I’m still in shock that 2017 is almost over! It seems like yesterday I was wistfully thinking of all the great things to come in 2017. I was even more so hopeful for this year because the word that the Lord had given me was “new”. What’s more exciting than new things, people and experiences?! Well, an interesting and exciting year it truly has been! But not because I’ve had these miraculous answers to prayer either. One of the experiences I’m so excited about is that I published my first book and had a wonderful book release celebration surrounded by so many people whom I love dearly and have helped me so much throughout the process of writing and publishing my book.
I’ve learned so much more about myself because God (and other prophets) confirmed my calling as a prophetess and I’ve met God in a totally new capacity! I co- facilitated my first purity retreat in which I had the honor and privilege to prophesy over some absolutely beautiful, strong young women of God! This was my first time prophesying over more than 1 person and it was one of the most exhilarating, humbling, yet most amazing experiences of my life! I’ve totally had to rewire my mind about what I thought a prophetess was. I had to weed through the false to find the true ones and the true ones were hard to find. That’s because there are so many false ones screaming so loudly for their own personal gain and attention! Being a prophetess/prophet is so much more than sharing a prophetic word!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sad to see and it’s made me quite angry because now when someone who’s truly been called by God, we have to deal with all the mess that’s been dealt by those who called themselves. God doesn’t release you to even know for sure until after you’ve been tried in some serious fire and even then, there’s more fire to come and walk through, but I digress.
I’ve also learned some very valuable lessons. I’ve learned that the higher or deeper you go with the Father, the more pain you feel in your heart because your heart breaks for what breaks His, you see what you don’t want to see and you say things that people don’t want to hear. You have to walk away from some things you don’t want to walk away from and what has been the hardest has been not saying stuff until it’s time! But I’ve decided to learn from Josephs example and wait on God. Which brings me to the greatest lesson and it’s that I can’t go wrong with obeying God regardless of the consequences. I’ve learned that people are seasonal, but not always because there’s something wrong with them but because their season in your life is done. I’ve learned that being comfortable is a quick way for God to totally change your assignment and move you along to something else and you just continue to walk on water and get comfortable being uncomfortable. And just because something’s good and growing, doesn’t mean you’re supposed to stay there. As a prophetess, one of my purposes is to build and to plant (Jeremiah 1:10). Even though He moves some people out-of-the-way, He replaces them with the people who you need and they come from all over the world and the most unlikely places! One would think that knowing your calling and purpose would be freeing, and in some aspects it is, but it really shows you who you really are and just how much you truly need God! There’s no way you can fulfill your purpose on this earth without Him. You also learn the true condition of your heart, your insecurities and vulnerabilities and the spiritual warfare is turned up several notches!
Why am I sharing this? I’m sharing this because I want whoever reads this to take this year for what it is, whether it’s been awesome or awful. Take the good and appreciate it, take the bad, ugly and painful and learn from it, grow from it and share your testimony! Look at it this way, you made it through another year and a lot of others didn’t. Getting the word “new” didn’t get me what I was hoping and still praying for, but it did get me what I needed and that was me learning that I so desperately need my God!
So what’s next for me? Well, I’ve set a lofty goal to share something with you all every week next year!!! Oh my goodness that made me nervous just typing it! Stay tuned and I hope that you’ll join me! I hope to teach more, help more, serve more, and meet God in new and exciting ways. I give Him permission 🙂 to not only step out of my little box that I’d put Him in, but to throw it away! I’m completely open to all that He has for me no matter how hard or uncomfortable they may be, I know that through and with Him, nothing’s impossible and that it’s for my good and the good of those He sends me to but most importantly, it’s all for His GLORY! And for that alone, I’m willing and ready. Lord, hear am I, send me!
Here’s to an unpredictable, God filled, God led New Year!
Be blessed & encouraged,
Prophetess Shannon 🙂