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I have dreams. Big Ones. I always have.

When I was a child, I dreamt of being a teacher. My Grandparents home influenced and fed this dream. They had an entire classroom set up in their basement; fully stocked with a chalkboard near the front and desks throughout the space. I wanted to be the one to organize the room, write my name in beautiful script across the board and instruct my siblings. 

As vividly as I remember these dreams, though, I remember the moments they became darkened by the giants of insecurity and uncertainty. I remember my first experience with the thief of joy, comparison. In elementary school I compared my grades to those of my classmates and realized I was not going to become a doctor. A friend in middle school, a teacher in college; both made me question my dreams. 

Let me be clear, I have certainly been blessed with words of encouragement from family and friends throughout my life. Yet, when I try to seek out and remember the encouragement, often times the loudest voice of all seems to be that of the world screaming back at me: "You are not ___ enough," "You don't have the grades," "You don't have the eye," "You don't really fit."

In 1 John 3:1 it says: "See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” In the same way, we must remind ourselves that the world does not know us as our Creator knows us. The giants that tend to stand in-between us and our dreams do not compare to the promises of a hope and a future that the Lord has spoken into our lives. And these promises have the power to quiet the loud voice of discouragement and destroy the giants. It is through holding fast to these promises that strength from the Lord can stir us to move forward in pursuit of our dreams. 

 My dad recently said to me, "You have to believe that you can do something because the moment you doubt yourself, you can't." Scripture says, "Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them" -Mark 11:23

Let faith speak louder than doubt. You are most definitely enough.

Written by: Emily Howard  (Owner of Wldflwr.ink)

Edited by: Elizabeth Mansfield

{photography by blythe thomas}

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