November 23, 2017

How to hold on to your dreams…

There’s been so much on my mind lately. God has been reshaping my priorities, planting ideas in my mind, sparking dreams for future opportunities of things I never thought would be possible for me… things I never thought of period.

I have all these words and ideas rolling around in my mind. Thoughts about writing, and ministering, and leading, and encouraging. Comparisons of online outreach versus traditional communication. Ideas of building upon the things I already do – blogging, networking, interacting on social media – and weaving those into something bigger, something larger in scope and outreach.

I feel like I’m finding all these puzzle pieces, but I don’t know yet what the overall picture is supposed to look like. Like I’m catching hazy glimpses here and there, but there’s too many blind spots to see the whole panorama.

And honestly? I wish I could just see it already! I’m getting impatient to know what God is preparing me for. I’m getting restless. I don’t know what to do with all these pieces. {I never did like jigsaw puzzles anyway...}

Have you ever gone through a season like that?

Or maybe you’re not in an exciting stage of dreaming… maybe you’re just weary of your current season of life. Maybe you’re just hoping for something better to come along. Maybe you’re simply looking forward to whenever this phase of life transitions to something easier.

It’s hard, sometimes. It’s hard to keep focused on today  when you get so excited about tomorrow. It’s hard to stay busy with mundane responsibilities  when you start dreaming of future possibilities.

So what do you do? How do you hold onto those dreams for the future? How do you ensure that you won’t lose them?

Okay, maybe that’s a trick question… because the thing is, you can’t.

You can’t keep a tight grasp on your dreams. You can’t keep your fists closed, hoping those dreams don’t slip away.

I’ve tried. I’ve been fascinated by possibilities, mesmerized with hopes and dreams and what-if’s {the good kind}. But that fascination always gets in the way of the now. That mesmerization always blinds me to today’s opportunities.

So instead, you give those dreams back to God. Back to the One who gave them to you in the first place. You offer those hopes, those possibilities, to the One who created them. You surrender the puzzle pieces.

You open your fists, and lay your hands flat before Him, letting Him pick up all the pieces He wants. You trust Him to fit those pieces together into a perfect, beautiful picture.

That doesn’t mean you’re giving up on your dreams. It doesn’t mean you’re throwing away the future possibilities. It means you’re allowing Him to remain in control of it all.

Surrender means being willing let Him lead. It means following Him obediently, even when you can’t see around the next curve in the road. Even when you can’t see your very next step.

Surrendering YOUR hopes and dreams means trusting God to keep HIS dreams alive. {<–click to tweet!}

And if some dreams die? If they fall by the wayside and get trampled upon? Then perhaps they weren’t part of God’s perfect plan for you — His plan that is always good, always for our benefit.

Surrender is sweet. It means I don’t have to worry about losing control, because I’ve willingly given it to Another. It means I don’t have to lose sleep at night, stressing over which way to go, because I’m letting Someone Else lead the way.

Surrender your hopes. Offer up your dreams. That’s the only way to ensure that you’ll be exactly where God wants you to be, doing exactly what He wants you to do. It’s the only way those amazing opportunities might come to pass {if they are indeed within God’s perfect plan for your life}.

 

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.

Psalm 37:5

 

QUESTIONS for YOU: What dreams are you trying to hold onto? How can you consciously choose to daily surrender those dreams to God?

 

Wondering what surrender looks like in Scripture?
Why not read along with me this week:
Monday: Ezekiel 30-32, John 15
Tuesday: Ezekiel 33-34, John 16
Wednesday: Ezekiel 35-36, John 17
Thursday: Ezekiel 37-39
Friday: Ezekiel 40-41, John 18
Saturday: Ezekiel 42-44
Sunday: Ezekiel 45-46, John 19

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Comments

  1. open hand policy. God bring dreams into our hearts. Sometimes they are refined and even changed, as He refines us.

  2. I’ve offered my puzzle pieces to God many times. Sometimes they fit easily into what I thought my life would be. Others the picture is quite different than I anticipated. His completed puzzles are always better than what I dreamed. This is excellent truth, Elizabeth.

  3. Sometimes…it’s not even knowing what those dreams are, but being open to whatever God calls you to do. That’s where I am at this point. Or, at least, that’s the point where I am trying to find contentment. 🙂 Great post.

  4. Dreaming is always my favorite stage, because the possibilities are endless and they aren’t necessarily dashed by practicality. My husband and have been dreaming for the past year about moving to FL and we’re hoping to make that a reality as my husband begins the process of applying to jobs down there. But if God says “no”, I have to be OK with that. Not sure if I’ve reached that point, though I am praying about it.

  5. I love this post. 🙂

  6. I have lots of hopes and dreams stirring too…and then I get anxious…ready for it all to come true. But it’s really about the process. That is where God molds and shapes us! Thanks for sharing your heart with WIP!

  7. This is exactly where I’ve been at lately. God is stirring dreams. Some in order that I’ll get my act together and do something now. Others I’m not quite sure just yet what He is doing and where it’s all headed. I can see that the stirring has helped me to process it all though and work out what is important…I was getting too focused on the future but in surrendering He is helping me to appreciate the now. I am grateful for this new peace He has given me.

  8. You have no idea what a breath of fresh air this blog post was/is to me! I especially liked: “That doesn’t mean you’re giving up on your dreams. It doesn’t mean you’re throwing away the future possibilities. It means you’re allowing Him to remain in control of it all.” I want to thank you very much for giving me hope to keep on keeping on as I once again give this dream of mine back to the one who gave it to me to begin with. Amen. Thank you! Thank you! He makes all things beautiful in His time.

  9. Elizabeth, I love your heart, and I am right there with you on dreaming and trusting God with the dreams! Sorry I haven’t been such a good friend lately, but I’ve been working through much in my heart. I appreciate your words of encouragement more than you probably realize! Thanks sweet friend…and I can’t wait to see how God uses your writing. You’ve got lots of wisdom!

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