I tried to review my goals abi hopes for last year on my blog and I just couldn’t do so.
It was a year of surpassed goals… what God did in 2015 couldn’t be boxed into a corner and I simply let gratitude flow as it should.
This year is a year of “Coming up Higher” for me.
“Come Up Higher”.
I kept asking God what He meant.
Well, it’s a “come up higher” in purpose…
Come up higher in Christ Jesus…
Come up higher in God’s glory…
It won’t be without a cost as my path is one that I have realized that few people walk.
I’m not after money, I’m not after a bae, I am not after that 5 figure job… I am after “walking in God’s purposes” for my life and if His purposes involve the fore mentioned things people pursue, then I want all that too.
Funny thing is His purpose actually actually involve these things but His ways work a bit differently from the world, being that you don’t pursue those things, you pursue Him and what He wants for you… then and only then He adds up the rest to and for you.
So this is me simply #ComingUpHigher like you keep saying Lord…
My God-given visions for 2016 are divided into three basic parts…
(1) I want to get into more of the Word this year.
The Word is God and the more I am wrapped closely with the Word, the more I am in Him.
Goal is to atleast finish one book of the new testament every two weeks… (this will be hard because I mostly study my Bible as the Spirit gives me a word each morning…) but in addition to this, I will take a deliberate step to delve into the Word in more than what I have been doing in the years gone by.
(2) It’s a huge goal to pray in the Spirit for at least one hour each day.
I started this last year and it’s just amazing… building up yourself in your most holy faith the Word says…praying according to the will of the Father… the benefits of this are immense.
My preferred time is 3am in the morning each day but I won’t streamline this to that, let’s say this 2016, a set time to war on my knees in tongues is a huge goal to achieve.
(3) Learn to love like God wants me to love.
He keeps calling me to come up higher in this 1Corinthians 13 kind of love and it’s so hard!
But I have realized that quarrels, unforgiveness, etc, are not of God(Love).
So this year I want to walk in love and let love dominate my flesh.
Get to the point where I love the unlovable, forgive the unforgivable and forget the unforgettable.
(4) Sow more seeds…
As the Spirit leads, I want to give more… and this I will do much more so when my cash at hand isn’t enough… that should be the more reason why I should obey and sow.
I hope to spread seeds everywhere as God gives me grace to do so this year.
(1) Stay faithful on the blog.
Last year was amazing on the blog, God just blew me away with people I met, lives that were transformed… the testimonies had me asking if it’s same small me God is using to do this…
This year, Purposeful Monday’s, Online Bible Study, Frances’ Love letters… seminars an discussions on purpose arising from my book… I pray and I am determined to stay faithful with the ministry of writing for Jesus that God has given to me.
(2) And speaking of writing for Jesus…
Last year I had a goal to write a book on NYSC but God surprised me.
First I wrote “Chastity For Men” (which all men and women should totally get. The e-copies are free)
Then He gave me words for my first hard copy book “10 steps to walking in purpose”.
The way the provision for printing, book launch, seminars on walking in purpose being held arising from the book… the way it all happened was like a movie!
This year He has been tugging on me to get on the book on NYSC, it should be out latest March/April as its written out already.
I expect Daddy to blow my mind away with this one too… along with other ideas for books He will make a reality in this year 2016.
(3) Take my work in schools to the next level.
I organize “Awakening youths” seminars in secondary schools where I speak on finding and walking In purpose… basically awakening young girls to the fact that God has a purpose for their lives.
I would be getting a website for it and registering the NGO this year.
I hope to get this done by April this year so work starts In schools as they resume for second term.
If you are interested in volunteering for this… you love impacting lives too, then you can shoot me a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
(4) I would also be organizing more seminars/discussions on walking in purpose arising from my book in universities, youth gatherings, etc.
The first of these is planned to be in Unilag, hopefully done in June.
(5) Stay faithful with the single ladies group “the Women at the well” that God has given to me.
We had our first meet last year in Lagos and the discussions, prayers, Bible studies that have sprung up in the group have been amazing.
It’s just surprising that God would take my simple desire to live a satisfied life as a single lady in Him into something this grand.
I believe we’d be moving into a group with bridal showers being thrown, married women becoming mentors and the single ladies… all women filled with and in Jesus, shining His light everywhere..pillars in their workplaces and families.
I pray to be a faithful tool in God’s hands in setting this up…
And oh, we are having our first hangout in Lagos this Saturday January 30th.
We’d be sharing on “wisdom for the not yet married” along with a movie date, watching “War room”, complete with drinks and all.
Talk about a room full of godly women with the Word and prayers, setting up this year on a serious high.
You can email or comment below with your email if you are interested in attending. It’s free. Venue is at VI, Lagos (more details when you mail moi)
(1) Travel Goals…!
Last year I had an amazing time with my #12TripChallenge!
I visited 12 new places in 2015 and it was awesome!
I had a high like no other and till today when I read the chronicles on my blog, I break out in a huge smile.
This year though, I would still be traveling and seeing new places but I sincerely only have a desire to broaden my travels outside Nigeria.
Ghana and Cotonou first to be precise.
The Ghana trip, God has told me it’s a Joseph dream because I also wanna hold seminars in schools there… but also still see tourist sites.
So at the end of 2016, since God can do far beyond what we can ask or think, I expect Him to have worked out trips that are far more than these two I listed… amen!
(2) #FitFam things…
All I will say here is I am now more concerned about getting my eating habits right and making exercise a lifestyle.
Seriously I put on a bit of weight at home at the end of 2015 and I wasn’t that bothered as I knew I would lose it again… what got me worried was that every time I ate “anyhow” I found it difficult to pray and all, energy levels would be down and for all I know 2016 has in store, this isn’t the way to go.
So I wanna get things right that way first… and at the same time, get to my ideal weight of 65kg.
I am taking It slow and steady though.
Currently in a weight loss group that starts on February 1st and plan is to do three sets of 40days, being disciplined and all and then start maintaining from there.
(3) Get GODfident.
I realized after my book came out last year that I had a bit of confidence issues… not trusting what God has put in me… stuttering when I wanted to talk to bookshop owners… sizing up places and saying in my mind that “my book doesn’t belong here”.
All lies from the pit of hell.
I realize that me in me is nothing and me in God or rather God in me is everything.
So this year is gonna be a #going all out with everything God has told me to do.
Shutting fear down with no apologies.
A serious do it afraid no matter how big the what I have to do seems.
Getting that Godfidence that made a fisherman stand in front of crowds and win 3000 souls in one speech!
The reason why Peter did that was simply because he had been with Jesus.
Fear isn’t of God.
He expects me to trust Him and have confidence in what He has put in me and this I will be doing this year.
I am very certain that everything I have written here is just a tip of what God has for me this year.
He always does that… exceeds expectations and flies higher than the visions just so we know that He indeed can do all things!
I know that at the end of 2016 when I read this again, it will be with another awe at God and then simply respecting myself enough to give thanks and not evaluate/review because He has surpassed all the goals again.
And to God, the one who can do exceedingly, abundantly above all that I can ask or think… I commit my goals, visions, dreams, hopes and expectations.
It will be said of me “just when she thought she could thank Him for all He has done, He did it again!”
I wish us all an amazing year ahead.
And oh yes!
You can follow my blog and be inspired to #WalkInPurpose in Christ at http://www.imperfectlyperfectlives.com
The things Frances has done and is doing are so inspiring… it’s refreshing to see she’s not resting on her oars and she actually plans to do more.
I pray the winds in her sails never stop blowing. Fly, Frances. Fly.