Happy New Year! I’m excited for 2018 and all of the opportunities it has to offer. What I’m most excited about is the direction God is taking this blog. He has allowed me to run this blog for three solid years. I’ve used it as an outlet to showcase my creative gifts, sharing numerous art and craft DIY projects and, in the past year, I started writing inspirational posts through my Motivational Monday series. I’m grateful that God allows me to be a light to others. While I will continue to post creative DIY projects, God has given me a new vision for Sharifa Creates.
Over the past year God has encouraged me to write about Him. During my time of prayer and devotion He has given me scripture and insights that I don’t believe He wants me to keep to myself. I also feel the natural pull to support and uplift women especially in their walks with Christ. I have always had a special bond with women whether it’s through the relationships I have with my mother and sisters or the sisterhoods I’ve gained from childhood, college and ministry.
To say the least, Sharifa Creates will now be used as a platform to inspire women to live free and creative lives in Christ. Through Sharifa Creates, I want women to know that they are:
- Set FREE from the bondage of sin, fear, guilt, and stifling societal traditions by the blood of Jesus. (Hebrews 9:14)
- PURPOSED and ANOINTED to do the will of God. (1 John 2:27; Ephesians 2:10)
- GIFTED. God has blessed women with the unique ability to give life even outside of the literal sense of childbearing. Whatever we create as free women should glorify God and be birth out of His promises. (Galatians 4:21-31; Matthew 5:16)
- Created to have a personal RELATIONSHIP with God. (Ephesians 2:18)
In addition to the re-branding of Sharifa Creates, I’m starting a monthly newsletter. This newsletter will provide you with resources for building your relationship with Christ as well as blog updates. The newsletter is named Free Woman, Create! (More on the name choice in a later blog post.) You will receive devotionals, scripture reading calendars, and other creative content. Newsletters will be sent on the last Wednesday of each month. The first one goes out on February 28th! Sign up here:
I hope you’re as eager as I am for what’s to come!