The Dream Life

Have you ever stopped to think of that one thing you would want to do most in this world? Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you loved what you do and were passionate about it?

 

Many of us have never stopped to think about what gives us life and purpose and what brings us the most joy in this life. Whether it’s being a stay at home mom, barista, doctor, entrepreneur, we should love what we do!

 

There are many people who go through life viewing their occupation as more of an obligation. They go to work because they have to, not because they want to.

 

What happened to doing what you love?

 

Society has put so much pressure on people to go to school, get a job, but because there is so much pressure on getting any kind of job to make money, people are working and are stuck in jobs they are not happy with. They go to school, declare a major, and most don’t end up getting a job in the field they declared when they graduate and are back at square one.

 

I’m not saying college isn’t important, but for some it’s not a necessity. For some going out into the world, getting experiences, pursuing what they love is more beneficial than sitting in a classroom.

 

This happened to me after college. I am very thankful I went to college, but I was on the path to do more schooling when God shut a door and I ended up going on an 11 month Christian mission trip instead. At times during my travels I imagined myself sitting in a classroom, and became really excited when I realized my reality for that time was exploring the world. The world was my “classroom. ”

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(Table Mtn South Africa)

I played with kids in Nicaragua, rode an elephant in Thailand, taught and played with street kids in Cambodia, lived and worked at a blind home in Malaysia, ran a medical clinic and lived at an orphanage in Swaziland, ran sports camps and Bible studies in South Africa, walked through challenges and celebrations with my peers, and so much more! I received experience in many areas and I discovered my passion to coach others, and I have been pursuing this passion ever since.

 

I believe there is a time to not do what you truly enjoy for a season in order to get to where you truly want to be. Dreams don’t happen over night (well the ones in your sleep do), but I’m talking a dream job, or dream lifestyle. They do happen but you must be willing to do the work for it. And it mostly likely will not be all butterflies and rainbows when you are doing what you love, but you will be more willing to work hard and want to put in the work because it is doing what you love!

 

Dreams do come true, but you must be willing to do the hard work to get there whatever that may be. You must be willing to say yes to something that may seem so crazy at the time. BUT you don’t have to stay in that obligation forever. Look at it as a temporary place preparing you until you are where you have always wanted to be.

 

One of the most challenging pieces to this puzzle is figuring out what you are passionate about, what gives you joy and adds to your life in a positive way. You may need to take a retreat, get away from your current situation and allow yourself to dream. Don’t put a lid on your dreaming. Let your mind wonder and allow yourself to come alive!

 

And now I ask you…. What are you passionate about?

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

Psalm 37:4

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The Busy Life

I have to admit I live a busy life. Anyone who knows me can attest to that. I love having variety in my life and always having something to do. I enjoy jumping from one thing to the next. It is a constant struggle for me to rest and be still and be ok with not always having something to do.

We live in a busy, fast pace culture. We are constantly making plans and “to do” lists. I have many “to do” lists myself and I am always planning my next adventure. Which isn’t a bad thing, but I need to check where my priority lies.

We put too much confidence in our flesh to hold ourselves together. We put so much on ourselves and tell ourselves we are ok, put on a face, but on the inside we are falling a part. We try to cram in as much as we can because that is the culture we live in. Running from one party to the next, to soccer games, school events, you name it! Where do we fit in time with Jesus?

We run ourselves into the ground and don’t put our energy into things that really matter. When was the last time you asked Jesus what he wants you to do with your day? What would happen if you turned your “to do” list upside down? What if instead of rushing into the store, you stopped to talk to the person standing outside asking for a donation. I went to a store and ran in to grab one thing. When I came out I was stopped by someone asking me if I wanted to “save the ocean”. I was slightly annoyed because I wanted this to be a quick stop, but God put my heart in check and instead of rushing past them I decided to stop and talk with them. Knowing that I would not partake in what they were advertising, I engaged in conversation and they told me all about the program. In the end I told them I loved seeing the passion they have for this particular program and to not lose that passion. They were taken back by my encouragement to them because they don’t get that response, and even though I didn’t sign up to join them, they were happy I took the time to talk to them.

You never know the impact you can have on someone’s life when you simply give some of your time. Forget about the “to do” list and the ticking clock and look at the people in front of you who need love.

Think of your initial feeling you had when you met Jesus. The passion, joy, excitement, and wonder. There is a song by Bethel called “Wonder” and a line in the song is “May we never lose our wonder. Wide eyed and mystified may we be just like a child staring at the beauty of our king.”

This is how we need to live our lives day to day. We need to live in the wonder and awe of Jesus. Live in the passion of knowing Jesus! We don’t have to have it all together. We don’t have to put on a face and carry everything. He wants to take everything from us. All Jesus wants us to do is fix our eyes on him and seek his face and he will do the rest. Find time to rest, to be still, to get away from the busyness and be with Jesus. He will get it all done for us. He needs to be our top priority and everything else will fall into place. I have seen this happen in my own life, so why is it still a struggle to trust him everyday? I have to remind myself everyday to give my day to Jesus and see where he leads me. When I do give Jesus my day, everything works out and I have a better day than I could have imagined.

 

Don’t be so busy that you miss the opportunity to be a part of God’s work on earth. Great things happen when we allow God to use us. We are his vessels to bring heaven to earth. Don’t miss your opportunity to change the world!

 

“I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ. And be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ- the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead… But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 3:8-11, 13-14

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This is my friend Erica sitting with two Monks in Laos. She was showing them the love of Jesus by meeting them where they were, giving her time, and listening to them.

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Dream BIG

Something I am learning is how to dream big. Dreams that are so big they are impossible without God!

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In January, God told me to dream big and I have been trying to figure out what my dreams are ever since. In figuring out my dreams, I am realizing what my passions are.

 

My passion is to be a life coach. I want to be someone people can come to, to encourage them and help them along their life journey to create goals and accomplish those goals and attain the dreams they have.

 

While I was on the World Race, I had the opportunity to walk alongside people on their journey, encouraging them, asking them needed questions, pointing them toward their end goal or reminding them to stay focused on the present and I LOVED it! It wasn’t until my World Race coach told me I should become a life coach that I knew what I was doing and what I loved actually had a name and a profession! Who knew?!

 

With discovering my passion I am learning how to dream. I want to have a career in life coaching and make it my own. I also want to have a beach house where people can come for a place of rest and enjoy God’s beautiful creation. Sitting on the back porch with a cup of coffee in their hand while looking out over the ocean and sitting in the peace and presence of God! Doesn’t that sound wonderful?

I know I can dream bigger. I know this is only a fraction of the dreams I can have with God on my side.

Are you a dreamer?

God wants us to dream. He wants us to do big things for his kingdom. We must believe that anything is possible with God by our side.

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In Genesis 12:1-3, God tells Abram that he will bless him and his name with be known among the nations

“Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’ ”

 

God didn’t say it would be easy. Along the way to your dreams you will have people who will try to bring you down and stir you away from your dream. They will make fun of you, be negative, but don’t let that come between you and your dream!

 Confidence

Proverbs 16:3 “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.”

 

Have dreams, and make sure they are according to God’s plan. How do you do that, you may ask? Well, ask him! We can talk to God like we talk to a person standing right beside us. We have access to him 24/7. Sit and be still and listen to the voice of the Lord. He will tell you what to do. And if you spend time with him and delight in him, your heart and his heart will be in tune and his desires will be your desires.

 

Psalm 37:4 “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

 

DREAM GOD-SIZED DREAMS!

You can do it!

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