When I was a kid, my family went to see Reba McIntyre in concert. She sang powerfully on stage with her bright red sequined dress on, & needless to say, I was very impressed. My five-year-old self pointed to the stage as I told my Mom; “I’m gonna be up there someday.” I was always the kid who wanted to be on center stage, to have the audience & enjoy the limelight. I was always telling stories to get people to laugh, & I not-so-secretly wanted to be a rock star, complete with head banging, leather pants, & an electric guitar. (My poor mother! 😆)
Clearly, my life goals have changed… or.. have they? With time, my desire for an electric guitar & a stage has faded… but my desire for a platform hasn’t. My love for singing on center stage is gone, but my longing to share truth hasn’t. Every day I am on a journey towards living intentionally & slowly. A journey towards joy & peace. I am learning how to make my own way in the world, & that my voice is unique… there’s only one Me. I am learning to not conform to what everyone else is doing, or to what everyone else says is right.
This year has already brought me so much growth. I have begun to let the truth sink in that that I am created with a purpose. That I have the ability to impact lives with my story. My journey has included natural remedies, dear friends with listening ears, & a WHOLE lot of Jesus. I have gone from self-doubt to self-assured. The fires I’ve gone through are turning me into someone SO much stronger. I know that I have a voice… & that I can make a difference. I know that I want to share truth with you.
I know this is true:
You are not a mistake. You are strong, powerful, & full of incredibly special gifts. There is hope if you are living a defeated, overwhelmed life. You are strong enough to keep going, to keep fighting for what you believe in. You are worth it. You are worth standing up for what you need. You can make it through this day, this fight… & learn to live in victory. You were designed for a position of influence, not matter where you are right now. You have a message to tell, no matter how insignificant you may sometimes feel.
Each of our journeys will look very, VERY different. Here’s your permission slip from me: Seek the life you long for. Often, the things that were deepest in our hearts when we were young are still under there… hidden down deep, because the world around us said our dreams were too dreamy. They said they were silly… or completely IMPOSSIBLE. Look back to your childhood… before the world told you to be quiet, or stop dreaming impossible dreams. Who were you then?
Who are you NOW?
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something that you absolutely LOVED as a kid or teen!