The Wild Art of Dreaming


Hearts photo by Stephanie Ackerman

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Last week I got to share about God-sized Dreams with a group of amazing women at Camp Create. As I stood up to speak the first night I confessed, “Creating art used to scare me silly. I wouldn’t even go near a hot glue gun.”

My fear came from a false belief that there was a right way to make art and that the end result had to be perfect. A few months ago I did an art journaling class that set me free. And I came to understand this: creating art and dreaming aren’t that much different. And they’re both good for our souls. Here’s what I mean…

Creating art and dreaming both require giving up control. Things never turn out the way you picture them in your mind. This can be wildly frustrating and incredibly freeing all at once. Art and dreams teach us to let go and trust.

Art and dreaming also both mean getting messy. We have to get our hands and hearts right into the middle of it all. Neither one are spectator sports. They’re not about perfection but instead growth and beauty.

Art and dreaming are more about the journey than the destination. We may think we want a certain outcome but what really benefits us most is the actual doing and becoming that happen along the way.

Art and dreaming are unique to each of us. No two people will create the same thing or have exactly the same goal. We reflect the wonder and glory of the God who created us when we open ourselves to one-of-a-kind expressions.

Art and dreaming both involve fear. And the only way to become braver is to put ourselves in situations where we feel fear and do it anyway.

Art and dreaming aren’t necessary for surviving…but they’re essential for thriving. They make us come alive deep down inside.

We are works of art made by God. We are living dreams that began in His heart. Creativity isn’t something that belongs to a few of us–it’s an essential part of all of us.

Make art.



Wherever you are today.

In whatever way you can.

Even when you feel afraid.

You have beautiful gifts to offer the world that only you can create. 

How do you enjoy expressing your creativity? What helps you dream?


Holley Gerth

p.s. If you’d like encouragement for your dreams, my books You’re Made for a God-sized Dream and Opening the Door to Your God-sized Dream can help.

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The Wild Mysterious

Hey You, Courageous Girl, the one standing with your toes dipped into the edge of the divine dream that’s been placed on your heart. The one glancing over your shoulder and wondering what everyone will think if you dive into the deep. The one poised on the edge of one of the most powerful heart moments of your life.

Go for it.

Dive into the Dream by Holley Gerth

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Will people understand? Nope.

Will they cheer? A few yes, most no.

Will you get a trophy, or better yet, a crown? Not in this lifetime.

We as humans, especially as women, long to be understood. We love to hear, “I get it” and “me too” and “I know just what you mean.” But we serve a God of the wild mysterious.

I few years ago I confessed to a friend that this was my worst fear: Having my heart misunderstood. And that fear has come true. Over and over. And despite my best efforts, it will happen again. I’ve come to understand being brave and courageous means moving forward when no one–including you–has a clue where you’re truly going.

If you try to make everyone understand, you will stand still all your life. So leap into the fear, step into the spotlight, dive into the dream.

Lay down your desire to have everyone’s approval.

It’s the hardest and most freeing thing you’ll ever do.

And tomorrow you’ll have to do it again.

Recently I whispered, “God, I’m so tired of what you’re doing in my life making no sense.” In response I sensed what I really needed to know most: He is with me. Even if I can’t see the whole plan he can. And he loves me. That’s truth beyond what I can comprehend…or anyone else can either. And it’s all I really need to know.


Holley Gerth


p.s. I’m excited about this…

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You Call Me Out Upon the Waters

“You call me out upon the waters, the great unknown where feet may fall.” — Oceans


I’m sitting on the back deck of a restaurant overlooking the ocean. Orange and scarlet clouds drift toward the waves as music plays in the background. I close my eyes and in that most beautiful of places, that happiest of moments, my heart also feels an ache—a longing I can’t quite name.

Have you ever felt the same?

God-sized dreams make me feel that way too.

They make the veil between heaven and earth feel thinner until it seems we can almost touch the other side.

That’s what every God-sized dream ultimately points our hearts to:


Beyond this world.

Past the suffering.

Into the glory.

We long to be settled where we are, and yet I believe we’re made to live with a bit of longing. I call it “divine discontent.” It’s a restlessness within us that whispers, “You’re not home yet.”



p.s. I’m thinking and praying about what to write about this summer….What’s a question that’s on your heart? Share it with me by leaving a comment by noon CST on Wednesday and you’ll be entered to choose any gift you’d like from the Heart to Heart with Holley Collection on {a great place for last-minute Mother’s Day shopping too! 20% off with code HGFRIENDS.}

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