I honestly cannot believe this is the end. I will certainly never forget you. You have been by far the hardest year of my life thus far. Yes, I know I say that all the time, but you were particularly different. Many times I felt like giving up, but I am so grateful to God that I did not. Looking back, now I realize you were predestined by God to increase my capacity and prepare for my glorious future.
If I was to summarize you in one word, it would be GROWTH.
I was with you when the Holy Spirit did some SERIOUS work on me. I went through very serious and extreme spiritual exercises. He taught me how to forgive and made me forgive intentionally. I honestly did not realize I was holding on to so much pain and hurt. He taught me to love unconditionally. I learned how to be a true worshipper! I experienced many unbelievable miracles and He sent me the BEST spiritual parents ever.
For my blog and businesses, the Holy Spirit sent helpers, motivators, prayer partners, sponsors, advisers – some of them old friends, some new. I’m especially thankful for the new God-sent friends that changed my life- Ezekiel Akintola, Adura Arowolo, Joseph Omale, Emmanuel Olayinka, Seun Adeyemi, Seyi Kehinde, and Dami Akinbode. And shoutout to the ‘old friends’ near and far that are always there. The list is long but I will specifically mention these “Sheroes” -Seyi Farinu, Ope Peluola, and Moyo Odeyemi. I cannot even count the number of times these ladies have gone on their knees praying for and with me. I am indebted to them.
And then you brought amazing “connections” and networks through www.damiadeniyi.com and www.damidirect.com. I’m also thankful for the emails, DMs, and messages I get from my patrons and readers from Canada and some parts of the world that I never imagined I would reach in such a short time.
Of course, we had plenty of drama and low times. I failed and sometimes it was very woeful; I received disturbing news; I had days that I didn’t feel like getting up; I got rejected most of the time and cried like a baby; but I was able to make it through the help of the Holy Spirit. He was my help, my comforter, and was always there to pick me right up again.
Reflecting on our journey, I cannot but say thank you to my family for everything and thank you to my king, Jesus. I really could not have made it through without Him. And I would say our highlight was genuinely finding a friend in Jesus.
To be honest, I am a bit nervous for 2018 and all the things that it holds, but I know it will be GREAT. Our experiences have prepared me for (some parts) the journey ahead and most importantly, I have the utmost confidence because I will be trusting and leaning on God completely.
Thank you 2017, for being so memorable but we are done and it’s time to say bye.