This week got a little more difficult especially when I got to chapter 4. I just kept asking, “What if I have more than one dream? How do I decide which dream to pursue? Should I do these exercises for all of my dreams or just pick one for right now?”
You will be happy to know that I picked just one. I revisited a couple of chapters in Holley’s book You’re Already Amazing, and then I also revisited the mission statement that I wrote at the end of the December. And they were able to help me choose one focus on for the purpose of this series.
Now let’s get started…
The Heart of a Dreamer
In chapter 3, Holley looks at the heart of a God-sized dreamer. She shares 9 characteristics of God-sized dreamers, and after reading them I felt a little intimidated. I struggle with a few of these characteristics. I work on developing them, but I am developing them.
Characteristic #1: God-sized dreamers are faithful where they are.
God-sized dreamers serve, love, learn and grow where they are at. They choose to thrive where God currently has them placed even if it is not where they thought they would be. They are faithful in the little things as well as the big things.
Characteristic #2: God-sized dreamers keep their hearts open.
I have to tell you that this is one I really struggle with. I lived with my heart closed off for years, only opening it when I knew that I couldn’t be hurt, but in the last few years I’ve been learning to give the hurt to God first. When I give the hurt to God first, I find that it is easier to keep my heart open and the times that I do close my heart off are getting shorter and shorter.
Characteristic #3: God-sized dreamers encourage others.
Encourage: to give courage to someone
This one makes me stop and think about all of the people who have encouraged me through the years. Whether with their words or just by the example of their lives and their walks with the Lord, I have had many women and men who have given me courage when I have needed it. And I have been blessed to learn that in the last few years others have been encouraged by me.
Characteristic #4: God-sized dreamers are positive people.
Do you see the glass half-full or half-empty?
I like Holley’s definition of a true optimist. According to Holley, a true optimist is a person “who can maintain a realistic, resilient belief even in the middle of difficult circumstances.” This section reminded me of Philippians 4:8: “Whatever is true…” An optimist thinks on these things.
(BTW, my answer: The glass is always full. It might be filled with air or a liquid or a combination of air & water, but it is always full.)
Characteristic #5: God-sized dreamers don’t do it all.
This characteristic of God-sized dreamers actually reminded me of the Proverbs 31 woman. We read through these verses and have a tendency to think that this woman does it all, and then we believe that as God-fearing women we need to do it all too. But the Proverbs 31 woman didn’t do it all, and we don’t need to do it all either. Read Proverbs 31:15 (preferably the KJV or NKJV version). The Proverbs 31 woman had maidservants. She knew when to delegate and what to delegate, or do you think that she just let her servants lay around the house all day she did everything? She did many great things and was obviously a hard worker, but she didn’t do it all. She just made sure it was all done.
Characteristic #6: God-sized dreamers feed hungry hearts
God-sized dreamers are givers. Whether it is giving someone a word of encouragement or helping a family in need, God-sized dreamers are givers
Characteristic #7: God-sized dreamers pursue a different kind of ambition.
We live in a fast-paced world where we are told to do more, be the best at everything, and win-win-win, but God calls us to a different ambition. The apostle Paul tells us to make it our ambition to lead a quiet life (1 Thess. 4:11). A quiet life…an obedient life…a life of inner peace…a slower life…a present life…sounds nice, doesn’t it?
Characteristic #8: God-sized dreamers trust His love.
We don’t have to earn God’s love. We just have to accept it, be secure in it, rest in it, and draw life from it.
Some of us struggle with accepting it. We believe that we aren’t worth loving, but God’s love isn’t something that we can earn. It is something that is freely given.
Characteristic #9: God-sized dreamers embrace enough.
We are enough because of whose we are and because of what Christ has done for us.
What Comes Next for You?
I have to tell you that this chapter has been difficult for me. In this chapter, Holley encourages us to start taking action and pursuing our dream.
In this chapter, Holley gives us some steps to help us pursue our dreams.
Step #1: Define your dream.
Study your dream carefully, and define it in 1-3 sentences. What is your dream? Why is it your dream? Does it fit with your mission statement or LIFE statement?
Step #2: Know your destination.
Know where you want to go. Then give it back to Jesus.
Step #3: Figure out how to get to your destination.
Create a strategy or plan for getting to your destination, but remember there is usually more than one way to get where you want to go so when your plans go awry (& they will) then rethink and replan.
Step #4: Know what you need to take with you.
Look ahead to where you want to be. Look at each step. What do you need to get there? Are you lacking skills, education, money? What is it you need? Then go get it.
Step #5: Don’t quit, no matter what!
Your dream is going to take hard work. There are going to be obstacles and road blocks, but if this dream truly is one that God has given to you, He will make it happen. When the obstacles come, just pull out your strategy and rewrite it.
Step #6: Keep your dream in front of you.
Give your dream a voice in your life. Keep it up front. Be aware of what pulls you away from it.
Step #7: Celebrate along the way.
Rejoice in each milestone you reach. Celebrate. Praise God for His provision.
You can do it. You and the Lord can make those dreams come true!
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