Hello, 2018

Happy New Year everyone!

This morning I awoke to the sad realization that NBC's 'Sea Quest' show back in the early 90's prediction of talking dolphins in 2018 has yet to come true... alas, maybe next year! I don't know about you, but the changing of the year often feels like a clean slate, or a "do-over" if you will; almost as if life itself is handing us a new opportunity to start again, and hopefully be better. Personally, I am very excited about this following year and all that is to come! I can tell it's going to be a good one- I feel it in my bones! 

Last year coming out of 2016 into 2017, I was desperate to escape the year that in many ways changed my life. When I entered 2017, I needed that fresh start critically. I went ahead and titled my 2017, The year of Resurrection. I felt that much of who I was then, had died; and just like Jesus, I felt the parts of my heart that had been hurting & hiding for so long, had now been resurrected, not by my flesh, but through the Lord. Although last year wasn't easy whatsoever, I was able to heal. I played my first show back after not physically being able to sing for over a year. I wrote a multitude of songs that healed my heart and those close to me. I was able to work through pain that I've had for years through therapy. I worked my booty off in school and achieved all A's & B's this past semester. Without a shadow of a doubt, I feel something fierce for the fighting I did for MYSELF last year. 

While reflecting on all this, I truly believe the word for my nineteenth year of life on this earth, is The year of ripening. 

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is when the Lord speaks on the qualities or "fruit" we bare in Galatians 5, "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law." After building up so much character & wisdom in 2017, I'm ready for my fruit to ripen. I feel I am fully equipped to now put into action the lessons the Lord has taught me. This excites me so; I feel the Lord's hand on my life right now more than ever. I've been quietly humming to myself lately, "Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus..." just because I know He's got my back. 

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We can't know what this year will bring; heck, we can't even sincerely know what tomorrow holds! If your like the 99% of America who sets resolutions or goals for the New Year, and not even a month in you find yourself slacking or not achieving many of them due to life, I will encourage you to give your 2018 a name. Instead of setting un-attainable goals for yourself, choose to follow the word that adheres to the season your entering. Maybe that word, is hope or revival? Allow the Holy Spirit to move in your heart & share with you the powerful word that will be the theme of your year. And if your not a believer, I still would encourage you to do this! This concept isn't meant to be something that is fleeting or ultimately forgotten by next year; this word is meant to stir something in your soul- a revival of the sorts if you will! 

I long to achieve many goals & dreams this year. However, when my human instincts fail me, I know God's supernatural power kicks in. This is my prayer for you all my friends! 

Sending you love & blessings from Presley (my canine son) and I!

You are worthy. 

Carmen xoxo 

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