Sometime over the last two years, I began to have a dream of owning a home in the city and the country. At the time, I felt this strong friction as two dreams kept rubbing against each other. The Lord kept leading me to drive down my favorite road in Fort Smith where large homes and properties reside. I kept dreaming of owning one of them one day…yet a farm and farmhouse still felt like my hearts true desire for our family. I just couldn’t shake these two seemingly conflicting ideas.
Over time, I just let both ideas go to God. We are still here in OK trying to wait on God to move us forward. We are so ready, but clearly, He isn’t. So, we are trusting. And waiting.
This morning while spending time with God, I saw both homes and properties in my mind, almost simultaneously. Then I saw the city house was huge and looked like it could facilitate a school, and live-in students. Then it hit me.
The city house fulfills God’s dream over our family, of having an orphanage. I saw live-in staff gently guiding a small group of children and us homeschooling them there. I also saw them riding in vans out to our country property where they worked the farm with us. Learning about gardening and raising livestock and riding horses.
I want to stop here and mention something very significant…
When I originally had the dream of two homes and properties, I mistakenly shared it with one person who completely shamed me for it. They accused me of being more into things than family. They were wrong. Now, can you see that the entire focus of this dream IS family…and its increase? If I had allowed it, that person could’ve stolen the dream God was planting in my heart. A dream that, at this moment, seems completely impossible…yet I know will unfold in time.
Never let anyone shame you for dreaming about anything. Ever.
That person was ignorant to God’s voice that only I was hearing…and I was the only one hearing it because He was sharing His dream for me, with me. I took the dream to what I thought was a safe place, and it wasn’t. So, I forgave. I intentionally forgave this person, and took the shame they laid on me, to God and asked Him to forgive me if I had sinned against Him.
I don’t need others to be on board with God’s dreams over our lives. I just need God to be.
The same goes for you. Friend, if anyone has attempted to rob or shame your dreams, today is the day to forgive them and to reinvest in God’s voice over your life. All He needs is your “Yes.”
“Enlarge you house; build an addition. Spread out your home and spare no expense! For you will soon be bursting at the seams. Your descendants will occupy other nations and resettle the ruined cities.” Isaiah 54:2-3
So follow the steps of the good, and stay on the paths of the righteous. For only the godly will live in the land, and those with integrity will remain in it. But the wicked will be removed from the land, and the treacherous will be uprooted. Proverbs 2:21-22