God-sized Dreams {An All Things Possible Christmas Post + a giveaway!}

photo credit Lauren Manning 

Christmas began with a dream in God’s heart.

He placed it within the womb of a young woman named Mary so she could nurture it and bring it into this world.

I believe He still does the same with us.

Somewhere within us there’s a bit of a God-spark beginning to grow. Something that can become a light in this world.

How do we respond to that invitation? Fear will tell us to turn away. The busyness of life will insist we don’t have time. Insecurity will whisper that surely we can’t be the vessels of God’s work.

Yet Mary’s response can still quiet them all: “I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said.”

We think of dreaming as doing. But first and always it is about receiving.

What is the gift God is holding out to you this Christmas? What God-sized dream is he asking to place within your heart?

Joy to the World

the Lord has Come

Let Earth Receive Her King

Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room

And Heaven and Nature Sing

The gifts God gives are not to overwhelm us. They are to bless us.

All week we’ve talked about having an All Things Possible Christmas. What will you ask God for in your life, your new year?

And even more important, how will you receive what he is asking of you?

Let your heart prepare him room.

And get ready for JOY in your world.

– Holley

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Comments

  1. Thank you for your words and thoughts this week. They helped me keep my days positive and hope filled.
    Have a blessed weekend and looking forward to more of your insights next week.

    • How do I get the ebook if I don’t have a kindle?

      • Jeanne B:

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  2. JESUS can have my heart. All of it.

  3. You mentioning Mary made me think about how sometimes we don’t even realize what God is doing when he prompts something inside us. But, like Mary, if we trust and remain faithful, he will make something beautiful. The process to that realization — or, in Mary’s case, the birth — is part of the story that God wants us to tell.

  4. I have so been enjoying this series. I love the sweet thoughts and lessons. I think that accepting Christ is like planting a seed of faith in our heart. As we nourish that seed through study, prayer and service, it grows into a thing of beauty.

  5. I receive God’s Word in Numbers 23:19b regarding God-sized dreams. “Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” Such a good God!

  6. The gifts God gives are not to overwhelm us. They are to bless us.

    I needed to hear that. His will is not that I’m stressed and crazy busy, but that I rest and move in His strength alone…
    Thanks Holley!

  7. Holley, how fitting, a Mary post! Yesterday I read novelist Elizabeth Berg’s re-imagining of Mary and Joseph’s romance/the birth of Jesus–”The Handmaid and the Carpenter” (an easy one-day read). I loved having (if only imagined) this close, real perspective of Mary’s experience and Jesus’ birth. We often think of Christmas as long ago and far away and not its impact on us, its realness, its closeness, its beauty, in our hearts and our world today. In the spirit of Christmas, I am working on opening my heart to His God-sized dream for me.

  8. Love that snippet of scripture, “…be it unto me according to thy word.” It is both a comfort and an assurance that God will complete what he has begun in me.

    Receiving…that is what seems far reaching. To receive. To rest in Him.

    Thanks Holley, I’m encouraged!

  9. “What is the gift God is holding out to you this Christmas? What God-sized dream is he asking to place within your heart?” Wow! These are huge questions, Holley, thank you for asking. I’m going to ponder my answers to these questions now …

  10. My JOY may remain in you that your JOY may be complete….John 15:10-11….TODAY IS A GIFT

  11. Love this post! Love this phrase! Maybe you can convince Lisa Leonard to re-release the beautiful bracelet she did for some of the inCourage women… that says “Dream God Sized Dreams.” I’ve seen pictures of it… and it’s beautiful. It would tie well with this. Keep on posting… love your stuff.

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