It is my joy and privilege to host Livy Lynn on the blog today! Livy and I connected just before Christmas and I have loved talking to her and getting to know her sweet heart! When she asked about writing a piece for me, how could I say no?!
Join us as Livy talks about the dreams that God has planted inside of you and why you really need to call them out and act on them. Settle in and let your mind drift back to those little girl days when nothing was impossible and reaching for the stars was something that you did every day. You are in for a real treat!
~Reawakening Your God Given Dreams~
By: Livy Lynn
“What do you want to be when you grow up?”
We were all asked that question in Kindergarten and our answers were crazy. We were completely unrealistic, as we shouted out whatever sounded like the most fun to us that day, “A Firefighter! An Astronaut! A Ballerina!”
As children, we were completely limitless! Our daily, imaginary play carried us to places all over the world, as we tinkered around in every profession imaginable. We were princesses, doctors, pop stars, Mommy’s, veterinarians, and race car drivers. We were fearless. We were unrealistic. We were totally and completely free to be our true ,uninhibited, unhindered selves. We were dreamers.
When I was in Kindergarten, kids from our class were chosen to be “Student of the Month. ”It was a rare and exciting honor to be chosen, and when they chose me, I was through-the-roof excited! The Student of the Month had the distinct privilege of being pulled from class to have their photograph taken and answer a few questions for a short interview. I grinned as they snapped my photo, and embraced my five-minutes of Kindergarten fame. I was totally breezing through the interview…until they reached the question. The dreaded question. The question of all questions.
“What do you want to be when you grow up?”
I didn’t know what to say!
It’s not that I was running short on ideas that particular day. In fact, it was quite the opposite. I knew that my future was loaded with more roles than what would fit on a single sheet of paper! I wanted to be an author, a singer, a songwriter, an illustrator, a
dancer, and a mother. I wanted to direct, produce, and star in my own movies! I started to open up my mouth and give my teacher a long paragraph about everything my future self would be doing, but I knew that the space given for her to write was only a sentence long! Frantically, I had to pick something.
So I went with the first one that popped in, “An author!”
When I got home from school that day, I told Mom about my dilemma. I filled her in on all the details of everything I wanted to accomplish in my life, and her response was stunning. In fact, thinking back on this conversation now, I realize that God was speaking directly through her. She said,
“That’s so great, Livy! I believe you can do all of that!”
Now, did my Mom actually believe that? Eh, not quite. (Trust me, I’ve asked her!)
But I believe the Lord put those words in her mouth to encourage and strengthen and spur me on to keep dreaming.
What if she would have crossed her arms, looked down at me with a frown and said, “Um, sorry to burst your bubble, girl, but that is not realistic. When you grow up, you’ll have to pick one thing to focus on, maybe two, and possibly three if we’re really stretching it. But the real world isn’t going to let you do all of those things.”
What might have happened to my little heart if she responded in that way? I praise God that I didn’t ever have to find out! Instead, the Lord protected that moment and gave her the right words to say in our conversation. Those words helped to set me on the path that God has for my life.
I might be twenty-four-years-old, but I still believe in the dreams God placed in my heart, way back in Kindergarten. The truth is, this world isn’t kind to dreamers. The harsh, painful realities of life attempt to quench, kill, and destroy our dreams.
Like sweet little flowers, sitting in the Garden of our hearts, our dream seeds must be realized, embraced, awakened, stewarded, and protected at all costs.
I am well aware of the fact that designing a life that allows you to wake up every morning and do the UNIQUE things God has created you to do, isn’t easy. There are so many voices that try to discourage us. Opposing opinions which say that our dreams are silly, stupid, or even impossible.
Sadly, many of our dream seeds are suppressed and hidden, buried beneath the dirt of our hearts. We allow distractions such as busyness, fear, finances, and concerns of what other people may think about us, to keep us off our unique path of destiny.
