The One Small Prayer That Fulfills Our Greatest Dream

The One Small Prayer That Fulfills Our Greatest Dream

February 17, 2017

“And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Luke 11:9 (ESV)

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“So, what’s your greatest dream?” I asked my new friend, Heidi, as we lay beneath the moon with a gaggle of sleeping girls and a splattering of starlight.

We’d spent the week as camp counselors together. We’d chased squirrels from the bath house. We’d chased boys away from our chocolate stash, and we’d tried to chase a handful of little girls closer to the heart of Jesus.

But we hadn’t talked about the dreams we planned to chase when we left church camp in the morning.

Heidi intrigued me. She oozed joy, moved with confidence and offered grace with ease. She was purposeful, but not pushy. Tenacious, yet tensile. Popular, not plastic. But it was her relationship with Jesus that intrigued me most.

Heidi lived like our Savior was lingering beside her. When the canoe teetered and the girls wailed, she’d laughed and invited Jesus to calm the current — as if He were sitting right next to us in that tipsy boat. And when our homesick campers cried in the dark of night, she’d prayed as if the One who’d spun the stars stood bent over those wooden bunk beds, too.

Maybe that’s why I asked that question in the dark of night. With her vibrant personality and confidence in Jesus, I was certain Heidi could accomplish anything she aimed to do.

“I want Jesus to be my greatest dream,” she whispered wistfully. “How about you?”

Did I dare tell the truth? I wanted Jesus to bless my greatest dreams, but I wasn’t certain I wanted Him to
be my greatest dream. I wanted to do ambitious things for my Savior, but I wasn’t planning to make Him my chief ambition.

“I don’t think I love Jesus enough to make Him my greatest dream,” I finally admitted.

“That’s okay,” Heidi said as she gave my hand an understanding squeeze. “All you have to do is ask. That’s a prayer Jesus loves to answer.”

Though our paths never crossed again, Heidi’s words stuck with me long after the sweet summer we shared. And, over the years, when I grew weary of my own striving, and I slowed long enough to wonder why I felt so empty inside, I’d think of my friend from church camp and echo her simple prayer.

Jesus, be my greatest dream. I want to love You more.

At first, I wasn’t sure it would work. Or maybe, I wasn’t even sure I wanted it to work. After all, I had big dreams for my life, and Heidi’s prayer seemed so small.

But, in time, I found that even my grandest ambitions failed to satisfy me. My most significant accomplishments still left my soul sapped and wanting.

So, I followed the advice of Luke 11:9 and persisted in prayer.

Jesus, be my greatest dream. I want to love You more.

I prayed it when I got my first job offer and when I received my first byline.

I prayed it when I kissed the first child of my womb and when I signed my first mortgage.

I prayed it when my plans thrived and when my plans failed, when my expectations were met and when they weren’t.

I persisted until that small plea became the greatest cry of my heart.

And not long ago, I realized that the 44-year-old woman staring back at me in the mirror has something in common with that radiant young friend I met long ago at church camp.

I really do love Jesus more.

More than my well-laid plans.

More than my fabulous family.

More than my achievements or success.

More than my fears or my failures.

More than my hopes or my wishes.

More than a 15-year-old girl ever thought she could when she lay beneath the stars with a gaggle of little girls and a friend who dreamed big.

I can’t pinpoint when it happened, but somewhere along the way, my Savior answered my prayer.

And, sweet friend, He’d love to do the same for you.

We could pray it together — this big and beautiful prayer — and see where it takes us. I have a feeling that it will lead us somewhere far beyond our wildest dreams.

Dear Jesus, be my greatest dream. I want to love You more. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Mark 12:30, “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” (ESV)

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Comments

  1. Sylvia Tucker says:

    Thank you for sharing, this has helped and directed my prayers to my Father concerning my dreams.
    Praise God!

