July 1st was my birthday, the excitement; i was walking on the moon… This was a landmark for me, a new season was starting.

The positioning of this day was  a blessing to me, it was a Monday. It gave  me a chance to close a season with prayer and begin a new one in prayer.

Sunday 31st found me in church, i was thanking God for the last years, for the friends, for work, for life, for protection, for peace, for kindness, for favor and above all for salvation.

I prayed for my new year, asked for all that i needed, prayed for all that i wanted to see come to pass. Dedicated myself in the love and protection of the Almighty, and gave it all to him. I positioned myself, family and friends for provision and protection from God.

As my Best friend (my mother) always says the ending and beginning of something is special, it is the time the devil is waiting to take control of the fresh start and the same time the heavens are ready to pour out their new begining gifts. So if you do not secure the begin and close out the end, you tend to miss out on the great opportunities. So i prayed.

Then came the day that marks my beginning, i was so happy i had crossed over, i was excited, i felt a new.

With all my joy and happiness, the devil tried to rob of it all, and my life. I fell in a manhole….

Yes, a manhole… those open ones you see on the sidewalks of the roads. I landed in as i was waiting for a boda boda along Mulwana Road Industrial area. The hole was full of water and may be sewerage i am not sure, but i was sinking. Thank God he heard my call, bodab men came to my rescue.

The Kind of Manhole i fell in, except this is the sister on the far right of the road. If you fall in here you are due to break every bone.
The Kind of Manhole i fell in.

I was all wet, frightened and at that moment i knew i could have died. I had hit my ribs on the side of the manhole as fell in and also injured my leg. I had frightening bruises. Doctor said i cracked my rib and suggested bed rest.

Sincerely am not accustomed to being in one place for along time and bed rest is a like prison to me. I refused. Went to work the whole week under many protests from family and friends. I could not allow my first week in my new year to start when i was resting, i could not allow the devil to take away my hopes and strength so that i could focus on my injuries.

I told God, i am not going to fall for this, am pressing on no matter how painful it feels am going to sit in my gap until i get up and stand again. I asked him to give me strength to push through, to get up again and the courage to talk about the embarrassing moment.

I wanted used to use this as an encouragement stand for all those who face misfortune, that they can stand again. And i am doing it now.

Doctor said i couldn’t  lift heavy things, i couldn’t strain or even sleep on the side for long (rib can’t carry my ‘heavy weight’). He said for 6 months i should strain my body or i risk the crack moving and breaking the rib. It was a frightening statement when i heard it first, but i called God and told him you are the deal breaker here not me. I asked him to take the wheel and drive me to wherever he wanted me to go.

He GOD, did as he was asked and gave me an opportunity to focus on my work, show strength and courage and above all show the devil that i am a winner.

This same week, opportunities opened for me no matter how same were but i could have missed them if i had i had stayed in bed. You will witness some of these soon if you are in Uganda.

Prayer helps
Prayer helps

My message is,

Capture the blessings of a fresh start, never let them pass by.

Never give up no matter how hard.

It is all above you until you let go.

When you fall sit in your gap for as long as you can, until you can get up again.

The battle has never been yours, if you believe in God.

Pray, take time and thank God for the small miracles and the big ones too.

Enjoy the joys of fresh starts.

Patricia Kahill

Patricia Kahill is a multipotentialite Christian entrepreneur, Content Marketing Coach and founder of the Content Marketing agency, Kahill Insights that helps business owners create engaging and interactive content items for digital platforms with a focus on returning a desired outcome. Patricia was the producer of SlamDunk Basketball Talk a show on House of Talent online TV, a former fellow at Harvest Institute for leadership and now an assessor there, and an alumnus of the YELP class of 2017. A member of the BNI Integrity chapter and African Women Entrepreneur Cooperative. She is driven by passion and curiosity, been taking every opportunity that has been given to her with an ambition of stamping her footprint on the world.

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