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I have 2 scriptures that come to mind when I think of God-sized dreams and the experiences I've had when I listen to those "crazy ideas" that rattle in the back of my head. "I lift up my eyes to the mountains from where shall come my help. My help comes from the Lord, who made Heaven and earth." and "I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." It's God's way of saying, "Come on down off the cheap seats! Life is no dress rehearsal, so get moving!" He'll be with us the whole time guiding us and cheering us on--for nothing is impossible with God!! Have a wonderful, God-filled day!!
This certainly put a lot of things in perspective for me. While my childhood was basically a happy one, there were some missing parts to it. My dad left our family when I was 3, and I have always had a void that his absence left. I'm sure that one of the main things that attracted me to my husband was his strength. But you know what? I have found out throughout our nearly 20 years of marriage that I am pretty strong too. There were things that I longed for growing up -- not just tangible stuff, but emotional connections. I realized that if I were going to ever have those things, I would be the one to procure them. And you know what? There has not been anything that I have wanted that I have not received (though I'm still waiting on that million bucks. . .haha). This is a testament to God's grace and goodness and His instilling in me perserverance. I don't give up. Sure, I might cry and ask God what the heck am I supposed to be doing, but after awhile, I get up and get moving again, and I don't take no for an answer when there is a sliver of a chance that I can at some point obtain a yes, no matter how ridiculous or far-fetched the idea seems. My latest struggle is a doozy. My 14-year old son is in 8th grade and LOVES football. Even to use the word love is an understatement. It is a part of his existence. He needs to play like he needs to breathe. He has played since he was 5 years old, and because of his size, has done very well. He is looking forward to playing high school football next year. My husband and I couldn't be prouder of him, not just in football, but in every aspect of his life, and we enjoy watching him on the field as much as he loves being on the field. This year, though, we've had a setback. He incurred a stress fracture in his lumbar spine earlier this year during a training session, and he has been healing from it for the major part of his year. It has been a test of faith this year for him and for us. The doctor told him he had to sit out of football season this year. For a kid who wants to play at least 8 more years of football, this was a near death sentence to him. Nick was released in September from his doctor and was declared healed. He was thrilled to return to training for wrestling season (which he does to stay conditioned in football's off-season). However, he has recently begun experiencing back pain again. This has us asking the question, "Not again??" We head back to the doctor on Tuesday, but it sure has tested our faith. I am so thankful to have read this story, because it made me realize that God would not have instilled the determination to succeed, strong work ethic and sheer love of the game that Nick has if he didn't intend for him to use his gifts in a God-sized dream. And my experiences, which led to a "where there's a will, there's a way" attitude, can help get him there as well. We just need to continue the journey to do all that we can to get his back healed and back to being able to do what he loves, all the while trusting in God's grace and goodness that He will get us where we need to be. Thanks so much for the reminder! God-sized dreams are wonderful and are not to be dismissed as mere whim. Don't ever say, "That's ridiculous. I can never get there." If you can dream it, God will help you do it! So get out there and realize your dreams! You're not alone. The one who put the dream there in the first place is right alongside you cheering you through! To God be the glory!!!!
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Oct 14, 2010