  2. maybe this is the prayer i should pray as God doesn’t answer my prayers . i don’t know how many times i prayed for a bursaries since i got in varsity with no luck. In my life every DOOR is closed nothing really matter any .What kind of prayers does he answer? I serve at church i study his word i believe with all my heart .All my dreams don’t come to pass in all my plans i fail. Whats the point of being alive if you don’t have a purpose, if you rejected on all areas of life .As young as i am i have given up on life. i sometimes wonder is God really there. if yes why is he allowing the devil to traumatize me. As am in my final year i wonder will i given get a job. Am only 22 years God yet my faith is tested on levels i didn’t know they exist. …….. I have been in this rejection period for so long am tired of everything whatever Lord you preparing me for i more that ready to receive. its enough . i remember this year i applied for a trust fund my application was not on the declined list nor on the approved , but a friend who didn’t even apply got the trust fund. Everyone in class get an invite to an event excluding me. In all 19 bursaries i applied for i get rejected but someone i apply with gets it . All is failing apart my life is not living anymore…..BUT LORD AM ALL YOURS

    • sweet girl, did you read the devotional? your response is all about God blessing your plans, not embracing whatever He has planned for you. I had stage 3 cancer 6 years ago, and can honestly say I would not have missed that interruption in my life. I literally sat in my heavenly father’s lap for a year. Yes, I wanted healing and so far I am cancer free. But if I had not made it, would it have mattered? Our life here is so temporary, it is eternity that matters. God never promised things would be easy and we would be entitled to everything we want because we follow Christ, He just promised to walk the road with us.

      • Melissa Meek says:

        With adversity, it can bring us much closer to God….

        • Amen. Cee, know that God is still on the throne and while He is still there, He is still with you. He never forgets our prayers. Sometimes when I pray I wonder if He hears me, but then I remember that God is with me and have to trust him. Dont let the enemy tell you otherwise because the devil is a liar and wants to keep us away from God’s precious blessing. I pray that God will bring healing to your heart and remind you that he is with through every moment. Your not alone. God Bless

    • Dear CEE,

      I hear your heart and confusion in your post. Please don’t see God’s answers to your prayers as rejection. He loves you! More than you know and enough to give Jesus and His life for your sins. You may not see it or understand it now, but God’s responses to your prayers are wrapped in His love for you. He said no to your ideas because He has a better plan for your life, and it will not look like your classmates’; it’s just for you. If you’re truly surrendered to God, then trust Him and let Him guide you through this season and for the rest of your life. When you look back on all this later, you’ll be so glad you did!

    • Dear CEE,
      By being focused on your plans and prayers and your rejections you could be overlooking God’s will for your life and all the wonderful things He has done for you. Maybe it’s not what you want but what His will is. Perhaps he’s keeping you from huge disasters. He has something better. Take time today and think of all the blessings and mercies they have come your way from your Heavenly Father and give thanks and praise…no matter what…good or bad. You are in heavenly hands! Amen!

    • Cee…don’t be discouraged. God always answers prayers, but sometimes the answer is no, especially when it’s our wants and not His wants. I won’t go into great detail, but I’ve been in a similar place at one time in my life. I even went as far as being angry at God and yelling at him. I felt like nothing was going right. I went to church and I did all the things a good Christian should do, but still I got nothing I wanted and was losing everything: my job, my home, my son, my best friend, and the list could go on. I just didn’t understand. But one day the right words came at the right time and I realized that I was trusting in my wants and desires and not putting God first and trusting his wants and desires for me. Once I started putting him totally first, praying, reading his word faithfully first thing in the morning and asking for his will and not mine, things began to turn around. It didn’t happen overnight, it took years but now I see why I had to get the “no” answer. It wasn’t because he didn’t want me to have those desires, but it was because he wanted me to want Him above those desires. Now those things I wanted in the past are things of the past, and now I want His desires for me and now I am so much more content. God bless you and I’ll say a prayer for you.

