Dare to dream

Have you ever felt so deflated and so discouraged that all you want to do is give up and quit altogether? 
That has been my story since I was a child. 

I have, unfortunately, been known for quitting and running away from lots of things: new hobbies, college, university, friendships, even God! 

When the going got tough, my initial instinct would always be to just, quite simply, give up! 

I once erased every single song I ever wrote and recorded, spanning over 4 years worth of artistry, in the space of 20 seconds. I’d like to say I was upset at myself for doing this but I genuinely wasn’t. 

I can’t even remember why I erased them but it was probably due to my own insecurities. Anyway, I wasn’t in the least bit bothered and would think my songs were rubbish so what was the point in sharing them. 

This has been an ongoing pattern of behaviour for so long and even now I have to stop myself from deleting things I have written or recorded. 

So, what changed? 

Over the last few years my love for Jesus has grown and grown. I’m learning more about His beautiful, loving nature every day and I’m learning to solely trust and rely on Him. 

I’ve learned that Jesus has a plan and a purpose for me and that I cannot fail if I am following where He leads me. 

I’ve learned that the songs I write & sing to Him are personal and to be treasured. Even if no one else ever hears them, its okay cause God hears every note & loves it! 

Dare to dream….. the song 

The song, Dare to dream, came about when Jon and I were at a crossroad in our life. We felt like God was leading us to a church called Create Church in Cannock.

This all happened right at the beginning of the new year and we received many confirmations from the Lord to say we were making the right decision in moving on.

For the last year our vision had been buried and it felt like we were just going through the motions and not really gaining ground in anything. 

In Proverbs 29:18 it says: ‘Without vision the people perish’ and we were surely perishing! 

After moving churches we started to feel alive again and God began reminding us of the vision He had given us.

It was time to ‘dream again’ and we both began to get excited about what God had called us to do.

It was time to step out of the boat, trust God and walk in the promises He had for us. We knew He wouldn’t let us down.

If you’re in need of some encouragement when it comes to a vision that you believe God has given you, don’t give up! 

God has it all in hand. He won’t let that vision die even when the flame is burning low. 

Habakkuk 2:3 β€œFor the vision is yet for the appointed future time It hurries toward the goal of fulfillment; it will not fail. Even though it delays, wait patiently for it, Because it will certainly come; it will not delay. Amen!

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I dare to dream again. Step out of my boat and onto the water. Fan the flame inside that drives my sense of adventure. Becoming braver, bolder as I go deeper, never losing who I am in Christ my Saviour. I dare to dream again, I dare to dream again.’ 

(Dare to dream – Red Letters) 

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    1. Thank you Peter 😊 I am actually a singer in a worship band called Red Letters but realised I had an awful lot of journal entries I could share with others. I look forward to reading more of your blog also. Blessings in Christ, Hayley

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    1. Haha! I’ll never do that again, don’t worry. Praise God that He makes all things new & restores what the locusts have taken. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, I appreciate it. Hayley 😊

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  1. This post really struck me. I believe that’s why the word provision was coined because for every vision God gives us, he makes exceeding provisions for. He never leaves us half way in any assignment. Thank you Hayley for sharing and keep soaring higher in the Lord. God bless you

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    1. Wow! That’s awesome Karen, sounds like my kind of worship. So lovely that you like to encourage the younger generation too, I really think that’s important.
      Being a worship leader can be a tough job at times and I will hold you both up in prayer. Much love, Hayley 😊

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  2. This is something I needed to hear! Because of so many past failures, it is difficult for me to dream. Yet, I know that God is with me and will bring me forward to new things if I will only allow Him to do so. Thanks for the encouragement and refocus to dream.

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    1. So pleased you were encouraged Tom! As believers, its so important to encourage one another in the Lord and support each others dreams and visions. Too often people are quick to put others down for maybe having a crazy dream but God can do anything and make anything happen. Praying for your vision to increase in your heart and believing it will surely come to pass in God’s perfect time. Hayley 😊

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  3. Love your post on Dare to Dream Hayley! Perfect time for me to remember His promise Scripture to me, “Blessed is she who believed there would be fulfillment of that which was spoken to her.” Luke 1:45. A perfect post in this season.

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  4. This was such a great and inspiring post, Jon and Hayley. This really felt that it was speaking to me because like you, I have, unfortunately, been known for quitting and running away from lots of things: and there were times that I have started various art or writing projects and just abandoned them because I felt that they were inadequate.

    I liked when you said, “It was time to step out of the boat, trust God and walk in the promises He had for us. We knew He wouldn’t let us down.” and I liked it because, for me, it’s still hard to get out of the boat and trust what God has planned for me.

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    1. That’s wonderful! I’m so glad you can take something positive from this. You’re right it can be difficult to step out of the boat but when we keep our focus on God and do it for His glory our fear will diminish as our faith grows. Every blessing to you.
      Hayley πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•

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