My 2017 In Three Words: JUST THE BEGINNING

Someone asked how I would describe my 2017 in 3 words. Without even thinking, I said, “Just the beginning.”  This past year was the beginning of walking in purpose, the beginning of no longer allowing the opinions of others to hold me back, but it was also the beginning of opposition.

In Summer 2017 I published my first book, Pain, Promiscuity, Purpose: From Mess To Ministry. I had been procrastinating on that book for almost two years. I picked it up and put it down. Picked it back up. Put it back down again. But in January 2017, I decided I was not going to allow fear to keep me from walking in the purpose God had for my life. I knew He had given me the gift of inspiring others through writing, but I had been sitting on it because I was afraid. Afraid of what people might say. Afraid people wouldn’t like my writing. Afraid I would spend months writing a book nobody would read. But then God being the Father to me that He is, assured me that I am not for everybody. And that the people He has called me to will read my book, and they will be blessed by it. Once I learned I am not for everybody, it was the beginning of me not worrying about what anybody thought of me and what they thought of my writing. I realized there would be people who will read it and turn their noses up. I realized there would be people who won’t like it just because my name is on it. And it wasn’t until 2017 that I learned to be okay with that.

Once I began to use the gifts God gave me, doors started opening. Doors that I hadn’t even knocked on opened up for me. I was invited to various events to share my story and to perform Spoken Word poetry. It’s amazing how so many opportunities were birthed from an act of obedience on my part. I had been continuously hearing messages about delayed obedience being the same as disobedience. And it convicted me because I had a passion for writing and I believe God put that passion inside of me because it’s what I was SUPPOSED to be doing. I kept feeling God telling me to stay focused and write, and that once I did, I would see WHY it was so crucial that I did. Now that I’ve received many testimonials about how my book has inspired people to grow closer to God, change their lifestyles, and even write books of their own, I understand why it was meant for me to share my story. I believe it’s possible that someone else’s destiny depends on our obedience. Think about how you were first inspired to give your life to Christ or to make a change. Was it a sermon you heard? Was it a family member? Was it just a nice person who decided to share a word with you? Can you imagine what your life would be like if they had not been obedient to God’s calling? Furthermore, there just might be someone out there depending on you to do what God has called you to do.

2017 was also the beginning of opposition. I don’t think I have ever experienced as much opposition as I did in 2017. Up until late 2016, I had rarely talked about my childhood openly. But knowing I was writing a book which detailed a significant portion of my childhood, I knew I needed to start talking about it. And there were many people who were not happy about it. My father being one of them. For one year, I did not see nor talk to him. All year I mourned the loss of my father. Even though he was alive, at times it felt like I had lost him. After a couple months of calling him, trying to get him to talk to me, and writing him a letter, I gave up. And boy was it painful. Throughout the year I had countless moments of sadness and confusion, followed by anger. There were a couple of times I had to call a close friend to talk me out of going on social media and posting things I would later regret. While I was happy about all the great things going on, I cried myself to sleep some nights because of the opposition I was facing from my father and other family members. I am happy to say, though, that my father reached out to me this past Thanksgiving. It was the first time in a year that we had had a conversation. And then in December, for my daughter’s birthday, he called me and asked me to bring her to his house to get her gift. Things are not back to normal yet, but I’m happy to be back in touch with my father.

One of my very good friends reminded me that opposition was inevitable now that I was walking in my purpose. She also reminded me how the enemy would try to use whatever and whomever just to get to me. While that is very true, I’ve also realized that opposition is not always of the devil. Sometimes God will allow intense pressure while He’s molding us to be who He created us to be. It is in those trying times that our endurance and character is shaped, and we learn to rely on God entirely.

I’ve never been one to make resolutions or claim the upcoming year as “My Year.” But I can say the surface hasn’t even been scratched yet. 2017 was just the beginning of what’s to come. Be on the lookout for more books, more blog posts, and even short stories.

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Love, Mizz K 

 

 

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All A Part Of HIS Plan | Spoken Word Poetry {Video}

 

If you can look back over your life and say, “If ‘that’ didn’t happen I wouldn’t be the person I am today”
If you can look back over your life and say, “there was PURPOSE in my PAIN”…

If you can look back over your life and thank God for UNANSWERED prayers….
If you can look can look back over your life and thank your NAYSAYERS….

If you can look back over your life and say, “What the enemy meant for bad God used it for my good!”
If you can look back over your life and say, “I don’t look the way I SHOULD!”

You should be able to understand…
that even the bad things were all apart of God’s plan

How Do I Find My Purpose… Do I Even Have One?

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” Ephesians 2:10.

 

Are you having trouble finding your purpose? Have you found yourself questioning whether you even have a purpose? Here are a few questions to consider:

What are you most passionate about?

Your purpose is very likely connected to something you are passionate about. Listening to my favorite Christian radio show, “Family Life Today“, I heard the host say when talking about finding purpose: “Think about what makes you hit your hand on the table and go: I need to do something about that!”  This is exactly how I feel when I think about how much influence the world has on how teenage girls and young women feel about themselves. It’s exactly how I feel when I think about how many are doing and struggling with the same things I once was. It’s also how I feel when I think about how far the world has moved away from the Word of God. Think about what gives you this feeling. Like, I just have to do something about this. It’s almost like you feel an obligation to help. (At least that’s the feeling I have)

 

What do you find the most joy in?  Complete this sentence: I can’t see myself doing anything else but ______________. 

I don’t mean that this is the only thing you can find. I mean this is something that you LOVE doing. You’re good at it and can’t imagine not being able to do it. This could be singing, writing, dancing, helping others, etc. Whatever it is, you get up every morning looking forward to it. It does not feel like work because it makes you happy.  I believe that God put in each one of us a desire to walk in what He calls us to do. For me, there is no greater feeling than teaching someone what I know about God and His Word. No greater feeling than inspiring others. No greater feeling than giving someone hope, whether it’s writing something for someone or giving encouraging words. I can’t see myself doing anything else.

 

What do your friends and family tell you? 

While some people can easily identify what their gifts are, for others it may take someone else to point them out. Do people often tell you that you are gifted in a certain area? You might hear something like, “You know you are great with encouraging people. You would be an awesome coach” OR “You sure do have a way with decor. You would be a great interior designer” OR “Have you ever thought of teaching? You are so patient and easy to understand.” Pay attention to what others say. Ask your loved ones what they think.

 

Have you had to overcome a painful experience? 

I ask this because our purpose is often connected to some kind of pain.  Has it taught you things that you never would’ve learned had you not experienced pain? Are you able to teach and encourage other people because of that pain? This means that pain, as bad as it was, has worked out for your or someone else’s good. (Romans 8:28) Your purpose just might be helping people who are now struggling with something that you have overcome.

I hope that these questions have got you thinking. As always, feel free to email me at love_mizzk@yahoo.com with any questions or prayer requests.

Love, Mizz K ♥