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Lessons Learned from Sarai for Dreamers.

Dear Dreamer Friends!

I had a letter prepared full of  “Woo oo’s!” and “GO! girl” and “You can do it!” and I am hoping there are lots of those letters out there because as dreamers we need the encouragement. But as I wrote last night a story kept pushing on my heart. A story of a dreamer girl from days of old. A story that serves as a lesson for us dreamer girls of today to learn from.

I had to follow the prompting and scribble out all that was written for this…

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Her name was Sarai and she had a dream. Her story can be found in a fabulous book called Genesis. She had a dream to have a child. And the fulfillment of that dream and more had been promised to her by God. But Sarai lost her patience in waiting for God to bring that dream to reality for her so she took matters into own hands.

Have you ever done that? Have you ever lost patience with waiting for your dream to come to realization and tried to take the reins? I have.

Sarai wanted a baby so badly that she willingly told her maid servant and her husband to sleep together. She lost complete faith that God would bring her dream into this world so she forced her dream into this world. The results. NOT GOOD! Jealousy, anger, a baby left fatherless, a woman abandoned by her home.

 Have you ever done this? Tried to force your dream into this world? Have you ever decided things needed to work on your timing and not God’s timing? I have.

Thankfully, our God is a rescuer.  Despite the chaos created by Sarai and all involved in her story God continued to say “I will set this right, I will still provide the dream according to My will.”

 Has God ever rescued you from your own wrong turns in your dream? Has God ever taken your hand and said “It is time to let Me do the work?” For me the answer is “YES!” Thank God!!! He has rescued me in ways I could have never imagined. 

Fellow dreamers it can be so easy to pull a Sarai. It is so easy to take these dreams that stir us, wake us up, keep us up, give us energy and try to force them into being. I am so very guilty of this but each time I attempt this I crash. I then have to hold dearly onto the promise that God will set everything in motion His way. He knows how the story needs to go and as long as I place my hand in His hand He will guide the way.

“My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth” Psalm 121:2

Our God created heaven and earth! His imagination is on the grandest scale ever fathomable, His power is endless and we are privileged to be His hands and feet here on earth. Put your trust in that today knowing that the dream that rests in your heart will be fulfilled but it will be fulfilled His way. And really we would not want it any other way.

Praying for your heart today.

With Joy, Carey

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  • Kimberly Crumby

    You and I seem to be cut from the same cloth, Carey! I am a “doer” and I often push ahead without stopping to let God lead. I have recently gone through something where I actually sat back…waited…prayed…and you know what? It turned out better than I ever could have imagined. Thank you for saying what is in my heart!

    • Wishing I could just rest in being rather than doing! Thankful He lets me learn the lesson over and over again! So glad you were able to do that and thanks for stopping by. 

  • Mel

    This was a really powerful read for me tonight…thank you for the challenge of daily placing things in my Father’s hands and trusting Him completely with them. :) Blessings, friend!

    • Thanks @disqus_BmZrsGAN5W:disqus for being an amazing encourager! 

  • It’s a very good word, friend. A very necessary word. Hugs.

    • Hugs back! Look forward to meeting in person at Allume. 

  • Thank you. Yesterday was a rough day…so rough I couldn’t bring myself to read the letters from fellow dreamers. But God nudged me to read one…yours. Now I see why. That was beautiful. Thank you.

    • @ChristineWright:disqus – I thought of you often and your prayer request. I am sorry it was a rough day but I trust out of worldly chaos God can bring about good. Thank you for your encouragement. 

  • Rosanne Bowman1

    This is the second post that has spoken to my heart. I’m literally in tears because this is what I’ve been doing with MY God-sized dream – trying to make it fit. It seems like we are in month two and I need to get moving. I need to get things accomplished and out of panic, feeling like I”m falling further and further behind (and dealing with the very real paralysis of fear when I actually SHOULD be doing something), I’ve tried to force it. And it didn’t feel right. Which led to more paralysis of feeling stuck and not sure which way to go. Thanks for deleting the whoots and go girls, because I NEEDED this today. I NEEDED to be challenged and exhorted, not just patted on the back. So, thanks!

    • Thanks be to God for using us all to speak His words to each other. Praying for clarity and that you are able to take actions step forward in His dream for you. Thank YOU for your kindness in sharing your heart. 

  • But Sarai lost her patience in waiting for God to bring that dream to reality for her so she took matters into own hands…. Yes, that’s familiar territory for me. I’ve dreamed of a daughter healed from abuse as a young girl in foster care. Ten years of dreaming, and she’s just moved home after the anti-dream-like 18 months in residential psychiatric care. When, God? I wonder often. I am learning patience, learning to see the dream in bits and pieces as it comes, learning that in many ways I have to grow to be ready for the dream as it unfolds. Thank you for these honest, true, good/hard words of encouragement. I think it still counts as a “woo oo” or “Go, girl!” post ;).

    • @lauriewallin:disqus  – Thank you for sharing your story of waiting. I can’t imagine. I trust God gave YOU His precious child for a reason…knowing you were the just right mom for her. Praying for your heart to be encouraged and dreams to come true! 

  • alecia

    Admittedly I’ve ‘pulled a Sarai’ before, and crashed landed hard. It can be hard not to want to move ahead when your excited and want to get moving on that dream, but it’s important to wait for His timing. I’m glad you deleted and rewrote, a blessing indeed!

    • Ooooh how I know that the crash landing isn’t fun!!!! Waiting with you dreamer. Thanks for stopping by. 

  • GiGi

    Wow, God has really been bringing that story forth a LOT lately… I have some dreams I have been DESIRING…. praying God births them in HIS time. Thank you for the reminder XoXo GiGi