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The Dreams of Little Girls

When I was a little girl, I had dreams of one day becoming first a ballerina, then a veterinarian, a civil rights attorney, a writer/poet, and finally a history professor.


My parents helped to shape those dreams by sending me to dance classes beginning at the tender age of three.  I was allowed to bring home my first pet, a stray kitten to nurse at age four.  With learning how to read, and write shortly thereafter my dreams were nurtured and expanded further through the books I borrowed from the public library with my 1st library card at age five and composite books and plenty of writing utensils.

My point in all this is to say when we are young it is our parents and/or guardians’ responsibility to help positively shape our dreams; to provide us with the resources and tools to make them, obtainable through hard work, discipline and diligence.

Our heavenly father is no different.  He who birthed in us our desires, our dreams, left us a manual for life, that if we were only to read it, believe it and apply what we learn from it will receive all the promises he has set aside for us.  In it he tells us that we can go to him, and petition for his advice and guidance.  He left us the Holy Spirit and gave us Jesus his only begotten Son as shining example.  The manual but of course your might have already guessed it is the Bible.

Today, I would like for you to take a moment and think back when you were a little girl or boy to what your dreams were, are still in the process of chasing those dreams or because of life’s challenges have your abandon them for new ones? Or have you given up on dreaming all together?

If you have given up on your dreams; know this, every dream if it is good, is a gift from God and worthy of considering again.  By allowing yourself to dream you are allowing yourself to believe that what wonders God has in store for you are possible through faith.

Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]– Ephesians 3:20 (Amplified Bible)


If you liked this feature and would like to share your own dreams, leave your comments now.

Lela Jefferson


© 2009, Lela Jefferson Fagan. All rights reserved.

Lela Fagan (Jefferson) is the author of the book “Poetry of a Black Girl: The Darkness and the Light” and lead blogger at “Memoirs of a Black Girl”. Lela is an avid reader “A Real Bookworm” of all things in print. She finds joy in sharing socially and blogging about topics that matter the most to her. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Lela now lives in Houston, TX with her husband Oji, an educator and Football Coach. @LelaJefferson - See more at: http://www.memoirsofablackgirl.com/


  • Cheri

    Thank you for sharing. Almost a year ago I think I stopped dreaming my dreams or pursuing the ones I had… until I was blessed with the privilege of meeting a group of young ladies who were pursuing their dreams. That encouraged me to begin again pursuing mine. I am happy to know that we are in different stages of that journey and that I am not alone.
    Be blessed.

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