Category Archives: Dreams

We Serve A Faithful God and The #DreamTogether Linkup

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As I look back at my life and where God has brought me I am overwhelmed with thankfulness. I feel like I’m on top of a mountain. After a long hard climb I am finally here in my promised land and I’m reaping the harvest of my endurance.

I’m hanging out with my friends at God- Sized Dreams today click here to see how I truly learned that God is not limited to our circumstances.

~ Lovelle ❤

Remembering All God Has Done

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“In the future when your descendants ask their parents, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground.’  For the Lord your God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over.

The Lord your God did to the Jordan what he had done to the Red Sea when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over.  He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord your God.”
~ Joshua 4: 21-24

I remember my first half marathon like it was yesterday… I felt like I had been through it all. Abuse, homelessness, obesity, fear, anger, survival, and bitterness just to name a few.
Someone got injured and gave me her spot in the Bentonville running festival. I didn’t know if I could do it but I knew I had to try and I succeeded.

After crossing the finish line and walking to my car alone I was reminded that God could help me run this race in life and I held on to His promise that everything was going to be okay even though it didn’t really look like it at the moment.

Three years later, 70 pounds lighter, and a fourth half marathon completed, I still hold tight to that reminder. I’ve watched God do the unthinkable in my life.

For 13.1 miles I get to reminisce on how much one year can really make a difference.

I get to enjoy the fact that when I cross that finish line I won’t be alone like I was the first year. Now I have parents and a husband waiting for me. They are there cheering me on and believing that I can run the race of endurance and become the woman God wants me to be.

Even if I don’t always see it.

That’s why the first weekend of April is my favorite weekend of the year. God has changed me inside and out. On this day, I get to push myself as hard as I can and as my feet hit that pavement; for 13.1 Miles I let Him take me on a wild journey of remembering just how He did that.

I guess you can say my half marathon is my, “stone.” Just like the Israelites, I use my runs and my races to remind me just how far God has taken me and one day when I have little ones, I am going to tell His story through my running shoes.

They will know that their mom’s runs are for more than just exercise. Their mom is running the race of endurance and thanking God for everything He has done.

Do you have a “Stone” set up to remind yourself of how God has brought you out of the wilderness? I would love to hear what it is!

~ Lovelle ❤

God Has Given Everyone a Sweet Spot

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Then Jesus explained, “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work.”
~ John 4:34

I finally got home. It was one in the morning on a Monday and boy had it been a long day already. The day before I had taken four eighth graders on a four hour long car ride and spent the whole day with them so that they could attend a christian concert.

Two out of the four of them had spent the night at my house the night before that so I guess you can say my weekend was packed and exhausting. There was a lot of bickering, yelling, and at times arguing but as I tucked myself into bed that morning, my body may have been tired but my heart felt so full.

Our nourishment comes from using the gifts God has given us to do exactly what He has called us to do.

It’s those moments when we put everything we have into a particular person, job, or hobby that we fully understand those words in John 4:34. You see, Jesus had a job and He loved every single minute of it. It wasn’t work to Him.

It may have been hard but every single time He healed someone and gave them the gift of salvation, He was nourished and that’s exactly how He created us to live our life.

I love those girls.
I need those girls just as much as they need me.

Every time I drop them off and am so exhausted that I can hardly get myself into bed I know that being involved in their life is exactly where God wants me to be. Today I am encouraging you to find your sweet spot. God has given you one so be involved in it as much as you can.

P.S. if you aren’t sure what God’s called you to do then I would highly recommend the Strengths Finder Test and the Myers Briggs test. They both helped me find my “sweet spot” and it really showed me that some of the things I didn’t think were so good about myself actually are an asset in the Kingdom of Heaven.

~ Lovelle ❤

What My College Degree Means to Me

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I walked to the stage in amazement. I never thought I would get here but I did. They announced my name and gave me my diploma. I could hardly hold back the tears.

I worked so hard for this.
I almost gave up so many times because it was so hard.
I shed so many tears trying to get to this place right here, right now.

