As 2016 has already come to a close, I look back and the word that comes to mind is Detoxing. The word detox in the Cambridge dictionary means to stop taking unhealthy or harmful foods, drinks, and other substances into your body for a period of time, in order to improve your health. This year I went through a period of detox where I watched what I ate due to my pregnancy, and in order to have a healthy baby, I had to take the healthier route for the benefit of both of us. When she came in September, I had to do another detox with my career and friends that were no longer a part of where God was taking me. Friends who wanted to be on the sideline to just watch me and see how I can get back up even when I’m down. They had no desire to stand with me and encourage me or even pray with me. It was time to let go of them and stay focused in God.
This was very huge for me, because in order to go to the next level, I had to let go of some things that I was holding onto very tightly. I prayed a lot about this decision, and one thing I heard God say to me was, “This time is a season of cleansing your life.” I am so grateful to God that I listened and obeyed his voice. Today, I feel free to do what it is that God is preparing for my family and me. I did a lot of detoxing in 2016, especially towards the end of the year, and I know it’s very significant for where God is taking me. It lines up with what God has in store for me.
A good friend of mine once said to me, “In winter, the leaves are bare, but it’s when the leaves are bare that you are able to see more. You are able to see what you weren’t able to see when it was crowded with leaves.” In this season comes humility because you get to sit back and watch God become God even when it seems dark, but you know within your heart that you will rise again. In the midst of a setback is when clarity comes in. You can move forward in a mighty way because you’ve spent time one on one with God, who has downloaded a lot of wisdom in you to carry the next assignment he has for you.
I am extremely excited that 2017 is here because great things are coming and it’s coming in a big way. I’m ready for the blessing to burst open so that I can receive it with my open arms. I hope you feel the excitement in me. Let’s Go, 2017! I’m so ready for you. I encourage you to stay focused and chase after God regardless of your setbacks. Regardless of what the world thinks of you, just know that God Almighty has the ultimate say over your life. He knows everything about you and he knows your purpose in this life. Embrace your good times and bad times because he is up to something amazing for your life in 2017.