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Sunday, 1 January 2017

2017!




I cannot stop thanking God for 2016. It wasn't a perfect year for us but we're still here, blessed, privileged and opportuned to be ushered into a new year. Isn't God simply awesome. 

We've talked about 2016 and that's over and done with, so now we look forward, we look ahead, we look up and aim higher. 

Yesterday I was talking to a friend and he started to talk about the economic projections for 2017 and how we haven't even begun to see "suffer" yet in Nigeria. This friend is a very successful multi-millionaire whose businesses are beyond thriving, but as we talked I could see the pain he felt, especially when he told me how he had to lay off some of his workers sometime in November. "These people, some of them have worked for me for 10,15 years, they have families and responsibilities, they are my family! It was the most difficult thing I have ever had to do, telling them that I can no longer afford to pay them so I have to give them the sack

Yet, this same guy has put strategies and structures in place for his businesses for 2017, tomorrow he has a flight out for a couple of meetings in Abuja, and already has various meetings around the country and beyond for the next few months. He is still hiring a few more staff, with more competence and experience. He shut down his PH office but immediately opened one in Abuja. He is thinking even harder and smarter than he was before.

What I learnt from this is that no matter the projections, predictions and set backs, one must regroup, restrategize, refuel and soldier on, if one must succeed.

When he started talking about the projections my head started to throb because I didn't want to start my year thinking about all that negativity, but at the end of the day this is the current Nigerian reality and ignorance, in this case, is not bliss. 

So I told my head to calm down and learn. He, the same person who says "Buhari is sending Nigeria to hell", isn't folding his arms and taking the train ride to whichever bleak place they say Nigeria is headed. He is using his brain to fight hell and high water and still making those millions. 

It was an inspiring lesson with which to begin the year. May God give us the grace, the vision and the power to stay above, be lifted up even when others are being casted out and ultimately to create wealth even in a recession.

May this be the year where those who have yet to see what is in their hands receive divine clarity, receive vision to know and fulfil their purpose, receive the grace to transform this vision to reality. 

May He watch over us every second of the day, keeping us out of harms way. We and our loved ones shall be safely ensconced under the canopy of Christ where no evil, no attack, no harm, no accident, sickness, disease or pain can touch us. 

In 2017 may those of us who pray for marriage be blessed with spouses who value, love and cherish us. May those of us who are believing God for the fruit of the womb have the cries of a baby or babies by the end of this year. May God renew, restore and refresh the love in the homes of the married among us. 

May our careers make even greater sense this year. May our businesses grow. May we encounter divine increase and be comforted on all sides. 

May each day be filled with joy, favour and love. 

May we and ours be greatly blessed!

Happy New Year my amazing blog readers. 

I love you all so much and I wish nothing but the best for you. 



... How did you cross over guys? Did you go to church? Did you go to a party or the club? Or did you go to church then to club? Did you crossover at home, counting down until you entered 2017? Or did you sleep in 2016 and wake up in 2017? LOL


I went for Crossover Makeover which was hosted by This Present House and held at the Eko Convention Centre, Eko Hotel. It was fabulous, an awesome way to start the new year, and oh, I spotted several celebrities too; Waje, Banky W, Adesuwa Etomi, Makida Moka etc etc etc. We praised, and sang and danced and danced and prayed, and there were fireworks and we just generally had a blast. How did you cross over? 



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20 comments:

  1. I slept in 2016 and woke up in 2017 like 12:06Am

    I deliberately decided to spend crossover sleeping, perhaps it's time for me to put to fruition all I have known and learnt. It's not by jumping around biko

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    1. Exactly the same thing I was discussing with my sister as we were preparing to head for service. I was telling her how i think we should just have a very quiet time reflecting on how the past year went, the things we'd just love to do better in 2017, ways to serve God even better and ultimately appreciate this God for who He is and the things He's done and will do and then consciously enter this 2017 feeling refreshed and brand new.
      Anyhoo, i succumbed to her " yeah that's so true but let's just go first",lol. I literally dragged her outta church a few minutes past 12 biko, i needed to just rest from 2016 and everything it came with,lol.
      I wish to have my ideal "crossover" by the end of this year wey we neva even enter finish.😆
      Meanwhile congratulations guys! We made it! God's mercies kept us and i'm happy for each and every one of us.

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  2. It shall be well in 2017, but folks must be prepared in all ways.
    1. Cut spending as much as is possible
    2. Find ways to increase sources of income, seek help if you need assistance to identify opportunities
    3. Cut off friends that can derail your growth, build new relationships and expand your network of contacts
    4. Be happy, the world is not ending soon.
    5. Maintain focus, setbacks are normal and not caused by the devil.

    Happy New Year folks, we made it. Let's be thankful

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    1. Thank you Wale. We have been forced to cut spending, whether we like it or not. 😂😂😂. It is well.

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  3. Happy new year y'all..Wishing you a prosperous new year..May God place a crown of favor on this particular year for us...I crossed over in church..I need all the blessings that comes with this year jare..TNHW

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    1. Crossed over in church. It was great.
      A Girl.

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  4. I slept and woke up to someone screaming at 1am. I think I told my husband Happy new year at 9am. I just want to eat and go back to sleep.lol. For me I am go back to "working" in 2017 and looking for creative ways to make and invest money given the rapid rate of naira decline. Otherwise na to mind my business and stay in my lane.

    www.pynk360.com

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  5. I crossed over at home,on my bed,watching this movie (the revenant).
    Let's go all out this 2017,no holding back. Climb that mountain,Face that storm because they are sure gonna be in our way this year,but we would definitely sail through.
    Let's be Deliberate this year!!

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  6. Happy New year all
    We made it yaaaaaaaaaay

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  7. I was with my parents. We just sang praises through to 2017. This may be our year or it may not. And although we hope/pray/work for the former it's a given that if we do not stray too far from God, our time will come.

    Happy New Month

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  8. Happy new year everyone! My husband and I spent prayed into theach new year. Just quiet prayer at home.
    I love your message about looking for means to survive 2017 despite the tough economy.
    God be with us.

    Gift

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  9. Happy New year everyone. We triumph still..

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  10. Happy new year everyone,went to church as always and was blessed. For some reason I am really optimistic about this year, already have some programs lined up to enrich my soul.

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  11. I crossed over at home watching my pastor live on TV.
    2017 may bring it's hardship, but then won't affect me

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  12. I begun 2016 by smoking weed and drinking with friends while trying to get lucky.

    But this year I crossed over at church. Hope this year will be better. My eyes are watching God

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  13. Crossed over with mother and father in a church

    HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!

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  14. Crossed over with my family in church. This is the first time in 3 years I would cross over with my family. It felt great.

    Happy new year blog fam, odun yi a tura ko ni le ko ko mo wa l'oruko Jesu.

    Sunshine

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  15. Crossed over by snuggling in bed with my sister and listening to one of my favourite messages by Pst Ashimolowo, after which we went out the balcony to watch some really beautiful firework.

    Happy new year TTB Fam. 2017 looks promising....I believe.

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