6 years ago I was isolated and alone. I had dropped out of high school for over a year but managed to graduate on time by the grace of our Heavenly Father. College seemed to good for a girl like me.

That’s where the smart people went. You know, the ones with parents that believed in them and actually prepared them for it. I got shoved into a community college and until the first day of class, I didn’t know that college had a different schedule.

I didn’t realize that you didn’t go to school from 8am-3pm. Talk about a wake up call.

I felt so different and stupid compared to the other kids who actually seemed somewhat put together. There were so many nights with little sleep because school and working full time didn’t always mix.

I continued on and pushed myself forward, looking toward the finish line, uncertain of my future. The Lord is so faithful. 

Now I have parents and a huge support system cheering me on. Somehow they knew I could do it even when I didn’t think I could. They never let me give up. They listened to my cries and cheered me on all the way to the finish line.

As I held that bachelors degree as tight as I could with my cap and gown on I was so full of thankfulness. I am thankful that the Lord took a broken girl and did the impossible. He managed to make her a graduate not once, but twice.

He saw something in her that she didn’t know she had. He pursued her with everything He had and He constantly reminded her that His ways are no limit to her circumstances. 

He gave her healing.
He gave her parents.
He gave her an amazing husband.
He proved to her that she wasn’t as stupid as she thought she seemed.
He showed her that she was worthy.

Everything that was taken from her, God in His gracious love redeemed. That my friends is what my college degree means to me.

~ Lovelle ❤

 

 

Believing God is Not Limited

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I remember it like it was yesterday… Two years ago on this day I was holding a giant birthday cake at my local Boys and Girls club. I had given a speech to some kiddos and because it was my 21st birthday, they decided to celebrate with me.

This woman I had grown close to attended my speech. I didn’t really understand why she came, because no one ever came to my events but I didn’t object. As I sat there holding a cake that said, “happy birthday Lovelle” this woman with the most gentle spirit and beautiful smile looked at me and said, “Mark and I want to be your parents.” 

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In that moment, I felt worthy and wanted for the first time. To this day, I still think it’s the greatest birthday present God has ever given me. What can I say, It’s pretty hard to top getting parents. 

Every year, I look back at that moment and I am reminded that we serve a God who knows no limits. If you have read any of my posts lately, you will see that I am in sort of a wilderness and i’ve been tempted to just give up and settle on the dreams God has laid on my heart.

At times it’s hard to see Him working in the background but today I want to encourage you to keep pressing forward because God doesn’t waste anything. If He puts a dream on your heart, it will come to pass. It may take over ten years like it did for my parents, or 21 years like it did for me but the wait will be worth it.

~ Lovelle ❤

The Not So Picture Perfect Dream

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When we were celebrating my husband’s birthday, our original plans of having someone bake the cake went out the window so I ended up having to make it. Cake decorating is easy, right?

As I strolled through the grocery store aisle picking out the frosting, I could picture the gorgeous cake I would make for my husband. The picture in my head looked like it came from a Southern Cooking magazine. I got the cake baked and started frosting it, believing whole heartedly that deep down I had mad cake decorating skills.

I believed that until I saw the finished results. The cake I spent an hour trying to decorate looked like a five-year old decorated it. Actually, I am pretty sure a five-year old could do better than I did. 

When I gave it to my husband I had a pretty disappointed look on my face to say the least. Why couldn’t I do it? I tried! It should have come out the way I planned it in my head, right?

I feel like our dreams kind of go like that sometimes.

We see this pretty picture of how we want things to go, we try a little, and then when we see the finished result we get REALLY disappointed when it doesn’t go like we pictured it. We forget that dreams don’t come easy.

We have to work for them and sometimes we have to work at it for a long time. I don’t know one successful person that has achieved their dream on the first try. Are you seeing a certain “picture” in a dream that you are chasing? Is it not going your way?

Remember, even well-known photographers have to take quite a few shots to get the “perfect one.” Keep at it because you will get there and all the work you put into it will make you appreciate it that much more.

~ Lovelle ❤