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Has Your Dream Died?

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Has your dream died? Good.

That means it is quite possibly a true dream.

True dreams come in seed form. They come to us on a summer breeze. We catch them easily with eager hands and plant them in the warmth of our souls. Then we say, “Ready, set, sprout!” But nothing happens.

We watch as the summer sunlight wanes. Nothing happens.

In the long shadows of autumn we begin to doubt. Shadows give way to deep winter nights. In the frosted chill we bundle up our sorrows and gaze at the barren earth with disillusionment. Bitterness sets in.

Nothing has grown in that once sacred spot where we planted the seeds of a sweet dream so long ago. Doubt gives way to disappointment and covers all hope with an icy blanket of despair.

We say to our sad soul, “Yes, I had a little dream once but now it is dead. Quite dead.”

And so it is. Dead. Quite dead.

However, unseen to any human eye, unheard by any human ear, unimagined by any human heart The ancient mystery of resurrection power is at work in the deep.

At just the right time, a tiny sprout of unexpected green appears.

The dream is alive! It pushes up through every rocky obstacle and reaches for the glistening light of springtime. Now the work begins.

You tend the soil, you uproot the choking weeds you water the fledgling hope with prayers of faith. God pours out His showers of blessings and sends his life giving truth on radiant sunbeams.

Look at how your dream now blooms and grows! Drink in the beauty of this moment that you thought would never come! Stand in awe of God’s resurrection power!

That which you thought was dead is now alive! And this dream, because it is a true dream, is ready to bear fruit that will feed many.

Is it winter in your soul today because you see that your dream has died?

Has all hope given way to despair?

Take heart. Believe.

And consider this. Where did your dream come from? If it was a whim of your flesh it will not sprout or bear fruit. It was merely pardonable whimsy. But if it was a dream born of ancient truth and planted by the Father, it will arise in due season.

God is at work even though you cannot see His miracle working power beneath the covering of icy disappointment you now wear as a cloak. He will give you beauty for your ashes. He will give you a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.

He will accomplish His purposes in your life in His time and His way. Trust in His unfailing love for you.

Think of how much greater your joy will be in the springtime of your dream if you believe fully in God’s resurrection power now. Imagine how it would delight the Father if you were to trust Him now with unwavering passion during this winter of your soul.

This is what it looks like to believe and not doubt. You smile like crazy in the dead of winter because Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.

So again I ask. Has your dream died?

Good. Very good.

That means it is quite possibly a true dream. And as a true Believer, you stand firm and wait with a heart full of hope.

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  • Shalom

    Hello Robin! Thank you so much for all of the stories you have written. They have been such huge blessings to my mom and I. I have been strengthened with my walk with God and refreshed each time I read one of your books. This past week my grandpa gave us the gift of visiting Maui and we leave tomorrow. We were hoping we would see you while we were here but I know even if we don’t while we are here, someday we’ll meet you in heaven! Thank you again. Aloha nui loa!

    • What a kind grandpa you have, Shalom! I’m sure you are going to have a wonderful time on vacation. This is a very special place. My daughter says you can feel God’s breath on your face.

  • Debbie Purzycki-Kinkade

    That was beautiful!! Thank You! I it was exactly what I needed to hear!

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  • Nancy

    I, too, have so much enjoyed your many books. Wish there would be another sisterchick as I enjoyed learning about the travel spot visited. I’m in my 70’s; my dreams have come true, some, not all. One was to visit Cape Cod area which I did in Oct. of 2013. A future one is to visit historic Savannah and Charleston, SC.

    • And now the adventure of waiting begins as you see if and how the Savannah dream will unfold!

  • Lynne

    I have truly needed this today! Thank you for your words of encouragment.

  • Debbie Johnson

    This helped me realize something. I’ve so loved your books, and as an “I-wish-I-was” writer myself, I’ve read them countless times, scouring them for the secrets to “how”. How to finish a book (I’ve started so many). How to make them “zing”. How to get them seen. But mostly how to finish. See, my body has issues, and, well, finishing long projects just hasn’t happened, except in my dreams. “But, Lord, I want You to use me. I want to impact people for You…”

    All I can do is, over the course of the past 10 years, off and on, is take pictures and write short articles for the local papers. I get such joy from that. Yesterday, I received such an excited response from one resident of my small town. And this morning I realized: This is my dream. I get to write. I get to impact people in a positive way. God has blessed my dream. Maybe, maybe, one day I may be able to finish a “long” project, or maybe they are just for fun day dreams, but He has already fulfilled that dream, that need, of discovering my bliss, my gift and using it in His service.

