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, Laura Rath, to this space. We know her words will encourage your heart, wherever you are in your dreaming journey.
It’s been over a year since I had the privilege of being on Holley Gerth’s God-sized Dream Team, where I met a group of wonderful dreamers. Many became friends and their big dreams inspire me to dream.
But, I have to confess…sometimes I still struggle with what my dreams are. I should know, right? But, I don’t.
What I thought were big dreams, God told me to lay down. So, I have…or at least I think I have. Sometimes I just feel lazy for not giving them much thought anymore.
But lately there’s a thought taking hold inside of me…a seed of understanding that’s beginning to take root…
Perhaps living my life in a God-pleasing way is, in and of itself, a God-sized dream. (<====Tweet this.)
Maybe that sounds too ordinary, and not like a big dream at all. But think about it…Everyday life. Is. Hard. And some most days, I don’t do such a great job of living the way I know God wants me too.
Last year, I described a God-sized dream as a dream God plants in our hearts…one that seems impossible—and would be…if it were left up to us to fulfill.
Over the years as my faith has grown, so has my desire to live a life that pleases Him. But, let’s face it. That is a daunting challenge.
Because a God-pleasing life means…
…loving others at their most unlovable moments.
…forgiving when it’s easier to stay angry.
…working on relationships instead of bailing.
…helping those in need despite the inconvenience.
…putting God’s Will before my own desires.
…laying down dreams when He whispers to let go.
This world distracts me and clouds my vision. My human emotions get in the way of what I know is right, and living for Him seems impossible.
And it is—if I rely on myself.
But God… (aren’t those two of the best words ever?)
God knows we can’t live for Him—without Him. He knew it long before He ever brought us into being. (<====Tweet this.)
That sounds like we’re set up for failure, but we’re not.
We’re set up for success because God never sends us out alone. He goes before us and with us. He promises to never leave us.
God wants to do life with us.
He wants us to want more of Him—to spend more time with Him, to turn to Him, to rely on Him…to put Him first in our lives before everything else.
God plants the God-sized dream of living for Him in our hearts, and then He works in us so that living for Him is our desire too.
When we depend on Him, He strengthens us. His mighty power enables us to move forward in faith—for the big, awesome God-sized dreams…and for the beautiful moments of living life for Him—every single day.
For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. Philippians 2:13 (NLT)
A daughter of the King, saved by His grace, Laura writes to encourage women in their walk with Christ. She is a wife and mother, and shares her heart as a regular contributor for 5 Minutes for Faith, Next Level Mama, and Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. You can find Laura at Laura Rath ~ Journey in Faith, as well as on Twitter and Facebook.