Our Dreams Must Always Be Bigger Than Our Fears

Never allow your fear to be bigger than your dreams.  Never allow the stress of your challenges to talk you out of your dreams.

On January 1, 2014, one of my declarations was “I will expect to see God do unexpected things every day.” On the week of January 7, 2014, two unexpected things occurred. Wow…just WOW!

When the first opportunity came along, the first thought that popped into my mind was “I don’t know if I can commit to this.”  When the second opportunity came along, I thought “I don’t know if I’m ready for this…this is so fast.”  Though I had earnestly prayed about both opportunities for a  over year, my first response was one of fear.  Yes, fear… :-/

The second offeror could hear the hesitation in my voice so he asked me to explain what was going on.  He knew the opportunity was something I was passionate about so he encouraged me to verbalize all of my concerns.  I carefully went through my list of concerns and when I finished, his response was “Erika, come on now…it’s go time. This is what you said you wanted.” When he said that to me, I wanted to come up with another concern to validate my fear but I simply couldn’t.  He was absolutely right and it was time to confront my fear.

The offeror proceeded to explain the details of the opportunity and all I could think about was “how will this work?” “what if this and this happens…”–the fear was growing.  There was a slight pause on the phone and the next sound I heard was him saying this “hey, I know how you’re feeling. I know you’re scared but you just gotta take that leap of faith to know it will work out. This is about faith.”

F-A-I-T-H…wow, I almost allowed the thing (faith) that means so much to me to be taken away by my fears.

As soon as he said the word FAITH, I knew it was time to pray.  I asked him to give me a few days to pray and process things. I hung up the phone and said “God, I guess you really were listening when I prayed. I feel afraid. I need you to help me.”  I paced the floor a few times and the Holy Spirit responded with these words “Never allow your fear to be bigger than your dreams.  Never allow the stress of your challenges talk you out of your dreams.”

Those words were the exact words I needed to hear.  God’s timing was impeccable and I proceeded to let them take root in my heart.  In fear those words meant very little but in faith, those words were like gold.

To you, the person who’s reading this post, my encouragement to you today is simply–have faith.  Like me, there are going to be times when you need $3000 plus dollars to begin a dream and the only thing you will have in your pocket will be faith.  There will be times when you need an office building, a dance studio, gym equipment, a home, or clients/customers, and the only thing you’ll have to meet your need is faith. In those moments, your faith won’t seem like much but never underestimate the power of a believer who walks in faith (Psalm 37:25). Though I am no expert, one thing that I am learning is that faith has more resources than any bank or person in the world will ever be able to provide.  Man is limited but God’s favor and power have no end.  In all that you do and pursue this year, please remember to never allow fear to be bigger than your dreams.

I know that I did not go into detail about the opportunities I mentioned today but I promise to reveal them when the time is right. Until then, remember what we discussed–big dreams, big faith, BIG GOD.

If you’re believing in God for a dream to come to pass and you’d like someone to stand in agreement with you regarding your prayer, please let me know.  It would be my honor to stand in agreement with you through prayer.

Love,

~ETE

Happy Thursday! =)

“I will not abandon you. If you do it, you will succeed. Trust me. If I put it in you, it can be achieved.”-God

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2 Comments
  • Roselyn
    January 9, 2014

    Though you stated you were not sure if you wanted to commit to the opportunities, I could feel so much energy and excitement in this post, which to me signifies you have conquered whatever fear you had and moving on in faith. Ephesians 6:16-17 ” In every situation take shield in faith and the sword of the spirit which is the word”. Because you know why you asked God for what you wanted, he will guide you on how to proceed. Fear is not an option. As you continue to remember us in prayer so shall we because you are a blessing to many!!!

    • ErikaTheEncourager
      January 9, 2014

      Roz, thanks so much for speaking this blessing over me today. Ephesians 6:16-17 was such a timely scripture for you to share and I appreciate you so much. Like you said, “fear is not an option.” It’s time to operate in faith and nothing less. You are blessing to me & many others too because of your relationship with God. You are full of such strength & wisdom.

      Love you sis! =)

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