31 Dec 2017

YEARLY REVIEW






I was admiring some letters my in-laws received from their friends yesterday and got me thinking about my yearly review.

This year I've been slacking in my blogging and writing. Though the ideas are swimming more than ever before my emotions are not settled enough for the events, that happened during the last three months of the year, to be told.

2017 you sure have taught me that in every trial my Lord is the foundation that doesn't easily sway. He spruce, He gives and He never forsake me. I learnt to stand still, to be fearless and bold in my faith. To know that as beloved daughter of my Heavenly Father nothing can be against me.

The word that came up when I did my vision journal was SHARE. I don't know if I did a great joy in sharing but I hope I pleased my Lord with my little sharing.

I had plans to document our sabbatical days but I didn't share much on this blog from July onwards because I was busy enjoying the blessings Lord was lavishing on my family and me. Then September rolled in and the trying events that allowed me to witness God at work through the Holy Spirit came about. In enigmatic way I shared a bit about how I was feeling on my INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT.

But let's me give you a quick yearly update.

The year started with some panic moments that my mother was finding it hard to overcome, but I found my strength in Christ to comfort her. February AMI, the kids and I enjoyed a breve break in Banff. The children tried skiing for the first time. In March we had a wedding that we also combined with a date. We don't date enough and we hoped to do more but didn't in the end. After the trying months of January and February my brother G, came to visit me in April for a month. End of May we went to Vancouver and for the little I saw I fell in love with the city. July the sabbatical year began and it was travelling up to London to visit my sister-in-law and brother and their family. August I found a shared apartment in Chelsea for G because in September he was coming back to London to study at Imperial College.

Below are real account of some moments. In the coming year I'll do more of that.


September 13:
  • I beam so much because I have a Father who truly loves and cares for me. Amazing then to find out that Jesus prays for me and for you πŸ™πŸΎ, believe! "I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified. “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
    John 17:11‭, ‬13‭-‬23 NIV


Septerber 14:
  • "What are you doing?" a curious passerby asked me "I want to take a photo of the building." I answered as I carried on setting my self timer.
    "With such a busy traffic, you're going to be here for a long while." She said not knowing how determined I'm becoming lately.
    "I will get it." I smiled as she walked on. 
    You see I'm learning to live the way my Heavenly Father wants me to "...Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
    Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV

    Some people commented:
  • elancmorganThis may sound strange, because I am not a Christian, but your joy in your faith brings me joy. I love your posts ❤️
  • samaiyah_sBeautiful post!
  • theodoraofosuhima@elancmorgan πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜ thank you so much, I have to glorify Him because since last year He has been opening my eyes and heart to see Him for his true self and not what society has painted Him. Christ is such a loving and caring. He is truly working within me and I feel the change Elan, it feels so good. Just around this time last year I was feeling lost then by October He welcomed me home when I opened my mouth to call onto Him and now I know is in Him I find my peace. Poor analogy but it feels like I've found the best new gadget and I can't stop talking about. 😊❤️
  • theodoraofosuhima@samaiyah_sthank you
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  • mary_hdzsanchezAnd you captured a wonderful shot! Love your determination. πŸ€—
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  • September 14

  • Good morning!

    Yes, I did. I waved at strangers. I thought about how blessed I was to be given the best chance to experience this. I was up early visiting the neighborhood, smiling for my camera to document my happiness to glorify my Lord that has made this possible. People ran, cycled and walked past me. Not many were visibly amused but just one gentleman,πŸ‘†πŸΏthe one in blue. He looked at me, I smiled and he smiled back. We smiled and even over the bridge he looked back at me still smiling. At that point I waved to him, pity he was turn away when the self timer went off. 
    I hope that some of the joy I was feeling in that moment stayed with him throughout the day and I hope that joy stays with all of us today 

Some commented:

  • petiamphotosSo cool, all these self-timer shots!!!!
  • theodoraofosuhima@petiamphotos πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚, I may look like a crazy lady but I'm taking courage in stepping out of my comfort zone πŸ˜‹
  • petiamphotos@theodoraofosuhimaThat's what it's all about!!! πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ»
  • belladivalifeYour joy is so contagious my friendπŸ€—πŸ˜˜
  • myjournaledlifeπŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

September 19:
theodoraofosuhimaFor this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Ephesians 3:14‭-‬21 NIV


September 23:
  • I tell you, just, in case the rain is too much to bear remember to "Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God." Eph 6:14-16 
    My strength, so blessed with the foundation I stand on. 


September 24:
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light." Eph 5:8-13

  • My first proper merge, hope you like it as much as I do. Thank you all for the love you are giving me, I love you back 😘 

September 25:
theodoraofosuhimaJesus replied "But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice." Luke 11:28 
The Word becoming clear as the morning sun on a river stream. Sparkling with living water.

September 27:
theodoraofosuhima27-09-17: amidst the storm He spoke. I listened as he said "Focus on me, I'll guide you. Write, write for all this will glorify the Father." So in all tribulations I turn to Jesus, since He graciously woke me up from my limbo type of faith. Now I don't sway, I may feel the wind of chaos, but I stand still in my faith. I cling to his promises, I worship Jesus because there is victory in Him. I've found peace and freedom from fear. I worship Him through all seasons and I would love to invite you to do the same. 


September 28


September 29:
theodoraofosuhima"The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still." Exudes 14:14, so I stand still as in the downpour for I believe there is a bow the rain. 
P.s: A big thank you to my ladies and gentlemen that are following me on this journey. There is no coincidence for our acquittance. I learn from each one of you. Lord has a bigger plan for all of us. We have to believe and keep on praying for His guidance to show us how to arrive at our purpose.


