It seems as though my dreams and hopes came after me with a vengeance after I prayed that crazy prayer. They would not turn me loose. A still small voice would encourage me to pick up my pen and write to encourage people. I would resist until I had to finally surrender because I couldn’t sleep at night or focus. My dreams became a fire shut up in my soul that had to come out of me. This time of my life reminded me of a church song the old mothers used to sing: “It feels like fire shut up in my bones. Like Jeremiah it won’t leave me alone!”
In all honestly, I didn’t stop running from my dreams until February of 2010 when I threw up my hands and surrendered to God’s will for my life. Once I did that, things fell into place allowing me to use my God-given talents to encourage and inspire people. Although I’m still growing and learning, I feel so much better and more fulfilled knowing that I am living my dreams and using God’s gifts to help others. This blog is my way of doing this, but look out because there’s so much more to come. I’m going to take that fire that was consuming me and set this world on fire by using my gifts!
I encourage everyone reading this article to stop fighting and resisting your dreams. God gave them to you because only you can bring them to past–no one else can! To hell with what other people think of those lofty dreams and high hopes you possess. Don’t take those dreams to the grave, live your dreams. Go after your dreams like they stole your last can of Spam during the middle of the month and you won’t be getting any more money until the end of the month! It’s that serious. That is the only way you’ll be able to sleep at night. Your dream, idea or invention could change the world. Don’t shortchange us by playing small. Dream Big!
This song by Yolanda Adams really helped me to get through some challenging times when I doubted myself and my dreams. Let it serve as a source of encouragement for you, too.
P.S.- Remember, everything has beauty including YOU. It just takes a true D.I.V.A to see it!
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