13th of January 2019 was a splendid day, from the amazing time at Church to the beautiful lunch at Spur and then enjoying my cinema time before concluding the fun day with frozen yoghurt. I took really beautiful pictures at the restaurant location and I was having a superb day without showing my worries about the next day. Sunday was a good day. I had also got to know of an amazing song titled King of my heart by Bethel Music.

I went to bed on the 13th, hoping, praying and giving thanks for what I had been looking forward to for six weeks- 14th of January. Waking up on the 14th, I got dressed for work- looking good and just before heading off to work, we finally opened the text message which gave me a blow. I wished it wasn’t the 14th yet, that I could just relive the 13th over and over again but my fear was made real. I had failed my last professional paper.

Four letters welled up so many emotions in me. I wished it was just about the four letters but there was so much more involved with that paper. I dragged myself to that finish line despite all the turbulent emotions but now I have to run that race again. The tears took a while to show up but they did and eventually, I came to terms with what had happened. Now, I’m getting ready for another attempt.

Remember I learnt a new song on the 13th, well that’s what played in mind when the 14th happened and it’s been playing a lot more. I’m thankful for Sunday’s fellowship on the 13th, I believe it prepared me for the 14th. Here’s part of the lyrics:

Okay, that’s the major gist from January. I’m here to share some things I learned during the month:

On Faith: 

• As a believer, as important as your inheritance in Christ is, it profits you nothing if you don’t know about it. Look to The Word and let it shape your reality.
Grow in your knowledge of God. Grow to a point that you can’t be talked out of The Word of God! Take time to build your convictions from the Word of God. Colossians 1:9-10; Ephesians 1:15-19.

• Faith is substantiated hope. As a believer, you walk by faith, not by sight. Faith involves the supernatural superimposing on the natural, things that are seen made from things which aren’t seen. Things happen after you’ve believed in prayer, not until you see its physical evidence.
The whole chapter 11 of Hebrews is a great read on Faith. You can also check out these messages: Faith is Tenacious, Faith is Brilliant and Faith is Visionary.

• God is never slow but rather, He’s always right on time! Let patience have its work in you. Discern His pace and let Him lead you best at each time. His ways and plans will always be better than yours. While you wait, pray and prepare.

• As a believer, reckon yourself to be dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus, your Lord. Sin is no longer your master; All of you belongs to God alone! Romans 6:11

On general life happenings:

• Success is first and foremost, obeying with an open heart and doing what God would have you do, even if it is not based on the world’s parameters.

• Things may not work out the way you want them to, but they will work out as God would want them to. His plans for you are always better than your plans for yourself. Trust God. Have an open heart in obeying Him always.
Here‘s a beautiful short video that explains this.

• The timing of an action or a matter is as important as the action or matter itself. Seasons or phases in a journey have their purpose. Don’t mash up the process in a rush. Trust God’s leading per time.

• What you let come into your heart is what you’re eventually going to exhibit. Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts. Proverbs 4: 23 MSG

I hope at least one of the lessons would be helpful to you.
Great news! We had four posts published earlier this month, giving us a total of five published posts in January packed with many lessons beautifully communicated. You would absolutely love them. Here are the links, don’t forget to leave a comment and share the post.

So it’s your turn: How did January go for you? (I don’t mind a very very long comment from you; remember let’s share our lessons with the hope to shorten the learning curve for others.)

Cheers to a fantastic February, doing more with ease and living for Christ with joy!

Don’t forget to share about your January. Thanks.

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  • Lanre Odunlami
    Posted at 19:39h, 31 January Reply

    January 14 was actually a day nearly left everyone behind. You tried to carry all your burden alone but thank God though it took you time to realise we shared in your pain on the 14th because we love you and we will always love you but God loves you more and as you said he has His own purpose for you and every pain we go through is a learning curve in our spiritual growth and as i know in all things give thanks.
    The good Lord would definitely fulfil His purpose in your life and your final paper would be testimony about the faithfulness of God.

  • Debby
    Posted at 20:38h, 31 January Reply

    My January was a long and short one in itself, I learnt so much but above all I learnt that standards or desires to fit in doesn’t define us and that we are who we chose to be per time. I also learnt that self confidence is very important and never to let that confidence drop no matter the outcome of things or the situation we are faced with. Furthermore, I learnt that we can care for others and uplift others even in our deepest fears and pains. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year holds for me because, January has been a whole mood of a learning curve for me.
    I want you to know that you will get through this phase and you have been made, prepared and blessed with every blessings to get you through and you will be alright 🙏🙏🙏💛💜.

    • Oyinkansola Odunlami
      Posted at 11:47h, 02 February Reply

      Oh Debby. I’m glad you had a lovely January with beautiful lessons. No matter what happens, our identity is defined in Christ alone.
      And thank you so much for the encouragement and for sharing with us. 💜💜💜
      The rest of the year only gets better!

  • Marv
    Posted at 22:33h, 31 January Reply

    I can completely relate to your January 14th experience. Mine happened last year,it was a terrible experience for me. But,in all,we thank God. He’s a good God.
    My January didn’t really go as planned. Still scouting for opportunities and hoping for the best. Although, some days I beat myself up,other days I choose to navigate my trust back to God. It’s been kinda crazy. But,I’m grateful for good support system. Came across something similar this month- “But I want you to know that God is a good Father. Our life does not always tell that story,but it’s true”. This has truly kept me going. My circumstances doesn’t in any way change the fact that He is a good Father and always wants the best for us.

    Cheers to a fantastic February indeed!

    • Oyinkansola Odunlami
      Posted at 11:52h, 02 February Reply

      Glad you’re keeping your trust in Him. You will get the best fit for you in no time! There’s favour and clarity for you in Jesus’ name. Amen.

      Thank you Marvellous. The months would keep getting better and yes, regardless- God is always good.
      Looking forward to you sharing your testimony with us really soon.😌

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