October 2:
theodoraofosuhima"Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them." Mark 11:23 NIV 

October 5:
theodoraofosuhima"Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.
Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.
This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.
Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine." Prov 3:3-10 

October 7:

  • theodoraofosuhimaDay 69 of 365: "The birds of the sky nest by the waters; they sing among the branches." Psalm 104:12 
    I sit by the window as the birds fly into the branches of the tall tree to feed. I spend minutes mesmerized by the sweet song and when they take off I don't manage to capture that beauty of companionship. So when I captured this it felt good, yet I can get even better and one day I'll get the right shot, and that will be the cover for my next novel 😍

October 9:

  • theodoraofosuhimaIn the sky is see the beauty you abundantly give us when we accept your grace. 


October 13:

theodoraofosuhimaSometimes I step out from rooms and take the children with me because people say things that fill one's soul with fear. I'm not a worrier but a warrior with clear understanding of my source of strength so I prefer to sit still or move out of negativity to protect my sanity when all around is total chaos. I won't let negative words dim my light. 
How about you? How do you cope with negative words? 



October 15: theodoraofosuhima Chelsea Embankment 15-10-2017: Every time I go to London, on these short visits, I get a different insight about my faith journey. I feel the hand of the Lord guiding and helping me share the message in my little understanding of His greatness and sense of peace He gives when you allow Him to be in control of your life. Things I say are then reinforced by third people I've never met. For instance the last night I talked about how we should allow Jesus to guide our path through the Holy Spirit. Today the message at church was rediscovering our confidence in our faith and knowing in all situations that Jesus is Lord, Jesus is Lord of all including me and you. Every breath we take is sustained by Him. He holds us together. He has authority over all creatures, which us you and I too. But the question is: Do you accept His authority even when you don't like or agree with it? When Jesus says no, that can turn into the best yes! I trust in Him because he knows me inside out so my confidence lies in Jesus. How about you? Please share with me πŸ€—πŸ‘‡πŸΎ #faithbeyondunderstanding #teamjesus #buildingphotography Like Comment 49 likes theodoraofosuhima15-10-2017: Every time I go to London, on these short visits, I get a different insight about my faith journey. I feel the hand of the Lord guiding and helping me share the message in my little understanding of His greatness and sense of peace He gives when you allow Him to be in control of your life. Things I say are then reinforced by third people I've never met. For instance the last night I talked about how we should allow Jesus to guide our path through the Holy Spirit. Today the message at church was rediscovering our confidence in our faith and knowing in all situations that Jesus is Lord, Jesus is Lord of all including me and you. Every breath we take is sustained by Him. He holds us together. He has authority over all creatures, which us you and I too. But the question is: Do you accept His authority even when you don't like or agree with it? When Jesus says no, that can turn into the best yes! I trust in Him because he knows me inside out so my confidence lies in Jesus.

October 16: 

theodoraofosuhimaI found this book in the lovely bookshop πŸ‘‰. This picture says a lot about how our era is becoming vain. 
We are in an era where everything we do to help others are paraded on internet. Sometimes the actions are shared to raise more awvareness but other times, maybe, it's done for the purpose of building up our ego. 
Anyway this brought to mind the conversation I had with my brother the other day. He asked me "Why Jesus didn't even write just book in the Bible?" (Maybe because social media hadn't been invented yet, so no one gave Him a book deal, kidding). Well, in that moment I didn't have the answer but the Holy Spirit inspired me to say "Jesus came to serve us, he made himself humble and did the work and spoke so that those who saw Him at work could testify that He is the invisible God made visible. He didn't come to build up his ego, so he didn't retire in the desert to write his memoir. 
So if one believes the testimony of the apostles then blessed are those who believe and never saw. 

October 29: 
theodoraofosuhimaI wake early to see the master of glory paint His masterpiece on the horizon.


November 2: 
theodoraofosuhima"For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you." Romans 12:3 Nothing can satisfy me more than the word of my Lord

November 8:
theodoraofosuhimaDay 82 of 365: As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes." Luke: 41-42

November 9:
theodoraofosuhimaDay 83 of 365: "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." Galatians 6:9

November 10:

theodoraofosuhima"but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:31


November 12:
theodoraofosuhimaDay 89 of 365: this photo reminds me that there is always calm even in the most torrential of weathers, one must just look carefully and it will be right in front of the eyes. I was multitasking between parenting, being a comforting daughter and understanding sister. Taking multiple phone calls from London and New Jersey but a scene like this one, was just too cute to allow the camera to bypass it. My camera helped me to take a breath from all the storm that was going on in that particular moment. 

November 27:
theodoraofosuhima27-11-2017: Congratulations to this beautiful couple. I'm proud of Prince Harry, of all the royal family he is the one I've liked his down to earth attitude. He is funny and can't hide it (check the Guardian interview, so heart warming). He always looks like just a guy you can easily travel with. Also once he inspired me to write a poem that won me first prize in a contest. He has come from the rebel teenager to the model soldier now to the first prince to set the example that love can over come race and class.

I didn't know much about Meghan Markle until she started dating Harry but I'm sure proud of such a beautiful talented mixed race is making history: the first American, divorcee, mixed race woman to publicly join the most current important royal family 
Note: For some reasons the royal family love to announce things in November, now I wonder if the couple will get married in March, April or May.

Whenever is the date, I wish them all the best. 




November we went to China, we loved it! I even miss it a bit. December we went to Ghana for Christmas. It was a bit different but it really taught us that Christmas is more about togetherness and the little things, like chin chin and home cooked food.
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