Paul and I took the twins on a walk this evening. I welcome this time of year for so many reasons. I love our family walks and the conversations we are able to share free of cell phones, televisions, and laptops.
Our walks are usually “dream sessions.” We talk about what we want to see come to fruition in our lives and discuss how to make it happen. We’ve been dreaming together for as long as I can remember and it’s amazing to look around and be able to see how many of those dreams God has willed true over the last 21 years of marriage. I married a dreamer, just like me, and I love every moment of it.
The reason I love this “dreamers life” Paul and I share, is because God has always been at the center of it. Christ is our focus and though our hopes, dreams, and prayers weren’t always answered immediately or how we originally intended, we have learned to trust the Father’s will for our lives. It hasn’t always been easy, but it’s always been worth it.
If you are a dreamer like me, don’t stop. Do not become discouraged or lose your focus. And by focus I mean Christ. Not what you are asking Him to provide for you. When I struggled through 15 years of infertility and pregnancy loss, it was all too easy for the long awaited baby to be my focus. I had to fight against that. Jesus must always be the center.
I know what it is to wait. I understand tear stained pillows and forced smiles used for camouflaging pain. I do want to say this… anyone who knows you well, will read your eyes. Not your smile. A true smile will warm the eyes and radiate joy. Your eyes will give you away every time. Because I’ve been talking a lot about how discipleship has been on my heart, I want to ask you to confide your dreams in someone you trust. Whether your dreams are large or small, your life is important. You are valuable, and your dreams are priceless. Continue petitioning the Father, make time to feed yourself with His word, and pray with your confidant.
Learn to receive encouragement and then pour it out in return. (You should tweet that!)
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. (N.K.J.V.)
Lastly, don’t forget to praise and thank Him in advance for all He is going to do in your life. He has it all under control. We don’t, but He does!