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Dec 10, 2014

Girl Talk // Defining Dreams



when i was little, my answer to "what do you want to be when you grow up?" was always the same:  a pediatrician.  except for a year in elementary school where i decided that being a dolphin trainer sounded really cool, i never wavered from my medical dream.  but then, somewhere into my second year of pre-med as a biology major, i realized that i really didn't like science all that much.  i changed my major and eventually got a masters degree in education.  and today, my life and my dreams and my passions look very different than what i would have guessed five years ago.

my mentor and i are working our way through mark batter son's the circle maker right now.  it's a great book, and even better when you read it with someone else, specifically someone who will really push and challenge you.  chrissy is not only a great voice of truth and encouragement, but in just the few weeks that we've been meeting, she's pushed and stretched me.

the hardest thing for me about defining those dreams is actually putting them out there.  because it's scary!  a lot of my goals revolve around my online life.  and articulating that to someone over a cup of coffee puts my stomach into knots, because what if they don't understand it?  what if they don't get this part of my life or how it could be sustainable?  ultimately, my heart's desire is to honor god with anything that i do, to be so in tune with what he wants for me that i'm not afraid to speak life into my dreams when i know that they are from him.

if you're not familiar with the circle maker, it's all about how praying boldly and dreaming big can transform your walk with jesus.  our god is huge, and our prayers should be huge too.

god honors bold dreams, and bold dreams honor god.

we've probably all heard (or felt) someone say that something was "too small" to bother god about.  but i like to think that god is delighted when we pray for and thank him for both the big and the small.  those small prayers, for the small graces like a good parking spot or a coffee date with a friend are important.  they are the daily reminders that god loves to shower us in blessing.  but the big prayers, about a future or a move or a financial decision or a relationship, or whatever it is for you, those are the ones that give god the  most glory.

so don't be afraid to ask for what seems impossible.  don't be afraid to define the big dreams.  god is for you and he will delight in showing you his power when you dare to pray with boldness.  so define the dream, circle it in prayer, and then get ready.  because if you do pray, anything could happen.

have you read the circle maker?  what are you circling in prayer right now?

17 comments:

  1. Betsy, I love this. And I really need to read that book!! I've been really in tune with dreams and hopes and how we can use them to honor God - that lights such a fire under me! I love your spirit of encouragement and bravery, friend!!

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  2. This is so good! I really want to read that book now. I had no idea you started pre-med. I did too and actually graduated with my Biology degree. However, my senior year and during my gap year I really felt that was not where God was leading me, so I'm now pursing social work. My biology background still plays in to it, but I'm loving pursing both social work and my online life! I'm not quite sure how they exactly fit together or if they even do, but I'm sure he has a plan for everything. Thanks so much for sharing! I really loved this post :)

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  3. This was awesome! It's easy for me to just settle into the status quo, the "safe" route, instead of really reaching out in faith and believing God for the fulfillment of those dreams I believe He placed in my heart. Such a good reminder to not lose heart and keep believing!

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  4. I am going to need to add this to my list of books to read! I struggle with making the jump and auditioning for a professional show. Theatre is in my blood and nothing makes me feel more like myself than when I am using the talent that God blessed me with to tell an extraordinary. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. yes yes YES! I so resonate with you. I had a BIG dream/goal that I put a time stamp on and I have been circling in prayer. And the hardest part was telling my husband about it. Just saying it out loud sounded absurd. But I am circling that baby in prayer! I LOVED the book. I just finished it! It only gets better!


    It definitely took me a little bit to wrap my head around the fact that nothing is too small for God. It was so freeing when I finally started to pray for big things to happen.

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  6. i know....it is hard for me to imagine that i can never pray anything that is too big for god! he is amazing!

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  7. definitely! it will change the way you pray!! god is so good and there is nothing that we can ask that will be too big for him.

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  8. so so true. the safe route is always the easier path, but that's not what god wants for us!

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  9. you totally should sarah!! i still have days and moments when i wish i was in the medical profession....i was always so academically-driven and did really well in school, so pursuing a path that is largely creatively-driven sometimes feels like i'm not putting to use the more brainy side of me. but when god is leading, it is so important and worthwhile to follow! i actually ended up with my b.a. in psychology and thought about pursuing social work for a little while! thanks for reading today!

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  10. it is SUCH a good book! i so agree...i get so pumped up when i think about people using their giftings to honor god with their life's work and vocation...it is so awesome!

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  11. I haven't read this book yet but I've heard great things about it! I certainly have a few dreams that I want to circle in prayer so this definitely seems the way to get started! Love these girl talks, Betsy!

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  12. I really want to read this book.

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  13. After your post in the peony project, I really really really want to read this book!

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  14. I just bought The Circle Maker and Draw the Circle!

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  15. THIS---> God honors bold dreams, and bold dreams honor God.


    All the yeses! I need to read the circle maker! It sounds so good!

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  16. As a senior in college, defining my dreams has been on my mind constantly. Sharing with others is definitely one of the scariest parts! This book is going to the top of my 'to read' list!

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  17. I'm in the same place. Actually articulating what it is you want, even to yourself sometimes, is really hard and utterly terrifying. Sometimes even working towards it can be paralyzing. Lovin' your trust and faith and courage right now, lady, and wishing you all the best xx

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