Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A God-Sized Dream

Several weeks ago I got an e-mail inviting me to apply to a 'God-Sized Dream Team' with Holley Gerth.  I like Holley Gerth and a dream has been brewing and taking shape in my head so I applied.  However, because the dream was kind of vague all I put on my application was that I wanted to write a book.
Holley Gerth and the Dream Team

I didn't really think much more of it and life went on.  Then I got accepted to the team and I started reading what other people were thinking and saying and the dream in my head started to get a little less vague and a lot more crazy sounding.  I'm going to lay the whole thing out here for you so that I have something to look back on and if you are directed to, pray into it with us won't you?

My God-Sized Dream
(which is really, REALLY huge)

Note:  alot of this involves my husband and his dreams, cause we kinda go together and have been dreaming for 20 years now

1.  We want to be debt-free.  And we're farmers!!!  That in itself should be big enough.  Most of the farmers we know (including us) live mostly in our credit lines.  The cheques coming in look big, but the cheques going out are even bigger most of the time.  A repair on those machines has the potential to cost more than a small car.  Add to that the reality of living well below the poverty line while we were students.  Yup, we are waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay down the hole.  BUT we believe that God is bigger than that.

2.  Our heart's desire is to be able to travel around encouraging people with the gifts God has given us.  We have written songs, we are both musicians and our kids are coming along nicely on that front, too.  We believe there is a message that God has given us to speak, even though we're not exactly sure what it is yet and we're obviously not ready for it, #1 being a big factor.  And my husband...well, the man can sing...his voice is a gift from God and needs to shared with the rest of the world. (like CDs and stuff)

3.  We would love to adopt internationally (Asia, India and South America are on our hearts).  Yes, we do have six kids already.  However, we have dreamed of having an international family within our walls for 20 years now.  We see that doing so has the potential to be a prophetic statement of how God sees us, no matter the color of our skin or where we come from.  We have one adopted son who is partly First Nations and 2 delightful German girls that we call our own even though they no longer live with us.  Again, #1 puts a bit of a damper on this.

4.  We would like to see our adopted son freed from the things that hold him back and have a whole, trust-filled relationship with him.  He has a long list of issues that I will not get into at this time, I could write a book about that and I probably will, but we're not quite there yet.  When he's free and willing, maybe we'll do it together.

5.  We would love to home-school all of our children so that we can do #2.  This would take a huge amount of healing in our family before it could happen.

6.  We would love to be able to encourage other parents in situations like ours.  There is very little support for families in situations where they are trying to love/manage very damaged emotions/hearts.  There is very little understanding in the public sphere for what we go through every day.  I would like to get a lot more education on this particular topic and be able to advise, counsel and comfort others who need to know that there is a way out...we haven't found it yet but we believe there is one!

7.  I love to teach and write.  I have no fear of speaking in public.  I love women's ministry and would like to combine those things.

8.  I want to write books and have them published.  I write this blog and the odd book review right now.  I have written plays, songs, poems, short stories, curriculum, articles and have about five book ideas swimming in my head, most of them started in some form.  I dearly, dearly want to see my name on the cover of a book!!

9.  I am a very creative person and would love to create something that people would like to purchase.  I've made lots of things and some of them have sold, but most of the time I feel like what I make isn't good enough for anyone to want it.  I am a pathetic marketer!!  Recently God has given me designs for two different items and I would like to see if I could make a pattern for other people to make them!

10. I'd love to own my own little store where we could sell our honey, organic products and my crafted items.  I'd love it to be a little tea shop where we serve soup and bread and people can come and enjoy a welcome spot.  I'd like it to have a crafty area where people can do something creative while they enjoy a cup of tea.  (I love a good cup of tea!!)

11.  I dream of getting my WordPress site up and running.  I bought the basics, but I am technology stupid!! I dream of having a beautiful site for all of you to come to that would fill up your spirit and encourage you on your way...

