Happy New Year! We’re halfway through the second week of 2022 and I’ve already seen God moving. Last year was full of ups and downs for many of us, I know I had my fair share of both, but I can feel that this year will be different and I’m praying that for you too! 

I’m not sure what this year holds but I am expectant that God will do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine, according to His power and work within us (Ephesians 3:20) this year. I’m believing Him for more growth, more refinement, deeper relationships with loved ones, friends, most importantly Him, and a year of obediently walking in the calling He has placed on my heart. 

I want to share why I’ve been so absent on this platform for quite some time now. I could blame it on the pandemic or even the simple fact that life got busy, yes those things happened but those are honestly not the true reason I’ve been silent. 

I’ve been struggling with the idea of sharing the things God has put on my heart here. I’m in a constant state of battle over thoughts like “What you have to say isn’t important.” “Nobody will read it anyway.” “You really think you’re good enough on your own to carry this out?” “Why would God choose you to carry this out?”

But the Truth is:

  • What I have to say and what God has placed on my heart is important because I can bring my hurt and learning experiences to the table and help someone walk out of their hurt and into their passions. 
  • If one person reads these words and gives their life to Jesus who will, in turn, give them eternal life and something to live for, that will be enough for me. There have been times where I will go back and read posts from the past and am convicted by things I’ve written, so not only is this a way for me to write to you and share what I am learning and receiving from God it is also a way for me to look back on the stages of my life and see what God has brought me through and it acts as a reminder of how He fulfills His promises.
  • Honestly, no, I don’t think I am good enough to carry this mission out on my own, which is why I am seeking Jesus to lead me in the way I should go. Like I said before, I’m not sure of what the future holds but I’m betting on Jesus. 
  • I’m not sure why God would choose me to carry out everything that Crowned With Love is, but I know that He has planted dreams in my heart for this platform. I desire for CWL to be a safe haven, to be a light in this dark world, to let ladies of all ages know that they are seen, they are loved, and that God has a purpose for them.

This is me trusting Him, leaning not on my own understanding. I am confident in Him because with Jesus it’s okay to dream big, it’s okay to feel upside down and turned around as long as you know He is fully in control and works everything out for your good. I want to be brave and bold in Jesus’ name and no longer suppress what He’s put in me because I’m scared or feel put down by the world around me or even my own thoughts. He is fighting my corner and He does the same for you if you’ll let Him. 

One of the greatest ways you could start off your year would be to put Jesus in the driver’s seat. I know first-hand how much this changes things for you, you’ll see the world through the eyes of Jesus, see the hurting and the lost, those who feel like they lack purpose, and witness mountain top experiences brought about by Him. If you seek Him, you’ll find Him. He wants to transform your thoughts, just as He has for me, He wants you to let Him love you as one of His own. He is longing for you to open up and let Him in. 

If that’s something you are yearning for, all you have to do is invite Him into your heart and acknowledge that He sent His Son to die for you on the cross. He is the Savior of the world and your biggest advocate. Friend, He wants your heart and a relationship with you. If you’re seeking after Him and don’t know where to start, begin by repeating the prayer below.

Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross for my sin. Please forgive me of my sin. Come into my life. I choose to follow You one step at a time. Help me to live for you the rest of my life. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen