Three Benefits of God-sized Dreams

This is a guest post by Megan Miller, my oldest daughter. I am really excited about the opportunity to introduce her to you. She is a wife, a mom, and the Director of Communications for New Hope Academy. In addition to her blog, you can follow her on Twitter. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.

When my husband and I first considered adoption, we were confronted with the daunting reality that it would be incredibly expensive. We knew that there was no way we could finance it on our own.

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As we talked about raising the necessary funds, my dream was that a loving family member or friend would lead us to a quiet corner, put his arm around us, and whisper that he wanted to write a check for the entire amount. That was my idea of God showing up for us.

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Thankfully, it never happened. I now realize that anything worth doing isn’t worth doing alone in a corner.

Our friend Curtis Yates recently reminded us of John Ortberg’s powerful statement in his book, If You Want to Walk on Water, You Have to Get Out of the Boat:

Is there any challenge in your life right now that is large enough that you have no hope of doing it apart from God’s help? If not, consider the possibility that you are seriously under challenged.”

This is true not only for those adopting, but for those starting a business, growing a church, or launching a ministry.

God desires to fill our hearts with big dreams. If you’re like me, you find it easy to dismiss them as impossible before you ever start. Or maybe, you just want to get from point A to point B as quickly and easily as possible so you can get to the “real work” of your calling.

The struggle inherent to realizing God-sized dreams is put there on purpose by a loving God who wants to draw us closer and enlarge the boundaries of his Kingdom. The struggle is the point; it is the real work. Here’s why:

  1. God-size dreams ensure our growth. When God calls us to something, it can feel awkward and uncomfortable, like someone handing us the wrong size in the dressing room. It gaps in strange places and pinches in others. We may find ourselves wanting to send it back for a more reasonably-sized dream, one that doesn’t cause so much discomfort.

    But that’s a huge mistake.

    God hands us an extra-large vision by design. He is not just interested in what we can accomplish for him, but in who we are becoming along the way. As we struggle to grow into what and who God calls us to do and be, we are changed and shaped more and more into the likeness of Christ.

  2. God-size dreams force us to invite others into a bigger story. Back when I hoped someone would write a big check for our adoption I missed a key point: Being unable to fund our adoption forced us to step up to the microphone and advocate for the cause of orphans.

    To raise the necessary funds, we had to talk about God’s heart for children without families. We had to inform and enthuse our family and friends about the biblical imperative to care for orphans and then enroll them in our dream.

    Every person who makes a contribution to our adoption—now more than 75 people—becomes part of the story that God is writing in our family and our community through this baby.

    Now it’s their story too. The gap between God’s calling and our ability has allowed us to include others in a significant way, enabling them and us to experience the power of the body of Christ like never before.

    Since our need has made our journey quite public, we pray that God would use it to inspire others as they see what is possible for an ordinary family with a God-sized dream when they put their trust in him.

  3. God-sized dreams give glory to Him, not us. God is up to something big when he plants his dreams in our hearts, and it’s so much bigger than us. If we were able to achieve our calling in our own strength, we would readily take and receive the glory.

    But when we stand at the base of an impossible mountain, shaking in our boots, knowing full well our legs could never carry us to the summit, we are forced to rely on God and praise him for every step he enables us to take along the way.

In the end, our calling shines the light on an infinitely powerful God who is enlarging his Kingdom through us day by day.

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  • @PaulSteinbrueck

    Awesome post, Megan! I agree 100%.

  • Peri

    Your article is perfect timing. For so long I fell under the enemies spell believing there was no way the dream I was envisioning God could accomplish; I thought it was “too” big. God has shown me that the vision begins with a burden and He is the one that gives us the burden! My dreams are not too big, but they must be accomplished in God’s time and in His design. I am in the growth stage. It can be frustrating, but I know it is necessary. I will wait upon the Lord committing every desire back to Him. This His dream and vision and I am thankful to be a conduit for it!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      One biblical example for you is Joseph. He had a dream and it took years before it came to pass. Meanwhile, he was faithful and God developed his character. Thanks for commenting!

    • http://twitter.com/MegHMiller Megan Hyatt Miller

      I love your heart. God is up to something in you, no doubt about it. I think it’s all about taking the next right step. Blessings!

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  • http://gailbhyatt.wordpress.com/ Gailhyatt

    “God hands us an extra-large vision by design. He is not just interested in what we can accomplish for him, but in who we are becoming along the way.”

