Here’s to the Future|| Grateful Days 225-256

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It’s finally hitting me that I am going to be graduating from college and moving on to a new season of life. I mean, obviously I’ve known I’m going to graduate this semester and I’ve thought about it, but it’s finally starting to sink in. It’s kind of a frightening thought, but at the same time it’s also a very exciting thought.

It’s strange, now that school is in full swing and I have more and more assignments I need to get done the thought of graduating is starting to excite me a little more. I’m excited because I’m graduating one, but I’m also excited because I’ll be entering a new season of my life.

I feel strongly that the current season I find myself in has taught me a lot, and is still teaching me a lot. I’m glad for where I am in life and I’m happy about all the things I have gained through all of these experiences, but I’m excited to see where I’ll be going. But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit nervous as well.

Graduating from university, or at least thinking of it, is way different than thinking of graduating from high school. When I graduated high school I knew what I was going to do. I had a plan for after graduation, but the plans I have for post-graduation aren’t plans I have set in stone just yet. At this point they are only dreams and I’m learning to trust more and have more faith.

As I see the end of this season coming to an end (this sounds a smidge melodramatic but oh well) I find myself learning more and more what it means to trust God with my future and have faith that everything will work out the way it should! I know who holds my future and I’m not scared of what’s going to happen. Yes I do get anxious about my future, but I’m not scared the way I used to be. I’m learning to trust God more and more, and I’m also learning so much about my heart in this season.

I’m extremely grateful for the things I’ve learned in my life thus far. I’m glad for where God has brought me from and where He is going to take me. Though I feel anxious about it many times, I’m glad to know that my future is in the hands of a Father who loves me deeply and tenderly.

So, here’s to the future and all the times ahead!

Grateful Day 110 & 111

Grateful Days 110 & 111Eleanor Roosevelt once said “the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”. I love this! I believe this!! I actually write this as I sit in the library taking a break from studying for finals and writing a final paper. As I sit here I realize that thousands of dreams have made their home here. Hundreds of dreams were conceived in this library. Tons of people before me have dreamed dreams in this library and tons after me will add their dreams to the ones that have been dreamed up in the walls of this building.

I’ve added my fair share of dreams that have made their home here. Even as I sit here tonight I add dreams to the list of dreams this library has seen and holds. My dreams to one day change someone’s life have made their home on the bookshelves next to the section of the British Parliament. My dreams to see the world change in big  ways have found refuge next to the books on government policies. My dreams have made a home in the walls of this stone building I once despised. My dreams, along with the dreams of my fellow students have formed and shifted with each passing hour. I sit in this library with students who are studying for physics, law and math. I have come to this library with friends all so we could know our dreams are beautiful and worth believing in. I won’t lie and say I always knew my dreams were worth belief because honestly, there have been so many times when I’ve doubted the beauty of my dreams (cheesy I know, but it needed to be said haha).

I’ve wondered if the sleepless nights and the endless morning are going to be worth it. I’ve wondered if the pressure headaches from sitting funny and being stressed out are going to be worth the pain in the end. I’ve wondered if the tears I’ve cried because I’ve been so anxious are going to be worth falling. Even though I’m not quit at the end, I can taste it and I can see it and I can say that yes it will be worth it in the end. It’ll be worth it because I believe in my dreams. Not in an arrogant way, but because I have people who believe in them with me. These people have helped me see the beauty in the dreams I have and they have helped me see the beauty in the things I hope for. I have dreamed so big and so beyond myself that I also need to trust God and believe that he has my best at heart and he’ll be there for me every step of the way.

I believe my dreams will move with me. I believe they’ll grow with me and evolve as I make my way through life. I believe dreams are beautiful for this reason. They don’t grow comfortable in the safe haven of bookshelves and movie files. As we grow, our dreams pack their bags and move with us. They make their way in to our homes and in to our every day musings. Dreams are light packers and are ready to pick up and go when we are ready. They don’t stay the same, they grow and they give us something to strive towards! I believe dreams are beautiful and no matter how difficult the road is leading up to dreams becoming reality, it will be worth it!! Friend, whether you’re a struggling musician, a stressed out student or a professional dreamer, and you find yourself losing sight of the beauty of your wanderings, let me know and I’ll believe for you (and with you) because friend, I am in the business of believing in dreams- big and small.

