by Karen Blandino
Recently, I wrote down six dreams I would love to accomplish in this new season of my life. Perhaps you’ve done the exact same thing.
We write goals for flourishing churches, ministries to those in need, and the ability to fulfill God-given desires uniquely designed for us. We know, oh yes, we know they are from God.
At first, we are so excited; we want to tell everybody about these dreams. We prepare for the dreams, journal and pray about the dreams, and we continuously check our heart’s motives to stay pure.
Yet…the dream stays in dream mode.
This is the challenging part of dreaming. If we don’t see much progress, we begin to wonder, “Did I get it all wrong?”
As time passes, discouragement may cause us to cry about our dreams, lose hope, or believe the enemy’s lies that the dream was self-motivated. We may even open up Facebook and see someone else living our dreams!
Then the existential crisis emerges. Does anything I do or dream about really matter? Do I change cities? Do I influence those in power? Will anything I do matter to anyone a day, a week, or even a year from now?
These are difficult questions that come from deep within us. But what is the fuel that drives these questions? Fear? Aging? Sadness? Loneliness? Failure? Embarrassment?
I want my dreams to matter. I want to know that my dreams matter deep in my heart and my spirit, even when I don’t feel it or see it.
It takes spiritual strength to keep a dream alive. Isaiah 41:10 says:
“Fear not, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed. I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.”
Spiritual strength keeps you from putting the dream on a shelf, like an artifact of a past hope. I have found spiritual strength during times of discouragement by applying these principles:
- Remember whom the dream is from. Man cannot quench a God dream. The greater the discouragement, the greater the dream!
- Rest in the timing of God. You serve a God who operates outside of time. The One who created time, will bring your dream to fruition in perfect time.
- Let the “dream mode time” build your faith. God won’t bring you this far with a dream and then abandon you.
- Remember the prayers God HAS answered as you prepare for your dream.
- Keep pushing through. When you feel you have reached the end of waiting for your dream, don’t give in.
Psalms 33:6 says:
“The Lord merely spoke, and the heavens were created. He breathed the word, and all the stars were born.”
My sweet friend, today you may have dreams that are placed on a shelf. I want to remind you that your dreams were created by the star-breather!
I pray that the one who breathed the stars into existence will breathe life back into your dream today!
Jesus, I pray you hear our prayers today. Bring life back into our dreams. Bring new clarity, wisdom, and a steadfast hope in you. In Jesus’s name!
Karen Blandino is a pastor's wife, Texan, mother and counselor. She holds a Master's Degree in Counseling from TCU and a Bachelor of Arts in History from UTA. Karen and her husband, Stephen, planted 7 City Church in Fort Worth, Texas, where they serve as lead pastors. Karen is the co-author of Unexpected: What to do when God disrupts your plans. She blogs about healing, friendship and connection at karenblandino.com