It’s Not Too Late for Your Dreams

Parakeet-image-Not-Too-Late-For-Your-DreamsI awoke suddenly from a deep sleep, memories of a dream flooding over me with waves of hope and excitement. I grabbed my pen and journal and started to write.

You see, I had dreamed about birds—my favorite creatures. In the dream, I saw a bunch of beautiful, little parakeets. But something was wrong with these parakeets: they were starving. I had let them starve, forcing them to go weeks or months without food or water.

Yet, miraculously, all the parakeets were still alive. Near death, yes; but still breathing. I gently picked up each bird I saw and fed it … and as I did, each one revived and regained its strength to fly.

When I awoke, motivation and courage gripped me.

Somehow, I felt I had received a message of hope. I felt like our merciful Father was telling me that the dreams I had neglected—those ideas and plans which could have given me wings, but which I had let starve nearly to death—could come back alive if I would feed them.

You see, for years I have been a terrible finisher.

I’m great at starting things. Great at motivating people and casting the vision … but not always so great at finishing. Sometimes I’ve let things fall through the cracks at home, in business, and even in ministry.

Oh, there have been successes; and I’ve been able to keep the mundane, necessary balls (like laundry and job and occasionally cooking for my husband) circling in the air. But those special dreams that take extra time but could have given me wings? Not so much.

Like that time when the editor of a nationally-known magazine handed me her business card across the dinner table, and asked me to submit an article to her that I had just proposed. I wrote the article, and I still have her business card in my wallet … but I never sent it in.

Then there’s that book proposal that’s been almost done for, well, years. The piano album I recorded, but for which I never actually had CDs made. And the gorgeous, professionally-designed Bible study workbook I wrote but never had printed.

Yeah. Those dreams.

So many plans neglected and left to starve. So many ideas that could have given me wings. I got the message of the dream loud and clear, and I began to write.

I made a list of all the “parakeets” I could think of that were starving. All the things I knew I needed to work on in order to see my goals actually happen. The list was long, but it filled me with hope.

Because, you see, in the dream, another encouraging message came through:

I fed those parakeets one at a time. They revived one at a time. It wasn’t overwhelming. Life just came as I paid attention to each one.

And I realized that working on just one task each day, even for a few moments, would help. Even if I only have 15 minutes to spare, I can get each dream a little closer to completion in 15 minutes. I don’t have to be overwhelmed by the size of the task, the potential of the dream, or the amount of work it will take me to finish.

All I have to do is feed my dreams one tiny step at a time.

And all you have to do is feed your dreams one tiny step at a time too.

What beautiful plans have you made regarding things you’re called to do? What projects have you started, but not finished?

And are any of your hopes for the future dying long, slow deaths without food or water, like mine were?

You may feel like your dreams are dead, or that it’s too late, but it’s not too late. There is hope if you will move forward intentionally.

It’s okay if your steps are small. If all you can do today is make a list, that’s all right! Go ahead and make that list. Then just keep doing one little thing each day. Even the teensiest steps will add up over time. In a week, a month, or a year, you’ll be able to look back at where you were this day and see progress that will have made a difference in your life.

Since I had that dream about the parakeets, I’ve been taking tiny steps each day toward reviving my dreams. Sometimes the steps are incredibly tiny. Yet, other times I really get into the flow of my work, and I end up getting wonderful things done in an hour or two.

No matter how big or how small, the tiny steps I’m taking each day are making a difference. I’m seeing progress. The dreams I thought were long dead are coming back to life.

And you can bring your dreams back to life too.

If the dream is still in your heart, it’s not too late. It’s never too late. Your efforts matter.

One tiny step at a time …

One 15-minute increment at a time …

One littlest goal each day …

And you can make more progress more quickly than you ever imagined.

What will you do today to give wings to your dreams?

Jamie Rohrbaugh

Jamie Rohrbaugh

Jamie Rohrbaugh is an author, speaker, and Presence seeker whose passion is to see sons and daughters transformed by the love of Papa God. She blogs at FromHisPresence.com about prayer, personal revival, and the supernatural lifestyle. Her writing can be seen around the web, including on (in)courage.me, WorshipMinistry.com, and Christianity Today’s Gifted for Leadership. Jamie and her husband live in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and together they have one cat.
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  • I am such an “all or nothing” person. If I can’t do it all perfectly, so many times I just give up. I need these reminders to take little steps and to focus on what I can do today. Thank you for this!

