Dream Small


I have never been one to set a lot of goals. I admire those who are big-picture gals. I’m just not one of them. I make a lot of lists, try to do my best, but many times, striving for something lofty has brought me nothing but pain and disappointment. Even when I had prayed about certain issues, God still closed doors. No, he slammed them. And often, it felt like my fingers got caught in the door.

I have frequently felt shame and guilt about this – sometimes jealous of others who do grand things, and have climbed the ladder to success in the Christian life. They have made such a difference. God really has used them in mighty ways. Why couldn’t I do that? Am I setting the wrong goals? Am I not listening to God closely enough? Am I ignoring what He is telling me?

So I heave a sigh, try harder, worry more, and keep trudging along in this thing called life.

I am always amazed when God meets me right where I am. Something seemingly insignificant will jump right out at me, undeniably from My Father sent directly to me. This happened  few days ago.

First, let me tell you that I am a visual person. It takes me 5, 10, 50 times of hearing a song before the words mean something to me. I was the 80’s girl who bought a new cassette, popped it in the boom box, then proceeded to pull out the insert and read the lyrics along with Michael W. or Amy as they sang them. I had to SEE the words for them to mean something to me.

Recently, I loaded some new songs onto my phone. As I was driving into town to run some errands, I had them plugged in to my car radio. The song “Dream Small” by Josh Wilson came on. I had never heard this song before, or even heard of the artist. I just purchased it on a whim, even acknowledging to myself that dreaming small had to go against good theology, right?! I know this was from God, however, because I heard, understood, and felt every word.




This never happens to me. Halfway through the song, I was sobbing so hard, I couldn’t breathe. God sent those words to me. Let me share:

Dream small
Don’t buy the lie you’ve got to do it all
Just let Jesus use you where you are
One day at a time
Live well
Loving God and others as yourself
Find little ways where only you can help
With His great love
A tiny rock can make a giant fall so
Dream small.

Friends – I am almost weeping typing these words! I am ok! God made me this way! I don’t HAVE to set lofty goals!

These simple moments change the world!

The relief and freedom I felt hearing these words was literally like a wave of peace and grace washing over me. It is an issue I have struggled with for a long time, and, for some reason, especially this summer. God doesn’t need me to start a new ministry. He doesn’t need me to spearhead a new program, or create a VBS or Sunday School curriculum.

Of course there’s nothin’ wrong with bigger dreams.

Thank God some of you are called to dream bigger dreams! I am in awe of you, and appreciate the gifts God gave you. But it’s ok that I didn’t get those gifts!

The God who does all things makes oceans from rivers.

I don’t have to be an ocean – but thank God some of you are called to be oceans. I can, and am created to be, a river! A river! Wow! Just, wow! I can do that. I can be a river.

So, be what God created you to be! Find freedom in that, you precious women. We beat ourselves up enough-stop. Be who you are. Dream small.



I love knowing how God meets us where we are. If you have a story, I’d love to hear and help you share it with other women. There is power in seeing how God works in others’ lives. You can email me at lisastoehrcook@gmail.com with your stories. Thanks for letting me share mine.

By | 2018-06-26T00:23:39+00:00 June 22nd, 2018|God Stories|2 Comments

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  1. Becky June 24, 2018 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing Lisa, this is powerful message! Truly our God fits all pieces together, we are all called to do our part! May we delight in the journey He has asked us to take.

  2. Judy July 7, 2018 at 10:51 am - Reply

    Beautiful message Lisa. Thanks for reminding me it’s OK to be just who God made me to be. He works His beauty in all of us to be used for His glory. A lot of wisdom in the song, Dream Small. Thanks for sharing your heart!

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