    This is so challenging. I have two “dreams” that have been swimming around in my head for a long time and since I can’t figure out how to make them happen, I wait. Hummm.

    Thanks, Meg.

  • http://fireandhammer.blogspot.com Dennis

    Thanks for this post. I never thought about why God gives big dreams or why the ‘struggle’ is important to my growth and to the growth of God’s kingdom. 2010 has been a year in which my view of God and of what he wants of me has changed. I thank you (and your father) for sharing and making yourself available to be used by God to give me a lot to think about. I look forward to the celebration when you complete the adoption process and add a new member to your family.

    • http://twitter.com/MegHMiller Megan Hyatt Miller

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Dennis. Sometimes, it feels like the good news and the bad news that there is purpose in our struggle, doesnt’ it? But, ultimately, God is working all things together for good in our lives. That we can be sure of. Merry Christmas!

  • http://www.validleadership.com James Castellano

    God has ordained my wife and I to start a ministry of restoration. Specifically in the area of inter-racial remarriages. Before we can move forward we have to be restored ourselves, and this requires God’s help. This step has proven to be much more difficult and gut-wrenching than I ever imagined.

    Great post, Thanks.

    • http://twitter.com/MegHMiller Megan Hyatt Miller

      Wow! That is so exciting. As someone with several friends who have married inter-racially, I know you’ll have a huge impact, and your own story is part of that.

    • http://bretmavrich.posterous.com/ Bret Mavrich

      Does your ministry have a website? I’d love to get more information.

      • http://www.validleadership.com James Castellano

        Thanks for your encouragement! We have the domains registered, but have not released any information yet.

        • http://bretmavrich.posterous.com/ Bret Mavrich

          Great! I just feel like inter-racial marriage is such a profound statement of the power of the Gospel to unify humans in a world where we sinfully divide. Racial tension, I believe, is the core manifestation if sin in society, and the last giant to fall in the body of Christ.

          • http://www.validleadership.com James Castellano

            Bret, I’ve never looked at it looked at it like that. It may be time to get it going. Thanks

          • http://bretmavrich.posterous.com/ Bret Mavrich

            Yes, definitely. America has strived to “solve” inequality and prejudice for (at least) 50 years, but has made only marginal progress. Prejudice is still alive and well, though it is no longer socially acceptable to voice those kinds of opinions. The reason is that you can legislate behavior from the halls of government, but only Christ’s gospel has the power to change people at the heart level, to transform deep hatred into deep love. But inter-racial marriage is still a Taboo, particularly in the church. Paul nails Peter in Galatians for full-blown racism, and while Jew/Gentile is the most intense racial divide in history and in the world, the black/white divide is still felt the strongest in America. Inter-racial marriage will help the Church by confronting our private prejudices that are at war with the Gospel and bring the Church into an expression of unity that no other value system could ever hope to achieve.

  • http://twitter.com/rickhubbelltimc rick hubbell

    Hi Megan,

    Well said! Thank you to you and your dad for encouraging me today that one day my daughter will share so intelligently as part of the Hubbell Family mission. (she’s 11 currently)

    One quick note.

    BIG dreams are often the source of so much confusion. I don’t about you, but there are people I look up to who say all our ‘big’ dreams in the West are individualistic and based out of a Western mindset.

    It’s frustrating, because there can be an element of truth to that – really – but usually it’s people who don’t understand what we mean when we say ‘big’. I find myself defending this topic frequently.

    I was so disappointed the other day, when someone I really admire for their spirituality, really did not get what I was saying about ‘big’, that I came up with the following acronym spontaneously to explain further to her. (She thought I was misleading my kids to encourage ‘big’ dreams and that troubled me.) It worked!:

    B – Beyond Human Ability
    I – Inspired by God
    G – Generation Serving

    “That’s what I mean when I say big”, I said. The light went on as I went into detail on each one. I have used it again and again.

    Your (1) personal growth (2) bigger story and (3) glory to God are another angle which I’ll find useful. Awesome.

    Blessings,
    Rick

    • http://twitter.com/MegHMiller Megan Hyatt Miller

      I love this!! B-I-G. Such a cool way to remember something so important.

    • Anonymous

      I *LOVE* this acronym! Thank you for sharing – I will be using this to remind myself of what “BIG” dreams are!!

      • http://twitter.com/rickhubbelltimc rick hubbell

        Hi Ashley,

        Thanks for the note. It’s funny how exasperation sometimes turns to gold. However, I wish it happened more often!