    Thank you for helping me recognize that. And thank you for using your talent to bring me so many hours of joy. I read your books with a Bible next to me and I learn so much with every reading.

    • Debbie, you ARE a writer! You are using the gift God gave you to bless others. He will continue to accomplish His purposes for you. We must learn to walk the path of obedience in the small things before He leads us to the mountain trails. One foot in front of the other, faithful Wordsmith. Keep going with joy!

      • Debbie Johnson

        Thank you. Really, thank you. Small ripples can make big beauty in God’s hands. I’m grateful.

  • Jennifer Lynne Frisk

    Oh, wow…… I wish you could see just how much your words affected me. I am struggling to contain the tears (since I’m at work). This was so timely and such a balm to my broken heart. You see, we have been trying to become parents for 4 years now (3 years assisted), and over the last 4 days blow after blow have seemed to utterly destroy that dream. But you have given me hope. If it is God’s will (as I believe it to be for various reasons), I will rest in the idea of His resurrecting and restorative power. Thank you again for just a little bit of comfort in a whirlwind of pain.

    • Your tender words made me think of 2 Corinthians 1:3 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort.” Trust in His unfailing love for you, dear Jennifer!

      • Jennifer Lynne Frisk

        Thank you, Robin. Despite all of the craziness and the disappointments of the last several days, He has not left my heart to break (it’s come close several times, but He has held me together!). I am thankful for the sleep He has given me to gird myself each morning, and I am thankful for the comfort of my dog while my husband is out of town. I feel as if I’ve been attacked, but I am also blessed. All that to say, thank you for the encouragement!

    • Emily

      Dear Jennifer, you are not alone! The journey through infertility is a painful one and it can be long. I am standing on the other side of our six year journey and want to encourage you to trust God, especially when you feel most alone. God is there, even in the most silent times. In moments of loss and emptiness, He is there. You are in my prayers today.

      • Jennifer Lynne Frisk

        Thank you, Emily. I am sorry that you have shared this pain. I truly appreciate your encouragement and the hope that you give. Thank you again!

    • Claudia

      Jennifer, your words remind me of me all those many years ago. I longed for a child for so long, I asked God to take away the desire if it was not from Him. He did not take it away. My heart continued to ache, but we held firm in our desire to adopt. We lost a child after having her home only one week–birth parent refused to consent to the adoption. Again, pain, grief, longing to hold our child in our arms. Through those dark valleys, I learned to trust in The Lord with ALL my heart, and that my own understanding was woefully inadequate. God eventually blessed us with 3 children through adoption, and none of them were easy– nor was parenting them to adulthood. Life is a series of desires of the heart, some realized, some deferred, some denied. I know Whom I have believed, however, and He alone knows the VERY BEST for each of His children. I’m now a grandmother of three children, all God’s doing, none of mine. I am sending you my virtual hug dear sister, hold fast to your Savior and He will wipe away your tears. It is so true, we cannot comprehend His timing…praying for a large measure of trust to be heaped upon you.

      • Jennifer Lynne Frisk

        The funny thing, Claudia, is I never wanted children until just approximately 5 years ago. Through a series of events and some changes in my own heart, I felt sure that God was calling me to be a mother and that He was guiding my heart on such a path. I had no idea how long/hard of a journey it would be. Thank you so much for your prayers!

  • Angie

    My boyfriend and I were e-mailing back and forth about dreams this morning – a few moments after sending mine I checked my email and this was there! What a message from God to me this morning :) Thank you! You’ve been an inspiration to me for nearly 20 years.

    • Don’t you love God’s perfect timing? It’s like he’s passing little love notes to you in class.

