Do you still have dreams?
Dreams for your life?
Hopes and desires for what you would love to see?
Dreams for changes in your own life, or your family?
Are these dreams good for us?
My answer to all of the above is YES!
I believe God puts dreams in our hearts, it's part of how He created us, we dream for more than what we are, where we are... to be more, more of what God intended, both for us and our families and the world around us.
I DON'T MEAN DREAMING FOR PROSPERITY, or for selfish gain, (although having enough and a little more is sure comforting... like the guy said, 'I've been rich and I've been poor... rich is better!') I am NOT rich. I don't even desire to be rich, I do desire to be upright, responsible, and at peace with my Lord.
THAT is my desire, my dream. And the rest of that dream is to be MORE, more than who I am today, always MORE tomorrow!
But I also have dreams and goals for the day to day as I live out this life. Dreams of places to go, things to achieve, even things that are just for fun, as well as dreams of things that may be a little far fetched, nevertheless... I dream.
I think my dreams and my plans and prayers get all rolled up into a big ball some times... all of those dreams and plans need to be put before the Lord, to be sure it's what HIS dreams and plans are for me.
This is the best part!
God understands me, He knows my heart, He knows my dreams, and He also knows what is best for me!
He knows how to distinguish the fluff from the real stuff, and He also has blessed me by sending a lot of the fluff my way too. I am convinced that those 'icing on the cake' things that I dream of, are important to God too, and He loves to give good gifts.
It's when I get the sense that none of my dreams are coming true and I should just quit dreaming, that the discouragement satan loves to see, fills my heart.
So I AM a believer in dreams... goals... plans... and heart desires.
Through the years those dreams and goals have done some shifting and rearranging, but ALWAYS... I must dream, I must have goals.
And ALWAYS, the dreams and hopes in my heart are subject to His plans for me.
What does God say about all this??
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jer.29:11)
May he give you the desire of your heart
and make all your plans succeed. (Ps.20:4)
Commit to the LORD whatever you do,
and he will establish your plans. (Prov.16: 3)