    • Yes. Your little steps matter! We really tend to underestimate what we can do in even a month or two if we just take small steps each day. It’s like cooking in a Crock Pot … sometimes it seems like the cooking is so slow that nothing’s happening; but the next day, we wake up and that roast we’ve been craving is done. 🙂

    • Yes. Your little steps matter! We really tend to underestimate what we can do in even a month or two if we just take small steps each day. It’s like cooking in a Crock Pot … sometimes it seems like the cooking is so slow that nothing’s happening; but the next day, we wake up and that roast we’ve been craving is done. 🙂

  • Such good encouragement here Jamie. Thanks for speaking your dreams into ours. May you continue to be inspired and led by the dreams God has given you.

    • Thank you, Debby. I’m glad it blessed you. Yes, I’m trying! Day by day… still making progress even though progress seems reeeeealllllly slow sometimes! But God is faithful.

    • Thank you, Debby. I’m glad it blessed you. Yes, I’m trying! Day by day… still making progress even though progress seems reeeeealllllly slow sometimes! But God is faithful.

  • Oh me tooooo! My kids went back this week and I have spent a little chunk of each day weaving dreams into something I can hold. Feeding parakeets. Honoring who I am. This is so encouraging today. Thank you!

    • I love your phrase “weaving dreams.” Truly that is what we are doing. One thread between the laundry and cooking breakfast. Another after work. A phone call in the car on the way somewhere. It matters… and yes, stewarding the gift God gave you!

  • This is all the things, Jamie. It gave me chills, and it helped me a ton. Yesterday, I spent more than an hour fighting to write 500 words–each word came so hard, and I didn’t even like what I had wrote when I finished. But I was faithful to do it, even if it didn’t feel sleek and awesome. How else do you build a book than by simply doing the tiniest bit you can at a time? Thanks for your encouragement.

    • I’m so glad it helped you, Heather. My heart goes out to you–I know how it is to sometimes do those things you know you must do when you feel no anointing for it, no inspiration, no ease. But you’re a warrior and you pressed through! So proud of you. May we all do exactly what you did, even on the hardest days.

  • Fiona Lloyd

    This is really helpful, Jamie. I have so many dreams I’ve allowed to shrivel because they haven’t worked out exactly as planned, or because I don’t have the self-confidence to believe that they can come to fruition. Your suggestion of taking one small step at a time has encouraged me to think that I can make progress with my dreams, after all. Maybe I should post a picture of a parakeet above my desk. Thank you!

    • Fiona, yes, post that picture! And know – Abba Father cares about the things that matter to you. As you steward who He has made you to be, and the dream He has entrusted to you, I believe He will come up under you and multiply your efforts. It takes time, but the strongest trees take the longest to germinate. You can do it. Only you can fill the place on the earth that you were appointed and created to fill. 🙂
      Big hugs to you!

  • Thank you for sharing!! I am in the midst of a job search. Directly after I lost my job, I threw myself into volunteering at other agencies that I thought would hire me. But life – selling my house, getting married – has forced me to slow down, to stop, to reevaluate the time that I have, to breathe, and to start asking, rather than making a choice out of fear, what are the decisions that I *want* to make? What are the paths that I want to walk? Where have I maybe missed a turn that I can now go back and do again? Like you, I am thinking about all the things that I said I wanted to do and trying to actually do them! I appreciate the encouragement!

    • I totally feel ya on this. I’m so glad you’re taking the time to regroup so you can do what’s best for you, rather than for all those other reasons. More power to you! May Papa multiply grace and peace to you, and smooth your path as you make each decision.

  • Jamie, I needed to read your words today, esp. these: “Even if I only have 15 minutes to spare, I can get each dream a little closer to completion in 15 minutes. I don’t have to be overwhelmed by the size of the task, the potential of the dream, or the amount of work it will take me to finish.” I have so many dreams either started or still in my head, but by taking one thing at a time, I think I can see some progress this year. Thanks for your inspiration and encouragement! Blessings to you!

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