  • raeanna

    Thank you for those words you have put in my heart

  • Meg

    Thank you so much for the encouragement! Right now, with little ones at home, I sometimes wonder about my other dreams. Dreams that have largely been put on hold while I take care of my sweet ones. While I love being with them, I wonder if the timing will ever be right for those dreams of mine. But you’re so right, if the dreams are of God, they will sprout in his time, not mine.

    • You are doing exactly what you need to be doing in this season of life, Meg. Do it with your whole heart. Let your dreams rest and sleep. God will surprise you. He always does.

  • Jen

    I’ve been reading your work since I was 13. I’m now 36. Still to this day every time you release something it is exactly where I’m at and pierces my heart like nothing else.
    I don’t know how you do it. Well I guess I do, but it never ceases to amaze me. I am in tears and humbled by this post. Thank you. And I thank God for you. We may never meet but you are so very special to me.

  • Emilee

    Both my sister and I have needed to hear this! We are both teenagers and have so many dreams that God has already granted as well as some that are still planted in our hearts. I cannot wait to share this with my sister as she is going through a hard time right now. I am so thankful that God has led me to your books and blog. It has truly changed my view on life. Thank you!

    • What a gift it is to have a sister and to be able to share with her at the heart level. Tell her I said hello. :-)

  • Moonoverhill

    Thanks Robin! Sometimes I think the dream is not gone, but God is asking us to take a rest from it. When life seems dry and mundane and (writing) seems dead, it may be rest time.

    • And remember how resistant we all where when it came to nap time in kindergarten? We are His little ones and when He tells us to rest, it is for a good reason. Reminds me of Psalm 116:11 “Return to your rest, my soul, for the LORD has been good to you.”

  • (another) Robin

    Like Jennifer Lynne Frisk, I struggled to contain my tears, but lost the struggle, even though I am at work, too! God keeps reminding me, through many varied sources, that He is always at work behind the door that I’ve been relentlessly pounding on. Some days are filled with frustration because I forget to see with my eyes of faith. Thank you for reminding me to ‘…trust Him with unwavering passion…’ This is precisely what I needed to hear right now!

    • I love this reminder to “see with the eyes of faith”. Yes!

  • Marly

    Sweet Robin. You are once again – the hands and feet. My word for this year is Renewal and through a faint heart where hope is hard to come by – I’m clinging to this. Your post is timely – oh so timely. I desperately need healing from chronic illness that makes every day quite a struggle. My dream is simple – to be healthy! Thank you for reminding me to take heart and believe. You are such a blessing to me. Marly Jones

    • Oh, Marly! Renewal is such a great word for the year. Father, I join Marly in asking that You would heal her and fill her with renewed strength and joy. Accomplish all your purposes in her and through her this year. We ask this in the name of Jesus.

  • Karene

    Tears . . . thank you, Robin. It’s hard to have faith when it is winter in your soul, but you have inspired me to keep believing, keep hoping.

    • Yes! Our hope is in Christ, not in our fickle selves. He delights in giving good gifts to His children.

  • Christy

    I was just talking with God about this earlier, and your words confirmed what He was saying to my heart. Now is a time to learn and grow in Him so that I will be ready for what lies ahead when my dreams are fulfilled. Thank you so much for sharing!

    For 15 years, God has been using your words to speak truth to me, and I find them often coming into my remembrance just when I need them. Thank you for being such a special vessel.

    • Don’t you love it when God confirms a truth in several different ways? He is so patient with our fearful little wavering hearts. Keep trusting Him, Christy. (Love your name by the way! :-) )

  • Denise

    Thank you for your words of encouragement and hope. They mean so much to me as they help me to once again entrust our Father with the dream in my heart that has filled me with such great longing and great sorrow for it and it’s (so far) lack of fulfillment.

    • Keep trusting Him, Denise. His is faithful and He is Lord of all.

  • Candy

    Thanks Robin. I am a busy mom of two young active boys. I am also trying to start up a crochet/crafty business and found that last year nothin was going as planned. I decided this year to work on putting God into every area if my life not just the ones I wanted to. It has been hard work trying to find time for family, marriage, crocheting the odd order an God. Have been going really well but just been so tire and finding that some situations are harder to trust God in especially when I am tired or stressed. This just reminded me that God’s timing is perfect and if it is His plan then all things will work for good. Romans 8:28.
    God bless Robin. I admire the way your books touch young lives and how you help young girls.

