Isn’t it funny how quickly our dreams can become derailed?


One unkind word, one slap of a razor-tongue person, or an ill-executed trial run and we are ready to surrender.  Why is it so easy to believe the worst in ourselves, long before we believe anything good about ourselves?



Do you not know that the dream within you was placed there my God Himself?  And, as the dream unfolds, it changes in dimension, color and depth – and the change too, can cause us to doubt.


Guilt, shame, lack of education in that particular area is not a hindrance to God!


We want it to be straightforward, and extremely clear to our understanding.  But our dreams from God are more like an origami piece of art, with each fold a new dimension of the dream.  With each turn a different aspect of what could be – a part of what will be.


God continually changes the look of our dream for several reasons.


If you know exactly how to achieve the dream, you will take over.


When we know everything that God knows, we rob ourselves of the greatest adventure, with the greatest guide, and the greatest intimate relationship ever know to mortal man.  In knowing all there is to know we rob God of His time with us.


Do you see?  He desires to be with us.  A father wanting to spend time with his child, in playing block, our walking in the yard, or achieving a dream – He wants to be with you!


“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  (Jeremiah 29:11)


His Dream for you, the one in you,  is in you is bigger than you can imagine!


If you cannot even imagine, how will you ever know how to achieve?  How will you know in which direction to go?


“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,” (Ephesians 3:20)


We need to allow Him to direct us.  The world will, without any doubt, come screaming at you that you have embarrassed yourself and you are going the wrong way.  Our relationship with God needs to be developed to the point that we can trust in the unseen, over the seen.  We must learn to listen to The Spirit of God, which can be heard in our heart, over the world that screams in our ears.



We must be ready to be set apart from the world, to be able to stand out in the world. (tweet this)


Yeah, this is one I really don’t care for, but I know the reward of His will, is greater than the pain of separation from the world – Even if it doesn’t feel pleasant at that the time.


“If Your presence does not go with us, do not lead us up form here.  For how then can it be known that I have found favor in Thy sight, I and Thy people? Is it not by Thy going with us, so that we, I and Thy people, may be distinguished from all the other people who are upon the face of the earth?” (Exodus 33:15-16).


Here is the bottom line for me.  I know the dream He has placed in my heart. He has at times given me a taste for what is to come.  And, despite the voice of the world telling me I’m too old, not educated enough, abandoning my home for narcissistic glory, I know that it isn’t true.


I know it isn’t true because I have considered the possibility that maybe it is true.


“God’s call in our lives is irrevocable.” (Romans 11:29)


When we are called of God to achieve the dream He has placed in our heart, it never goes away – Nor do you ever fully achieve it.  There is no trophy to show that you “did it!”, there is no fan fare or parade for people to see that you are smart enough, good enough, or loved enough.


We daily live the dream, origami turn, by origami fold, all the days of our lives.  It is only when we arrive in heaven that we see the people who have gone before us, cheering us into the throne room.  It is then, and only then that we will hear, “Well done, come into your reward.”






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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She creates her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named Lil Girl. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.

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