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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Every year around this time I create a Vision Board for the year. As I reflect on the things listed on my 2016 Vision Board, I am struck by the visions that came true and the visions that changed completely. Here is a list of the things I placed on my Vision Board last year:

1. Closer Relationship With God
2. More Intimate Relationship With My Husband
3. Conscious/Present Parent
4. Yoga Practice
5. Healthier Eating Habits
6. Build A Successful Photography Studio
7. A Cozy Bungalow in Atlanta For My Family

The number one thing on my list I accomplished hands down, subsequently it's really the only thing on the list that matters the most. This time last year I was not in the place I desired to be spiritually. Because of the strife in my marriage at the time and among other emotional battles I was displeased with who I thought God was. However, the hard to swallow truth was that I had been seeing God wrong most of my life and around this time in 2016 because I asked Him, somewhat desperately, to reveal Himself to me I got to know God on a whole new level.

No I did not develop a more intimate relationship with my husband (in fact we got divorced), a steady yoga practice, eat healthier, build a successful photography studio, or buy a craftsman bungalow, but I did:

1. Develop a closer relationship with God
2. Learn what true love is and how to have a more intimate relationship with myself
3. Learn what God's calling is for my life
4. Became an AmeriCorps VISTA serving my community at a nonprofit built on Christian principles
5. Followed my writing passion and God's prompting to start writing my memoir
6. With God's help was able to rent a home (it kind of looks like a bungalow) in the WestEnd where I get to walk my daughter to school every morning

Although I didn't get the things I thought I wanted, I got exactly what God had planned for my life. Now that I have a deeper relationship with God I am able to tailor the desires of my heart to match the plans that He has for my life. So my vision for 2017 is more in alignment with God's plan than my own.

"The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way." - Psalm 37:23 NKJV

My scripture for 2017 is:

"Many are the plans in the mind of  a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand." - Proverbs 19:21 ESV

Above all the things I desire to see happen in 2017, being in alignment with God's plan is what matters the most to me. As you create your plans and visions for 2017 I pray you will seek God's plan for your life first.

Here's my list for 2017:

1. Continue developing my relationship with God by striving after His purpose for my life.
2. Seek Him early in prayer and devotion
3. Instill the Word of God in my daughter by teaching her scriptures to memorize
4. Blog more diligently
5. Continue pursuing a career in Nonprofit Management and finish my degree.
6. Start saving for my tiny house 
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