Ribbons and God-sized Dreams

      Today, responding to an open invitation from Holley at www.holleygerth.com to her blog readers, I’m joining in on her linkup on Tuesdays question of the week — 

Dream God-sized Dreams

                                What’s Your God-sized Dream? Give it Words…


Tapestry.  I’ve been threading that word in my mind like strands of jewel-toned embroidery, for awhile now.  How God weaves people in and out of our lives, sets up divine appointments, closes doors and then… somewhere… always opens a window… or maybe, a lovely ironwork gate.

Yet… so many windows that seem just about to open wide… unexpectedly snap lock at the last moment.

“Is it possible you have a different direction for my dream to incorporate creativity with earning a living, Lord?”  I’ve prayed across page after journal page this past year.  “Help me to think outside the box…to know your dream and how to follow it…”

Today, combing through old pages of these prayers, I see thoughts He’s been tossing out for me to follow, like seed breadcrumbs of Life along a trail to hope and open gate Beautiful.

Words whispered across my path, a breath hanging in the air before me, like my own on a foggy morning…only sweet with the dew of promise.

And tapestry ribbons of a new color… a twist on old threads... are beginning to form a pattern leading me back to an old love and forward in anticipation of blessings beyond my imagination…

I hinted more detail about it here in Beneath His Umbrella, as it began to unfold this October.  Only then, I didn’t see more than a few stitchery threads in the idea.  A moment when a neighbor chanced on one of my old pen and ink drawings when I’d invited her over for tea.  I’d only hung that drawing that week, arbitrarily (hmmm) taking down a print  because I’d suddenly wanted a change in my living room.  And when she asked me to draw her house, the first drawing I’d done in many years, I wasn’t sure I still could.  Nevertheless, new colors began to flutter some what if dream wings against my ribs.

What if I could really find an avenue to earning a living through something I love doing at home?

What if people would actually commission me – instead of my producing endless work that might gather moss while dreaming of a buyer?

What if each new drawing could be a unique original in itself, always fresh creative joy because there would be no call to render that exact piece again… only possibly, selling reprints?

That’s when one of my fellow bloggers made a suggestion.  Had I thought about checking with realtors who might like such pieces for client gifts?

That creative thought led to another and another… and so far, including pieces requested by my neighbor… six sold drawings in about the same number of weeks.  Six.  Amazing.  (Only the year before, I’d almost sold just one in a consignment shop…but after months… returned home with it in tow.)

That’s when I began to really see… um, maybe… this is a God-sized dream.  I have mainly been following my writing dream for many years and accomplishing some goals.  But with art… it’s just been here and there, selling a piece.  Mostly created for the joy of giving as gifts.  Whenever the thought has sprouted seedlings of what if’s for that direction in the past, it’s always been more of a draw and hope proposition.  Hope people will order… or fall in love… or snap up. Invest, sell one, store ten to try again later.

But in this moment… it feels like God.  Engaging opportunity for me.  Sending others to open doors.  Pouring out an anointing.

I see it in His words to me all last year when to my eyes, nothing much seemed to be blooming.

“I am working behind the scenes, Pam, like seeds in the ground,” He’s whispered so many times over this long two year sojourn of  waiting and seeking.   And wilderness waiting some more.  Really, He’s been whispering this even many more years before finding the answer became a thing of desperate need, and I haven’t always known how long the germination was going to take.

“Trust and believe I am about to bud what’s been planted, ” I see He’s been reiterating in my journaled prayers.  I thought that meant providing a steady job, or doors to writing, sorely necessary.  I have seen Him moving in unexpected ways with using my words … though not in a way that might really pay my bills.  Or open a new life of creating and earning through a gift I love.

Now I’m standing at the precipice on the first days of 2013 and I think I see something new and wondrous astir.  His spirit moving in ways I never imagined. Sprigs of a new dream breaking through.  I hold up my hands in praise and thanksgiving to Him, to all who have supported my arms with prayer after prayer and gifts of the heart… and step ahead into promises that He is restoring what the locust has stolen.  Believing He is about to bless double-fold.  And anticipating where He might indeed be taking me.

It’s a bit scary.  But it’s also spilling laughter over my soul.  To think, He just might be doing what I am thinking He is doing…

And so… I’m praying, jumping in…  And finding creative ideas flowing.   And like I wrote about here yesterday in One Ribbon at a Time…, expectantly looking to find those ribbons unfolding…

Multi-colored and multi-faceted…

And encouraging you to do the same… in whatever way He is leading you in your God-sized dream(s).    🙂

©  Pam Depoyan


photos:  http://www.fotosearch.com

Also sharing with:   

A Holy Experience 

Imperfect Prose  at Emily Wierenga’s place


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27 Responses to Ribbons and God-sized Dreams

  1. I am absolutely thrilled to hear this update! I continue to pray and am grateful that God is opening doors for your gift, which in turn blesses others. You are capturing OIKOS, my friend. Capturing OIKOS!

  2. Lynn Morrissey says:

    Beautiful post, Pam! You write so well. It’s all about having new eyes to see new dreams–new vision! May He give you eyes to behold His dreams for you as they unwind, one colorful ribbon at a time! Praying for your dreams.

