HAPPY NEW MONTH!
I really missed you guys! Don’t lie y’all missed me too, even if just a little bit but Happy New Month and I’m praying for the most fantastic February for you!
If you didn’t already know, I intentionally took the month off in January from everything: from writing or making videos and as such I posted no content, not just for Steph, Faithfully… but also for Steph Talks – The Hard Questions (my awesome YouTube Channel) and What Next, Coach? (my budding business and now full time hustle). I also took a break from the related social media channels for them and I’m not even gonna front, the break was actually awesome – just having all that time off without any pressure to keep up with online activity really changed my perspective on a lot of things!
So I went on this break, not only to fast and pray but, to align myself with God and all I was sensing He wants to do in my life this year. I had a lot of time to reflect and allow God lead me in the direction of purpose but I also learnt a few truths that I believe will be crucial for us all to imbibe if we are to tap into God’s favour and provision in this season:
- My 2017 is A New Season in every sense. Towards the end of last year, I was talking to God about what the immediate future looks like and accepting that it will be a challenge initially, especially on the financial front because a new business can take a while to gather momentum. I had so much peace about the direction I was going with it but I was also comforted with the realisation that for God to do in my life what He has never done before, I will have to give Him space to move freely by trusting Him in ways I have never done before. If He could appoint the ravens to feed Elijah in the desert (1 Kings 17:6) and also instruct a widow to cater to his other needs (1 Kings 17:8), I need not worry about being ill-equipped and under-resourced in a God-ordained season because all of my help comes from the Lord who made the Heavens and earth (Psalm 121).
- The Real You is so instrumental to what you can achieve this year. One of the key truths that I was enlightened on was that God wants to bless so many of us beyond our wildest imagination and this is backed up by many of His promises in the Bible but at the same time God can NOT bless who you’re not! Sometimes in our bid to get ahead in life, we can conform ourselves to the ways of this world because it may seem like the only obvious route but the Bible tells us that we are, “…God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live]. “ (Ephesians 2:10 AMP). There is a particular carved out life for each and every one of us but we must remain whole in God and true to who He created us to be, if we are to see the manifestation of this prearranged good life.
- Social Media Struggles was a recurring challenge for many, including myself. It bred so much comparison and left people feeling underachieved and inadequate towards the end of last year, with – for the lack of a better expression – such a demonic wave of discouragement. But how many social media detoxes can one take before they address the underlying trigger? Fact is, we have, over time developed an unhealthy relationship with social media whereby our relevance is subconsciously attached to the likes, retweets, shares and seeming support from fingers-behind-phones. As a spirit-led child of God, that got me warped and I didn’t even realise this consciously, so one of the blessings God worked in me in my month off was actually understanding that I don’t need to rely on the support of a bunch of allies and strangers on the internet for my business or projects to grow to where they need to be. If I say I believe in a God who works ALL things for my good (Romans 8:28), then why am I not being still and knowing that He is God in my life (Psalm 46:10)?
I hope this encourages you to hold on to God with more trust and faith while you put in the necessary hard work required to achieve your God-given goals this year. It may not always be “easy breezy beautiful” but when the Lord is not only your Light and your Salvation but also your Refuge and the Strength of your life, who shall you be afraid of?
Massive hugs of love all around,