Dreams. They are amazing.
But then there are plans to plan, projects to project, and decisions to be made. So much to consider. The details and possibilities spin in our heads, conjuring up soul inspiring ideas. We feel led one way but wonder if the thoughts are only our own, or could they be from God? Then something happens to catch us unaware. Bumps in the road. Thorns and thistles around the bend. Ouch! We cry. Why? We ask….
We catch our breath and look around. Why are things not panning out how we’d imagined?
Did we do something wrong?
Did we miss a memo somewhere?
Are we out of sync with our Maker?
We struggle and strive to get.this.thing.done (which is where Reboot Mini Course was birthed out of: learning to let so much go, to hold onto God’s best for us). Sarah says, “When we accept God’s invitation to dream with Him, we’re relieved of the pressure to hold our lives and our dreams together on our own.” I don’t know about you, but that makes me feel so much better just thinking about it!
Sarah Beth Marr shares a beautifully told story of her journey of discovering a new way to dream, and how to walk in the dream well.
“We no longer have to chase our dream down or frantically force the dream into fruition.” – Sarah Beth Marr
Finally, we see, we are not in control. And it doesn’t mean we can’t use sticky notes and planners, but we learn to “Settle Into A Rhythm of Grace” as per chapter five. We move forward but trust our steps are being directed by a higher power. And we know this because of the time we spend with our Maker. Sarah says, “When our souls are fed, our hearts come up from out of the grind.” And in this space is where we remember why we do what we do, or that we can enjoy the ride. It is not just about some far off destination while our current status is lesser than. In the trusting, we are coming to know more of God, and who we are in him.
Dreaming With God, Book Review
Join Sarah, an experienced ballerina, mom and lover of God as she shares what helps us to flow with Spirit as we follow our dreams. Each chapter has scriptures which correlate with the context and concludes with an area for reflection and recording. For example, one of the numerous questions at the end of chapter asks, “Why is your work valuable to God?” These questions are intended to slow us down and allow us to dig deeper.
I hope you will check out the book if you are dreaming, or feel you have nothing to dream about. Sarah does a good job covering both sides of the spectrum when dreams come to fruition but also when they do anything but. This book would make a great gift for a woman of faith, or teenager gal. Read below for more nuggets and if you enjoyed this book review, please pass the word along.
Quote Love ♥
“His dreams are a perfect fit for you.”
“Prayer is the rudder to our dreams.”
“Often we want overnight success, but the realization of our dreams takes time.”
“…focus on simplicity led to growth.”
“He protects me from my own good intentions”
My Amazon Book Review
Dreaming with God is beautifully written for the woman who feels the tug and pull between what she feels deep in her heart, against the sometimes windy realities of life. Sarah’s words resonate with my own visionary personality type, and I found her revelations reassuring and soul nurturing. I truly think this would make a great resource for leaders, teachers, churches, and especially personal use. It reminds us not to limit God or ourselves, but also learn to go with the flow of life, especially when things don’t pan out how we think they should. Encouragement rich, women of faith will appreciate this inspiring read. – Meg
About the author…
Sarah Beth Marr danced professionally for over fifteen years as a ballerina and now encourages women in the dance of life and faith through her writing. Sarah also speaks at women’s events and MOPS events in Texas. She is a contributing writer for Crosswalk.com, Christianparenting.org, and Lifeway’s Journey Magazine. She and her husband, Brian, have three sons and live in Dallas, Texas.
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Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NLT