Sunday, August 22, 2010

I Have a Dream

Do you have a dream?

Think about that for just a minute...

Maybe your dream is to finish school or get married. Maybe your dream to is have children or advance in your career. Maybe your dream is to take a trip to Europe or start your own business. Maybe your dream is have your own home or get your kids through college.

Whatever that dream may be, do you think it will ever come true? Do you sometimes feel like life is taking you in the opposite direction from your dream and you find yourself father away from it's reality than maybe a year or two ago?

I have a special dream that I think about every single day. My dream is always in the forefront of my mind. At times, the eager pursuit of my dream causes me to make certain decisions, spend my time a certain way, and even connect with particular people on a very regular basis.

Often, I become frustrated and think my dream will never come to fruition. I sense the urge to just throw up my hands up and shout at the top of my lungs, "Oh, just forget it! This is all just a big waste of my time!!"

I was feeling that way this morning.

Something recently happened to me that seemed to push my dream further away. It was like I had approached an unexpected dead end along my path that completely took me by surprise. It has left me feeling discouraged, frustrated, and foolish for even having this dream in the first place. "What am I doing? There's no way my dream will actually come true!"

While I was having my pity party this morning, I decided to sit down with a nice hot cup of coffee and read a devotion from one of my all time favorite books, "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young. And this is what I read:

"Wait with Me for a while. I have much to tell you. You are walking along the path I have chosen you. It is both a privileged and a perilous way: experiencing My glorious Presence and heralding that reality to others. Sometimes you feel presumptuous to be carrying out such an assignment. Do not worry about what other people think of you. The work I am doing in you is hidden at first. But eventually blossoms will burst forth, and abundant fruit will be borne. Stay on the path of Life with Me. Trust Me wholeheartedly, letting My Spirit fill you with Joy and Peace."

I don't know about you but this is SUCH an encouragement to me!

The hard road I travel in pursuit of my dream may be hidden from others but it's never hidden from God. The decisions I've made, the time I've invested, the prayers I've prayed, the money I've spent, all to pursue my dream will one day produce an abundant harvest with loads of blossoms! It may not look exactly like I had originally planned or envisioned for myself but it will be what's best for me. As long as my eyes are focused on Him, then His perfect dream for me will be fulfilled.

Lets stay on the path. Let's keep pursuing God while we pursue or dreams and watch what He can do through us. Let's never give up and continue to trust Him every single step of the way. Let's keep going when things get tough or when we feel our path is headed in the opposite direction.

I'm in this for the long haul! What about you? Are you with me? I can't wait to see what God's going to do. And when He does it, lets give Him all the glory!!!


  1. Leah, God has been speaking this exact message to me too!! I wrote about it on my blog here:

    I will pray for you my dear friend as you "wait a while" with Him.

    Much love,
    Samantha, from P31

  2. Leah, that is so me right now. For almost 4 years now I have had a dream and a promise to hold on to from the Lord giving me a certain time frame to be watchful for. After nearly 4 years, I am eager but finding it hard to keep this dream alive and hopeful.

    While waiting and growing and holding on to this dream we have hit every trial, test, storm and really have not missed one. Its been stormy all this way but I keep hearing the Lord call out "Hang on your all most, there." It is so hard I do really just for the most part want to dulge in self pitty or give it up.

    Recently I went to see Chris Tomlin and Toby Mac at our State Fair. Lisa, Listening to Chris Tomlin start us out with worship, sitting under and open beautiful sky, I found myself reaching for that promise, reaching up for more strength. I am anxious to see this through, I desire so much more of Gods presence and control then before. I find myself longing more and more to see this through. Something happened that night under the sky as we worshipped. It was as close to God as I felt in a long while. I feel as though he has rebirthed this dream in me to see it through.

    He encourages us to hold on to the dreams he gives us. As I was going through a recent struggle, my spirit has felt this, To continuously bring Praise/Worship to our Father and He will see us through our struggles and bring forth the prize[s] that awaits us.

    You have brung me confirmation as well as brought and encouraging word forth. Dont give up your dream. It seems right now, as many of us struggle to hold on to the dreams we were given to see through, God is trying to reassure us to hold on as the nearing prize is laying just ahead.

    I am in the boat with you and I am gong to see it all the way through. Praise be it to Jesus, with his help, We will make it to the end and see our dream unfold in to the blossom He said it would be.

    If God Said It, Then It Will Be!

  3. Hang in there Leah! I find goals and persistence also helps along the way.


  4. I thought of this post this morning as I read Kelly Willie's status on Facebook...and just in case you missed it..."A dream delayed is not a dream denied." Our Pastor says that all the time..."Delay is not denial".

    I love how the Lord spoke so specifically to your heart. Beautiful. Oh how He loves each of us so individually.

    God gives us the desires of our hearts. He places those dreams in us...plants those desires deep within...our dreams are from Him.

    I love that God never does anything in 'halves'. He who starts a good work, completes it. It may take time, but the Lord will see you through until the dream He has given you is fulfilled.

    Standing in anticipation with you,

  5. Thanks so much for leaving such wonderful comments on my blog. I can't tell you how my heart filled with joy when I realized that I had 4 comments!! For me that is a very big deal :) I always hesitate to share my thoughts because I think no one reads them.

    Your encouragement and wisdom have brought such confirmation to me this morning. I treasure each and every word that you've shared.

    Have an awesome day and know that God is using you in amazing ways to love on those within your circle of influence.

  6. hi there. thankyou for posting. Contracts

    can be written where you agree to pay a little bit down. I look forward for the results. Thx!


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