        Blessings,
        Rick

  • Anonymous

    Megan, you are so right! Amen, amen! Today’s (12/16) devotional from Oswald Chambers via utmost.org talks about the difference between wrestling with God and wrestling with the challenges we face when we obey/follow God’s will for us (our God-sized dream). Your post is spot-on.

    I feel called to write and minister through exegesis and fiction. It is a struggle. The challenges are quite different than the challenges I face in my career (i.e. where I currently make my living).

    I love the image you paint and the reassurance you offer. It’s supposed to pinch here and sag there! It’s a God-sized dream after all and I’ve not grown into it yet. Thanks for sharing your dream with us.

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  • http://bretmavrich.posterous.com/ Bret Mavrich

    I’ve got a vision to see praying churches established in refugee camps,unto revival. DaDaab, the largest refugee community on earth, is located in central-south Kenya and hosts 1 million people, most of whom are Somali Muslims. What would happen if the Sudanese believers in DaDaab witnessed a visitation of the LORD that converted a context of waste and suffering and frustration into a fruit-bearing, thriving community. It would put Africa on tilt. Maybe the world. But how on earth would that happen–it’s entirely beyond my means and influence to get from “here” to “there.”

    • http://twitter.com/MegHMiller Megan Hyatt Miller

      But not beyond God’s. Go for it, Bret!

    • Anonymous

      um…this is incredible. i’ll be praying alongside you.

      • http://bretmavrich.posterous.com/ Bret Mavrich

        Thank you. Thatt means a lot. Like I told Dennis, please pray with me: I’m starting work with Sudanese refugees right here in Kansas City with some Bible School students this spring. (see forerunnerjustice.com after we “launch” it next year).

    • Dennis

      Bret- Thanks for sharing your vision. I stand with you in prayer.

      • http://bretmavrich.posterous.com/ Bret Mavrich

        Thanks Dennis. I’m starting work with Sudanese refugees right here in Kansas City with some Bible School students this spring. We’re launching a blog (forerunnerjustice.com) early next year to chronicle the ministry as well as help other Christians get involved with the poor and suffering in their own backyard. Right now it’s a Tumblr site with a few dummy posts, but it will be something more substantial when we officially “launch” the site.

  • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren @ Life of a Steward

    Wow, what an incredible post.
    I thought this was particularly insightful: “The struggle inherent to realizing God-sized dreams is put there on purpose by a loving God who wants to draw us closer and enlarge the boundaries of his Kingdom”
    If all God cared about was that things got done, He would just tell us every future step, answer our questions, and remove any reason we had to fear or doubt. But He doesn’t work that way – because He is also concerned with our own growth.

    I might also add that when we face a God-sized problem and are victorious, it’s harder for us to feel the sin of pride. God-sized dreams reveal God at every step of the way to us, and we realize there’s nothing we could have done without Him.

    • http://twitter.com/MegHMiller Megan Hyatt Miller

      Loren–absolutely! I couldn’t agree more with your point about pride. God knows exactly what he is doing. Thank you for the reminder.

  • http://twitter.com/MaryDeMuth Mary DeMuth

    May the Lord Jesus beautifully, surprisingly, and wonderfully provide.

    • http://twitter.com/MegHMiller Megan Hyatt Miller

      Thank you, Mary. He is! We’re humbled and amazed by every dollar that comes in. To God be the glory!

  • Bianca

    I’m stuck on a freeway, in the rain, in traffic since 5:47am reading this post (I know, I know, it’s illegal) on my way to work with the ambition of changing the world. I needed this post todayore than ever.

    Thank you.

  • Anonymous

    Megan,
    Your quest to adopt a Ugandan child is very admirable. I have traveled to Uganda and seen first hand the poverty and living conditions many children are faced with. You cannot see this and simply walk away and do nothing. We are working with New Hope orphanage in Busia to help provide for some of these children. Our dream is to end the cycle of poverty there through micro-credit loans for entrepreneurs to start or expand businesses. This has been very successful so far. Best of luck to you as you go through your adoption process. You are truly rescuing a child, and giving them new hope.

    • http://twitter.com/MegHMiller Megan Hyatt Miller

      Steve–how neat! I’m thrilled to hear about your work with micro-credit and empowering people to end the vicious cycle of poverty. May God richly bless your efforts there.

