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BooksWith a good leadership team, you can be made to feel as though you have received a promotion as well as being given  a 100% pay rise, when in actual fact you remain a volunteer.

Volunteering has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I love the thrill of meeting new people, discovering their stories and feel privileged to gift my time, even though I sometimes struggle to juggle my week.

I manage a small library of around 2,000 books within the Church I attend. We also have a corner with books that we sell to help purchase new books for our shelves. It has been a dream of mine for many years, that the area could be a Book Shop/Library /Cafe, a place of nurture for anyone who walked through the doors. Now, after years of dreaming, plans are coming together, walls are coming down and the space is being created.

This concept was conceived eleven years ago and during this time I have carried my vision carefully, guarding and growing the dream . Over the coming few months I think it may be like experiencing ‘Labor Pains’, as all the hard work begins.

It has reminded me that many of us sit on good ideas for a long time before they become a reality. Patience being a difficult virtue for many of us to develop, even though it is a great resource for our personal growth. 

There is a verse in the Bible that says, ‘Without a vision the people perish’. I have found this to be true in all aspects of life. When you turn your back on something or someone, it feels as though a light is turned out and discouragement rules the day.

My mum use to say. ‘Aim for the stars and you may fall short. Aim for the gutter and you will land in it every time.’ 

Whatever is going on in your life at the moment, hold onto your dreams, maintain your vision, work towards your goal.

No one can accomplish that dream like you can. Continue to nurture it because one day it could be your reality.

(c) Sandie’s Snippets 2014

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I’m not sure what I expected when I started this NaNoWriMo adventure. Sitting at my computer for the additional hours has certainly caused my body to rebel as joints have stiffened and my brain has lapsed into melt down mode.

There have been moments of brilliance where I have read through something on the computer screen and thought, ‘Wow, did I really write that?’. Then at other times, every sentence is hard work and I feel like I’m word constipated.

There is nothing easy about this experience, my growing admiration and thoughts go out to those who call this their career, as I recognise that this how they achieve their work. I figure that by the end of this process, I will know where I want this journey to take me. Deciding if I have the skills, drive and stamina to succeed at what has always been a dream.

Attempting my daily word count and maintaining everyday life has also been a challenge, I have to keep telling myself it is just for a month, then I remember that after this comes the editing stage. Currently, I know I am 13,000 words ahead of where I was this time last week and perhaps, by the end of the month, I will have the basis for a complete book.

Dreams are possible – You just have to wake up and make them happen.

© Sandie’s Snippets 2012

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As a daily devotional I love to read the inspirational writings of Sarah Young. Her best-selling book ‘Jesus Calling’, has the amazing ability to ushers me into Gods presence, where I am able to hear Him speak into my heart, in a loving, practical way.

One line from Wednesday’s reading caught my eye and spoke deeply into my spirit, saying…. I can bring beauty out of the ashes of your lost dreams. I can glean joy out of sorrow. Peace out of adversity. It led me to Isaiah 60 and 61, chapters that talk about coming out of the darkness and speaking about the year of the Lords favour.

In my life I have experienced lost dreams, mourned over the expected as well as the unexpected, even thrown a tantrum or two, when the pressures of life have brought me to boiling point, rather than my knees (I’m a slow learner on that one).

For me, this has been a year of waiting and waiting is not something I enjoy doing in this fast living, Western Society. But I have waited, and it seems that I am now on the move again. Forging a new direction for the future is some days frightening, often overwhelming, but I am being rewarded and blessed beyond all my imaginations.

Today I pledge to pray for each of my Blog readers.

I will be asking Him to watch over and bless all of you in such a special way, that you will be able to recognise it as the hand of God.

God bless you all. You are a wonderful gift and a rich source of encouragement for me.

© Sandie’s Snippets 2012

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