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“2017 broke me, but I’m grateful for the grace of God that put me back together again” – Toolz

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It’s that time of the year where people take time out to reflect on the year that’s drawing close.

With 2018 just a few hours away, media personality & OAP Toolz took a trip down memory lane and said a few things about 2017 on her Instagram page.

She wrote:

2017 has been the toughest year of my life so far. Without a doubt, it broke me. I spent way too much time in hospital, and I hate hospitals. I went through way more than I thought I could ever handle, and there were times when I was in so much physical and emotional pain that I wanted to give up.
This year has taught me that EVERYONE will go through some type of adversity…we will all face things that will potentially break us. You can and should pray against it, but ultimately we must also remember to pray for the strength to get through what life will inevitably throw at us.

God never promised us a perfect life, but in Isaiah 43: 2-3 it says “When you go through deep waters and great trouble I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty you will not drown…. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel..your Saviour”. 2017 broke me, but I’m grateful for the grace of God that put me back together again. I am eternally grateful for the special people He placed in my life that helped put me back together.
My circle got a little smaller, but like someone told me a few months ago, every now and then God gives you the opportunity to spring clean your friendship closet…and that’s a good thing.

2017 was my year of INTENSE TRAINING and GROWTH. I’m still healing, but I feel FEARLESS.
Through great adversity comes strength and opportunity. If you had a difficult 2017, take comfort in the fact that you are still here…alive and able to experience another day. You may have been knocked down, but you are still here so YOU WON.
I’m excited for what 2018 holds. By the grace of God I will be launching a project that I finally got the courage to finish.

2018 is about to be a VICTORIOUS Year…and I’m so READY for it.?? #GRATEFUL #STRENGTH #THANKSGIVING#BRINGON2018? #GodsGotMeALWAYS

31 Comments

  1. glow

    December 31, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    I can totally relate. 2017 was the worst year of my life- was rescued from suicide on several occassions. Some so called “friends” and “family” showed their true colours when i was in my lowest. I am stronger, wiser and healthier now….2018- here I come……God will shock all those who have written me off…amen ??

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  2. THE MUMMY

    December 31, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    Maybe you young people can explain further to me, because when I asked my teenage daughters, they said it is ‘madness’ that causes it. What really pushes you to expose so much about yourselves on social media, you have a beautiful budding relationship(you tell the whole world), you are pregnant, you do scan and post it for the whole world to see, you make eba in your kitchen, you post pictures, you are having a bath, you post pictures online, you now go to your village and start hiding from ‘village’ people when they can tell you the colour of your duvet from what they have seen online. Where do you draw the line?

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    • Babym

      December 31, 2017 at 6:23 pm

      Madam pls this is not the time for that conversation to be had. You saw this beautiful very inspiring post Toolz wrote about overcoming adversity and pushing forward and you decided this is the time to have a conversation about over exposure? Please do better Ma. God bless

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    • Layla

      December 31, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      That is why they are suffering
      Stupid adults who are more obsessed with social media more than a teenager, always exposing EVERY FXXXING THING IN SOCIAL MEDIA. IN THEIR FICKLE MINDS ALL THEIR STRANGER FOLLOWERS CARE.

      DUMB ASSES

      LET YOUR NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS BE NOT TO SIT ON SOCIAL MEDIA 24/7 REVEALING EVERYTHING.

      I don’t respect Any one who exposes too much on social media. There’s something wrong with them. Seek therapy

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  3. Uwaneza

    December 31, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    Loved it!!!with what my mind, soul, heart, and body is going through and went through in 2017, today I really needed these inspirational words she wrote….
    I bet some kuku people will find something negative to say about this article!!!

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  4. Babym

    December 31, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    God bless you Toolz. I wish you all the very best in 2018.

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  5. Purplieciousbabe

    December 31, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    Amazing post. The right attitude and fortitude. God will crown your efforts xx

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  6. Mamamia

    December 31, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Very trying year for me as well but Gods got us Toolz!!! Bring it on 2018!!!??

