Are you a dream smasher?

God writes big stories, stories that seem impossible. And they are, if you think about it. He seems to take great interest in impossible stories, and I think they’re interesting, too. But I rarely raise my hand to live them.

God makes oceans rise up like two great walls, and invites people to walk on dry ground between them.

How to live big Emily @ Chatting at the Sky

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Did you ever read love stories as a young girl? I did.  Most not suitable for the age I was.  That being said, it was in these books that I dreamed how my life would look.  What if I had someone who taught me how to dream God’s way by showing me with their words?

42 years later I sit amongst the ruins of finding my own way.  Trying to live out a fairytale life in a world constructed of lies.  Never dreaming I would end up here.  Lately…something…no Someone is nagging me to dream…not only dream but to dream BIG IMPOSSIBLE DREAMS.  There is much that is covered in the sands of time…some things thought ruined.

Our God is able to take ruins and make them beautiful! That is the place I am inviting God to work in my life right now.  It has to have an effect on my children.  When I think of my own dreams I can’t help but think of my children and the dreams I dream for them.  Do they have dreams for themselves?  Are they reading the right books/people or sticking their heads in books that are not edifying and full of lies? I guarantee they are reading you and me.

I can easily dream really BIG for them..don’t you? You just full heartedly believe that they can do and can be anything that they want to be and you would do anything to make sure they succeed right?

What about yourself?  we might shift our position to ourselves and put more of that energy we put into our children into ourselves.

What if we  started now…from this day forward.  Put down the fairytale..happily ever after books that are just lies from the pit and pick up the greatest love story ever told and and knock on God’s heart until He answers.

What if He is looking to and fro for people who will dare to dream BIG dreams themselves so that their children see God for REAL in the lives of their mommy’s and daddy’s.

Maybe we aren’t being BIG dream believers …are we looking in the wrong book?  Are we to caught up in our American culture of consume..get..achieve..comparing and forgot that we are believeing in the wrong things?  Are we no longer risk takers? Are we dream smashers?….saying by the words of our lives that our God is not big enough to deliver, to change, to rescue….are we putting Him in a box…and really shrinking back from what He is calling each one to uniquely do in their own circle of influence? To afraid of what people will say…who we go to church with would say…neighbors might talk…Is that me? I’m asking myself all of these questions.

Have we become just become to comfortableto afraid to live out loud…totally sold out for a God who loves..who forgives..who is REAL…are we to busy preaching and not writing our own letters?  Am I? How are things ever going to change unless we let God in to the secret places? The places where we are held captive.  Nine times out of ten our children will be held captive in the same ways.    How am I going to show my children…the next generation what a HUGE God He is at the same time so real and personal that He can be involved in the minutest part of our lives?

How do we show a broken people there is freedom and healing and forgiveness and security and peace if we….as BROKEN people…. cannot show our realness?  our nakedness?  What would happen if there were safe places to share our deepest fears and secrets so we could find healing amongst the flesh of naked people?  Maybe this is where real church happens?

I- full of fear and trembling say….I want to walk on the dry ground between the two ocean wallsI want to be the recipient of an impossible dreamI intensely pray that the kids and I will dance in the over spray from the ocean walls and be washed in His water. I pray my children can and will learn from what I live and write from this day forth.  THAT is what they will remember when I am gone from this earth. Not what came out of my mouth but what I lived out in words…

God that you would rend the heavens and come down in a mighty wave of change. That hearts would be stirred and moved to use the gifts you’ve given your children.  That we … full of grace and truth … go forth on this dry ground that you have gone before us and lead our familiesour offspringyour heritage to higher ground. To BIG dreams. To the God of impossible…A God who still acts on behalf of those who believe Him…help our unbelief Father.

You are a God who delights when we come to you with everything.  We come to you today with not only our own dreams that may have been buried years ago..but on behalf of the dreams you have placed in our children. That the evil one cannot kill steal and destroy what you have already written in their hearts.

What dreams have been buried in your heart? What dreams are you going to pray into life for your children?  Are you ready to get a little wet?  To believe that He is the God of IMPOSSIBLE Dreams?  Can you see youself carrying your kids on the shoulders of your dream?  I can

xoxo…sending my love your way

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Tracey - Thanks for sharing your heart and encouraging me to dream big dreams for myself and my family!

Jen Ferguson - I am most certainly not a risk-taker. Pretty much a chicken, you know. But, oh could I speak encouraging words to my children to really step out there for God. But, if I've never modeled what that looks like, if I have never stepped out myself, I have nothing to back up my words. This inspires me to take a risk, if not for my sake, for my children's.

Bobbi - Beautiful! Anyone ever tell you that you have a very Ann V. kind of writing style!? Love the picture too!! I'm visiting in from Mama's Heart…nice to meetcha!

Erin - Tiffini, this post was to my heart what the light is that pours into the cracked clay pitcher. I don't want my kids to be held captive by my flaws. I want them to see me as an overcomer. I want to be fully alive. I just don't know how. Sigh. :)

Thank you so much for linking up. The linky tool has been fixed and I'll be using a new tool next week for our link up. Thank you again!!

Erin

stephanie - Such a beautiful post and so inspiring. I am one of those "visionary" types. So dreaming big is easy for me. But others are always quick to squish it. So maybe I need to be more careful about beleiving God over man. Hmmmmm. Thank you for the insight. Ill keep dreaming.

BIg Fat Mama - Right now I'm letting God create my dreams for me. I never thought a year ago that I would be blogging, or communicating with women around the world! So, I'm just trusting what He puts in my heart and going with it. He'll take it where He wants it to go! Beautiful post!

Tara - praying that all the dreams that have been buried in your heart that are dreams that God birthed in you will come to fruition.

love your heart.

Amy Sullivan - Most of the time I don't even want to speak my dreams. They are too fragile. But something keeps pushing me to dream on.

LLH Designs - I adore this post! I've never been much of a dreamer…mostly because I was too afraid of failure. (Because I relied too much on myself.) But these days, I'm living more free…free to dream and free to trust Jesus! Alleluia!I

Hugs!

Linsey

Melissa - I need to have my dreams resurrected, hope restored, joy re-filled. Thank you for the encouragement and inspiration. I like how the Son shines here. Joy blessings!

PS I'm jumping "naked" with you. :)

Robyn Q - Wow! You nailed my heart beat right here. Some days the vision is clear. The impossible seems right in front of me – my faith is big. Then with one little lie, one doubt, my wounded faith sinks my heart. And then I forget to live out loud and become a captive again. I highly recommend Kelly Minter's bible study: Ruth. It was fantastic! Thanks for being YOU and sharing like you do!

LLH Designs - I just re-read this post and am loving it all over again. What are we doing to dream big THIS VERY DAY…on this ordinary Saturday?!?! You've got me thinking!

Xo,
Linsey

misty - Your post completely moved me. I had never been here before, and found you through the Writer's Workshop… i adored this post, and your blog, so much! I am following you now and can't wait to read more from you! AMAZING!

Thank you so much…

misty - p.s. emiliy's blog is my favorite!

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