Progress can be defined as to advance or develop toward a better, more complete, or more modern state.
1 Thessalonians 4:15-16 “Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.”
A year ago, Michelle invited me to be a guest blogger for Restored Ministries. While extremely thankful, honesty I felt like I wasn’t in the best place to be able to pour into other people. My relationship with GOD at the time seemed to be somewhat shaky, I felt like my life was a little shattered, and I had a heart full of sorrow.
Little did I know, this opportunity would lead to growth and progress in all areas of my life! I created goals in five key areas of my life. My life drastically improved. Let me share how this journey has impacted my…
FAITH: A year ago, my relationship with GOD and my faith relied heavily on what I thought was the right thing to do. At the time, I read the bible and fellowshipped because it looked good. I desired a true relationship with GOD; however I felt stuck. My goal for the year was to increase my faith and to let GOD’s light be so evident in me that others will see how amazing he is. Let me tell you, my faith has grown because the spirit moved me to study more, worship more, and love more.
FAMILY: A year ago, my relationship with family members were volatile. It’s as if I felt like our love for one another had diminished. Additionally, because I lost my mother when I was young, I felt empty and motherless. I felt like Lereine was grandmother less. I prayed for the healing of my relationship with my family and I asked GOD to bring someone in my life that would love Lereine and I unconditionally like a daughter and granddaughter. Now, my family relationships are better and Lereine has not just one grandmother; but three grandmothers- she calls them “granny, nanna, and me-ma!” God is so good!
FINANCES: A year ago, I was playing catch up with my finances. Last year I was so behind on bills and I had loaned so much to other people, that I could not afford a Christmas for my daughter. I made a pledge to GOD- I said to him GOD, if I am a good steward of my finances; then will you please make it possible for my daughter to have a Christmas next year. This year, not only have I received a raise, my business is exploding, I have received new paying contracts—and yes, Lereine has a Christmas tree with gifts. I am so grateful!
FITNESS: Last year, I was physically tired, mentally tired. I was in a mental state of depression that affected my health. I didn’t have zest for life, and I was tired. I asked GOD to give me strength and to help me with my wellness goals. I now have energy and I am back to my old self again. Eating well, moving, and praising! I am thanking GOD for my progress as he is perfecting my health!
FRIENDS: After bouncing back from experiencing my greatest character building phase in life- I felt friendless. I felt like my relationships with others had faded or were put to rest. I felt like I had been carrying relationships that GOD no longer wanted me to carry. These relationships were heavy and burdensome. I asked GOD to show me who he wanted me to be around, I asked him for healthy relationships and good mentors. GOD made it apparent to me that not everybody is supposed go with me on my life’s journey. He made it clear that some relationships are about reasons, seasons, and lifetimes. I let go of a few relationships and let GOD direct me with the other relationships! Here I am growing strong with those that are supposed to go!
My life has progressed because I made a decision to grow closer to Christ. This opportunity has moved me from feeling shaky to being sturdy, feeling shattered to being satisfied, feeling sorrow to experiencing spunk. For those of you that have been on this journey with me for the past year, I thank you for allowing me to be tenacious, transparent, and transformed. Hopefully in addition to saving my own soul, I have been able to bless a few other people along the way!
In the New Year, I encourage you to be diligent in growing closer to Christ. Let him do the work, so that others may witness your progress! I DARE YOU!
Thank you for giving me your word. Thank you for allowing your word to be so deeply rooted, that when others see me, they see you! Thank for blessing me so that I can bless others!
Commit to the challenge. I DARE you.
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