    • It’s so true, isn’t it? God’s timing is perfect. His thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not our ways. He is in control, not us. God bless you, too, Candy.

      • Candy

        Exactly and sometimes it’s hard to remember with the fast paced world we live in where everything is always at our fingertips.

  • Melissa Smith

    Robin, I cannot put into words how this hits home. I’m really having a very difficult winter season though I’m trying so hard to be hopeful and breakthrough. I know God is on the Throne and always knows best. It’s just the pain is so deep. Thank you for being an encourager, I’ve read your books and been so Inspired by you for many years. Your books were some of the first Christian books I ever read. As someone that is always helped by your insight. I want to say Thank you so much. God uses you to speak His Truth and I admire your honesty and kindness.

    • Put your hope in God, dear Melissa. Go ahead and fall at his feet. Pour out your heart to Him. He knows. He hears. He sees. He puts all our tears in His bottle. That’s how precious you are to Him.

  • Joy Day

    Thank you so much for this post!!!!

  • Renette Steele

    From the time i was in 3rd grade i wanted to be a teacher for special needs. GOD let my dreams come true in amazing ways! After i had 4 children i taught in the chritian scool the attened. 5 years ago i retired and have wondered what to do next, a dream i had long forgotten is slowly sprouting. I pray i may honor GOD with whatever he as in store!!!

    • I join you in that prayer, Renette. Oh, the joys He has in store for you!

  • Cullynana

    Thank you for this wonderful blog…I am so touched! My husband has been seriously ill for 10 years now & I feel so used, so tired, so alone! But your words have filled me with hope! My word this year is “determined”, in my walk, in my faith & in everything I do….to NOT give up! And like the widow woman with the dead son to not stop until my prayers are answered! Thank you for allowing God to use you to free those like me & there are many of us out there!

    • What a great word — “determined”. And isn’t it great to know that God hears every one of our prayers? When we draw near to God, He draws near to us.

  • Crystal

    Such great words Robin! Words that have rang true in my life recently!

    For 12 years I’ve been struggling with finding God’s purpose and will for my life. I cried, begged, prayed to Him for years and years. Yet, nothing happened. I tired to open doors only to have them shut in my face. I didn’t understand. I was angry, upset and hurt.

    Well, in the past few months the Lord has been truly working in my life in awesome but unexpected ways.

    He opened all the doors for me to attend school to become a medical assistant.

    The medical field has been on my heart for many years and I didn’t understand why nothing was working out. Until now anyways. I know without a doubt I’m where the Lord wants me. It’s an incredible feeling.

    I’ve been waiting for this for 12 years! Patience pays off for sure! :)

    • Awesome! God always works in unexpected ways. I’m so glad you shared this, Crystal. When we tell our stories it builds hope and ignites faith in all who hear about what God is doing.

  • Rachel Ondracek

    This was EXACTLY what I needed to hear this morning! Thank you for listening to the Holy Spirit and sharing!

  • Michele B

    I’ve been reading the Christie Miller series since I was a teen and it’s always meant so much to me. The things you write touch my heart in ways that constantly surprise and this is no exception. I’ve been told over and over again that everything happens in God’s time. I’m now married and out of the house and sometimes the words “Every thing happens in God’s timing” begin to ring hollow. Reading this today was exactly what I needed. It’s amazing how hearing something in a different way reawakens hope. My family has been going through a lot lately and it feels like everything is just getting worse. But God is working whether I can see it or not. Thank you so much for the reminder.

    • I’m so glad that you have enjoyed spending time with Christy and her forever friends! You’re right that God is working whether we can see it or not. Keep trusting in the Lord with ALL your heart.

  • Rachel Parsons

    I love your books! I always relate to the situations the characters are going through and enjoy the way you write. Thankful for your love for God and your love for writing…you are so talented! For the past 10 years, I have grown from a teenager to now almost 22…and I look forward to every one of your new releases! Your writing has blessed my life :)

    • Rachel, your comment was such a sweet encouragement. May the Lord continue to bless you!

