Long time, no talk. It seems like forever since I last popped in on here to chat with you guys. I’ve been traveling around since Paris and spent both Christmas and New Years in the warm city of Accra! I first want to wish you all a Happy New Year and express my sincerest gratitude for all of your wonderful support and kindness over the years. Last year was life-changing. I like to call it the year of the woman. I never felt so connected with myself as a woman as I did last year. I became more confident and more inline with the woman I aspire to be. I did more things that enriched my character like travel and reconnect with my love for art. I called myself an artist and worked hard and often courageously on becoming a better artist. I rebranded Armenyl and put myself out there for the first time. I enjoyed the gift of being present for every moment in my life. I realized that things always work out and started trusting God even more with the direction of my life.

 

But before all the strides, I almost gave up, I panicked, I disconnected with the rest of the world,

and cried by myself at a bar one afternoon.

Then I watched myself change the course of my life with grace and strength. When I received one of the hardest blows of the year, I didn’t stumble, I hit back harder. I am grateful that though I went through deep waters God was with me. I am grateful for all His Holy Spirit taught me through the hard times, the strength it fueled within me and most especially the grace and mercies that saw me and my loved ones through the year.

I am truly grateful for all of you…

Every kind word you share with me stays in my heart. You push me to keep going and you’ll never know how much you inspire me: Thank you and thank you from the bottom of my heart. I wish you so much love and support this year while you chase your dreams. I wish you strength and courage to get through the year. I pray for love and light abundantly. May this year be your best year yet!

In 2018,

I pray for the anointing of excellence to reach heights I have never seen or could ever imagine.  I pray that God uses my hands to reveal His beauty and wonder and that we could all delight in His amazing splendor. I really hope that I am able to produce work that inspires you every day. I was so glad that we got to connect better last year, and I am really looking forward to our friendship and sisterhood this year. Much love to you.

My lifesong continues to be Isaiah 60

“Arise, shine, for your light has come…

    and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth
    and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the Lord rises upon you
    and his glory appears over you.
Nations will come to your light,
    and kings to the brightness of your dawn.

“Lift up your eyes and look about you:
    All assemble and come to you;
your sons come from afar,
    and your daughters are carried on the hip.
Then you will look and be radiant,
    your heart will throb and swell with joy;
the wealth on the seas will be brought to you,
    to you the riches of the nations will come.
Herds of camels will cover your land,
    young camels of Midian and Ephah.
And all from Sheba will come,
    bearing gold and incense
    and proclaiming the praise of the Lord.
All Kedar’s flocks will be gathered to you,
    the rams of Nebaioth will serve you;
they will be accepted as offerings on my altar,
    and I will adorn my glorious temple.

“Who are these that fly along like clouds,
    like doves to their nests?
Surely the islands look to me;
    in the lead are the ships of Tarshish,
bringing your children from afar,
    with their silver and gold,
to the honor of the Lord your God,
    the Holy One of Israel,
    for he has endowed you with splendor.

10 “Foreigners will rebuild your walls,
    and their kings will serve you.
Though in anger I struck you,
    in favor I will show you compassion.
11 Your gates will always stand open,
    they will never be shut, day or night,
so that people may bring you the wealth of the nations—
    their kings led in triumphal procession.
12 For the nation or kingdom that will not serve you will perish;
    it will be utterly ruined.

13 “The glory of Lebanon will come to you,
    the juniper, the fir and the cypress together,
to adorn my sanctuary;
    and I will glorify the place for my feet.
14 The children of your oppressors will come bowing before you;
    all who despise you will bow down at your feet
and will call you the City of the Lord,
    Zion of the Holy One of Israel.

15 “Although you have been forsaken and hated,
    with no one traveling through,
I will make you the everlasting pride
    and the joy of all generations.
16 You will drink the milk of nations
    and be nursed at royal breasts.
Then you will know that I, the Lord, am your Savior,
    your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.
17 Instead of bronze I will bring you gold,
    and silver in place of iron.
Instead of wood I will bring you bronze,
    and iron in place of stones.
I will make peace your governor
    and well-being your ruler.
18 No longer will violence be heard in your land,
    nor ruin or destruction within your borders,
but you will call your walls Salvation
    and your gates Praise.
19 The sun will no more be your light by day,
    nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you,
for the Lord will be your everlasting light,
    and your God will be your glory.
20 Your sun will never set again,
    and your moon will wane no more;
the Lord will be your everlasting light,
    and your days of sorrow will end.
21 Then all your people will be righteous
    and they will possess the land forever.
They are the shoot I have planted,
    the work of my hands,
    for the display of my splendor.
22 The least of you will become a thousand,
    the smallest a mighty nation.
I am the Lord;
    in its time I will do this swiftly.”

AMEN