Doing the Dream

Guess what?

Dreams take effort to succeed.

Could God just speak and make it so? Of course He could. But then we’d miss one of the key components of dreaming God-sized dreams. Stepping out in faith.

I have to admit, I’ve been a little disconcerted lately by what seems to be the en vogue battle cry of so many Christians:

    Just Be. Be still. Be with God. Practice being.

Don’t get me wrong. Being is absolutely critical. Without resting in God’s presence, soaking in His wisdom and refreshment, and understanding our worth is based on simply being His, we might be fooled into thinking we can earn His affection or our salvation. And the enemy would like nothing more than for that to be our mindset.

Daring to Dream big isn’t about earning God’s affection or our salvation. It is about following His lead because He already loves and forgives and upholds us. It is about stepping into the great unknown knowing God is going with us. It is about taking the necessary steps and trusting Him to catch us when we fall. 

At some point, our being has to become doing.

     Noah had to swing the hammer.

     Joseph had to speak the revelation God gave him regarding Pharaoh’s dreams.

     Moses had to raise the staff.

     Joshua had to lead the Israelite Army around the city of Jericho.

     Ruth had to follow Naomi.

     Nehemiah had to petition King Cyrus for help in rebuilding Jerusalem’s wall.

You see, all these people were called by God to accomplish incredible acts of faith on His behalf. Because they followed God faithfully, He inspired them to action.

Even accomplishing God-given dreams requires action. #Dreams Click To Tweet

Even accomplishing God-given dreams requires action. To get a book on the shelf in Barnes and Noble words and sentences and paragraphs must be written. To establish a business or non-profit paperwork must be filed. To become a teacher or nurse or mid-wife, classes must be not only taken but passed. To become a foreign missionary there are applications to fill out and shots to get. Whatever your dream, there are steps you must take to make it become a reality.

We accomplish those tasks to the best of our ability, then trust God for the desired results. Time spent being with God fills us with the confidence to not only trust His plan for our dreams, but also to take the leap of faith necessary to begin doing the dream.

Being becomes doing.

Being becomes doing. #Dream Click To Tweet

This is vibrant and active faith. The kind of faith James encourages us to practice. Faith inspired works.

Maybe you have no idea where to begin making your dream a reality. Or perhaps you have ideas swirling around your brain that won’t be still long enough for you to add them to your list. Either way, my dear friend Christa Hutchins, at Do a New Thing is a genius at helping others plan for success.

She has graciously offered this comprehensive free printable for you to begin making sense of the steps you need to take in order to start moving in the right direction. Use what works for you and don’t be afraid to reach out to either of us if you need a little help getting started. Click on the graphic to download her worksheets.

You can also check out Christa’s inspiring blog post, Ministry is Hard so Do the Work. If you’ve got a dream, whether ministry related or not, she can help you organize, prepare, and plan for it.

It doesn’t matter if you’re taking baby steps or making a giant leap, dreams only become realities when we move forward in faith.

What is your next step in the direction of your dreams?

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

Daring to Dream

Discovering the Dream

Dreaming with a Dose of Discernment

Dreaming Doesn’t Mean Discontent

When Drudgery Dulls Dreams

When Dreams are Delayed

Death of Dream

Laying Down the Dream

And coming Soon:

Dreaming is all Dandelions and Daffodils

(re)Designing the Dream

Living the Dream

Dare to Dream Again

For more encouragement please join the discussions on these fabulous blog link ups – Suzanne EllerThought Provoking Thursday, Susan B. Mead, Faith Filled Friday, Grace and TruthFaith and Fellowship FridayGrace and Truth Friday, Good Morning Monday, Soul SurvivalMonday Musings, Rah Rah Link Up, Tell His StoryWoman to Woman Wednesday, Women With Intention Wednesday, Sitting Among Friends, Testimony Tuesday, Planting Roots.

32 thoughts on “Doing the Dream

  1. I love the motivation you are sharing in this post and the creative encouragement to dare to dream. Sometimes we just need the push and the permission to step into it, sometimes we need the tug of a friend and other times we just need to leap. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    Blessings,
    Dawn

  2. Hi friend! I needed this today! Thank you so much for the beautiful post. I will be sharing it and pinning it everywhere 🙂

  3. I’m always impressed in Scripture with all the times action was required in the performance of a miracle. Even very small things — extending a hand, filling a pot of water — remind me that I will also be required to put myself in a position to receive what it is that God intends to do. Thanks, Liz, as usual, for your encouraging words.

  4. Liz – love the “being becomes doing.” Lately I’ve been calling it the overflow – being with Jesus, spending time with Him should naturally overflow into doing something, not because we HAVE TO, but because we can’t help ourselves. We become so grateful and amazed at what He has done/is doing in us that we can help but act in obedience to Him!

    1. It is certainly a fine line. It can be a cop out to say we’re waiting on God or it can be His timing. We have to stay in close communication with Him to discern the difference! Blessings!

  5. A post filled with practical encouragement. Sometimes we need a word to give us that push to start doing what we have been called to do so that we become all that we are meant to be. Blessings!

  6. So true. I find that almost every blogger that posts about “just be still,” is already a big blogger. Those kind of posts leave to ask the question, what about those of us who are just starting out? It’s always sat kind of funny with me and your post helped me to figure out why. When I think about being still, I think about taking the time to listen to the Lord speak, but I recognize that Faith without Works is also dead.

    1. Oh, Rosanna! I can so relate to what you’re feeling. I feel it, too! We just have to remember to let our being with Him lead our doing! I’m praying your stillness leads you to fruitful doing for the kingdom today! Blessings!

  7. Thank you, Liz! I’ve started my bedrest and get a little down when I can’t DO. I think after every surgery God teaches me (again!) that I need a time to BE. This downtime could be such a beautiful, quiet, growing time with my Savior.

    1. Oh, Val! I’m praying in agreement with you for just that. And that He would strengthen and guide you thro FB this time so that you’ll be ready when it’s time to DO! Love you!

  8. Hello Liz! Thank you for this post and for showcasing Christa’s work too. I’m glad to be able to learn from both of you!
    Dreams are in us all, but so many of them just fade away or get crushed because of life’s demands. Yet, God has something for each of us that only we can do. Our job is to trust, and then get busy.
    Glad I was your neighbor at #ChasingCommunity.

  9. Reminds me of when I once wrote a post on writer’s block really being “patience block.” It was a lovely post, but at this point in my life, I don’t really agree with my former sentiments. I thought I needed to wait on God for inspiration, but now, I recognize that “inspiration follows the writing, not the other way around.” (Can’t remember who said that.) — Love your dream series, Liz. — Moving forward in faith. — Thanks for sharing your inspiring posts with #ChasingCommunity, Liz. xoxo

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