    • You have been through a lot! All I know to say is don’t place your hope in people or things, placement or rewards. Place your hope and trust in God alone. He has a plan for you!
      I can’t tell you how many times I have not gotten what I thought was best; yet realized later that what God designed was the best! Keep trusting Him.

    • “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21

      “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
      Jeremiah 29:11

      I know from experience that God’s ways and God’s timing are perfect. I tried for years to do things my way asking God to help make things happen. That only resulted in trouble and heartache. My life is MUCH better now that I trust God to lead me. It’s not always easy but He is always there to lift me, to encourage, to show me where I go wrong and to restore me. I cannot imagine my life without Him!

    • CEE,
      I know where you are at. When I finished my undergraduate degree in elementary education, I was ready. I quit all my part-time jobs and began applying to positions all around the county. I applied to 36 teaching jobs in 5 different states. After waiting all summer, I received no reply. No rejection letter, no interviews, no communication. Just silence. I felt that God wasn’t listening to me. He wanted me to be a teacher after all, so why was he leaving me jobless? Turns out, he had MUCH greater plans than I had dared to dream for myself. I was offered a graduate assistant position at the college I graduated from to work towards my masters tuition free. I know it’s hard to see the blessing of waiting when it seems that all your friends are moving forward, but don’t give up on Him. He has a plan that you haven’t even dared to dream for yourself yet. I will pray that your faith grows stronger in this period of waiting.

    • Dear CEE – I hear your frustration, anger, sense of unfairness, fatigueand even despair. I am so sorry this is such a hard, frustrating season for you. I don’t know the circumstances of your life or where you live. I hope today, and every day, that you will see God’s love for you in the little things – a smile, a flower, sunshine, a good night’s rest, a good meal. I pray that you will feel Jesus hold you tight today. That you will hear Him whisper in your ear that everything will be okay. Please hang in there, CEE – you will get through this. It may not be easy or fast but you will get through this! Peace and hugs from afar!

    • shelly rogerson says:

      Cee, the Lord promises to never leave you. He will lead u, so far u only see where he has told u not to persue. He tells u, in Jeremiah For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Please confide in an older woman or counselor at your church who knows you and can encourage you. Someone who can be honest and help u see your strengths and can help you see the path where the Lord has the best for you. All things work together for good and I promise the waiting is the hardest, most frustrating part. He may be waiting for u to come to the end of yourself and surrender and rely solely on him. I know it is hard but he promises His best for you. Praying for you. Love, your sister in Christ!

    • Cee, please don’t lose hope. This is a “me too” situation. I believe with all of my heart that our Lord is pruning away, all of the parts of me that I want gone, so I can live the life I long to, and serve Him. I don’t believe our Lord is doing the Job thing with us. He wants me to seek first the kingdom, and all of these things will be given to me. For me, the key was just to believe. Not easy when you have anxiety disorder that doesn’t respond to medication, a degenerating spine, with constant pain, being hacked by at least 2 separate entities, 2 brain surgeries last year and a 22 year old daughter who is a heroine addict. But I believe EVERYTHING happens for a reason, in His time. And I do not believe in “coincidences”. When I REALLY looked, all of His involvement became clear. When I killed off my ego, and insistence on being in control, I could see clearly. During all of this stuff, my best friend of 21 years decided not to be my friend anymore. I prayed and cried and God put the pruning thing on my heart. I realized that I was too dependent on her, when God wants me depending 1st on him. I began a letter of apology to her as my ego screamed NOOO in my head. I am becoming all about obedience. And saying Jesus, I trust you, constantly. Out loud, when at home or in the car. And after my daughter totaled the used car I bought her during the holidays, and almost died, I knew my codependency was more like idolizing her. I read in a Bible study that Jesus wants us to share our doubts with Him. I do now, and pray ‘Please Jesus, heal my unbelief’. And suddenly (like I’ve heard Joyce Meyer say), things started to turn around. But first I had to change my perception, and realize that I can’t change anyone or anything, except myself. And then let go of my expectations, and then add ” Your will, not mine, be done”, to the end of the serenity prayer. I didn’t even believe my own words, when I said “Jesus, I trust You” on Tuesday morning. An hour later, I found out that my daughter was in a very good rehab in Florida, thru the kindness of a virtual stranger. I continue to pray that God continues to bless me, when I am on the right track, so I can get my faith back. I will be praying the same for you, sweet child. He PROMISED to never leave You, nor forsake you. And he does not lie. EXPECT the good to start flowing into your life, He is just waiting to rain it down, all over you. Believe, believe, believe. And look hard for the sometimes subtle changes He blesses you with. I lost my faith completely, after my participation in my daughters car accident. But I’m getting OK. And I will not give up. Don’t give up Cee,(THAT is SATAN, messing with your head and sending hisvlittle doubt demons in to torment you and shake your faith). I will be believing for you, while you are starting to do it for yourself. You are on my prayer list, and I’ll add you to my churches prayer list on Sunday, anonymously. Because ” where 2 or more or gathered in His name…” God bless you, Cee, its all going to be OK. Sounds like you need a hug. Wish I knew you, so I could give you about 50 of them…Sincerely, Donna, “a fellow climbing out of the unbelief pit dweller”