    • Michelle Luhrmann

      Steve,
      I just read this post from 3 years ago, and I’m working a dream to build a not for profit in remembrance of my daughter, called Amilia’s Light. our first project is to help with a rehabilitation center for exploited young girls, in Wakiso, Uganda, by a group Called Desinty Girls. I have been to Uganda and share your sentiments. and so far, this group has helped to rescue over 30 girls. I’d like to be in touch with you and learn how you are working with New Hope.

      • http://www.TexasTigerRock.com/ Steve Barkley

        Hi,

        My son Rick founded an organization called East Africa Metamorphosis Project. Here is the link for more information. Best of luck to you! http://www.eamproject.org

  • Michelle Ullom

    This inspired me! I’ve written a book that I want to turn into a ministry of Youth Drug Prevention. I’m so not qualified, but God is!!

    • Anonymous

      I love your view of this: “I’m so not qualified, but God is!!” It reminds me of the quote: “God doesn’t call the qualified – He qualifies the called!”

  • http://www.argroupfw.com Annab

    Megan, Your post is dead on. Many of the families I watch walk through the adoption process share the same points and recoginize that bringing other people into your own adoption process is all God’s plan for surrounding your family with strength and encouragement for the whole of the journey – not just the fundraising. These are the same people who will be praying for you, advocating for you and speaking into your life those God-breathed words you need in those God-ordained moments. It’s also another look at how much impact one child makes. Look at how many people have been touched by that one child in Uganda. God has a big plan for his/her life. You are already starting to see the effects of it. Which means that He also has a big plan for every other child waiting for a family. He is no respector of persons. Adoption is His heart and our experience. Thank you for being a voice for these kids and sharing your family with us!

    • http://twitter.com/MegHMiller Megan Hyatt Miller

      Annab–wow. Thank you for your encouragement. My prayer is that God would use our story to encourage many other families to come for these little ones who are waiting for a family. It’s so much bigger than us.

  • Mark McKeen

    There is another aspect to this: God sized dreams require faith in God’s promises

  • Ultraterrain

    I have always dreamt and burned to be a writer. One day I prayed and asked God if it was his will? I waited. I could slowly see the words Isaah 8:1 and Deuteronomy 6:9 in my head. Not knowing those scriptures I looked them up. I was thrilled. Then my brother , an old fashioned denomination minister told me. ” Be careful of dreams and visions, sometimes the devil answers with falseness what was intended for God alone.” I have been searching ever since for something to fill in that gap that writing filled.

  • Anonymous

    My God-sized dream is similar to yours. For about a month, I fought God telling me it was time for my husband & me to begin the process of adoption. I fought for many reasons – my selfishness, my pride, my fear. Finally, I gave up and surrendered. Since November 5, my husband and I face an impossible mountain. We have absolutely no extra funds. None. Miraculously, friends donated the money for us to begin our application process before a rise in fees for the Ethiopian program. Then, without even knowing our intention of adoption, a dear friend invited us on an exploratory trip to Ethiopia in March. Without a doubt we knew God was calling us to the country of our child’s birth. Now, we’re faced with heavy odds. With the added mission trip, we’re looking at about 30,000 dollars. But, we’ve never been more at peace with where God is taking us. Where will we get the funds? We have no idea – but we find ourselves in the midst of this sweet dance of trust and faith. There are tough days – and I don’t think anyone understands the level of warfare that occurs once you fully grasp a God-sized dream. But again, like you said, there’s a refinement chiseling our hard spots during those moments of difficulty.
    Praying for you guys – Uganda [all of Africa, really] is incredibly close to my heart so I can’t wait to follow your story.

    • http://twitter.com/MegHMiller Megan Hyatt Miller

      Thank you for the reminder about warfare. I absolutely agree with you–it is a reality of following our God-given and God-sized dreams. May God be with you as you take the next right step in your journey.

  • TNeal

    For six years, my family and I spent time either living in Russia or speaking about ministry there. Our mission’s primary focus led us into the expanding problem with abandoned children and the increased number of orphanages. During that time, we learned a couple of truths. Making a difference in one person’s life does make a difference, and God surprises you in the process. Your blog article suggests you’ve already seen both of these truths at work in your life. God bless.

  • http://twitter.com/leximackinnon Lexi MacKinnon

    Thank you for the AWESOME post! I am at that place now completely! I have a God-sized dream of living and working in Uganda doing missions work, but it have recently come to my attention that it will not happen without God’s help! I totally needed this encouragement and reminder to stay stretch with God sized dreams! =)

    • http://twitter.com/MegHMiller Megan Hyatt Miller

      Lexi-you are in a perfect position to see God do mighty things in your life. Best wishes.

