Why we NEED dreams.

Dreams. They move us, they inspire us, they leave us praying on our knees, and praising on our toes. We need dreams. They are essential to growth if you ask me.

I've been reading a book, The Circle Maker, and it's one of those books that's been piecing together so many thoughts and parts of my life. I've always been extremely passionate about dreams, because I find God's strength from them. My mind is like an empty space cluttered with a multitude of neon sticky notes of ideas. Each stand out at some point, but they all begin to blend together in chaos sometimes haha. However, this book is making sentences out of my sticky note thoughts and ideas. It's piecing some of the notes together. As I mentioned earlier,

I've felt a specific call to reflect

in this season. This season of stillness, and this book is bringing my recent journey of life and dreams full circle. It's in the way Batterson eloquently remarks the power of prayer and dreams. (Shoutout out Candace K. for the rec!)

Essentially, we

need

dreams. We are created for dreams. We are created for a purpose. We are created for more than the mundane. We are created to use our talents and gifts beyond what our current resources provide.

We are created for more.

Define Your Dreams. 

 This is something I'm still learning to do, but I have begun! Write out your dreams, your passions, and goals. Not only will it be a time of reflection, but let that list keep you accountable, and keep you on your knees praying. 

Allow Yourself to Dream

BIG 

 Look, just do away with the anchors of worry and doubt, and allow yourself to dream BIG. Cast away your anchors, and set sail on a lofty dream. It's going to be bumpy, it's going to be rocky, but that's how the best things turn out right? It's when you experience the rain that you praise the sunshine. It's in the fear that you discover the courage. "A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor." Yes, it will be hard, but it's necessary. It's necessary if you want to grow. The larger we dream? The more we pray, the more we must rely on God to provide. The more we must lose control and see the beauty of his hand. 

I still remember when I finally decided to go to USC. It wasn't without multiple crying nights, many confusing and trying conversations with people I look up to and respect questioning my decision, and a bit of queasiness. But, I felt it. I felt it in my bones. God was calling me out. He was calling me out of my routine, out of the life I had planned for myself. He was answering my "dream big" call, and I held on. During the time I accepted my admittance, I began filling out an application to be a part of Seventeen Magazine's Freshman 15, where they follow 15 girls around the nation through their freshman year of college. At first, I didn't think too much about it other than I wanted to do it. As the rounds of interviewing and applications began to increase in number. I began to increase my prayers about it. It was bigger than me, bigger than my resources, it was unknown, and it was a new found dream. I will never forget the phone call, mainly because God was answering my prayers, he was speaking to me. There was a moment when they specifically said, "We love that you decided to go to USC, instead of where your whole family went." 

They

loved

it???? I couldn't believe the words that were being spoken so specifically and were an answer to prayer. In a place of doubt about my decision to go to USC, being picked and having those words so specifically said became the final confirmation I needed when taking that crazy flying leap of faith 1800 miles away. It was an answer to prayer.

It was confirmation. By taking that initial leap of faith, it leads you to bigger dreams, and one heck of a journey of faith. I used to tell my parents I wanted to live in New York. I imagined myself eating Ramen in a small city apartment. My parents obviously frightened, said no way!!! Well, 7 years later my Mom graciously and faithfully unpacked me in a teeny, tiny apartment in New York. Oh and I ate my fair share of noodles on that bed. God IS faithful, when we dream BIG. But, we must dream BIG. We must define what our dreams are.

By living a mundane life we are essentially being faith LESS. If we fully trust in God being our provider, protector, and shield. If he is who we put our hope in, then why are we living lives that are so self-serving. Why are we living ordinary lives where we barely step out of our box, where we go through the motions, where we become stuck?

Live Your Dream

We only get one life, you and I. 

So, dive in. That's right DIVE. Don't tippy toe into the water of great dreams, because you're scared of the current. Let the current and waves over take you, let it overwhelm you. Because, you'll soon realize you survived and it was invigorating. Absolutely invigorating to dive in. 

I went to the beach recently with my friend Morgan. We were reading, chatting, and letting the sun hit our pasty skin, when I realized I really wanted to get into the ocean. I talked about it at least for 30 minutes. Finally, I had the courage to get in. I tip toed at first, embarrassed that I was alone trying to get into the massive ocean alongside the PDA couples and bogey boarding families. So, I tip toed a bit, finally I walked in. ANNNDDD THEN BOOOOOOOOMMMM. A wave just took me, and it took me fast, hard, overwhelming me, tumbling me beneath the ocean floor, until I washed up on shore like a beached whale. A surfer on the shore remarked, "now that's one way to get in."

 It's so true of dreams,  and of faith actually. We're scared at first, we tip toe. We "kind of" trust God. When we began relying on him more, we walk in faith, we experience him. Then, we are overwhelmed. I was absolutely overwhelmed by that wave, but my goodness it was INVIGORATING. The cool water on my toasty skin, and I was immersed in it. Obviously, the wave didn't behave how I wanted it to. But I went for one heck of a ride,  and that's what dreams do. That is what faith does. Faith can sometimes make you feel silly, like how I felt on the shore by myself amongst everyone else. But, having faith allows you to take the first step, and dreams allow you to be immersed, overwhelmed, and taken for a ride. 

If we never allow ourselves to look silly, by remaining hopeful and faithful in a dream that we cannot provide ourselves for, then we will never feel the Invigorating moment of being completely overwhelmed by God's provision and love. We simply will remain on the shore, "playing it safe" when God offers us an ocean.

 It's true that dreams take you on journeys you never expected and take you to other dreams you never thought you'd have. So, pray fervently, define your dreams, allow yourself to dream big, and live them out. Let yourself feel silly and under qualified, that means you're on the right track. 

Each day is a new day. A day not yet lived. A day that is one step closer to the end. A day that might in fact be your earthly end, so if you are stuck living in the mundane, change it and dream BIG.

God might not answer your dream specifically, but I assure you he will take you on a journey, and open your eyes to dreams you never imagined. I don't know what my future holds, and I'm sure you don't either, but rest in the comfort that we know who holds our future. So dive, DIVE in, and Dream BIG.

Toodles,

Lindsey

Photo Taken on the flight where I made the big move to LA. Circa 2009

"If faith is being sure of what we hope for, then being unsure of what we hope for is the antithesis of faith, isn't it? Well-developed faith results in well-defined prayers, and well-defined prayers result in a well-lived life."- The Circle Maker, Mark Batterson

”Success comes in a lot of ways, but it doesn’t come with money and it doesn’t come with fame. It comes from having a meaning in your life, doing what you love and being passionate about what you do. That’s having a life of success. When you have the ability to do what you love, love what you do and have the ability to impact people. … That’s having a life of success. That’s what having a life of meaning is.” – 

Tim Tebow

"I may not go where I intended to go, but I think I've ended up where I need to be."- Douglas Adams