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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Do You Have a Dream?

Word Filled Wednesday: Proverbs 31:16 "She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard."

Today is week eight of our Proverbs 31 series. This woman is truly amazing! The thing that stands out to me most is her work ethic. She labors with all her energy to benefit her family as an early riser, eager worker, and smart shopper. Today's character trait is a summation of all of these.


In verse 16 we see:
1. She considers a field. She is not rash to jump into things. She is patient, cautious and prayerful. She sees a field and can imagine what it could become - she is a visionary! I love that about her - she is creative!



2. She buys the field! No matter how you translate this - this is a business deal. She buys the field. Rather than spending the family's extra money on frivolous pleasures for herself she wisely invests in something that will benefit the family.


3. She plants a vineyard - Once again we see her work ethic. Planting a vineyard is not an easy task. She works hard and as a result her family benefits! At harvest time they will have plentiful fruit and drink.


Do you have a dream?
Do you have a talent you wish you could use to contribute to your families' finances? Follow the Proverbs 31 woman's plan.

1. Consider - take time to pray about this. Ask God if this is the right season of life to invest time and money into this dream? Will this pull you away from your family or benefit your family?


2. Buy
- most likely resources will be necessary for your dream to take place. You may have to buy materials, renovate a room in your home or purchase new clothing. What ever it is - be wise. Be prudent with your family's money.


3. Plant
- here's where the rubber meets the road. You must work hard to accomplish your dream. It won't happen overnight. It will take day in and day out over sight and care. They'll be setbacks and frustrations. You must persevere to reap the fruit of your labor.

I feel like I experienced this verse when I considered starting Women Living Well. This blog was a dream in 2008. From January until August I prayed - should I or should I not start a website. Was this some silly idea I was coming up with or was this a work God had created me to do? I consulted my husband and together we considered the time factor. Do I have the time? Is this the right season of life? What is my purpose? One big benefit was that I could do this ministry from home - unlike the ministry I was doing at the time.

We knew I had the passion - but time is a commodity that we value highly! Could I really "squeeze" it in and still accomplish our other family goals? Together my husband and I decided "yes" this was a dream placed in my heart from God.


Once I had considered the dream and the time factor - it was time to "buy". Buy the domain Womenlivingwell.org, a blog design and a few other items.

Now I am in the planting part. Daily I have to work to see the dream take shape.

I don't make a penny from this website and I don't ever intend to. But I know of many talented moms who are able to sew, craft, bake or create amazing things with their hands. I want to encourage you to not shy away from your dreams. From my own experience, I would say that I believe God places those dreams in your heart.

Every woman from the corner diner waitress to the Corporate CEO has a dream in her heart. We all have common dreams placed in our hearts by God - to be the best wives, moms and homemakers we can be. But after that we each have unique talents and gifts. When the talent and timing match the dream (and your husband is in full support which you will find out during the "consideration" time) I believe God is in it.

Right now in this season of life it may not be the time to invest time or finances in your dream. But pray and wait and when the timing is right - do it like the Proverbs 31 woman - to the glory of God!

Walk with the King!

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16 Comments:

Blogger Regina Coblentz said...

This is interesting that you talked about having a dream & desire. I just told Mark the other week that my dream one day is to sew custom curtains for people. I love to sew and I make my own right now. But I feel that this is not the right season in my life to start a business like that. I do some scrap book work for a lady but I don't promote it a lot just because it is time consuming. I enjoy it but my time is limited. Some day when the time is right and w/prayer I'm hoping to have that dream.

February 24, 2010 at 8:32 AM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

What a beautiful dream you have Regina! You have so many talents (you really are a ten talent gal!)! You will be a blessing to so many when the day comes and you are able to live out this dream!

Until then, take care of those babies - you are such a great mommy!!! This time will pass quickly!

Courtney

February 24, 2010 at 8:55 AM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

Hi Courtney,
I loved this. I say the same to my girls all the time but after reading your post, I realize I don't follow through on my own dreams. Anyway, I'm so happy you did...because now we can all be blessed by your ministry and your dream:-)
Hugs,
Suzanne
P.S. Hope you are loving your new home:-)

February 24, 2010 at 10:36 AM  
Blogger April said...

This is what I needed today!
Thanks!!

February 24, 2010 at 10:38 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Great words of wisdom - thank you!!!

February 24, 2010 at 10:55 AM  
Anonymous Brooke D said...

Wise words to share some light on some things I have been praying about... thank you!

February 24, 2010 at 12:25 PM  
Blogger Ginger said...

Yes, and may those dreams in Him come true... so shall we plant.
Ginger

February 24, 2010 at 1:11 PM  
Blogger LeAnn * ~ See Great Things said...

Love your verse and you post! I will have to look back at your other postings for our famous Proverbs 31 woman. I have been pondering her lately, so this is good! Thanks for sharing with such excellence. ~

February 24, 2010 at 1:27 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

I love that beautiful picture. And thanks for sharing that verse and thoughts. Blessings ~

February 24, 2010 at 1:30 PM  
Blogger TL. said...

great post!!!
thanks for helping me see more to the woman in psalms 31!!! :)

February 26, 2010 at 6:12 AM  
Anonymous ozjane said...

Love the verse and your thoughts....she is a wonderful example for us....I like it that she stays up late....but I do not like it that she also gets up early.LOL.

February 26, 2010 at 8:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this! I love the examples that the lord uses in his word to show us what a woman of god is! I have a dream to own a bed an breakfast, my husband and I believe this is a dream placed by God, we have prayed and talked to our pastor who has also been praying, while we have all come to the same conclusion that it is from God, it is not the time as we have 3 small children at home that need their momma! But we know that in gods timing this dream will come to fruition, the finances will be there and the perfect situation will reveal itself! The cool thing is that the lord has given my hubby a dream that goes right along with my dream an someday we will own a bed and breakfast that offers hunting and fishing guides and also weding and receptions, photographry and a frsh bakery and small coffee bar! The lord is good and I am super excited waiting for the day to come where he brings my dreams into reality!

March 10, 2011 at 8:38 AM  
Blogger Mariah said...

really enjoyed this today! thanks! :)

March 10, 2011 at 8:59 AM  
Anonymous Shari said...

Thank you for this, just what I needed.

March 10, 2011 at 9:26 AM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

I love this series! Also, I don't think it is wrong to use advertisements on your blog and make money. You could donate that money to something that would further the gospel, help the poor, etc. Don't be afraid to change your mind. You have a large following that you didn't have a few years ago. I remember when I stumbled across your blog and you only had 150 followers! Praise Jesus, He is using your dream for His glory!

March 10, 2011 at 9:43 AM  
Blogger Flamingo said...

stink...i hate when i start to cry unexpectantly. your last line got me....i do have dreams. but then i get frustrated with the lil' things that are in my way (ie kiddos) lol

no seriously...it is so hard to wait for these things.

regarding the no money thing...i think it's great to keep your focus as a ministry...not that making money on a blog is wrong. however, having been at Relevant, i was able to see 1st hand the other issues it brings into your life...which shifts your original focus. just one pro of not "making" money.

March 10, 2011 at 11:23 PM  

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