Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law. – Proverbs 29:18
Life is very different from what I had planned it to be. I am the type of person who has big plans and big dreams. Often discouragement can lead me to a place where I stop dreaming, hoping, and planning. In these moments I might put these dreams on a shelf because doors aren't opening, or things aren't progressing the way I had planned, and I stop believing in the vision that God has placed on my heart.
Discouragement is definitely a way of life. I am still learning to discern when it's time to let a dream go, and when it's not time to let it go, because it is so easy for me to think discouragement or burn out means that a dream is simply not from God.
I'm also learning when to be patient, when to GO, and it all depends on trusting in God's timing. But it also requires for me to embrace FAITH and commitment too. Once I make a decision, I need to learn to stick with the decision, but sometimes the toughest part of that is making the decision in the first place.
Growing up I was never the person who would wait, if I had a vision then I would go after it. I can tell you that none of my plans unfolded in the time or in the way I had planned, and they still don't. But I can honestly say that the vision I had for my future was obviously the plans God has had for me because they came to pass, albeit slowly, but still I'm living the vision I had five years ago!
I think as we get older we lose our vision, not because this “it”, but because somewhere along the way we have been discouraged and disappointed, and we stopped believing in the vision we once had.
Today I would like to encourage you to ask God to renew your vision of the future. Ask Him to show you the amazing things He wants you to do in this life.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Your purpose will always prevail. Your patience is never ending, and You are always there willing to guide us and help us to DREAM BIG. Lord forgive us for not believing in the vision You have placed in our heart and for giving up on Your dream and plans for our life. Thank You for the beautiful blessings You have already given us. Lord help us to be an example to those around us by focusing on renewing our hope, and faith in You. In that renewal Lord I pray that a new vision will come alive in our hearts, and we will have the faith to pursue it. I pray this in Your Mighty Son, Jesus' name. – Amen!
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