“Are your dreams CRAZY enough?”

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I remember as a 7th grade girl I went to my dad and told him I was going to run for the class officer secretary position. I was so elated and nervous to step out in faith for this class position that I could not wait to tell this dream to my dad. As I was explaining with excitement and energy about this role that I wanted to take on, I noticed his demeanor was not moved by my 7th grade buzz. So to pull a response out of him, I asked my dad what he thought about this next endeavor I wanted to pursue. With love in his voice and a warm embrace around my waist, I will never forget the words that came out of his mouth next. He said, “If you’re going to run for an office, why not run for president?” Stunned, I looked at him blankly. I had no answer. In fact, the response shocked me and completely shifted my thought process. Why didn’t I think of that before? If I was going to dream, why not dream big!

I look back at the scenario in my early childhood to remind me to dream crazy dreams. Moreover, our Heavenly Father is saying the same thing to us. “God is offended by anything less than your biggest dreams and your boldest prayers.” As Mark Batterson put it, “If your prayers aren’t impossible to you, they are insulting to God…because they don’t require divine intervention.” God is waiting to move miraculously on your behalf and most importantly for His glory!

Before I got a chance to run for office, my father passed away suddenly from a fight with Leukemia. That next year I ran for class president and titled my speech, “Why not me?” I won the election and will never forget the lesson my father left me that day when I spoke to him. Our heavenly Father is welcoming the same invitation in our lives. Why not you?

So, answer this question with honesty and truth…”Are your dreams crazy enough?” If the answer is no, “then you haven’t really come to life yet.” As I was finishing up the book I was reading called “The Circle Maker,” I came across the new Nike commercial released a few days ago as well. They both echo a message that we all need to desperately grasp. Are you dreaming bold, daring, crazy dreams? Are you living your life to its fullest potential? Are you relying on and inviting God to intervene and show His faithfulness in your life? Today is the day to begin if you have not started. I encourage you to pick up the book and dive deep into the pages. Then read it a second time, and again, and again. Batterson outlines 10 practical steps to goal setting and writing down your life goal lists. Below are a few highlights I got from the book. So dream crazy big dreams. Dream daring bold dreams.

If you want, comment below on some of the dreams you are believing for in your life. Be Blessed. Be revealed!

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The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson

  • Bold prayers honor God, and God honors bold prayers.
  • Do the best you can with what you have where you are.
  • When was the last time you pulled an all-nighter in prayer?
  • After you pray through, you need to praise through.
  • Dreaming is a form of praying and praying is a form of dreaming, The more you pray the bigger your dreams will become. And the bigger your dreams become the more you will have to pray.
  • May imagination overtake memory.
  • Circle makers are risk takers.
  • If you give beyond your ability, God will bless you beyond your ability.
  • Today could be the day. When you live in prayer mode, you live with holy anticipation.
  • I’ve never met a person who didn’t experience some big disappointments on the way to his or her big dream.
  • How desperate are you for the miracle?
  • We do know that 100 percent of the prayers we don’t pray won’t get answered.
  • Pray through the Bible.
  • Pray like it depends on God; you also have to work like it depends on you.
  • It’s the hard times that teach us how to pray.
  • What seems like an unanswered prayer means that God has a better answer.
  • Dream Big. Pray Hard. Think Long. Prayer is the inheritance we receive and the legacy we leave.
  • The only way you can fail is if you quit trying. If you’re still trying, even if you’re failing, you’re succeeding. God is honored when you don’t give up.
  • Your greatest legacy is the prayers you leave behind. It’s also your longest legacy.
  • God will still be answering your prayers long after you are long gone. And the ripple effect will only be REVEALED in eternity!

 

Dream Big With Others!