Thankfully, my parents understood the purpose and potential behind the dreams God planted in my heart. I cannot imagine what my life would be like today if my dreams, desires, skills, and talents hadn’t been nurtured and encouraged by my parents. I don’t have a clue what I would be doing today if they hadn’t pulled me out of public school, began homeschooling me, and allowed God to give me a tailor-made education that aligned with the dreams and desires He gave me at such a young age. Because of that, I was raised with total confidence, one-hundred-percent believing that I could be and do all of those things my heart desired.
And so as I grew older, I wrote, I dreamed, and I danced. I designed homes and built schools in my mind. I schemed up strategic plans to change this entire world.Because as a child, there were no limits, remember?
Do you remember what your heart was like in Kindergarten? What did you dream about as a little girl? Who did you hope to someday become? What things did you imagine yourself doing in the future?
As little girls, we believed in so many wild and wonderful things.
Carefree afternoons of dress up and tea parties might be long gone, but our childlike faith shouldn’t be put away and shelved with our toys.
Matthew 18:3 says, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven.” (NIV)
As children, we believed anything and everything was possible. We believed we could be super-heroes, mothers, pop stars, authors, dancers, actresses,scientists, explorers; you name it! Answering the frightening question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”wasn’t always this scary.
When I graduated High School, I came to dread that question. Everyone asked, “What are your plans? What college are you going to? What are you going to do to become successful and bring in enough money to support yourself?”
I never knew how to answer. I had so many childhood dreams locked up inside, but I didn’t know how to pursue them or what steps to take. I was crazy uncomfortable with the fact that God didn’t make me to fit inside the boxy mindsets of our culture. He created me to take risks, have faith, and believe in the beauty of my childhood dreams.
God wanted me to take the things I dreamed about in Kindergarten, and actually pursue them.
Talk about scary!
What’s my purpose? Why am I here? What does God want me to do with my life?
Finally, after months of prayer and seeking the Lord, I dug down to the solid rock-bottom of what I was struggling with: either I God, or I didn’t.
Either I believed He could do the impossible, or I didn’t.
Either I believed He created me for a unique purpose, or I didn’t.
Either I trusted Him with my life, or I didn’t.
I had to truly embrace the fact, that my childhood dreams were given to me for a PURPOSE.
And sister, the same is true for you!
YOUR dreams are not silly. Your dreams are not random. And your dreams are NEVER too big or unrealistic!
Are they impossible?
Yes. Yes,they are.
If you’re walking with God, and believe He created you for a heavenly purpose, then I can promise you that your dreams are most definitely too big and impossible for you to accomplish on your own.
But that’s what makes your dreams so beautiful. The fact that in order for them to come to pass, GOD needs to do it! He needs to work the miracle! And because of that, HE will get all the glory!
If your dreams were possible in your own strength, how lame would that be?
“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible. But with God all things are possible.’” (Matthew 19:26)
Sister, it’s time to return to Kindergarten. It’s time to revisit the joy you had doing the things you’re most passionate about.
Allow me to let you in on a little secret. Your dreams have NOTHING to do with you. So many within the church refuse to talk about dreams and destiny, thinking it’s vain and self-centered. But look at Joseph. Esther. Daniel. They were all dreamers. They each knew God had created them for an incredible purpose. They were bold, and believed, and took steps of faith toward the things God placed in their hearts. Not because of selfishness and vain glory, but for the glory of God.
Sister, your dreams are VITAL KEYS, blueprints, and ANSWERS from heaven,that must be released on the earth. Why do you think Jesus said we won’t see the Kingdom of God, unless we have faith like a child? If we don’t have eyes to see what He’s placed inside of us, and the faith to follow through and take those wobbly baby-steps out of the boat and onto the crashing waves, this world is going to suffer because of it. Someone needs what you have. This world cannot afford the costly tragedy of you ignoring your God-given dreams. Far too many graves are filled with dreams unfilled.Ministries that were never started. Orphanages that were never built. Schools that were never planted. Books that were never written. Graves are a gold-mine of missed opportunity, and forgotten purpose. Sister, I don’t know about you,but I do NOT want to take my dreams with me to the grave.
