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Day Eighteen
Pastor Ken Vance
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.” Proverbs 13:12 (NLT)

We all have dreams about how we would like our life to go. Dreams of healthy relationships, being physically fit, being financially sound, being spiritually fit for God to use our life in significant ways, and the list goes on. But often, we find ourselves frustrated because those things can seem elusive. We can stop expecting anything to happen because it looks like for us, nothing is ever going to change.

Bible hope is a confident expectation of a favorable future. But
when hope is delayed or detoured Solomon tells us it makes our heart sick. It’s
hard to function when your heart is not right. In fact, our heart determines the
course of our life (Proverbs 4:23). So to get back on course, we need to pursue
our dreams.

To fulfill our dreams will require us to work on them, not just
think about them. God is a dream giver. Dreams represent the aspirations we
desire to obtain. We begin with a clear picture of what we want to achieve.
Then the next step is to believe that it is achievable. That’s where our trust
in God is exercised. We believe through Him we can do all things. After that,
we need to establish a plan. Not having a plan to work toward is a plan to
fail. Plans create steps that measure progress and build momentum. When we’ve
created a plan, we need to next discuss it with wise people that can help us
determine if it’s realistic and if we created time demands in our steps to
ensure we make headway. Once our plan is finalized, we need to start working
and following it. Starting with small steps helps boost our morale as we see
progress made. We need to remain committed to our plan so that when we
experience obstacles or distractions, we will not allow them to derail us.
Sticking with our plan is making sure we are doing something toward it each
day. Daily check-ins and small daily investments ensure that we will stick with
the plan that leads us on the road to success. Lastly, enjoy the journey.
Celebrate your achievements and praise God for the achievements you make and
lessons you learn as your dreams become fulfilled.

How about it? What do you say? Let’s make our dreams a reality
this year. Let’s believe and trust God as we work the process. Then, not only
will we achieve our dreams but also heal our hearts.

PRAYER: Father, you are the dream giver. I believe all things are
possible with you. Help me develop a plan and give me the courage to pursue it
to see my dreams come true. In Jesus’ name, Amen.