What did you do on this Labor Day Weekend? It is some times a fun time with family before school starts, last camping for a while, maybe BBQ, or maybe it is a day to kick back with NO labor. But, it is always a nice time when you have a three-day weekend! So…Happy Labor Day to each and every one of you!
Dreams DO come true!!! Today, I wanted share with the you the importance of not giving up on a dream. We all have them whether we verbalize them or not. For myself, I speak them out whenever possible, but I also write them down. I have a book that I keep with my current year’s goals and dreams tucked away in it. Do you know that I was told in my prayer time going into this year? I was told that we would have a great year. But, it would also be a year of change. A great year? What does that mean? What does it look like? I didn’t get specifics. I just had to trust what He said was true.
From the time I was little, I have always had goals and dreams. I did little jobs to earn money. When I was almost old enough (they let me start early because I was eager to make some money), I picked strawberries and earned enough for school supplies that I could pick out. In upcoming years, it was a new bike, clothes for school, or whatever else I needed. It was a help to my parents too because they didn’t have to buy that item or items. Times were hard for them. So I have always been focused on working for what I wanted and needed. I am not likely to give up on something that I feel is important or something I would like to achieve. But one thing that always accompanies my goals and desires is, prayer. I pray over those goals. I pray for change, understanding, wisdom, things I desire for my family and their goals, and just about anything that involves my life or environment. It is just what I do.
So here I am in 2016…God spoke to my heart this year about this being a great year and a year of change. Here are just a few thoughts regarding changes:
- Directed to Study, even more
- Major financial decisions
- Felt strongly that we needed to move to a place of calm and quiet
- Get back even more to enjoying our surroundings
- Sold our house
- Finding a quiet place to live
- Many challenges in the purchase and selling of our home
- A major move
- Problems with our financial lender
- Death of many friends and family
- God drawing me to a more simple life
- Living in peace in my home and life
- Preparing for our retirement years
- God’s provision in answered prayers in our finances
- Our commitment to tithe in a way we hadn’t done before
- Call to spiritual change and challenge in both of our lives
- Feel impressed to prepare our lives for what may come
- Bring back more music into my life
- Pray faithfully when asked
- Pray diligently for my family and friends
- Get into a regular “heart dropping” this month which has gotten a bit more slow
- A prayer answered in one area of my family
All while these challenges and changes were happening this year, I felt God telling us to be faithful. New things were coming, but we must be faithful with our current situation. So we have. We have managed to do some of the things we wanted and most of the things we felt God calling us to do. We have made decisions together and asked God to lead us in those decisions. It hasn’t been easy. In fact, it has been really hard at times. Timing…there is that THING that we have to keep turning over to God. I am getting better at that, but I haven’t arrived. I am so grateful God is patient about that. We keep moving forward. We prayed that we would be faithful to accept and live in God’s timing. When it didn’t happen, maybe we just had to accept it won’t happen. When we get to that point of turning it over, then it allows God to work.
All that to share how faithful God has been as we come into Fall of this year. It is totally exciting to me! Something that I have wanted, dreamed of and prayed about for many years. In fact, every
time I saw one, I would shout out there goes my _____!!! What is that you ask??!?!?? My Mini Cooper! Yesterday, I drove home my dream car…. my Mini Cooper that was years in waiting for. When I quit worrying about it happening, God carefully worked out the details for it to become a reality, and to show His faithfulness for what He told me at the beginning of the year. I believe God wants us to be blessed. I don’t believe it is about just things either. I don’t feel that way about my car. I have had many clunkers in my day, believe me. But I drove what I had and was happy to have them. So now, God graciously worked out for me to have my dream. I am very thankful! I loved my Lime Squeeze and she served me well. However, I am thrilled to have this sweet little car to drive!
Now, before you get excited about God blessing with “things”, I want to say that God will bless us with His love anytime we are willing to accept it. He will provide us with what we need, but He is a God who will also bless us with things we want too. He blesses us so we can be a blessing. When we are faithful with little, He is will bless us with much. Not always “stuff”, but He may also bless us with our family, our good health, our friends to walk through life with, or maybe someone who is a great mentor in our lives. We have been blessed this year so that we in turn can bless others that He brings our way. Yes. I believe that everything I have or will have comes from the Lord. I believe that with my whole heart. So every time I get in my car, I thank Him for it. What a wonderful way to be reminded of what God can do. I kept believing no matter what the circumstances looked like. He completely provided for our present circumstances. Everything that we are doing in our home as well. But we are to do something with it…use it for His glory. All of it. We are willing to do that. We are extending our gratitude by tithing what He has given us. I believe He likes to see us turning our life over to Him…in everything. I want my home to feel welcoming and a safe haven. I believe that is what God wants for our home, but He wants that in our lives as well.
I share this to encourage you to press forward with what is on your heart. I’m not saying He will give you a car, or even things. But I do believe He speaks to us differently, and so I remain open to BIG things but I serve a BIG God. You know what your heart desires. He will make a way when there is no other way. Keep your eyes on Him. This isn’t about my Mini. It’s about a faithful God who loves me and shows me in all kinds of ways that He does. And you know what? It’s God’s Mini. I am just blessed to use it.
What is your heart pondering? Tell Him. Ask Him. Ask Him to show you. He is faithful. He loves to hear your heart’s desire confirmed in prayer. Why? Because it just may be Him who placed that desire in that spot of your heart, and now that you have turned it over to Him, He can move. He customizes His stamp for each of us. I pray you come to recognize His stamp in your life.
What dreams are you praying about? How can I pray for you?
Walking the journey with you…
P.S. If you would like to share in the name selection for my Mini, please leave your ideas in the comments. Might be something special IF your name is chosen.