it bother you to stand before Christ at the end of your life and
explain why you didn’t achieve the dream He gave you?
Bills pile up. The car blows a
flat on the highway. Two kids get sick, but there’s no more personal
leave left after the last go-around with the chicken pox. Then someone
at work shifts the blame on you for a project’s missed deadline and
your job is threatened. Not enough drama yet? You walk in the door and
find the refrigerator has stopped running, all the meat is spoiled, and
the dog ate the hamster. (Well, you don’t know for sure, but the fluff
sticking to his whiskers tends to provide sufficient evidence.) Still
not enough drama? The four-year-old is hysterical because the
six-year-old told her about the hamster, Mom calls to say she
volunteered you for the church garage sale because you did such a great
job on it the last time. Dinner? It was . . . Wait! Where’s the
A day in the life of any dreamer
has the same stress level even if the exact circumstances look a little
different. Anyone can do anything if they put their mind to it. You’ve
heard that one before, haven’t you? It would help if that do-anything
mind had a moment to think.
Then the big kaboom!
You lose your job, another family member is diagnosed with a
debilitating disease, and now there’s another reason you don’t have
time to go after that elusive dream.
Yes, this is a little fictional
family representing all of us. No, my dog never ate the hamster, but he
did eat five pounds of freshly made beef jerky! I’m sure someone’s dog
ate a hamster or a bunny or a frog and sent the children into a tizzy.
And yes, I was the mom who forgot one of her six kids during various
The thrum and whirl of life’s
emergencies don’t stop. People need us. Bills have to be paid. Animals
do zany things. It’s more a pattern than we realize when we’re caught
up in the rush. But God knew all this when He knit the dream into your
DNA. Not just any dream. The dream. The one made especially for you to
achieve during the lifetime He planned for you. He knew you’d be at
this moment, this day, and feeling this hopeless. He’s waiting for you
to hand it all over to Him. He’s waiting for you to need Him. “In his
heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps” (Prov.
How do you hand over your
Pray for guidance.
• Write down logical steps.
• Add those steps to your Day-Timer or calendar.
• Do a little bit every day and keep praying.
• The surprise is the more you plan for your dream, the closer you get
What if you really are
overwhelmed and every minute is gone from every day?
Find out first if that’s a true
assessment by writing down your daily activity every half hour for at
least one week. If it’s accurate, you may be in a season of wait—a
spectacular opportunity for the growth you may need for the coming
adventure. The skills and experiences I’ve gained during seasons of
wait are the same tools God gave me for the next step in my journey.
But I often don’t understand that crucial point until I pass into the
next season. For instance, the book my agent just sold has an
independent character forced to rely on others to help her, including
unexpected time in a wheelchair. I wouldn’t have known or understood
her feelings if I hadn’t had a season sitting in her place. Trust me, I
didn’t understand God’s plan in middle of that experience.
If your season of wait seems
never to end, but circumstances are different, talk it out with someone
you trust. Quite often we replace behaviors with other “emergent”
behaviors and activities because we are so used to the bustle of busy.
Finding a trustworthy person to discuss your daily activity will help
you be objective about what season you’re really in versus simple
perception. Try a friend, a pastor, or a life coach. Change is hard.
Sometimes we need help recognizing how to change.
Ask yourself if the dream really
matters. If it does, then would it bother you to stand before Christ at
the end of your life and explain why you didn’t do it? It might be your
season to explore new patterns and habits so that chat with the Lord
has a different outcome.
Apple Crunchy †I
Recipe compliments of Creative
Cooking for Colitis now available on Kindle.
This is one recipe that’s hard to mess up. Somehow it always turns out.
My family laughs that I don’t really know the measurements that go into
it. But I worked hard to figure them out for you! The baking makes the
peel and the food soft and easy to digest with a fun buttery crisp
topping. It also works well for super busy people. Serves 8.
6 large apples, cored and cut into chunks
(The type of apple is personal preference, but more tart apples are
tastier, in my opinion.)
Sprinkle of cinnamon
Spray butter pan coating in a glass 13 X 9 baking dish.
Coat it completely. Spread apple chunks in the pan and sprinkle with
a bowl, mix together all of
the topping ingredients. Blend well.
Spread across the apples evenly. Bake in a 350º oven for 30 minutes.
Excellent warm or cooled.
½ Cup real butter, softened (don’t try margarines or substitutes here,
it affects the flavor.)
1-cup brown sugar
½ tsp. nutmeg
¼ tsp. ground cloves (optional)
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ Cup white flour (whole wheat is great too.)
½ Cup quick cook oats
½ tsp. salt (optional)
Two packets of a quick cook microwave oat style cereal can substitute
for quick oats if you’ve run out. (I’ve used Kashi Creamy Vanilla and
it was fantastic in a pinch.)
Another time saver: I chop up apple and add flour, sugar, spice the
same as a regular apple pie recipe. Then I freeze the mixture in gallon
freezer bags to pull out on nights I’m in a rush. Excellent healthy
dessert done in less than five minutes can be tossed in the oven to
bake while the rest of dinner cooks.