This month, I’m keeping it short and sweet with a couple of life updates and an encouragement that’s close to my heart this month: I want to encourage you to dare to dream — actively. As in, to block out time in your calendar to do so, maybe even this weekend. Today, we’re talking life-learning and vision-boarding. 🤩
July: Life and Learnings
July, July. It’s been a pretty surreal month for me, one which I have enjoyed and which has shown me who God is in a new way. There have been blessings and challenges. Lots of things I am grateful for: as well getting signed to an amazing records label (stay tuned 🥰), starting a new role at work, and founding a Scholarship to help support black students, what’s stood out most in July is God’s revealing to me His heart for our dreams as His precious children. His desire for us to dream big and trust Him. July in a nutshell? God encouraging me to dream again.
This month I learnt in a whole new way how much God cares about our dreams… and our doubts. I realised that some of my dreams were so big to me that I didn’t trust God with them.
Through a number of Bible Plans (all documented in the Bible Highlight on my Instagram — many of you know my theme this year is Calling and Purpose), He’s revealed to me that our dreams, gifts, passions and interests were His idea — He planted them there and hand-picked them to be in us. They’re not a random assortment; in fact, they often point to our calling and individual purpose. He cares about them more than I do, just as He knows me better than I know myself.
God and I spent some real, heart-to-heart time a few weeks ago weeding out some lies and untruths I’d been believing for a while around this — about myself and about my future — and I am so grateful. I would encourage anyone who is plagued by doubt and fear right now to honestly take some quiet time and speak to God honestly. Hash things out with Him. You don’t have to hide a thing from Him. He knows it all already but wants to be in relationship with us. I love how Romans 8:28 assures us that God cares so deeply about even the most ‘insignificant’ parts of our lives:
And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purposeRomans 8:28 (AMP)
And that He doesn’t want us to ever put up a front when speaking with Him:
The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful, a puzzle that no one can figure out. But I, God, search the heartand examine the mind. I get to the heart of the human. I get to the root of things. I treat them as they really are,not as they pretend to beJeremiah 17:10
On the flip-side of weeding those lies out, He then encouraged me to dream again as I began to trust Him more in areas I’d found it hard to before. And so we come to the topic of today’s post: this week especially I’ve been vision-boarding like there’s no tomorrow, and today I would like to encourage you to try it too. 😍
What is a vision board? How can you get started?
Vision-boarding is the process of getting a large board, a sheet of paper (usually A3), or digital one (I do mine using mural.co), and DREAMING. A really great Bible Plan that can walk you through the process is the Stickie Dreamwall plan on the YouVersion Bible app. But essentially creating a vision board involves sticking onto this sheet of paper anything and everything – images, quotes, thoughts, prayers, scriptures, ideas, words – that centre around and focus you on a particular dream or goal. Some people use them to plan holidays, new homes, or even weddings! The process forces you to think about and visualise your dream; brings it into more tangible reality; and motivates and empowers you to realise it.
As a Christian, it can be a beautiful way of inviting God into your dreaming process; ensuring your dreams align with His as you get to know Him, sharing with Him what you’d love to happen, and entrusting your biggest dreams to Him. It can be really intimate, encouraging and therapeutic as a form of devotional time.
I’ve spent at least 30 mins each evening this week working on my 3rd vision board and honestly, it is so relaxing and even mood-lifting. I plan to make it a regular activity. Something so refreshing about cultivating child-like faith and thinking about who you are, what you want to achieve, and what is most important to you in life. Why not give it a go?
Here’s a great Huffpost article on the benefits and how to do it well.
As promised, short and sweet this month. But stay tuned for some exciting things to come, including the announcement of our 12-15 winners for the ISLA Gift (on 23 August, here, on my Instagram and on my Twitter), plus more. 🥰
Wishing you a wonderful last day of July 2020, and I’ll see you in August.
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