Welcome to August.
This month I’ve decided to do a bit of internal housekeeping by reevaluating my personal growth journey.
In the last few years, I’ve consistently kept memoirs (in form of diaries or journals) both in hard and electronic copies.
Recently, I went through some of them and I’ve simply been amazed about each phase of my journey.
Through those pages, I saw myself grow from a timid, insecure lady to a confident and optimistic lady, who is ever ready to embrace challenges, make efforts, commit to bigger dreams and become all of who God has called her to be.
In this post, I’ll be sharing snippets of my journey through the last few years with you and I hope among other things that it encourages everyone out there on a similar journey of personal growth to journal their journey😉.
“So I’m finally here in SVG. I got an apartment and share it with a lady from Botswana, she’s been nice to me and gave me dinner. Thank God for a safe trip, for the prayers and wishes from friends and family. I believe God is the Oba Alasepe and he’ll perfect all that concerns me in this land. Amen.” (Feb 11, 2013).
2013 was the year I consciously began my journey into becoming.
I considered myself to be a caterpillar who was transforming into a butterfly. I was curious, daring and wide-eyed.
It was also a turning point as I literally put on my “big girl” shoes. For the first time ever, I was miles away from home, and everything and everyone that was familiar, in pursuit of becoming a medical doctor.
This was the year where I felt so much dissastifaction within me, I was tired of living small and being boxed up in a cage mentally. I just felt there was more to life than just sleeping, waking and eating.
That was also the year I got the courage to start this blog…as a form of outlet.
Later that year, I experienced what seemed like a major tragedy that almost gave way to a post traumatic stress disorder but thank God for healing and restoration.
At the end of the year, this was my confession:
“Eunice Adeniran, you may feel limited but you have a limitless God. He cannot fail you. He is your refuge and underneath are his everlasting arms. It will end in praise!”
I would describe it as my “Big Bang Year” as my eyes began to open to certain realities of personal growth and responsibility.
I actively began to read life changing books and many things that seemed initially impossible became possible.
My walk with God also became more steadfast, and my personal devotion took on a more lively approach.
As I went through the pages of my diary, I came across this song I learnt at a concert (TEHILA AFRICANA) which summed up a phase I was going through:
“When Jesus says No, I hope you understand,
When Jesus says No, he has a better plan.”
I started the year with a strong conviction as written in my journal:
“Year 2016 is the year of the word of the lord, the word profits me greatly. I’m sensitive to divine revelation, instruction and direction.
I’m willing and obedient to God’s word. My heart is prepared to receive the word, it’s a good soil, fertile and fruitful.
Every aspect of my life responds to God’s word and profits greatly.”
Looking back, it’s an irony that 2016 was also that year where I had to second guess almost every decision I made.
One major decision I made was coming out of a relationship I’d invested in for almost 5 years. The aftermath was almost devastating.
It was also the year I graduated from medical school and the question “What Next?” became a constant buzz in my ears.
Thankfully, God in his mercies saw me through that season.
Here’s an excerpt from my first journal entry:
“Hello 2017, I’m excited to meet you.
You are a gift and a blessing from God to me and I’m pretty determined to maximize all of the opportunities you bring my way.”
That year was a season of stretch for me as God taught me to embrace so multiple dimensions to my life.
There were a couple of challenges along the line and even a cheap attempt on my life from Satan but the good Lord gave me victory.
This was another very remarkable year for me.
It was a season of blossoming relationships and upgrading my self-esteem.
Like never before, I heard God speak with clarity and give me specific instructions concerning.
It was also an intense year (physically and mentally) for me as I was a House officer for the most part.
The day Housejob ended was a testimony in itself.
Here’s an excerpt:
“The countdown ends.
God is good, he’s indeed the God of my testimony.
I woke up grateful this morning. Nothing could spoil my joy, not Satan nor his cohorts.
I’m officially an MO. To God be the glory!!!”
That ends my trip down memory lane.
2019 has been an interesting year so far and I believe there’s still lots of goodness it has to offer.
So here’s one more picture for your viewing pleasure
Have a pleasant AUGUST!