2016 has been a roller coaster of a year. As I sit here preparing my last presentations and talks for 2016, I am also tying up loose ends from various projects. I always find myself reflecting at this time of year. I am in awe for all the good that has transpired this year, and am overwhelmed with sadness and disappointment from other events that have taken place in our country and in our world. I wanted to take this time to give you a quick update, let you know what is coming, and to thank you for joining me on A Sista’s Journey.
This will most likely be my last post of 2016. If WordPress sends me one of those “End of Year” wrap-ups, I’ll share any interesting information by amending this post.
A Year of Firsts
This was the first year that I visited the states of Kansas and Minnesota. I’ll actually be visiting Minnesota twice this year, as my last speaking engagement is in Minneapolis. I’ll be bringing in the New Year by sharing the Word of God, and then praying with my family and more than 1,000 college students from the CRU Ministry. Please pray for our travels and this special time of sharing.
This is the year that I released my first book, “Mentor for Life: Finding Purpose through Intentional Discipleship.” Writing this book was a labor of love. In it, I share my heart for God and his people, the church. If you are still in Christmas shopping mode, this would be an inspirational gift for young women who are trying to find their way in the world, for older women who simply need encouragement, or for any pastor, small group leader, or Bible teacher that is looking for restoration as they revive themselves and their leadership teams.
Several individuals have purchased, “Mentor for Life” this year, and I thank you! My challenge for 2017, is for individuals to consider how we actually go about the work of mentoring. My prayer is that the book will be a resource that is referenced for many years to come.
A Year of Connections
I’ve had the opportunity to meet and connect with a lot of different people this year. I am always excited to share with and learn from each of you. In addition to the blog, there are a few ways we can stay connected:
- Follow me @asistasjourney on Twitter:
On Twitter, I share daily inspirations, articles, and information that is not captured on this blog. I also enjoy sharing the wisdom of friends from my online network through this platform.
- “Like” my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NatashaSistrunkRobinson/
This platform allows me to speak to people in a more informal and personal level. I also like the fairly new “Facebook Live” feature, which I only use sparingly to share exciting events, breaking news, or quick nuggets. Don’t miss out on seeing these videos. Who knows, we might even bring in the New Year’s together.
- Follow me at “nlsrobinson” on Instagram:
The purpose of Instagram is to share pictures. I am not a fan of the “oversharing” social media lifestyle. I do use this platform to give you a little peek into my family life, ministry highlights and celebrations (because I want you there with me), and to share an inspiring or motivational visual.
- Finally, if you have not already done so, you can subscribe to “A Sista’s Journey” newsletter by visiting the homepage of my official website: www.natashaSrobinson.com.
This is a new opportunity for you to receive a quarterly newsletter from me. The newsletter will provide updates, breaking news (you will get it first), and awesome giveaways for those who have decided to walk this faith journey with me. I look forward to sending the first newsletter with gifts in January.
A Year of Reading
I haven’t completed nearly as much reading this year as I have in previous years. I think part of it is due to the speaking and travel schedule that I kept this year. So far, I have completed the reading 14 books, and I suspect I will complete one or two more before the end of the year.
The best books completed this year are:
# 1 – Prophetic Lament: A Call for Justice in Troubled Times by Soong-Chan Rah
# 2 – A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society by Eugene H. Peterson
# 3 – Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism by Drew G.I. Hart
# 4 – Roadmap to Reconciliation: Moving Communities into Unity, Wholeness, and Justice by Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil
I have already started some wonderful books, and have interesting ones coming up on my reading list. I can’t wait to share those with you next year on Tuesdays for “Natasha’s Study.”
A Year of Service
This was the first official year that my nonprofit, Leadership LINKS, Inc. has been incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in the state of North Carolina. Our vision is to connect people with purpose, and we complete that vision by offering leadership education that facilitates impactful living, character and spiritual development.
We started the ministry with our flagship program, “Walk in Purpose” Leadership Summer Program for Girls. Check it out!
God is already orchestrating opportunities for us to expand the ministry and to consistently offer leadership training beyond our summer program. I will be implementing a mentoring program for high school girls next year, and we are working on our first international leadership training opportunity.
If you are looking for a holistic ministry to support in the New Year, please visit our new website www.leadershiplinksus.org, and consider setting up a recurring monthly donation.
My One Gift
If you have not done so already, my one gift request is to please use this link to write a quick book review of “Mentor for Life.” It would be a significant gift if I could get a total of 50 outstanding reviews posted before the end of the year.
These are just some of the highlights—the “gives and gettings” of 2016— from the year. I have been immensely blessed by the many opportunities to give and serve this year. In all of my giving, I am reminded of the ultimate Giver and I have been assured of His grace and protection, and affirmed by His love. My prayer is that you will also be comforted in knowing that our very existence, relationships, and work is a part of the bigger redemption story that God is writing to reveal his goodness and grace to the world. May you have confidence is knowing that God will always honor his Word, and will complete what he starts.
For all of you sisters and brothers on this faith journey:
I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Phil 1:3-8
Love and Blessings,