    • Cee please do not loose hope. Your plans and dreams may not be Gods plans for you. It hurts when things do not work out how we want it to, but we have to put our trust in God and know he will direct our path. Put what you want aside and start asking God to show you his plans. I know thats easier said then done. I have been in your place and it will work out. I will keep you in my prayers

    • Melissa Mosey says:

      Hi Cee, I know you’re upset and you feel like God is not helping you. As this devotional says, try asking God for Him to become everything you want and need and nothing else. Even when it seems like things are falling apart, thank God for being alive each day! Start with a thankful heart and ask for God’s wisdom to learn and grow in this season of your life. ❤️❤️

    • Remember Job….. be still in Christ sometimes He allows us to wait on answers to build character or faith. I have been where you are I know God will answer hold on sweet lady Father HD on to Cee, whatever her needs are we ask You to extend Your grace and mercy to her. Father help Cee to lean on You give her the peace that passes all understanding. Show her You are with her and You are listening. devil in Jesus name what ever evil you have in this situation I bind you I plead Jesus name on Cee and her situation Father I stand in awe of Your greatness and it’s in Jesus name I praise You and make this request known Amen

  3. Thank you for the word today, this has really spoken to me. I have felt I have lost the ability to dream because of circumstances in my life I have been overwhelmed to the place where I cant even remember if I ever had dreams for my life. I want to be able to dream again but have found it difficult to know how or where to start. God has been healing me and I have been waiting on Him, your word has opened my eyes as to where to start again, back to my first Love. Seek first the Kingdom of God.

  4. Beautiful devotion.

  5. This devotion was so beautifully simple but so awesomely profound!

  6. Thank-you. Pressing in to Him when pressed by the world. In the end, He is the only thing that matters. Loving and wanting Him more than my husband and children is so hard. I know though that is where I will find the peace I’m longing for.

  7. I cried when I read this, you see, my prayer when I woke up this morning was “God, forgive me, my faith in Jesus is failing and I feel like I have lost my passion. I am so tired, I need to find it”….. Praise you Lord for reminding me! I LOVE IT when He answers prayers like this, in a personal way only HE can.

  8. I like how you tell the story that your friend lived her life as though Jesus where right there. To often I find myself thinking I’m the only one in the moment. Im trying to speak and act though Jesus is with me at every moment and in everything. Not just in my prayer life & at church. What a peace and calm that practice will bring with it. He wants all of us, our souls, not just the troubles, alone prayer time, church time & events. I pray I will walk in this truth and light. Thank you for explaining it so clearly.

