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Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Little Girl Dreams

Little Girl Dreams

What did you want to be when you grew up? A princess? A prima ballerina? A famous poet? A great lady who would share from her storerooms and meet the needs of the less fortunate? Perhaps you wanted to grow up and be a missionary or preach the gospel. Maybe you just wanted to drive a fast race car or explore distant planets. Did your sense of wonder lead you to explore the forest or stare for hours at the night sky, imagining what might be hidden there? Did you have a yearning inside for *something* more in life? A hunger for good, noble things and far reaching dreams? Did something inside tell you that you were destined for greatness, for a rich, wonderful life full of adventure and love?
Those desires were placed in our hearts for a reason. They were planted like seeds in our young souls. If our dreams were watered and encouraged, if they were exposed to the beneficial light of the Son shining on them, they would have grown and flowered, and eventually would have caused our lives to bear much fruit.
Maybe the ballerina would grow up to be a worshipper, finding the freedom to dance for and with her Lord. Maybe the poet will one day inspire the world with her verses of eternal beauty. Maybe the missionary will discover a mission field in her own backyard. Perhaps the would-be great lady will find herself fulfilled in Compassion ministry. Perhaps the one who searched the night sky was meant to go deep in the things of the Spirit and bring back stunning new revelation of God’s greatness and glory. Maybe the princess would learn the shocking secret that she is, in fact, a real princess in the Kingdom of God.
Many of our dreams were lost, broken, or left by the wayside in our rush to grow up. Some of our dreams were stolen, or belittled, and some we simply forsook. If you try to look back through your childhood thoughts and memories and find that you feel almost as if it were a different person entirely, that’s a sign that some of your dreams may have been displaced. Sometimes circumstances are such that your dreams seem impossible – it’s not that you’ve forgotten them, it just looks like there’s no way they can happen. Whether your dreams were shattered or snatched from you or simply put aside as “foolishness”, perhaps it’s time to re-examine those childhood dreams.
Many times our hearts and minds have to be healed, and we have to let our very willing Father work in us to restore our dreams. In a way, we have to become little girls again to experience the richest treasures He has stored up for us. The good news is that those dreams were His idea in the first place. He created you to love the things you love, to desire the things you desire. He can set all things right within you and cause your dreams to come back in an even better form. When you let Him give you the desires of your heart, you’ll become a fragrant and bountiful bearer of good fruit! Our beautiful dreams reflect His wonderful thoughts toward us. So find a quiet place and sit with the Father, and dream those little girl dreams once again. Dream big!

Trust in the LORD and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
Ps. 37:3-5

2 Comments:

Blogger Mama Lamba said...

LA--You know what I wanted to be when I grew up? A writer. ;-) The funny thing was, I didn't really have anything to say. Only as I've plunged headlong into being MOM have I found my tongue. (so to speak, lol) sigh...ain't life great?
TE (The Ewe)

6:49 PM  
Blogger Lisa-Anne said...

Hey TE: I know what you mean! When I was growing up, I wanted to be a writer too... lol, but you know me, I've always had plenty to say! lol! In truth, it wasn't until I discovered my calling and identity in the Lord that I had any thing *WORTH* saying! (as a wife, a mother, a friend, THEN as a teacher, writer, and ad-minister-er of the gospel!) One of the main reasons I write and teach today is for the benefit of the little disciples running around the house! They are growing up hearing all the things I never knew. God is GOOD! :)

11:30 AM  

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