Pull up a chair and a cup of coffee.. I just poured myself my afternoon one…. (on sale right now Dark Roast New England brand at Bi-lo and white chocolate raspberry creamer if you really want the scoop of what I am drinking)
I just so appreciate you joining me… this crazy girl:
as we study God sized dreams together for the next couple of weeks.
I am so honored.
All you need is your Bible, and the book God sized dreams by my friend Holley Gerth to join in. It’s not to late. There really are no rules. If you know me at all you wont be surprised by that!
Right now there are about 25 of you that have signed up to be apart of this .. yeah!
And for all of you that have not signed up, or don’t have the book but read this blog..
you just come on in and join with us to.
We will all have a great time together!
So here’s how the format (*fingers crossed*) will work:
Mondays: I will post some suggested assignments to help you as you read the chapter for that week. I want us to take a chapter a week so we can slowly digest it. I will post a little something of what God showed me.
Wednesdays: will check in, and ask a question or two that I would love for you to respond to so we can share with each other in our God sized dreams.
Thursdays will do a what made you come alive link up where I will share a photo/story of what made me come alive that week and you can link up. I think intentionally looking for come alive moments makes dreaming God sized dreams so much more fun!
Friday : Hope to have a guest post from another God-sized dreamer about your pursuit of your God -sized dreams. So if you want to write a guest post, just e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Anyways– we will see together what God does. This is truly a God-sized dream for me.
So for this week:
Love Love Chapter one. Even just the title “the More you are made for ” makes me smile so big. I think we all have this sense that there is MORE. But we often miss it. We miss the more and settle for the same.
Whew.. let that settle in. I think that’s because sometimes more can seem to big, to overwhelming, to much.
So we settle for same and miss MORE.. and therefore I think we miss out on having MORE of our God.
And then there is the other problem that goes along with what Holley describes as Lie Number 2 that keeps us from dreaming on page 19 that keeps us from our God sized dreams. I don’t have what it takes .
See I think we often Miss the MORE God has for us because we thinks it requires more of us then we could possibly ever be .. and most of the time we are to busy listening to Satan and his stinking lie that we are NOT enough.
And the truth is: ourselves+our own ideas+our own expectations+others expectations of us=really actually never measuring up and falling short
so that’s the lie Satan throws at us.. (or maybe just me) Jenn don’t dream, don’t believe in more, because your not enough already, so why would you possibly ever want to believe there is more!
That Satan is a stinking liar.
I am God designed Psalms 139 promises that. You are God designed.
You were apart of God’s dream.. and He is a MORE kind of God.
I love this on page 26: ” You my friend are a dreamer. Whether you know it or not. Whether your at the beginning of your journey or sitting exhausted in the promised land after battling to possess it. Every day you dare to dream you fight back the darkness and add a little more light to the world. When you keep your heart open, the kingdom wins! ”
So what is your MORE? Would you be daring enough to pray and ask God ? Wonder what He is going to say to you!
It doesn’t mean He is going to call you to Nepal to serve as a missionary.. although for a while it did for me
Often times the more God has for us is way different then we would have ever dreamed or planned! Like God bringing me back from Nepal to start a ministry called Coming Alive.
Or how lately God’s more for me was a stillness in my public ministry and a ministry to my family who were in major health crisis.
Chapter one challenges us to dare to dream.
I am going to challenge you/us to ask God what is that more you want me to start leaning into. (now don’t hear me saying more of exhaustion more of saying yes to everything ect. I mean more of leaning into the exciting God sized dreams that maybe you try to silence out of fear, lack of knowing what that may be or busyness)
This is a grace filled adventure filled journey.
Some Heartwork for the week:
I’m not going to make it into days because I want you to enjoy your own pace: But here are some things. And of course check out the Go Deeper Guide to. It’s awesome!
— Read Ephesians 3:20. As you read write down in a journal a few things that you imagine or dream about. Then imagine what God has for you that is even more then that. What is a dream or desire that comes to your heart. Spend time journaling and praying about that.
–Look online on Biblegateway.com or in your Bible concordance the word more. Lots of references will come. See what God has to say about MORE.
— When you think about something in life that you are passionate about, what comes to mind? Read page 12. Do you feel you are living life with passion and purpose? Ask God how He wants to ignite passion in you.
— Read Genesis Chapter 2 and 3 about God’s dream for Adam and Eve. Notice how the enemy lied to them. He convinced them they could be like God. In a sense I believe He was convincing them the same lie we tend to believe without realizing it, that God was not really good enough, and that they need more of THEMSELVES. How has God demonstrated His goodness to you lately? Now get gut level honest here: (remember there is NO condemnation in Christ Jesus and this is a grace filled placed) How has the enemy lied to your heart and you believed God is not really good? That the only way you can experience the MORE your heart is longing for is by taking matters into your own hands.
— Read Psalms 37:4. What do you think it means to delight yourself in the Lord? How do you delight in the Lord? How can you connect this verse to your God-sized dream.
— Which lie in Chapter one is the one that you struggle with the most? Look through scriptures and find the sword of truth to fight that lie of the enemy with!
So excited friends.
Now would you leave a comment on how we can pray for you as you start this journey? If you don’t have a blog you can just leave an anonymous post and add your name. And if you don’t mind, would you write a prayer in your comment for the dreamer that posted before you.
Also be sure to join the God sized dreams Bible study facebook group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/301452539987171/