It's been a while since I posted. I apologize. Life has been a whirlwind lately.

Life is a never-ending whirlwind of emotions. Ups and down as they say. Well I'm ready for some of the ups. Not that my life has been all bad, because I live a very blessed life! But I'm just ready for the fullness of what God has for me.

Oftentimes it may feel like we're going through a wilderness. The wilderness is a time of separation... isolation. It may or may not be after a major life event or spiritual awakening. You may feel empty. You may feel like you've lost too many friends or failed relationships to count. Maybe you've been rejected or abandoned and you can't shake the feeling of inadequacy. The wilderness can either be your time of greatest growth or beginning of your biggest downfall. What you do with your time in the wilderness could either allow it to become your time of biggest growth or hindrance due to life-altering decisions. This is because oftentimes the wilderness is a place of spiritual attack or temptation. Temptation to go against your core values and go with the crowd. Temptation to do things you normally wouldn't do or say things you normally wouldn't say....I've been there. Because why stay the straight and narrow when you can easily go with the crowd right? It is during my time in the wilderness when I discovered who I really was, my vices, and who was really for me.

The children of Israel went through the wilderness to get to the promised land. They needed to get through the wilderness in order to break away from the influences of Egypt.

Sometimes in life there are certain things that may have more of our attention that God does. The truth is, anything we put above God is an idol. God sometimes takes these things away in order to get our attention. Evil? Nah. God knows best. He keeps His promises. He promises to never leave nor forsake you, and if you trust in Him, He will give you exceedingly above anything you could even imagine.

Sometimes it feels like you're alone.... but you've just been separated. Separated from anything that has been drawing you away from God. During this time, God wants you to build your relationship with Him, discern his voice, and build your trust and faith.

There have been times recently where I've felt so isolated in my way of thinking. As if I'm the only one who thinks the way I do. I've been told that my lifestyle and way of doing things isn't the right way. That I should compromise myself. It is during these times I've really had to stick to my values and core beliefs, block out the naysayers, and continue to strive for a wholesome life. Why? Because I know if I stick through the wilderness, I will get to the promised land.

Love Always,

Alleen Daneielle