Wow, 365/365! What a year 2019 has been. Many will say ‘she had a really bad, tough, hard year’. My response to them is 2019 has been the most incredible year of my life thus far. It is a year that I can fully say, finishing with life is more important than finishing with accolades.
Yes, I had another graduation! Yes, I excelled at work. Yes, I started my doctorate. Yes, I wrote more, I shared more, gave more, received more.
Yes, I did all of these things but the most important gain from this year is my renewed faith and knowledge of God as HEALER, MIRACLE WORKER AND THE MAKER OF ALL THINGS POSSIBLE!
My faith in God moved from ‘cute’ to ‘assured’.
Just like Job said ‘My ears had heard of you, but now my eyes have seen you’.
Job 42:5 (NIV)
Suffering allowed me to SEE God. My Father God taught me how to war and roar in prayer and worship this year. He indeed revealed Himself as my Rock who trains my hands for war and my fingers for battle! (Psalm 144:1)
2019 could have been my end, but the Mercy of God said ‘no’. I was struck with a sudden rare and fatal disease called Stevens-Johnson syndrome. The syndrome kills 1 in 3 people and I was resuscitated on 29th August 2019, just 7 days after my 26th birthday. It is safe to say that the enemy picked the wrong one, because I came out so much stronger and was refined into beautiful gold.
Click on my IGTV Series: Beauty In The Beast at the bottom of this post to watch my faith-filled fight with Stevens-Johnson syndrome. Complete my devotional, Beauty In The Beast: How To Suffer Well on the YouVersion Bible App or via this website!
I am still here. I am still standing. I am still full of faith. I am finishing 2019 empty of all that God has entrusted me with this year. I stepped on the devil’s neck in heels and in trainers this year and that will continue to be my stance against his schemes.
As I say at the end of every year. We have to trust God with the future. We have to lay down our plans for 2020 before the Author and the Finisher, the Beginning and the End. We have to stay close to Him to heed to His direction for us in 2020!
So Lord, we do just that. We thank you for bringing us to the end of another year; another decade in fact! We would not be here without you. Lord, give us your perspective for the year ahead.
Lord, may we have faith in the things you have promised and not our own lists of wants. Lord, may we choose you first this coming year and beyond.
We pray for your guidance and protection, knowing that we can find safety in You; Our Rock and Redeemer.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen!
Happy New Year! Trust the Lord with 2020, no matter what your 2019 has been like!
Kanayo is a Multi-award winning, Author and Senior leader in education whose experience ranges from being a Deputy Head of Sixth Form, Head of Psychology and Lead Practitioner. Kanayo believes that these 3 elements are the driving force of her ministry and career. D.I.G; Drive, Integrity and Grace.
Having a psychology degree provides me with a broad scope to experience many industries and fields of work. Although, my main aim is to continuously learn and also to share my knowledge and experience with others, within and beyond the constraints of the psychology community. Hence my pursuit to teach!
Hopefully, the readers of this blog will find that it is infested with a scope of psychological knowledge, with the intention of conveying psychology in such a way that it is interesting and understandable to those who aren’t studying it as a discipline. In addition, you will find that I heavily cover various topics aside of psychology such as, Christianity because I am a Christian. I draw both passions together, Psychology and Christianity, observing how they complement and sometimes clash! This blog is where ‘Psychology meets Scripture’.
As well as teaching Psychology, I know God has called me to do something far greater in this world. My passion is for His Word and to encourage others to read the Bible, fall in love with it, but most importantly…fall in love with The Author! My role of teaching is not limited to psychology. I strongly believe God is stirring up the ‘teacher’ office of the Five fold ministry in me.
I’m a doctor by virtue, healing and performing heart surgery with words of encouragement.
I am extremely driven and passionate about getting everyone; both Christians and non-Christians to read, understand and live out the word of God. To achieve this, I’ve created online Bible Challenges, whereby people around the world via social media, read a book in the Bible, one chapter a day and share what they have drawn out from the text. I have numerous Bible challenges, all accessible from my blog (www.doctorkanayo.com) and the YouVersion Bible App where over 250,000 people have completed my devotionals around the world. One Bible Challenge at a time, I aim to change the skewed perceptions of the Bible being irrelevant and to show the true reality that the bible is ‘juicy’, tremendously relevant, fun and easy to read. My one prayer is that my teachings and writings from His word, will touch at least ONE person. That would be a serious mission accomplished to the glory of God!
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Thank you for visiting my blog. With love, Kanayo x
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