Tuesday, May 1, 2012

From A Grateful Heart

It was on Tuesday, 1st November, 2011 when I gingerly took the step of faith into blogosphere in response to the clarion call by many close friends to share my writing with a larger audience. The journey, which began 6 months ago, has brought me in contact with so many far beyond my wildest imagination. The statics showed me that you have visited from 27 different countries across 5 continents—I could never have imagined being used of God to reach out that far. I am truly humbled and overwhelmed. And I give thanks to God from the depth of my very grateful heart.
I am grateful to God for the so many of you who have visited the blog again and again, those who are following, those who have commented within and outside the blog, and those who have continued to encourage me. I thank you very much for taking time to walk on this journey with me.
The fact that you visit gives me the reason to be here for you even at very difficult and challenging times. Knowing that you will be here compels me to look up to God for the strength and inspiration to share, so that when you come you will, by the help of the Holy Spirit, find nuggets to take away. And I am also blessed in the process.
I have also been connected with many writers who have inspired and encouraged me to improve my skills in the art and craft of writing. I have learnt a lot from many of them, some nudged me to join a writers’ group. I did and it has continued to be a very useful learning experience. Some encouraged me to attend a writers’ conference. I did in February and gleaned so much from the knowledgeable and experienced writers who facilitated the Geneva Writers Conference. A lot more continued to share useful tips by email and on their blogs.
I read an article recently by Angela Hunt, Switching the Price Tags, she challenged me to write to communicate the truth, to be sincere and skillful, and to make sure in writing I am investing in treasures with true value – “Write to encourage love. Write to challenge complacency. Write to illustrate sacrificial love.”
Today, as I look back to where I started from, I am reminded of the real reason I started writing—to encourage, to enrich lives and to inspire hope. I give thanks to God for how far He has brought me in this journey and for blessing my life with you all.
Dear friends, whatever your journey may be, I encourage you to take a look back to where you started from, count your blessings and give thanks to God for how far He has brought you. As you give praise, you will receive the grace and strength you need to press on. Your journey may have been rough and challenging but you have been kept by the mighty hands of God and the storms though threatening have not overwhelmed you. It is a good reason to give thanks.   
A heart that reflects on the mercies and goodness of God will always overflow with praise.
Will you not take a moment to reflect on God’s faithfulness to you in your journey? You will be amazed how much there is to be thankful for.
Hear these praises
From a grateful heart
Each time I think of You,
The praises start
Love You so much, Jesus,
Love You so much
My soul longs to worship You forever.

Pleased to share with you Love You So Much by Hillsong for your reflection and worship.

2 comments:

  1. olakunle WilliamsMay 5, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Fantastic post. When I take a look back at key moments in my life when it felt like God abandoned me. I now know with the benefit of hindsight and with a grateful heart that indeed all things work together for the good of them that love him.
    I wouldn't have it any other way than to have him lead my life...
    Thank you so much for this blog...

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  2. He is making all things beautiful in your life in His own time. Watch out, Aburo, He is not done with you yet. Just keep His praise in your mouth at all times and you will see His glory on display in your life.

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