant. Keep doing other things while you work on fixing that issue. Learn silence. Do not lose eternity because of the petty things that have no eternal significance. I pray that in this year, “the sun shall no more be your light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto you: but the Lord shall be unto you an everlasting light, and your God your glory. Your sun shall no more go down; neither shall your moon withdraw itself: for the Lord shall be your everlasting light, and the days of your mourning shall be ended” (Isiah 60: 19-20). Psalm 20: 1-4. “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23). The Lord be it unto us according to his word.No matter what, Be still and know the Lord is on your side. Thank you so much guys for making 2014 an awesome year. I look forward to what 2015 has in store for us. Happy new year in advance!

  • Aderinsola
    December 29, 2014

    Thank you for being a part of my life Mayowa. I love you so much! While I am excited about next year, I wish you would not leave.

  • mayowa
    December 29, 2014

    Thank you for being such a good listener and for making me feel like a therapist. Love you too baby girl.

  • MSM
    December 30, 2014

    Wow! I’m overwhelmed. Thank you very much Princess Mayowa, I thank God always for that day you came into my life. You took care of me like your sister, thank you. Thank you for teaching me even when I frustrated you, you never stopped. I have a lot to be grateful for in the year 2014 all because of you.Thank you for your encouragement and for believing in me. I love you dearly. You are one in a billion. Thank you for always been ready to hear me out even when I sound like a broken record I am grateful to you and your family. I miss you my beautiful friend, you will always be my Princess.

  • frances
    December 31, 2014

    Happy New Year in advance Mayowa!
    Thank you for being on this journey with me… I know God has a lot in store for you and I’m excited to see what it is.
    Much love sis!

  • mayowa
    December 31, 2014

    Many thanks to you Frances.

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