  • Becky

    I am only getting older and the dream I thought had come from the Father seems to be more and more improbable. I thought once things were moving that way and then it all went away and now I think back and can’t believe how many years have gone by and all is dimming – I hardly remember the passion and excitement I once had to be used of God in this way. So many things you’ve written over the years bring immediate encouragement to me – a looking up, a saying of “Amen” I do know that to be true and am grateful to have been reminded; but this Robin is food for long consideration – thank you

    • I know exactly how this feels, Becky. I wrote about my “dream that would not go away” in Victim of Grace. I think that book would be a real encouragement to you. I hope you get a chance to read it.

  • Melissa Thurston

    This post is a God thing. You don’t know how much I really needed to read this. This weekend I went to my favorite park and was feeling so down because I was feeling like all of my dreams were dead. Hope is such a poweful thing to lose, and I was feeling none whatsoever. So I walked through the woods (my favorite prayer closet) and asked God to please give me some hope. And just two days later He did through you. Thank you for listening to God and being His instrument to give His hope to others.

    • What a cool God thing this is! He was walking with you two days ago in the woods. He’s right beside you now. Take heart!

  • Cassie

    I spent the morning, walking with one of my favorite SisterChicks. On our walk we were talking about some of our dreams, and how they haven’t exactly turned out like we imagined. Thank you for this new perspective.

    • What a gift it is to have a Sisterchick with whom you can walk and talk.

  • Emily

    I almost skipped over reading this. Something made me go back and read. I am so happy I did. I have been agonizing over renewing my nursing license. I haven’t been able to work for 9 years due to health issues and can’t quite grasp the concept that my “dream” died. The words you so eloquently wrote gave me hope, I can still share my nursing abilities, just in a different way. The dream is still growing! Bless you!

    • And what an adventure it is when we continually surrender and God reveals HIS plan, which is often so different from OUR plan. Your dream is definitely still growing!

  • Stacey

    “Take heart. Believe. And consider this. Where did your dream come from? If it was a whim of your flesh it will not sprout or bear fruit. It was merely pardonable whimsy. But if it was a dream born of ancient truth and planted by the Father, it will arise in due season.” I am so glad to read this…I was reading through your book, ‘Praying for Your Future Husband’ to start praying for the future spouses of my children. As I was reading one night the son of one of my friends was in my mind very strongly. [He took my oldest daughter to his homecoming dance (as friends) about two weeks before I was reading the book] I felt very strongly that as I was praying these things, that I was praying for him…but for my younger daughter, not for my oldest daughter. I have no idea if that was the right impression or not, so I pray for his future spouse as well as those of my 3 kids. Only God’s timing will tell…and that will be a long time, they are so young :)

    • That’s cool, Stacey. Did you know that our daughter married the son of my college roommate? We didn’t introduce them. They met on their own and then discovered the sweet connection about their moms being roomies.

      • Stacey

        I did know that Robin, and I got goosebumps when I read that in your book. I met my friend several years ago at work (library) when she brought her boys in to get books. I loved them all immediately :) Her boys are like my own sons, and I know that is the love of Christ coming through me to them. No matter who they marry one day, I will always love them like they are mine.

  • Rebecca Jo Cannon

    I am in the uprooting of the choking weeds stage ! Praise God, He is showing me what those weeds are. Pulling some weeds is difficult. Then I see a little teeny green sprout of hope, water it & get back to those weeds. I don’t know when it’s going to pop up & bloom – I trust God and am so glad He is in charge! Thank you Robin for that friendly little watering! I read this right after the heavens poured down a huge watering of rain in Kihei. Sweet.

    • Wasn’t it a great rain? You could smell it in the air before it doused us all. Rain in the winter brings hope of new life in the spring.

  • June

    At 61 I have no dreams.How does one get a dream anymore? Not many things have worked out well in my life-most of my dreams were dashed.
    BUT THE LORD–thankfully I walk with Him and allow Him to lead me where He can use me.

    • I wonder what would happen if you asked the Lord if He had any dreams for you that He hasn’t yet fulfilled. What might He do? It’s never too late to dream a new dream. Grandma Moses started painting when she was in her 70’s! Go on, June. Dream anew. Dream a dream Jesus planted in the garden of your heart long ago.

  • SarahForgrave

    Beautiful, Robin. Just beautiful. I can hear your voice all over this, and more importantly, God’s voice. Thank you for these words of encouragement.