  9. Amen! I prayed to learn to love God more, and like this devotional says, it’s a prayer He loves to answer! God has brought me to a new place with Him, enjoying and loving Him and accepting His amazing love for me! One big way He did this was through speaking directly to me through His word every day. There’s nothing better than hearing from Him.

  10. Thank you for this beuriful devotion! I too want Jesus to be my greatest dream! I will pray this prayer and believe! I want to love him with all my heart, with all my soul, with all my mind, and with all my strength! I’ve asked Jesus to give me an ever progressing hunger for His Word! May His presence be like a delicacy that I never cease to crave!

  11. The older I get the more I realize that my relationship with God is the most important thing in life. Thank you for the reminder that I simply need to ask God and it is He who change my heart.

  12. This really hit home with me as I read it at 3:30 AM this morning. I have prayed for years to have the peace and love of Jesus MORE, but I had never thought about having JESUS as my biggest dream. Actually, my prayer was similar. Instead of praying to win the HGTV dream home, I should be praying about thanking God for my dream home with HIM in eternity! Praise God! P.S. My website is written by my standard poodle, Louie ***smiles!

  13. Vicki Anderson says:

    Yes yes yes Lord be my greatest dream, I want to love you more!!!

  14. This is wonderful. I have never thought of my biggest dream in that way before. Yes, He is our everything.Psalm 34:8 “Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in Him.”

  15. This made me think about how a simple prayer ,just a few simple words can change your life forever.I love the girls faith when the boat trembled & all the kids screamed out she simply asked God to calm the waters. Pretty amazing I think my reaction is to panic then pray.but I want to have the faith like this girl. She reminds me a lot of my daughter & her faith ,she’ll alway say mom God is going to work it out you’ll see & he does every time maybe not how I thought but he does work it out. thank you for sharing this today.❤

  16. Camilla Avila says:

    A wonderful prayer and now is mine too. Thank you ?

  17. Love this! Thank you so much for sharing this story. It is a hard but important thing to admit we are afraid to pray for what we really need most: Jesus. I love how your friend spoke just the right words at the right time – apples of gold in settings of silver – and at such a young age! As a child, I was required to memorized the Westminster Shorter Catechism. The first Q & A is “What is the chief end of man?” “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” When we know our purpose is all about God, it brings everything else into focus. God’s plan is always so much better than ours. Blessings to you!

  18. This is such a wonderful encouragement. I really appreciated the honesty of the writer and the way in which the story unraveled. Interestingly, I was asked to share on Sunday, and the theme was ‘Do you love me?-Jesus’ and though I urged the congregation to love Jesus with a ‘whole’ love, as I read just now I was at the same place as the author at the outset. I have dreams I want him to bless as opposed to for him to ‘be’ my dream, and that really is an indictment on my love for him, but then you took us from that stage to where we ought to be and I really appreciate that. I certainly feel like I can better appreciate even what I was led to share last Sunday as by the end of the devotional, I could and did honestly pray that prayer. Thank you. May the Lord indeed be our dreams. God bless you.

  19. Tracy Duval says:

    Thanks for the encouragement today! Your words are timely and aptly spoken!

  20. Wow did this strike a chord with me today. I have been striving and striving to serve God, to learn about God to teach my kids about God, but something has been missing. I look no more like Christ today then I did 5 years ago and it’s occurred to me that something isn’t right. Boom! Here it is….. Jesus be my greatest dream! I want to love you more! Give me a wholehearted devotion and desire for more of you each day!!

  21. Jayne Smith says:

    Wow! Exactly the reminder of the prayer I need today and every day. I had been praying to see others through the eyes of Jesus. Kinda got the cart before the horse.

  22. Cheryl Downing says:

    Wow! The prayer, ‘Jesus be my greatest dream. I want to love You more’ resonates within me! I wrote it in my prayer notebook. I am deeply moved by this devo today. Thank you, Alicia! God spoke through you directly to my heart.

