Wednesday, July 28

Permission to Dream Big. Part 1

I feel like dreaming big
and sharing those big dreams with you.
There's some, no there's a bunch, of fear,
but I'm just going to
because I think it's important
for all us.

I am hesitant to dream out loud
And I'm trying to figure out why.
I think I associate dreaming big
with discontentment.
Greed.
As if what I have is not enough.
As if I want more, more, more.

But that's not it. at all.
Dreaming big dreams is not the opposite of contentment.
Unthankfulness is the opposite of contentment.
Contentment is rooted in gratitude. and peace.

And stuffing the dreams that God has planted in my heart,
Not using the gifts that he has given me
to fulfill those dreams,
is not humility.
It's fear and unfaithfulness.

I really believe that if I
lay my dreams down before the Lord
and commit them to him,
they may not happen the way I expect,
but his plans for me will always be better
than the ones I have for myself.
(even when I don't get it)

It's okay to dream big.
This is my bigger picture moment.

Shelley has been a huge inspiration
to me to not be afraid
to dream big
and to share those dreams
with you.

Kelly Rae always has great things to say about this.
Especially this post on abundance.

5 comments:

  1. This is so beautifully written. Thank you for so sensitively putting into words, what I think so many of us feel. I agree that it is not ungratefulness nor greed that makes us dream of bigger things. It is the heart's and soul's desire to fulfill what has been put inside of us. I have a couple of really big dreams, too...But I am so grateful for many blessings of today. I guess I'm even grateful that I CAN dream big! (Wouldn't it be boring and sad if we were all satisfied with the status quo?)

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  2. Big hugs to you, Erin. Fear held me back for a long time... fear of rejection, fear of what my college professors might think, fear of what people might say about my work, fear that people won't "get" my art... And a huge fear that people might not "get" ME. One day, I decided that I couldn't let my life be controlled by this fear. I decided that if I just put it out there (whatever "it" was) that the worst that could happen was that someone would say no. In the back of my head (and inside my heart), I always remember that there are people who love me, who enjoy my art, and will accept who I am. It keeps me going.

    I hope you'll keep going - regardless of what you share with the blog world - I hope you'll keep going. You have a special message to share and beautiful, sweet art to keep making. I hope you'll trust that wherever your journey takes you, your heart will guide you to whatever is "right" for you.

    Thank YOU. :)

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  3. I LOVE this! I so feel you....accusation is always trying to silence us with our motives. I remember the freedom that came when I finally said out loud "SO what if my motives are mixed and muddy! I still feel my dreams in there! Lord, I'm YOUR problem.....I'm gonna dream those dreams and you take care of the whys. Okay?" So much freedom in that!

    I love all of the life coming out of you....beautiful, beautiful life. Keep dreaming big, braveheart:)
    -Jennifer

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  4. Fear and dreams so often go hand in hand, don't they? I suppose a little fear is healthy when you're taking a big leap. It's when it keeps you from leaping that it's a problem. Good for you for dreaming big!

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  5. Hi Erin,

    Dreams are curiosities deep within our soul. I think they are blessings from God that some of us tap into and some of us stay "in fear" of.

    And I think it's natural to question the "why" of pushing forth with things especially when they are BIG. But I also remember that the Lord never gives us more than we can handle, right?

    God blessed each of us with gifts and talents at birth hoping that we will realize them as we mature.

    I'm taking steps now to finally bring some dreams to fruition.

    A scripture that affirms that our hopes and dreams are meant to be followed..I guess we are all spoken to in different ways but I just had to share my thoughts with you.

    "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

    Thanks so much for following my blog...please stay tuned as I'll be having my first gigantic giveaway when I hit 300 followers. ♥ It will be fun!

    Have a wonderful day,
    Stephanie ♥

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