Say “Yes” Anyway

God-sized Dreams by Holley Gerth3

The moment you dare to speak a dream or desire there will be other words that come too. Word like “What if…” or “What will I do about…”

There’s a part of us that insists, “You have to get all of those questions resolved before you take a step forward.” But if you wait for that, then you will never pursue your God-sized dream.

Because God-sized dreams are about faith.

If you are certain about everything, then it’s no longer about trust in the Giver of the dream. And what he wants most on this journey is your heart.

I’m not saying to plunge foolishly ahead. Do your due diligence. Pray, ask for wise counsel, and do practical research. But at some point you have to actually do something.

When you do, it will feel like the world is going to explode. Your heart will try to beat out of your chest. Your mind will swirl like a little tornado. Your knees will knock right there in your cute boots. And you will think, “I’m not ready. I need to do more praying, asking, and researching.”

As soon as that thought comes to you, calm is restored. So you assume that must be the wise thing to do. But that’s not true. It’s the safe thing to do. But God-sized dreams aren’t about being safe. They are about holy risk, leaps of faith, putting yourself out there and into the hands of God, where you know that unless he comes through, you will fall…

Will you read the rest with me on the new God-sized Dreams site? 

XOXO

Holley Gerth

p.s. You can find more encouragement for your God-sized dreams and the desires of your heart in You’re Made for a God-sized Dream and Opening the Door to Your God-sized Dream {books}.

Celebrating a Year of Your God-sized Dreams

A year ago I wrote these words to you…

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God-sized Dream = a desire in your heart for more of what God has for you.

Hello, Brave Sister…

I’m talking to you today.

Yep, even if your knees are knocking in your cute boots a bit.

The one who has a desire that tugs at your heart.

The one with the God-sized dream that’s been waiting.

The one who sometimes wonders, “Is this all there is?”

I’m inviting you to open the door to a God-sized dream in 2013.

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So many of you said YES to that invitation a year ago. I’ve watched you as you’ve taken steps of faith, faced obstacles, overcome fears, seen some dreams come true and let others go. It’s been an extraordinary journey.

And at the center of it has been the God-sized dreams team. When I asked for a team to help launch my You’re Made for a God-sized Dream book, I had no idea I would also get 99 wild new friends who would teach, grow, inspire and encourage me beyond all I could have imagined.

I’ve learned one God-sized dream often leads to another and out of that team God put a desire for a God-sized Dreams site in the heart of one of the members, Christine Wright.

In the back of my mind I’d always thought, “It would be great to have a web site!” But I also sensed I wasn’t the one to start it. Then a few months ago Christine emailed me and said, “So I have this crazy idea…I think God is calling me to start a site.” Christine asked for my permission and blessing and of course I said YES.

Christine is inviting all of you to be part of the God-sized Dreams Community and to join in the weekly link up there.  The site went live on December 30th and you can find it at www.godsizeddreams.com. The first link-up will be December 31st and you’re invited to share about what you learned about God-sized Dreams in 2013. The happy, the hard and everything in between.

And on January 1st, we’ll start the Coffee for Your Heart 2014 Encouragement Challenge right here. So be sure to check back in and find out more that day. Woo-hoo! :)

I’m so thankful for all we’ve shared this year. And I’m looking forward to what else God will do in 2014!

XOXO

Holley Gerth

 

p.s. If you or someone you love is looking for encouragement and direction in the New Year, You’re Made for a God-sized Dream and its companion devotional Opening the Door to Your God-sized Dreams will help!

A God-sized Dreamer’s Prayer

photo by crschmidt

photo by crschmidt

God, your thoughts are not my thoughts (Isa. 55:8).

What you have planned for me is beyond all I can ask  or imagine (Eph. 3:19–20).

Yet you have also promised to reveal it to me through your Spirit (1 Cor. 2:8–10).

So I open my heart, mind, and life to more of you—to whatever you have for me.

Where there is ongoing fear in my life, please replace it with faith.

Where there is a desire to hold back, give me the strength to move forward.

Where there is a desert, lead me into the Promised Land you have prepared for me.

I embrace that my part is to pray, plan, and most of all seek you.

And yours is to get me where you want me to go (Prov. 16:9 and 19:21).

Wherever that is, that’s where I want to be too. Because there’s no better place in this world or the next than with you (Ps. 84:10).

Your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth (especially my little corner of it) as it is in heaven (Matt. 6:10).

In Your name, amen.

- From Opening the Door to Your God-sized Dream