God-Sized Obedience

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

photo by GMareten

photo by GMareten

We’re opening the door to God-sized dreams in 2013. So every week we get together to encourage each other {because don’t we all need it? yes, ma’am.}. This week Whitney Capps is here to share about God-sized dreams with you…

I’m a dreamer; always have been and probably always will be. God has put a vision on my heart for what I believe my future holds, and if we were having coffee (and I was sure you’d like me enough not to laugh in my presence) I could tell you in stunning detail and almost unbelievable clarity what it looks like.

It’s big-way bigger than me.

It’s too big and impossible to be my ego. It’s too hard and unrealistic to be driven by self. It’s too rife with the possibility of failure to have been dreamt by me. I know it’s from God.

Because I know it’s from God, for years I have wrongly believed that He will accomplish it. While that is theologically true, it’s also theologically lazy. It’s all Paul and no James. It’s all grace and no works. You see, I’m a dreamer but I am also a perfectionist.

I like to dream along with God all the things He is capable of doing on my behalf. I like to spiritualize about how I want Him to do it so I don’t receive any of the glory. Doesn’t that sound nice? (Insert church lady sarcasm.) If I’m being completely honest, and when you’re dreaming with God it’s ridiculously necessary to be honest, I’m not so much about His glory as I am about my laziness.

In true perfectionist fashion, I don’t want to attempt anything until I’m sure I can do it excellently. That seems righteous, but that masks an underlying desire to stay comfortable enjoying the conveniences of procrastination. I can’t blog because I’m not an excellent writer. I can’t post videos I’ve shot because they seem goofy or irrelevant. So I spend my time dreaming of what God can do for me instead.

I want to dream; I just don’t want to do.

Is he capable of making His dreams for my life a reality with no help from me? Sure. Is that the pattern He establishes in Scripture? Not even once. I’m learning that God-sized dreams take girl-sized obedience. And unfortunately it’s not just the submission part of obedience but that action part as well. To seize the future God has graciously purposed for me, I have to obediently pursue it. It’s the putting off and putting on Paul describes in Colossian 9. It’s the process of preparation like Queen Esther. It’s the process of building like Noah. It’s the process of service like Joseph.

I wish there was an easier way. Believe me, I have looked. God-sized dreams do become reality. Those dreams are laced with the miraculous and supernatural provision of our infinitely good God. Yes, He compensates for my inadequacy but not for my complacency. It’s time to do my part. 2013 is a good time to start taking those girl-sized steps toward my God-sized dream.”

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Whitney is wife to Chad and a too-tired mama to four boys: ages 7,6,4 and 1. She is a member of the Proverbs 31 Ministry team and travels the country encouraging Moms who need a shower, a time-out and a little Jesus. She blogs, works for the corporate office of Chick-fil-A and occasionally brushes her teeth.

Now it’s your turn!

Take this “do what you can” step for your God-sized dream…Take some time to play. Do something creative. Snap a picture. Build a Pinterest board. Make a craft. Read a book. Bake a treat. Wrestle with your kids. Whatever energizes you. It can be related to your God-sized Dream in some way or totally different. Sometimes along the way to our dreams we just need a little time to play. It helps us keep going and reminds us not to take ourselves too seriously. Share about what you did in a post and link it up below!

God-Sized ButtonSo we can all find each other, please include this God-sized Dreams button in your post. Also, love on your fellow God-sized dreamin’ sisters by leaving a comment on the post before yours.

For next week take this “do what you can” step for your God-sized dream: Write a letter of encouragement to another dreamer in your life. Share your letter by including it in a post and linking up here next week.

 

Not sure what to do next? Start with The “Do What You Can” Plan: 21 Days to Making Any Area of Your Life Better

Want more encouragement? You’ll find it in You’re Made for a God-sized Dream: Opening the Door to All God Has for You



Comments

  1. Genny Heikka says

    Loved this Whitney. Thank you for this post! And you are darling. I clicked over to your site and browsed around. Love your videos! :)

    • says

      Genny,

      That just blessed me heart. Thanks for your encouragement. I get SuPeR self conscious posting those videos. I’m trying to get over myself. But when I can’t muster the confidence, I’ll read your comment. Hugs!

