When You Need to Chase the Dream Giver

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

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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 Keri Lynn is here to share about God-sized dreams with you…
The Dream Giver

God sized dreams can be all consuming. Eyes wide open, far from sleep, they occupy our minds and our hearts. I can spend countless hours dreaming, researching, planning. I easily get lost in the process of chasing my dreams. It’s exhilarating and I confess; I’m addicted to dreaming.

Sometimes dreaming can be exhausting. I get frustrated. I feel like every door is locked tight and every road is a dead end.

Recently it seemed like everything I tried to do failed. One door after another slammed shut on me and I found myself wondering if I was even pursuing the right dream. I was ready to throw in the towel, but then I heard a gentle whisper…

Quit chasing after the dream. Chase after Me.

Yes, I have been guilty of pursuing the dream instead of the Dream Giver. I have been guilty of following my heart instead of searching for His.

The Lord longs to be gracious to you…
How blessed are all those who long for Him…
He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry…
He will answer you…
Your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it.”
(from Isaiah 30)

It’s not that God doesn’t want us to pursue our dreams; He does! After all, He is the one who put the dream in our hearts. He wants to dream with us, to be the one whispering in our ear and holding our hand as we walk the path He’s set before us.

In the Disney movie Tangled Rapunzel spent her whole life dreaming of leaving her tower and traveling to the city to see the floating lanterns. Eugene made that dream come true for her. But after her dream was fulfilled there was still something more she longed for. When Eugene quietly whispers to her “you were my new dream” she responds “and you were mine”. It was that moment when she realized what her heart truly longed for. It wasn’t the fulfillment of the dream, but someone to share the journey with.

Yes, I’m a dreamer. But He is my dream. Knowing Him, loving Him, serving Him, following Him; that is the dream I must pursue. And as I draw closer to Him, as my heart longs for more of Him, I hear Him quietly whisper in my ear, “turn here”, “call her”, “ask him”, “knock on this door”. And step by step, hand in hand, He leads me closer to my heart’s desire.

There are times on our journey we need to stop and make sure we’re chasing the Dream Giver and not the dream. Will you let this be that moment for you? Stop for just a minute in your pursuit. Is He your dream? Is He all that your heart longs for? Are you close enough to hear Him whispering direction in your ear? Are you captivated by Him? Turn your eyes to the Dream Giver, delight in Him. Then He will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)

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Keri Lynn is a southern girl who has a deep love for high heeled shoes, chocolate, and stories. She’s a mom to four amazing teenagers. She has the joy of sharing stories by day on a local Morning Radio Show. Her favorite stories to share are those of redemption and grace. Keri can also be found at www.brokengirl.org

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Now it’s your turn!

Take this “do what you can” step for your God-sized dream: Find a way to pay it forward. You’ve been encouraged in your God-sized dreams by your sisters here the last few months. How can you spread that encouragement forward by investing in other dreamers? It can be small and simple or BIG and wild. Ask God what you can do and get creative. Then write a post about what you’re doing and link it up below.

When you link up your post, you’ll be entered for a $100 gift certificate to the Heart to Heart with Holley collection on DaySpring.com! You can check out all the options here {psst…this is also a great place to find Mother’s Day gifts}.

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: Share about your favorite nonprofit organization. They are all God-sized dream in action. How have they inspired you? For example, mine is the Leadership Development Program from Compassion International because they’re releasing new God-sized dreamers into the world. {If you don’t have a blog, you can share in the comments.}

 

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



About Holley

About Holley

Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author and Life Coach

I like humans, words, and good coffee. And I’d love to help you beat what’s holding you back, become all you’re created to be, and kick butt for the greater good.

Cheering you on,

Holley

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