Change Looks Good on You

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instasquare_2017112214597608Change is uncomfortable. It’s like that woolly cardigan that itches you when you wear it; or those pair of shoes that wouldn’t fit. Change is not easy but absolutely necessary. I have changed. I feel it. With every aching muscle, with every tap on the keyboard; with every deadline I’ve scaled through; with every new thought; with every new environment… I can say I have changed. Change may not look good but after a while, it feels really good. More

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DTM (2)Dear Diary,

I’ve been a little lost in time and space. Sailing from the present to the unforeseen future and back. Then there’s the past which some of us are afraid to visit just so it doesn’t hold us back with its stubby sticky fingers.  More

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Dear Diary

A new chapter of my life just opened up to me and I’m literally staring at a blank sheet. Thanks to my soul sister, I’m going to chronicle this phase of my life (partly because it keeps me from losing it sometimes). Welcome to the first part of the Diary of a Transitioning Millennial (DTM) series. More

Anon.’s Musings:  WHO AM I?

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Photo credit: Earthsky.org

The name is My Name.

I’m a man. I’m a good man, I think I am. Yeah, I should be. I try to be a good person. And I hope with God’s grace I will be. I live a calm and happy life. Calm in the way that I like it. Comfortable enough for me. Yeah, a good life. I want the good things of life; yeah I do, who doesn’t? While trying not to cross over to the other side- lust. I pray for Grace.

I want to make the whole world a better place, and I believe I’m working towards it, with grace on my side; a whole lot of her, LOL. I think I just wrote down ‘LOL’ for the first time in my life on paper. I have a grin on my face right now mehnMore

New Year, New Me; The Cliché

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Happy New Year amazing people!!! Thank God we all made it to see the first post for the year! 😀

I saw this funny picture as someone’s display picture. Albeit, a little  rudely said, there’s a bit of truth to draw out of it.

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Photo Credit: @WestAfrikanman

We’ve all heard the ‘new year, new me’ line. Some of us have even used it. But here is the truth; the New Year doesn’t in any way transform you into a new person. It’s not a cocoon where we change from caterpillars to butterflies.  The earlier we realize this truth, the better it is for us.

We often set for ourselves unattainable goals, probably because we get so pumped up after the Crossover Service on the 31st night. But there’s only so far we can go with the New Year charade. Before long, we go back to the same old us.  I would know, because I’ve been there countless times. I know how disappointing it is to set really high goals just before the year starts and find yourself derailing from the plan before January ends. For someone like me who loves making plans, plans and more plans, I get super frustrated when they fall apart!

So do we linger and sip our drinks as the year starts with no goals whatsoever? Do we watch from the sidelines with folded hands just because we never follow through on our New Year resolutions? Do we stop making plans for the year? No!

 Is there anyone here who, planning to build a new house, doesn’t first sit down and figure the cost so you’ll know if you can complete it? If you only get the foundation laid and then run out of money, you’re going to look pretty foolish. Everyone passing by will poke fun at you: ‘He started something he couldn’t finish.’ -Luke 14:28 (MSG)

 

Don’t be afraid to make plans. By all means, make SMART goals for the year; goals that are both specific and achievable. But you must realize that your plans can only come alive when you commit them to God’s hands. 

Mortals make elaborate plans, but God has the last word. 

Put God in charge of your work, then what you’ve planned will take place. 

We plan the way we want to live, but only God makes us able to live it. -Proverbs 16: 1, 3, 9 (MSG)

 

The New Year doesn’t change you, God does. The New Year doesn’t have the power on it’s own to make you get rid of the addictions, lose the extra weight, get out of that bad relationship, or change your current sad situation… but God does! The New Year is not an automatic fresh start, but every moment of repentance towards God, is a fresh start for us. It’s only a ‘New You’ when you turn back to God.

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Cor 5:17 (KJV)

Friends, let’s get it right this year. No more avoidable mistakes! Remember life isn’t just about you or your plans for yourself. Life is about God and His bigger picture. Allow Him to work in you and through you this year.

I pray that you walk in God’s divinely orchestrated plan for your life this year.

Have a fantabulous year ahead! 😀

Lots of love,

©Mfon Etuk, 2016.

A picture of me last year and a picture of me now; how have I changed? -Day26

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Photos by Me

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A picture of me last year and a picture of me now; how have I changed?

Wow! It’s 5 days left. This is so exciting! Can’t believe it’s almost over. Thanks guys for being strong and for your constant encouragement. God bless you! 🙂

Today’s challenge is to put up pictures of me last year and me now; stating how I’ve changed. I think I’ve changed a lot. As a matter of fact, change is the only constant thing (even our new government promotes change).

We all change even without knowing it. I went searching through my photo albums, wondering how I had changed. The one that struck me first was a picture of my hair after I had chopped it a year ago. Currently, it’s all grown and full, I hardly remember I had cut it a year back.When making the cut last year, I felt devastated (even though it wasn’t such a big chop). But today, I’m grateful I did that. 🙂

Change can be positive or negative but you never remain the same way you were last year or even last month. Life changes us. People change us. God changes us. Don’t get too comfortable where you are right now, you need to start looking for positive ways to change before the winds of life toss you in the directions they deem fit.

Change is sometimes scary. I often tell friends I don’t want to be called a ‘woman’ just yet. Partly cause I still see myself as a ‘girl’. But I’m no more that little girl who ran around with cornrows, playing with careless abandon. Now I have responsibilities and a whole lot more to come. I asked my sister a while back how it felt having evolved from being single a couple of years back, to having a family to cater for including a kid. Of course, she’s handling it very well. But if you ask me, I’d say that change is super scary! But it shouldn’t be, if only we can learn to take gradual steps towards change. This stuff doesn’t happen overnight!

The Bible has many stories of how God has asked people to change locations, change their decisions, change lifestyles, change occupations etc. Take Abraham for instance; God asked him to change his location; God changed his name; God changed his family status. God is constantly in the business of changing us to become the true reflection of who He is. Don’t fight it. Let him change you. Allow him to mold you into the beautiful vessel of honor he sees you as.

If you’re like me, afraid of change, please don’t be. Change doesn’t have to be scary if you put your trust in God. Never forget that our heavenly father walks with us through the various phases on the path to total transformation.

Close with this inspiring quote;

Often times God demonstrates His faithfulness in adversity by providing for us what we need to survive. He does not change our painful circumstances. He sustains us through them. -Charles Stanley

Game time..

Let’s play the game of spotting  the difference in the pictures below; maybe it could help reveal ways I’ve changed. I particularly picked identical pictures taken at different times and different locations. Let’s see if you can help identify how I have changed. This should be fun! 😀

Property of Dainty M.

Property of Dainty M.

*Please drop a comment once you spot the differences. Thanks!*

Day 26 down, 5 more to go!

Have a blessed day!

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