I did an online book study in January that had me asking a lot of questions. It made me think and answer questions about dreams. Are they really my dreams? What if they don’t go as planned? What if I fail? Surprisingly, I was able to answer those and many more!

The study was over Havilah Cunnington’s book, Eat, Pray, Hustle. I loved the study because I didn’t have to buy the book ahead of time to interact or get something out of the study! I do plan on buying the book one of these days and revisiting my notes to see if there is more in there for me the second time around. If you are looking for an encouraging book about finding your dreams and visions, I would look into this one!

We all dream! We dream when we sleep. We daydream. But where do those dreams come from? Do we just come up with them all on our own or are they a part of a bigger plan and dream? For me, they are a part of a bigger dream and vision that I cannot even fathom. I believe that our dreams come from God and we are just a tiny part of His vision and plan for His children. All throughout the Bible dreams are used as ways for God to communicate His visions and purposes for our lives. Why is it any different for us? Proverbs 29:18 states, “Where there is no vision [no redemptive revelation of God], the people perish” (Amplified Translation). I don’t know about you, but I would prefer not to perish!

Sometimes our dreams don’t go as planned and that’s OK! God uses our failures and our pains just as much as he uses our successes to encourage and motivate others on this crazy journey we call life! I look at my dream of becoming a mom, it did not go as planned! I always thought that I would be married for a few years, get pregnant, and have a happy healthy family. I have that now, but the journey was not smooth. It was painful. It was tough. Yet, it was rewarding! I can choose to keep the journey to myself or share it with others. My story can give hope to someone who needs it and your story can do the same. Don’t be afraid of pain and failures, sometimes they are the most beautiful thing!

No matter what your dream is, look toward God for answers and let Him lead you through the journey! Two of my favorite points from the Eat, Pray, Hustle Study were, “Stop focusing on what you can’t do, but focus on what God can do!” and “You can’t look at fear and live a brave life!” If you always look at what you can’t do, you’ll always have the fear of failure. With God all things are possible! Be brave! Reach for those dreams and know that no matter what happens, God has your back! He gives us our dreams, even when they seem small, to be a part of His big dream!

Christy Margritz

Born and raised in central Nebraska, Christy lives in Kearney with her husband, daughter, son, and two dogs. She is a preschool teacher with a passion for worship. Some of Christy’s favorite things include singing, dancing, watching movies, or reading a good book. Most days you can find her dancing and singing with her daughter and son!