Dream on, Dreamer! (And a little Lydia update)

September 21, 2012 | 17 comments

I keep thinking about dreams.… and how dreams were God’s idea in the first place. 

But the enemy? He has hijacked that one beautiful word — DREAM — trying to make us think that dreams are all about money or status or self or ego or “success” or getting ahead or keeping up with the Joneses.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. I want to take the word DREAM back. It belongs to us. (I also want to take the word “success” back, but that’s a different post…)

I believe the very best God-planted dreams are not about self-glory; but His glory. And I believe they really can happen anywhere — in schoolhouses and country churches; on Main Street USA and the moon; inside suburban homes and thatched huts in Haiti.

I believe that God-planted dreams were intended to come true … through beautiful people like you!

I believe that dreams are something to behold, … and I know they are something to be held!

And I know that God has already given you the right set of gifts to carry out His purposes for your life, here on Earth, for God’s great glory. Check it out:


So dream on, friends!


Other dreamy posts this week, from:

Deidra Riggs
Shelly Miller
Sandra Heska King
Diana Trautwein
Michelle DeRusha
Emily Wierenga


And …

The Lee Family is so grateful for you. You are really the best. Thank you for the way you loved and prayed and cared for us this week. Lydia is at home recovering after her eardrum surgery. The surgery was a bit more involved than we anticipated, but we are hopeful this one worked!

by | September 21, 2012 | 17 comments


  1. ro.ellott

    so glad to hear all went well…i love the pictures…I see the peace that God gives…I know you will nurse her well…have a wonderful, restful weekend~

  2. Shelly Miller

    Praying for her today, those pictures are priceless. Hope the weekend is full of special moments wrapped up in healing grace. Love you Jennifer.

    • Shelly Miller

      I forgot to say thank you for adding my post to the list. Grateful.

  3. Kristi

    Lydia is so precious! As are you! Praying for restful healing.

    And dreams fulfilled!

  4. Sandra Heska King

    She is absolutely adorable! I can’t wait to show Grace these pictures later. Love and healing to all.

  5. Kel Rohlf

    Jennifer- So glad that Lydia made it through and I hope her faith in God’s goodness and love increases. Thanks for commenting on my post about solitude…it encourages me to keep dreaming and writing. Grace and joy-Kel

  6. Joe Pote

    So glad the surgery went well!

    Lydia looks like she’s retained her sense of humor!

    Continuing to pray for a rapid recovery with no complications.

  7. Dea

    I was thinking about that word “dream” the other day and how we tend to think of it as something we wake up from that isn’t real—but there are real dreams that do come true. I know because many of mine have. I thank God for that.

    I was privileged to pray for Lydia and thankful to see her beautiful smile. Kids are such troopers when it comes to medical things! God bless you and your family.

  8. Alicia

    Oh, I’m so glad Lydia’s surgery went well.. praying for quick healing and some sweet times for you two together as she recovers. Sometimes my kids’ “sick days” are gifts in disguise- because I finally just drop it all and spend time focused on my “little patients” alone.

    I’m so excited about the dream “retreat” you’ll be a part of next spring. I AGREE whole heartedly- let’s RECLAIM that word for Jesus and grow a generation of KINGDOM DREAMERS. Thanks for leading the charge. I’d LOVE to join you if I can. For years, Lincoln, NE, was my home. How sweet it would be to head back to one of my favorite states!

    Thanks for always leaving such kind comments at The Overflow! You’ve spurred my own quiet dreams in many ways, Jennifer. Blessings to you.

  9. Susan

    So glad to hear Lydia’s procedure went well! Hope y’all have a restful weekend.
    Hugs from VA,

  10. Megan Willome

    Do you have the old-lady spray shampoo yet? We lived on that stuff for six months.

    And I still have her shower cap. I can’t bear to throw it away, even though she’d burn it if I’d let her. I remember those after-surgery smiles. Ugh. Bless their hearts. They’re trying so very hard to be strong for us.

  11. Pam

    What a sweetie. Praying God’s healing word over her eardrum… 🙂

    As to dreams…I’m so grateful we are HIS dream…

  12. Lynn Morrissey

    So grateful that God was with Lydia and her parents each step of the way! Continued prayers for her complete recovery–a dream come true!

  13. Marianne

    Funny – I have encouraged my kids to follow their dreams and they have. When I think of myself, I can’t even think of a dream that I have. The way you describe a dream does seem more within my comfort zone. Now you have me thinking! I have a young Lydia and will pray for yours.

  14. Betty Draper

    Praise God for successful surgery for Lydia…great pictures.

    I too like your accessment of dreams…I have several that I know are just mine, nothing wrong with them but I don’t think they are from the Lord. In the past I have God sent dreams though…for me it was like He was preparing me for what to come and it did.

    Thanks for the reminder to dare to ask the Lord for God centered dreams. Blessings.

  15. floyd

    Thanks for the update. God has big plans for this one.

  16. Dolly@Soulstops

    Thanks for the update on Lydia…I was praying for her and you…sending you both a hug from California 🙂


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