Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Have You Started Realizing Your Dreams?

Do you have big dreams?  Do you have something placed by God, in your heart that is burning to come to pass?  What is hiding deep on the inside of you that wants to be birthed?  What is stopping your dream from coming true? 

When a hectic life, a busy family, a career, eat up our time and occupy all of our thoughts, it's easy for those dreams to get pushed down and sometimes even forgotten.  I would challenge you to search your heart and write down those things that you long to see come to pass.  Maybe now isn't the time in your life for those dreams to come to fruition, but it's always time to keep them alive.  It's always time to take little steps towards reaching those goals.


What dream God has written on your heart?

After you write down what's on your heart, I suggest the next step would be to think about small doable goals that will start you down the path you need to be headed, and write those down.  Maybe you could find someone who has done something similar and talk to them.  Don't be afraid to ask questions.  I have found that, while people won't give away their "trade secrets", they are happy to warn of pitfalls and  shortcuts that could cause harm or delay to your goals.  Maybe you could even find someone who could mentor you in whatever area you need some skill building.  If your dream involves starting a business, do you know someone who has experience in writing business plans?  Maybe you could pick their brains on how they wrote their business plan.


Do you know how to write a business plan?

One area that I have struggled with in the past, is a negative attitude towards my ability to see my passions come to pass.  Even when co-workers, friends, family and sometimes, strangers would tell me that I would be a great success, I would beat myself up.  I would think, "No, I just don't have what it takes;  I'm not creative enough; my ideas are not that good.  Somebody else is already doing it better."  So, instead of thanking God everyday that He put a dream in my heart and praising Him because He was going to help me move forward, I
shut myself down, squashing the dreams of my life.

One day, I woke up and realized that if God put a hope and a dream on the inside of me, then He would provide a way to walk it out with me.  He wants us to take the initiative, to do the work and He can make divine connections and wonderful appointments that we would have never thought possible.  So don't think your dreams are trivial or too big or out of reach!  Take one step at a time, always go back to Him, the giver of the dream, and take small slow steps!

Don't just believe in your dreams, but in the One who gave them to you.  Today is the beginning of all of the rest of your days.  Pray it out.  Ask for His guidance and wisdom.  Write something down, take a step, move towards your goal.  Philippians 3:14 says to "Press forward towards the mark of the high calling of God, in Jesus Christ."  He won't let you down.  He will walk with you and see you through to the end!  What hopes and dreams do you have hidden in your heart?  What are the things that you long to see come to pass?  Share with us what steps you have taken so that you are moving towards the mark of the high calling!


From His Lap,

22 comments:

  1. Awesome post! I actually have something similar to this going on right now. Trying to work out the kinks before I move forward with it; but very excited about it! ~Hugs, Leah

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  2. Leah,
    Me too!! I have finally rounded the bend on not believing in my dream...so I'm taking the steps. Wooo hooo! Keep me posted!
    Blessings,
    ~Erin

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  3. Absolutely Erin...It will work quite well with the name change and all! I'm all giddy about it and am hopeful that it will go well.

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  4. Hi Erin - I love how you say, Don't just believe in your dreams, but in the one who gave them to you. Great encouragement.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  5. You are doing awesome...with the name change...!!!
    Love you!
    ~Erin

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  6. Thank you, Tracy! I never had trouble believing in Him. It was belief in myself that I struggled with! But it's by believing in Him that we have what it takes to realize our dreams!
    Hugs!
    ~Erin

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  7. another uplifting post, erin!!
    the more i've been in this journey, i've realized that God is guiding me to the place i'm meant to be. as much as sometimes i want to bang my head against the wall in frustration, i know that with his strength, i will be able to keep going...and someday know when to take next steps. my Mom always tells me, "Let Go and Let God" it is so true.
    hope you're having a wonderful wednesday <3
    xoxo
    maria

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  8. Maria,
    You are so gifted and talented. I know, with your tender heart, you will be a success at what ever you do, because you will be sensitive to God's leading.
    I love you, Maria!
    ~Erin

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  9. I'm living my dreams every day! A wife, mother, creator, and a full life. There are always things I can do better at, but I love the Lord and know He is directing my life.
    Thanks for such an inspiring post! Happy Wednesday sweet friend!

