We're half way through the year! Mama we made it! I'm sure we can all agree that 2016 was a hard year for us all. Let's face it... it sucked! Well at least for me it did. To be honest, it was one of the hardest years of my life personally. and emotionally, but I'm here.
Can we just take a moment of silence for what 2016 took from us😭! Muhammad Ali, Kimbo Slice, Harper Lee, Ms. FREAKIN' Cleo 👳🏾♀️ya'll! And don't get me started on Prince ☔️, I'm still in mourning!
2016 sucked and we couldn't get any lower. I couldn't wait for 2017! As much as I hated 2016, I can truly reflect on where I was and thank God for where I am now 🙌🏾. Last year I lived in a constant state of fear... what if people find out that I don't have it all together?... what will they say?... what if they knew the REAL me 👀👀? I was constantly afraid of living out my TRUE SELF, living in the fear of not pleasing everyone! Yep, I'm a people pleaser, but I'm saved by grace and God's working on me 🙃.
The awesome thing about Christ is, His ability to meet us where we are. For me, that was in a prison of fear. Now that I look back on it and I see that I had become emotionally numb and even physically sick. 🤒 I surrounded myself with an invisible wall, which I thought was protecting me 🙅🏾, but it was actually just entrapping me and keeping me from living out the promises God has given me. I wasn't even doing a good job of protecting myself either. I definitely did more harm than help. Not only was I people pleasing, but I was refusing to walk in my calling and the authority given to me through the Holy Spirit.😱 I would always talk myself out of letting others hear my pure worship or use my voice because I was afraid. BUT every time I tried to run and hide or shut the door, Jesus took a sledgehammer and broke down my brick walls 🔨. I'd build them up and He would tear them down... He pursued me over and over again. He relentlessly pursued His daughter...His precious one. 👸🏾
So my best friend and I always like themes (hey girl👋🏾 ) so we decided that we're done being prisoners which means the theme for this year is "No Fears in 2017"! This year we have been committed to ...
- living out dreams that were silenced for so long
- attain goals placed on the back burner because of the "what ifs"
- doing the things our hearts scream for and the things we stay up all night thinking of
- going places we've only seen on TV or the internet
- meeting people we didn't know we even needed in our lives
- using our voices and God-given authority that makes our souls cry out in reverence to an almighty and Holy God!
This platform is one of my dreams...this is my voice and it's the beginning of something dope! How's 2017 treating you? #doit17