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Hello, ALian.

Can you believe it’s August already? I feel like I blinked twice and boom, August. Lol.
July was one very exciting month for me, every turn was phenomenal! I intend to make a video of my memories and share on my Instagram stories for keepsake.

As I write to you now, I’m sitting on my bed (I mean, the bed that is in my father’s house, aha!). My 13 weeks vacation at Uyo has ended with the most amazing memories. It transitioned into a road trip to Abuja for the 5th joint (doctors and students) national conference of the Christian Medical and Dental Association of Nigeria. I write to you with swollen feet. Lol. The trip was an adventure! And definitely worth the while.

This week’s entry could not come in yesterday, I apologise. I thought to share with you on something I’ve been meditating on for some four weeks.

You know how when we read the bible or hear people share their experiences/stories, we insert ourselves into those shoes and create the same for ourselves? Aha. It’s one of my favourite (mind) games. However, with God, it’s never that simple. So, you’d probably hear people say they tried out something a person did and hoped for the same result but did not get it. I’d always wondered why until I realised that God doesn’t want me to live by a rule book or some set of cast-in-stone principles. He wants a relationship—everything this entails: constant (more frequent than daily) communication. He loves to be involved. He wants to have conversations with me.

Two Sundays ago I listened to Pastor Debo of Elevation church Nigeria speak on God-led and after that sermon I responded to the altar call by saying the prayer of surrender again. I find that most people have insecurities around the prayer of repentance. For the most part, it has been misconstrued.

Personally, I believe the prayer of repentance should not be called the ‘Sinner’s prayer’, because daily repentance is a permanent practice of the believer in Jesus. We keep aligning till we become completely like Him.

Like artists at an art workshop reproducing a masterpiece, every time we look at the original work, we know where to direct our paint brush to. The peice in our hand may look perfect, even more beautiful than the masterpiece, but if it’s not a replica of the masterpiece, ultimately, we’ve failed.

As believers, we must prioritise sitting with the word and engaging scriptures in prayer and meditation until we become… Daily.

There is sooooo much more on your inside. This August, be unrelenting in your pursuit of transformation. Keep at it. You’re becoming!

I love you so much and I’m grateful you come back to read these letters every week. 🤍
You can share with a friend if you found it helpful.

Happy August! 💜

-GJ. ✌️



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2 thoughts on “Re-paint

  1. Personal experiences are the only guaranteed key to growth instead of trying to re-live other people’s experiences and encounters..
    True talk.. the prayer of repentance is never irrelevant to a believer.. I get emotionally blackmailed at times for doing that by some supposed believing acquaintances..
    Thank you


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