  23. Michelle Nietert says:

    I love this and am sharing today! Jesus be my greatest dream ❤️

  24. Thank you for today’s devotional. I really needed that. My prayer too is to truly fall in Love with God and for him to be my GREATEST dream. What a profound prayer and statement. Lord, help me to love you with all my heart, with all my soul, with all my mind, with all my might. In Jesus name this is my prayer. Thank you Lord

  25. Thank you very encouraging words!

  26. Thank you for this moving devotional. Having a dream has never been my strong point. In church or small groups, they always ask “what is your dream in God’s kingdom?” and I’ve never had an answer. Nothing felt right. Now, this makes perfect sense, because this is the only dream that feels PERFECTLY GOD-SENT for me. Other people may have dreams of particular things they want to see occur, such as bringing xx number of people to the Lord, serving on a mission trip, or seeing certain progress in the body of Christ. But I also want Jesus to be my greatest dream. How perfect! Thank you for sharing your heart with us today!

  27. Jill Landon says:

    “I wanted Jesus to bless my greatest dreams, but I wasn’t certain I wanted Him to
    be my greatest dream. I wanted to do ambitious things for my Savior, but I wasn’t planning to make Him my chief ambition.” OUCH! Talk about going right for the jugular…….guess I need to do some major ‘house cleaning’ as that REALLY convicted me. 🙁

  28. Love this! From one even older dreamer – it’s never to late to lay under those stars and pray, “Jesus be my greatest dream. My everything. My All in all.”
    Oh God you are MY God, and earnestly I seek You. Psalm 63
    B

  29. Dear Jesus, be my greatest dream. I want to love You more. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

  30. Love this writing.
    She oozed joy, moved with confidence and offered grace with ease. She was purposeful, but not pushy. Tenacious, yet tensile. Popular, not plastic. But it was her relationship with Jesus that intrigued me most.

    I strive to be like Heidi.

  31. Dear friend in Christ, Alicia, I am alone right now and I believe in the power of two or more joined in prayer. I will sit in prayer with you praising Jesus as our Greatest Dream and Loving Him more!!

  32. Sally Ann Price says:

    This was a great devotional. It looks like that you and your friend at a great time at camp that year. Jesus is the first one who is in your life. He is ahead of all your dreams. Have a beautiful weekend. Praise be to God! Amen.

  33. audrey wise says:

    wow wow wow Jesus did it again. I love reading these devotions because Im ministered everytime, some times more than others. This one in particular hits home, right in my spirit. I remember one day after my husband passed away, telling God, I wanted Him to be more than enough for me. Now since then it hasnt been easy and you know the old saying, “be careful what you ask for, you just might get it.” Which is why I feel now after reading this that God is doing just that, “making Himself more than enough for me.” Although alot of time I dont like the process Im in, especially being single, I must admit God is faithful, just, kind, loving, forgiving, and true. Jesus help me to desire you to truly be my biggest dream in Jesus name amen. Thank you so much for these awesome devotions!! I love the wkn because I get a break from work but I miss reading the devotions lol. So I cant wait to see what Monday’s devotion will bring.

  34. This is a prayer I have never thought to ask! Now I will!

  35. How do I put this website on my phone homepage, there was a time I had a link on my homepage and it was easy to access.

  36. Amen Father God. He is just so precious. This devotional is perfect because no matter what we are going through and how weak our faith gets, God is always there so merciful. Right now I am going through a tough storm in my marriage, but I know that God is still with me. And also the enemy is trying to bring negativity into my job. But I know when the enemy attacks from every aspect of your life, Its because a huge blessing is coming your way. He will help me get through the storm and I am not alone. I love my God soo much and I pray that my God will always be my greatest dream.

  37. This devotional was so needed from me right now. It was beautiful and brought tears to my eyes. I have been feeling kind of separated from the Lord. But my prayer is that God would fan the flames again and set me on fire for Him. Praying for all of you ? Let’s kick the enemy to the curb and yell out, No more! Get your hands off of our lives!!!

