Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Dreams, Dreams, Dreams...

Welcome to 2013!  We have arrived at the beginning of yet another year, and it is time once again to make some new resolutions/goals for the year.  Have you taken time lately to think about what your dreams, aspirations or goals for the new year might be?  Well, now is the best time to do this!  EVERYONE has dreams....whether they are bigger or small, really only depends on how much you allow yourself to imagine the changes or possibilities for your life.  If you haven't taken the time in the last few years or maybe even ever, why don't you take the next few days to contemplate and think about what dreams that God has placed in your heart.  As you take the time to think about what is in your heart, please remember and know that God tells us in Jeremiah 29:11 that He has great plans for our life.  "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."  God wants what is best for us.  We may think that we know what that is, but from the experiences I've had......that usually isn't the case.

As we start the new year, I'd like to take time to share some of my hopes and dreams.  This new blog that you are seeing today is going to be about things that are very near and dear to my heart and that I feel very passionate about.  Here are some of the key topics that you will find on my new blog:  Homemaking, Homeschooling, Healthy Living, Healing, Hope and How to find Harmony in Life.  Obviously, this is a wide range of topics, but these are all things that I am very passionate about.

All dreams are important, even if they may seem trivial.  Sometimes, we run from our dreams...but that isn't the best thing to do either.  God places hopes and dreams in us for a reason.  We are supposed to embrace them and trust that in God's perfect time they will be fulfilled.  Dreams don't always come to pass the way that we imagine they will, but from my experience the way God has them planned out is far better than what we can imagine.  In a book that I'm reading called, Capture His Heart by Lysa TerKeurst it talks about how important it is that we share our hopes and dreams with our spouse.  Being sensitive to the dreams our spouse has and helping them fulfill their dreams, is so important in helping them to be secure.  Many times it can be difficult for our husbands to share their dreams, but it can help to change your marriage when we share dreams and hopes that are so deep in our hearts.  When couples share their dreams and have common goals, it can create an amazing union which can help their future together.

As a way to help each member of my family take time to realize their dreams, I created a dream jar for each of my children and one for my spouse and myself to share.  I found this idea on pinterest, but I changed and added to the suggestions to make it my own.  It was really a very simple idea, but the benefits of knowing and being aware of each others dreams is really important.  It would be so easy to say or do something that would make dreams seem impossible or not important.  I know, because I felt this way for 30 some years.  I want to help my children hold onto the dreams, hopes and passions that God has placed in their hearts.  This is why I created the dream jars.

A Dream is a wish that your heart makes.  Will you take time to listen to your heart?  Will you allow yourself to dream?  You will never know if your dreams are reachable....if you never take the time to share your dreams.  Keeping your dreams in your heart is fine, but trust me....if I would have known that my dreams weren't unreachable....I wouldn't have run from them for 30+ years.  Share your hopes and dreams with those that you love.  Talk about them, pray about them, but don't pretend that they don't exist.  "May he grant all your heart's desires and make all your plans succeed." Psalm 20:4



  1. Jenielle,

    My best friend and I were talking about these same things just this afternoon. I love this blog and along with my jar I started today about all the good things that come in my life everyday, whether it be something someone did for me, something that made me feel good or laugh about, I am also going to make myself a Dream Jar. I will also be sharing this with my best friend and am sure she will be doing the same thing. Thank you so much for sharing this! You are an incredible woman of God!

    Happy New Year to you and your family1

    1. Thanks, Aunt Gayla! I am excited to be starting this new blog and the direction that I feel God leading me with my posts. I really had no idea what my first post would be until I woke up with the whole idea for this post this morning. :)

  2. I love this blog. Excellent idea. Sometimes as the years pass and health concerns creep in, you start think that it is too late. Maybe it is not. One of my dreams is to be able to share my love of sewing and needle arts with my grandkids.

  3. It's never too late! God is still moving in our lives until we leave this Earth. Audrianna already loves sewing and anything that is crafty! There is still plenty of time!

  4. Love the new blog. And I'm honored that I made your blog roll. :)

    I may start the Dream Jar for Luci.

  5. Thanks, Susan! You are one of my few blogger friends. I have the jars for my kiddos, but we still need to sit down and write down each of their dreams! Maybe today! :)


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