When dreams don’t come true…

As a little girl, I played house, mom and even pastor’s wife. Every day was the same, I made coffee in the morning, served it to my husband and kissed him good-bye as he headed off to work. I had a baby on my hip and one screaming in the high-chair. I would hush the crying child, clean-up breakfast, organize the house, hang-out laundry and prepare dinner before my husband returned from work. All without breaking a sweat or losing my cool. It was a wonderful dream-land.

There were never any fights. I was always able to control my children and I was never overwhelmed by the piles of laundry or the stacks of toys. Life was easy, work was imaginary and all my dreams came true.

How beautiful we imagine our lives when it’s only in our dreams.

Instead real life happens.

The lid to the coffee grinder flew off, smacked the back of my heel and left a mark along with the makings of a bruise. I missed my coffee cup and poured out the contents all over the counter. The dog stepped on my bare foot with her claws out and my husband left the house in a hurry and we forgot about the kiss goodbye.

That’s real life this morning.

Mama said there’d be days like this… and other days when we’d be exhausted and worn out before the clock hits 9 AM.

Maybe I should have dreamt to be Julie McCoy from Love Boat instead. My hair would always be in place, I’d never have to prepare meals or do laundry and my biggest worry would be “Should I wear my light blue gown or the sequenced white one to the Acapulco lounge for the evening?”

Moments come when life is overwhelming and we dream of quieter days with little worries.

Those are lovely days… few and far between.

Our real life plays out in noise, hard decisions and moments of unexpected change. How we handle the small day-to-day gives us the stamina and strength to face the heavy, life-changing decisions that come our way.

I don’t know where you are today or what you are facing but I do know God is with you, beside you and He is all-around for you.

The pressures of this life can be daunting and overwhelming. Our days can be long, frustrating and even sad.

Yet you are not alone. He goes before you and prepares the way. He has not left you abandoned or without hope.

Lean into Him today. Look to His Word for strength and set your mind towards His goodness.

Our focus will be our destination.

  • If we focus on the piles of laundry, we will see drudgery, work and toil.
  • Instead we focus on the ones who wear those clothes.
  • We focus on the joy that came through the tree climbing and wading through that muddy swamp to build that rock bridge.
  • We focus on the joy they bring to our lives and that joy will be our destination.

Let us fix our eyes not on the temporary but on the eternal. Let us set our minds on things above and not on things of earth.

It’s when we set our focus on Him, we find our reality is His dream for us working out in our days. We works through all things to bring about our good. Trust Him. Trust His plan. He’s got us in His hand and He will work it all out for our good.


Join the conversation:

  • What did you dream of being when you were small?
  • On those hard days, what is the most difficult thing for you?
  • How do you find the joy in your everyday?


Today we are linking up with Kate Motaung and the Five Minute Friday gang. Kate’s daughter gave us our word prompt this week and it is DREAM. If you’d like to join us, click here.

Happy Friday all!

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