The Meet and Greet continues today and will conclude this evening so be sure to jump in and have some fun! And don’t forget, you can leave your link multiple times!! Meet and Greet Link

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Go Big or Go Home

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There will never be a “perfect” time but there will always be a right time to dare greatly and go after the dream in your heart. That time is now. Live a life of 100x and believe in something so grand that it will take God’s hand of favor and intervention to make it happen. There is nothing too big for God. In fact, he will surpass our wildest and biggest imaginations. I believe God is pleased with our God-sized dreams. My dad used to say to me “go big or go home!” Friends…I’m telling you the same. Be Blessed! Be Revealed!

From Mark Batterson’s “Chase the Lion”

“The Lion Chaser’s Manifesto”

Quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death.

Run to the roar.

Set God-sized goals.

Pursue God-ordained passions.

Go after a dream that’s destined to fail unless God intervenes.

Start pointing out problems, become part of the solution.

Stop repeating the past and start creating the future.

Face your fears.

Fight for your dreams.

Grab opportunity by the mane and don’t let go.

Live like today is the first day and last day of your life.

Burn sinful bridges.

Blaze new trails.

Live for the applause of nail-scarred hands.

Don’t let what’s wrong with you keep you from worshipping what’s right with God.

Don’t try to be who you aren’t.

Be yourself.

Laugh at yourself.

Dare to fail.

Dare to dream.

Dare to be different.

Chase the Lion!

 

 

Dare Greatly. Take Creative Risk.

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I’m “jumping” right to the point (no pun intended). We need to jump. I don’t know about you but I have been passively looking over the cliff wondering every “what if” and fearing my life’s outcome if I was to ever take the leap. Yet, in doing so, I have chosen DEATH to a life of “what if” when I stay on the edge. What am I waiting for? What are you waiting for? Why are we not jumping? It’s time to get in the game.

Author Brene Brown has stated in her book, “Dare Greatly” that one of the reasons we are afraid to take risks or try new things is because we have become disengaged to one another. It’s easier to stay quiet than to share stories, experiences, and ideas, than it is to engage with the world from a place of worthiness. We rather experience other people’s creativity than experience our own. Well, I’m here to tell you that what you have is enough and what you need is already inside of you to do, innovate, or make the very thing stirring inside of your belly.

I was listening to a video from Steve Harvey and it propelled me to write because I am passionate about this topic. I wish I can tell you that when you jump you will immediately experience the most incredible time of your life. I wish I can persuade you and myself into thinking that when we jump, everything will get better. I’m not here to sell a pitch or buy your applause. THE TRUTH IS THAT JUMPING IS SCARY! I don’t even get on roller coasters so why would I even consider cliff jumping on a regular in my life?! The truth is that when we jump, we will get cut by some rocks and our parachute will not open right away. The truth is….if we don’t jump, we will never have the opportunity to soar. The truth is….if we don’t jump, we will never know what can be with all of the potential locked up inside of us.

There’s a story in the Bible about two sisters Mary and Martha in Luke 10: 38-42 that helps illustrate this point. Most people would not consider this text related to a topic such as this because many use this story in regards to Martha being too busy with serving and ministry while Mary choosing the better to sit at the feet of Jesus. It’s a story of choosing the ONE THING, a continued focus on Jesus, while also knowing how to serve. But hear me out. I think it’s more than Mary just choosing… Mary discovered a great TREASURE and she DARED and RISKED to engage Him. In the context of her time and situation, it was not common for woman to sit under teaching, nor was it known when she will ever get a chance to see Jesus again. She chose the better, and what she did will not be taken from her.

In your context and situation today, will you DARE and RISK to seize the treasure hidden inside of you? The job demands will always be there. Your daily chores will always be there. Your bills and other important obligations will continue to pop up. Life goes on. But will you dare stop and enjoy Jesus instead of trying to serve Him all the time? Will you risk starting your own business? Will you dare talk to that neighbor that’s been on your heart for a while? Will you risk your reputation to possibly look like a “fool” for believing in a dream that only you can see? Will you take creative risk in this moment of time and Jump? It’s not going to be easy, but it’s well worth it. We need creativity and authenticity more than ever and we won’t get it unless we all jump.