  • Anonymous

    Our big God blesses our small faith. It’s only the ‘small faith’ all He needs. But we always doubt; always hesitate; always fear. We never want to move beyond our ‘comfort zone’. Stepping in faith is very unpleasant for many of us.

    I can share one small incident from my past. Years back, when I completed my graduation, I was clueless. Though I realized that I should be doing professional accounting certification of my country (which was touted as one of the toughest examinations here – pass percentage being 2%), I was running away. After so much of resistance (like Moses in the Bible), I decided to pursue the same with my own average and mediocre intelligence. It was too big for me to achieve. I feared failure. I felt sleepless and restless during those initial days. I took assistance from all my family members. My dad, mom, younger sister and brother – each contributed uniquely and substantially in my preparation and to my success. But for them, I would not have succeeded in that pursuit.

    God made me realize that He will bless united and single-minded effort abundantly and beyond measure. For me, “Together Everyone Achieves More”. It can’t be otherwise.

    • http://twitter.com/MegHMiller Megan Hyatt Miller

      What an inspiring story. Keep telling it and thank you for sharing with us here.

  • http://kevinmartineau.blogspot.com Kevin M.

    God is calling me to step out with Him in reaching out to our community. I am dreaming big (and it is scary:)

  • http://3-18ministries.blogspot.com Tory Satter

    Very well said! God sized dreams can be scary and overwhelming (especially when we forget the God part of it all), but exciting at the same time. Thanks for sharing!

  • JTK

    This is such a great post for me. My wife and I have been talking adoption for 6 months or so but just don’t know if it is what God is calling for us. I always talk about dreaming God sized dreams but there is part of me that just doesnt want to jump from the boat. I am scared that it could be the biggest mistake of my families life. I know we are to care for the orphans but one part of my brain says just give money and a little time but not you life. Thanks for this article. It is great to see others take this challenge on with God and come out for the better.

    • http://twitter.com/MegHMiller Megan Hyatt Miller

      I can totally relate to those feelings–they don’t stop even when you’re in the process, but if God has called you to adopt, following that call will be the biggest challenge and joy of your life.

  • http://www.danieldecker.net Daniel Decker

    Excellent post! Proud for you guys in stepping out of the boat. Great example to us all.

  • http://voicesofleadership.blogspot.com/ Greg

    This is just what God wanted me to see tonight. Thank you so much for this post. I developed a chronic Pain Disorder about a year and half ago. It has taken my career away and has changed a lot of things in my life. God has been wanting to take me,”Out of the boat” for awhile now. I’m starting to slowly realize that God allowed this illness to turn me from everything else in my life and turn me to him. Thank you so much for this inspiration, It gives me hope for my future.

  • http://voicesofleadership.blogspot.com/ Greg

    This is just what God wanted me to see tonight. Thank you so much for this post. I developed a chronic Pain Disorder about a year and half ago. It has taken my career away and has changed a lot of things in my life. God has been wanting to take me,”Out of the boat” for awhile now. I’m starting to slowly realize that God allowed this illness to turn me from everything else in my life and turn me to him. Thank you so much for this inspiration, It gives me hope for my future.

  • Anonymous

    The best thing about a dream that God gives you is that “He who called you is faithful and He will do it” (1 Thess 5 v24). This means that even though the mountain before you looks huge, if God told you to do it, He will make it happen, you just have to choose to have the faith and courage to go on the journey as He brings miracle after miracle until your God-dream comes to past. Joseph is a great example of this.

  • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

    You are a powerful writer, Megan. Your story really hit home with me. We all need to dream big. God gave each of us a unique story that we need to tell the world. Yet fear and the little routine things of life often snuff out these dreams. But when God works, he always brings the right person along or provides the right tool or idea. We just need to ask.
    But it’s tough to ask sometimes, because God won’t let us sit on the sidelines. He puts us smack dab in the middle. And the middle can be quite uncomfortable at times.

    I have a big dream for 2011. It’s so big that it feels impossible. Your post and the included comments have given me courage to pursue it. But first I have to ask God if that is what he wants me to do. Thanks for giving me the courage to ask!

