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Greetings, Friends!

Susie Larson here…

Today I want to connect with you about the very real phases most of us walk through in order to step out and step into our dreams.

Maybe you’ve read this famous Hudson Taylor quote before. These words inspire me: I have found there are three stages to every great work of God: It is impossible; then it is difficult; then it is done. 

This has certainly been true in my own life. What about you?

Many years ago – right in the midst of the worst parts of my battle with Lyme Disease (and the financial stress that
followed), God put it in my heart to write a book. I knew that my budding dream was from Him because it was way out of my comfort zone, it made my heart beat faster; it stirred up all kinds of fear and excitement and anticipation; and
wise mentors confirmed the gifts within me. And yet, I still had a process to go through in order to lay hold of such a promised land.

Currently, I am in a new place, about to lay hold of a new land, and here again, I find myself in the familiar place of unfamiliarity. If I hadn’t walked through this series of emotions and feelings before, I’d be tempted to think that maybe I’m not suited for this next place.

If you have dared to venture to a new place that God has for you, I’m sure you’ve encountered the same questions and
feelings. But we must remember, the Bible says that even Moses felt like a foreigner in his Promised Land. Even though we have promised places to lay hold of, it doesn’t mean that we’ll lay hold of those new places without effort,
obstacles, and whole lot of conflicting emotions.

Many years ago, out of the ashes of my pain, my writing career started this way: I self published my first book, then I started writing for Focus on the Family, and then I was contracted to write a devotional journal. All of those steps were necessary and exciting steps in their own way. But when my first big book contract finally came through (the thing I was dreaming about), I was utterly surprised by my first emotional response. You know what I felt? Instantly depressed. Does that make any sense at all?

It didn’t to me either until I heard a story about when Beth Moore received her first contract. She knelt down on the floor and cried – not for joy – but out of sheer terror that she might fail the Lord in some way. That’s exactly how I felt.

When the dream is far away, it is typical to experience intermingled feelings of excitement and impatience. But when the dream is suddenly within your grasp, and it starts to touch your human-ness – and you become very aware of your own potential to make a mess of things – well that’s just downright scary.

As far as I can see, the phases of our ‘dream-come-true’ journey look like this:

A dream far off – exciting, waiting, wondering, impatience

A dream up close – fear, second-guessing ourselves, stepping out of our known zone and into the learning zone, wondering about the cost now that the dream is so close, wondering if God made a mistake in choosing us; we can’t go back – we’re not the same after having this dream – but feeling unsure and unsteady about moving forward.

A dream realized – once we begin to take the land and we find a new normal, our learning zone becomes our known zone, we become more seasoned and strengthened to stand in this place, but not without effort, fatigue, faith, and trust; we wouldn’t have it any other way, and yet, no one but God knows what it took for us to step and step out like we did. This is the life of faith.

Anne Ortlund wrote these beautiful words: Lift up your eyes. Your heavenly Father waits to bless you – in inconceivable ways to make your life what you never dreamed it could be.

Dream big. Dream with Him. Then walk forward unafraid – to places you’ve never been. Be willing to be stretched and
strengthened. Embrace the unknown places with Jesus at your side and experience God’s miracle of life working in and through you. What a way to live.

God can do anything, you know – far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams!
(Ephesians 3:20).

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6 Thoughts on “The Phases of Your Dream Come True…

  1. Carolyn Knefely on July 8, 2010 at 7:35 AM said:

    Thanks for the encouraging insight. Well written. Uplifting blessings.

  2. I don’t always open up my emails from CAN but this morning God must have directed me to. Your article had my name on it. Now I understand why I am so uncomfortable when trying to get into my writing and even questioning if I should be writing. I was beginning to think I did not belong and I had received my writing gift by mistake. Even when doors were opened I had doubts. Praise God for His faithfulness.

  3. Dear Carolyn,
    So nice to meet you! May God continue to inspire you to be and do all He intends for you!
    Blessings,
    Susie

  4. Dear Carma,
    Don’t you just love it when God works like that? I’m so grateful God led you to this post. Far too many people give up on their dream because the process doesn’t ‘feel’ like we think it should. Keep contending for the things God has put in your heart! Keep walking forward. Pretty soon you’ll have that mountain under your feet. 🙂
    Bless you!

  5. Thank you for this beautiful and very timely post. I related on so many levels! It encourages me to know that those who have found “success” in their writing/speaking ministries have first traveled the “trail of tears” and fear. It is also encouraging to know that the Father pours out the measure of grace needed for each task. God bless you in your work for Him.
    Sweet Blessings,
    Nan Jones

  6. Dear Nan,
    You are so right. We’ve all traveled the ‘trail of tears’ in this business. I’m so thankful God used this post to encourage you. Be encouraged. Our God is big and mighty and He knows where we live. As we humble ourselves under His mighty hand, He will most definitely establish us in due time.
    Blessings to you!

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