Dream Big Dreams

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It has been said that, “Little girls with dreams become women with vision.” I like to believe that’s true, don’t you?

Can I be honest with you today?  I don’t really like talking about New Year’s resolutions but I do love to talk about dreams, goals and personal vision. 

You see … what I believe is that it’s not just the month of January that is a good time of year to reinvent yourself … to look ahead with anticipation … or to decide that there is a thing or two about yourself that you would like to change.

That particular activity should be on the agenda of one’s life often.  Very often.

As a matter of fact, I wonder if every day we should ask ourselves, “Who do I want to be today?”

Or perhaps, “What do I want to accomplish today?”

Or even, “Is there anything that needs my attention today?”

So, rather than only setting new goals during this pioneer month of the year, perhaps what we should do is to take our “planning pulse” more often than merely one time every 365 days.

I’d like to submit to you that every day is a great day to dream with God!

“I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:13 & 14

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Did you know that I write this blog every week with you in mind?

I like to imagine that this weekly time together is not just a conglomeration of words, written at my messy desk and thrown aimlessly into the vacuum of Internet reading material.

What I like to suppose is that you and I are having a cup of coffee together at one of our favorite places.  I imagine that it is a time that we have set aside for one another, to listen to each other’s hearts and to spend some time talking about the truly important things in life.

What could be more important to talk about than our heartfelt dreams?  What could be more crucial than taking the time to share our plans that will enable us to embrace life with gusto?

Most of my friends know that when they spend time with me, I am going to be throwing questions at them right and left!  When we plan a lunch date, it is often known as “The Grand Inquisition”.

I love digging deeply into the soul of those whom I love and discovering the as yet untapped treasure in their extraordinary hearts.

So, my friend, get ready for an interview! If I had another life to live, I would choose to be Diane Sawyer so that I could ask all of the looming questions that gather in my brain and actually get paid to do it! What fun, indeed!

First of all, when you were just a child, what was the one thing that you wanted to do or to be more than anything else?

Where did that dream go?  Is it buried under a mountain of disappointment?  Have you allowed it to be lost in a fog of regret?

Go and find that dream!  Resurrect it!  Become it!  Live it!

It’s not too late … it’s never too late to go back to school … to begin again … to breathe deeply and to change.

Are you ready for interview question number two?  Here we go …

What is your last thought at night and your first thought in the morning?  What is the one thing that you just can’t escape but that comes back to haunt you day after day … week after week … year after year?

Perhaps you were made for this very thing.  Perhaps the fact that you can’t escape it means that God is talking to you.  Perhaps …

“ ‘For I know the plans that I have for you’, declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.’ “ – Jeremiah 29:11

And finally, let me ask you one more question and then I will stop badgering you today.

What is the one thing that you just love to do the most?

Do you love to sew?  Or read?  Or take pictures?

Do you love hanging out with small children?  Or with the elderly?

Do you enjoy writing notes to people?  Do you enjoy jogging?  Or traveling?

Can I just submit to you today that perhaps what you love to do the very most is actually what you were created to do!

Honestly, my friend, when I am sitting at my computer and writing I could just giggle because I am so very happy!  God created me to be a writer!

I love words … I love reading other people’s books … and crafting my own books.

I love communicating the truth in the Word of God to anyone who will listen!

It fills my soul to encourage someone who lives in the Philippines … or in Colorado … or in Great Britain!

Perhaps I was made for this …

“Who knows whether you have been born for such a time as this?” – Esther 4:14

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Today is your day to dream with the Father!  Today is the most important day of your future life so open your journal … reach for your Bible … and ask God to speak to you.  You can begin by asking yourself my three thoughtful questions:

When you were just a child, what was the one thing that you wanted to do or be more than anything else?

What is your last thought at night and your first thought in the morning?

What do you love to do the very most?

I am praying that you will become all that God has created for you to be in 2018! I am praying that you will dream again … that you will hope again … and that you will look to the future with grand anticipation of all that God can do with your ordinary yet extraordinary life! 

Thanks for listening to my heart this week.  As you know by now, my heart is truly not a perfect heart but it is a heart that is filled to overflowing with gratitude for the life I have been given and for the people who walk with me.  And, it continues to be a heart that is relentlessly chasing after God and all that He is!