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Do you ever feel STUCK? In 2000, I began looking for answers to some tough questions in my life. I'd searched high & low and finally conceded to search the promises found in the Bible. Those promises have sustained & guided me through the loss of a parent, the struggle with anxiety & depression, the loss of a valued relationship and so much more! I've found joy amid the pain. And, I want to share it with you!

23 October 2012

Crazy Undone Dreams!

Stained glass window
Basilica of the Annunciation
Nazareth, Israel
I've always been somewhat of a dreamer.  I remember dreams from when I was as young as 4.  One, in particular, stayed with me in life for close to 40 years until I understood the significance of it.  I dreamed of living at the Biltmore Estate - having visited there numerous times as a child.  I dreamed of having my OWN pony who would carry me to school & back each day.  I dreamed that I lived on the side of a beautiful mountain, facing the east & bordered by a cliff with a path leading down to the sea.

My self image as a child, adolescent & young adult was never that great.  And so... I often lost myself in dreams of a better day or a better me. I've conquered that demon at this point in my life, for the most part.  Yet, I still have a peaceful place which I think about if I'm having trouble falling asleep at night. 

But, as we all know, dreams are dreams... and not real life.  How do we cope with dreams that are undone... undone as in not happened yet or undone as in shattered?  Not only do we have dreams for ourselves.  But, we have them for those we love.  I don't know a parent who doesn't want their child to succeed & feel as though they have succeeded at what they pursue.  I dreamed that my father would be at the high school graduations of both our children.  My father went to be with the Lord when our children were ages 11 & 13.  And, there are currently dreams of which I am painfully aware will not happen.

Even if the healing doesn't come and life falls apart and dreams are still undone... What do YOU do when your dreams are broken?  What do you do when the choices of another prevent them from attaining their dreams?  

The things I've been facing lately drew me to the song "Even If" by Kutless. The words are straight from my heart - but, written by another.  For me, even when dreams are still undone, I continue to believe in a good future! 

REMEMBER: The most beautiful stained glass windows are created from broken shards of glass.

When my dreams are undone, I find hope in the promises I claim from the Bible. Tell me about how YOU cope when dreams are undone!

Take a listen. The lyrics are at the bottom of the page*.

His Words
(got this idea from Chase Tibbs' blog; using it because i love the words of God)
  • For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 
  • "Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, the LORD tested Joseph's character."  Psalm 105:19 NLT
  • "He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds." Psalm 147:3
Linking with Ann Voskamp - A Holy Experience today... 
Related Posts:
Dream On...
When Dreams Die 
When Your Story is Not Your Own
Hope, Mirror, Mirror On the Wall 
Do You Like Your Life Ruthann? 

*"Even If"
written by Scott Krippayne 
performed by Kutless on their Believer album

Sometimes all we have to hold on to
Is what we know is true of who You are
So when the heartache hits like a hurricane
That could never change who You are
And we trust in who You are

Even if the healing doesn't come
And life falls apart
And dreams are still undone
You are God You are good
Forever faithful One
Even if the healing
Even if the healing doesn't come

Lord we know Your ways are not our ways
So we set our faith in who You are
Even though You reign high above us
You tenderly love us
We know Your heart
And we rest in who You are

You're still the Great and Mighty One
We trust You always
You're working all things for our good
We'll sing your praise

You are God and we will bless You
As the Good and Faithful One
You are God and we will bless You
Even if the healing doesn't come
Even if the healing doesn't come

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