I originally wrote this post in October 2013 on STARRated (which is still up, but hasn’t been updated). I went back to look at the site to work on archiving the old posts to #IamStarrHoward and noticed that this post gave me so much hope. It reminded me that if you stay prayerful and trust and believe in God’s word, ALL things are possible! I pray that it gives you the same hope it gave me when initially writing it and and the same hope it gave me when re-reading it.
Happy reading and remember that you create the life you want!
As I sit here brainstorming on merchandising ideas, marketing promotions, and inventory for my boutique storefront, I am completely and utterly overwhelmed. Actually I’m in tears. It’s hard for me to even grasp the fact that the dream I dreamt YEARS ago in my college dorm room has manifested into reality. See to you, it may seem like a women’s clothing boutique is over done and you may think that fashion is superficial, but to me, it’s my dream. I’ve been in this industry for a number of years, and have seen the smiles on people’s faces when I show the beauty on the outside what they have always owned on the inside. This is my opportunity to do what is innate to me, and that’s simply motivating and uplifting people to be their best selves. This is God’s work; I’m simply a vessel.
This opportunity is proof that dreams do come true. It confirms what I have ALWAYS known, felt, and believed in every being of me…….My God is not only real, but He is AWESOME!! To me, it’s evidence that when you nurture and water the seed that God has placed in your spirit, in your soul, it has no other choice but to grow. To me, it’s proof that no matter your background, no matter, your failures, no matter your short comings, no matter the obstacles you are faced with, no matter the people who come in your life for their own personal gain, no matter the people who take you for granted, no matter the people who wrong you, no matter your education, no matter those who underestimate you, no matter how you may at times underestimate yourself, if you believe that God is real, if you turn your situations over to God, if you have a true relationship with Christ, and you put in the work, God will ALWAYS make a way. But YOU have to do the work!
I’ve had this dream for about 10 years and it seemed like it would never come to fruition, but the moment I stopped obsessing over it, stopped trying to control the outcome, and really allowed God into my circumstances, and opened myself up to HIS direction, everything just fell right into place. God sent amazing people into my life and amazing opportunities. That’s the thing about a seed that’s planted by God; He will place things and people around you that will guide you into fulfilling your dreams. God knows when, how, and why to answer those prayers you’ve been praying for days, weeks, months, and even years. Keep pushing through. DON’T STOP!
Never give up on your dreams, never let negativity put out your fire, allow that negativity to fuel your fire. Never settle for mediocrity, God makes no mistakes and did not create you to settle. I believe that God put me here to do amazing things!! I was destined to be great and until I reach my full God given potential, I will never stop doing the work!! I vow to never forget where my help comes from and there is no better help than the help of Jesus Christ.
Keep praying, keep working, and keep the faith….
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. -Romans 15:13