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I'm not sure if I shared this already but my theme word for 2024 is Authentic. As I sit and reflect on all that this word represents for me in 2024, I am reminded of where it all began as a means to being my authentic self, going forward.

On April 20, 2011, I published my first Blog Post. I simply wanted a space to express what was on my mind and heart. At that time, I was experiencing some personal challenges that required me to release and relinquish my "I AM Superwoman" tendencies, and really trust God to do a miraculous thing in my life.

My first post was entitled, "How Great Is Our God."    

It's a quick read so be sure to check it out.

I penned this message long before cancer and divorce. Looking back, I think the entire blog was a message of preparation, preparing me for what was coming. The trials that I would experience and overcome and the success that I would achieve.

I say all of this to say, somewhere along the line, my authentic nature to talk about the goodness of God and start each morning with a prayer was replaced with posts about process, tools and the latest corporate trends about blah, blah, blah....

I've met some really great people throughout my years of blogging. I can honestly say that I get the most engagement when I post about God's grace and mercy, and how it shows up for me.

If I am being truly honest with myself, embracing my authenticity means being unapologetically confident in putting God at the forefront, middle and rear of everything that I do. Spirituality is very much one of my origins of peace, and I am determined to embrace it on this blog and in my business going forward.

If you're unaware, Origins of Peace, LLC was founded on Romans 12:18 which states, "If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. We first help you find peace within, and then we help you create more peaceful moments in your daily routine. We do this with intention and creativity.

Starting today, we are walking through the devotional, "Playing in the Dirt." This is authentically how I want to start each of my days. Knowing that I've prayed for myself and then prayed for you, makes me feel good about being prepared for whatever may unfold throughout the day.

Ephesians 3:17-18 - I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God's love. 

I hope these verses serve as a reminder that there is nothing that God cannot do for you. His love overpowers any challenge or negative circumstance that may pop up in your life. From someone who experienced divorce, cancer and job loss all at the same time...God's love was big enough to cover me entirely through that challenging time. Even when I thought there was nothing left for me, and nowhere for me to turn. God placed the right people in my life to help me make it through.

My prayer: Today Lord, I am grateful for reconnection. Thank you for bringing your word to my remembrance and helping me reconnect to you.  I've been too far removed from you and continuously struggling in my own strength to do things on my own terms. No longer Lord, thank you for reminding me that your word provides safety and shelter when I feel stuck or unsure. Your love provides safety for me to rest and gather my thoughts while basking in all the things that you have made beautiful for me. I love you and I thank you on this day...in Jesus' Name. Amen.

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