As I've reflected back on the entire year of 2017, my relationship with God has grown. I've always had a relationship with God, but I definitely see how much he has worked in my life. The Lord heard my cry during my battle with depression, anxiety, and insomnia. He leads me to Bayless Integrated Healthcare, to obtain professional help to heal my soul. I am so grateful to have a wonderful therapist who is helping me become the women God has destined me to be. He comforted me. He is mending all the broken pieces in my heart. I feel freer. My ashes are turning into something so beautiful.
Revelation 21:4-5 (English Standard Version) states that; " He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new. Also, he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
This scripture signifies that the Lord will take away any and all grief and fear that pollutes our mind's. We have to believe that all things are working for our good. God is going to dwell with us. He’s going to hang out with us! He’s going to be ever-present. When the scripture states that, " the former things have passed." This means that we will be transformed from the inside out. Likewise, the heavens and earth will be radically altered and gloriously reborn. This present universe will undergo a vast renovation—a rebirth or remaking. This is mind-boggling!
God is intentional
God is never-failing
What I learned in 2017 is that God has taught me how to trust him first before anyone or anything else because He is forever, He is constant. I have become aware that casting my cares and burdens on the Lord can get rid of my depression, anxiety, and insomnia with a hint of professional help.
I've also learned, how to use my life experiences to help others speak up about their mental illness, how to balance my relationships, homework, time with God and that spending the time to reflect on God's Word is definitely worth it. Reading, the Bible has impacted my mindset and attitude toward life.
Joshua 1:8 (English Standard Version) states; "this Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success."
In other words, faith comes as a natural result of hearing and reading the Word of Christ and since Jesus is the Word (John 1) the Word must be read to increase your faith in Christ.
Lastly, in 2017 I've rediscovered my love for writing. Starting, this blog has been very therapeutic. Yet, I've realized that my writing will never be perfect or the best, but I'm fine with that, because I know I must be consistent in my writing to continue to grow as a person and as a writer. I've learned that writing about my personal experiences is helpful for others to hear or read. Because of each and every one of our experiences matters, regardless of them being positive or negative.