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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

 

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.

 

December 18, 2010

Filed under: The things I dream of — oldfashionedatheart @ 7:40 pm
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  Apparently I am a Dreamer.

The question was posed “What do you one day dream of?”  I was surprised by the number of people in the room that really had to stop and ponder to come up with a couple things they dreamt of.  7 things quickly came to my mind and 10 without much hesitation.  Given a little time I easily had 15.

Yes, I am a Dreamer.

There is much I enjoy and much I aspire to experience in my earthly lifetime.  Not only did I realize how much I am a dreamer, but I am also a believer in my dreams.  There truly isn’t one of those first 10 dreams that I don’t believe, LORD willing, will someday come true.

I wonder what makes one person a dreamer and another one not.  I would think optimism has to have something to do with it.  For if you never had the hope inside you to believe a dream could come true I don’t imagine you’d spend much time dreaming.

I am happy and thankful to say:  I am a Dreamer.  I am a Believer.  I am an Optimist.

However, I must admit I do think there can be a downside to being a Dreamer.  As a Dreamer, I often get so passionate about my dreams, that if I’m not careful, I miss out on being fully content with where I am in my life and what I am doing right now in the present!

I am reminded today that right now I am living a dream I imagined many, many years ago.  For that I am thankful.  I pray that I may fully embrace the dream that I am living right now – Yet, in the meantime keep alive  dreams for the future!