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  7. John Matilda

    December 31, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    @The Mummy, lol!.Your teenage daughters and I have the same mentality to social media… I guess we are oldskool

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  8. kiki

    December 31, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    In life we all have ups and downs. Some people can handle their’s in public by sharing the highs and lows as they journey through life . Some others only choose to share the good part of their life to the public and handle the bad or low part in private . Whether you choose to disclose your relationship marriage or any other aspect to the public depends on you and hopefully you . Humans as a whole are interested in knowing how others journey through life. I am happy TOOLZ was able to stand tall through her low time and I believe by the grace of God During Her high TIme she would still STAND TALL .Keeping your whole life private does not mean you would not experience some low times , it just means just means you cant handle the public judging you or vice versa

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    • Abk

      January 1, 2018 at 12:00 am

      I agree with your post. However for those that keep their lives private, it doesn’t mean they can’t handle the public judging them. I for one have always been private; even before I became a teenager and now in my 20s. I am particularly unconcerned about what the public or anyone thinks. I’m just private and that’s just me. Some people are open and that’s just them. At the end of the day, people do what they’re comfortable with. For those who’re open, even though I’m private; that’s their business. Not bothered as to how people live their lives so long as it doesn’t affect me negatively; directly or indirectly. Nice post from Toolz!
      Happy 2018 to everyone! May God bless us all! No sorrow, tragedy, bad news or death in Jesus’ Mighty Name, Amen!

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  9. Busola AA

    December 31, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    God bless you Toolz… 2018 is going to be awesome all round. Amen

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  10. Kkay

    December 31, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Toolz the joy of the Lord is your strength. I am so touched and encouraged by your post. I am also eagerly looking forward to 2018 with blessed assurance that I will accomplish greater things. See you at the top.

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  11. Marlee

    December 31, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Marriage dramas or what. And where is the ring? I hope all is well in that department

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    • Pat

      December 31, 2017 at 11:24 pm

      I pray u gather sense in 2018.

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    • Jo!

      January 1, 2018 at 1:43 am

      You’re EXTREMELY stupid. If you want to know, ask, Don’t be silly about it

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  12. Jo!

    January 1, 2018 at 1:47 am

    Losing a child is hard at ANY stage, whether it’s a miscarriage, or a 30 year old. Losing a child is hard and I hate how Nigerians are so quick to ask you to push the pain aside and “forge on” because it’s “only a miscarriage”. Allow people to grieve please, not everything can be suppressed.
    Stay strong Toolz, continue to stay strong

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  13. @thelovefaithlife

    January 1, 2018 at 5:56 am

    Conincidentally i just blogged about it on thelovefaithlife.blogspot.com and instgrammed @thelovefaithlife on the same subject.
    You learn and grow the most in the dark times. Dance in the moonlight and be grateful for the lessons learnt

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  14. Moli

    January 1, 2018 at 10:21 am

    I so relate with everything she has written.
    I had a miscarriage late 2017, which resulted in way too many hospital visits and procedures. It’s like my body has not yet recovered from it and my prayer now is that God will bless me with my own children one day.
    2017 was beyond trying for me, dissapointment from tight friends.
    Financial struggle. Relationship issues. Business failure. It was just one thing after the other.
    But as I type this I feel some type of strength and fearlessness that I’ve never felt before. There’s something about going through the fire…it changes you forever. I wish I didn’t got through what I did and truthfully it still saddens me but in an odd way as I type this my heart is bursting with gratitude and hope. I’m here. My family is here.

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    • Joy

      January 1, 2018 at 3:02 pm

      Dear Moli, thanks so much for this. There was so much pain and like you I would have rather not gone through the pain and humiliation. I am at peace with my self, working through my situation, stronger and will never be the same. In all I thank God.

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  15. Temi

    January 1, 2018 at 10:42 am

    And I doubt hubbie the casanova helps. Maybe some affairs of your own Tool. Mwah!