  • Lissa Raines

    Excellent post. Thanks! I’ve had two, well maybe three big dreams. One may be my own, not God’s! The first is to write books that will help, teach, encourage and inspire. When all the kids were out of the nest, I was able to quit my job and begin to write. When a publisher wasn’t forthcoming, we (at my husband’s encouragement) self published with CrossBooks. And Broadman and Holman picked it up! So dream number one is coming true…..only by God’s hand. May he be glorified.

    Then second dream is to have a ministry/retreat for those in ministry–either by the ocean or in the mountains. It will be a place with a big library or possibly a digital one by the time this dream is fulfilled! Those who attend will have to relinquish all of their electronic toys for most of the day so they can seek God without interruption. Ministers must come aside and spend time with God and in his Word, studying and seeking him so they can go out and feed the flock. I want to provide an environment to facilitate this kind of focus. They will pay on a sliding scale according to their income or size of the church where they minister. There will be time for fellowship among ministers and maybe a daily chapel with a guest speaker to inspire those who inpire and lead God’s sheep.

    Dream three is to be able to paint and sell my artwork. I haven’t spent much time painting since I was in high school, but love it. This is the dream that may be my own, not God’s. In any case, I am open to getting out of the boat and following him. If success comes, I’ll know these are his dreams. It may not come quickly or easily, but in his time and in his way. May he be glorified.

    Thanks for the encouraging words, Megan!

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  • http://twitter.com/ThatGuyKC K.C. Procter

    Wow, what a story! Thank you for sharing, Megan.

    Right now I think the big dream God is calling me to is to change my family legacy and be debt free. With student loans (grad & undergrad), credit cards, cars and life it seems insurmountable at times, but I know this is what God wants for us. My wife and I just finished Dave Ramsey’s curriculum.

    God bless you and your family as you continue on the adoption journey.

  • http://twitter.com/ThatGuyKC K.C. Procter

    Wow, what a story! Thank you for sharing, Megan.

    Right now I think the big dream God is calling me to is to change my family legacy and be debt free. With student loans (grad & undergrad), credit cards, cars and life it seems insurmountable at times, but I know this is what God wants for us. My wife and I just finished Dave Ramsey’s curriculum.

    God bless you and your family as you continue on the adoption journey.

  • Brad

    Hi Megan. So wonderful to see you pursuing God’s best. We are pursuing an adoption from India. Last night we spoke with a wonderful medical doctor to discuss special needs children and the medical conditions typically encountered. She’s very knowledgeable, especially since she has adopted herself. Her contact information follows in the event you would be interested in following up:

    Shawn M. Taylor, MD, FAAP
    Director, International Adoption Clinic
    Kentucky Children’s Hospital
    Lexington, KY 40536
    UKMD 1-800-888-5533
    UK IAC RN (859)323-6426, ext 310
    Private office phone (859)264-0660
    Private office fax (859)264-0662

  • http://twitter.com/LaraGWilliams Lara Williams

    Do this book-thing. And this speaking-thing. The dreams He has laid upon my heart can only be possible with His intervention. He is wow.

  • http://www.embracepositivepassion.com Georgiana

    A wonderful reminder that nothing is too big for God to handle! Reminds me of the Biblical story of Jesus walking on water and how we need to keep our eyes on Jesus so worldly fears don’t drown our dreams and ambitions. Life is short, precious and priceless and not a moment should be wasted pursuing our endeavors. God is good and faithful and will never leave us in this life. :-)

  • http://www.rockymountainwriter.com Tammie Fickas

    Perfect timing on this post, Meg. I have been struggling for most of the year with a God-sized dream and have at times almost given up. Reading this post has reminded me that I am a partner in the dream and I have put the work in to it. God has given me the dream and the talent to make the dream come true but I have to supply the elbow grease!

    May God bless you and your husband in this journey.

  • Tim Peters

    This is a great article. I find many people think “dreaming” is a bad thing. It is almost as if people dream they feel they are playing the role of God. I even sense people shying away from dreaming because they dreamed in the past and never experienced the dream.

    I firmly believe in dreaming. I set aside time for prayer, reflection and dreaming. Recently, I am really zeroing in on making sure the dreams are of God and for God. That is why I really enjoyed your point on God-size dreams bring God glory.

    Very good. Tim – http://www.timpeters.org

  • http://www.confessionsofalegalist.com Jeremy

    Totally agree. The point is not always what the dream is, but the process that we go through to get there. We may not even fulfill the dream, but God will change us as we try to get there.

  • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

    Thanks for this insight. My wife and I have been trying to adopt for the past few years. We tried China, were declined. We are now in limbo somewhere in the process with Vietnam. Our problem is that Vietnam won’t allow an adoption within a year of a live birth. And everytim we get some momentum, we have another kid naturally. Our fifth is due in two weeks. And so we are on hold again.

    Your post was encouraging to us, even though our situation is completely different from yours. Thanks for sharing. It helps us keep our perspective and it helped me realize that while God may be saying “not yet,” that doesn’t necessarily mean that he’s saying “no” to our adoption dreams. And the bigger our family gets, the more the dream becomes God-sized. Thanks!

  • http://www.bigb94.webs.com Brandon

    Great post! It is important to realize that God can do anything… no matter what it is! If He has called us to do something, he will be faithful through it (I Thessalonians 5:24)

    “He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.”

  • Angie Weldy

    Megan – I am excited for the journey you are on! We adopted from South Korea three times, on one mediocre salary, with no adoption debt. We scrimped, saved, worked extra, etc and it was so so worth it. Most adoptive families I know don’t really know exactly how they came up with all the money but they did. The added blessing is all the people we unwhittingly touched for adoption and orphans. And we now have some certain grandparent people who secretly weren’t sure if they would really automatically love these little children the same as other bio grandkids who now know the answer – YES! They are chomping at the bit right now waiting for us to get there for Christmas! :-)

  • http://www.sacredheartonline.com/rn-bsn-online.asp Jessica

    We all have the same color blood. We are humans, and interracial marriage should be just that, marriage between 2 faithful humans. Race shouldn’t be an issue.

  • http://www.liveonpurposecoach.com Dwright

    Thank you for reminding of Ephesians 3:20 -God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we can ask or think according to the power that is at work within us.
    We can look at dreams from two perspectives -our abilities or God’s abilities. Which one get’s bigger? The one we feed the most. When I focus on God I feel that I can accomplish anything. We need to feed our faith and starve our doubts! Thank you!!!

  • http://jeffgoins.myadventures.org Jeff Goins

    God-sized dreams are scary but good. Scary, ‘cuz they require faith. And good for the same reason. Thanks for the post, Megan. Great insights. Btw, I love John Ortberg…

  • http://www.christopherscottblog.typepad.com/ Christopher Scott

    Great post Megan.

    Like you, I also have a “God Sized Dream” that is too big for me to accomplish on my own. It is a book about leading from the middle/bottom of an organization. It will be my second book, and my goal is to have it published by a large publisher within the next two years.

    It’s a very big dream considering I work full-time and have a family, but I continue to work on it and trust God will bring the right people and opportunities into my life.

    Thanks for your encouragement.

  • Gmoretti

    I always had a relationship with god from the time I was a small child, I was not brought up in churcb and could probably count on one hand how many times my family actually went. It was strange, I never knew him not being there like he another family member living in the house. I started feeling the tug around 20, although I could not see the path before me I knew it was something big he was cooking up. I spent most of my twenties creating chaos in my life and “hiding” in the lowest places in life , trying to avoid it, viewing as an a job that had to be done making it all the more unappealing. Then in the last two years I decided to start asking for my path submitting as much as I could to his will etc and he placed me directy in a postion I could have never anticipated, and I knew immediatly it was exactly where I was supposed to be. Over the last 6mos my path has become as clear as the past, and there is this confidence inside of me that what I will do has already been written. It doesnt make sense to family and friends around me how I think I can do the things that I do, they even find me a little crazy I think when I attempt to discuss it, my dreams are “unrealistic” and in there eyes seemingly impossible. They say I should focus on small things, day to day life, and grow from there. Small things, conventional things, seemingly menial tasks are and always have been nightmares for me, but the bigger a project, goal or vision gets the easier it is for me to do it.
    I have written way to much, I apologize : ) If anyone reading this and it occurs to them their unidentified calling begins here, by reading this, let me know. He is about to move through me in a large way, beginning in the business world, the purpose to begin the massive fight to release us from Belials deathgrip. I have read a huge amount of books confident God had one directed at my cause, John Eckhhardts book spoke to my soul and gave reason to the burning fire and fight laying dormant within, it has purpose and is no longer uncomfortable I am ready to explode on the seen and move mountains in Gods name. He has created me for this and I can do it, I am that confident. So please if anyone else has had this feeling and known all your life you would be part of something big and you would make your mark,but you have just realized you would do this by serving God let me know. If yiou have just recently been inundated with a flood of passion and a strong sense of duty to god and country, LET ME KNOW! You know what? You will know for sure when you read this, it will speak to you so personally it wil be creepy :) I dont know if anything will come of this post but I am going to keep trying things, he will light the path as long as I keep looking.

