Daring to Dream

Do you have a dream? A vision, goal, calling, passion, or desire stirring deeply within you?

My Messy Desk began as a dream. One I couldn’t see clearly at the time. One that still hasn’t come completely into focus. And one I have no guarantee of ever completely realizing.

But I dare to dream anyway.

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Sometimes images of book covers I hope to write appear in vibrant color with bold titles nestled on the shelves of Barnes and Noble. Other times I can almost imagine walking through the space that could be a brick and mortar location for My Messy Desk. I can hear the chatter of women as they craft, smell the fresh brewed coffee, and see the glitter catch the light as it settles onto one of the many tables. I can picture the coffee cups clattering while pens furiously capture inspiration in the margins of a Bible study going on in a cozy corner. I can see eager learners gathered around a local artisan sharing her craft and women using their skills to provide a service to our community.

And that dream keeps my heart pumping and makes me want to spring out of bed each day (well, that and coffee).

Without dreams life becomes stagnant. Dreaming keeps us growing and improving. And in order to become the MASTERPIECES God created us to be, we have to grow, mature, and constantly strive to work out (not earn!) our salvation. Not only does this mean obedience and holiness, but I think it also means diligently pursuing His purpose for us….daring to dream of doing the good works He prepared for us to accomplish for His glory.

Our dreams are as unique as we are. God created us each individually and prepared good works for us to accomplish for His glory (Ephesians 2:10). Each of our intricate parts was designed with His purposes in mind. So becoming exactly who He created us to be is the dream we ought to dare to dream.

Maybe you dream of completing an Ironman, establishing your own non-profit, bridging the racial divide, assisting women in child-birth, educating the next generation, or providing wise and Biblical financial advice as a CPA. Perhaps you dream of becoming a foreign missionary, raising a quiver full of God-fearing adults, inspiring women to embrace their true beauty, mentoring new moms, or teaching others to live healthier lives. Any of these aims can be worthwhile when we commit to glorifying God as we accomplish them.

Dreaming isn’t just for the young or the creative or the ambitious or the rich. It’s for all of us. 

If we remain sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit, we may just discover a dream He has buried in the deepest parts of our hearts waiting to bubble up to the surface. I don’t think He would give us skills and prepare works for us to do, and then simply leave us in the dark to figure it out. I believe God has imprinted each of us with dreams so that as we seek His face and delight in Him we will discover what He created us to do.

Dreaming of becoming or doing more than we are at this very moment gives us something for which to aim. Something to work toward. A goal to strive for. Finding the unique way we are called to serve God’s creation gives us a sense of purpose.

Part of becoming the MASTERPIECES God created us to be is daring to discover the dream He placed in our hearts.

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For the next several weeks, we’ll be talking about dreaming. I dare you to join in the fun!

I’m committed to bringing you answers, resources, and even some wise guests to answer all your questions. I hope you’ll subscribe so you don’t miss a post and comment so I can get to know you better.  What are your questions about dreaming?

Don’t miss the other great posts in this series:

Daring to Dream

Discovering the Dream

Dreaming with a Dose of Discernment

Doing the Dream

Dreaming Doesn’t Mean Discontent

When Drudgery Dulls Dreams

When Dreams are Delayed

Death of a Dream

Laying Down the Dream

And coming Soon:

Dreaming isn’t all Dandelions and Daffodils

(re)Designing the Dream

Living the Dream

Dare to Dream Again

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29 thoughts on “Daring to Dream

  1. I know exactly what you mean about imagining book covers, but then the day to day work is so overwhelming, it’s hard to embrace the obedient steps needed to arrive at those dreams. It can be discouraging, trying to create a time table, when we know God’s is right and perfect. Don’t you just want to beg Him for the whole timeline? lol. Keep dreaming, and working and growing. I love your space and your message.
    Happy Tuesday, from the #RaRaLinkup.
    Megs

    1. Thanks, Megs! I totally agree… sometimes I have to physically force myself to sit down and bang out a dozen words! And waiting on God’s timing often feels like a test! Blessings! Keep dreaming, friend!!

  2. I love your comment that dreaming is for all of us- that we all have to listen to God’s whispers to discover the dream he has placed in our hearts. Sounds like this will be a great series!

  3. This was such a beautiful, encouraging post! I LOVE your hopeful, imaginative spirit! One of my favorite verses is “Delight thyself in the Lord, and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” Do you know what I think? I think that when we walk lock-step in tune with God’s will, He is the One Who places those desires there in the first place! I hope God allows you to see every one of your dreams realized and come to fruition! I am visiting you from Jennifer’s Link-up. So very happy I clicked over…it was so nice to meet you, and I leave here refreshed in spirit!

  4. Ooohhh…I want to come hang out in your dream space. What a wonderful dream to aim for. You’re so right, dreams give us energy and inspiration to run toward the desires God has planted in our hearts! Thanks so much for joining the MondayMinute linkup at PlantingRoots.net! I’m going to share this post on my page as well.

    1. Oh, Joy, it does!! Every time we take another step forward in faith it can be so terrifying! I’d love to know how you’re living your dream!!! Do share!

  5. Thank you for the challenge to dare to dream no matter our abilities or state in life. And the assurance that God can help us discover exactly what He wants us to accomplish. I dream to write inspirational books that will be translated into many languages. There, I said it! I normally hold these things tucked into my heart. You are highly blessed in Jesus’ name.

    1. Oh, Edith. Thank you for voicing your sacred dream here. Please know I’ll be praying for God to lead you in this endeavor and bless you as you seek His face even more!

  6. Love your dreams, Liz. I can visualize them too, after reading your words. Would that we would all be dreamers, chasing the Lord’s plans for our lives with abandon. Beautiful post, Liz, thanks for sharing, and thanks for linking up with #ChasingCommunity today! ((hug))

  7. Love your heart!! I do love to dream…and dream big! Looking forward to seeing where this leads for you! Would love to hang out with you A LOT more!! Thanks also for joining the #MondayminutewithGod.

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