Just listen to a child dream about his future or a newly married couple speak of their dreams for the future and you wonder "where did my dreams go?"
Many people have a wonderful way of never letting go of their dreams, but I would say the majority of us allow the circumstances of life to grab our dreams and rip them from our grasp. I know there are times to let those dream match up with reality, but just watching someone like Susan Boyle win a talent show, thrusting her into her dream, we know it is possible. The world would mock it is "too late" for Susan as she wasn't in her prime of life, yet her dream manifesting tells us all to look at the dreams we have allowed to collect dust on a shelf.
In December I was reminded that age isn't a factor in our dreams. While pinning on Pinterest I saw a book that inspired me to dig deeper, while I was also reading and delighting in the success of another bloggers successful year in business., I knew there was something I needed to hear. Both women aren't in their 20's...I know the 20's generation doesn't think this is possible, and yet, their dreams were taken off a shelf and ignited into fulfillment. I would love to share their inspiration with you.
Leslie at Farm Fresh Fun was one of my first followers and I one of hers. I have no idea how we crossed bloggy lines to meet, but I have been inspired and blessed. She and I share the common bond of being "wiser in age" mothers to young children. She also had a dream. She has pressed forward with her dream and the rest is just inspirational pictures which make my eyes tear up when I view them. Her love for horses and training when she was younger opened the door to her new business. As her family enjoyed the joys of "foxhunting" she shared how this too was an answer to years of dreams and prayers. Her Christmas card held a picture of them riding their horses with these words to me, "Wishing your dreams come true too! Praying 2013 brings you closer to your dreams!"
|I have linked the picture to her publishing house for purchase|
Now if that wasn't enough then there is the author "Lisa" - of Hospitality Pursuits (check our her side bar to see other dreams come true) and her artist friend Linda Merritt.
Well pinning I ran across a pin of a children's book. As I looked down I realized that Alisa Brookins and "Lisa" were indeed the same person. I commented, "Oh My! is this you?" She graciously emailed me back the answer to my question. As she explained, yes it was, she also laid out her "dream come true" story. She had written the book and then the manuscript was put on the shelf to collect dust for 10 years. She continued on in life with all the duties it holds...helping other reach their dreams.
God wasn't finished, therefore, He brought in a friend to help her dream come true....another woman who had a dream also. This woman would inspire the creative juices in them both as she became the one who would illustrate her manuscript.
To Benjamin's and my delight we received a copy of her "dream" manifested book. It is a delightful children's story, yet for this adult it shouted, "dreams still happen at any age." The gifted illustrator is in her 60's.
So as we enter 2013 is there a dream you have put on a shelf and allowed to collect dust? Do you need to ask the Lord for a dream? Do you need to let go of fear or procrastination so you can dust off the dream? Is it time for action? I don't know about you, but I can say I am trying to answer all these questions!!!