Once upon a time, there was a girl who dreamed big dreams. REALLY big dreams. She prayed, sought the Lord and visualized the hand of God moving in her life and so many others. She dreamt of hope, freedom, pure love and could see heaven coming down to earth. It fueled her to do something every day that got her closer to this dream. The details had not been given to her so she filled in the blanks.
Then, one day, it kind of came crashing down. You know how that goes right? Things happen, people get wounded, decisions have to be made. And sometimes the people you thought would walk this dream out with you are gone. What do you do with that?
She shelved her dreams and just kept going. She picked up her broken heart and walked through the next door God opened. And the next. And the next. Then one day she realized the dream was still in that broken heart of hers. It was still alive. It didn’t look the same, but the vision was still intact. The only thing that had changed was the details…the ones where she had filled in the blanks. She saw the beauty in erasing her plans and asking for the hand of God to write them on her heart. And He did.
Proverbs 19:21- “Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails.”
You see, plans are man-made, but purpose is God-given. When we allow Him to fill in the blanks, dreams become reality and purpose happens. It really does happen. She will tell you it’s true. I know because I am her. And so are you.
So, what’s your word for 2018?
Don’t be afraid to dream, but don’t do it apart from Him. What does dreaming look like?
1. ASK FOR IT! Ask the Lord how you can serve Him and others best in 2018. James 4:2- “You do not have, because you do not ask.”
2. PLAN IT! Find ways to use what He has put inside of you to make a difference. Matthew 19:26- “…with God all things are possible.”
3. DO IT! Go after the heart of God. Desire what He desires. Psalm 37:4- “Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
I’m trusting Him to put desires in my heart this year. To align my heart with His. I want to see people the way He does and understand humanity a little better. I pray to extend grace more, pursue Him with a fearless obedience and recognize holy moments as they come. I want to dwell deeper in His presence and help others do the same.
I put together a Dream it and Do it planning guide for 2018 to keep me focused in the direction He is taking me and I wanted to share it with you. It’s free and it’s yours! You can find it here, on my freebies page. Just scroll to the bottom, enter your email address and it'll be sent to your inbox. I’m praying you get away to a place where it’s just you, Jesus and a cup of coffee and let Him fill in the blanks. Love Y'all!
Here's to God-sized dreams in 2018!