Restore Your Joy and Dream Again

Sometimes when I look at a small child, I catch a glimpse of the potential God put inside of them. I can imagine who they might become. As a young girl, I dreamed of becoming a writer. Even before kindergarten, I liked to print my numbers and letters in my best penmanship. I spent hours writing stories and poems. I loved that feeling07041995 Bryce of an ink pen in my hand and the continuous flow of black, blue or sometimes purple ink filling up the pages.

But life happened! (Perhaps you know how that is.) In spite of participating in my high school newspaper and yearbook, and having a poem published in a book before I graduated high school—my dream of writing died.

My dream of writing died.

I married the summer before I turned 20, eventually quit college and took an administrative position at an insurance firm. With strong administrative gifts, I believed the creativity escaped me as I became a responsible adult. I no longer had time to write and journal. I buried the desire to put words onto paper for the world to read deep inside my heart.

Thankfully, God had a plan, and He put me in position where I was required to draw on the gift of writing again. I began to see and eventually believe the dream was still in there—and the ability to do what I once was passionate about began to rise to the surface from deep within my heart.

That was many years ago. God gave me the opportunity to experience all aspects of writing, editing, planning and development while serving churches, ministries, authors and book publishers. I have a passion to see the truth of God’s Word touch lives through the written word. I think books! God even made my dream a reality of being a published author through a series of events that were quite unexpected.

Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit, (Psalm 51:12 ESV).

Don’t give up on the joy He wants you to live your dreams. Refuse to allow anyone to steal your childhood dreams with words of discouragement and doubt. Dreams God put in your heart make you who He created you to be.

If you’ve given up on those dreams, they are not destroyed—just forgotten. They are still within you and God has the power to restore them.

When you trust God to take your life and do with it what He purposed, He will restore your joy and make your dreams a reality in His time. Just trust Him!

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

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