I dare you.
I dare you to Dream.
It’s another cold snowy day over here in the Midwest. An unexpected 4-6 inches of snow fell on our little homestead last night. The bright, untouched white snow reminds me of what God desires to do in my heart.
I’ve been seeking Him in a certain matter these past few weeks. Do you believe that God wants you to dream, big, bold, beautiful dreams? Dreams for your life, dreams of health, vitality, and prosperity? I listened to a podcast yesterday about the life of Abraham. Blessed in all he did, Abraham was a wise and generous man. Not perfect. Still blessed.
I’ve had these dreams tucked safely in my heart since I was a young girl. I wanted to conquer the world, experience as much of the world as my eyes could behold, and live life to the fullest. Then somewhere along the way, those dreams took a back seat as I embraced myself for the “real world” and all of its expectations.
Those dreams that blossomed in my young heart never went away. They have stayed put, tucked neatly in the corner of my heart, safe from accusations and judgment. Not just from others, also from myself.
When I announced to my family at the age of 17 that I was joining the Air National Guard and attending college I heard words like, “you can’t” and “how are you going to do that…” I remember responding in anger, the frustration of not feeling completely wrapped in love and support. I remember the old familiar feeling of loneliness. My heart hardened a little on that day as I set out to prove my worth.
I’ve accomplished a lot. I did join the Air National Guard and served for 6 years. I attended college and earned my Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and later my Master’s of Science in Nursing Education. I went on to study as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner but walked away when I became pregnant with my second son. I’ve always felt that most of what I achieved was simply to prove a point. Do not put limits on what I am able to accomplish.
I can sit here all day long and place blame on others for the things I have not yet achieved. Like learning how to play the guitar, complete
financial freedom, traveling the world, and going on mission trips. The truth of the matter, however, is there is no other voice as condemning
as my own. I am responsible for the dreams I have tucked in my heart. No one cares about them as much as I do.
Well, that’s not completely true. See, I believe my Heavenly Father planted those dreams in my heart and mind, the ones that haven’t changed and still rise up in the midst of my busy life.
I’ve made excuses and shut them down. I’ve convinced myself that these dreams are self-righteous and believed that these dreams are for other people to achieve, not for someone like me. If this is true then who am I to tell my 6-year-old that he can own a Zoo rather than be a Zookeeper? Who am I to tell him that maybe he will own an Architect company? Or that he will be an inventor or an entrepreneur? I tell him these things so that he will not put limits on himself. I want that for all of my children. My desire if for them to believe that they are capable of far more than they could even imagine because the God who created them also created the universe. He knit them together; mind, body, and spirit. He placed personalities within them and planted ideas and dreams for them achieve. All for His glory. If I believe this to be true about them, then why wouldn’t it also be true about me? About you, friend?
If I am to believe that God searches my heart and mind and knows my thoughts. If I believe that He gives me the desires of my heart when my will is aligned with His, then why would I stuff my dreams? Maybe they were never really mine all along. They are on loan to me. For his glory to be revealed.
It is for this reason I strive to do what God laid upon my heart. To speak life into you. To share the Good News and to encourage and uplift you with His words. My dream is to see your life transformed by the power of God.
This is not the only dream I carry in this clay vessel. I dream of traveling and of a complete remodel of our 117-year-old farmhouse. I also dream of complete financial freedom and the ability to give freely and live without limits.
What dreams have you buried in your heart? If I could encourage you that God put these dreams within you, would you be bold enough to pursue them? I dare you.
“May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.” Psalm 20:4