Olivia Rose Knows … how to manifest your dreams.

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A common theme that keeps popping up in my life lately is to manifest and pray for what I want, and God and the universe will provide for me. I’m not talking about trivial little prayers like, “God please let there be a carton of ice cream in my freezer when I open it,” but real, meaningful wants, hopes, dreams and goals for my life.

I pore over motivational and personal development books (some of my favs: Crash the Chatterbox by Steven Furtick, You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero) and listen to podcasts (some of my favs: The Charged Life, Martinis and Your Money, The Lucky Bitch, The Chalene Show, Elevation Church) and each has reiterated some version of this theme.

“When you are consistently in a state of gratitude, and aware of all the awesomeness that already exists, it, among many other things, makes it much easier for you to believe that there’s more awesomeness where that came from, and that this yet-to-be-manifested awesomeness is also available to you. You’ve received awesomeness before, so of course, you can receive awesomeness again. This is how gratitude strengthens your faith. And having strong faith is a major key in transforming your life.”
Jen Sincero, You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

Yesterday at church, we listened to Erwin McManus’ Hillsong Conference message about knowing what you want and praying for exactly that – no matter how big and impossible it may seem. Erwin shared a story about how he shattered his elbow in college. At the time, he was a working guitarist and musician, and was told that he’d never move his arm again – ever. Despite his diagnosis, a few weeks later he accepted an invitation to play in a local concert without having a clue how he’d be able to perform.

He prayed and prayed to God saying, “God, if you’ll just move my arm so that I can play the strings on my guitar. I only want to play for you, God. Just this one thing. That’s all I ask.” Erwin went on to tell us how, miraculously, his arm moved from its fixed, upright position to the perfect positioning for strumming. Sure, he could get close to the strings, but could he play? No. He still had little to no movement in his arm – it was just in a different position of immobility.

God answered his prayers, didn’t he? Erwin JUST wanted to reach the strings of his guitar. Sometimes, he went on to explain, the prayers we pray are stemmed in the hesitation and uncertainty that God is as powerful as He is. We limit our prayers and ourselves because we are fearful that if we pray too big, God won’t show up and do the unthinkable and the impossible; thus, confirming any doubts we ever had in Him.

Perhaps if Erwin prayed as dutifully and confidently as he had but on an ever bigger prayer – like gaining complete and full mobility back in his arm without any pain – God would’ve done just that. This message really resonated with me. And it wasn’t until today that I made the connection that this theme is really pushing its way through and into my day-to-day reality. Later in the day, after Sunday’s service, we walked around the West Village and stopped to watch the last few minutes of a heated basketball game at the West 4th Street Courts. Each time one of the teams had possession, the coach would yell, “KNOW WHAT YOU WANT! KNOW WHAT YOU WANT!” as they ran down the court to setup for a play.

See, I’ve read about manifesting and putting what I want into the universe. I believe in it. I trust that God will answer my prayers if I ask Him to. I know that God is a personal God who wants to give us exactly what we want and need. But one thing I don’t know is what I want. It’s as if I’m afraid to decide on ONE specific thing and commit because I KNOW that God and the universe will give it to me, if I ask – but what if that one thing isn’t right for me? What if I ask for the wrong thing, it happens, and I’m still unhappy? Or I feel unfulfilled? How absolutely ungrateful of me.

“Faith smothers your fear of the unknown. Faith allows you to take risks. Faith is the stuff of ‘leap and the net will appear.’ Faith is your best buddy when you’re scared shitless.”
Jen Sincero, You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

Lately I’ve felt an insane amount of pressure to figure out what I want, specifically, so that I can get started on praying about it and putting it into the universe and start making real, active strides in my life in the direction toward it. I’ve decided that I need to start by praying to God to open my eyes to my life’s purpose. I want Him to show me what it is that I should be doing with my unique heart and skills and I want to see it with unwavering doubt. I should also ask for his strength to really see what He’s showing me because I have a tendency to ignore the things that I fear. God’s plans for everyone are greater than we could ever possibly imagine – so I am sure if I saw what he had planned for me I’d chalk it up to mixed signals.

Be open to the possibility of the impossible.

I’ve learned to operate from an optimistic, faith-filled mind and God will do the rest – all you have to do is close your eyes and open your heart.

xx, Olivia


July 24, 2016
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