Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Has God Captured Your Heart?

Hark! the voice of Jesus crying, “Who will go and work today?...
Who will answer, gladly saying, “Here am I, send me, send me”?
(“Hark! the Voice of Jesus Crying” by Daniel March, 1816-1909)

I remember singing this hymn many years ago. It wasn’t the first time I’d sung it, but that day it felt different. I wasn’t just singing a hymn…I felt a tugging at my heart.

Those words…Who will go and work today? Here am I, send me, send me…they stayed with me.

Looking back, that’s when God began to capture my heart.

I didn’t even think about what I could do for God’s kingdom. I wasn’t far enough along to question it. I just knew I felt a stirring inside. Something in me wanted to say “Send me!”

I think that’s where a God-sized dream begins—with God capturing your heart.
A God-sized Dream = A desire in your heart for more of what God has for you. ~Holley Gerth
I didn’t understand it then and I didn’t know what God had planned, but I see now that when He started capturing my heart, He was drawing me closer to Him.

It was years before I could look back and see the journey He had me on.

My dream? I have always wanted to write. I concentrated on children’s fiction for a while and saw it go nowhere. Meanwhile, life went on. Other things took precedence. And maybe I didn’t want it bad enough to keep pursuing it.

What I didn’t know was that the way I planned my dream wasn’t what God had planned for me.

Had God told me way back then that I would be writing to encourage women in their relationships with Him, I wouldn’t have believed it.

I wouldn’t have known what to do, where to start, or who to talk to about it.

More importantly, I wouldn’t have expected or known that God would lead the way.

Although I thought I was more than ready, God said not yet. He had a different plan…a better plan.

During those years, God was capturing my heart and drawing me closer to Him. The more I began to know Him, the deeper I wanted to know Him. The more I trusted Him, the more I wanted to trust Him.

Those were God-sized dreams.

It’s a God-sized dream to want to trust Him completely.

It’s a God-sized dream to be fully dependent on Him.

It’s a God-sized dream to wait on Him.

And those God-sized dreams start to grow when God captures your heart.

Has God captured your heart?

If you don’t think He has, don’t think He won’t. In fact, if you’re wondering right now when He will capture your heart, maybe that’s a sign that He’s already started.

In Christ,
Laura

To read more about my writing dream…Leave Room for God


12 comments:

  1. Oh the wooing of our God and the relentless pursuit of our heart. He is so much more interested in having us than having our service. So blessed to be pursued. Keep chasing your God-sized dreams.

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  2. I agree! God size dreams to begin when He gets a hold of our hearts and begins to transform them. Great reminder.

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  3. Hi Laura
    It is so beautiful how we suddenly sort of hear when it is God calling! We listen with new ears and hear another way! Hope this makes sense!
    Hugs XX
    Mia

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  4. You can do it. I believe we all have a calling and God will equip us to achieve it.

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  5. Isn't it just so unbelievable the way our journeys led us to Him and His dream for us? I share that same feeling of never having believed it had some told me what was coming. Reminds me of Habakkuk 1:5. Makes me wonder what He is working on right this very minute!!

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  6. I love how you remind me to wait on God. While He might have given me a dream, He will make it come to pass in the right time. Just like he did with King David. David knew he was to be King, but it took years for the timing to be perfect. Blessings as you follow Him!

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  7. So glad He captured your heart... and is giving you His perfect timing in achieving your... no - His Dreams!

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  8. This post is so centering to me. Thank you for getting at the heart of dreaming. I keep a little collection of quotes, and this I just added this one to the list: "I think that’s where a God-sized dream begins—with God capturing your heart." Love your writing, Laura!

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  9. Hi Laura, I believe that you have found your calling. You encourage me greatly, God bless my friend and thank you for linking up
    Tracy

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  10. Thanks for the beautiful post, Laura! Sounds like God has a very special purpose for you--and you're already rockin' it! =)
    kelseygillespy.com

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  11. I am with you Laura as I am writing to encourage women too and finding it to be such a blessing. Thanks for linking up over at WholeHearted Home this week. I always love seeing your smiling face!!

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  12. Love this! And I find myself saying yes and amen! Yes, it's a God-sized dream to trust God wholly. It's the biggest one of all! Thanks for linking up at my place and for sharing! Blessings..

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Thank you for sharing your thoughts!