Grateful Day 95

Processed with VSCOcam with g3 presetTonight was one of those nights when I read my Bible then talked to God about my dreams. My journal from tonight could almost read like a monologue one would deliver on stage, though I hope that doesn’t happen any time soon! Tonight though is probably the first time I started multiple lines in my journal with “I dream of…” and because of this I realized I dream for a lot, and it isn’t bad. If I wrote down every dream I dream, I would have written the longest journal entry I have ever written, but as it stands I wrote down the things I felt I needed to write down for the night. I think dreams and dreaming about the future and for life in general is something all human beings do. We all have dreams and desires. It’s almost built in us to have dreams and desires and that’s what makes human beings such beautiful creatures. We have this ability to dream for our lives! It’s awesome!!! I would love to hear what some of your dreams are so please share with me. I would also love to pray over your dreams, because I know people pray over mine and those prayers make all the difference! So what do you dream for? What do you dream of? What is your biggest dream and your deepest desire? I’d love to know 🙂

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New Beginnings, Hopes & Dreams

Today WordPress let me know I have been blogging for just about a year now. Which I find slightly crazy, considering I haven’t really blogged very much on here in the past year. This also means it was a year ago today that God gave me perspective on my life and showed me a lot of grace and favour. Also in the past year God has given me perspective and opened my heart to different dreams and ideas.

This past Tuesday at our Chi Alpha meeting a man called Rich came and spoke to us about hope. Rich is paralyzed from the chest down, and hand cycles different places in the US. Recently he hand cycled a total of 500 miles from Colorado to Tucson. He talked to us about our dreams, and he started off by asking us what our dream was. Sadly, I couldn’t even pinpoint what exactly my dream is. It’s not that I don’t have a dream, because I do, but putting what I dream for my life into words is hard. Not because it is this grand dream that is just far too large to contain, but because I don’t have one single dream, instead I have one dream, and multiple subcategory dreams (if that even makes sense). But really, the overall dream is to be an encouragement to people, especially youths, who need someone to tell them they can succeed. When I was younger I always wanted to be a cheerleader, not because it meant I could do cool things and flips and stuff, but because I liked cheering (I still really like to cheer on my favourite sports teams). I just wanted my team to know I was rooting for them, and am still rooting for them. I want to be that person for youths who don’t have many people doing that for them. So that’s the overall dream, but within my dream I also have this dream to travel and be a cheerleader for kids in different parts of the world who need it. That’s just my dream. A lot o people say “You can’t out dream God”.  I have found this statement to be true so many different times in my life, especially right now. When Rich mentioned this at Chi Alpha I instantly thought, ‘if my dream can’t properly be summed up into words, then God’s dream for me probably can’t even be conceived with my own mind!’, which is true. God’s dreams for our lives are so outrageously spectacular, that it’s kind of scary to even try to imagine what it could be. But alas, we have hope.

Rich really emphasized that hope is what helps make our dreams possible; hope changes what’s possible. I think sometimes when we look at our dream in the big picture of what our lives are we sometimes get scared to go after them. Whether because we are truly scared, or because we just don’t know how we would even be able to achieve our dreams, sometimes we feel hopeless. But there is hope at last. That’s something God has really been showing me over the past few months,even the past year, that there is hope and God just asks for faithfulness and obedience. Obedience to go where He leads, and the faithfulness to commit to what we are called to. Which I am thankful for.

So in this next year of life and blogging, I hope to learn what faithfulness and obedience are. I hope to gain a better grasp of how to be faithful and obedient. Also, since it’s November and Thanksgiving is this month I will, hopefully, post a little something about what I am thankful for everyday for the month. Today I am thankful for hope.