Everyone always thinks that “New Beginnings” are always peaches and cream! 😏 For me that has not always been the CASE!!! 🤷🏾♀️ I always had this picture in my mind of what NEW BEGINNINGS and TRANSITIONS would look like or even feel like.
LISTEN!!!!! 🤦🏾♀️My move to Charlotte in September 2018 proved to me that starting something new and beginning an entire new life and having a new beginning overall, can be fun and exciting, BUT it also comes with its very unique challenges!!! WHEW if y’all only KNEW!!! (rips hair out emoji 😂)
The excitement, the joy, and the endless hopes and possibilities of what’s to come kept me in the race for a good MONTH before I was OVER ITTTTTT!!! There were days I wanted to scream, shout and throw in the towel (ask my close friends and family 🤣), but the reality of what God had set out for me to do kept my head in the game and ready to take on any challenge that came my way.
I love going into every new season of my life with my heart proudly focused on Isaiah 43: 18:
“ DO NOT REMEMBER THE FORMER THINGS, OR PONDER ON THE THINGS OF THE PAST. LISTEN CAREFULLY, I AM ABOUT TO DO A NEW THING…”
The thing with this scripture, if you’re in a bad space, is that you will read it in the wrong context and truly question God. Ask me how I know?!?!?! That was me many of times; especially when dealing with people and dealing with things that hurt me as I transitioned into a new season of my life. I always questioned and wanted to know “why I had to forget about the things that hurt me in order to move into the NEW.” I had many conversations with God on “how HE expected me to put everything behind me and forget that negative things even happened.” We love focusing on the negative, but always seem hard at times to focus on the positive that can even come from a negative situation.
Let me tell YOU, God got me together EVERY TIME!!! In order to fully move into YOUR NEW, you have to realize and understand what God has brought you through so that you can KNOW and WITNESS Him moving in your life in GREATER measures into this NEW POSITIONING and BEGINNING.
If we always focus on the THEN and never focus on GOD, who CAN and WILL change the path to our destiny, we will never advance to greater depths with HIM.
God isn’t expecting you to literally forget everything that you have been through or even expect you to pretend like none of it has ever happened. What HE does want for us is the opportunity to hold onto HIS UNCHANGING LOVE and allow HIM the opportunity to make THINGS NEW IN YOUR LIFE!! HE wants to be able to grab you by the hand and walk closely with you, while he expresses how HE will do things GREATER AND BETTER (Ephesians 3:20…CHECK IT OUT) than you could ever perceive in your wildest DREAMS!!
If we always harbor on the things that hurt us or the things that kept us down we will never cross that finish line of FREEDOM!!!!
Moving to Charlotte, for me, in the beginning came with every good, bad and ugly moments! I found out who was truly here for me and who truly had my best interest at heart. I lost some friendships (some I noticed since day one of letting everyone know I was moving) and relationships in my family were destroyed (more than one). You gain some and you lose some, but that’s life! I’m STRONGER because of it!!!
Some of my friendships and family relationships GREW STRONGER and when I tell you they have HELD ME DOWN!!!! 💃🏾My HEART and LOVE goes out to all of them!!! They’re the real MVP’s in my life!!!
My work family has been PHENOMENAL!!! So many of them have taken me under their wing and they make sure I am 💯 I laugh and act a complete fool with them as if I’ve known them for years!!! They accept me for me and those who know me on a personal level know I can have my up and down days!!! 😂 Being introverted and extroverted can have its moments! Days you want to be bothered and some days you don’t! They get a combo of both of those moments!!! LOL!!!
All in all this NEW BEGINNING for me has been quite unique!!! I didn’t have any idea how I was going to make it through! I didn’t have a clue on what I was doing or even getting myself into when I made the decision to move to Charlotte. Heck, I didn’t want to come for real! I thought I would be completely lost without my granny being right here with me!!! Being 35, I still need and cry for my granny and mom when I am not feeling well or when I want to call it quits. Neither one of them gave into my cries this time!!! LOL!! They made me suck every tear up and keep my tail in Charlotte.
I took a major leap of FAITH. I call it my PETER WALKING ON WATER experience!!! 💞🙇🏾♀️ The moment I took my eyes off of Jesus, I truly began to sink, but it didn’t take me long to get my focus right back on HIM, with the amazing help from my SUPER STRONG SUPPORT SYSTEM!!!! You gone need that when you begin anything new!!! (My opinion).
If you really pay attention to the foundation and daily grind of your life, you will notice that God prepares you for things before you even get to experience it. This NEW SEASON or BEGINNING for my life, I know for a fact God had prepared me for it way before I even thought about it or stepped into it. That’s why it’s so important for me to stay in tune and alignment with God so that when things really hit, I won’t be caught off guard or even scared and stuck on what the next move is!!!
Although some things have been a challenge, majority of my time spent in Charlotte and me embracing this NEW MOMENT has been AMAZING!!! I am at total peace with my life right now and I am glowing on the inside and outside because I know that God has orchestrated things in a way that leaves me speechless and I’m expecting HIM to move in an even GREATER WAY!!!! #STRESSFREE
🌟TRUST GOD THROUGH THE PROCESS AND KNOW THAT YOUR NEW BEGINNING IS JUST ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY FOR GOD TO SHOW HIS GLORY IN YOUR LIFE!!! EMBRACE IT AND ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF IT!🌟
PEACE AND BLESSINGS!!! 😉😘