Shukrani Series -3

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Shukrani is a Swahili word for gratitude/thank you / appreciation …

Seven days ago, I added another year to my significant life and in honor of this, I vowed to share with the world my gratitude list under the Shukrani Series that are ending today. God is totally faithful and please check out Part 1 and Part 2 so that you are in sync with me as I complete the series today with Part 3 of God’s goodness below;

A happy memory: My 2021 birthday trip to Ssese Islands in Kalangala, Uganda. First and foremost, it was a declaration I made at the beginning of the year and God chose to honor His word by using my friend to meet my heart’s desires with a surprise gift of an all-expenses paid trip. Till now I am still surprised by this lovely gift from my friend. My friend was able to bless me with this trip as a birthday gift and I am forever grateful. My whole experience on the trip was a happy moment🥰🥰🥰 that I shall live with forever. Right from the sailing on Lake Victoria on a ferry, to that late night dates with myself besides the lake, the phone calls I received while watching the dark skies, the delicious food served at the resort, the spacious room I had to myself, the beautiful sunset views, the boat cruise and above all the lake view. The sight of water amazes me and keeps me happy. This ‘bircation’ trip will always be a happy moment I shall talk about even to my children. I was not only happy but also felt loved, met great people and enjoyed beautiful sceneries of Lake Victoria which harbors Ssese Islands.

Something I listened to: A sermon shared at some DYF (Disciples Youth Fellowship) gathering. This was in 2013 or 2014 where Mr. Daniel Malinga shared and what jumped out at me was the revelation he shared. As paraphrased, “No matter what situation you are in, The King is still on the throne and has one more move”. This was a great assurance for me at that pit moment in my life that there is nothing that my God cannot do, I should hold on because it is not over…my KING still has one move. God is still on the throne. I have continued to believe God on that word to an extent that each time I face a challenge, I remind myself that God is still on the throne and He still has one more move. It is not over until God says so. It has been an encouragement for me throughout the last 7 years and I thank God for using him to deliver such a revelation.

Something exciting: Seeing my dreadlocks grow longer each month. I hoped onto the l dreadlocks journey in October 2019 as my last viable solution to all my hair problems. For long I had wanted to lock my hair mainly because I believed it would make my life easier as they need less energy. And indeed it is true, my life has been made easier and exciting. All I need to do for my locks is wash them regularly and moisturize. This journal is so peaceful and exciting as I grow in love with my hair each day… At the moment they are of a long bob length and it is so exciting and I look forward to my forever journey with them. For this beautiful hair that requires less of my energy and time, I thank God.

Lessons I have learned: God will always show up and He has been part of my life ever since. Each time I go through the memoirs of my life story that I am yet to release to the world, I cannot help it but recognize how God has indeed been part of my journey even when it seemed like He was far, He was there. Overtime, I have come to learn that God was there for me when my earthly father passed on because He comforted me and sent me new fathers; God was there with me when school became hard for me to attend due to financial constraints because He held my head high and guided me into pursuing free online courses, pursue my creative skills and also serve in Church ministry; God was there when I used to over drink intoxicating drinks in a way to fill the emptiness I felt because He actually sent me lovers and protected me from death when I had given up on life. Surely, God has been part of my life and I continue to learn this daily. I have also learned to always trust that God will always SHOW up whenever I call upon Him. Yes, sometimes it seems like He is taking forever, but no, He actually shows up on time and other times I only need the revelation of His presence. For all this revelation and great lessons, I am grateful to God because my faith has been pushed higher and I live bold knowing that God is my only option and has my back 24/7.

Something New: Working Remotely. This is a working style that allows professionals to work outside of a traditional office environment (office building). This is not a new style but it was intensified by the arrival of the COVID 19 pandemic in 2020 and the world is embracing it slowly and steadily. Personally, I have greatly benefitted from this style of working as it allows me do the various roles with the different organizations I volunteer with. All I need to have is a to-do list and deliver accordingly. Remote working comes with following through all schedules and I am grateful to God for giving me the grace to carry through swiftly. With remote working, I have been able to harness my growth with the various experiences I am part of.

