On this day, life, for me, changed. I became a wife, a help meet (some will get some won’t), a stepmother, and a daughter-in-law. I was excited, happy, thrilled, and nervous all at the same time. God takes us through seasons. I like to call them periods of transition. Two years prior to this day, my period of preparation for this day began…and I ain’t e’en know it!! I kept asking God, “Why am I going through this? Why am I being stressed like this? Why am I so uncomfortable? I don’t know if I can do this.” Little did I know it was for me to be the woman and wife I needed to be for Bud. I had to experience certain things. I had to go through situations. I needed to see some stuff take place so I could be the best version of Natasha Oliver I was called to be. I had to be taken out of my comfort zone. Some good some bad, but I wouldn’t trade a single moment. 😊
Our periods of transition are not always easy, fun, or comfortable. Hell, they can sometimes be, downright painful. What they are, though, are moments of growth. They are preparation for something better… awesome and amazing that we can’t always see. They are God’s way of preparing us to be able to handle what he trusts us with. I thank God for trusting me to be Bud’s wife… Trusting me to be his rib. God knows what’s best for us long before we do.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” ~Jeremiah 29:11~

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Setting a goal and having a dream are great things. They boost our morale and make us feel good about ourselves. After you have said, “I want to do this” or “I’m gonna get this,” what’s next?!? As much I as I would like to tell you just saying it will make it come to pass…IT WON’T! You have to work for it. The easy part is done by speaking it. Now, begins the, real, work. You have to be firm in our decision to meet that mark. You have to devise a plan and execute. Persistence is what take you places. No matter who says you can’t do something, or you won’t do something, you MUST keep going. No matter how difficult the task may seem, how tired you are, how frustrated you get, you MUST keep pushing. You must keep praying. If you don’t give up, you WILL reach that goal and that dream will come to pass. Consistency will keep you there. You have to be habitual and regular. You can’t be “sometimes” in your actions. You have to be constant. You must be steadfast and have that unwavering faith. Even if you achieve what you set out to achieve, there is still work to done to maintain and elevate to the next level. Your success, no matter the venture, won’t last if God isn’t in it. “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” ~Galatians 6:9~