Welcome 2018…and a thoughts on thoughts

Well Howdy, 2018! I saw you coming but I didn’t realize how quickly you would get here. Before we get too acquainted, allow me to formally say “goodbye” to 2017.

We love because He first loved us.

1 John 4:19 ESV

2017: My dear friend, we went through quite a lot this year and all I have to say is “Thank You.” The past year was truly transformative for me. I have learned how to be loved. I have learned how to love. I have learned to let go and let God. It is interesting to reflect back on the past 24 years of my life and while the last year has been an extremely challenging, and left many bruises exposed, it was yet the most painless year I can remember. My life bruises have been that dark blue/purple color for such a long time that it is incredible to see the change of those metaphorical bruises become green and slightly yellow. Almost fully healed.

The last year has allowed me to experience and see the testimonies of the power of prayer. Prayer for unity within peers, prayer of healing from shame and guilt, prayer for becoming lighter, being able to hear and see the almighty Lord in my everyday life. How cool is that?

Like every other end of the year, we are making resolutions, things we want to do better, or want to learn how to let go of the upcoming year. Things that come to mind are pretty typical, “I want to workout more, eat healthier, watch less Netflix, spend less time on social media.” My mind went there. It didn’t go to “I want to have a new job, I want to make X amount of money, I want to change the world.” While those are aspirations that I would LOVE to do in my life, I would also like to give my life back to God. Believe, Know, Knowledge the fact that HE has control.

What would I be doing if I started planning all those things? Would I be taking credit away from everything 2017 taught me? I think so.

Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name,

for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things,

   things planned long ago.

Isaiah 25:1

“Things planned long ago…” sit on that for a second.

We are all individually in God’s hands. He has a plan of good and truth, and of what are to do (or “of what we are to accomplish) in our lives. We must have faith and trust to know that He is the number one Homie. We are the children of the King. We are meant to set the world on fire. Now let’s stop planning and truly trust in all He gives us. Pray for the little things, and trust what He is saying to us.
I am excited to announce that with a little encouragement from wine (in vino veritas!), I have decided to publish a blog. This blog has no hidden agenda, nor am I looking to gain anything from it. I am simply sharing my story, what the Lord is teaching me, and doing my best to live in freedom. I welcome you to join me in this journey and encourage you to do the same

Smell y’all later readers

-Sheilsworth

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