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Trading my dreams for HIS handiwork February 28, 2011

Filed under: My Journey with Jesus,The things I dream of — oldfashionedatheart @ 6:50 pm

Copyright © by Joanna White

My dreams are but an empty fairytale – so far below the realm of HIS handiwork.
When my longings become only YOU then I will see what a barren shell my dreams truly were.

When I look to the future estranging my hopes from YOUR plans, I leave my life void of the greatest blessings YOU long to bestow.

Empty of me my shallow, temporal nature. 

May I no longer live on a lower plain, entrenched in my own thinking, paralyzed by my own self interest.

Set me free from the ideas that entangle me & suppress me. 

Lift me up to the level where YOU live.

There I will find joy far surpassing any fairytale I ever imagined.

My prayer today ~ Joanna White

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Diehard Dreamer February 27, 2011

Filed under: My Journey with Jesus,The things I dream of — oldfashionedatheart @ 6:28 pm

One of the hardest things I’m dealing with right now is letting go of my dreams.  It goes so against my nature to let go of my dreams.  For it’s the dreamers who believe, who have a vision, believe in it, pursue it, & see it’s fruition.  Dreamers are the ones who have the courage to run after ideas that others dismiss.  The idea of letting go of my dreams causes overwhelming sadness – a sense of missed opportunity.  I feel squelched.

I ask:  Where is the line of contentment & dreaming?  Do those who are content ever dream?  Are those who dream ever content?  Do those who never long for more miss out on much that could have been or do those who are always longing miss out on the gifts of the present?

Am i willing to give my dreams to the LORD?  Will I entrust HIM with the desires of my heart?

If I surrender my longings & stop dreaming will a part of me be gone?  Will I become someone I am not or in releasing them will there be a new joy that washes over me and opens me up to things I knew not? 

Will God write pages I’d never dreamed… pages that leave my left behind dreams looking empty and foolish?  Will I see that I was living a shell of the life God had for me?  In giving up my individuality will I find who I am?

Walking away from what could have been grieves me to the core.  Yet, maybe what could be can never happen if I won’t give up my dreams to the Lord.

 

February 5, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — oldfashionedatheart @ 4:23 am

I dream of  a farm house…  an old farm house aged with grace ~ full of charm and character.     A house that speaks of simpler times.  A house that shows it has history and some wear yet strong, sturdy and sensible.  A house that a couple generations from now will be fondly looked back on as that special place where memories were made.

I dream of a red barn out in back of the farmhouse that speaks of purpose.  Not something left for nothing but loved.

I dream of acres of land… whether that be 5 or 20 doesn’t matter so much.  Land where I don’t see neighboring houses at every turn –  land that speaks of quietness and days gone by.   A place to cultivate and grow food on.  A place to raise some animals on.  A place for my children to experience the things of life that are becoming more obsolete.  A place to labor together, a place to cherish together, a place to love on oneanother.

I dream of the country.  I dream of a simple life.   That is why I say I am an oldfashioned girl at heart.