Last night I started a prayer journal (again lol, and I came across a scripture that snatched up my senses and inspired me to write a new blog post (Thanks God!):

Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are mine

-Isaiah 43:1

I was reminded that I am not here (on this earth; in this city; within my family; at my job; associated with different people) as a trial run. I am not here to strive for the life that fulfills unauthentic expectations. Nor am I here to be a carbon copy of the next person. I am more… WE are more.

Have you ever felt strongly about a dream or goal, but your urge didn’t match your faith and so you never pursued them? I’m sure we’ve all been there…I honestly still find myself in that position:

• I dream of writing full time. Books and blogs and reviews and reflections all day!

• I dream of managing a Little Free Library in Bridgeport.

I literally dream about this life. But, then I start to think about whether or not anyone would find my writing to be impactful. I question whether or not I am capable of making sure a Little Free Library is stocked and cared for. I start to chip away at my faith in my own abilities to make these dreams realities.

I forget that I’m claimed by someone who literally created life… that He knows me by name. That I can endure the weight of my dreams simply because of His presence!

It’s super easy to lose sight of the possibilities of dreams when life is constantly putting up road blocks, potholes, and faulty traffic lights at every corner. After a while it seems as if the only option is to turn around and head back to the cozy familiarity of home, not realizing that those setbacks are merely pauses within the purpose.

So, here’s to pursuing the dreams, resuming the purpose, and remembering to whom you belong.

Here are three songs that reminds me that I am His:

1. “The Best in Me” by Marvin Sapp

2. “Marvelous” by CeCe Winans

3. “Journal” by Casey J

4. “Psalm 42” by Tori Kelly

Xoxo, Sheesh

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