I Had a Dream
When I was ten years old, I had a dream.
My dream started when I saw the movie The Inn of the Sixth Happiness, starring Ingrid Bergman.
This dream was impossible for me to fulfill as a child, but I held tight to it all during middle school, high school and college, even telling my dream to my college boyfriend. After we eventually married and started a family, the time came to pursue my dream.
I wanted to adopt an Asian baby girl into our home.
At first I thought we were to go overseas, but God had different plans. He wanted us to go through the foster care system. “But God,” I asked. “How am I going to find the girl of my heart, the one you showed me when I was ten?”
Do you have a dream?
God is the one who puts those desires in our heart—for our self, our future and how we can impact the world. Dreams give us hope and motivate us to do our best. A dream builds our faith and can encourage us to face insurmountable odds.
But we need to beware! Satan wants to destroy our dream by placing people in our lives that tell us to forget our dream, that we’re not good enough, and that it’s impossible. And sometimes, the biggest reason we give up on our dream is because of our own insecurities.
Although it was an emotional journey, I’m glad I didn’t believe Satan’s lies. If I did, I would have missed out on the blessing of our daughter—and yes, she’s exactly like I envisioned.
I’d love to know how you’ve fulfilled your God-given dream. And if you haven’t pursued it yet, what’s stopping you?
Sherry Kyle is an award-winning author, and writes books for tween girls as well as novels for women, including Watercolor Dreams, a historical romance set along the lush beaches of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Sherry lives in California with her husband and four children, loves to decorate her beach house, and enjoys taking walks by the ocean. You can find her at www.sherrykyle.com