God Size Dreams

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One of my heroines of the faith stepped into heaven this week.  Perhaps you have never heard of Ann.  She was a college dean of women, a marathon runner, a singer of songs and a dreamer of dreams.

Ann wrote books that changed my life when I was just a college girl myself.   Her books, although simply written, were heartfelt and stirring.  Ann helped me develop my belief that we serve a BIG God to Whom nothing is impossible.

Have you ever read …

“I’m Out to Change My World!”

“I Love the Word Impossible!”

“I’m Running to Win!”

“Yes!”

When Ann finally got married at age 35 to a potato farmer from Idaho, she wrote the book,

“I Gave God Time!”

Ann and I both walked the long and lonely road of infertility and God answered both of our prayers.  Ann adopted 4 little boys, fed them ice cream cones, raised them on a potato farm with her husband, Will, and sang the songs of life to them.  After Ann adopted these 4 miracle boys, she wrote another book,

“And With the Gift Came Laughter!”

Ann’s spirit was contagious and her love for Jesus was all-consuming.  When I was 20 years old … I wanted to BE Ann Kiemel.  But God made me Carol.  Ann and I each had our own races to run and although they intersected at times … she was she and I was me.

If Ann’s life taught me anything at all, it was that we serve a BIG God and that He puts dreams in the hearts of His children.  Your dream is NOT the impossible dream because you serve a God to Whom nothing is impossible!

All you have ever prayed about … longed for … asked for … and dreamed about is possible because you serve a God Who is big enough to pull it off!

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“Now to Him Who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we or think according to the power that works within us!” – Ephesians 3:20

God is capable of accomplishing far more than you or I could ever ask for or imagine!

You can never out-dream God!  I dare you!!

The Cistine Chapel started out as a dream …

Disney World started out as a dream …

Flying in a man-made contraption started out as a dream …

The cure for polio started out as a dream …

The end to slavery started out as a dream …

Women getting the right to vote started out as a dream …

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Your biggest, most gargantuan dreams pale in comparison to God’s tiniest, most miniscule dreams for your life!

“… according to the power that works within us …”

Paul’s God … and Ann’s God … is your God!  You and I have the same power that my heroine, Ann Kiemel Anderon, and the apostle Paul shared. 

In honor of Ann today, I am stirring up my dreams again.  I am making a bucket list of things that might seem stamped “IMPOSSIBLE!” but God looks at and says with a grin, “Yes!!  We can do that!!”

It’s time for you to dream again and to stir up the gift of God within you!

Stretch your thoughts … increase your delight in Him … enlarge your desires … multiply your prayers and petitions to the utmost

You honor God when you dream big dreams!  You honor God when your prayers are unrealistic!  God never thinks that a child of His is being presumptive in prayer … most of us are guilty of asking for far too little!

Whatever we ask … or even think to ask … our big God is able to do more … exceedingly, abundantly more!

You and I have been joined to Someone Who is more powerful than you or I have ever begun to imagine!

This was Ann’s prayer when she became a youth director in the inner city of Boston.  Today … let’s allow it to become our prayer as well …

"Jesus, You called me.

i am nothing

but You are everything

and i only make one request --

that You do things

so big

so unusual

that people will be able to look on

with such a sense of awe

and say it is too wonderful--

only God could have done it."

Ann Kiemel Anderson … thanks for dreaming big dreams and praying big prayers. 

Thanks for singing your song and running your race.  Thanks for saying a resounding “YES!” to God.

And Ann … just so you know … you really did change my world.

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