New Year, New Weapons- War on Purpose
In my opinion, New Year’s Eve is one holiday that connects the masses. It brings about the most complex set of shared emotions. We are connected to each other through our analysis of where we’ve been and where we’re going. Be it by way of resolution, vision board, prayer, or ritual on the hearts of many is a hope for what the next year will bring. As an empath I have always had a vicarious experience of other’s retrospections. It intrigues me how some may have had one of the best years of their lives, while others just held on waiting for the year to end. Then there are those somewhere in between who experienced equal highs and lows. These end of year recaps gently reminds me that all of our journeys are unique and tailor made.
You should know that I am all about transparency that inspires transformation. So in the spirit of the New Year I figured I’d let you all in on my review of 2017.
One of my major accomplishments for the year was definitely starting this blog back in July. The love, support, and encouragement that I received provided much confirmation for where I feel God is leading me. If you have been following me for a bit (if not it’s okay find out my story here http://www.wordsbytiffanyrae.com/hello-world/) you know that since childhood I have loved to write but had stopped writing for 12 years. Then suddenly my gift and passion was restored only now with a purpose attached. This year was the rekindling of my creativity and I have been so excited, although at times overwhelmed with the shift that has taken place. Connections and opportunities literally came out of nowhere (go ahead God) and I am working on some things for 2018 that I believe are going to be pretty awesome!
While you could read my blog posts or visit my social media spaces there was definitely more to my 2017 than many could see. Last year was actually very difficult for me and I was challenged like never before. I endured loss on many levels, my mental and physical health was compromised, and I was thrusted so far outside of my comfort zone that I barely recognized my surroundings. In spite of all of this I can still express gratitude for 2017 because it was during my weakest moments that I found my strength. I discovered parts of myself that needed further healing which led me on the path to wholeness. I learned that when you begin to pray for something God answers by way of preparation. Despite everything that came my way this year I kept pushing and found the joy in between.
This year taught me many valuable lessons about what happens when you reach a higher level in your calling and in your life. Anyone can make things happen when it’s all good, when they’re in the mood, when it feels right. But what happens when you have to fight for your destiny. You did know it would be a fight right? See this is the part of purpose no one wants to hear about but please know that the enemy’s tactics to deter you are real. The weapons will be formed. Good news is, they shall not prosper!
For me I think I knew that the battle came with the territory but my God I underestimated the intensity of the gravity pull as T.D. Jakes eloquently calls it. That force that is there to pull you down back to familiarity, back to confusion, back to a status quo. There were times that I was literally fighting through anxiety attacks in the middle of writing a blog. Talk about scary when you can feel the enemy vying for your mind, your thoughts, and creativity. I was tired, weary, and afraid. The only thing I could do some days is cry out for Jesus to help me. That is when the true meaning of “the battle is not yours” set in. I realized that all of this was showing me that I was never supposed to be an army of one. My job was to lay it all at His feet and let Him war on my behalf. I had to become fully armored (Ephesians 6:10-18) while trusting Him at every turn.
This was my preparation, my introduction to the warfare attached to my destiny, a preview to what I would experience with every new dimension. God was telling me that it was time to level up. I had to learn how to operate where I was. The air was different here, so I had to adjust to my new altitude.
I say all of this to enlighten and encourage you. For everyone that like me has answered the call to be a part of something bigger than themselves, you must make sure you are ready. Are you ready for the war? Are you ready to keep going even in times when you feel you have nothing left? Are you ready to be confronted with all the darkness within you that you’ve desperately tried to hide? Are you ready for all of the trials that will be thrown your way to break you so that you can be rebuilt? If I may speak on your behalf I would say yes you are! If you were given an assignment to carry out then you have everything you need within you. Do not let the opposition throw you off. It is a part of the process and it is indication that you have arrived!
As we embark into 2018 my prayer is that we keep moving no matter what. We must realize that none of this is easy and it never will be because it wasn’t meant to be. With favor we have to find our faith as well as our fight. Here’s to a year of being brave, bold, and blessed!
Happy New Year! I love you!