*Special Guest Post Today* by author and speaker Holley Gerth* Holley and I write alongside each other for DaySpring's (In)Courage site (Holley is Co-Founder & Sr. Editor). I'm especially blessed by her heart which she shares generously through her words and our friendship, which has deepened through ongoing conversations about God-sized dreams. Holley's the real deal when it comes to honestly sharing encouragement. Enjoy today's Christmas guest post brew! A Special Christmas Nativity Giveaway! Share a comment and be entered to win this handmade Christmas Nativity Pewter decoration -- from me to you.
A pregnant teenager.
A long journey.
A manger instead of a bed.
It’s not what we would imagine. Not what we would choose.
“Surprise!” exclaims the God of the Universe.
I don’t think it’s coincidence that Christmas is so close to the New Year—the time when most of us feel more freedom to dream.
What if Christmas is actually the reason we can do so?
What if it’s a message from God telling us to take a chance, make a leap, do the unexpected…and it simply gets lost between the tinsel and the stockings?
Christmas is wild, beautiful, the unimaginable made possible. It’s a story of broken expectations, of little being much, of nothing working out the way anyone planned.
Isn’t that the way our dreams are too?
It seems I keep coming back to God-sized Dreams—to the idea that dreaming isn’t really about us at all.
Instead it’s about the Dreamer…the One who spoke the world into being and still whispers impossible things into our hearts.
Do we hear Him?
Yes, I know you do.
That thing He’s telling you may feel too big, too hard, too far away.
I feel it too.
But then I think about Christmas.
And my dream seems quite tame in comparison.
It’s the ultimate challenge. The wildest wonder.
Christmas is a celebration.
It’s also an invitation.
God calls each of us, like Mary, beyond our comfort zones and into His arms…
“I am the LORD’s servant…May it be to me as you have said.” Luke 1:38
We are the Lord’s servants, His dreamers.
May it be to us as He has said too—
especially this year.
— By Holley Gerth
You can find more of Holley's encouraging words served up on her blog Heart to Heart. Please be sure to visit and connect with her there!
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