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    • kellyfbaby

      January 2, 2018 at 5:42 pm

      May the evil you wish others visit you in a hundred folds since you have refused to receive sense this 2018. mumu

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  16. Diamond

    January 1, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    2016/2017 was very tough for me too. Suffered heartbreak, got so depressed and was very suicidal. My siblings were not helpful at all as younger sis got married and was displaying insensitive attitudes (When I told kid sis of my heartache, her response was “ha! since 2016, it’s been long na”). I almost died this year, but thanks to my wonderful father (kid bro insulted me over marriage bcos I corrected him, and daddy jumped out of his room to handle it), close friends and Jesus that anchored me through it all. I recently told my father I wanted to get into medical school, and he is so supportive (I am so blessed. Thank you Jesus!). As for siblings, they don’t see reason in me going to study medicine @ 30, but I already told everyone to face their own lives.

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    • Lilo

      January 2, 2018 at 3:29 pm

      People like you shouldn’t be telling folks about your plans. I’m leaping into this conclusion based on what youth ave shared here. Abeg ‘hide your head’ and make moves under the radar. I have never met anyone who regretted their decision to advance their education?

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    • Diamond

      January 4, 2018 at 3:18 pm

      Thank you Lilo. But I told no one, but my dad. It was him that called a lecturer to make enquiries for me about the school I was intending for direct entry, and my brother heard him and went on to spread the good news to my other siblings.

      Right now, I don’t care about negative opinions. Not after seeing suicide and death stare me in the face for almost 2 years, but I survived and I’m alive. Now, everybody that saw me 2016/17 are in awe as in how healthy and good I look.

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  17. OA

    January 2, 2018 at 4:55 am

    @Diamond, don’t mind them oh. I went to law school at 41 and graduated with everyone else. Some relatives did the whole “Ahn-ahn what are you even reading? At this your age?” Needless to say I just looked at them with ignorance. Go for it. When I submitted my application, I specifically asked God to do His will since me sef was not sure I wanted to be studying with grey hair. But everything worked out and going to school during that period took so much off my mind. It ended up being way more than a blessing.

    @Those who have contemplated suicide at one point or another, may God grant you His peace that passes all understanding.

    Going through tough times is supposed to change you for good. The Bible says in Job 23:10 that “But He knows the way that I take [and He pays attention to it]. When He has tried me, I will come forth as [refined] gold [pure and luminous].”

    I went through a terrible period 3 years ago and I remember asking God and myself if I would ever get over it. Not only did I get over it, I thank God today for allowing me to go through it. I learned so much, developed and matured spiritually and my life has never been the same again. When you are at your lowest, you best grab the hem of His garment and hold on tight. No human being unless dispatched by God will be able to do anything for you.

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    • Konnie

      January 2, 2018 at 8:04 pm

      True. Wise words. Hang on to him always!!! Can be tough occasionally but stay focused on him and the waters will eventually calm down. I was on the brink myself ….. but God is good. the week is completely defferent from last last week. heck, I am even sleeping. Couldn’t for over 7 years.
      god is really good. All the time

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    • Diamond

      January 5, 2018 at 12:49 pm

      OA: Thank you for your kind words. I really appreciate.

      Konnie: Our God is really good. I am a testimony, and you are too.

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  18. Semi

    January 5, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    I really wish I can also be as hopeful for this year as the others that commented above me.
    I
    lost my job late last year and I’ve been unable to secure another one and now to make matters worse, I’m being pressured to marry someone that was recently introduced to me. The fact that this person is a decade older than I am and that we barely share the same interest doesn’t matter to my family. He also lives in the North while I live in Lagos and I don’t intend to relocate that far away from anyone I know. I’m going to be 27 this year so I don’t even understand the rush. I feel really broken right now.
    I really pray this year will be good to me because this pressure is too much for me to handle.

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    • Ephi

      January 9, 2018 at 9:08 pm

      Semi, we all go through tough times, you are not alone. Remember it is your future that is at stake if you allow yourself to be pressured into marrying this guy. Hold on. Be strong. I pray the best for you this year.

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  19. Asake

    January 22, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    @Semi, please don’t allow your family push you into everlasting trauma. Marriage is not a joke, perhaps you appear idle to them that’s why they want you off at all cost. You own your life, please take charge of it. Keep yourself busy, learn a new skill (sewing, event planning, catering, makeup artistry) whatever you have passion for just go for it. Instead of waiting endlessly for employment. Make yourself scarce to those people pressing you to marry against your wish. I wish you all the best.

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