A milestone: Being nominated in the Afrobloggers Awards 2020 under the wellness section. I never emerged the winner but the recognition of my blog at Words from the Pot I these awards sparked a fire in me. A fire that will keep burning and boiling me towards writing more as I share my story with the world. Stories of love, encouragement and leadership. Afrobloggers is an international creative space for Africans that has boosted my growth as regards writing and seeing my name in the nominees for the 2020 Awards was a milestone I will always hold close to my heart. A milestone that pushed me to work towards being better. I thank God for keeping me at this writing thing and I know He is taking me to greater heights through it.

A type of food that I love: Irish potatoes with liver. I loosely believe that I love Irish potatoes partly because of my background. Culturally here on earth, I hail from a bantu tribe that lives in the mountainous areas of South Western Uganda that is Kabale (The Switzerland of Africa) and the staple food for us is Irish potatoes. I shall eat irish potatoes on any day in any form provided no spices are added. And liver is my favorite sauce that I love to accompany it with. When the meal is done, I do not mind sipping a cold glass of water or passion fruit juice to seal the whole delicious food experience.

Something that gives me comfort: God’s WORD. God’s word is my comforter and encourager and the one thing I stand on and am sure of that it shall come to pass. I will doubt any man but I shall never doubt the word of God because it is God speaking and His word or promise is true. I am grateful to God for His word because it surely performs what He sends it to do. I bear many testimonies of life, healing, protection, provision and many others all based on God’s word. Each time I am downcast, I lean on God’s word that He shall never leave me, He will be with me through the fire as highlighted in Joshua 1:9 and Isaiah 43:2
Sometimes His word comes through people to comfort me and I am forever grateful.

KUC

Wonderful news I received: Kuc’s graduation with a Master’s Degree. I received this news on Wednesday 19th May 2021 and I could not help but jump up and down in celebration of her milestone. By the time we became covenant friends, she was pursuing her Masters’ degree and overtime I watched her work tirelessly towards achieving it especially while doing her research and I knew she would win. God has blessed her with knowledge and wisdom. The news of her graduation was a strong confirmation for me and I am forever grateful to God. Congratulations to you dear Kuc, I love and celebrate you… I joyfully wait for our photo moment soon.

A challenge that I have overcome: Financial Management. All through childhood, I received most of the things I needed and money was not talked about so much at home and therefore I hit secondary school with less financial management skill and to make matters worse, there was abundance. That is, I was always given more money when my pocket money got done thereby making it lazy for me to be intentional. However, since 2018 I have been intentional on financial management that is knowing where money under my watch goes, save for investments, give generously and keep seeking out for more income streams. I have also been intentional on living debt free. That whole jazz of there is good debt is a myth in my world. God called me to be a lender not borrower. Financial management is a great deal to me because money is more spiritual and I am only a steward. For being able to get better at it (and still aiming higher), I am grateful to God.

It is said that our life today is the total sum of the decisions we made then and I would like to add that there is one who can help us make better decisions moving forward and that is God. All my life God has been faithful and I am grateful…

Watch out for one of my next pieces before this month ends, It shall be a recap of my birthday events. 🥳🥳🥳

Till then,

I am the Lioness Arising
©Words from the Pot


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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Bolaji Gelax says:

    Awwww… Lover! Belated happy birthday 🤗. God has been good to you… Love eeet!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. justynlove says:

      Thanks my lover… Yes, God is good

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Refreshing read about all the different things you are grateful for

    Liked by 1 person

    1. justynlove says:

      Thanks my dearest…

      Gratitude is a must

      Like

  3. Wonani says:

    So good!!! I am praying for friends like yours to sponsor my trips too 😂
    Happy birthday month!
    So grateful for you!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. justynlove says:

      Thanks Wonani… Such friends shall come .. Amen

      Like

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