Happy, Happy New Year lovers and friends!!
It feels so good to be back, right here, with you. I hope you all had a beautiful festive season. I’ll be honest, I missed doing life with you through this platform. Sharing, learning and growing together. But, I’m grateful that God has carried us through and graced us with the opportunity to experience a whole new decade, starting with 2020.
Speaking of the new year, its brought so much peace with it on my side. As well as the assurance that God is walking with me, ordering my steps, and taking care of all that concerns me. I entered into 2019 with tears of disappointment streaming down my face. A year later, I’m in such a good space! If I had 10 000 tongues it wouldn’t be enough to say thank you for all He’s done for me, and all He’s been to me.
Tell me, how’s your New Year coming along?
Last year, my goal for #FirstFridays was to find a way for each of us to take the necessary steps each month towards accomplishing our goals for the year, by setting short term goals and achieving them. Judging by the responses I received after every post, I can confidently say that we did exactly that, and more.
As we all know though, anything that doesn’t go through the process of growth is dead. So, with that said, things will change a little bit this year. No no, don’t stress! It’s the good kind of change, I promise. And, it will be gradual. I won’t dunk it all on you in one go.
One of the changes I’m excited about is the addition of a second person behind the scenes. I’ll talk about her in a few weeks. But this amazing individual will be co-creating with me when it comes to the #Food section of the blog posts. Also, in the coming weeks of this month of January, I’ll be putting out content to give each of us a clear picture of where we’re headed as well as to get your input (yes, you!) on what you would like to see more of.
Listen, change is good. Growth is even better. The two are different, with the latter being a possible result of the former depending on one’s choices. I heard a quote once that said “Change is inevitable, but growth is optional” and I strongly agree. Growth is a result of the consistent application of lessons learnt in the process of change. It takes intentionality.
I believe we all learnt several major lessons last year, but what good is it for us to know the lessons and not apply them? Where lies the benefit of planting seeds into the ground of our lives but not making the effort to toil the ground and cultivate the seeds so that they grow and sprout into fruit-bearing trees?
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit.John 15:16
In the scripture above, we see that the onus rests on us when it comes to the fruit-bearing aspect. Meaning God has His part to play, and we too have ours.
As I was thinking on today’s post and the word Cultivate came to heart, I decided to look up the meaning and it said “to cultivate is to nurture and help grow. When you cultivate something, you work to make it better.”
Dear family, let us not be afraid to get our hands dirty this year – the right way. My hope and prayer is that you and I will be willing to do the work on our part that goes into boldly walking in purpose, on purpose. Let us feed our minds, bodies and spirits the right things, bask in the warmth of The Son, and allow the living water to sustain us always.
2020, is an amazing year.
I know it.
I’ve seen it. And now, I’m ready to live it.
I hope you are too!
Grace & Peace to you & yours
– Xo, Jo 🌺