So it has been a long time since I have blogged. Things have been crazy since the last time I wrote. Let’s see I was in a car accident while training for a half marathon. Then I got a promotion at work that turned into full time way earlier than expected. So I would say the last part of 2016 was a time of transition for me. But now we are in 2017 and I am at a place in my life where I have to learn to not just focus on just seeing clients and making it through the day, but I have to learn to maintain all aspects of my personal life at the same time. Which includes being more consistent with blogging. So here goes!
My first blog of 2017 is about what I am already learning for 2017 and not about my goals for 2017. My word for this year is “Completion.” God gave me this word because there are several things that I have allowed to be carried over into 2017 that should have stayed in 2016. For reasons of fear, procrastination, and just being busy I allowed these things to enter into a new year which is unacceptable. I can continue to make excuses or I can do something about it. I am choosing to correct my mistakes. Also, there are new opportunities that I will encounter in 2017 that must be completed in 2017. As I refuse to continue to make the same mistakes.
This year I am not going to publicly reveal my goals list, but as I go throughout the year I will share different things that are on my list and my personal journey to completing them. I will still be an advocate about issues that are important to me. And share the life lessons that I learn along the way. I look forward to the journey of 2017 and my continued growth. I hope each of you join me on this journey of completion!
So, this week’s focus is on Chapters 1 and 2 of Jonah, but I am going to focus on Chapter 1. So, the Lord tells Jonah to go preach to the people in Nineveh and instead of doing what the Lord said Jonah tries to flee to Tarshish. During one of our devotions this week on She Reads Truth, they showed a map of where Nineveh and Tarshish are. Jonah did not just flee from what God told him to do he went in the opposite direction and attempted to go hundreds of miles away. Jonah thinks like me. BUT GOD! But, God comes after Jonah. Have you ever ran away from what God has told you to do? I remember when I was in high school I would always speak about the sexual abuse I went through as way of healing for myself and to help others. My friends would always come to me for advice about their problems. But, nothing in that screamed I would become a psychologist. In fact, I wanted to be a Chemical Engineer. I loved math and chemistry! When God started speaking to me about entering the psychology field and becoming a psychologist, I was like “God stop playin!.” I laughed it off, ignored it, and tried my best to pursue my lifelong dream of being a Chemical Engineer. But how many people know that once God speaks to you, He will never relent? I saw a post from T. D. Jakes yesterday that said “When God calls you there is nothing you can do to change His mind!” That is so true. Jonah tried to run, but God pursued him and trapped him until he gave in. I tried to avoid my calling, but in the end, I gave in. God is calling you today to do something that you have been running from. It is time to turn towards Him and walk out the path that He has set you on. So to all my fellow Jonah’s out there it is time to stop running and get swallowed up in the belly of the whale in preparation for what God has called you to do!