For years, when I would ask women that question, I would often get a blank stare in return. Finally, after writing my book, When a Woman Discovers her Dream, I finally know why.
I have found that those who haven’t yet discovered their dream (or never even thought about having a dream) usually have one or more of these things in common:
- They are the oldest child (or oldest girl) among their siblings and never got a chance to dream because they were too busy caring for their siblings.
- They weren’t encouraged to dream or achieve when they were a child.
- They began pursuing their dream at one time, but gave it up (or forgot about it) when they were wounded through a negative comment or circumstance connected with that dream.
Might any of those situations describe you? If so, it isn’t too late to discover — and live out — the dream God has whispered on your heart.
Step 1: Admit You Have a Dream.
The first step in discovering your dream is admitting you have one.
We all have a dream. Most of us have just never discovered it. And it’s not so much your dream, as it is the dream of your Maker. Like every Daddy who dreams of what his daughter will become, your Creator has a dream for you as well — a dream He had in mind when He fashioned you in the way that He did, when He put you in the family that He did, and when He allowed life’s circumstances to play out the way they have. It was all a part of His plan. And that plan — that dream He has for you — is more exciting than anything you’ve probably dared to imagine.
If God took such great care and detail to “weave” you together in your mother’s womb and ordain all of your days before there were any (Psalm 139:15-16), wouldn’t He also have woven into your heart a special purpose that He had for you? And wouldn’t that plan and purpose be as unique to you as your fingerprints?
The same God who counts the number of hairs on your head (Matthew 10:30), and records your days in a book (Psalm 139:16), and collects your tears in a bottle (Psalm 56:8, NASB), surely would not just set you on this earth at random, not caring this way or that about what you do with your life.
Yes, He has a dream for you. And I believe the dream God has for you is very closely connected to what you have always wanted to do with your life, as well.
I want to help you discover –or maybe rediscover– what that dream is and do my best to help you start living it out.
“What did you want to grow up to be when you were a little girl?”