When the Road to Your Dream Holds Unwelcome Views

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

desert picture by Moyan_Brenn

desert picture by Moyan_Brenn

We’re opening the door to God-sized dreams in 2013. So every week we get together right here to encourage each other. This week Kristen Strong is here to share about God-sized dreams with you…

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Often God wants to use the dreams He places in us to take our hearts home in unexpected, never-before traveled ways. — Kristen Strong, Today’s Guest Poster

When my Air Force husband David received orders for our family to move to the desert Southwest, I was less than thrilled. This deciduous tree loving girl had no desire to call any place void of moisture home.

I spent my fair share of time sulking over it.

Eventually, I uncrossed my arms and smiled bravely for the trek west. After all, moving and the military go hand in hand, and you rarely get a say in where home is. When I struggle to accept this, the best course of action is behaving my heart into the right place rather than waiting for the good feelings to show up first.

While I still had my share of teary moments, the good feelings did show up. I treasured our time in New Mexico, and to this day friends and memories made there are among my favorite. God brought our family closer to each other and Him during those desert-dwelling years, and I came to believe that move was an unexpected way He brought my heart home.

The reality is God waters dreams and nurtures hearts no matter how bleak and barren the environment. And the same can be said for our God-sized dreams, too.

Often God wants to use the dreams He places in us to take our hearts home in unexpected, never-before traveled ways. But this is the wrinkle: The road you take to get there might not make a bit of sense. It might be surrounded by terrain you don’t care for. That is the hard faith, to believe that the route you are walking towards your God-sized dream is the best one for you even when the view is less than optimistic.

I stumbled afresh on how the wise men realized this truth after meeting Jesus:

“On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him…And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.” Matthew 2: 10-12

Sticking close to Jesus sometimes means traveling new routes.

I don’t know where you sit today on your own road to your God-sized dream. Maybe you move sure-footed and confident. Maybe you move on tip-toes fearing you’re headed for desert country. Whether your dream is in view or sits far on the horizon, whether you have a hand full of proof for success or a hand waiting for results, I want to encourage you to keep moving towards that dream God placed in you. Settle into the arms of Christ and believe that because of your relationship with Him, there is no need to fear any roads you travel, especially those that bring unfamiliar earth under your feet.

Open your hands and heart. And just maybe the memories made along the way will become favorites.

How is the traveling towards your own God-sized dream? Like me, do you ever find yourself staring at unwelcome views?

{Kristen Strong is an Air Force wife, enthusiastic mama and fresh air giver. She is a joy hunter-downer who writes of looking upward at Chasing Blue Skies. Kristen and her family enjoy their home under the wide-blue-skies of Colorado.}

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Now it’s your turn!

One unwelcome view you’re sure to have on the way to your God-sized dream is when you find yourself staring fear in the face. What’s one fear you’ve encountered on the way to your God-sized dream? And what’s the truth that’s bigger than that fear? Share your response in a blog post and link it up below. Or if you don’t have a blog, we’d love to hear from you in the comments. Today comments are closed here but you can go over to Kristen Strong’s place and share there–and you’ll be entered in a giveaway when you do! :)

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: Decide what you will decrease in your life so your God-sized dream has more room to increase. What do you need to say “no” or “not now” or “not so much” to so your dream can thrive? Sometimes even what’s good can crowd out what’s best. Write a post choosing one thing you will decrease in your life and how you believe that will help your dream grow then link it up here next Tuesday.

 

 

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

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  1. […] Holley’s God-sized dream challenge for this week is, “One unwelcome view you’re sure to have on the way to your God-sized dream is when you find yourself staring fear in the face. What’s one fear you’ve encountered on the way to your God-sized dream? And what’s the truth that’s bigger than that fear?”     Last week I wrote on the prompt ‘Afraid’ and now this week Holley asked us to write about our fears vs God’s truths. So it seems that fear is recurring for a reason.  Like maybe it is time for me to face those fears and maybe….just maybe overcome them.  I have many generalized fears like most women.    You know the ones:   You’re not good enough You’re not pretty enough You’re can’t do anything right You’re a bad wife, mother, daughter, friend, and so on   I can’t say that I have over come these type of fears but I can say that I have them much more under control than I had in the past.  In my younger years, before I knew and studied God’s truth, these fears almost cost me my life. Literally !! (you can read the details in this post and this one)   But then I have some specific fears tied to my God Sized Dream of speaking and teaching the truths I have learned from God’s word to other women that struggle to know who they are and whose the are.  The biggest fear I have is that I won’t have the right words for the one that I meet that needs them the most.  That there will be one that is being held so tightly in the bondage of fear that she can’t see the next day and I will be speechless.  That I will not find the adequate words, the tenderness of heart or the softest of touch for her to be able to see how much she is loved by Christ.  This fear has cause me to be question if this is really even a dream I, of all people, should be dreaming.  Is this a dream that I need to pass on to someone else and just cheer them from the sideline.  Each time I am ready to throw my hands up and quit, God uses His Word to remind me that it isn’t about me.  As long as I am following His direction, it really does not matter what words come out of my mouth.  What matters is Him moving in their heart.  There are two truths that He continually brings before me as that reminder.   “I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.” ~ Deuteronomy 18:18   “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?  I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” ~ Isaiah 43:18-19   So I chose to continue on.  To walk through the doors He opens. To speak the words He gives me.  But to also remember sometime He calls me to be silent and allow His Spirit to be heard.       Have you been able to face your fears and move on ?  What truth did God teach you that has allowed you to continue putting one foot in front of the other to walk on towards the dream He gave you ? […]