    • Sarah! Hi! I’m so glad this was an encouragement to you. :-) I’m looking forward to the next time our paths cross.

  • Katy

    Thank you. For so long I’ve been struggling with being left alone. I won’t say why but I’ve been nursing a broken heart caused by a dead dream. You’ve given me hope that maybe it might not be as dead as I thought and the new thought that God might have a better dream for me then I could ever dream for myself. Thank you again, and God bless you.

    • I’m so glad this post gave you some hope, Katy. Your comment reminded me of some of the things my friend, Tricia Goyer, and I wrote about in “Praying for Your Future Husband”. Both of us had our hearts broken in agonizing ways before we ended up getting married. Both of us are so grateful now that God worked in our lives the way He did. The pain is for a purpose. He does give beauty for our ashes. He does.

      • Katy

        That was weird. The fact that my post reminded you of something in Praying for Your Future Husband is a total God-thing. You hit the nail on the head in a big way. Thank you,

  • Tiffany Oakes

    Thank you for posting this. I have a few dreams I have let go of. It seems like I will never get to where I want to go with some of them, but reading your words has been encouraging. They are like one of God’s little clouds of hope that keeps me afloat and from giving up on my dreams completely.

    • I had those same feelings about letting go of dreams, Tiffany. I wrote about the experience in “Victim of Grace”. If you find yourself in need of a little more encouragement … a great big cloud to float on … then I hope you’ll read “Victim of Grace”.

  • Missy

    wow. I really needed this. Thank you.
    I feel like my dream has died, but I know if I continue to stand firm with the Lord, then he will lead me to my real dream.

    • Yes! Stand firm in the truth in His Word. Trust Him. He will accomplish His purposes in you and through you as you continue to surrender to Him.

  • Damarys Decothé

    Oh dear Robin! Once again God used you to speak to my heart.
    I really need this words today… it seems like my dream could never be true, but God knows what i need! Our God is wonderful!
    Thank you for comfort my heart.
    You are a bless in my life!
    Come to Brasil again, i want to hug you again!

    • I would love to come to Brasil again one day. That’s a little dream that is sleeping right now. I will wait for God’s springtime! God bless you, dear Damarys!

  • Claudia

    Today’s post is a glittering gem, Robin. You have reached into the soul of the average Christian woman and addressed the doubt and discomfort that resides there as we endure the molding and shaping of our lives by our loving Savior. “Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus…oh for GRACE to TRUST Him more!” Thank you for following His plan for your life, you are such a blessing to us.

    • I love that line of that wonderful hymn, Claudia . . . “O for grace to trust Him more”. Yes, Lord and amen!

  • Jesika Davey

    Robin,
    thank you,I totally needed this. Just like Jen, my husband and I are trying to have a child. This gave me new hope! God is so good! He knows JUST what we need. I close my eyes and thank my Father above for this timely message!

    • I agree, Jesika. God is so good. He does know JUST what we need.

  • Elle

    I always struggle with the “dream” encouragements. I guess because I don’t feel like I have had a super specific dream for my life. Except for so very much wanting to be a Godly wife and mother, loving Jesus with a family of my own–but what Jesus-girl didn’t dream of that? Now at 47, neither of those has happened, and it feels foolish to hold out hope for it. I try to work through the grief of the loss of the life I had imagined, some days sad and some days smiling (but honestly, lots of the sad), and keep trusting that I’m not missing Him… but wondering if I missed a sign or opportunity for this hope deferred along the way, and how could I?

    So loved your Glenbrook books, and still wish for more! I found myself aging the characters ever so slightly in my head so that they could tell some of my story, too. :-) Blessings to you.

    • What a tender heart you have, Elle. The Lord sees. He hears. He knows. Don’t carry any past regrets into your future. Travel light. Just enough hope and courage for this day. That’s all you need. Trust, trust, trust your loving, all-knowing Heavenly Father. He does all things well.

