Daring To Dream

Do you have a dream that you have kept to yourself for quite the while now? That one dream you wish would come true, yet you are not sure if it is what God has meant for you?

Dare to Dream

I carried a dream in the secret folds of my heart for years. Maybe it was a desire more than a dream, a wishful desire that remained throughout the years, though I rarely spoke about it. It wasn’t because I was ashamed of the dream. It was mainly because I was not sure if it was in God’s plan for my life. I wanted to lead a women’s Bible study, to equip women to pursue a better relationship with God.

I knew it was not a bad desire or dream to have, no. But I was not sure if it was what God had purposed for me, a wretched sinner, to do. Maybe you know exactly what I am talking about. Maybe this is the place you have found yourself in, as well. That quiet dream in the folds of your heart, the one you feel with every beat of your heart — but you are afraid to set out to do, in case it is not God’s will. I know that fear, friend. I know it so well.

Don’t Let Fear Freeze Your Dreams

What I have learned during these years, is that it takes courage to dare to dream. Fear so easily takes our hearts captive. It runs through our veins and freezes our hopes before we even have set out to pursue them. And the worst part is, that we let fear do so. We believe the lies that fear whispers to our soul at night. We think we are not worthy of such a dream that is in our hearts. Our past and our past failures define us, before we even try to set out to see if this is what God would have for us.

But that is never the will of God.

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2)

Our past successes and failures do not matter when we give our lives and our hearts to God. He can use us for His glory, no matter what we have done or where we have been. He can also use others, if we choose to not be part of what He wants to work in our lives and the lives of those around us. God’s glory is not dependant on our skills or talents. Yet, God has given us these beautiful dreams — ones that flourish when we choose to trust God and trust His goodness to us.

Dare To Dream

It has been years since I first dreamed of teaching a women’s Bible study. I have carried this dream with me through so many seasons, the hopeless and hope-filled ones. Now, in this season of changes in life and busy schedules — I sit down with a very small group of girls once every two weeks to study through the book of Ruth. I think we are still a long way off from seeing whether this will bring forth any fruit. Yet I can see that my heart is changing, that this dream has finally come to life, carried by the prayers I prayed over the years, the hopeless and hope-filled ones.

Friend, God has given you this dream for a reason. Whether it is for you to do at some point, or to join someone else’s ministry in prayer — God has given it to you for a reason. It might be that this dream needs to be covered in prayer for years, in the quietness of your heart. Or it might be that all it needs is surrendering to God, both your heart and your life.

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)

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  • mbethany

    Ronja I'm saving this to share again later. I love it. I just wrote a post about dreams too but what really got me about this is that just yesterday I was shrinking back from a dream because I was afraid it wasn't God's will. You say it and portray it so well! Thank the Lord, yesterday He brought me to greater peace with that particular dream and it being in His will. I'm thanking Him even more for finding your post in my inbox this morning affirming the truth! I wish I lived nearby for your study : )

    • Ronja

      Thank you for your sweet words, Bethany! I have found, too, that it is so easy to start shrinking back from some dreams because I'm afraid it isn't God's will. I'm so thankful that the Lord keeps reminding us of His truth and of the visions He gives to us. I'm praying that the Lord will bless you in pursuing that dream and that His hand will be upon the whole of it! God bless you!

  • Sarah Geringer

    Hi Ronya. I'm in a season of pursuing long-held dreams too. I liked your post so much, I'm sharing it on Fb and Twitter!

    • Ronja

      That is so great, Sarah! I'm praying that God will go before you in pursuing these dreams and that beautiful things will come to be as a result. Thank you for visiting here, Sarah. God bless you!

  • Michele Morin

    Bethany and Ronja! I read your post, Bethany, and it came to mind again as I read Ronja's words here. May we dare to dream big and brave -- not because of our own talents or ambition, but because we follow a God who keeps His promises and upholds us, singing over us with His love!

    • Ronja

      Yes! Such good words, Michele. Our God will equip us and give us the strength we need, even if it feels like we do not have what it takes to pursue a dream so big. Our God is always greater than that, though. Thank you for your wisdom here, Michele! God bless you!

  • Karen Del Tatto

    A few years ago, I had the same dream as you, but I was confused since I am basically a shy person and speaking or leading a group of women seemed counter to what I would be comfortable doing, yet that desire was there. I literally prayed, "Lord, if this is your will for me, you'll need to drop it in my lap." About a month later a woman from our church came up to me, not knowing anything about my deep desire, and asked me if I would be willing to lead one of the groups in our church's lady's Bible study. And the Lord didn't stop there, I was also asked to be the mentor leader at our MOPs group where I actually spoke and shared my own devotionals in front of 60 plus women. The Lord took my dream and multiplied it. Not only that, He gave me the strength to overcome my shyness and anxiety in speaking and now I have the confidence to move forward in the new church we are attending to approach the Pastor about starting a lady's Bible study at our church where I would be humbled to serve and lead at. Only by God's grace and His strength was any of this possible. Blessings,

    • Ronja

      What a great testimony, Karen! Praise God! God sure is so good to us, to give us these dreams but also what we need to pursue those dreams. I'm praying that God will bless you abundantly and that He will use you to reach women through Bible studies and just plain presence in their lives. Thank you for sharing this with us, Karen! God bless you!

  • Love like JESUS

    Wow!! This gave me hope and the strength to continue believing in that desire that I've always had and is yet to be fulfilled. With God, it's possible!!

    • Ronja

      Yes! With God, everything is possible. God bless you!