Dreaming God-Sized Dreams {Week 1}

Do you believe that you are made for “more”?

Do you believe that you have a God-sized dream?

Every Monday for the next few weeks, I will be sharing with you my journey through You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream by Holley Gerth, and you are invited to take this journey with me. If you have a blog, you can link up any God-sized dream post, old or new, below. If you don’t, you can share about your God-sized dreams in the comment section.

Here is the reading schedule:

Today: Chapters 1 & 2
June 16: Chapters 3 & 4
June 23: Chapters 5 & 6
June 30: Chapters 7 & 8
July 7: Chapters 9 & 10
July 14: Chapter 11

Holley has a free resource on her blog HolleyGerth.com. She has a free download with the “Going Deeper” questions that are at the end of each chapter. You can print it out and use as you are reading. It is under the Books & More category.

Today I want to open the discussion with a prayer that I read in Holley’s devotional Open the Door to Your God-Sized Dream: 40 Days of Encouragement.

A God-Sized Dreamer’s Prayer

God,

Your thoughts are not my thoughts (Isaiah 55:8).

What you have planned for me is beyond all I can ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:19-20).

Yet you have also promised to reveal it to me through your Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:8-10).

So I open my heart, mind and life to more of you—to whatever you have for me. Where there is ongoing fear in my life, please replace it with faith. Where there is a desire to hold back, give me the strength to move forward. Where there is a desert, lead me into the promised land, you have prepared for me.

I embrace that my part is to pray, plan, and most of all seek you. And Yours is to get me where you want me to go. (Proverbs 16:9 & 19:21).

Wherever that is, that’s where I want to be too. Because there’s no better place in this world or the next than with you (Psalm 84:10).

Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth (especially my little corner of it) as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10).

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Now, let’s get started…

The “More” You Were Made For…

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It’s an amazing thought, isn’t it?

That inside each of us lies a dream or several dreams, and that these dreams were given to us by the Lord.

We started dreaming as small children, and as time goes by we choose to ignore our dreams. We buy into the lies and the fears.

Holley shares 5 fears that keep us from dreaming.

Lie #1: “Dreaming is selfish.”

Truth: “Your dreams, your desires, your hopes are not selfish when they are from God’s heart and in His hands.” (Holley Gerth)

Lie #2: “I don’t have what it takes.”

Truth: “God has a dream for you, your talents, your one life that has never been and never will be duplicated by anyone else.”

Lie #3: “It’s too late.”

Truth: It is only too late to dream when you are dead.

Lie #4: “I don’t deserve to dream.”

Truth: Dreams are about the future, not the past. It doesn’t matter what happened in the past. God can and will still give you a dream for the future.

Lie #5: “I don’t have time.”

Truth:  “There is always enough time in our day to do God’s will.” If the dream is from the Lord, then you can always find a way to make time for it.

Which lie do you relate to?

I have to say that I really relate to lie #2. I have spent a lot of time through the years believing that I don’t have what it takes and that other people don’t think I’m worth knowing. These thoughts hold me back and keep me from truly becoming the person that God wants me to be. They keep me tucked into my little corner, longing to be free, but afraid to try.

But the truth is: God has a dream for you, and He has a dream for me. And the only thing that can keep me from pursuing that dream is me.

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As I have been reading, I have been begun dreaming again. Below is a vision board of a few of my dreams. (I made it using Pinterest and Polyvore.) As I continue reading I plan on adding to it.

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You Might Have a God-Sized Dream If…

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Does your dream fit within your strengths?

We all have our strengths even if some of us have a difficult time seeing them. If you are not sure of your strengths, ask someone close to you what they think your strengths are.

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If you have a God-sized dream, it is going to fit within your strengths.

Does your dream fit within your skills and experiences?

Our dreams are going to fit within our skill set, and our experiences are going to allow us to apply our strengths and our skills. And before we can move into our God-sized dream, we have to grow our strengths and our skills through our experiences.

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Does your dream feel like it chose you and not the other way around?

Does it feel like you have no choice but to pursue this dream? Then you might have a God-sized dream. These dreams are compelling because they point us to the One who placed this dream within each of us.

Does the dream you have scare you? If you have a dream that scares you and draws you in at the same time, you might have a God-sized dream.

When you attempt to share your dream with other people, do they think you are crazy? People are not going to be able to see your dream the way that you do, and when you first share your dream with them, they might think you are crazy. But don’t give up.

Does your dream feel bigger than you are? That’s because it is and your dream isn’t about you. Your dream is about God, and because God is so much bigger and higher than we are your God-sized dream is going to feel bigger than you.

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Your God-sized dream is going to align with God’s purpose, and if the dream is really from Him, then He will find a way to help you make it happen as long as you are walking in obedience to Him.

Your God-sized dream is also going to be harder than you thought, but it will lead you to joy. Don’t give up on your dream. Don’t quit and let God take care of the rest.

Now I want to hear from you…

What are some of your God-sized dreams?

What are some of your strengths? Some of your skills?

Which of the lies do you relate to the most?

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Read the rest of the series here:

Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6

A few extra resources:

What if you don’t know your God-sized Dream?

How to Create a Digital Vision Board

Single & Dreaming

My God-Sized Dreams

11 Comment

  1. #2 was also my fear. My God-sized dream is to earn income from encouraging women through writing about God and a relationship with Him. (I have been a professional writer but wrote about fashion.) I also have a dream to live in the States. This is impossible unless you marry an American or have a job in certain very specific fields and your company sponsors you. I am going to start on my vision board, too.

  2. Seems like each corner I turn there is something about being the woman/person God created (worded in various ways). I am reading a book that is taking me on a similar journey so will check back here with you as you journey on your path. May our eyes be open to all that He has for us.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda
    visiting from Winsome Wed.

    1. Linda, I have been experiencing the same thing. What book are you reading?

  3. Hi Misty! Holy cow! This aligns so perfectly with Corinthians 3 Thursday (thanks for linking up, btw). Today I’m late with the post, but it’s going to be on making a vision statement. I’d love for you to drop back by!

    #2 and #5 are the lies I’ve let get to me in the past (and I still struggle with them). I’ll have to gt my hands on this book, and I look forward to seeing how this series unfolds! 🙂

    Love in Christ,
    Alissa

    1. Thank you, Alissa! I also just did a post on how to create a digital vision board.

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