Baby you should go and love yourself…Have you ever scrolled down your Facebook or Instagram feed or been somewhere and found yourself comparing yourself to other people – maybe feeling like you’re behind in life and in your purpose or don’t measure up to others’ standards? I’ve been there!
Here’s an entry from my Dear Diary Video series at Dreamfleur.com where I’m talking about life topics that we can all relate to – this one is avoiding the trap of comparison, judging others and insecurity…
Dream deeper than how the world tells us to dream – your purpose could make someone’s day brighter just by you showing that you see them and care!✌❤️
Above is a snippet of my story that I shared on Periscope (join me @dreamfleur) of how my life has changed once I found true love. I spent the past few months at Christ for the Nations (I highly recommend that place for anyone who has a dream of changing the world and wants to connect with God in a deeper way to get more direction). One of the biggest lessons is that sometimes God wants us to step out of our comfort zone to reach out to the people around us that we don’t know, to show them love and maybe pray for them if we feel led to.
Our dreams can have a platform that reaches so many people but at times God wants us to get out of our comfort zone to talk to one person and see how they’re doing, and to share His love with them – it could make all the difference in their world!
Dream BIG and dare to dream deeper, seeing people like God sees them, with live, reaching out to the lonely and the overlooked. It fills you up with so much joy to know you made a difference on someone’s life and in turn you change the world!
Smile to brighten someone's day! Dream a dream bigger than you, like Dr. King did, and together we can light up the word! God put big dreams in your heart beyond what the world calls success because His biggest Dream is to see all of His kids come back to Him so we all can play and party together some day! ✌️ Sometimes I think certain people and situations are in our lives to show us how He can empower us to love radically like Jesus did – the kind of love that don't make sense to most – that's unconditional, not condemning even if we feel hurt (remember our real enemy is invisible and loves to distract us with silly offenses) and is not about our feelings or self interests…the kind of love that the world will scratch it's head at like huh??
Below is one of the devotions I wrote for CFNI on this topic of being love to people to change the world:
“…Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” Mark 9:36
Our culture often looks to crowds and numbers as a measure of influence, especially in our social media-driven world. Even in ministry we could get distracted by being overly focused on status and boosting our numbers.
Jesus did teach crowds and feed multitudes but He also did significant ministry work on the personal level. There was the moment He looked tenderly into the face of the woman at the well and several times when He stopped to heal determined individuals who were in need.
Loving others is our call, but how often do we leave our comfort zones and the church building to love people one-on-one? Are we too distracted striving to be great to notice individuals God has placed in our path for a greater purpose? When we cultivate relationships with others and genuinely show compassion they’ll tangibly experience God’s love.
Let’s ask God to give us eyes to see those who feel invisible and forgotten, the downcast and weary. We can heal the broken-hearted and set captives free through love and service – if we dare to get uncomfortable and personal. -Julene Fleurmond #cfnidevotionals #relationships Find more inspiration and nourishment for your spirit on my blog http://dreamfleur.com.
Below is a video promo for Christ for the Nations that some of my friends are featured in and produced. CFNI is really an inspiring place – whatever your dream is it might be a place to learn to dream DEEPER with a greater mission:
In the Editor’s Picks posts I share some inspiring messages and resources that have been inspiring me and will encourage you in your purpose:
The promo video for STORY in Chicago caught my attention and was like God drawing me in to see what He’s been speaking to my heart over the past few years, about reigniting our creativity to dream like children again:
What if we can reclaim the places where imagination has been lost and find the whisper that beckons us to look past the ordinary…what would we discover?
This is your Invitation to Another World…
“Out of intimacy flows ministry…”
Jesus speaks to us in the fullness of time, that is, when he is ready to do work that he has called us to do. Paula Benne gives a personal testimony about how God spoke to her. Her story is so relatable!
Click here to listen to her message from the Fullness of Time Conference…
What Does Intimacy With God ACTUALLY Look Like?! Inspiration from Simply Feli
We talk about intimacy with God all the time but what does that actually look like practically? Femi from “Simply Feli TV” shares her heart and some tips on how to connect deeply to the heart of God. Feli says “I just want people to have a more dynamic and intimate relationship with Jesus. That’s me in a nut shell really.” Be sure to check out more of her videos on her Youtube page – they’re so inspiring and relevant: https://www.youtube.com/c/simplyfelivision
Divine Permission to Be YOU!
Lance Wallnau, a powerful speaker and author, helped to launch a program called Gates of Influence at my church that I was able to take part in over the past few years. That program changed my perspective on purpose and so many areas of life and gave me insight about the 7 mountains of society that God calls us to make an impact in. One of the main messages he shares is that we have times of being hidden where we develop deep intimacy with God and build our character and resilience:
“Through my music I want people to experience the work of the Holy Spirit…I want to bring hope, faith and love with every song I sing/write and change lives.”
– Hannah Schaefer
For this Artist Spotlight feature 19-year-old Hannah Schaefer introduces herself and the story and passion behind her music and the song “All the Way.” Take a listen to the song below and click here to get her EP on iTunes!
I grew up in the small town of Columbia City, Indiana. My childhood memories consists of catching frogs on warm summer nights at my grandparents lake house and, in the winter time, pretending to be a professional snow boarder down the hill in my backyard. I’ve loved growing up in a flyover state where Jesus is frequently the center of it all…
Has God ever asked you to step out of the comfortable to follow Him?
What do you do when you’ve been running 100mph in the direction God sent you and then He flips the script on you?!
Never allow fear to be a reason why you don’t step out to try something that God has called you to. Whatever you have feared is small compared to how great your God is…
“O my God, You are my God
There is no other one like You
Early in the morning I will seek and I will find You
My only survival plan in this weary land
Is to put my weary soul in Your hand…”