This week my guest blogger is Tiffany Joy. She is an author, poet and visual artist at ForTheJoyOfTiff.com that focuses on spreading love and joy to the world. Tiffany is also hosts the writing group that we belong to. She has written a new book called To Love and and will share with us her story of how God showed up. I hope you enjoy her visit. Please welcome Tiffany!
God Shows Up
2019 had many rough patches, difficult changes, and surprises. That year knocked around. I’m grateful that God held on to me through the struggle. I am also thankful that he allowed me to go to the “2020 Refocus” retreat.
It seemed like every time I got on a healthy habit schedule in 2019 something would knock me off of it. With God’s help, I kept finding my way back to Him and the right path for me.
I went into 2020 with an attitude of being freer to explore what the right path for me is and simply be with God.
The first weekend of the new year I was able to do just that. I went on a 24-hour retreat called “2020 Refocus.” My friends had helped plan it and it was wonderful.
My expectations were low. Really I didn’t know what to expect, but it was amazing. God showed up multiple times for me.
The first session had a lot of good information in it. As I took notes I realized I needed to trust and obey God more and more. That had to be a major focus this year and every day within the year.
God can do such powerful things when we fully depend on Him and trust Him fully.
Another powerful fact that I learned was in my quiet time. I woke early and journaled by myself. Through journaling, I realized that I’ve been focused on earthly things.
Yes, I love God and I am following Him. However, my vision is only for this life and this world. I need to move my focus to eternity and God’s will.
Hearing From God
In the main prayer time, I also heard from God, which if you aren’t familiar with prayer I’m sure sounds weird. “To Love “will be done this year. It’ll be with God and God’s power that I succeed.
With that statement, I’ve changed my focus. When I got home from the retreat I started to work on getting a Kickstarter project up and going. I have also scheduled more time in order to work on “To Love.”
Iron On Iron Activity
The last time I saw God show up, during the retreat, was with an activity called, “Iron On Iron.” It is where 2 people encourage and strengthen the 3rd person, then the roles are rotated until all 3 people are strengthened.
I sat down with my preassigned group and judged them. From their appearances, I thought it was going to be a weird and awkward time. What could we have in common? I figured I’d go first and get it over with.
Well, all 3 of us are artists. True our lives are different, but that allowed us to see things differently and help. It was a great activity. By the end, I really felt connected to them.
I was vulnerable with them. In return, they accepted where I am and who I am. Through them, I felt God’s love and guidance.
It was a truly beautiful weekend and an apt names retreat. I did refocus on God at the beginning of 2020.
Now it’s your turn to read To Love by Tiffany Joy as she is thrilled to give away 2 copies. To enter go to her Facebook page, like the page, and post a comment, either on the wall or in a post, that says, “I’d love a copy of To Love.” The first 2 that do this will each receive a free copy of To Love.
I too am giving away 1 FREE copy of Believe in Miracles by Chicken Soup for the Soul for which I contributed a story. To enter simply comment on this blog post by April 17, 2020. Your name will then be placed in a drawing and I will randomly select a winner. The winner must live in the continental US and supply his/her mailing address to us no later than April 23, 2020. One copy of each will then be shipped directly to the winner’s address (Continental US only) provided.
If you’d like to connect with Tiffany joy, she can be reached at the following sites.