“We Want … Chase Dreams.” 

The Pour Out:

Pour it ALL out to God. Take a moment to clear the clutter, by letting go of all those wandering thoughts (the grocery list or to do list items that won’t stop distracting you) … AND … your prayer needs and concerns.)

The Beans:

The Background:

You may have heard of the Proverbs 31 woman. She’s been called an “ideal woman.” For the rest of this series, we’re going to look and see if any of her qualities could possibly be applied to us in our REAL lives today.

The Verse:

Proverbs 31:16-18

She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.”

The Fill:

What’s the point for YOU?:

  • What word or phrase from the verse above popped out to you?

Read the verse a second time and ask yourself:

  • What could this word or phrase be speaking to in your life? (What situation, struggle, relationship, or decision)

The Steam:

What does all of this mean to me/how can I apply that to my life today?

Even during the era this woman lived in (you know when women were to be seen and not heard), the verse says that SHE investigated the purchase, and then SHE bought it. It doesn’t say she had to wait for permission, get an expert’s opinion, or wait to be asked if she’d maybe like it buy it … NO!

Y’all, this girl just went out there and got it done!

Sometimes, I hold myself back in life because I don’t feel confident.

When I jumped into my new career, working in ministry, I was very timid and focused solely on pleasing people. I taught/said/did things I knew weren’t necessarily the way they should be done, simply to appease certain people. If I didn’t keep them happy, I was terrified that they would see that I had no clue what I was doing, that they would discover that I was not qualified for the job.

We all struggle with doubt, but we aren’t supposed to. You may feel called to switch careers, you may be called to step up and volunteer in some capacity, you may feel lead to have children, NOT have children, get married, or any other number of things – but, then hold yourself back. Because even though you may really want some of these things, you worry that you don’t have what it takes.

This verse is highlighting the fact that …

God blessed each of us with our own particular set of talents, SO, if He has places the desire in our hearts to try something, we need to be confident that we already have what it takes to do it!

If Jesus has laid a dream on your heart – get out there and chase it! And once you’ve started – KEEP GOING!

Something else that jumped out at me was the fact that this verse did NOT say that this woman never made a mistake. I’d be willing to bet that over the course of time it took to look at land, purchase and plant a vineyard … somewhere along the road, things got a little bumpy.

We have to confidently do our work, and then when we inevitably slip up, or when things aren’t quite as easy as we’d hoped … we’ve got to get up, dust ourselves off, and just keep going!

Your Task for Today:

Ask God if you are currently living the life He needs you to, in this season. If so, ask for the confidence to continue, and if not, ask for the confidence to take that first step in the right direction.

The Transition:

Transitioning from quiet time back into real life can be tricky. We want to take the lesson we’ve just learned, and the peaceful feeling we now have, with us throughout the rest of our day.

Blessings:

List “small” blessings from the past 24 hours.

List small things, because when you only list the big things – you only SEE the big things. Thinking back on a few small blessings each day, helps us develop a habit of actually looking for God in our day to day realities. And if you’re writing them down, then you’ll have hard proof that God truly is always with you.

*This could be anything. A few examples are: “you were blessed with a hug from your child, the weather was especially warm and delightful, or a smile from a stranger on the street.

Affirmations:

List positive affirmations about yourself/life:

Take whatever was laid on your heart and write it in the form of an affirmation:

If you simply felt peaceful today, write, “I WILL remain peaceful today.”

If you are still trying to understand a certain message, write, “I WILL keep searching and remember that God WILL reveal His answer to me.”

Or list, “I AM worth it.” “God DOES love me.” “I WILL make that change.”

**Now go about your day, peaceful and affirmed.**