A Christmas Message

So this is officially a record for Grace’s daughter……two posts in one week. Perhaps The Lord is preparing me for new things in the new year…….more messages from me. We can keep our fingers crossed. Anyways, I’m sitting in my office today with a very light desk. Christmas time tends to be a very light time where I work so I’m trying to find things I can do to keep myself occupied. It then occurred to me to put up a Christmas message so here it goes.

Over the past couple of years, I’ve become increasingly desensitized to Christmas and it’s message. It’s been watered down to the time of the year when my house is full and chaotic because my brothers and cousins are back home and they are like tornadoes……absorbing everything in sight. In fact (and I’m a bit ashamed to admit this) I was resorted to finding different hiding places in my house for these plantain chips that my aunt makes. I had to do this because if I had left them out in the open, I could be rest assured that I would not find them when I came back. That being said, it’s always lovely to have the whole family together.

However that’s not the whole point of this season. In the midst of all the preparations for the 25th and the 1st, let us not forget the significance of what we celebrate. I know this message has been told over and over again but I hope this hits home for somebody. We celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ….the hope for all mankind. We celebrate the manifestation of God’s redemption plan for all humanity. Just imagine if Jesus was not born and as a result, did not die for our sins. We would be walking corpses; our souls far away from our creator, unable to connect with Him. We would be bound to a law that we could never fully adhere to and so we would be carrying weights of guilt and shame……and that would be the sum total of our lives. I for one shudder to think who I would be if Jesus was not born and did not die for me. I would be this angry, bitter, hateful person……the person I was before I submitted my life to Christ. But I would not have been able to do give Him my life if Jesus wasn’t born and didn’t die for me. That’s the message I’m trying to get across people…….that’s the hope of this beautiful thing called Christmas……it’s because of what happened at Christmas that I am the person God has moulded me into today. If Jesus didn’t exist, we would be done for. Let us sit back and reflect on this and hopefully find a new gratitude for this season.

And speaking of gratitude, I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Christmas and New Year’s are a week apart. As we celebrate the birth of our Savior, we can look back on the past year and see what we are grateful for. I, for one, have too many things to be grateful for. For one, I’m grateful for the grace to be obedient to God in starting this blog…..it has been such a huge blessing to me and I have been soooo encouraged by the feedback. To all my readers, I want to say a huge thank you. I’m grateful that I was able to lose the weight I’d been carrying for a long time. I’m grateful for my new job and all the wonderful doors it’s opened for me. I’m grateful for the wonderful friends God has blessed me with, both new friends and old ones, and the ways our relationships have evolved over the year. I’m grateful for my family and all the blessings God has bestowed on us this year. I’m also very grateful for the hard times and how they have bee instrumental in shaping my perspective. I hope and pray that they continue to align my perspective to God’s and most importantly I’m grateful for my relationship with the Lover if my soul. I haven’t always been faithful but He remains faithful. I love you Papa and I’m grateful for the place you have in my life.

So as this year ends and we prepare to enter into a new one, I hope you can sit back and reflect on what Christmas truly means and that it will help you rediscover the joy of this season. I also hope that you can find things to be grateful for…..they’re are always there if you look. Some may have to look a little bit harder than others but even the hard times set us up for great things to come.

Peace, love and compliments of the season,

Grace’s daughter

Bouncing Back

Hello wonderful people,

I trust you are all doing well. I apologize for my prolonged absence; as usual there’s so much going on in my life right now but as a friend of mine reminded me over the weekend, I still have to make time for this because it’s important and it’s part of my calling. My life right now is really full; I have two weddings over the next three weeks and all the wedding events that go with weddings like bridal showers and rehearsal dinners. I also happen to be on the train for both weddings and I’m the chief bridesmaid for one so I really have my work cut out for me. Unfortunately my commitment to the choir has suffered which sucks……I was reminded how much I love it yesterday and I was called up to sing impromptu at a service. So I’ve been slacking on the things that matter but that’s all changing.

Now onto what’s on my heart today, I had a rather tough weekend. If y’all remember, in my last post I talked about taking the plunge and opening myself up to dating. Well there was a guy that I liked and seemed to like me and things seemed to be going on well but I began to have doubts and when I raised them, he went cold turkey. Now this really hurt me because I was not expecting it at all. I had been careful to find out the nature of his character from people that knew him and different people had the same good things to say about him. I also really opened myself up in a way that I don’t think I have before where a guy is concerned so it was really hard for me to reconcile myself to what happened. But you know what, I don’t regret anything. In fact in a weird way, I think it brought me to a better place with God especially because I had to go to Him for comfort when I was down. It reminds me of a place in the bible where it says (and I paraphrase) “I will seduce you into the wilderness and there I will commune with you”.

Another weird thing is that I have no ill will whatsoever towards the guy. I think he’s a great person and I really do wish him the best. I think that’s a miracle because the person I was two years ago would have plotted bloody murder for him. It’s a testament to the work that God has done in my life.

And God knows when to send people to you to encourage you. I was at my office Christmas party and I saw a friend of mine that I hadn’t seen in months and he said things to me that I needed to hear. I knew that I had been slacking generally with regards to my calling, the things God has placed on my heart to do and my relationship with God in general. My friend lovingly but firmly reproached me and encouraged me to get back on track because I was heading down a road that wasn’t pretty and would be difficult to recover from if I didn’t get my act right. I also have the best girlfriends in the world who will call me out when I’m not doing the right thing, dry my tears and be there for me when I need them to be.

So what am I saying today people? Basically life can get you down but you need to bounce back and get back up. There will be good days and crappy days but you need to get past them and look to God to see what it is He wants you to learn. There’s a lesson in everything if we will open our hearts and our eyes. Finally, make sure you have the right type of support system around you that will help you stand when you don’t even feel like getting up. Frim, Som-Som, Abs, Somurf and Kiks I love you guys. And I happen to have the best mother in the world.

That’s it from me today people. I’ll be back soon. Have a blessed week. Oh and stock up on moisturizers if you’re in Nigeria. It would seem that harmattan is upon us.

All my love,

Grace’s daughter.