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childhood dreams

on July 11, 2015
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My oldest “dreamer”- looking out over the sea

i had to catch 

my breath, as i

gazed into 

your azure eyes-

a thousand times

i dreamed of you 

and all my hopes

you would out-do 

i remember well- 

the very first day

i gently rocked 

your cries away

i held you close 

and breathed you in 

that was the moment

i could never begin

imagining life

without you

Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires Psalm 37:4

With great joy, I am watching my girls grow into independent young ladies. While they are still young in many ways, at times they impress me with their insight and words of wisdom.  Recently, they asked me what I used to want to be when I grew up.  I told them I dreamed of doing all sorts of things- a news reporter, a singer, a mother, a teacher…

Katie’s eyes lit up, and with a smile-she said “You know what, Mom?  You ARE all those things!”  

I thought about it for a second. I have a teaching degree in music, I’ve taught voice and piano lesson, and now I am a worship leader….but a reporter?  Surely I was missing something

Puzzled, I said “Well, I’ve never been a news reporter.” 

“Sure you are!  You do the video announcements at church, “ Katie answered me matter of factly. 

I smiled at her.  Sometimes kids have the coolest way of seeing things, and they have the ability to shed light on our lives in ways we never could. Not in a thousand years would I have thought that yes– He did, in fact, allow all of my childhood dreams come true…

it’s all about perspective!

 Open my eyes to see…   Psalm 119:18

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21 responses to “childhood dreams

  1. KM says:

    Very beautiful.

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  2. Trini Lind says:

    Oh, how very very lovely!! I adore this post! ❤

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  3. paulfg says:

    Yesterday someone changed a definition of something important. A definition I had made “fact”. I only realised my “fact” was holding me back after reading theirs – their definition of the same label was drawing me in – allowing me to step forwards rather than step back.
    Don Merritt, did that – thank you, Don.

    Today Julie has reinforced why “my fact definition” is only “my definition” – and can hold me back (for a lifetime) if I allow. Julie’s daughter did the redefining this time (read her words here).
    Thank you Julie.

    So if God Soft Hands Jesus is “indwelling” – why are so surprised we hear Him in others? I know I am too often!

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    • paulfg says:

      Sorry Julie, I thought I was adding a “reblog” comment -and then found I had used the comment box instead – so sorry for “doubling up” on the same comment!

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    • Julie Harris says:

      Do you ever have days when you wonder what would have happened if you had followed a different path- a different career? I think back on all the thousands of choices we make in those crucial years when we are getting ready to venture out into the world…and I wonder if I had chosen to pursue being a “reporter” or something else- would it still have brought me here? My little conversation with my daughter was a huge “aha” moment for me- my childhood desires coming full circle. But I don’t know if I would have made those connections if it hadn’t been for my daughter’s thoughtful perspective. I must have missed the post by Don in which you reference…I will be looking that one up 🙂 and thank you for the reblog…that was very kind of you 🙂

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      • paulfg says:

        Hiya Julie – and yes I have and sometimes still do. All this “wrong choices” always adding something, taking me somewhere, to someone – without which the “right choices” would have been missing something really important. Always blows my mind when I do the connections.
        And Don’s comment was in an email – so not to be found in his posts (specific to my comment).

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      • Julie Harris says:

        What a neat journey this life thing is! Even my “wrong” choices, I can see how God used them to strengthen/teach me something… and He always connects the dots somehow 🙂

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  4. paulfg says:

    Reblogged this on Just me being curious and commented:
    Yesterday someone changed a definition of something important. A definition I had made “fact”. I only realised my “fact” was holding me back after reading theirs – their definition of the same label was drawing me in – allowing me to step forwards rather than step back.
    Don Merritt, did that – thank you, Don.

    Today Julie has reinforced why “my fact definition” is only “my definition” – and can hold me back (for a lifetime) if I allow. Julie’s daughter did the redefining this time (read her words here).
    Thank you Julie.

    So if God Soft Hands Jesus is “indwelling” – why are so surprised we hear Him in others? I know I am – too often!

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  5. lorriebowden says:

    I love your sweet little messengers!! Here’s to answered prayers, Julie!! ♡

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  6. popswally says:

    From the mouths of babes… What an awesome perspective and how true!

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  7. Perspective is sometimes everything, Julie. I’ll bet you wear even more hats than even that! 😉

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  8. BJ says:

    That is awesome. In first grade I wanted to be a movie projector. It took me almost a year before someone told me why everyone was so amused by this.

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