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I want to leave you with some nuggets by Tiffany Shlain that will help you and I in the process of creativity to jump the cliff and explore the adventure that God wants us to have. Be Blessed! Be Revealed!

  • Act on and go off your “Hunch”
  • Talk about it with your community! Yes, this means you have to be vulnerable.
  • Be a sponge. Read voraciously and ask a lot of questions.
  • Endure the confusion and darkness stages. You will have to wrestle and rumble with somethings.
  • Take a breather.
  • Make room for grace and receive criticism.
  • Celebrate your small victories.
  • Review and find the missing link to bring it all together.
  • Know when you’re done. Repeat 🙂

“There was a very cautious man, who never laughed or cried. He never cared; He never dared; He never dreamed or tried. And one day when he passed away, his insurance was denied. For since he NEVER REALLY LIVED, they claimed he NEVER DIED.” ~ Jeanne Mayo

Breathe In and Out Encouragement

“Encouragement is like oxygen to the soul…No one ever climbed spiritual heights without it…” George Adams

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Try holding your breath for as long as you can. Interestingly, I came across this fascinating revelation about those who can hold their breath for long periods of time. Whether they are world record holders, Houdini imitators, or kids challenging the next…they all have this one thing in common. Drum roll please…

They all have to take another breath at some point.

I never met a person who walked around not trying to breathe (at least I hope not)! It’s necessary in order to thrive. I find this truth the same for the health of our souls. Just as our physical bodies need fresh air in order to live, our souls need encouragement to fulfill the purpose, dreams, and calling on each of our lives. No one is exempt. No one’s soul can survive without it. Hebrews 3:13 NIV says this, “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”

We all need daily encouragement. Especially as leaders, it is important that we breathe it in so that we can breathe out inspiration to our teams, family, and friends with passion and motivation. Know that it is too costly to live a discouraged life. When we fail to encourage ourselves or surround ourselves with people that can exhort and edify us, our goals, dreams, and visions are only moments away from burial. SO BE ENCOURAGED! I want to leave you with some words that spoke life to my soul when I read Joyce Meyer’s Book, You Can Begin Again. Be Blessed! Be Revealed!

Therefore encourage each other with these words. 1 Thessalonians 4:18

  • Don’t worry. It’s not too late. You can begin again.
  • Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep rereading the last one.
  • Anything that puts your focus on what used to be instead of what can be will keep you from God’s best. Don’t live in your past successes.
  • Your too late is God’s just in time.
  • God can do more in a moment than you can do in a lifetime.
  • The time and place isn’t important, but your level of expectancy is. Dare to believe that God has a great future in store for you and ask Him to reveal it to you.
  • Not only has your past been paid for, your future has been provided for.
  • Your position in Christ is what identifies you. Learn to be secure in God’s love.
  • God offers us victory in the midst of difficulty, not in the absence of it.
  • With God, you always go forward…never backward. Forward into something new. Forward into something better. Forward into destiny.
  • When everyone else sees an obstacle, see an opportunity.
  • You can’t win a race if you stay in the starting blocks.
  • It’s not your job to make it happen – it’s your job to take a step of faith.
  • Be a finisher in life!
  • There are many of us that are willing to do great things for the Lord, but few of us are willing to do little things. Dwight Moody
  • The only way you can lose is if you stop fighting. Quitting isn’t an option. Refuse to give up.
  • Fear makes you feel surrounded by an enemy. FAITH makes you realize you are surrounded by God.
  • God is bringing you into something new. Don’t waste the lessons you’ve learned along the way.
  • Have a determination to improve in order to glorify God.
  • Go through each day with a happy realization that God is working all things for your good. Romans 8:28
  • Choose to let go of the pressure of having to be the person to fix everything and trust that God will have His way in your life, you will find a new level of rest that you have never experienced before.
  • When you question your worth, you’re questioning God’s work.
  • The day that lies before you is an unwritten chapter. What words are you going to write on those pages?
  • Today is the perfect day to begin again with God.