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  10. What an inspiring post!! I have done the same all my life....never thought I was good enough or thought I was "fooling" people who encouraged me or thought I was good at something. I do believe that God gives us our gifts, why did I not take that one step further, and realize that God gives us our dreams too? The dreams to put those gifts into purpose!

    Ya know, starting a blog, as I'm sure it has done for you and many of your readers, has made me realize I can do what I set my mind to. And with each little step, comes more motivation and courage.

    Great post. Thank you, I am excited to go write my dreams down! ;-)

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  11. Becky Jane,
    I know you are living such a full wonderful life, realizing your dreams. You are a blessed woman! God directs your paths and holds you as precious and dear!
    ~Erin

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  12. Michael Ann,
    I know that God has a plan and a purpose for you! When you take steps towards fulfilling that dream, He will walk with you every step of the way!
    Keep me posted!
    Blessings,
    ~Erin

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  13. This was so encouraging, Erin. I realize my dreams and I'm trying to make them happen. What makes me stumble from time to time is knowing that sometimes my dreams are not necessarily God's dreams for me. I have to keep seeking Him in everything, asking Him to lead me. When I'm not tuned into Him, I end up discouraged. When I am tuned into Him...I see His reward for my obedience all around me. Thank you again for your kind words during my emotionally difficult week. I am pulling out of the funk a little more each day and I am hearing God again which is so comforting.

    Blessings,
    Rosann

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  14. Rosann,
    You are so precious, sister, and the Lord uses you so mightily. I'm so glad that you are pulling out of your "funk". God will show you which paths to take and He will walk those paths with you! He gives us the desires of our hearts. I take that to mean He gives us the desires. He actually places the desires there! So take heart, continue to be obedient and walk with Him day by day!
    Hugs and love,
    ~Erin

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  15. Blessings, Jedidja. I hope you are on the journey to make your dreams come true!
    Thank you so much for visiting.
    ~Erin

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  16. I am starting to realize my dream. NaNoWriMo, here I come! I hope you've been well. Loved your uplifting post, as always. :0)

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  17. Go for it, Amberr!! You are ready for it!
    I love ya!
    ~Erin

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  18. It's amazing how we forget that God gives us all these wonderful talents, no matter what they are, and yet we keep forgetting about it. We seem to keep trying to perform or obtain other people's dreams when probably you're living your dream right now. Thanks for the reminder that God created us in very unique ways.
    Love coming over; I already have my cup of coffee with a side of inspiration from you :)
    Have a wonderful week,
    Barbara

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  19. I know, Barbara. Why is it so easy to forget that He's the giver of the dreams in the first place! When we know that, we won't desire anyone else's! Just the ones He gives us!
    xoxoxo,
    ~Erin

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  20. Whenever I find myself realizing my dreams or even thinking how I am far from where I dream to be right now, I sometimes get sad, but I know we'll get there somehow.

    Since becoming a Mom, it's not just about MY dreams anymore. It's like, I am dreaming for everybody now. So many good things I want my little one to have and our future little ones.

    With God's grace, we'll get there!

    P.S.
    I am forwarding this award to you coz I enjoy going here a lot. :D Have a nice day!
    http://www.mommyroxi.com/2011/10/i-got-award.html

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  21. Roxi,
    Thank you so much for the award! I'm very honored. I think that moms are the keepers of all the dreams. We see to it that our kids imagine, hope and dream and then we do our best to help them fulfill those dreams! Yea for mom's. I know our dreams get put on hold for a while, but that's okay!
    Blessings,
    ~Erin

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