Category Archives: Dreams

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 ❤