“Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.” Langston Hughes
Can you believe we are more than half way through the 2019?? 2019 is in full swing and we may all have different feelings about it. At the start of the year some of us may have been charged up and excited for a fresh beginning, ready to take on new resolutions and set new heights to accomplish. Others may have felt ambivalent, waiting to see how the year unfolded before committing any real emotion to it. Still some of us may have had a sense of dread, not able to imagine how this year could be better when the last didn’t fare so well…
Whatever camp you found yourself in, and whatever circumstances surround you presently, I want to encourage you along with myself to dream again.
Think back to your childhood days when dreaming was second nature. Remember how you allowed your imagination to swing freely with the possibilities of what life could be? Time, money, resources, ability even wasn’t a determining factor. All you needed was the desire in your heart for the dream to form a home in your heart.
For me, I wanted to be a prima ballerina, then a famous singer, then a distinguished ambassador, then a motivational speaker, then a world renowned journalist.
What about you?
Somehow as life progresses our dreams can diminish and all but dissapear.
Life happens. We lose the job, experience heartbreak, fail a class, get into an argument with our spouse, get into financial difficulty, or come face to face with our own shortcomings and fears and our dreams seem less and less attainable.
So how do we find the strength to dream again?
We remember who we are .
We all have a past, and current struggles, and will likely encounter future difficulties.
But our temporal circumstances can never define who we are innately.
We may fail a class, but we will never be failures.
We may make mistakes, but we will never be mistakes.
I love circling back to treasured verses that first captured my heart to remind me of who God says I am, my Father and Creator, and the greatest expert on who we are.
He says we are “more than conquerors”, “fearfully and wonderfully made”, “called out of darkness into His marvelous light”, “His beloved”, “set apart”, “dearly loved”, “righteous”, “adopted” in His family, “chosen”, “created for good works”, “bold”, and so much more.
When we remember this, who He says we are, and that He is on our side, weaving good plans for us out of every situation it makes our dreams seem that much more possible.
I encourage all of us to remember the dreams He’s placed in our hearts as we close out the last 4 months of 2019.
I truly believe our current struggles can become our future testimonies and stories of triumph for others to find hope from, if we continue to pursue our dreams.
Our dreams of achieving our degree, overcoming a disease we’ve dealt with for years, starting a business or non profit, traveling the world, being a loving mother one day, raising healthy godly children, having strong healthy marriages.
We can dream again. Not because we’re perfect and will never make another mistake or encounter another challenge. But because we know who we are, the value we bring, and that someone else needs the fruit that will inevitably come from our dreams.
There’s another person, a young girl maybe, a college student, a young mom who needs your future book, business, product, non profit, Youtube channel, whatever it is on your heart.
Don’t give up on your dreams now. Dare to dream again and believe that the best in only to come. It’s never too late.
I truly believe as we chase not our dreams, but the One who placed them in our hearts, we’ll see ourselves walk into dreams we never thought possible.
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matt. 6:33)
What are you dreaming for in 2019?
I would love to believe with you and pray for you! Feel free to leave any comments, prayer requests, and dreams in the comment section.
With so much love!