    • Thank you so much, Lynn. It’s been a hard wilderness time, but I’m looking to what God promises and things He seems to be bringing to pass, and the way He can use us in the gifts He gives us, and open doors that provide abundantly. Yes, may He help us all to behold those dreams of His heart for us most of all. Thank you for your prayers… I’m praying for you too.

  3. Gindi says:

    Pam – what a completely exciting dream. And a completely exciting response by God to your saying “yes!”

    • Thanks for stopping by, Gindi! Yes, He’s been moving in my writing dream, but this one is a renewal coming in answer to so many prayers about earning needs and joy in creating, and one I didn’t really foresee. Still so new, but promise seems to be unfolding… 🙂 Shows how God is never limited even when we feel we are. Blessings again on all He is moving in and through your dreams too!

  4. I want to see your work! Houses? People? I bet it’s just beautiful! So blessed to be on this God-sized dream journey with you!

    • Thank you! If I can figure out how to do it, I may put some drawings on here. I have been getting them scanned at a local printer and put on a USB. It lets me put them in email, but that doesn’t seem to translate to the blog. Right now, it’s houses… pen and ink. But I’ve also done a lot of what you might call illustrative, old fashioned children’s book drawings like Joan Walsh Anglund type, if you are familiar with that. What I love about doing the houses is that they remind me of old English book illustrations… might just be my literary love coming out. 🙂

      Just looked at your baby photo portraits at your site – gorgeous!

  5. MaryLou says:

    This is so very exciting to hear that God is using your artistic talents in this way. Congratulations! May God continue to bless and inspire you as you pursue this avenue that He is leading you down. 🙂

    • Thank you, MaryLou. It does feel good to be drawing again and fun to watch things come to life on paper. Something just feels renewed about it to me too. Have you drawn anything lately? I know you used to do a lot when we first knew each other.

      • MaryLou says:

        No, I haven’t. I am amazed when I do look back at the things that I used to do that I no longer do. I really Like music and it is nice to use it for my quiet time with God… praise & prayer. 🙂

  6. Carolwerkema says:

    I love your words, too, but I cannot remember my sign in to respond online:<

    Carol Werkema

  7. Pamela says:

    Listening to your artistic words leaves no doubt in my mind that your artwork is beautiful. It’s so encouraging to hear that God is super-sizing His plan for your life by using the talents He, Himself blessed you with. I know God will be with you.

  8. Diane says:

    Oh, Pam…How I’ve missed coming to your blog and how delighted (DELIGHTED!!!) I am for you, dear friend! How awesome is our Abba, Father. I’m so excited to see your new journey unfold before you.

    I think that is a great idea about the realtors. And don’t be afraid to put words to your drawings as well. Write, as only you can do, blessings.

    Truly, I am delighted for you…

    • I’ve missed you here, too, Diane! Thank you for all your encouraging words. Funny you should say that about including words, because I’ve been thinking of ways I might write something to put with them, something they could put on the back when framing. And I have some ideas about a logo and flyer and brochure. But of course, I don’t want to get too ahead of myself investing money before I really get this going, either. Tricky figuring that out. So I appreciate your prayers as this is starting and hopefully blossoming as it seems… 🙂 I hope that all is well with you after SANDY. Thankfully, I know your home was basically okay, but so much devastation around.

  9. Mary says:

    I’m so glad God led me here! These past couple of weeks have been filled with God-size dreams and my shaky, small steps in the directions I think He’s leading me, trying to share my music with others, hoping that someday I’ll be able to work on music full-time – but those bills always have to get paid, don’t they? Still, it’s what He’s put in my heart to do, and He is able, and over and over again He’s been showing me how faithful He is. Thank you for sharing how He’s been working in your life! It’s good to hear someone else’s story of how God is moving, doing incredible things that only He could do!

    • You could be telling my story or, I suspect, countless others of us, Mary. I’m so glad my post encouraged you! Yes, the bills do need to get paid, but I heard something encouraging tonight – a minister talking about the story in the bible about the woman whose oil kept replenishing. And how God wants to do that for us if we will ask Him to. Like stretching our gas in our car tanks, making our finances go farther than usual. He is truly faithful, and we see it in these times of things being so risky, don’t we? If you haven’t already, you might want to link over to Holley’s site – so many were writing on this same theme yesterday and she is writing much encouragement there too. 🙂 Thank you for taking time to comment! I hope you come back again…

  10. lolita says:

    Hmmnnnn…. I love this: “Sprigs of a new dream breaking through.” Isn’t it so GOD big that He can put beautiful words in your mind to pen?

    It lifts my spirit to the so GOD-hopeful tone of this one which is enough to send us along the early days of 2013…..so hopeful and so positive.

    Let us move forth, Pam. Time to air fresh petitions to the heavens which God can bless.

  11. “But in this moment… it feels like God. Engaging opportunity for me. Sending others to open doors. Pouring out an anointing.” I love seeing how God, the Creator of all, is leading you, showing you how He wants you to use your God-given creativity. How exciting! Thank you for sharing your heart with us!

  12. i LOVE this idea pam. i love how God is creating through you. bless you as you take the leap.

  13. Pingback: A God-Sized Dream Grand Opening…And a Giveaway! | Writing… Apples of Gold

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