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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Growth Spurts!

Hello ladies! So summer vacation is coming to an end and everyone is starting back school or work. I can remember when I would start a new school year some of my classmates would look different or even act different. Just today at church, I noticed a little girl had gotten so tall! She had a growth spurt! I have had my own growth spurt! My flesh has died and a new Caitlin has come alive! This wasn't just a summer growth spurt; this change occurred over a year! This time last year, I had just discovered Pinky Promise and developed a true relationship with Christ! I was even getting excited about meeting my Pinky Promise sisters for the first time! During last Fall, I read "A Purpose Driven" by Rick Warren and discovered my that I had greater purpose for my life than what I expected! I also became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha! lol. I really began to realize that I had to put God first in my life! I would wake up at 5:00 am to spend time with God! I can even remember on New Years Eve, I was too excited to go to church! Yeah, I could have been hanging out with my friends or at the club, but I felt it was imperative for me to bring in the New Year at church! I remember journaling to God telling him that I felt like 2014 was about to be a supernatural year! God had some important things in store for me! Ladies, the SECOND day of the new year God revealed to me that I needed to start a blog! I had been praying since like September about my purpose! I was blown away and surprised! I was like, "I don't know how to blog or even what to say". That's clearly not the problem now! lol. I continued to grow in Christ and he got me through some tough times because nursing school was no joke! I, then began to have my flesh die. I remember some of my friends would get me to drink and I just didn't feel comfortable being around them. Also, God convicted my heart to stop watching Love & Hip-hop. He also led me to my new major-elementary education :). He also got me through a period of loneliness that I didn't understand! I remember during spring break, I stayed home to study for a big test. It was the best week ever because I hadn't been spending time with God but during that week, I spent all the time with Him! There's nothing like being in His presence! Fast forward to June, I remember talking to a Pinky Promise sister and she suggest declaring whatever you wanted God to bless you with. So I decided to declare June as the month of supernatural events or expectation! I had been praying for a job and not long after that, I got hired somewhere! I also got a scholarship that I wasn't expecting! Then, in the middle of June, I felt myself dealing with lusty thoughts and I was determined to shut them down! That Sunday, I was watching a church service and all of sudden God laid on my heart to do a purity prayer challenge! I was like, "Hold up, God. That is a lot!". I still obeyed Him. It was such a blessing! Last week, God told me to go on a social media fast and at first, I was a little apprehensive but I finally did it. This is not my first social media fast but this has been the best one! In addition to fasting from social media, I have fasted from secular music and TV this week. I'm starting to think this is not a fast but a life-changing journey! Today, God gave me a vision for a girls ministry that I have been wanting to start! This is only the beginning! I can honestly say the old Caitlin is gone and there is a new Caitlin starting!