Monday, January 7, 2013

God-sized Dreams

HAPPY 2013!!

Tonight I came across a blog post at toodarnhappy.com.  The title of her post invited me to hop over to her blog...which prompted me to hop over to holleygerth ....which prompted me to write a blog post.  Are you ready for the title? God-sized Dreams. 

Intriguing...

62% of us make New Year's Resolutions. 

I wonder what our world would be like if we instead we asked what is my God-sized Dream this year?

              A God-sized Dream = A desire in your heart for more of what God has for you.

I love what Holley shares in this post:

"You see, God-sized dreams aren’t about being perfect. Or getting what we want. Or things working out the way we plan.
I can tell you this, on your God-sized dreams journey…
You will feel fear.
You will fail at some point.
And you may even find that you have to let a dream go.
But I can also tell you, on your God-sized dreams journey…
You will become more courageous.
You will have victories you never through possible.
And you will be filled up with what you really need, which is less of you and more of Jesus in your life.
God-sized dreaming isn’t for wimps.
But at the same time it’s really only for wimps.
Because we all are exactly that. We’re weak and broken and afraid. And we’re also strong and whole and filled with the resurrection power of Christ.
We are living paradoxes and nothing will show you that more than a God-sized dream.
If you’re looking at all this God-sized dreams stuff with a bit of skepticism can I just whisper, “It’s okay to feel that way. But dare to come with us anyway. Not because of where you will go but because of where this journey will take you…and that’s closer to the heart of God.”'
So now, I am inspired...and motivated....
What is my God sized Dream for 2013?
When I was diagnosed with cancer, I thought..."OK--you just got dealt bad card.  Play the card you have been dealt. Get back to life."  Oh, how I tried to get back to the life I used to live.  So, many times I have pushed and pushed, only to fall flat on my behind.  You see, I am not supposed to go back to my old lifestyle.  I believe I have scars across my chest, along with ongoing pain and fatigue--so I remember.  I remember the long nights where only the hope of God's promises gave me the strength to hold on till mornings light. I remember the mornings of chemotherapy, crying to my husband--"I don't think I can do this!" And although the I remember the "tough" things the thing I most remember is that God provided--in so many remarkable ways.  Hope came in so many fashions--cards, phone calls, words of encouragement, comments left on my caring bridge.... Now, looking back at the last few years, I can see God's hand and guidance. But like Holley shares when God gives you a God sized Dream--you will have fear.
But I am saying NO to this fear in 2013--after all if you can do chemotherapy, I believe you can do almost anything!  -- in
My God sized Dream is to expand the ministry of hope.lives.now. Hope.lives.now. is a ministry that offers support and encouragement to individuals who find themselves in an unexpected health crisis.  This ministry is a "work in progress" and I am excited to see how God leads us through the next steps.    
How about you--do you have any God sized Dreams for 2013?
If you do, please leave a comment and I will add your God sized Dream to my prayers.

7 comments:

Susan Stilwell said...

I'm excited to see you focus on Hope Lives Now, Kim. There is such a need there, and I still get hits on the guest post you did for me last year!

My God-sized dream? To be a travel writer, specifically to write about missions. I can't imagine a better marriage of my passions: the Word, writing, adventure, travel... Funny, I'd never had the courage to say it until I typed those words on Kim's blog.

Thanks for giving me the chance to say it again. May God give wings to BOTH of our dreams!

Vicky said...

What a great post Kim! Love Holley Gerth- she speaks to my heart so often- including all of this :) I think my God-sized dream is to begin writing for a broader audience. So I am taking the plunge and have enrolled in an online writing class being taught by a writer from Minneapolis... yeeps- fear is right... but here I go!

Hugs sweet friend- blessings to you!

Hester's Heart said...

Oh Kim,

I'm so very excited for the Lord leading you to expand this vital ministry. God bless you as you follow His lead sister.

Rejoicing with you,
Love, Hester ;)

Holley Gerth said...

What a powerful post, Kim! So glad you found your way over to my place online. Looking forward to seeing what God has in store for us this year!

Cathy Baker said...

It's sure to be an exciting 2013 with all of these God-sized Dreams bubbling to the surface in so many hearts. Thank you for this beautiful post!

My God-sized dream is to discover His desires for my writing journey...and for me to have the courage to follow.

Kim, you are an inspiration to me and many others. I look forward to seeing how God will bless your ministry in the weeks, months, and years ahead. :)

Julia Tomiak said...

Kim, I know you've been trying to discern your path- I'm so glad God has helped you find some answers. Your dream sounds wonderful, and I will pray you find much success!
I love your new header- great picture and good metaphor.

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