In Others’ Words: Live in the Moment


dream and relationship with God Holley Gerth 2014



Dreams are a reoccurring topic of conversation for me.

Discovering dreams.

Pursuing dreams.

Fulfilling dreams.

And I’m okay with that — talking about dreams, I mean.

When I was younger — wow, I say that a lot lately! — anyway, when I was younger, dreams were so self-centered. So wrapped up in me — what I thought about, what I wanted to accomplish.

But now . . . well, now the dreams-coming-true are woven through and through with my relationship with God. And so, as I pursue the dream, I find myself drawing closer to him — dream come true or not.

In Your Words: How do you live in the moment where your dreams and your relationship with God intertwine?

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  1. July 2, 2014, 3:51 am   /  Reply

    Beautiful post. Want to try to add my two cents’ worth. Writing is hard, please forgive awkwardness.

    My dreams are not coming true, and they will not. Much of what I worked for has collapsed, and I’ll never truly know why. And God is silent.

    There is something to pull from the wreckage.I used to think of high concepts like honor, courage, determination, faith.

    None of those. Petulant doggedness, that is it, and has to be enough.

    • July 2, 2014, 4:07 pm   /  Reply

      I hear the sadness in your post and my heart aches.
      I am sorry with you, my friend.
      I do think that petulant doggedness — any kind of stubborn determination — is a form of courage.
      And I do find you courageous.

  2. July 2, 2014, 9:12 am   /  Reply

    Beth, dreams are wonderful to have, especially when you know God’s the one that placed those dreams in your heart. Figuring out how to live in the moment while longing for those dreams to happen… that’s a difficult thing that I haven’t exactly mastered yet. Still working hard on it, though.

    Blessings, my friend.

    • July 2, 2014, 4:08 pm   /  Reply

      Even as some of my dreams have come true, others have not — dying a heartbreaking death.
      And I have to trust God, day by day, when I see nothing changing.
      Trust that he is in this death-of-a-dream moment.
      So yes, life is full of dreams coming true and waiting for dreams … and realizing that dreams won’t come true.

      • July 4, 2014, 5:34 pm   /  Reply

        Great advice, Beth. Thank you!

  3. July 2, 2014, 9:14 am   /  Reply

    Somewhere around 2000 I asked God to make His dreams for me my dreams, to put His desires in me…I wanted what He wanted for me because I’d finally learned that His dreams were far better than anything I could think of.

    • July 2, 2014, 4:09 pm   /  Reply

      Amen, Pat.
      Even if he says no to a dream …

  4. July 2, 2014, 9:31 am   /  Reply

    I especially loved your last paragraph, Beth. I’m still learning how to live in the moment when my dreams and my relationship with God intertwine. I relish the moments, but I’m trying to figure out how to live in those moments more consistently. 🙂 I think when I’m spending time with God regularly, then it’s easier to experience His pleasure when I’m writing (part of my dream).

    • July 2, 2014, 4:10 pm   /  Reply

      Yes, Jeanne, learning to listen to God and learning to listen for God makes a huge difference to me as I pursue my dreams.

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