“No one is without troubles, without personal hardships and genuine challenges. That fact may not be obvious because most people don’t advertise their woes and heartaches. But nobody, not even the purest heart, escapes life without suffering battle scars.”-Richelle Goodrich
I don’t know about y’all, but 2017 has truly been a year for me! I’ve experienced many transitions this year and lots of growth. Although 2017 has certainly had its share of wins and losses, I am grateful that God has kept me and my family.
I’ve experienced challenges and hurts that have shown me what truly having the love of God in your heart means and how important it is to show it, without condition. Abiding in God’s love has given me the ability to feel more deeply, become more understanding, extend grace, and understand the meaning of reciprocal love.
I’ve been blessed to have many opportunities to serve others in my own community and abroad in Haiti. Accountability for my own actions has become a priority, as well as holding others accountable for their actions.
I’ve buried multiple family members this year, the first being my Grandpa in January. Death puts so many things in perspective for me, and most importantly it reminds me that I don’t have time to waste. If I love someone, I need to love them now, and completely. I need to live for God and serve others in love now. I’ve learned that I need to set boundaries with people and not allow them to mismanage my feelings, time, or take me for granted. My Grandpa always stressed the importance of “doing right by others”, and being honest. I’m grateful for each pearl of wisdom he imparted to me and for God allowing him to see 94 years on this earth.
I’ve made an effort to eat better foods, exercise, and make sure that I take time for myself. Self love is a new priority for me and although this is challenging for me at times, I’m committed to loving on me. I taught my first college class this year, and I learned many valuable lessons from my students. I’ve overcome my fear of public speaking and I’m embracing opportunities to speak. I’ve endured many changes at work and have re-evaluated my career plans. I married my first couple this year and I am believing God that marriage is on the horizon for me too! God is a life giver and many beautiful babies were born this year. I am believing God that I too will become a mother, in His divine timing.
2017 has been an eventful one, but as I reflect I can say I’m truly appreciative for each experience and lesson I’ve learned. 7 is the number of completion and I believe that God is bringing several things full circle for me. 8 is the number of new beginnings. God has a plan! Jeremiah 29:11
In 2018, I want to challenge you to embrace what God is doing in your life and trust His will. Don’t let pain change you for the negative. Remember that the past doesn’t maintain or dictate the future. Walk boldly into 2018 with confidence, own your decisions, be intentional with your time, take nothing for granted, only plant the seeds you wish to eat, and be who God has called you to be.
“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”- Oprah Winfrey