Decade of Restoration

Hey! Hey! Hey!

What’s happenin’ baby? What’s crackin’ baby?

Dj Khathu gets me cracking (pun intended) with his laughter! It’s his laugh that makes me laugh and of course his signature “What’s happening baby?”

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For real though, what’s good with you? What’s goooood baby?

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You made it halfway through the year. Isn’t God amazing!

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It’s  (end of) JUUUUUUUUNE baby! 😉

Just so you know, June is my birthday month and I don’t play when it comes to celebrating my birthday!!

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Last year, I experienced extreme joy and extreme sorrow all in the same month. I was having a great time turning up with friends when Norah’s death came and changed everything. Literally.

Whew!

It’s been a year since Norah passed on, 14th June was her one year memorial. How things change. One moment Fifi and I were planning all this fun stuff for Norah (she was about to graduate) and the next moment,  we were attending her burial…. all in a span of one week!

Again… Whew!

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Remember on the 31st of December, 2019 when the world was full of hope and expectation for the coming decade? 2019 was the end of a decade and 2020 was the new slate that people were earnestly looking forward to ushering in. The United Nations even marked this year as the beginning of the Decade of Restoration. This was to be the year of putting strategies in place before launching into 2021 with all the restoration plans in the world. Pun intended.

NAM welcomes the adoption of United Nations Decade on Ecosystems ...
Photo credits: International Institute for Non-Aligned Studies

But lo and behold, 2020 had its own plans that we did not know about. Let me give a brief rundown of the unexpected twist of world events that took place over the past six months.

This happened on 3rd January, 2020. The merry making was still fresh. New Year wishes were saturating the air like fog on a chilly morning. Then… Boom! A United States drone strike near Baghdad International Airport targeted and killed Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani. Tension was high as the fears of a war were imminent. World leaders held a crisis meeting to stymie the probability of a retaliation and consequent shedding of (more) blood. By God’s grace, there was no exchange of fire… Phew!

But wait, 2020 is not done with us yet….

Second Plot Twist:

Has anyone ever left the Royal Family? Nope. This was a first. Jaws dropped, people jeered and cheered the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in equal measure. No one saw this coming, not even Prince William, Prince Harry’s brother!

It was a drama-filled January with the assassination of Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani and the unfathomable Megxit. Evidently, 2020 was proving that this was going to be the year where the norm will be upset. Tables will be turned and that the tides will definitely change.

Before the world could catch its breath, another curve-ball was thrown our way:

Need I say more?

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I do not need to reiterate the effects that the novel coronavirus pandemic has had on the world economy, health systems, social welfare, education and literally every facet of life.

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People are dying en-masse, businesses are shutting down, workers in their droves are being rendered jobless, movement is restricted and whatever else that could go wrong seems to have gone wrong. This sounds like a scene from a horror movie or an excerpt from a fiction novel but no, this is real-life snapshot of 2020 six months in.

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Remember all those things people used to take for granted like receiving a warm hug, going out to with friends, travelling, walking around sans mask and not having to sanitize your hands every 20 seconds? Never before have we, as a society, appreciated the little things in life more.

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Jammin’ with my girls before social distancing became the norm

The murder of George Floyd while in police custody sparked a world-wide uproar against social injustices and atrocities against the people of colour. Black Lives Matter (BLM) is an organized movement advocating for non-violent civil disobedience in protest against incidents of police brutality against African-American people.

The Black Lives Matter movement explained | World Economic Forum

I will not delve deeper into the #BLM matter because that is not the core of what I want to tell you anyway… lol! I am simply highlighting the turn of unexpected events since the year began.

But you know what? The past six months of 2020 still remain my best yet. Yes, that’s right.

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We cannot bring back previous years and we cannot anticipate a tomorrow we do not know about.

Do not say, “Why were the old days better than these?” For it is not wise to ask such questions.

Ecclesiastes 7:10 (NIV)

So what should we do? Enjoy NOW; it is a gift hence why it’s called PRESENT.

Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.”

James 4:13-15 (NLT)

Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

Matthew 6:27 (NIV)

Let us count everything joy. The uncertainty, the unprecedented changes are all worth rejoicing about.

 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.

James 1:2 (NLT)

Imagine the kind of testimony that is brewing right now. It will go down the books of history that God brought you through 2020.

As we peep into July, I would like to encourage you not to despair. Take each day as it comes.

When things are going well for you, be glad, and when trouble comes, just remember: God sends both happiness and trouble; you never know what is going to happen next.

Ecclesiastes 7:14 (GNT)

There is so much that is going on right now and the only constant in this equation is the Lord-God Almighty.

I the Lord do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed.

Malachi 3:6 (NIV)

So if you’re reading this right now, rest easy knowing that though you may walk through the valley of the shadow of death, fear not for the Lord is with you and He will never ever forsake you.

Also, if you would like to receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, please repeat the prayer below:

Lord Jesus, I heed to your call in my life. I denounce the devil and my evil ways and I choose You to be Lord and Savior in my life. I believe in my heart that You died on the cross to set me free. I believe that You rose again from the dead so that I may have eternal life. I receive the life of Christ in me today. I am saved. I have been set free. I am born again. Thank You Jesus. Hallelujah! In Jesus’ Name.

Amen

Enter the month of July with joy and remember to give thanks… always.

God loves you so much!

XO,

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That Lady.

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