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I’ve never touched a star;
Never tried to reach that far.
Perhaps my goals are all too short, too frail.

My dreams are all mundane:
Never seeking wealth or fame,
Nor for great contributions to be hailed.

But when all’s said and done,
I’ve loved folks – one by one –
And in the end, it’s Love that will prevail.

 

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreaming

FOLLOW THAT DREAM!

Have you been dreaming?   Then follow your dream. Don’t give up on it. Be like your Creator. God had a dream. His dream was to have a family – an entire species of beings made exactly in His own image – speaking spirits – with free minds and free wills – who could dream, imagine, decide, and act, just as He could. Beings who could love as He loved. So He created that species. He created us for the purpose of loving us and being loved by us – according to His own Word on the subject. Unfortunately, we did not cooperate, so the dream cost God much more than it was ever intended to cost – and much more than He should have had to pay. It cost Him the sacrifice of His only-begotten Son.

But for God, the dream was worth whatever it cost. And as a result, the dream has come true – through Jesus Christ, His finished sacrifice, and the eternal life He earned for all of us – and that He freely gives to all of us who will surrender to Him. When we take Jesus as Lord, we are truly “born again” into the family of God. He has a real family now – one who loves Him. Oh, we may not be quite as perfect in our thinking and our actions as we need to be. But our hearts are like His, and that’s what it took to fulfill the dream. God will work with us from this point on and eventually, we will think, speak, and act just as He does as well.

I hope YOU are following YOUR dreams. I hope you’re not letting the cost of those dreams cause you to give up on them. If those dreams are in line with God and His love, they have every potential and every opportunity for fulfillment.  Because – with God’s help – if you can dream it, you can do it!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Indulge

Indulging a Life-long Dream

I have a friend who, throughout his childhood looked wistfully at the gingerbread houses that many families made at Christmas time.  He wished silently for one, but his family never chose to make that part of their holiday celebrations. After he became an adult, they still caught his attention every year, and he wondered what it would be like to build one of his own. But he kept letting time go by without acting on the dream. Finally, at the age of 52, he took the plunge, bought himself a complete kit, as well as an extra kit for gingerbread people and trees, and built himself a gingerbread house. He added a couple of trees and a gingerbread couple to inhabit his gingerbread home. I took pictures of it in order to preserve the long-awaited event for posterity.

Then we ATE it!

So what are photos of a gingerbread house doing on a “Hangin’ Out With God” site — other than showing off? Nothing except serving to remind us that God loves a child-like heart. Jesus said whoever wanted to receive the Kingdom of God would do so, not by having a sophisticated mind that could reason everything out, but by becoming like a little child.