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"Go on. Live your dream." Don't worry, I plan to.

I am a dreamer. I always have been and always hope to be. When I say "dreamer" so many images and ideas come to mind. I used to think of dreamers as people with unrealistic expectations and a light grasp on reality. Dreamers expected the impossible and missed out on what was right in front of them. I didn't want to be one of those people. I didn't want to own that title. And for a long time, I dreamed small. Being a planner and a dreamer didn't make sense to me. I wanted to dream big but I wanted a five point plan to make it happen. I've learned that's not how it works.

For a long time, my definition of dreaming with Jesus meant telling him the things on my "checklist for a successful life" and crossing my fingers that they'd happen on my timeline. Let's just say, that didn't get me too far. These days, I tend to dream in six different directions. And some of these are BIG dreams. Bigger dreams than my typical, type-A self can rationalize. Oh, I'm still a planner and often the lack of a plan drives me to inaction, but being a dreamer in these past few seasons has taught me so much. Being a dreamer of BIG dreams calls for faith. BIG faith. INCREASING faith. And that hasn't been my forte. Thankfully there is grace. And time. And a patient God who cares about my dreams.

This year He has truly taken me on a journey of refining and defining the biggest dream of all. It no long fits into my box.  Which is terrifying. And exciting. I had a picture in my head of what I wanted my future to look like, but He is teaching me that I want what He has planned even more than that. And as gracious as He is, He gave me something of a mission statement to hold onto.
This dream is not attached to a place. It is not attached to a particular person. It is not attached to a calendar. Theatre isn't even specifically listed in there (believe me, I tried to sneak it in but He worked it back out...). But those three things are each part of the purpose I know He has for me. They can happen anywhere, with anyone, at any time. So while I may not know all the smaller details I'd like to, I know the One who is faithful, giving, and trustworthy.

I'll end the way I began, by quoting one of my favorite movies: "Go on. Live your dream." Let Him shape it as you go.

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  1. Your blog continues to be such am encouragement for me. I love knowing that I'm not the only one who struggles with this! As a christian woman (also a dreamer) I find it hard to realize God is not there to check off my dreaming plans but to help me surrender my dreams and all plans to him.

    1. Oh, I'm so glad, Danica! It's not easy but He's worth it. And He's got it all under control.

  2. This is beautiful, Bailey! Your posts continue to lift me up and I'm so excited for your blog series this February! Thanks for the encouragement, girl :)

    xo, gina