I Love You More than My Dreams - Interview

Meet mollie suits

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Mollie is one of my favorite people. She has served me taking care of my kids every summer since they were in Elementary School and as a result we’ve become best friends. She is a Special Education Teacher who loves sports, trivia night, tavelling, and spending quality time with her family and friends. She is the best and I can’t wait for you to hear from her.

What did you learn about the character of God in this chapter? 

God cares much more about who are than what we are doing.  When we think about the plans He has for us, we typically think about a list of accomplishments or tasks that we will complete, but God is interested in the person we’re becoming in life.  He focuses on our hearts. This goes against my human nature to complete a task or fulfill a dream to feel complete.

God wants us to be healthy, and He gives us good gifts.  When He asks us to do something, it’s always to prosper us, but it doesn’t always make sense to us. He knows our hearts, and His prosperous plans are directed to our hearts and growth as person, not our accomplishments. 

God loves us and wants to be close to us. He wants hear our desires and wishes in life.  He wants to us to live our lives with Him and for Him. He’s not asking us to give up on our dreams or to even cast them aside, He’s asking us to simply love Him more than our dreams. 

I’ve been mad at Jesus for making me wait, but I’ve also appreciated the humility he’s produced in my soul.
— Sharie King, i love you more

What did you learn about your character?

God broke me reading this chapter. I went in thinking that I did love God more than my dreams.  I had just sold my little dream house because He asked me to. It took me by surprise and I didn’t do it at first, but overtime I decided to be obedient, step out in faith and trust in His plan. I thought I was doing what He wanted by choosing His plan over my desires, but really I had cast my dreams aside and closed my heart to my dreams.  

I actually had to read this chapter across multiple days because Jesus revealed a bitterness I had harvested towards Him for years through different dreams. Each time He spoke to me, I wanted to take the time to listen and soak up the goodness of His love and comfort of His words. I decided to open up my heart to the hurt and disappointment I felt that God’s plan for my life had not met my expectations.  

What happens in your heart when Jesus doesn’t fulfill your dreams according to your strategy and timetable?
— Sharie King, I Love You More

How do you think you can practically apply what you've learned to your life/world? 

I had to make the decision to be vulnerable with Jesus and to willingly open up my heart to the hurt I felt.  Practically, the first part of my life this impacted was my prayer life.  When I prayed, it was mostly about some kind of role I was fulfilling as teacher, leader, sister, daughter, and friend.  It was all about my actions and opportunities.  I had to stop praying about what I was doing and start praying about who I was becoming.  My time with Him became about who He created me to be.  One day, I was reading about how God makes things new.  In Revelation 21:6 He says, “He who is seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”  Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”  I asked Him to make me new and He did.  

Eventually, I started dreaming with Him again.  The fun part of this for me was that the dreams I had tossed aside were the same dreams that came back.  He redeemed them for me.  Sometimes waiting and working towards my dreams can feel exhausting and overwhelming.  The concept of loving God more than my dreams.  It’s not a one and done kind of decision.  It’s a choice I have to make over and over, to give my dreams to God and love Him more by prioritizing who I am becoming over what I am doing.

Loving Jesus more than our dreams is not a one-time decision, but a lifetime commitment of continued dedication. Over and over . . .
— sharie king, i love you more

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