“God is not offended by your big dreams or your bold prayers. These give God the opportunity to prove His power and His love.” Mark Batterson, The Circle Maker.
Do you have BIG dreams? Do you have BOLD prayers? Do you ever turn the desires of your heart into prayers? Do you wonder if God will ever answer those prayers? I have had a dream of living in a waterfront home for as long as I can remember. I want to have a beautiful pool in the backyard where I can sit and have my morning coffee and devotional time, entertain family and friends, and cool off on a hot summer’s day. I dream of sitting on the deck at sunset and watching the brilliant colors descend upon the lake, taking the kids and grandkids out on the boat, inviting the youth group over for cookouts and hosting family gatherings that create memories of a lifetime. Not a day goes by that I do not think about this dream, this desire of my heart.
Yesterday was Fourth of July, and we had the privilege of celebrating our nation’s birthday for the third year in a row at our good friends’ beautiful waterfront home on Lake Palestine in the piney woods of East Texas. Chris and I sat on the dock enjoying a rather hot evening, watching our fourteen-year-old daughter, Carol Ann, take a jet ski ride with friends. “Ahhhhhhh, this is the life”, I whispered to myself. I turned around to glance up at our friend’s magnificent home brimming with family and friends, “oldies but goodies” tunes on the outdoor stereo, and lots of laughter and fun. I wondered if we could have a home where our large extended family and church family could gather and enjoy fellowship, food and fun.
After sixteen years as a stay at home mom raising our four children and married to a pastor, I finally launched my own direct sales business. The journey into entrepreneurship has been slow and steady, and an incredible experience. Last year I was able to pursue another goal that I started eight years ago. I finished my book, Toes in the Sand, My Journey from Domestic Engineer to Entrepreneur. And now the Lord is opening doors for me to speak to women and host my first women’s retreat this September.. Three of my four children are grown and not living at home anymore. My oldest daughter Emily and her husband Brandon are expecting their first baby any day now. Our family is growing. Life is exciting and fun. Carol Ann is entering high school this fall. We have four more years with a child at home. There is truly never a dull moment. But I wonder, what’s next, Lord? What do You have in store for us in the next chapter of our lives?
As Carol Ann and her friends pulled the jet ski back to the dock and ran up to the house to eat some barbeque, Chris and I sat there savoring the sparkling water all around us. I glanced at the jet ski, parked quietly at the dock, and smiled at Chris with that adventuresome twinkle in my eye and said, “Let’s take a ride…” He paused then replied, “You want to?”
“Yeah, let’s take it out. Let’s get out on the water. No one else is using it right now”… I felt that familiar spontaneous urge bubbling up inside of me.
A few minutes later, we found ourselves zipping across the water like a couple of teenagers. Chris driving, my arms around his lifejacket, I was hanging on for dear life, smiling so big I may have caught some bugs on my front teeth! The thrill, the adventure, the excitement we felt! After fifteen minutes of twists and turns around the lake, Chris turned the jet ski toward the shore and I glanced up only to take in an incredible panoramic view of all the beautiful houses lining the water. And then it resurfaced once again, my big dream, my bold prayer.. “Lord,” I whispered, “You know the desire of my heart.” And then came a different prayer than I have ever prayed for this particular dream, “Thank you Lord that you are providing a way for us to have a house on the water, a big home where all our children and grandchildren can gather and enjoy spending time together. A place that we can make memories, invite friends over, entertain like we love doing. Lord, I delight in you and I wait expectantly to see what you have in store for us. Thank you Jesus in advance for all you are doing in our lives. Thank you for this next chapter, whatever lies ahead.”
I felt a peace in my heart that was none other than God Himself reassuring me, “Lisa, rest in me, delight in me, keep taking steps in the direction that I have purposed for you, and YES, I will give you the desires of your heart.” And I believe in His perfect timing, He will.
“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4