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 The Year of Seeing the Good

Words by Marquita Moore

3:55 pm How I Grew Today

I am sure I am not the only one who has experienced the betrayal of someone you trusted and brought close to you.  And I'm not just talking about betrayal in intimate relationships. Often it is the betrayal of someone you have least expected (an acquaintance, family, friend, teacher, mentor, etc.) that throws you off the balance most. I will say something you may disagree with, but DO NOT FOCUS ON THEM. Focus on what the Creator shows you about your life through them for your expansion. It's not them. It's the lesson they are providing you to grow through. This is a good thing.


In the past, betrayal has helped me heal some deep wounds. When I stopped blaming and kicking myself for allowing my guard to be down, I started to look at issues and things in my life, not from a natural lens but from a spiritual one. I could see the purpose embedded in it all so clearly - where I was too dependent and trusting others for guidance. I had the experience of pulling from deep within in a clutch, just me and God, which showed me my strength.  When it was time for me to wake up and realize that I had been operating using a fraction of my potential, or when I was stuck in a space and not moving towards what God had intended for me to do with my life, people left. Like boom, suddenly masks came off, I got uncomfortable, and situations were done, giving me the opportunity to face things within myself that I was afraid of, or not ready to face. Sure, there were times when I tried to fix things, but when I woke up to what was happening, I stopped expending energy on reversing the Divine plan for my life.  Everything was happening as it should. This is called trusting. This is good.


The events in my life have not tried to show me how wrong, deficient, or incapable I am. They have given me the opportunity to grow and see myself clearly, to free myself and to escape all the misinformed notions I held about who I am.  This is good.


Now betrayal has more to do with sharpening my ability to recognize opportunities for elevation. It offers me the opportunity to learn how to deal with and navigate a world that has in many ways surrendered to darkness. I can see what I can do as an individual, to restore honesty, truth, and goodness around me and those connected to me.  I may not change everything about the world, but I can do my part to move through this life, transform myself, and continue to ask for grace so that my mind, ways, thoughts and actions can be renewed in love. 


I am counting it all good. I am counting it all joy. I'm choosing this year to see the good in every situation. This is where I want my attention and focus.


From these new lessons, new things have been revealed:


When you stop resisting, you allow yourself to die to the needs that strengthen negativity, and you begin to live fully in that which grows life, light, and positivity. You start to see life in its simplicity, and your heart’s desire becomes to release all the complexity that has been forming due to your resistance.


As I type this, it is becoming clear that at each level of elevation and deeper revelation, the patterns of old will present themselves as options, but as you begin to see their purpose, you can keep them in their place.  They stop getting in the way of obstructing your view of Light. You can navigate steadily on the road to freedom (emotional and spiritual).


Grace is the thing. Not my effort, not my work, but God's grace. And His gifting of more grace opens up when I am ready to receive more. 


I feel myself resting on what is possible instead of the problem.


I must always be prepared to stand my ground in love. I'm now seeing what that looks like for me.


Once you awaken, you will see things about people and places, and things that will make you want to go back to sleep, but it also makes you so glad you woke up.


I am counting it all good. I am counting it all joy. I'm choosing this year to see the good in every situation. This is where I want my attention and focus.



Keta & Riv’s Small Batch Good-Good
Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies


What’cha Need


½ cup unsalted butter, browned

2/3 cups dark brown sugar

¼ cup white sugar

1 large egg, room temp

1 ½ tsp vanilla extract (I use Neilsen-Massey)

1 cup all-purpose flour

¼ tsp Baking powder

¼ tsp Baking Soda

1/2tsp salt

Semi-sweet chips (I use Guittard Chocolate)


What’cha Do


- Pre-heat oven 350

- Add flour, baking powder, and soda, salt to a bowl and mix. 

- Add sugars, cooled butter, egg, and extract to a bowl mix

- Now add Flour mixture. Combine

- Add chips and combine 

- Let chill for 30 minutes in the fridge

- Once chilled, roll and bake 350 degrees for 13 min

- Sprinkle sea salt on top right out of the oven.

(I use Maldon)

Chocolate Chip Cookies
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