Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Do you have a God-sized dream?


Do you have a God-sized dream?



"'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord…"

Jeremiah 29:11a

First of all, what makes a dream God-sized? I think it’s a dream that requires reliance on God.  A God-sized dream goes beyond our natural abilities, yet utilizes them at the same time  A God-sized dream grows our abilities, gifts, talents and allows us to go places and do things we never could without Him.

I attended a bi-annual Women’s Spiritual Life Day many years ago, when my children were small. Every Fall and Spring the spiritual refreshment and nurturing drew me to this wonderful day. I was also delighted to share in fellowship with other women, especially knowing my kids were being well cared for by the beautiful faith-filled sisters of the hosting deaconry.   

I was so young, literally and spiritually. 

And I was hungry to learn more about God, while having some time away from the multitudes of diapers and to-dos that encompassed my life, day in and day out.

Don’t get me wrong. I loved this life as a young mom. But it sure was fun to have a breather and blessings rolled into one!

One of these day-long retreats featured Elisabeth Elliot. Now 86, this prolific writer and renowned speaker drew an overflowing crowd of one thousand. I was in awe of this graceful, almost soft-spoken, yet powerful pillar of faith. Elisabeth and her husband served together as missionaries in Ecuador. Her husband, Jim Elliot, was speared to death by the people they were trying to reach. After her husbands death, Elisabeth stayed on in Ecuador with her 10-month-old daughter, eventually befriending the tribe.

During a prayerful moment at Women’s Spiritual Life Day, I shut my eyes and had a vision. I may have visibly shaken my head trying to dismiss the ridiculous picture that was in my mind’s eye: Instead of Elisabeth up at the podium, I saw myself. I was embarrassed at such a lofty thought. What the heck? What was I thinking? I sure hoped no one could read my mind. I’d be laughed right out of the auditorium and judged a fool for having the audacity to picture such nonsense.

Of course, I didn’t tell anyone about this. 

Who did I think I was? What would I ever have worth sharing? Who would ever come to hear me speak? Let’s just file that one away forever…

Before I knew it, I was starting to speak publicly through the ministry of Moms In Prayer (formerly Moms In Touch). Sometimes I was speaking to just a handful of women. But, eventually, as the coordinator of the first Moms In Prayer Northeast Regional Retreat featuring Founder and President Fern Nichols, I was speaking in front of a crowd of 175+ women. I loved it, but couldn’t help asking about myself, “Who is that woman speaking up there???”

About ten years ago, we had the honor of hosting Fern Nichols in our area once again. She had a few speaking engagements…and one of them was at the Women’s Spiritual Life Day! I was asked to introduce her. So there I was, exactly as I had pictured those many years before, standing before a crowd of women at the very podium where Elisabeth Elliot had stood.

While I haven’t spoken in front of a crowd of over 1000, I have spoken many times now before small and large groups that might even add up to many thousands.  

There was something to that little vision

I didn’t know it at the time, but God did. Our God is true to His word. He does more than we can ask or imagine. He birthed my dream to speak to women, share my story, my desire to share something that might make a difference in someone’s life.

As the Brendan Heath song Wait and See says, “God’s not finished with me yet…” And He's not finished with you yet either.

What’s your God-sized dream?

Come on over to Holley Gerth's to read about lots of other God-sized Dreams!

photo credit: visualpanic via photopin cc

20 comments:

  1. hurray for dreaming and pursuing your dream... I haven't quite figured mine out yet, but I KNOW it doesn't involve public speaking! :) I much prefer behind the scenes dreaming!
    Dream Big, friend!!

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    1. God gives different dreams, but everyone of them is filled with promise and purpose!

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  2. This vision has already inspired me to discuss "God Size Dreams" with my students and it helped them to see their direction as in the big plan and positive. Thanks for this. Chris

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    1. Yes, Chris...thinking about God-sized dreams with your students sounds awesome!

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  3. I love this post...I am praying about what my God-sized dream is. Truly, I am not sure I know.

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    1. Thanks Mary...It's okay not to know. One question you can ask is what was I made for? What has God uniquely called me to? Your God-sized dream doesn't have to be different from what you're doing right now. Sometimes we just have to realize who we are, what we do, what we're called to is God's call.

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  4. Beautifully written. Love reading your post.

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    1. I can't wait to hear how your dream to serve orphans unfolds...

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  5. What an awesome story/journey/road/migration a dream can be! I am so excited about how God has made {and is making} it clear to you. Keep running! I'm cheering you on! :)

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    1. Thanks Rachael. God does hold us by the hand. Doesn't He? I am thankful for clarity...today!

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  6. SO true, God is not finished with us yet... I love it when he places something in our heart and then we see it happen. The key is to mot limit him or talk ourselves out of what He may be waiting to do in our lives.

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  7. Such a blessing to see God's purpose in the little moments we keep to ourselves. He is faithful! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Those little moments can add up to a God-sized dream!

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  8. You never know where God will take you! Thanks for stopping by my blog also! God bless! ;)

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    1. Isn't that part of the joy of the journey Sheri? Bless you!

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  9. I can feel the power of your God-sized dream through those words...that vision was real! He did it! Thank You God! I love your story so much! And I love that it involved MIP. I have learned more about prayer from my sweet, small MIP group, than I ever could have imagined. I hope this doesn't sound bad...but NEVER did I think prayer was as powerful as it is. MIP has shown me how wrong I was. : ) Keep walking your dream out...your story is so powerful!

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    1. Oh thanks for your encouragement Christine. The vision was real and I want to remember in some ways how surprising it is that it was real. Just love when God gives a vision we wouldn't come up with ourselves. I had a praying grandmother who first taught me the power of prayer. That opened the door to my desire to pray...and Moms In Prayer made it official. Oh the answered prayers over these 20 years of praying in Moms In Prayer...it changed my life in many, many ways!

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  10. Elise,
    I'm still not certain about the specifics of my dream...I do know God is positioning me, and I am excited.
    Your site is beautiful, I'm so looking forward to knowing your better.
    Peace and good,
    Chelle

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  11. I love your definition of God sized dreams... I am partnering with you in prayer sweet sister and buddy.

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