“Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.”—Proverbs 13:12 (NKJV)

At the beginning of his “I Have a Dream” speech, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
said, “So, even though we face the troubles of today and tomorrow, I
still have a dream.”
And as I reflected on the celebration of his life
and legacy, I couldn’t help but wonder about the many people who have stopped
dreaming because of the troubles they face in life. Their lives may be hard,
and times are certainly rough, but dreaming is for everyone, and dreaming is

So, this begs the question, do you still dream? Do you still have hopes
and aspirations for a brighter future for yourself, your family, and our
society? Are you living out your dreams right now? Or have they been crushed
under the wheel of hardship in life?

I used to think that my dream of becoming a published author was dead. You
see, I became a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom and have been one for many
years, after giving up my teaching career to raise my children. And I had
thought that would be my situation for the rest of my life and eventually made
peace with that reality. Truthfully, I had given up hope of publishing a book,
after entering several writing contests to no avail.

Then, one day, God revived my dream by giving me a vision that encouraged me
to continue writing and to share my writing with the world. I was stunned and
delighted at the same time, because I thought that God had assigned me to just
be at home raising my children and serving in the church where I could. In the
vision, I saw my handwriting scrolling on a computer screen and instantly knew
that God had a record of everything I ever wrote. I was thrilled by the
intimacy of God’s involvement in my life, down to knowing my handwriting and
His recollection of the things that I had written in the past.

That’s when I became convinced that nothing is ever lost with God. His written
Word stands for ever, and my written words are forever recorded in His
database. So, even if I had buried my dream because of disappointments, God did
not forget me. And because I continued to serve Him faithfully, He gave me the
desire of my heart.

This is the Lord’s doing!

So, I am here to tell you, that if God can do that for me, He can do it for
you too. So, trust in the Lord, be blessed and keep dreaming.


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