As the 2016 year comes to an end, take the time to reflect on all the happenings of the year. I know for many including myself 2016 has been a doosey! For me, some amazing things happened to me and for me that felt amazing. I became a first time homeowner, obtained my current dream car, my eldest daughter gave her life to Christ and is living for the Lord, restoration occurred in our relationship, I became a ministry leader at my Church, my two eldest granddaughters were dedicated, I passed the first part of my exam to become a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, I became a grandmother for the 3rd time, began my blog, booked my first speaking engagement, and have witnessed some growth in my family!
Even in all of that, I had some things that happened to me and for me this year that didn’t feel so amazing but were absolutely amazing. I’m talking about some challenging and at times painful moments of growth and change. This has been a year of becoming solid in my identity and embracing all that God has purposed for me to be and do regardless of what others may say, think, or feel! It has been a time of digging up and uprooting negative seeds that had been planted and designed to keep me comfortable and within the confines of my Egypt.
It is so easy to see these challenging times from a negative perspective because change and growth is not the most pleasant feeling. Let’s just be real, it at times hurts like hell! Growth requires change and it doesn’t feel good but it is so good for me and you. When I understood that what doesn’t grow, dies, I couldn’t help but to be grateful that God who is not dead but alive sees fit for me to be alive too! Why not right? I am His Child.
I know growth is not always the most amazing feeling, but it is so amazing and life giving! Absent from growth, complacency and stagnation settles and becomes a breeding ground for seeds of hopelessness, depression, anger, bitterness, envy, and jealousy to grow. The heart then becomes calloused and stops beating, walls go up and death happens. Deception says, these walls are walls of wall of protection. The truth is they are walls of imprisonment to bring about death.
So now, aren’t you grateful for the growing pains?? The tumultuous painful times of this year were by no means a ploy by the enemy or even a consequence or punishment from God. They were times of preparation getting you and me ready to THRUST into 2017 with no holds barred!! Happy New Year!!!!!
Living the sweet life,
Afresh & Anew