Changing Clothes

“Whoever is a believer in Christ is a new creation. The old way of living has disappeared. A new way of living has come into existence.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 GWT

Towards the end of last year and at the beginning of this year, a major aspect of all my dreams has been me changing clothes. I have spoken to a few people to interpret those dreams and God has also revealed to me the meaning. When we change clothes, usually after work or going to the gym, that process involves us cleaning ourselves up by showering and literally putting on new clothes. At the end of that process we feel refreshed and renewed. I don’t have to tell you, but I will tell you anyway, I have changed a lot in the last 6 months. Truthfully those changes began before then but they have been on a fast track lately.

I do not think I really got the meaning of those changes until just now. I will be moving to New Orleans (yes now I can share it with the world) on July 28, leaving behind the past and fully heading into my destiny. I do not know everything that awaits me there in New Orleans, but I know a huge aspect of that will be in pursuing my dreams and fulfilling God’s will for my life. That in itself requires a ‘change of clothes’–I cannot do the same things I used to do. I cannot party like I used to (although I do not really party like that). I have to let go of some old habits and behaviors, and I have to leave some people in the past. It hurts a lot, to leave people and things behind. But I’m much more blessed at the fact that I will be closer to the place that God is calling me to, closer to doing everything He put in my heart.

Change is difficult. And the most important part of this process is in the shedding of old ‘clothes.’ I have had a lot of things that were rooted in my mind and heart that God has delivered me from. He has stripped all of it off me, and is cleansing me. Next year this time I will have moved miles away from here in every realm–physically, spiritually and mentally. I pray that you do the same. Changing clothes is fun especially when the end result is much more than you have ever imagined. I never imagined when I started writing devotions 3 years ago at the end of the Essence Festival that I would be here and that I’ll be moving there, that I would have gone through so much and survived. As the tears fall now, I thank God for my changes. I thank Him for everything! I thank for my failed health so that He could restore it. I thank Him for Timeka and my daddy, because I started to live when they died. I thank Him for lost love because I found Him when I was broken…I found LOVE. I thank Him for deferred dreams because now I have more of the picture to paint. I thank Him for it all, and when you read my post next year this time, I’ll be right where He wants me, this time, in new clothes.

“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:22-24 NIV

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