  • Jill Savage

    Megan,

    This is a fabulous post. We walked the same journey you are walking 7 years ago. Adopting a 9-year-old from Russia was one of the biggest steps of faith we’ve ever taken. We grew so much emotionally and spiritually. It was definitely a God-sized dream and boy did God show up! You can find our adoption story and all the accompanying God stories that we experienced on my blog at http://www.jillsavage.org. I hope our story can encourage you and your family as well!

  • http://relevantbrokenness.com Marni

    Excellent post! It reminds me of a book I adore going back to from time to time to serve as a reminder of these very truths you speak of Meg – dreams come from “The Dream Giver.” And that so happens to the the title of the book by Bruce Wilkinson.

    I absolutely adore this post, and will come back to it from time to time to refresh my memory about the very truths of God sized dreams – and never giving up on them (and letting Him open them up as they should, not as I think they should).

  • Lisab

    We’re working on paying off our debt, so we can send two children to college with cash. It’s a HUGE mountain to climb, but it WILL happen, Lord willing. This all started because I want to be able to help others. I feel unable to leave work to help, because the bills must be paid (no work = no pay). With that said, if things continue at our current momentum, we will reach our goal within 10 years. It seems so far away, but that would mean I’d be debt free, kids college paid for, by the time I’m 50 years old … and with no debt I will be able to take some lengthier time off (several weeks at a time, if I wish) to make my dreams a reality. I know this seems very “big” picture, but not to God. No picture is too big for him.

  • http://twitter.com/2020VisionBook Joshua Hood

    Great article, Megan! I whole-heartedly believe in the power that is unleashed when we dream big. I’ve been pondering the powerful question: “What would you attempt if you knew you couldn’t fail?” We become so timid and lock ourselves into our comfort zones. What if David had never dreamed a dream bigger than Goliath?
    Daring to dream big in 2011…

    Joshua Hood
    2020visiononline.org

  • Mlsbl

    When both my sons left home I began to ask God to show me how he wanted me to serve Him next. He put me in touch with a Christian lady who has cancer and wants very much to equip other women, with her knowledge of years of study and research as a counselor, to realize the power God has given them as women. The Bible speaks volumes about how loving communication, edification, compassion and gracious speech can change the lives around us. I will begin facilitating a “Sisters Keepers” group that will help women to implement these to bring about change in their lives and others. This is a very scary and HUGE commitment for me but know it’s what God wants me to do and I will be trusting Him every step of the way. Thank you for your words of encouragement.

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  • TEISHA

    I was randomly browsing the internet to see if I can find something that will help me to interpret my dreams and visions and ran across this site. Thank God I have… “For the past 3 months, holy spirit had spoken to me clear as day and told me ” i have lifechanging word that will be embedded in you and it will require you to leave your facebook!” I said “what!!” but I obeyed. Since my deactivation, everytime I close my eyes, I see a hand motioning me to “come” everytime I shut my eyes I see this Hand. I know its GOD but I’m second guessing it. I now find myself preaching to myself as if i’m speaking before an auditorium or something. Then one night, I closed my eyes and it happened again. I cut the radio on and a sang I never heard before in my life came on. the song was called “He’s calling You!” it also said, the things you use to love, you won’t desire them anymore and I loved my fb! LOL. My prayer life has increased tremendously. I’m listening to God more.  I am a writer and I love playwrighting or doing skits at my church. I’ve been feeling the unction to write a play and I know its beyound my capacity. Its a true story about my older sister’s life. She wants me to share it and I know it will bless MANY women but I need the right people to support and help me bring ministry to reality

  • Delana

    In 1996 I had a God-sized dream. Along the journey, I experienced death of that vision. 4 1/2 years ago I saw that dream come true. Now I am writing a book about it, and it is in the production phase with CrossBooks Publishing. You can read about it here:
    http://nineyearpregnancy.wordpress.com
    http://delanasworld.wordpress.com/2011/10/06/a-season-of-waiting/
    –Blessings,
    Delana

  • Nichole Vourvourioti

    Wow, I just stumbled on this post and I loved it. Even a dreamer like myself can use some inspiration from time to time. Thank you so much Megan!