Acceptance. That is the best way that I can describe 2016. I asked God to remove all persons from my life that did not mean me well. I told the Lord that I did not want to be surrounded by jealousy, negativity, or anyone that would prevent me from growing. I believe you should never ask the Lord for anything that you are not prepared to receive because he definitely answered my prayers. I accepted that sometimes friends and family either have to be cut completely loose or kept at a distance to protect your own sanity. To be really open and honest, my mom is one of those people. I love my mom, but she has things going on in her life that she has to fix before we can strengthen our relationship. You cannot help people until they acknowledge that there is a problem and want to do better for themselves. I also accepted that life has a funny way of destroying your plans. Just because you don’t get there on your timeline doesn’t mean you never will. All I can say is remain faithful and enjoy the ride!
This year I was really able to focus on myself. Love myself. Challenge myself. Protect myself. I believe this is why 2016 has been a good year for me. I bought a bracelet that says, “Proverbs 4:23.” It has been my scripture for the year. With it in mind, I have been shielded from a lot of things that in the past hindered my growth. I was able to close the door on a lot of wounds that I thought healed. In doing so, I opened my heart and received love and an understanding of what love truly is. I heard that love is transformative and I couldn’t agree more. I am no longer afraid to be transparent. I don’t care about others opinions because my journey is my own. I share certain things in hopes to encourage someone else.
I am happy. and for the most part, stress free. I refuse to let any situation destroy my peace. My goal for 2017 is to continue on this journey. Continue to pour love into myself so that I can pour love into others!
Proverbs 4:23- Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
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