12. And then there's our house.  We dream of turning our garage into a family room with a corner for crazy gymnastics kid, a place for my dancers to practice, an area for learning to happen and an expanded entry (if you've ever been to our house you know that the entry is a necessity)!  THEN, we want to add a new garage that fits our over-sized van with living space over top of that (to accommodate our expanded family).  This would also include taking out a wall in our kitchen and opening up the existing living space so that when we have lots of people over (which is mostly the youth group...which happens fairly often since we're the youth pastors) the flow of conversation and living works better.  Again, #1 makes this difficult to even dream about, but at least we'd like to get all the holes in the walls repaired.

13. We want our farm to be self-sustaining.  Meaning that we would like to get our power and heat sources off grid, be able to feed ourselves and others off what we produce and make a smaller impact on our natural resources.

and last on my list (for now)

14.  My husband and I would love to take a trip together, maybe a cruise, where we could just relax and not worry about a thing...

So there you have it...kinda crazy isn't it?  It's kinda of overwhelming to actually spell it all out like that...that's what my God-sized dream looks like.  Phew, feels good to get it all out there...hold it gently please.


Tonya Garrick said...

I love it! I'll be checking back to see numbers checked off the list!:)

Katharine said...

Not crazy at all! I love hearing big dreams, and I think God does too...because usually in the middle of all it, He's there and some of those dreams have been birthed by Him! I love your heart, and I will be praying for your dreams!

Melissa Ann said...

Dream on! And make it happen in God's time :)

Mandy said...

I loved reading this! Way to go on spelling it out, brave woman:) Big prayers for your big dreams. I think I mentioned in one of the posts in our FB group that my hubby and I are finishing up a Dave Ramsey course. Are you familiar with him? He came to mind immediately as I read and his plan may be able to help you achieve some dreams:)

fragrantroses said...

I love #10. I love soups and I am very cranky that there doesn't seem to be any "soup" restaurants. I think there's a market for it.

You know every success begins with a dream. :)

Rachael @ heldbyHishand said...

Hey there! I'm stopping by from the Dreamers FB page :)
As I was reading your post (which I think is absolutely awesome and exciting!) I thought of the verses I copied down below. It's so awesome to think that each of the grand dreams we have (well, most of them!) are things God planned and planted even before we were formed. In your life, He has planted you, your hubby, and all your kiddos - the ones with you and the ones not - where you are for this season and purpose to prepare for a coming harvest. I can't wait to see all the adventures walking this path brings!
xo and Blessings!
Rachael @ heldbyHishand

Jeremiah 1 -

4 The word of the Lord came to me, saying,

5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew[a] you,
before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
6 “Ah, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.”

7 But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a child.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. 8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.

9 Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “Now, I have put my words in your mouth. 10 See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.”

Bronte said...

Wow - that is a God-sized dream, but God's in the business of doing really big things through ordinary people. I have this quote by Mother Teresa hanging by my phone. It says, "Give yourself fully to God. he will use you to accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in His love than in your own weakness."

Kim said...

Wowee zowee! Now there's a list. :-)

I am reminded of the entire book of Hebrews, but especially of 11:1: Faith is being sure of what we hope for, and certain of what we do not see.

You go girl! Looking forward to being on this journey with you.

Brittany said...

I love everything about this post! God has brought all of us God-sized dreamers together for a very special purpose and I'm so excited to see what He's going to accomplish within our group :) I'm right with you on #1 - I just graduated from university and school is not cheap! And I'm hoping to sell some of my creative work too (which might pay off some of the debt!) I'll be praying for you Lani!! xo

Lisa said...

Great post. Excited to see what amazing things God has in store for your family! Hoping big things for you, fellow dreamer! Glad to be on this path together!

sonyamacdesigns said...

Now that's some God size dreaming! You go girl!

Anne said...

Your list inspires me to dream bigger! This week I've heard several times that we have not because we ask not. Here's to asking big things of an even bigger God!

BerryGirl said...

What Anne (above) said! Thank you for sharing! :)