      • Bonnie Parker says

        I am part of a steering committe for an annual women’s retreat at our church and we are just starting to met for planning for 2014 retreat. Just read the “God-sized Obedience” dream for today and it is perfect for our devotional for our up-coming meeting! (I parapharased to fit our group ) Thank you! bonnie parker

    • says

      I feel the same way,Whitney. I love your transparent realness in your video and blog. My favorite take-away wisdom from today’s ‘dream and do’ post ” He compensates for my inadequacy but not for my complacency.” Amen.

  2. karyn says

    My God-sized dreams, I journal in my WordPress and Facebook. I use pictures of what JESUS shows me and what HE says to me every single day of my life and how far HE has brought me on my fifty year journey. It’s my journey with JESUS.

    kazzer88.wordpress.com

    • Pamela Selahvarzi says

      You are so positive, karyn. One of my biggest dreams is to have a grand child who lives close to me; which I know is totally out of my control. I have a grand daughter in another state whom I’ve only seen twice. I went back to college when I was 50 amd I was determined to get another degree. I took a class a semester for 5 years and got my degree in Criminal Justice with straight. A’s.

      • Margaret Polino Nicholas says

        Good for you. I went back to school in my 30’s. you can do anything if you want to. Graduated top of class. Go for the dream!

  3. says

    sigh…. this couldn’t be more timely for me. On Saturday, I stepped out of my fear and pain, and stood in front of 45 women to speak in public for the first time in over two years. (I used to speak at gift shows and conventions). 19 months ago, I experienced a trauma that changed my entire life, world, and dream in one day. I’ve learned a lot since then, and on Saturday, I shared some of it in a presentation called ‘Re-Framing Your Dream’.

    Scary? Yes.
    Empowering? Yes!
    Knowing that God has a new, God-directed dream for me now? Priceless! ;)

    • says

      Read your blog post about that presentation. Congratulations! I enjoyed reading it and think it would be cool to have something similar here in the Toronto area.

      • says

        Oh, Maria, you are so kind! Thank you. My friend really has created an inspiring and life-changing event that brings women together… I am so proud of her and so honored to be a part of it. <3 ~Deb

  4. says

    Your honest heartfelt post was just what I needed to read this morning.Praise to God for his perfect timing giving each of us just what we need . Thank you for your loving obedience in sharing this with us.

  5. Barbara Wilson says

    Thank you so much for taking the time to share and to encourage. As you said we make so many excuses,and really I believe it’s the fear of failure and sometimes laziness that hold us back. I like your examples of {putting off and putting on Col:9}Preparation like Queen Esther,building like Noah, service like Joseph.Anything worthwhile we do will cost us something.{Time, obedience, faith,trust,etc:}
    May God continue to bless,guide and fill you with all wisdom and knowledge.

  6. Tammie says

    Whitney, Thank you for your post. As I read it you where speaking my thoughts and my feelings. I am dreaming, hoping, waiting on my God sized dream and I go through the same thought process and I get all bungled up with the how. I want to do but I get caught up in how to start. I know God has a plan and a purpose for me! I’m going to take girl-sized steps and let him lead me. Thank you and Blessings!!

    Tammie

  7. says

    I could have totally written this post, except that (even though I AM a blogger) you are a way better writer than me!! :) These words really encouraged me. I know I need alittle more action in my dream pursuing… even a lot more action in my dream pursuing. Thank you for the kick in the pants! :)

  8. Gloria Nofsinger says

    Today’s post really hit home with me. I helped my kids dream, but I allow my fears (and lethargy:) to shush my own! Holley’ s books and e-mails are bringing my dreams alive! Thank you to some dear ladies I don’t even know! And to Kathleen, my heart goes out to you. I will pray for God to encourage you as you serve your family and open your eyes to see a glimmer of your dream today.

  9. Bonnie J. Russell says

    Thanks Whitney!! I love the song, “He’s still working on me, to make me what He wants me to be.” God is teaching me to trust Him in ALL things……. I tend to want to run ahead and wait for Him to catch up……. I like to think of the Holy Spirit’s discipline as ‘holy spankings”, which I need quiet often. Thank you for giving us godly examples to follow from the Word of God……….

