Don't Ignore Your Dream

Don't Ignore Your Dream

Dreaming may not just be wishful thinking - it could be the "God nudge" you desperately need.

Deep down inside everyone is a desire - the desire to carry out a really cool, perhaps seemingly impossible dream.

This dream keeps you up late at night just thinking about it. You can liken it to the feeling of being in love - It's what most excites you, gets your heart pounding, and consumes much of what you think about and hope for.

However, reality hits:

There are things that need to get done. You forget about dreaming. You start believing that practical, safer choices in life are always the best. You push your dreams aside, choosing to label them as wishful fantasies - perhaps an escape from the humdrum of day to day living.

But you just can't seem to let this dream go.

So many people believe that having desires like that are wrong.

I am here to tell you that in many cases, they're not!

Please, do not let this dream go!

God often directs our lives by placing deep desires within our hearts in order to guide us to the next step.

If this dream keeps tugging at your heart, please don't ignore it. It may not make sense at the time, but one day, it will.

You may be holding back from pursuing a dream because of your fear that you won't ever succeed.

Based on my life experience, however, I can assure you that what's far more haunting than failure is the lingering feeling of regret for not even trying.

You don't want to wait until the end of your life to look back and say, "What if I didn't settle and actually asked God to give me opportunities to pursue what I'm truly passionate about?

Don't waste your time investing your life in something you don't really care about - something that may be "practical" but fails to motivate or excite you.

When I went to the Sea of Galilee, I was confronted with the thought of "daring to dream."

I couldn't help but think of the story that most of us know - the story of Jesus walking on the Sea in the middle of a storm.

As I stood in the Sea of Galilee at 10 in the evening, I could almost see it happening: Jesus calmly and collectively walking towards his beloved disciples who were all most certainly panicking (and now I know why - the winds can get SUPER strong over the Sea late at night).

Peter was one of the disciples in the boat. He was one CRAZY guy! He's the only one who called out to Jesus when he saw Him, saying he wanted to walk on the water too!

Let's just stop and think here: Peter had the desire to walk on water - it was a rad/cool/impossible/impractical dream of his - but it was something he really wanted to do!

Jesus' response to Peter could have been, "No, just wait in the boat, I'm almost there. Just watch me walk on water (which was already in and of itself a really cool experience)."

But Jesus doesn't say that!

Jesus tells Peter, "Come."

Why did Jesus allow Peter to be daring enough to act on his impulsive desire to walk on water in the middle of a raging storm?

I believe it was meant to be. When Peter walked on the water, not only was he able to do something extraordinary and fulfill his dream, but his faith in God was able to grow exponentially following that.

Later on, Peter would live on to share that story with thousands of people. It may have gone something like, "I had a crazy desire to walk on water during a storm this one time, and you wouldn't believe it - by keeping my eyes on Jesus, I actually did! He helped me accomplish the impossible, and He can help you do the same. Just trust in Him - you can do all things through Christ who gives you strength."

Dare to dream.

It sounds cliché, but in all seriousness, practice taking moments out of your day where you stop to inquire God - and yourself - of where your deepest desires and passions lay.

Remember: You were called to live for a time such as this.

If you go after your dreams, hopes, and visions in faith, you will one day see it change the world around you.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Arab-American Heritage Month Is Not A Well Known Celebration And I'm Pissed About It

I'm an Arab-American and didn't even know this was a thing... That's sad.


The month of April is special for a lot of reasons but this one hits home for me. This is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the culture, history and amazing people who have helped bring something to this country. So many Arab-Americans have contributed a lot to society yet they don't get the recognition they deserve for it.

In today's society, the Arab community is always being looked down on and degraded. The lack of understanding from those around makes Arab-Americans feel like outsiders in a place they should be able to call home. The inaccurate images and stereotypes that inhabit the word "Arab" are sickening.

It's time to raise awareness. It's time to look beyond the media's portrayal. It's time to see a neighbor, a teacher, a doctor, a scientist, an artist, an athlete, a parent, a child, but most importantly, a human being, NOT a monster.

Arab-Americans encounter and fight racism every day. As a society, we should be better than that. We should want everyone in this country to feel wanted, needed and appreciated. Together, we should use this month as a time to shine light and celebrate the many Arab-Americans who have, and continue making this country great.

While you read this list of just a few famous Arab-Americans keep in mind how much they want this country to be amazing, just as much as anyone else does.

Dr. Michael DeBakey, invented the heart pump

Dr. Elias Corey, Nobel Prize winner for Chemistry in 1990 

Dr. Ahmed H. Zewail, Nobel Prize winner for Chemistry in 1999

Lucie Salhany, first woman to head a tv network 

Ralph Johns, an active participant in the civil rights movement and encouraged the famous Woolworth sit-in 

Ernest Hamwi, invented the ice cream cone

Pvt. Nathan Badeen, died fighting in the Revolutionary War

Leila Ahmed, the first women's studies professor at Harvard Divinity School 

We should recognize and celebrate these achievements. There are so many things you can learn when you step inside another culture instead of turning your back to it. This April, take time to indulge in the Arab-American heritage.

Instead of pushing away the things you don't understand, dive into diversity and expand your knowledge of the unknown. Together we can raise awareness. #IAmArabAmerican

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