In Others’ Words: The Reality of Dreams


I’m all about dreams … and I know what it takes to make dreams a reality. 

I love the beginnings of dreams. The “what ifs” and the “maybes” and the daring it takes to reach for that oh-so-personal wish upon a star. I get just as excited when someone else shares the beginning of their dream with me as I do about my own dream-just-starting-to-come-true.

The middles of dreams? Now that’s when you sweat. That’s when you have to decide if you’re up to the hard work of seeing this dream through to the end. How determined are you? Determined enough not to quit when the first glow wears off your dream and you’re staring at all you have to do … all you have to give up … all the obstacles labeled “YOU CAN’T” … and you’re not so sure you can anymore?

The ends of dreams? Sometimes, you celebrate because you achieve your dream — the sweat, determination, and hard work pay off. But sometimes the end of a dream can break your heart. You’ve worn yourself out working toward your dream. And it ends. Your dream fails as they sometimes do and you have to be brave enough to let your dream go. And brave enough to dream again. And sometimes … sometimes, the dream is resurrected even better than you originally imagined.

In Your Words: Where are you with your dream: beginning, middle, or end? Do you believe in the magic of dreams — and what does sweat, determination, and hard work look like for you when it comes to pursuing your dream?

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  1. September 27, 2016, 9:20 am   /  Reply

    Such a true post, Beth. The middles of dreams can be the hardest because things begin to look overwhelming. That’s when I have to rely on God the most. And He’s so good to send me the messages and things I need to keep pressing forward. This is where I am right now. In the middle. Trying to see my way around the real life obstacles that keep me from more actively working toward the result. Praying, praying.

    • September 27, 2016, 10:10 pm   /  Reply

      Jeanne: One thing I know about you is that you are a woman of prayer. You prayer about your dreams — and you pray for others’ dreams, too. And it makes such a dramatic difference, doesn’t it? Prayer revives our dreams when they are fading … the circumstances don’t necessarily change, but our attitude improves. Our hope renews.

  2. September 27, 2016, 11:12 am   /  Reply

    Dreams are awesome, but sometimes in the middle of one, it’s like Pilates. I love going to Pilates, but about halfway through, I ask myself why I’m there–it’s so hard! lol But then when we’re done, I feel so much better and am proud that I persevered.

    • September 27, 2016, 10:11 pm   /  Reply

      Pat: I love how you compare dreams to Pilates — to exercising, which is beneficial but also hard work. There are mornings I don’t feel like walking, but Mary, my walking buddy, texts and asks, “We walking today?” and of course I say “yes,” because she’s waiting. And afterward I am always glad I went.

  3. September 27, 2016, 11:31 am   /  Reply

    What makes it easier for me to hang onto dreams and try to seem them through is the knowledge that they are not ‘ours’; they belong to God, and He works through us to show His Face to those around us.

    We are the medium and ”our’ dreams the pigment He uses in showing Himself to the world.

    Our dreams are what we owe the Almighty.

    • September 27, 2016, 10:12 pm   /  Reply

      Andrew: Thank you for helping me see dreams in a different way today … and reminding me that God uses our dreams to allow us to reflect Him to the world.

  4. September 27, 2016, 3:51 pm   /  Reply

    I look back at some dreams that seemed so amazing it didn’t seem they could ever happen, like 1 trip overseas to interesting places, let alone MORE, and I’m thrilled, thankful, and don’t believe I yet need to see an end in sight. This week, regarding some future steps that feel stretch-worthy, He’s challenging me to add expectation to it. That activates dreams and makes room for His power to come through the circuit cord, or whatever analogy works for you. I heard A.W. Tozer preach about the psychology of non-expectation, and if we don’t expect–His hands are tied, or at least not much happens. That’s a good strong revitalizing key to remember now and I’m thankful.

    • September 27, 2016, 10:13 pm   /  Reply

      Dee: I appreciate your reminder to expect more — to dream more, dream bigger — and to allow God to enlarge our dreams.

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