I'm a firm believer in us women owning our dreams and helping each other achieve them. Do you have a woman in your life with dreams but she's struggling with depression and can't move forward? Once of the most helpful things you can do is listen to her dreams and encourage her that anything is possible.
Or maybe you are that woman who needs the encouragement. If you are I want you to speak your dreams out loud or write them down and then share them with a trusted someone who wants the best for you. Don't feel like you have that right now? I challenge you to pray for the someone to enter your life. It can happen! I have most certainly been their many times in the past 2 years as I am not as confident as I used to be. But I will get there. I firmly believe that now!
I have a few but special people that I share my most intimate thoughts and dreams with. One woman in particular told me something very empowering and encouraging. She said something to the effect of "It's not that the old confident you is gone it's just that it's buried inside of you. You can let it out again." I kept feeling like my life moving forward was just going to be dull or not exciting enough as it used to be due to my anxiety and depression but I have to choose to keep fighting through it. And for many reasons. It makes me stronger and I learn and can keep knocking down walls and enjoying things again and it shows a good example of perseverance to my children and the good or bad impact I can have on them. So of course I want it to be a good impact.
I have really had to work on thankfulness and humility. I need to be thankful in any situation and try to make the best of it. I need to be humble and remember that any thing or person I have been "given" in this life could be taken away in an instant. And not to be afraid in that but to use that to live every day full.
My dreams are to lead a more simple life. To enjoy the time I have now with my husband and children and family and friends. To not over focus on work. To do things that I enjoy even if they can be intimidating or scary. To love on people so that I when I die one day they can say "She loved Jesus and she loved us."
So keep dreaming. And not just in circles in your head but make notes, plans, and set some goals. As you conquer one goal it can propel you into the next with more hope and more satisfaction.
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Remember, it doesn't matter how slow you go so long as you don't stop!
"For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11