You have a list of hopes and dreams. Things you want to accomplish. Places you want to visit. Hopes you hold on to for the future.
You set goals.
But the truth is…
Some of your hopes and dreams will happen and some will not. And I always find it interesting that even of those realized, some will provide the imagined satisfaction and pleasure and some will not.
When I was growing up, I dreamed of being a mom and a teacher. I played with baby dolls and set up pretend classrooms. In all honesty, I didn’t think past my family and career.
Now my kids are grown and I haven’t taught in a classroom for years but I still have hopes and dreams and I’m guessing that whatever stage you are in life . . . you have hopes and dreams too.
Sometimes dreams need goal-setting and a to-do list that will inch us closer to our hoped for outcome. But sometimes they’re beyond us.
That’s where I find myself these days. My current hopes and dreams rest in God’s hands because they’re not for me . . . they’re for my loves.
My Hopes and Dreams
1. That the people I love will know and love Jesus, the Way, the Truth, and the Life and that through Him they will “love God with all of their heart, soul, mind, and strength, and love their neighbors as themselves.”
I want people to know how much God loves them and that a relationship with Jesus is not about religion, rules, or doing it right. It’s about trusting His love and surrendering to His will . . . then letting the Holy Spirit do His work in our lives.
It’s so much easier than we make it, isn’t it?
2. That a broken family relationship will be restored by God’s grace.
There’s not much to say. It’s a mother’s dream.
It’s a short list . . . but one that is deep in my heart.
Have you ever wondered what to do when your dreams are beyond your reach?
How My Hopes and Dreams Can Come to Life
Self-help books tell us how to accomplish our heart’s desire. How to set goals through well-planned baby steps. One after another . . . until we reach our desired outcome.
But when our dreams aren’t ours to attain. When our dreams rest in the hands of a sovereign God then, we have to hold on to the most important truth.
God loves me and He loves my loves even more than I do.
So, I don’t worry and I don’t set goals.
I trust God and I live.
Not because I’m a fatalist. But because I believe God.
Do you remember the account of Ezekiel in the Valley of Dry Bones?
The floor of a valley was filled with dried up old bones and God asked Ezekiel, “Can these bones become living people again?”
Ezekiel wisely answered, “O Sovereign Lord, You alone know the answer to that.”
And I love the next part…
Then God said to me, “Speak a prophetic message to these bones and say, ‘Dry bones, listen to the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Look! I am going to put breath into you and make you live again! I will put flesh and muscles on you and cover you with skin. I will put breath into you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’”
So I spoke this message, just as He told me. Suddenly as I spoke, there was a rattling noise all across the valley. The bones of each body came together and attached themselves as complete skeletons. Then as I watched, muscles and flesh formed over the bones. Then skin formed to cover their bodies, but they still had no breath in them.
Then He said to me, “Speak a prophetic message to the winds, son of man. Speak a prophetic message and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, O breath, from the four winds! Breathe into these dead bodies so they may live again.’”
So I spoke the message as He commanded me, and breath came into their bodies. They all came to life and stood up on their feet—a great army. Ezekiel 37:4-10
Can you imagine?!
God can make dried-up old bones a great army. He can and does create life from death.
It’s the message of Jesus, isn’t it?
Jesus said to her, “I am the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in (adheres to, trusts in, relies on) Me [as Savior] will live even if he dies; and everyone who lives and believes in Me [as Savior] will never die.” John 11:25–26 (AMP)
The miracle of life from death. He is the.
So, take your hopes and dreams and surrender them to God in prayer. Trust Him, He can bring dreams to life. He will work His will His way for His glory and speak life and peace into you while you wait . . . if you let Him.
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