Tuesday, December 31, 2013

{God-sized Dreams} Something good coming true

This has been a good year, mostly, even though it's nothing like I expected. I really thought I'd get farther on my dream to write a book and be building my freelance writing resume. I figured out family would include another child through adoption. I also hoped my blog would be bigger by now.

As I type those dreams of mine that haven't turned out like I saw them in my own mind, I am reminded they are self-centered wishes. I outlined some dreams at the beginning of 2013. And I spent the first half of the year blogging my way through what God was doing there.

Throughout the years, I've been part of this God-sized Dream Team that Holley Gerth assembled. It's affected us in ways we didn't expect. We have a Facebook group full of prayers and hopes and dreams and disappointments. But God is there too. And he's built relationships as we chased after the dreams God called us to pursue.

I had dreams I was pursuing. And then as I chased God with them, he called me to lay down some. And now that I'm sitting down to try and digest some of it, I believe he's called me to pick up other ones.

The relationships. The prayers. The dreams. The writing. The family. The freelance job that came my way and lasted seven months before I knew I needed to lay it down. The book idea that is still brewing and the new book idea on my heart. The adoption process that has been confusing and hard and really isn't even a process anymore.

God has been using every single thing to draw me to him. And, really, shouldn't that be my dream anyway?

People all through the Bible had dreams. And when God fulfilled them in his way, he was glorified. People were changed miraculously. And God was glorified. People made hard choices. And God was glorified. People left and followed and walked and waited. And God was glorified.

During advent, my kids and I read from "The Jesus Storybook Bible" most days. One day early in December, Joseph's story struck my heart, especially this part ...

"God had a magnificent dream for Joseph's life and even when it looked like everything had gone wrong, God would use it all to help make the dream come true. God would use everything that was happening to Joseph to do something good."

My dreams, at least as I outlined them to fit in this calendar year, weren't going to glorify God. I'm not entirely sure why. But I'm certain God has a plan.

He's got a plan for my family, whether or not we get to adopt again. He's got a plan for me, as wife, mom and a writer, even if it all doesn't unfold like I scripted. And like my dear friend told me recently: I know His plans for you are good. Not just in the future but in this very moment.

I know God was working this year. And I know he's still working as the dreams in my heart shift and change. He promises to work everything together for the good when we love him and are called to his purpose. His purpose. Not mine.

God calls us to make him known. The way that happens is unique to each person. For me, I believe in this mission God helped me word through the God-sized Dream Team: I believe God has created and called me to communicate stories from my own life and others' lives for families to know God as the author and creator of every detail through writing, promoting and serving.

The details of these dreams change as I seek the Creator of every detail. But I'm willing to keep going. I'm ready to see where he leads my family in this new year and experience the stories he's scripting for us because we believe he's doing something good.

Do you want help seeking God in your dreams? My friend Holley Gerth wrote some books that do just that. "You're Made for a God-sized Dream" has been a blessing to me this year and I want to pass along some of the goodness. So one person will win a copy of this book. 

Yes, this God-sized Dream Team was created as a launch team for this book, but the message truly is one that continues to speak to my heart. And this is an extra copy of the book I had in my gift closet. I'm thankful for the way friends, both in my everyday life and here on the Internet, have encouraged me this year.

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{UPDATED 1.4.14} CONGRATULATIONS, Mindy! Your copy of "You're Made for a God-sized Dream" is heading your way. Thanks, everyone, for sharing on this post. 

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You can read all this year's God-sized Dreams related posts here. Today I'm joining many other dreamers at the newly launched God-sized Dreams website my dreamer friend Christine Wright created. The rest of the crew there is inspiring too.  

And then I joined Jennifer Dukes Lee's weekly #TellHisStory with this 2013 recap. 

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  1. So...interesting story. I bought the Jesus Storybook Bible because you mentioned it one day. Mae really looks forward to reading it each night, and Joseph is our story for tonight. :) Thankful for you, friend, and the ways God has used you to bless me and encourage me. So grateful to be dreaming together! Blessings and hugs today. :)

  2. This year I dream of a family vacation, since we haven't done one yet. So let the dream come alive! Personal one is to redo my blog and write more, grow the mom ministry, and to make a decision about schooling for my children.

  3. Happy New Year sweet friend. Your words are always an inspiration. He does use it all doesn't He? His plans for us are far better than anything we can imagine. I'm not sure what my God-sized dream is. That bothers me in some ways that I don't know but I'm also okay with it. He keeps drawing me closer to Him and in His timing He will reveal to me.
    I'm so grateful for you!
    Much love,

  4. I am so grateful for you, Kristin! Your perspective is just beautiful. It's hard when the dream doesn't unfold as expected or when it gets tough. I look forward to seeing your dreams continue to unfold. Thank you for being a blessing to me!

  5. KristinHillTaylor12/31/2013 9:13 AM

    Thanks, Kristin. Your words are such encouragement - today and so many other days.

  6. KristinHillTaylor12/31/2013 9:16 AM

    Yes, in some ways this year has been hard but in more ways it's been such a good year. Thanks for your continued encouragement.

  7. KristinHillTaylor12/31/2013 9:17 AM

    Happy New Year, Beth! You're one of the sweetest online blessings this year. God will continue leading you and doing amazing works through you. I'm excited to see what happens from here.

  8. KristinHillTaylor12/31/2013 9:19 AM

    You're the first person I met in person after having connected online! I'm thankful our paths crossed through Jill Savage's launch team. I'm encouraged by the way you've reached out to moms and are working to make a difference for them and their families. Let's do lunch again soon!

  9. KristinHillTaylor12/31/2013 9:20 AM

    I love this details about the Joseph story. And I'm so glad to hear you and Mae are enjoying The Jesus Storybook Bible. You're such a blessing, Mel!

  10. Love how God brought us together. Yes lunch most definitely!!!

  11. It's neat to see how some of our dreams have changed over the last year. The ones we are asked to lay down or those that just completely change form. I love that quote from the Jesus Storybook bible, what a great reminder, huh?

  12. Discovered you on the God Sized Dreams linkup. I'm encouraged to map out my dream(s) as I read yours. Thanks for the inspiration. Now...I've got some work to do.

  13. KristinHillTaylor1/01/2014 8:44 AM

    Happy dreaming, Lisa!

  14. KristinHillTaylor1/01/2014 8:45 AM

    Dreaming is certainly a journey. I'm glad our paths have crossed, Alecia!

  15. Love that Holley Gerth. She is a good one. So nice to meet you through Jennifer's link up. I love the way a clean slate of a new year helps us to evaluate our intentions and motives. Great insight here.

  16. KristinHillTaylor1/02/2014 7:46 AM

    Nice to meet you, Shelly. Thanks for coming by. Hope your new year is off to a good start.

  17. KristinHillTaylor1/02/2014 9:36 PM

    It's a good one. :)