I don’t want to be like the man in the parable of the sower who was called a “wicked and lazy servant” (Matthew 25:26) because he was too afraid to step out and do something with the gift he’d been given to steward.
It’s so important that God’s daughters uncover and understand “mystery” behind our unique dreams, become really clear on why God has given them to us, what they are, and how to take action!
Today, when people ask me, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”, I am no longer afraid of the question.
Today, my answer is exactly the same as it was in Kindergarten. (Which means, I still don’t have enough time to tell you about
everything, unless you have a few hours to burn!)
As I mentioned earlier, I’ve always been a dreamer. I still am. But as the years have gone by, I’ve discovered that I’m not just
passionate about my dreams. I’m actually passionate about your dreams! One of my biggest dreams is to see your dreams come true. Why? Because I believe what you have is vital for building the Kingdom of God!
I don’t talk about dreams simply to build hype and stir excitement: I truly want this generation to understand the heaven-sent depth of purpose in their dreams.
This life is a journey. We each have unique stories. Our backgrounds, family life, experiences, relationships, and desires may greatly differ, but I believe we have something in common. We’re both traveling down the path of pursuing our God-given dreams. Even if you’re sitting on the wayside, rubbing your feet, and taking a quick break from the craziness of the journey you’re on, I know you’re going to get back up, and keep pressing on.
Because you’re an overcomer, and you have the Spirit of Christ living inside of you. You can do all things through Christ! So imagine myself, as your sister in Christ, jogging up the path and offering you a huge wave.
“Hey girly!” I greet you with a hug and sit down beside you on the rock, relived to be taking a short break myself. “How’s this dream thing going?”
Your responses may differ. Perhaps you give me an excited high-five and say, “Amazing! It hasn’t been easy but I’m going for it!” Or, you might sigh and shake your head, “I don’t think I’m going anywhere. I’m running around in this crazy rat race, and I don’t even have a clear vision of where I’m headed. I’m too busy to set goals or make plans to pursue my dreams. And even if I did have the time, I have no idea how to get there.”
Or, you might awkwardly tug on your long-shirt sleeve and admit to the fact that fear has you paralyzed. “ I want to badly to write my book, start my blog, and do the things God has placed inside of me, but I’m scared. I’m worried about what others might think, or that I’m going to fail.”
Girl, I totally hear you. There are SO many obstacles that try to keep us from pursuing our God-given dreams. But the best thing about those obstacles? Is that they can be pushed past, and defeated! Every giant can come down. Ever fear can be conquered. Even the busiest of souls CAN find time to do the things God has placed inside of them…we just have to be intentional, consistent, and have a firm game-plan in place.
I might only be twenty-four, but I’ve been on an amazing journey with dreams. I’ve experienced joy, heartbreak, and total frustration. I’ve experienced the joy of a desire fulfilled, as I see childhood dreams form and come to pass in my life. I’ve experienced the heartbreak of crushing disappointment when something I longed for and desired so deeply didn’t happen. I’ve experienced the wild frustration of being pregnant with the promises of God, and waiting on something that feels like it might never come.
But every element of highs and lows are all part of this beautiful journey! I’ve learned a lot so far, and even though I know there is much, much more to be revealed, it is my gift to share these things with you. We are sisters, and we are headed down this path together! So let’s encourage one another, and cheer each other on!
The more impossible, the better!
All for His Glory,
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About the Author: I’m a twenty-something author, singer, and songwriter. I enjoy crafting YA fiction that is pure, lovely, inspirational, and of course, entertaining! When I’m not writing, you can usually find me playing guitar, blogging, drinking peppermint tea, connecting with new friends, planning my next trip to Disney, or pinning images of Europe and Golden Retriever Puppies.