On Wednesdays we are thrilled to fling open the doors to all of YOU! We love hearing your dreaming stories…the lessons you’ve learned, the roads you’ve walked, the dreams He’s planted in your hearts! Today we are excited to welcome Holly Haynes to God-sized Dreams. She shares a story to remind us that our character should match our calling. Thanks for being here today, Holly!
I was writing so fast in my journal my hand could not keep up with my brain. I felt so defeated…what in the world was going on?
The Lord had given me a dream years ago. What was taking so long? I had grand visions of me speaking and writing, and let’s just say the visions were far from a reality.
I kept praying and reading the Word, searching for answers. I got up to clean the kitchen, laid my journal on the counter, and as I began to clean the Lord spoke this to my heart:
“Your character must match your calling.”
As I rolled the words over in my mind, I knew what He was saying. I knew there were areas of my heart and areas of disobedience which I had tucked away and had not given Him full access to.
Around that time, I was preparing to go to a writers and speakers conference within a couple of weeks. As the conference drew near, I continued to pray and meditate on the words the Lord had spoken to me.
I scoured the Scriptures, looking for others who had heard a calling, yet had also gone through a substantial waiting period and a refining of their character.
I discovered that David, though anointed by Samuel at a young age to be king, would wait over twenty years before sitting on a throne.
I found that when Joseph was young he had also dreamed grand visions and dreams. Yet, God allowed him to be betrayed by his brothers, to be thrown into jail, and many years would pass before his dream would come to fruition.
As I examined their lives, I saw during their time of wilderness and waiting, God was teaching them, shaping their character, and refining them in their obscurity.
The day came for the conference, and when I left, God had already been doing big things in my heart. I roomed with a couple other ladies, and we each shared what the Lord had been speaking to us regarding our dreams.
It was a three-day conference, and we were so excited for the final night because THE Christine Caine was the keynote speaker.
None of us knew what she was going to be speaking on, but nonetheless, we came prepared with notebooks and pens ready to glean whatever the Lord wanted to say to us.
As she began to share that her message was why your character must match your calling, we stared at one another with our eyes and mouths wide open. We had been discussing this all weekend.
As Christine owned the stage with the Holy Spirit as her guide, tears streamed down my face.
My God had not forgotten me.
I realized the years of waiting had not been for naught and that I could trust in the Lord’s reasons and timing.
Christine went on to say that if your character does not match your calling, you will be crushed by the weight of it because your foundation will not be strong enough to withstand it.
Please let me encourage you, the Lord has not forgotten the dreams He placed within your heart. He is equipping and preparing you for the future He has for you.
Trust Him for His timing.
He is doing mighty things behind the scenes and in your heart that you cannot even begin to imagine. Don’t give up, continue to be faithful right where you are, and one day you will find yourself ready, equipped, and standing on a firm foundation.
And when He calls, you will have His heart and character to go with it.
Holly is a self-proclaimed mess who is one of Jesus’ ongoing patients. Although she struggles with depression, anxiety and ADD, (and swears her Lab, Zoey, does as well), she has found redemption and healing in owning her brokenness and sharing it with others. She is a wife, mom, and Bible study teacher to teens, couples and women. When she’s not running her teen boys around you can find her blogging at hollynoelhaynes.com, on Instagram, and on Pinterest.
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