When Your Dream Is On Hold

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I am staring into an empty tomb but have refused to rejoice in its evidence of resurrection.

When recently asked what dream I had hidden inside me, I was surprised to hear myself say, “I’d like to be a published author who uses her platform to speak and encourage women.” I had never verbalized the second part of that dream. It was frightening to hear myself say it….in front of other people…people who have known me as a behind the scenes kind of gal rather than a public figure.

I have found myself busier than ever with less time for my dream than in times past, a good kind of busy in which I am confident that I go about my Father’s business. But I come home exhausted and ready to help my sons and daughter with their dreams….or perhaps just ready for a good book or movie. photo 2

Between the holy place of the altar of His will and the altar of my servanthood to others is the graveyard of my dreams. Each of these dreams has a tombstone; some with worn inscriptions barely readable and others newly etched in stone. Still others are unkempt markers with cobweb veils sweeping across their forlorn faces.

This weekend, my church hosted a women’s conference Superchick 2013. One of the speakers, Lynette Lewis, author of “Climbing the Ladder in Stilettos”, spoke about cultivating dreams. This week I will be sharing some of the things the Lord stirred in my heart from her messages.

When one dream is on hold…go live another.

Lynette Lewis

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My dream of becoming an authoress may be on hold, but I’d almost forgotten about a dream of my youth…a dream to be in the full time ministry. Here I stand in the middle of a God-fulfilled dream and I can’t see the beauty of its resurrection because of the looming shadow of a monument of a dream on pause.

This is why it is so important to have a field of dreams (one of my favorite movies by the way). Because you should….

Have several dreams at the same time. That way you are always working on one of them.

Lynette Lewis

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I am determined to change the image of my dreams from that of a graveyard to that of a field. Dreams should be seeds sown to produce fruit in due time, and just as there are seasons for seeds there are seasons for dreams. Instead, I have often lay my dreams to rest in peace, never to be awakened again.

What dreams lie dormant in your life, friend? Awaken them with your attention. Never fail to recognize the dreams you are living out today just because of the impatience to experience the dreams you wish to live out tomorrow!


Sharing with dear Emily…

And fantastic Michelle.

and joyful Jen.

14 thoughts on “When Your Dream Is On Hold

    • You haven’t missed my words as much as I have missed yours….and now you are three! I hope to catch up and experience your journey of motherhood. What an exciting time you are in! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

  1. Yes, life take different turns than what we have anticipated at times. I had to bury quite a few dreams when I fell ill with Fm/CFS, but I have found that our Lord brings new things and dreams in the stead of the things we needed to leave behind.
    Blessings from Emily’s

    • Emily, you strike me as someone who squeezes the most out of a moment… I do want to keep moving forward, but never at the expense of forgetting to experience the blessings of today. I’ve forgotten how much I love chatting with you via comments. 😉

    • Is have fallen into this trap far too easily…determined by the grace of God to enjoy the now He has brought me to while putting my hand to what is necessary in order to accomplish the future He has planned….

  2. I recently had a discussion with a group of lovely ladies on how when Jesus says, “Come, follow me.” that it’s about a journey with Him. It isn’t only about this calling that may be ahead of us, but what is He calling us to do at this very moment. I know I can be guilty of focusing too much on what may lie ahead and miss out on enjoying the now. Thank you for your words of encouragement. Blessings.

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