Sunday, March 27, 2011

Do You Have A Dream? - ReWrite

I have a dream which has been on the back burner. I wrote about it earlier today, then realized I was totally and completely - taking the wrong approach. So I'm re-writing this post. I'm keeping it simple. And I'm leaving out the details of my dream (especially since I realized I really don't know for sure what the details will be). So if you read it already.... just disregard it! Thanks!! :D

All I know for sure, is that I need to dream. And that I need to make my Father in Heaven my partner in making that dream come true. I need to do it for the right reasons. And I need to do it at the right time, so that it is a blessing to others. And I need to do it His way.

I was blessed to come upon a fabulous quote on my friend Patty Ann's blog (Pitterle Postings) which taught me some more about dreams, and of my Father in Heaven's desires for us concerning our dreams.
When I wrote the blog post "Do You Have A Dream" earlier today, I was so hung up on the idea that God is "anxiously waiting" to to fulfill my dreams, and that He expects me to "embrace and shape the future (and of the thought of making my future what I want it to be)... that I forgot to reflect on the fact that it is THROUGH HIM that my dreams will come true. It is through His power and will that we are blessed to make our futures what we want them to be. He gives us our talents, our possessions, our opportunities... He answers our prayers. He makes our dreams come true.
"God expects you to have enough faith and determination and enough trust in Him to keep moving, keep living, keep rejoicing. In fact, He expects you not simply to face the future (that sounds pretty grim and stoic); He expects you to embrace and shape the future--to love it and rejoice in it and delight in your opportunities... God is anxiously waiting for the chance to answer your prayers and fulfill your dreams, just as He always has. But He can't if you don't pray, and He can't if you don't dream. In short, He can't if you don't believe."
How then, can I take a dream that He gives to me, and use it for selfish purposes? How can I dream of anything without asking myself, "would this please Him?" And I don't just mean, would the dream please him? I also mean, would the purpose for the dream, and would the method of accomplishing the dream - please Him?

So, I decided to get off my arrogant high horse, and rethink my dream. I still plan to dream! And I still plan to get excited about accomplishing dreams... but, I am now seeking for more balance between self, and selfless... maybe I would like them to be more of "our" dreams, His and mind, instead of just "my" own. And maybe, I can make dreams out of helping my family to reach their dreams as well.

Wish me luck! Never mind... I won't need luck if He is my partner. :)

Instead, please pray for me to have the humility and faith I need... to make Him my partner! Then...  whatever I dream of, whatever I create, will be worthwhile, and will be a gift back to Him, as a way of thanking Him for the gift and blessing of helping me to create. I will pray this prayer for you too, my friends. :)

Corine :D


  1. Love it. You did a great job rethinking it. Sometimes, I am convinced that is what Heavenly Father wants us to learn. No matter what our first impression is, we can always go back and rethink it and have a "do over" We can be so hard on ourselves sometimes and forget that we just need to step back and start fresh. You are amazing! Love, love, love it!!

  2. I love that talk by Pres. Uchtdorf. When I first heard it the words just reached into my soul.

    The quote from Patty Ann's blog reminded me of one of my favorite quotes from Elizabeth Barrett Browning: "God's gifts put man's best dreams to shame." So dream big, include Heavenly Father, and he will give you far more than you ever imagined!

  3. No, luck is not required but we do have to take his hand and be willing to be lead :)
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  4. Corine, I missed your question about digital scrapbooking on my blog. Even though I am pretty techno-savvy, I prefer the hands-on scrapbooking. It's almost therapeutic!

    I have a friend who only does digital scrapbooing. She uses Photoshop to make her pages, utilizing a lot of free elements that she finds here and there online, then has actual books printed from sites like Shutterfly.

    I love and have printed out digital elements to use on my pages. Another company I've seen is

    I look at scrapbooking as cataloging our Family History, and as a creative outlet for me and for my kids.

    If you have any more questions, feel free to e-mail me!

    anabidia @ yahoo dot com

  5. I loved that quote on Patty's blog too. And your post goes so well with it. Thanks for giving me a lot to think about. My "dream" of someday going back to school got turned into "gotta go back to school" even though my children are still youngish and it's been hard. But I pray to know the Lord's will for me with my situation and I know he will guide me to do what is right and that I can still enjoy and embrace it.

  6. Oh Valerie, I do hope that even though you feel you 'HAVE' to go to school, that you forget about that, and just be so thankful that you're getting to live that dream! And just think of what an example you are setting for your kids to get an education! Read scriptures with your kids, no matter what... pray together, no matter what... enjoy FHE with them, no matter what... Go to church, no matter what... and I think you'll do great in college! (I'm betting you already do) ;D I learned this from a single mom during Stake conference one year. She told the story of ALL the rocks fitting into the jar, ONLY IF you put the big ones in FIRST (gospel actions mentioned etc). I wish I heard her talk years before! Once my husband and I put her principles into practice, we accomplished more, and everything went better; she was so right! Who else, besides a single mom... has so much on their plate that they totally and completely learn that living the gospel FIRST, is what makes all the rest possible. ;) You ROCK!
    Corine :D

  7. I really needed to hear this right now! Thank you for sharing it!

  8. Oh my .... I'm so glad I found your blog and kept reading ... this post is what I needed to read. I need to scoot, but I'm going to come back and read more of your stuff :)


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