On Tuesdays 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 God-sized Dreamer, Cathy Baker, to our space. Cathy is a wife and mama with a passion for healthy families. We know you’ll love reading about all God is doing in her journey of pursuing her dreams!
Sometimes dreams, like seeds in the winter, stay dormant inside of you for a long time. Then one day, something catches you by surprise…a warming of the soil perhaps…and you remember they are still there, deep within you.
So you begin to ponder these dream seeds. A light shines onto their possibilities again. You find yourself beginning to water and nourish them. With a smile spreading across your face, you notice the dream seeds have begun to sprout.
But growing takes a lot of hard work. It takes a faithful commitment to nurture the growth. And don’t forget patience, for it is a process for a dream seed to fully blossom.
It reminds me of my “attempts” at gardening. I start out strong, watering my plants, pulling out weeds, but as the summer season wears on I let other things fill my time. I often let the plants shrivel up in the hot sun, leaving them to become choked out by the weeds.
They held such possibility, but I failed to do the hard work of tending to their care over the long haul. (<====Tweet this.)
I have a tendency to do this with dreams too.
I start out with excitement, but soon the disappointments, the busyness of life, and the lack of progress distract me from the dream that once held such potential. If I don’t schedule a time to tend to my dreams, they begin to shrivel up and become choked out.
Sometimes storms come and damage the growth that’s been occurring, too. Last summer I was ‘rejected’ in several different circumstances on things that, to me, seemed like they would be the beginning of the blossoming of my dreams.
But they were not. Instead, they were damaging.
I then had to remember that my dreams are rooted deep within the heart of God…that’s why they are called God-sized Dreams!
I had to reconnect and reestablish those roots so that I could once again let the growth of my dream happen. This season of letting the roots sink deep and letting the plant heal from the damage held some of the hardest, yet some of the sweetest, days.
The replenishment of leaning into God’s heart for me.
The learning to trust.
But this spring, my first blossom appeared!! I published my first ebook! Grown from my passion for healthy, strong families, I published A to Z Summer Fun: Ideas to Inspire Family Fun. Has my book taken off and become a best seller? No. But is this book, the blossom of my dream, providing beauty to those who cross paths with it? Yes! And that makes me smile.
Then one day, I received an invitation for thousands to stop by and catch a glimpse of this blossom. And let me tell you…the weed of fear quickly grew, and I was overwhelmed by the opportunity. Honestly, I wanted to let the weed have its way…I mean, I’m an introvert, not a speaker! I couldn’t possibly do a 45 minute live radio show on the largest Christian radio station in the country, could I?!
But I knew I wanted the blossom that waited so long to bloom to be to be enjoyed by others, so I found the strength to pull that ugly weed out of the way. In faith, I did that live radio show a few weeks ago. And now, I trust that God poured beauty and encouragement into the hearts of moms and families who listened in.
Honestly, I am overwhelmed with love! That the God of the universe would take this dream seed that once seemed so lost in the darkness of my soul and not only make it bloom, but allow it to bloom in front of thousands? Wow!!!
I’m still tending to the dream-plant and waiting for more blossoms to come. (<====Tweet this.) And mostly, I’m letting the roots sink deeply into my God and enjoying the warmth of the sunshine as it shines down on this dream blossom!
Where are you on your dream journey – a seed sprouting, a plant growing, a plant shriveling or being choked by weeds, a plant sinking its roots deep, or one who’s finally blossoming?
Cathy Baker is a mom of two sweet middle school girls and has been married to her CSI guy for 20 years this summer. Together they share life’s adventures in the heartland of Missouri. She finds nature replenishing and loves writing, road trips, and snuggling with her beagle. Cathy can be found on Twitter, contributing weekly to The Good Stuff Guide, and selling her unique and fun creations at her Etsy store, Celebrating the Moment.