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 thrilled to welcome Amy Cresswell to God-sized Dreams. She reminds us that sometimes our description of “much” may not be what we expect but may just be so much more! Thanks for sharing here today, Amy!
“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked” (Luke 12:48). This verse beckons me to continue to dream despite the roadblocks that I have continually encountered in my life. The “much” referred to in this passage of scripture may not necessarily match up with the positive connotation we might place on this word. “Much” in my life has included heartache, trials, and pain. However, God’s purpose for my life and my dream has sprouted from the “much” He has allowed. For God’s grace and provision, I am thankful every day.
My childhood was high-jacked by divorce, abandonment, and conditional love. My performance during those formative years seemed pivotal to the measure of love God would bestow on me. However, from this “much” I have a dream to use the gift of encouragement God has given me to lead people with the same misconceptions to the light of His unconditional grace and love.
My heart’s desire in my twenties was to have a family unlike my own where unconditional love was the foundation and dysfunction was not the norm. I was ready to give 100% of my energies to making this happen. My heart’s dream had always been to be a mom…a really good mom. However, once again “much” entered the picture. Four miscarriages followed by a diagnosis of autism for my first born spawned another dream. That dream is to comfort others with the same comfort that God has given me through the heartbreak and loss of shattered dreams. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
God continues to use experiences of “much” as inspiration for a blog I have written for the past three years. My blog gives me the opportunity to share the love of God and the salvation we we can experience through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross for our sins. I petition God for the words write, and He is so gracious to provide.
In the posts are messages of “much” inspired by the most difficult and the most blessed of times.These posts are accompanied by photographs I capture of God’s creation where “much” is filled with joy and beauty, and my friend, He is everywhere in creation. And again a dream is fulfilled. Though the stats on my blog display small numbers of readership, many of those reading are in foreign countries such as Angola, Italy, Brazil, Portugal, Ireland, Sweden, Russia… I am living the dream of being a missionary for God, and that dream has materialized because of a desire God placed in me to share “much” as it applies to my life.
Life has taught me that “God-sized” dreams can be realized in the small things. (<====Tweet this.) Mother Teresa — “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” If my heart’s desire is to bring glory to God and live out my purpose as an encourager, then bring on the small things…a smile for a stranger, financial help where needed, a hug, a word of encouragement, a testimony of God’s grace. But if His plan asks much more of me as stated in Luke 12:48, then I want to be available and prepared.
For that reason, we should all strive to have a close relationship with our Lord, have our spiritual eyes and ears open, and hold tightly to His hand as we walk through life. (Isaiah 41:13) With our hand in His, we are more likely to stay on and less likely to stray from our pre-ordained paths. We will then be prepared when “much more” is asked of and entrusted to us. Keep dreaming, dream big with God’s will for your life as inspiration, and don’t overlook the small things. (<====Tweet this.)
“He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much.” (Luke 16:10) To God Be the Glory!
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