a big dream

when Samantha of Elah Tree posted this quote in her post last week i could not stop thinking about it. you see, the Lord has been working in my heart and i am dreaming things for this blog and for our family that i never imagined i would! it makes me smile, cry, freak out, sing, laugh, and/or quote Frozen all at the same time – “i don’t know if i am elated or gassy but i am somewhere in that zone!”

the truth is, when i started blogging i had no idea i would love it like i do. i had no idea i would have such a heart to connect with you. i had no idea that my struggles with having a daily quiet time would resonate with so many of you and TOGETHER we would do the 40 days with Jesus to grow closer to Him. i had no idea that praying for my husband would be something that a million people on pinterest were also looking for (i exaggerated about the million part)! and i never expected to cry when checking my email because i was so blessed by people’s sweet words. it has become a place that even in my weakness and rawness the Lord has blessed and encouraged.

the last couple months i have been stepping out into the unknown with Oak + Oats and the Lord is calling me to continue following His leading. i am dreaming big dreams and it scares the crap out of me. i have cried about it a couple times this week already because sometimes things are too grand for my little heart to even imagine. i am scared of failure, of not measuring up. and scared of allowing my heart to dream big because i am afraid i’ll be disappointed! in my heart it is easier for me to take things down so i am always pleasently surprised – when i get too excited or passionate about things my heart starts to freak out and i start imagining the worst. yuck. go away Satan – you cannot steal my joy!!!

what i love about this quote is that it leaves it in the hands of Jesus. and it reminds us the importance of prayer. big dreams are safe when laid in the hands of Jesus because He has plans that are bigger and better than anything we can imagine. He is our provider. and in Him is HOPE. if He places big dreams in my heart than He will fulfil those dreams in His time and in His way. i just need to trust Him and run after Him when He says “follow Me into the unknown!”

is the Lord asking you to TRUST Him on anything?

Author: Oak & Oats

  • heidi

    The quote is great. And it encourages us to dream the impossible. Great things are in store for you and your dream. Hope you have a great day!

  • Excellent. God knows all about big dreams, and He's the one who calls us to use our talents and makes us able to do so!

  • Love it! It's so fun to step out and follow what we feel God may be providing! Have fun in the process!

  • big dreams are so exhilarating and terrifying at the same time! i don't want to fail either and i want all to go according to my plan. but the thing is, it's all about God's plan anyway. he knows our hearts and our dreams and he cares about them because he cares so deeply about us! so excited for your dreams and my dreams, friend! God is going to do great things!

  • Alisha B.

    Ahhh this post came right on time for me! I have been really praying about a new project I have been wanting to start and it seems like every time I begin to doubt myself God places a helpful scripture or quote in front of me to whip me back into shape. And a lot of them have been on trusting him and having patience! Thank you so much for posting this!

  • Love this!! I am so excited to hear more about these big dreams of yours–stay positive girl! Any little idea God gives us can only be for the good. Focus on the positive. 🙂 Also, loving that Frozen quote, of course.

  • I'm so excited to hear about what your dreams are for this blog! God is huge and can definitely enable us to accomplish our dreams!

  • thanks Heidi!

  • so true! and He desires for us to use our gifts and talents for the Kingdom!

  • thanks sweet lady! praying with each step!

  • 🙂 we will just pray them out!

  • you are so welcome! I am glad that you were encouraged by it too!! and yes, that is why i love covering my walls with Scripture prints so that I am always reminded!

  • thanks Angela! 🙂 and FROZEN (xoxooxox)

  • thanks for the great encouragement Susannah!


  • This is beautiful Elizabeth, absolutely love this post! I can't wait to see what God continues to do through you!

  • You know it's God when your dreams make you nervous. But he's is faithful to finish all the good works he starts in us. God has been challenging me and asking me to trust him in huge ways. The devil constantly trolls around hoping to knock me off my feet. I'm fighting him tooth and nail for my victories.

  • Loved reading this. I'm at a similar place, where I'm dreaming big but am scared. It's always nice to read affirming words about trusting in Him. I'm excited to see what your big dreams are as well! 🙂

  • Thanks girl! and you too!! Your blog is growing in so many new and fun ways! i love it.

  • me too!!!

  • yeah! That is so exciting! I love that you are in a similar place so you understand!!

  • AMEN! but He has overcome!

  • I got tired of being scared. So yes, I'm dreaming big, but I'm turning it into a reality too!

  • I am so proud of you!!

  • I totally know the feeling! I say keep dreaming AND keep seeking the Lord. I do believe He give us passions, desires, and talents for a reason! Maybe the Lord has plans to mix your passions it a way you never expected – like teaching writing classes to high schoolers or teaching classes to others through your blog. God has given you those dreams, ask Him what He wants you to do with them. Seek Him. There are times when we are called to "wait" to stay somewhere we don't love for one reason or another. Ask Him to show you little joys and reveal to you why He has you in this season of teaching.

    Also, this quote is from the Circle Maker. I encourage you to pick it up. Also Make it Happen. Those books I think will really encourage you in this season!

    Lastly, I leave you with this verse. Seek Him and He will shape your heart and use your passions for His glory!

    Delight yourself in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.
    Commit your way to the Lord;
    trust in him, and he will act.

    – Psalm 37:4&5

  • Amen! This is everything I needed to hear! And you are the second one to recommend this book to me so I think I'm going to buy it like….right now! Thank you so much for your words of encouragement and advice! I'm so glad I found this blog and I hope we can be friends!

  • YAY! Yes. Yes. Yes