Awakening Dreams & Desires

“Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.  Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.”
Psalm 37:4-5 (NKJ)

As a child, I was a dreamer.  I vividly remember wishing on stars, throwing pennies into a well hoping my wish would come true, and blowing out my birthday candles while thinking of all the things I desperately wanted for my small, yet significant life.

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Over the years, those hopes and dreams became smaller and less and less frequent.  Overtime, I slowly stopped voicing my desires, stopped hoping for my dreams to come true, and stopped believing they ever really would.  It was in my late 20’s that I realized that I had long given up on my dreams and my desires and I could honestly say that I no longer recognized that I had any.

Life can be hard and throw you for a loop.  Trials come and you may easily retreat into the survival mode of life.  Hope for good and hope for more is hard to see through the eyes of pain.  Our “have to’s” of life over shadow our “get to’s” and we lose sight of the things that we once desired most.  Hebrews 6:19 says, “Hope anchors the soul.”  Wester’s dictionary defines hope as the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best.  It is in this hope that God offers, that our dreams and desire cannot only begin to grow, but where they can truly begin to come alive!

I love how the Psalm says that if you delight yourself in Him, He will give you the desires of your heart. 

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What a beautiful promise this is!  If you look closely at this verse however, you will see that you are an intricate part of the fulfillment of this promise.  He will give you the desires of your heart.  Before He can carry out and bring into fruition what is in your heart, you must first cultivate Godly dreams and desires that are stored up in there.  God is desiring to co-labor with you, to be part of your life on every level, to be the means to your dreams and the answer to your longings.  For if your dreams and desires are rooted in Him and in His ways, they too are His dreams and desires for you!  How do you know if your dreams and desires are that of the Fathers?  Pastor Les encouraged us to ask ourselves two questions, “Does is sound like something Jesus would do?” and “Will it take Jesus’ help to accomplish it?”  If you answered yes to both of these questions, then they indeed are pure dreams and desires set deep in your heart by the Father for great purpose.

~ Tami Wittrock
Lifegate Women, Campus Lead – Papillion

Digging Deeper
So, what are your dreams?  What are your desires?  What is it that deep down in your spirit you know is a dream or desire from the Father that you just can’t shake?  Write them down; create a dream board somewhere that you can see every day.  Begin speaking these dreams to the Father and begin sharing your heart’s desires with Him.  If dreams and desires have long since passed, ask the good Father to stir them up in you again.  It is through this intimate relationship of sharing and dreaming with Him that you are truly delighting yourself in Him!  C.S. Lewis says, “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”  So, go ahead, treasured daughter, and begin to dream, begin to desire.  For it is the delight of your good Father to truly give you the desires of your heart!

 

 

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