Abundant Living

Don’t Give Up on the Dream

About twelve years ago, I found the house of my dreams. I contacted a real estate agent and a lender. The real estate agent showed me the house. It was absolutely gorgeous. The house had four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a fireplace in the master bedroom, and a two-car garage. The home was perfect for our family. The lender gave me a guesstimate on how much the monthly payment would be, dashing my hopes in the process. Although I loved the house and could envision my family living in it, I couldn’t envision paying such a hefty sum every single month.

A few years later, I faced a similar situation with a job. At the time, I was driving 86 miles to work every day. I prayed for a position closer to home and eventually found a job that seemed to be the answer to my prayers. However, the job required 2-3 days of travel per week. Thus, the hiring manager told me I’d be out of town either Monday-Wednesday or Wednesday-Friday. Those days didn’t work for me because I had young children at home and because I taught Bible study every Wednesday. I wasn’t willing to compromise my family nor my ministry. I turned the job down.

When there’s something we want but don’t get, we become sad, and some people become depressed. Sadness and depression can overwhelm us, deceiving us into thinking things will never get better. I’m here to tell you things will indeed get better.

What do you want but not yet received? Does the absence of it make you feel like a failure? Have you given up on the dream or goal you’ve wanted to obtain?

I was heartbroken when we walked away from the house and when I turned down the job. However, we eventually bought a house we could afford, and we’ve been living in it for over a decade. Also, within a month of turning down that job, I was offered a better job, making more money, working from home. I’ll celebrate my ninth work anniversary next month.

Although things aren’t coming together right now the way you’d have liked, they will eventually. You have to keep the faith and continue preparing yourself for the blessing that’s sure to come. Perhaps you haven’t seen the dream come to pass yet because there are still some preparations you need to make.

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but desire fulfilled is a tree of life,” Proverbs 13:12.

Don’t be discouraged. Instead, keep your head up, trusting that God will eventually bless you with your heart’s desires.

Until later,

~Aretha

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