Faith like a child & dream seeds [Dream Again Day 15]

I remember when His love first captured me and His all consuming fire ignited my soul, there was no doubt in my mind or heart that God would do something great with this life. A new babe in Christ and faith like a child — I believed the preachers when they said if we surrender all and give ourselves away that He would use us.

And that’s all I wanted. To offer all that I am to Him, to the One who rescued me. And give myself away — to Him. My greatest desire was to be used by God. There was nothing else I wanted more. I sat in those services, attended conferences and lingered long in the presence of God at the altars. And in those early years, God was breaking my heart for the world He loves. God was planting seeds of desire in my heart. I wanted to everyone to know God and know the Gospel Truth. Zealousness for God was like fire in my soul.

My best friend and I started a Bible club, the first of its kind in our public high school. And I thought, this is only the beginning. Surely God has called me to teach His Word to multitudes.

I sat under messengers of God and missionaries to the world and my heart broke more and the seeds went deeper. I desired to reach the world for Christ. I was burdened to feed the hungry and give clothes for the bare and water for the thirsty and the gospel for the lost. And thought, surely, God has called me to teach His Word to the Nations.

And I believed it. God would use me. Then I became a stay-at-home mom and my story takes a course that seemed contradictory to all the dreams I thought God gave me. And more of that part of my story will come later. 

I believed like a child, and after all the hard parts, I would need to believe like a child again.
Like my baby girl who wants to climb high. “Yes. To the moon!” she squeals, without a doubt in her mind she’s going to reach the moon.

Like my son who approached me at the kitchen sink while I am doing dishes one day, and states as-a-matter-of-factly, “I am going to invent something that the whole world will know about.” And then goes on about playing as if this is just common knowledge.

Like a child. Child-like faith. To imagine like a child His splendor and His majesty — our belief unhindered. And the impossibilities that become possibilities because we can imagine and believe God is able, and He wants to. And if we can imagine it, God can go beyond it.

May God captivate our hearts with dreams.
 

Write It Out: Will you journal your prayers today? Will you mark this day as a new beginning? Ask God to make it new. Ask God to renew your faith to be faith like a child. Will you search your heart for glimmers of the seed of the great-big-God-dream in your heart. What is it that you are afraid to even admit you are dreaming for because it might sound foolish? Write it out. You may think you don’t know, but maybe your heart does and your mind is reasoning your heart out of it. Be honest with God and yourself. And be a bit daring, too. Then, maybe take it a step further, be bold and tell someone.

Say it Loud:  “Now to Him Who, by the His power that is at work within us, is able to carry out His purpose and do superabundantly, far over and above all that we dare ask or think infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams.”(Ephesians 3:20)


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  • http://www.lifebykelli.com Kelli

    Dreaming is scary for me and sharing my dreams, even scarier. I have spent the last year recovering from a God sized dream that died suddenly right before it’s first breath. It felt like a piece of me died with it. I am honestly by His amazing grace starting to find the courage to dream again, but there is a fear that follows hard behind them, dark shadows. Thankfully, He is gently reminding me day by day of who I am to Him and drawing me into His beauty and truth again, that place where child like faith lives and dreams are born.

    Having shared all of that your series here is beautiful and very encouraging. Your honest and beautiful heart words touch me with His presence, and I thank you my friend. You are a beautiful soul and I pray your God sized dreams grow in grace and into reality. May He give you the desires of your heart 😉

    Kelli

  • http://theheartofashley.blogspot.com/ Ashley Ditto

    Your blog is so much of a blessing to me.

  • http://nateandannesummers.blogspot.com Anne S.

    Oh dear…I’m blessed BY that. Blessed by your words! 🙂 Silly slips of the mind and keys. 🙂

  • http://nateandannesummers.blogspot.com Anne S.

    Your words are so peaceful and yet stirring. I’m so blessed like that. My dream for right now is to be faithful with the gifts God has given, specifically our home. Trusting that being faithful with the now will lead to other dreams, like starting a nonprofit and bigger writing projects, later.

  • Maria

    I dream of being free of this imaginary bar I have set for myself- the one
    I always seem to come short of. That
    I would teach women to know and experience God’s freedom as he has taught me the lies that maintain that ugly bar in my thinking. And that I embrace the call to Motherhood with grace, God-sufficiency and courage.

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com Michele-Lyn

      Maria,

      I know that bar well, and I know that a revelation of God’s grace, and finding rest in it is the only thing that has keeps me from setting it up again.

      I love that you want to help others be free of that, too! You are a gifted communicator. I love to hear you speak and read what you write. And you are a good mama! I love and miss you!

  • http://www.amypboydspeaks.blogspot.com Amy

    Actually giving voice to my dream is scary. It is one thing to write it and never really knows who reads it but to say it an hear it as it crosses my lips is another. Thanks for the encouragement to take that next step.

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com Michele-Lyn

      Amy,

      No kidding! It’s super scary to give voice, and then after, there is still negative thoughts, “Who do you think you are?” But when we know who we are in God we can speak Truth, and believe God is pleased with our faith to move forward, even courageously afraid!

  • http://runningthisthingcalledlife.com Jennifer Peterson

    Love this and thank you for doing this series!! I have been so blessed by this!!!

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com Michele-Lyn

      Jennifer,

      I feel like I am “running” with you and just when I feel like I hit my wall, you are urging me on! Thank you! 🙂

  • http://positivelyalene.com Positively Alene

    Love both of your comments. Yes, to continue proclaiming God’s truths to where ever He sends me. My sweet spot is speaking and teaching, but for now He has said to encourage others to serve more, to serve the least, and challenge others beyond themselves. So here I am at a cross-roads — dreaming, fretting, and trying to follow harder. Much love

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com Michele-Lyn

      Alene,

      My friend. I MISS YOU so much! I have been so awful at connecting, but I think of you almost everyday. And your words are still working on my soul. I know I tell you that a lot, but it’s true. You are going to Guatemala, right?

  • http://faithleaps.com Alyssa

    Journaling is one of the ways I have come to realize my dream and also God’s working in my life to achieve them.

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com Michele-Lyn

      Alyssa,

      Yes! Journaling! It still amazes me with how God uses the written word in our life. I love it!

  • http://alwaysalleluia.com Kris

    I am shaking inside, just saying this, but speaking. Speaking to women about the hard journey of refinement, and the worth of traveling the hard path. I have been dreaming of writing the words and then sharing them through speaking opportunities. Ultimately, I only want what God has for me, nothing else. *whew* thank you for this beautiful post, Michele Lyn. I love your heart.

    • http://www.alifesurrendered.com Michele-Lyn

      I love that your shared this here! There are so many facets to the dream God has for us! And something amazing happens when we take the fearless leap and say our dream out-loud. I have no doubt you’ll be speaking. 🙂 It is also my heart. <3

  • http://www.alifesurrendered.com Michele-Lyn

    I want to teach the liberating truth of God’s Word to multitudes and to the nations.I’d like to also teach it to weary mamas who don’t believe that motherhood is work fit for the Kingdom, and women who do not know that Christ came to heal and set them free. And I’d like to be able to see their faces when I do.