  • Jennifer Layman Rivera

    I have had several dreams to die. However, my greatest lesson is not faith, for I trust my Father and know He has plans to bless me. My lesson is patience. God is working His mighty hand in my life on His time not mine. It is a struggle for me to understand this daily, but I keep reminding myself daily. God is there. His fingers are constructing and orchestrating my life – my dreams. I will continue writing my books, and I will continue praying for cetain areas of my worldly life to be nurtured and transformed. Thanks for today’s reminder, Robin.

    • Funny, isn’t it, how faith and patience go hand in hand. Well, I guess it’s not really funny. It’s just truth. We grow in both faith and patience whenever God is doing a new thing in our lives. I’m glad you’re going to continue writing, Jennifer. I pray that the Lord will use your stories to draw the readers closer to him. That’s the true goal of our storytelling, isn’t it?

      • Jennifer Layman Rivera

        Absolutely, Robin. If my stories can lead just one person to know Christ a bit better, my work will be complete :) Definitely worth that learned patience and perseverance!

  • James Rogers

    Thank you.

  • Lindsey Mathis

    Beautifully written. Thank you for sharing.

  • What a wonderful reminder, Robin! I feel like my writing dreams die and are reborn weekly! Sometimes I even try to kill them myself, but every time I think I’ve succeeded, I’ll be if they don’t roll over and smile at me, like a frisky puppy playing dead. God truly does continue to breathe life – even while we’re busy picking out headstones.

  • Emma Ruth

    Oh. My. Gosh. I needed to hear that SO much! You have no idea how much hope that just gave me. Everybody expects me to do what I’ve always wanted to do so I sorta just let it go. And that just basically told me that it may seem gone now but it isn’t it’s still there and it’s not to late to see what may blossom. Dot let it go, just let it grow. Thanks so much.

    • Love that line, Emma Rose — “Don’t let it go, just let it grow”. :-)

  • keke

    My dreams get crushed everyday. Yesterday I was verbally harassed in school, I had to watch my crush fall in love with my friend, and each day I wonder if everything will get better. That in the future I will write books and fall madly in love with the right person. But I get scared that none of it won’t happen and then I feel like a bad person for still feeling like that even though I believe in God. But I still remember that he told me: “You didn’t choose me, I chose you.” And then I have faith that HE loves me..his imperfect teenager. Please write more of Christy and Todd. I never thought of the kind of man I wanted until I met Todd. Thank you.

  • Kallayah Curry

    Thank you SO much for sharing what God put on your heart!! I saw the title in my email and decided to save it even though I wasn’t sure how much I’d relate, since God brought so many dreams to reality in this last year. I’m so glad I read it…it was SO timely and had such beautiful nuggets of truth, that I was in shock…God spoke directly to me. I’ve been trying to deny the dream of getting married someday…thinking maybe it’s just a “me” thing rather than from God. There is a person in my life that is a man of God and I care for so deeply…yet I keep asking that if it’s not what God has, that he will change my desires (as he has with other things in the past), and 4 years later..I’m 22 and my admiration for this man only grows. I’m still not sure if I’m supposed to take this and apply it to this specifically, but I think it does confirm that I am where God wants me, though the waiting is hard when I don’t know WHAT i’m waiting for (also seeking God for direction since I finished college in Hawaii). Thank you again…you are one of my role models and I can’t wait to share your work with the ladies in my life. :) Blessings!

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  • pbandj526

    Robin, this is such an encouragement as has much of your writing over the years. I wish so much I could write like you do :-) Thank you for sharing God’s truth in such a refreshing way. Thank you for speaking to my weary, saddened heart. It’s been a tough few months with loss of most everything I own in a flood, several other losses/traumas, and the realization that dreams have died, too. God’s doing a new thing in me in 2014 and I can’t wait to see the green sprouts start popping through the ground. THANK YOU!!!

  • Audry

    Robin,
    I was at the One Love ladies retreat this week-end and really appreciate all you had to share with us. When you were reading this writing this morning, I thought “I remember this… it really spoke to me.” Another dear friend had posted it to her fb wall back in January… I had no idea you were the author of this piece. It spoke to me months ago and it spoke to me again today. I too have a little dream that has died… the dream of having a baby… I have been agonizing over this for months, this giving up of this dream… This week-end was the first time I was ever able to thank Him and praise Him, just a little bit for having me walk this journey of infertility. Thank you for helping me take these first steps.