When we were kids, we would dream about the future. We may have had dreams about our career, cars and traveling. As adults, we don’t dream so much and if we do they are so far out there we think it won’t happen anyways.
Do you have a dream you want to be fulfilled? What are you doing to make that happen?
“A dream without a plan is just a wish.”Katherine Paterson
Dreams alone seldom produce results. If you want to move beyond wishful thinking and produce tangible results you need to become more than a dreamer, you need to become a doer. You need a plan!
For years, my husband and I have been dreaming of having a cabin in the woods. We live in the dry desert of Arizona where the summers can be a little hot for us. We always leave our desert life at some point during the summer months to find greener pastures. Turns out, there is a whole different world only 2 hours from our home. In the summer there are cooler temperatures, lakes and pine trees. In the winter the snow falls creating beautiful scenery we have missed since leaving the state of Washington.
So, last year I felt the Lord asking me to get serious about this dream. To do more than just dream. I felt like He was asking me to do something about it.
So, we started to be doers instead of just dreamers. Here are some of the things we have been doing:
We made our way up the mountain and visited three small towns to determine where we felt God was leading us. We wandered through these quaint little towns, visiting their antique stores (YES!!) and little local artisans shops. While we were on our way to a festival at a nearby lake, it began to pour down rain. So, we slipped into a very old and historic hotel and saloon. We bellied up to the bar and chatted with the locals as we enjoyed the lightning and heard the thunder roll over the top of us. It was here that we met a real estate agent.
The next morning she took us around to look at a number of cabins and told us very interesting facts about the three different towns. After our tour, we landed on the “where” we were going to dream for our cabin.
Next came the “how” part. First, we needed to believe that God was leading us here, for whatever reason. We needed to believe that if He’s laid this on our hearts if He’s called us there, He will provide the way. The “how” may seem overwhelming, especially in the beginning, but did you know that ever miracle in Jesus’ ministry includes and movement of the people? It may have been reaching out to Jesus, dipping in the River Jordan, or gathering a few fish and loaves of bread.
We also need to show God that we believe, when it seems unbelievable. So, I began showing Him I believe in miracles. I began packing for our move. I’ve collected a few little things we had around the house, and picked up a few trinkets when shopping.
I picked this tree candle up while visiting Northern California. While I’ll use it at Christmas, it will be packed away in my cabin box after the holidays.
The “cabin” ornament will hang front and center on my tree for me to keep it before my eyes.
Don’t ever underestimate the significance of keeping your vision before you.
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”Joshua 1:8 (NKJV)
You have to do the same thing with your dreams and goals! Out of sight is out of mind. Knowing this, I’ve done a vision board every year. Recently, in our Mastermind group, we were challenged to creating a vision board for 2020 so I created a vision board and a cabin bboard to I keep before my eyes.
I look over this vision board almost every day and say, “Thank you, Jesus, for my cabin in the woods.”
These are just a few of the things I am doing in order to show Jesus, I believe in miracles. I believe He can work supernaturally in my life.
My doing will be different than yours. What are you dreaming for? How can you show Jesus you believe He will work a miracle in your life?