  38. As I sit here on a Friday night, all alone, I realize I am not by myself. HE is with me. Thank you so much for this precious memory and dream. I too long for HIM to be my greatest dream.

  39. Olivia Madlock says:

    After all of my strivings to meet my own needs with finances and the temptations of daily building up a career that eluded me for over 16 years, I finally was broken of my heart felt desires!!! It was not a good time for me, as my grandma passed away, too. I finally yearned for something better; something MORE than life itself could offer me. After reading the devotion “The One Small Prayer That Fulfills Our Greatest Dream” I was, with the aide of the HOLY SPIRIT to surrender entirely to The LORD JESUS and HIS WILL. With a fresh new motive of heart, I prayed “Lord JESUS, BE MY GREATEST DREAM! I WANT TO LOVE YOU MORE!!!” Amen

  40. Lady, thank you! You blew my socks off! I needed this soooo bad!! My new prayer!! Thank you again, and may the Almighty bless you more and more!!!

  41. This devotional was EXACTLY what I needed to hear. And, what I realized that need to say and believe: Dear Jesus, be my greatest dream. I want to love You more. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

    Thank you.

  42. This is so beautiful, thank you, Alicia! This is the cry of my heart, too. So thankful to know He loves us with a love deep enough to woo us till He is our closest friend ❤️ Blessings, Laura Jane, howtobless.com

  43. Thank you so much. This beautiful devotion really blessed me, and my heart has a very important new dream and prayer.

  44. I tried to plan my life. All good plans, I thought. I grew up in church. Lived a good life, BUT! God had a different life plan for me. After being medically discharged from the military at 18, I wasn’t sure what to do. So I quickly decided to go back to school, get a degree and teach. That was a good, steady plan. FAIL! God had a different idea. After being dxed with MS and waiting 10 more years to become a parent, the Lord blessed me with a new born girl through adoption and I gave birth to a baby boy 6months later.
    This was not at all the way I had planned my life. BUT GOD! But God had so much more in mind. Every time a challenge tried to reroute me, God stepped in and changed the plan for my good following HIS MIGHTY MAHESTIC PLAN! God will not leave you high and dry. He is there, even when you can’t see or understand why things happen they way they do.
    Now, almost 22 yrs since being discharged from the military, I can look back on my life and see just where God stepped in and used me and changed my plans for His glory. I have 2 twelve year old kiddos, a wonderful husband who has been here through it all. Take the time to ask God what His next plan for you is. It may be totally different than what you had in mind, but if you allow Him total control (even if you don’t allow it- if it just happens) Gods plan for you will always be the right and BEST for your life!

  45. Margaret E. Porth says:

    Encouraging! Also………It would be so wonderful to find that summer friend Heidi. Alicia……..wouldn’t that be great?

  46. Honestly, what’s keeping me from making Jesus my greatest dream is living within my comfort zone. I operate in a safe little predictable bubble. I absolutely love my life and my family, but it breaks my heart to think of getting to the end of my life and realizing that I never lived outside of my comfort zone.
    I am going to start praying this prayer and trusting that God will answer.

  47. Thank you for this.
    What a beautiful perfect prayer for all of us to pray!
    Bless you!

  48. Even the dreams he’s given me; those dreams that fill me with drive, determination and excitement, need to be sidelined, to follow after Him… the dream of being more like him in and of himself is the goal. This has been a timely shift in my thinking & prayers tonight, thank you! xo

  49. Margaret Brathwaite says:

    Hi, greetings in the wonderful and matchless Name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. This devotion touched my heart. It was sent to me by my girlfriend a couple of days ago but I only just opened it up and read in its entirety. Wanting Jesus to be my “Greatest dream” and “to love Him more”. It is my heart’s desire. When I read this I was amazed that some-one else could be thing the exact same thing I was thinking. I pray God that every-one who reds this feels the same way in the future, because I know it will circulate. God continue to bless us all!

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