Am I Gonna Believe?

I've been thinking about belief this weekend.
Believing that God is going to do what He says He will.
Believing in His word.
Believing against all odds that dreams can come true.
And not believing lies that we are told.
Those lies that tear us down, steal our dreams,
keep us from running and pushing further ...
because we are afraid.
I watched "The Help" this weekend for the 2nd time, {if you haven't seen it, please go rent! Totally worth it} It's the kind of movie that has you laughing, then crying at quick and sudden intervals. And I love that. (Cause I'm a cryer)
One scene hit me as I watched it this time, one that encompasses what I've been feeling and thinking about believing...
Constantine (Maid): “What you doin, hiding out here, girl?”
Skeeter: “ I just couldn’t tell Mama I didn’t get asked to the dance...all the boys say I’m ugly. And Mama was the 3rd runner up in the Miss South Carolina pageant.
Constantine: “You quit feelin’ sorry for yourself. Now that’s ugly. Ugliness is something that goes up inside you. It’s mean and hurts, like ‘dem boys. Now you not one of 'dem, is you?"
Skeeter: shakes her head.
Constantine: “Well I didn’t think so, hunny. Every day, every day you not dead in the ground, when you wake up in the mornin’, you gonna have to make some decisions.
You gotta ask yourself this question – am I gonna believe all ‘dem bad things them fools say about me today? Am I gonna believe all ‘dem bad things dem fools say about me today?? Alright?”
You gonna do something big with your life. You wait and see. “

I was do exactly what wise Constantine advised.
Will you do it with me?
To get up every morning and choose to believe who we REALLY are.
To choose not to believe the lies them fools say about us.
This weekend and the week before have been crazy... alot of believing and trying to push ahead was done (and not just for my favorite Broncos winning!). Working on dreams and plans. Getting up after falling down, fighting discouragement in a tough economy. And though life is not always perfect, striving to enjoy and love in every little step I can... decorating doorways with a pink and white "balloon curtain" for my mom's birthday.
inspiration found on Pinterest a 3 generation fancy lunch to celebrate.
...and an afternoon browsing lovely kitchen treasures at Williams-Sonoma after.
...impromptu on-the-go make-up sessions & sister chats on the hilltops of Los Angeles. lovin' old-fashioned Coca Cola in a glass bottle.

...and breathtaking sunsets that make me wonder, "How can you say there is no God?"
{the Getty Center, Los Angeles}

..and full moons on crisp nights.
at my parent's church in Bel Air

...capped off with a snowy-covered morning I awakened to.

Don't give up the faith. Don't give up on your dreams. Whatever they may be.
Even if people tell you it's silly or stupid.
Take one step at a time.
Make a list of little things you can do this week to accomplish your dream.
Then, (as Nike says!) just do it, girl! Go for it.

Dream big. And yes, believe.