7.12.2010

my dreamweaver


God is up to something.
Because my dreams are getting antsy.
They're beating at the door of my heart, demanding to be believed.
They've broken me for people I don't know, flowing tears from a bleeding heart.
Dreams to love hurts and feed souls.
Dreams to place hope in empty hands.
Dreams to follow Jesus anywhere...even here.
Dreams to see the impossible happen for just one person...for many.
Dreams to change this world...one ordinary day at a time....one orphan at a time...one young person at a time...one starving family at a time.

My dreams seem impossible to me.
And I could leave it at that.
I could ignore the dreams, the desire to see love become a movement, the yearning to become less so that God will become so much more.
I could accept complacency. 
I could accept that there will always be suffering.
I could tell myself that God really can't use me.  That the little I have to give won't matter.
And I have.  Many times.

But God used a little boy's lunch to feed four thousand people.
Maybe he can use me after all?

There's a phrase that keeps running through my head, dredging up faith.

God doesn't exist to make my dreams come true...I exist to make His come true.

God dreamed me into existence and He wove His dreams within me.
His love was the only motivation.

Love, like an arrow, must have a target.
And His love is aimed at the hearts of man.
I want to be a bow in His hands.

22 comments:

Weza said...

I fear the nature of people is to shy away from dreams that are seemingly to BIG, placing them in the too hard basket. To dream and follow through is noteworthy. One thing I am learning is that as we center ourselves in Gods will, then He creates opportunity, opens doors, and gets things moving. I am looking forward to seeing how your dreams unfold. Excellent post!

Lara said...

I don't know why we live in a culture where we are all supposed to reach for the stars and be all that we can, except in this area. If you told people your dream was to earn a PhD, they would be impressed. If you tell them these are your dreams, they are skeptical and confused. Unfortunate because I share many of your dreams.

Heather at A "Love"ly Mess said...

Well said! He will definitely use you for good, I can't wait to hear what comes next!

Cole said...

I love that quote-"God doesn't exist to make my dreams come true...I exist to make His come true" So good Joye! I'm writing that down.

September said...

beautiful Joye - He will show you.
Dreams are often the unfolding of God's desires in our lives.. after we have let love in.
Amen.

Lisa said...

"Dreams to follow Jesus anywhere...even here."

Why is it that following Him "here"...be it our own town, our own neighborhood, or even our own kitchen table, seems so un-spiritual? God keeps reminding me that, although He has given me talents and abilities that lie outside the realm of homemaking and mothering, right now I am called to be the best God-Lover and Example-Setter that I can be for my two little ones. On the hard days I'd gladly pack it up and move to a third world country to do "real" missionary work. But this is the mission field He has for me right now. And following Him anywhere means sitting on my living room floor right now.

Neetz said...

Fantastic dreams and thoughts...and so so "do-able" with God driving them! It's just so awesome to let go and let God! I think if we are willing to just let him use us then WATCH OUT>..
Can't wait to see what happens with you being used!
I read your blog and an old song from Patty Cabrera (I think it was) came to mind... "Whatever you want...you know I'll give it, cos all that I've got belongs to you, and if ever you need something from me Lord, Just tell me, that's all you gotta do... Use me Jesus. Use me Father, cos you know I'm yours, and my hands are yours, and my time is yours, to use for your will....etc...
Go for it!! xx

Allie said...

Hey Joye! This was so good, I had to write a post about how it spoke to my heart. Hope you don't mind and I linked back to your blog post in reference. Thanks for the prophetic word, I needed the wake up call.

PaisleyJade said...

Beautiful Joye! I love how you write - so honest, open and poetic. God sees your heart and I know He will answer your prayer!!!

a little bit vintage said...

What a lovely post, Joye. ;) I think that as woman especially, we forget that we are "allowed" to dream and that He has a purpose for us. He made us who we are for a reason. :) Thanks for the reminder!

Hugs,
Rachel

Jenilee said...

beautiful post! and yes, we live to carry out His dreams for us! thankfully His dreams are the very best and He gives only good things! He has a plan and a future all mapped out for us. dreaming with you...

Laura said...

This is wonderful! "God doesn't exist to make my dreams come true...I exist to make His come true." I had never thought about it that way but how true!!

carissa @ lowercase letters said...

such beautiful words, joye! wow... this is such a TRUE statement: God doesn't exist to make my dreams come true...I exist to make His come true. what a privilege it is to be a part of His plans!

carissa @ lowercase letters said...

such beautiful words, joye! wow... this is such a TRUE statement: God doesn't exist to make my dreams come true...I exist to make His come true. what a privilege it is to be a part of His plans!

Michelle said...

What an inspiring post. Oh that ALL my dreams would be sent from the very heart of God and not the mere makings of this imagination!

Thank you for lifting my eyes and heart upward again!

Jennifer said...

So beautifully worded Joye. I just love it! His love is the only motivation... true and wonderful! :)

Missy said...

Amazing post. :)

Kristin said...

Wow, Joye!! I love this post! It reminds me of what I read the other day about how I don't need to ask God what I can do for Him, but rather what He can do through me.

Katherine said...

Wow, so beautifully said. You're an old soul..so wise.

Happy Days to you :)

K xx

Kelly @ Sufficient Grace Ministries said...

Beautiful, as always, dear friend...

Dreaming big with you...because we serve a big God with big plans...love seeing His dreams and His plans come to life...

Love ya!

Darlene said...

keep dreaming big...

Mich said...

beautiful post...I would say God is out to get your attention.

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