  10. says

    “In true perfectionist fashion, I don’t want to attempt anything until I’m sure I can do it excellently. That seems righteous, but that masks an underlying desire to stay comfortable enjoying the conveniences of procrastination. I can’t blog because I’m not an excellent writer. I can’t post videos I’ve shot because they seem goofy or irrelevant. So I spend my time dreaming of what God can do for me instead.

    I want to dream; I just don’t want to do.”

    This is SO powerful. I can totally relate to this. Thank you for sharing this morning. Just what I needed to hear!

  11. says

    Hello fellow God-sized dreamer/perfectionist!
    Oh how I enjoyed this post Whitney. I found myself nodding my head {and laughing} at every paragraph. Just love your transparency, honesty and humor!
    Blessings darlin’ and may you actualize your biggest dreams through obedience to the One who placed them in your heart to begin with :D

    • says

      Me too!! Whitney, your words resonate deeply with my own journey!! I love how you wrote this with wit and humor… your earnest confession and desire for change traced throughout. You cause God to smile over your sweetness and authenticity, blessing His heart. I’m smiling, too. I am encouraged. Thank you.

  12. says

    I am always inspired by your messages. It is my God sized dreams that is propelling me to start over following a layoff from a job of twenty years. I attained my B.S. at the young age of 57 last may and with the help of God and support of loving family and friends, I am 3 classes away from my Masters. I really believe it is in those darkest moments of life God really can show you how to shine for Him

  13. Sharon in SC says

    Oh Wow !! I mean … really … WOW .

    Though I printing this to keep, here are the take-aways that leapt off the screen and into my face:

    In true perfectionist fashion, I don’t want to attempt anything until I’m sure I can do it excellently.

    I want to dream; I just don’t want to do.

    He compensates for my inadequacy but not for my complacency.

    Thank you for such raw honesty and the spiritual kick in the backside, Whitney. You have yanked my covers back and crushed my mental excuses this morning. But, strangely, it is empowering.

    Thank you. God bless you!

  14. says

    Ugh. Truly, that is the only word I can find to describe my gut reaction to this post. I would say “amen” but that would convey a more positive and cheerful, even though humble, response than what I feel. God has been relentlessly pursuing me for a very long time, telling me that I have not entered into all that He has called me to. Satan, though, has been shaking me like a ragdoll just as hard. I have wrapped myself in a quilt of excuses taking comfort from their warmth and safety of familiarity. I have tried to offer my “reasons” yet surely, they are nothing but excuses. I have said exactly the same things you stated in this post and seeing them in black and white strips back the quilted layers acquired through many winters of lame reasoning. Today, I will perhaps, dare to hope that spring is in the air. Today, perhaps, I will drop my security blanket and grow up.

  15. says

    Goodness, I didn’t know that there was a God-Sized dream community. I started reading Holley’s book couple weeks ago – love it.

    Whitney totally spoke from my heart: “I want to dream; I just don’t want to do.”…

  16. Sabrina Tassone says

    Hi Whitney thanks for your message. I like your openness. I am really blessed! God bless and keep dreamin :)

    From Down Under

  17. says

    Thank you Whitney for writing & Holley for sharing. I read this after I had heard a still small voice kicking my ass to get on with my dream, stop looking around and do it – those words have been resonating for a couple of weeks. Your words stayed with me all day “Is he capable of making His dreams for my life a reality with no help from me? Sure. Is that the pattern He establishes in Scripture? Not even once.” I did what I was prompted – although to be honest I thought it would be ignored – it wasn’t & a step was made that was bigger than I hoped or imagined. Thank you for reminding me that I don’t have to be perfect, I just have to be open to his voice and get on and do the work.

  18. Margaret Polino Nicholas says

    I had my first meet up yesterday. Had help from some pretty great friends!
    We had a great time. Ate a lot, me that is!

  19. says

    Oh, this is so good to read. You do have amazing talent and grace! For the
    last 5 years, I have been a full time working single mother of 5, after a terrible
    divorce, and for the last 2 years, both of my parents, who live 4 hours away,
    are very sick, and need constant help. I must be honest, and let you know,
    I have lost my dream. I know God has something else planned for me, but I
    have unfortunately “forgot” HOW to dream. Any suggestions?? God Bless, KL

  20. Debbie Watley says

    Dear Jesus,
    Please surround Kathleen in Your arms and help her to know deep in her spirit Your comfort, strength, and peace.

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