In Awe As Dreams Come True!

I have to admit something to you. I am an optimist. In some cases others may consider me a little too positive. I mean, have you looked at the world lately? And my response is always, “Yes, and I look through my Creators eyes and see hope everywhere I look.”

Most people who see me on a given day would never know what I’ve lived through and overcome throughout my life. No one would know that 5 months ago I could hardly get out of bed because my body had crashed but I got up and loved my family anyway. We were also enduring some incredible hardships and injustices that will never make sense.

Each day I am faced with a choice in the good and the not so good, how I am going to live my life.

I choose hope. I choose joy. I choose to live my life to the fullest measure, loving God and others with everything within me. I choose to defeat the enemy and teach my small family the same.

Recently doors have opened to some huge, HUGE dreams I have had since middle school. It feels like God has taken good care of my dreams and has prepared me for this year… The year of Covid and civil unrest. Amidst hardship and injustices, God is giving me my dreams. I feel so blessed! Words often fail me as I live in awe. I am speechless as I look at how God has provided supernaturally, performed the impossible (someday we can share these details) and how He has established my family as we seek more growth.

My heart resonates with Isaiah 54:1-3,

“Sing, O barren one, who did not bear; break forth into singing and cry aloud, you who have not been in labor! For the children of the desolate one will be more than the children of her who is married,” says the Lord . “Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; do not hold back; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes. For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left, and your offspring will possess the nations and will people the desolate cities.”

I have often gone to this passage after years of being barren. What God has done in the past several years has been far greater than a full womb could have given me. Children do not heal souls or solve issues in life. Children are a gift and like arrows in a quiver (Psalm 127:4) but they are not the Restorer, Savior or Healer, God is.

There are moments I wonder if I will awaken from a dream but I know God has already awakened me. Hardships come every day. Healing and justice is a daily battle. But God’s goodness is beyond anything I could have ever imagined. Words do no justice to explain, or to reveal His goodness. He is present in everything I do because I desire Him in everything I do. He gives such good gifts. His healing lasts forever. His joy doesn’t spoil. In fact, His joy remains steadfast just as His love does throughout any trial, mountain or storm. He is amazing!

As I stand looking over mountains and valleys, I see Him. There are more hard times coming and difficult, gut wrenching giants to face, but I know He will lead me to the promised land.

I cannot wait for some big announcements coming soon that I will get to share with each of you, my faithful readers and friends. My desire is that when I can share these dreams as they unfold, that it will reignite the hope within you to never give up. God is in the hope business. He is the best at taking those hardships and pressures to bring forth a beautiful, priceless pearl. He wrote specific dreams and passions into your DNA.

Trust Him.

Lean into His chest and let Him revive the things of old, as He was dreaming of YOU while He formed YOU in your Mother’s womb. It brings Him great joy to walk you into your dreams.

These dreams come with surrender and sacrifice because these are God sized dreams, not human failing ones. You will find that as you move closer to Him, He will move closer to you. My prayer is that we would desire Him more than anything. It is in His presence where every solution to every human need and desire lies. The dreams we long for are found in Him.

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Especially The Impossible

As a child I remember believing in impossibly big things. Adults, friends even family would all make sure to tell me the reality of life. Simply put, some things would never happen. But when you are born a dreamer, it is a part of you that never dies. It is big faith.

No matter what has happened in my life I have always come back to the impossible. The impossible is a challenge. What looks like a mountain could be moved or if you’re Mary Poppins, you could simply fly over it.

I have lived through many soul crushing things. I may have suffered times of doubt or felt extreme defeat but I was not defeated. The beautiful thing about God is that circumstances can change in an instant. Feelings come and go but God does not. God remains good. God remains the same. God is faithful.

Because of God hope rises as the sun awakes in the early morning. Dreams can and often do become reality. The impossible becomes possible.

Yes, Mary Poppins, anything is possible. But I would say, especially the impossible.

Dream Big

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Dreaming Big.

There is something rather phenomenal when new life is breathed on impossibilities. This cannot happen unless an inner working of the heart and a transformation of the mind takes place. It is too easy to get caught up in the constant working and toiling; when the battle seems so intense because hit after hit keeps coming.

I had started to ask God many months ago why things have been so intense for so long. Not only did I realize that big destinies and big dreams are met with much opposition but we must be prepared for whatever may come. God showed me an image of myself, only I was an MMA fighter. My knuckles were wrapped and I was in my own fighting attire. I was taking hit after hit. It was intense. Sometimes my focus would blur after a blow but I remained standing. Bruises were all over my body, knuckles bloodied and lungs burning. But I remained standing.

God said, “This has been a time of preparation for the blessings I have wanted to give you as you pursue the dreams I planted in your heart and the heart of Jeremy. Like any fighter, you must train and prepare for each hit and blow. I have huge things planned for you. You are strong. Look at how you are still standing. Look at how your fighting body has been prepared and hardened but your heart has remained genuine, loving and grateful. You have a heart of a warrior. Now, keep dreaming.”

Dreams can only become a reality when one is willing to go through some really intense hard work. There will be discouragements along the way. At times it will feel like the dream is unattainable.

Do not give up. Keep going.

Some people will tell you that it is impossible. Others will discourage you because they are intimidated by you. The enemy will do all he can to derail you. He will take cheap shots because that is who he is.

But God, the one who planted those dreams in your heart, has already won. When you look at your life and you are taking hit after hit, all you must do is remain standing. Even if you fall several times get back up. Intensity can be met with the realization that your dream is worth every ounce of breath that you take.

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“Be bold!”

This is what I keep hearing from God. As he has taught me what this journey looks like, he tells me to keep on dreaming. He tells me to be bold. I am still standing. I still have breath in my lungs. Every bruise, every bloodied knuckle has taught me who I am.

No one and nothing that has happened nor what will happen will change who I am in the Lord. I am his.

In him I will stand.

I will keep on dreaming.