Blessings and Lessons Of 2017 & Year in Review

 

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This past year was a year of breakthroughs. This year I have felt stronger and braver than I ever felt before and since have felt unstoppable.  

 I’ve learned that my growth comes when I step outside of my comfort zone. When I learned to become obedient to God, and His word, things started to change in my life. There was a shift and I was suddenly thrusted into this new world where fear no longer was in control, and I could stand in my skin with confidence. A place where I felt joyful, and at peace. It was something I had never felt before. 
 I’ve learned to exercise my God-given authority against the enemy’s strongholds. I’ve struggled with depression for years. I was caught up in pain from my childhood, and I carried my pain with my through my life. I’ve struggled with my identity. But God changed all of that for me. I learned how to speak love over myself, and I began to speak life into my soul. My negative thoughts turned into positive ones, and all of a sudden, everything changed for me. I became mentally and emotionally stronger. 
 I can tell I was in a new season in my life. God had broken chains, and set me free. Free from depression, free from debilitating fear, free from despair. I have come into my identity in Christ. I am who I am. A powerful, loving, strong, God-fearing woman with peace in her heart,  with the Holy Spirit filling her body, and with the authority to stand on the head of the enemy.

 I stand firm in the truth of the word, because the truth of the word has changed my life. 

 God has made the impossible, possible in so many ways throughout this year. 

 2017 has been a year of change, growth, breakthroughs, and opportunities:

 I cut my hair off. Something I hadn’t done in about 10 years. It was time, It was a freeing, and such a beautiful moment for me. 

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My goal this past year was to intentionally grow in my relationship with God. To know Him more, His many names, His character, His ways. To seek Him and know more about Him. To pray more. to learn to be still more, and I did just that. 

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His mercies were new every morning, so I got to open up my eyes 365 times in the last year. I am beyond grateful!

I graduated from my Paragon Discipleship class, and was honored to become Valedictorian. This was a first for me!

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Because of Paragon:

I’ve opened up my bible and study it more in the last year and a half than I ever have in my entire life. I’ve learned so much, but still, have so much more to learn. It’s exciting!

Chains were broken, I was able to receive forgiveness, as well as forgive others. 

I received healing through journaling due to the in depth homework, and because of that I was healed from my depression. 

Because I learned that God did not give me the spirit of fear, I was able to face my biggest fear, which was speaking in front of people 

I wrote my first speech, and gained the courage, through God’s strength, to share my testimony in front of others. 

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My second son graduated high school, and he got his licence. I’m proud of the young man he has grown into. He’s been an ease kid to raise. I cherish these milestones on this amazing journey that I call parenting. 

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 My girls participated in a purity conference at our church. 

 I got to watch both of my girls be apart of two huge productions at my church

We had an amazing year of visits from family. All the grandparents got to visit within months of each other. We had an epic family Thanksgiving where my hubby’s entire family came to stay with us, and we got to celebrate family, birthdays, and we all had a great time. I soaked up every moment of it!

My youngest and I got to competed in our first cupcake war at our church. She won second place!

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I attempted and was successful at making homemade yogurt for the first time. It’s was delicious! 

I got the opportunity to participate in my first paint night and terrarium night. I enjoyed both!

I got an opportunity to sew and work on costumes for the Easter production at my church. It was such an honor to be be able to share my passion for sewing with others. 

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I had an opportunity to run, and host a craft table for kids at a super hero 5K hosted by my church

I was able to celebrate 22 years together, and 16 years married with my hubby and bestfriend in Mexico

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I was also given an opportunity to join hubby on a business trip to China and Taiwan. It was a blessing!

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My prayers were answered when I asked God to bless me with intelligent, compassionate, and loving women in my life who had a passion for God, and wanted to grow in Him. Women I could building amazing relationships with.

I was blessed with the opportunity to join the women’s leadership team at my church. Something I had been praying about for some time. 

I was also blessed with an opportunity to start and co-leading a morning ministry where I get to share my passion for God, homemaking, caring for family, uplifting other women, and being a Proverbs 31 Woman that honors God. 

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I got to started Bible college. I’ve learned so much, in just a few months so far about leadership, God, and the history of Hid word.  

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I was given an opportunity to work along side other women to decorate for the women’s conference at my church. It was the biggest event that I’ve ever decorated for. I learned how to make a balloon columns to build a photo booth. I loved it! Everything turned out amazing.

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 My oldest son bought hubby and I a gift with his own hard-earned cash this past Christmas. His first, our first. Another parenting milestone for us. 

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One of the biggest thing I learned in 2017 was to embrace, accept, and love myself as I am.

 I’ve spent too many years being my own worst critic with my mind telling me all the ways I failed to live up to societal, spiritual, or self-help focused ideals.
 I’ve learned to appreciate myself exactly the way God created me to be, and stopped trying to reach idealized standards. I started listening to my soul, and took authentic actions to bring my life into integrity. Self-care is self-love. I took steps to do one kind and joyful thing for myself everyday that feeds my soul. I started to pay more attention to all I had to be grateful for. 
Through the authority that God has given me I was able to gain the courage to make the decision to step out of the darkness and into the light that God faithfully shines so brightly on all of us daily. 
 I discovered one simple truth that brought me everyday inner peace: That I am enough and I am because God created me to simply be me. In that truth, I reclaimed my soul and authentic life. A life that I strive to honor God with.
 2017 was the year I overcame my battles, the year I learned to love myself as God created me to be, The year I stepped outside of my comfort zone, and into God’s grace. The year that chains were broken, and fears were faced. Through it all, my relationship God has become intentional, and has grown tremendous. I am forever grateful to our Lord and savior for saving me and setting me free from burdens that were never meant for me to carry. 

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2018!

Happy New Year to you all! I pray God blessings your family, your home, your careers, your relationships, your life. May your family be loved, and may your friends be blessed. I pray that your heart opens up to God, and you remember to put him first in all that you do. May your worry disappear. May your trails and tribulations be less. I pray an overflow in your finances, may they multiply. I pray that you have the courage to say no when you need to. That you have the strength to stand in who God created you to be. That you make time to do the things that make you heart sing. I praying abundance in all areas of your life. That you have a year full of God’s grace, blessings, good memories, and love. Amen! 

2 comments

  1. Tanya Blackwell says:

    2017 was a great year for you. God definitely moved and moved BIG. But, you were the willing vessel and that made all the difference. I am so proud of you and VERY proud to call you my sister. Thank you for sharing your story. Your bravery is inspirational and I look forward to seeing what 2018 will bring your way!!! I Love You Tremendously!

    • Mikesha Blackwell says:

      You are so right sister. I surrendered and let Him lead the way, and by doing so I receive healing, breakthroughs, and found my peace. Thank you for stopping by, supporting me, and reading my post. I greatly appreciate you. I love you to the moon and back <3

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