“We are what we believe we are.”
– C. S. Lewis
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe was one of my favorite books when I was growing up. I often imagined myself as Lucy, desperately wishing I could find my own wardrobe to make my escape to a far away land.
As a young girl I spent much time alone with a sketchbook and a pencil, drawing for hours at a time. Each picture held a unique story and each story began as a dream in my heart.
Years went by, the pictures became more detailed and my skills more refined. As a teenager I was selected by my high school art teacher to have my work displayed throughout our school and community. I was honored to be chosen and so full of hope.
I had BIG dreams of becoming a great artist and painting beautiful pictures that would hang in galleries all over the world. But then I started to compare myself to others and I began to question if I was really any good at all. There were so many other artists who were much more talented and besides, my dreams were unrealistic. After all, I was just a small town girl with a painful past — a nobody. And just like that my dreams vanished.
Much like the wicked queen in Narnia, we have an enemy who whispers deceitful words in our ears — words that cause us to doubt what we once dared to dream.
I’m guessing that many of you have had dreams that felt much too big and just like me, you’ve listened to the author of lies instead of listening to the dream giver.
God places those dreams in our hearts and wants us to believe in BIG dreams that are only possible through Him. The problem is that we’re limited by our inability to believe beyond what we are able to see.
But that’s where faith comes in. Faith isn’t seeing, faith is believing what we have yet to see. (<====Click to Tweet)
And it’s through our faith that we find hope!
“Now] we have this [hope] as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whoever steps out upon it—a hope] that reaches farther and enters into [the very certainty of the Presence] within the veil, Where Jesus has entered in for us [in advance]…” Hebrews 6:19
Jesus calls us out of the boat onto the water, encouraging us to take a step of faith. Most often we’re so afraid of sinking (failing) that we’re willing to continue to do what we’ve always done — even if that means rowing against the current and working harder to be something we were never meant to be.
Friends can I just tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way? Even if we feel that we’ve missed the boat, His mercies are new every morning and it’s never too late to begin again! Not only do I believe that God is the dream giver, I believe that He gives us new dreams. I think He places before us opportunities and if we miss one, He offers up something different, always giving us a chance to try again.
As parents we love our children enough to give them the opportunity to start over when they fail. We encourage them to learn and grow from their mistakes and offer them another chance when they need it most. I love how Matthew 7:11 is worded in the Amplified Version, If you then, evil as you are, know how to give good and advantageous gifts to your children, how much more will your Father Who is in heaven [perfect as He is] give good and advantageous things to those who keep on asking Him!
He loved us so much that He gave us His only Son, that if we would just believe in Him, we would have everlasting life. Don’t you think He also wants us to enjoy the life He’s given us and to use the gifts He formed in us?
These days the pictures that I am painting are with my words. (<====Click to Tweet)
I’m a writer.
God has given me a new dream — to reach others with the words He writes on my heart and to lead them to Him. I was once a prisoner to the shame and guilt of my past and now I’m passionate about leading others out of captivity to the truth.
Friends please don’t stop believing and dreaming!
I want to encourage you with one last quote…
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” — C. S. Lewis
Shared By: Lanette Haskins
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