Welcome 2016…..

Y’ALL…………

I am so excited it is 2016. I am so excited to be back with you guys. Please forgive my absence– I don’t really have a reason other than life happened (& our wifi is not working), but oh my goodness has God ever been working on me during this time away. There is so much happening for HFL this year & I am bursting at the seems to share everything with you. I wanted to pop in & give you guys an idea of what you can be looking for from HFL in the coming year, but first things first….

 Anyone who knows me or follows me on social media, knows I love new years. There is just something about a fresh start & getting to wipe the slate clean that is good for my soul. I am a goal setter/resolution maker & am not ashamed of it. Often times, I forget what my resolutions were come December but I love it just the same. This year though was different. 

2015 was an epicly bad year for me on a personal/internal/spiritual level. I hit the lowest of lows. I cried more than I smiled & had some knock-down-drag-outs with God. I faultered, questioned, rose, praised, & fell again. The last 6 months were the worst of the worst & I found myself in a pit. Despite my cries to God, I didn’t feel anything was changing or getting better & I was doomed for a groundhog-year. But praise God for the way he intervenes in our lives & leads us to ways that we can see the truth he is trying to get through to us. This truth came in the form of something called Powersheets & the book Make It Happen (if you are a Lara Casey follower, you know exactly what I am talking about). I thought, I had bought something that was just going to help me organize my business goals & give me some step-by-step tools to make a few things actually get completed; what I didn’t know, is that God was going to use these papers as the vehicle to make me actually admit somethings & break chains of bondage I didn’t even realized existed. Within the first few pages of both the book & the Powersheets, God was twisting & turning & wringing out the toxins in my life, heart, & even my soul. I was forced to dig deep & look at things that did & didn’t work last year. I prayed & cried as one-by-one, God opened up issues I was refusing to admit, problems I didn’t know I had, & chains that were holding me back from being exactly where God was calling me to be. God is good. Even when we don’t see it or understand it…God is good. 

As I was thinking about posting this morning, I came across the verse above & it just fit perfectly for what God is doing with me & HFL this year. When we are at our best or our worst, we are but clay in the hands of the heavenly potter. We don’t have to be perfect or put together or even have the slightest understanding of what God has for us, so long as we are open to his leading & willing to be molded the way He wants to mold us. He can make us into something & use us for things that we couldn’t even imagine in our craziest, wildest dreams, if we just submit ourselves to Him & His leading. 

Jeremiah 29:11-13 says “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all of your heart.”  My prayer for you & this blog & for myself is that we make 2016 a year of molding & shaping & faith that God’s got this. 

Lord oh my Lord- thank you for the blessing of you. Thank for the struggles & hardships, for the tears & screams, because each has ultimately brought me to your feet…to you. I ask that you find each of us where we are & that you help us find our way back to you. Open us up to your leading & allow us to see your ways, if only a glimpse at the next moment. God, we praise you & thank you for who you are, what you do for us, & what you have done for us. Thank you for each person reading these words & I ask that you begin to heal those deep scars we all have & heal us from the inside- Amen

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So I know you’re wondering what is to come this year & what I’m so excited about….allow me to give you a run down:

– HFL will be opening a shop later this month. I will be starting small, but each product that enters the shop has been requested & prayed over & I can’t wait to get some stuff into your hands. 

– I am currently working on a prayer journal. I was planning to release it this month, but God revealed a few things to me this morning that need to be part of the journal, so it will most likely be closer to spring for that release, but I will keep you updated on the progress. 

– A devotional. This has been highly requested by many different people. I have been in heavy prayer over this & what to write & God is slowly but surely revealing direction to me. The plan is for a fall release. 

Don’t forget to check up on the #frontporchtruths as that is up & rolling again. A little encouragement for you daily…usually in the morning, but that’s not always the case. 

So keep your eyes peeled for more from me & if you haven’t connected with me on social media please do. I would love to get to know you & develop community through HFL. 

Marissa Dodgen of Honey Flavored Lemonade

 

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