contented dream jars


a very loving, and thoughtful young man, once spoke words of wisdom. his words stung my heart and expanded my narrowed mind, all at once. he said that life is all about our contentment with it, and not our complacency. i understood what he meant immediately. i lived life as one who was not content, at the time, and also as one who thought that i wasn't complacent, that is until recently when i became even more restless than ever before. i realized that i had dreamed of becoming more than.

more than just a wordsmith: a writer

more than just a girl: a strong woman

more than just a dreamer: a doer

with these thoughts, scales loosened themselves from my eyes and i heard those words of his ringing truer than true in my heart.

i had held myself in places of the complacent domain, when my soul longed to soar. i forgot to be content with where i was at currently, without comparing myself to those other brothers and sisters around me. and instead of being a more than content woman, i found myself distracted by my own version of the comfortably secure life.

this life we live is about daring. it's about being content with what we have. dreaming. loving. leading. hoping. more. there's this immense relaxation that allows us to begin dreaming, that abounds when we calm our spirits, sit before HIM and say here i am. here's my dreams and my life and the things i long to be more than.  and then we are free to be content, because those thoughts, both good and evil, do not harbor residence over our entire soul.

placing dreams into shining jars, that sit on windowsills, they are clouded by shadow at first, or so it seems. but those jars sit there content, filled to the brim with dreams of the coming days, and yet they are satisfied with their station on the sill. they await the sunny days that lie ahead. the ones that will change those dreams within that are scrawled on inky covered notebook paper. those dreams shine in the sun and remember fondly those accepted contented times. and now they are ready to be borne...ready to be become borne anew.


dreams, like our faith should never be complacent. to live more, to dream more, to be more. those should be the things of which we let our minds and hearts entertain when we are in a season of quiet. a season that learns to be content with what we have, and also learns to dream more, but storehouses those dreams in splendid glass jars for a future of daring.

...never complacent, always daring to be content. there in the now, glass jar dreams and HIS immense love, await me, alongside contentment to be found and sought after. so do not be afraid, to breathe dreams in and out and to love where you are at, dear one. be content to dream and to find that place of eucharisteo with Him and with me.

this year i'm turning my wild dreams loose and deciding to live them out to the fullest. i'll be holding other dreams in jars for another season that aren't yet ready to shine. and i will strive to become a restless more-than woman who is striving and running after her place of peace.

i'm still learning what all of this means, but i will proceed into this new year having learned last year that contentment is a beautiful surrender of the now-dreams and it's also the laying down of the someday-jar-dreams, and complacency is an uglified laziness that squelches new dreams from ever forming or becoming this beautiful person filled with daring that is now me.



{linking up with emily and letting go of my dreams while learning to live contentedly}
((all images via pinterest))

16 comments:

  1. beautiful. i made a dream jar, and today i plan on revamping it. this was such a lovely post. :))
    -jocee <3

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    1. I'm in the process of making my own dream jar currently. It's such a unique idea!

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  2. beautiful, you are! excited for you in this coming year my dear Sarah!

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    1. Thank you, beautiful one! I'm excited about 2012 too!

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  3. My fave, fave, favorite of the link-up today.

    To live more, dream more, be more.

    Big things await, you wordsmither, you.

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    1. Thank you for your EXTRA kind words, because they truly mean the world to me and thank you for following my blog too! WELCOME, AMY! =)

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  4. My goodness, you are such brilliant writer!! I love reading your blog so much Sarah! :) It's always a bright spot in my week. :)

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    1. Aw, that leaves me speechless! All I can say is that I'm so thankful for such sweet followers...YOU included, Marie! ;)

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  5. Lovely post Sarah. So elegant I seemed to me. And I love the pictures you chose. I can only hope (and dream) to write like that someday. I wouldn't mind letting my dreams out of my jar... I might just do that :) Sierra
    Keep Growing Beautiful♥ (Cause You Are!)
    P.S. I really need to get my dream jar! I really wanted to do that.

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    1. Thank you thank you thank you! I am so hooked on Pinterest now (that's where I find all of my lovely photos!)You let those jar dreams free when God says, sweet girl! And you should totally make one, dear! I think I might post a pic of mine when I'm done making it.

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  6. I love your blog. I think we should be pals. I love Dr. Who and Phantom and Les Mis and Merlin and lots of stuff you like and your writing is phenomenal.

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  7. Oh gee wiz, thanks! If you're a Doctor Who Lovin' Phantom Singin' Les Miz Crooning Merlin Watchin' Gal.... THEN YES! ;)

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  8. I love U sweet Sarah.
    U inspire me.

    In HIS love,
    Melody Wade

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    1. Aw, I love you too, Miss Melody! <3

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  9. ahhh... such a good post. i'm being reminded to let my dreams out of their jar, but also, to be content trusting God to make those dreams soar. love to you friend.

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Emily! Much love to you too, dear!

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