At the beginning of every year, I love to set goals. It’s important for us moms to set goals to create vision and promote growth in every area of our lives. Recently, I shared on my YouTube channel about goal setting and how I use my Life Planner to help me stay focused on my new year goals. Something else I started to do was pick a word of the year. It’s something I always wanted to do, but wasn’t intentional about it until this year. I share about this more in depth in my video below.
The beginning of 2016 was amazing but the end of 2016 was tough. I faced sudden health challenges in late 2016. My digestion system and stomach became inflamed and in one week of going to ER, I couldn’t eat or drink anything I was used to anymore. My life changed drastically. At times, I felt I was going to die. I felt alone. I felt deep pain. I felt like I couldn’t go on. I felt like a new tomorrow would never come. Then, I realized something about myself. All those long nights screaming in pain, curled up on the floor in an embryo position, I prayed. I prayed harder than I ever prayed. In desperation, I prayed three simple yet powerful words, “Jesus heal me”.
All I could do was trust that He was holding me in my unknown pain. That night, I had something to hold onto. Although I felt like giving up, there was that part in me that was saying, “keep going!”. I continued to pray every day and read a special book I checked out from the library during that time by Robin Jones Gunn called Victim of Grace: When God’s Goodness Prevails. In this book, she also encouraged women to pick a word for the year. Excitedly, I felt compelled to do this although I felt like I didn’t know if 2017 would come fast enough for me.
Ruben and Hadara continued to pray for me during those long nights and many people around the world were praying for my healing every day. I felt bathed in God’s love and mercy. My faith grew stronger and I began to fight violently for my life. I took every stupid thought and lie captive that tried to combat my mind, telling me I was going to die. I chose not to believe it, but I stood on God’s promises. I continued to decree that He has a plan and a purpose for my life. Although in that season, life was tough, but I was tough too. I fought back!
Sometimes, there’s a point in our lives, when we need to contend for what belongs to us. Whether that’s a healing, a prodigal child, a lost dream, a broken marriage. NO matter what, life is tough, but so are you! And you know what? God is even tougher. He’s tougher than any situation or any hard season you many face!
It’s been four months since my last stomach flare-up. I’m slowly feeling better. I even started to workout again. I trust I am healing and know my new tomorrow has come. I’m not going to lie and say this process happens quickly, for it takes time to heal. Whether it’s our broken body or our broken heart. So, as I left 2016 behind and overcame fears, and wrong mindsets. I enter 2017 ready to BLOOM. Ready to flourish from the seeds that were watered and tested through the hard season of drought and winter. I’m ready to bloom in the garden and see others bloom with me.
With this blooming, I began 2017 with launching a 2nd YouTube channel of our family vlogging our daily life. I’m officially a vlogger now! I also just added health as a major category to this blog and my blog YouTube channel. Hey, I even started filming my own workout videos on my channel this month to help moms like you get fit, healthy and strong. Talk about blooming! Something I always wanted to do, but never had the guts to do it until now. Yes, 2017 is the year for me to grow and be the woman God intended to me. The real me-quirkiness and all.
Today, I celebrate by wearing my favorite inspirational word tee from Cent’s of Style. Lately, I wear it as my workout tee and It’s also perfect with jeans and a blazer. The best thing is Cent’s of Style has this tee in other word affirmation styles plus different colors to fit your word of the year. The coupon code is INSPIRE17 and it will take 50% off the lowest marked price + FREE SHIPPING. The code is valid 1/20 through 1/22
Be sure to watch my video below and please let me know if you have a word of the year and what it is in the comments? I’d love to hear your tough story.
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