Wednesday, January 17, 2018

2018: Take One

Hello People, Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!
Hope you had a wonderful holiday and you started off 2018 in an amazing way.
As for me, I had celebrations back to back the first week of this year.
Then last weekend, I spent with family and it was super beautiful.
Now, I fully look forward to all the goodness that 2018 has to offer.
By the way, my hashtag for this year is #myyearofunprecedentedgoodness because I know that this year, my Good Father is going to outdo my expectations. My prayer for you this 2018 is that God will surprise you even beyond you own imaginations.
God will look on you with His eyes of favour, He will increase you in every area and remember the promises He's made to you.
For I will look on you favorably and make you fruitful, multiply you and confirm My covenant with you.
Leviticus 26: 9 (New King James Version)

As most of you know, I do not have yearly goals till like February because I want to the new year buzz to blow over. Let us see what I end up with as goals for 2018. One goal that has been constant for some years now and will still make it into the 2018 goals book is this #fitfam of a thing. Please how will I make sure I achieve my goal this year? Will this year be the year I do not give stories in December? Oh well, I really hope so.

Ladies and gentlemen, I was busy some weeks ago ruminating over the promises that God had not fulfilled in 2017 and how I wasn't so happy with Him. You know all those conversations that you start with the "we need to talk" line. That was truly how I felt that period. Like "God, we need to talk. You really mean that after..., You didn't..." Let me not bore you too much but hope you get the gist.

Anyway, I opened Facebook I was in for a surprise. Someone that I knew was believing God for something had posted a few pictures of her testimony. I mean, smack bang at a time that I wasn't too happy that God had not answered some of my "very important" prayers. Someone else's testimony was right there in my face to look, admire, say my awwws and ahhhhs, then remember that if He has done beautiful things for someone, A for Mr A, F for Mrs F, He will definitely do M for Miss Onakz.

"For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him."
2 Chronicles 16: 9a (New King James Version)

Have a wonderful afternoon and a beautiful week knowing that He who gives blessings, brings healing, causes promotion, and performs miracles is never tired. 
He will show Himself strong on your behalf in 2018 and by December this year give you blessings that will cause you to wonder and men to rejoice with you.
Loads of love, hugs and kisses.
Miss Onakz...

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Day 365 of 365 in 2017

Hello People
Welcome to day 365 of 365 of 2017.
Isn't that amazing to read?
You've scaled through all the drama, fun, excitement,... and everything that 2017 had to offer and now, just like that we get to open a new leaf called 2018 from tomorrow morning. 
For some of us, we already have less than 12 hours to end the year.
Is anyone in 2018 already?
Can you gist us what it feels like?

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Philippians 4: 8 (King James Bible)

As we gather our last thoughts, give our last speeches and carry out our last actions in 2017, think only of what has been:  
- Honest: It took only the grace of God to bring you here and you can be sure that His grace is available to see you through 2018 and beyond too.
- Just: You have a Father who is super crazy about you.
- Pure: He really wants you to do right and live right.
- Lovely: You are truly the apple of His eyes and the thoughts that feels His heart.
- Good Report: All that will be heard concerning you and all around you will be the goodness of your Good Father.

As you enjoy the rest of today, please find reasons to give thanks. 
Life, health, promotion, preservation, increase, peace, salvation...
Just anything and everything.

Compliments of the season.
Have a fantastic last day in 2017.
Looking forward to seeing you in 2018.
With loads of hugs and kisses from this loving heart,
Miss Onakz...  

Friday, December 29, 2017

2017 Drum Rolls?!

Hello People
Compliments of the season.
May the love, joy and peace experienced in this season continue to be ours in Jesus name.
I woke up thinking, "Miss Onakz, you better write and publish your post today, if you want to achieve your blog goals this year without apologising or giving any excuses."
So that's truthfully what brought me here today.

A few Sundays ago, I sat in church and a thought just flew into my mind. The thought was "You haven't achieved any of your goals this year." While carrying out my personal life (stock) take, let me just share some of my breakdown:
- Physically, #Fitfam did not work. I even added weight sef. 
- Financially, let's just say #30Billion never reach my account. 
- Professionally, I also could have done somethings better. 
- As for the books I was supposed to read this year, I will allow you to be the judge of that by checking the right side of this blog to rate me appropriately. 

Just when my emotional gear was about to move from neutral to complaining, I just heard in my spirit "...but you did very well regarding your family. As for your finances, you can still buy lunch in a nice restaurant (so you'll know I am a real foodie). You have also learnt a lot on your job and your career has improved too. Best of all, you should still be able to complete your 52 posts in 2017." For these alone, I decided to shift gear fast to gratitude.

Ladies and gentlemen, if all your goals for 2017 was achieved, FANTASTIC. You'll start 2018 setting new and bigger goals. However, if your goals for 2017 were all not achieved, like me, you will add new goals to the outstanding ones for 2018. It just means we will have to work a lot harder. 

My new philosophy has became "The end of 2017 is not the end of my life. 2018 starts immediately 2017 ends so that I can continue to make goals, achieve goals and live a better life."

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;[a]
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3: 22 -23 (English Standard Version)

My darling blogfam, whether the last day in 2017 or the first day in 2018, God's mercies are new and it is the reason to be grateful to God for all His goodness to you.
It is also another new reason to achieve all that you have purposed to. 
Have a wonderful weekend.
Filled with loads of hugs and kisses from my loving heart,
Miss Onakz...

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Merry Christmas Blog Fam

Hello Everyone
Merry Christmas!!!
Hope you had a wonderful day yesterday.
Were you up to anything nice, fun and interesting or you were just chilling?
Do you have a Christmas tradition or you really just coast on the day?
May the promise of Christ's birth be fulfilled in our lives.
May we continue to enjoy the joy, love and peace that comes from knowing God and all the wonders and beauties He has in store for us in Jesus name, Amen!!!

Before I begin all my grammar, let me apologise for being MIA again for 2 weeks.
I had some emergency official commitments that made the post of December 12th almost impossible.
Then by December 19th, let's just say I had other personal/family responsibilities.
Today was supposed to be the last post for 2017 but clearly, apart from this one I still have 2 more posts to complete the 52 posts for this year. I will figure out how the posts will be complete before the end of this year, so help me God.

I told you guys that I was really looking forward to attending carol services right?
Initially, I planned to attend 5 proper carols but I could only make it to 2.
Far better than 0 from last year.
To console myself, in my mind I'm counting my church Christmas service and our family Christmas day prayers as semi-carols. So do you think they can be counted?

Honestly, I had already forgotten that today is Tuesday.
Guess who reminded me?
Mrs Onaks.
She was really looking forward to reading the post for today so imagine she was disappointed when she asked me what is happening on Tuesday and I gave a completely unrelated answer.

As we begin to draw the curtains on 2017, it is my prayer that He who began a good work in you will faithfully complete all that He started this year.
"The end of a matter is better than its beginning..."
Ecclesiastes 7:8a (New International Version)

Have a wonderful evening.
Already looking forward to writing to you again.
Loads of love, hugs and kisses,
Miss Onakz... 

Friday, December 08, 2017

December Eighth: Day Eight

Yay!!!!
We made it.
Hello People
How are you doing?
We have broken new records.
First, this is the year that currently has the most posts.
This is officially our 145th published post on this blog and 49th post this year.
Isn't that beautiful!
We also had new followers in this week.
Finally, this post is also the last one for this week.
Amazing, thank you so much!!!

At the beginning of this year, one of the names of God that resonated with me was Agbanilagbaton; the One who delivers completely. Initially, I just thought God will rescue me from something dramatic. Maybe an accident, or some mighty breakthrough or something “big”. However, as I sit down typing this post, it occurred to me that the biggest thing God delivered me from is me.

"I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
That I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.
Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord!"
Psalm 27: 13 - 14 (New King James Version)

His help truly renewed my mind.
His help established His promises for me.
His help gave me hugs on my lowest days.
His help truly put His covenant right before my eyes.
As December gradually wraps up this year, it’s a privilege to have reasons to celebrate God’s help in my life and in yours too.

This post is also an encouragement to you and me.
Honestly, I had begun to think "Father, will 2017 not deliver the promises you have given to me?"
My heart was heavy and tears were welling in my eyes yesterday.
Then I woke up this morning and read the above passage.
My understanding of it was that as long as I continue to believe, I will see the goodness of God on earth.
2017 isn't over yet people!
Blessings and miracles still abound!


Have a wonderful Friday and an even more amazing weekend
From my heart and notepad with truckloads of love, kisses and hugs,
See you on Tuesday...xxx
Miss Onakz...