Having Faith and Dreaming Dreams

I got brave and asked my husband a bold question at our porch party Monday morning. “What hopes and dreams has God answered in your life?”

He didn’t hesitate. “Marrying you.”

My throat got all warm. We rocked for a few minutes without talking. Love is bigger than words, you know.

Two years ago, I was ready to give up on a dream. I was inches from quitting, so close I asked Rick to promise not to let me give up.

He promised.

Thinking and rocking Monday morning, I spotted my old watering cans. I’d almost thrown them away. Sort of like my dream.

Then I saw my friend’s Robin’s post.  (Robin from All Things Heart and Home.)

Inspired by her creativity, I bought some potting soil and a few little plants.

It’s amazing what inspiration and faith can do.

“See those old watering cans?” I said. “They had ferns in them, but they died during the winter. I almost threw them away.”

Like that dream of mine.

When I almost quit writing.

When I was at the bottom.

So low I couldn’t imagine coming up with…




“Remember when you wouldn’t let me quit?”

He nodded.

“Thanks for encouraging me. You were my springtime that year.”

And then he did the most wonderful thing. He stopped rocking. Bowed his head.

“Lord, keep Julie’s dream alive.”

If you’re wrestling with a dream, I understand. Sometimes all you need is fresh inspiration and prayer.

Want me to pray?

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up…” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV










  1. anna haney says:

    Made me cry. We all need encouragers in life. When that person is your spouse, you are indeed doubly blessed.

  2. Oh, may the Lord keep our dreams alive.

  3. Anna Haney says:

    I first read first thing this morning, all bleary eyed and half asleep. Now that I am awake and dressed, etc., it is even more beautiful. Part of my actual job is to encourage people. The title really says “coordinator of academic student support,” I spend most of my time offering encouragement. Thank you again, dear friend.

    • And you know what, Anna–you’ll never know how much you’ve encouraged me.

      With each writing.

      Always, always, grateful.

  4. Lord,
    Please pay Rick back for blessing Julie.

    • Ohhhhh, I’m laughing, Kellie.

      THANK YOU. Such a sweet prayer. And he reads the comments. This’ll make him smile.

      And Lord, please bless Kellie too, because I know she prays for me–and a bunch of other writers.

  5. Oh my goodness, what a precious man you have! And what a mighty God we serve! I’m thanking Him–and Rick–for not allowing you to quit. Your words are just what we and others need to hear. 🙂

  6. Georgia says:

    Julie: Thank you so much for not quitting!! Many, many of your blogs have been just what I needed. My mom receives your blogs via email as well. She shares them with my dad and sometimes he shares them with his employees during their devotional time. You have no idea how many people you reach with your writings. Please don’t ever let your dream die!

    • Ohhhh, Georgia. Thank you. Your comment touched that sweet spot in my heart.

      Blessings to you and yours.

      I’m so very grateful for each reader. Each comment. Each friend. Each post He helps me write.

  7. Kay Elrod says:

    Your words always speak to my heart. Thanks be to our God for encouraging husbands who
    encourage us to be our best and always dream big dreams!.

    • Kayyyyyyyyy! How I miss you! Wish we could do coffee sometime. Will never forget the years of teaching and all His wisdom you shared with me.

      Love you.

  8. Brenda Greene says:

    Bawling Julie Girl and you have no idea why.

    My 47 year dream died a few days ago when Hubby and I said some scary and sad things to each other. Hope has gone out of our relationship. My prayer for a Godly spouse (for over 40 years now) just hasn’t happened. Now I have to grieve its death. I’ve spent lots of time in my prayer closet in silence waiting to hear from God. The word I thought I got this morning was “silence” as in “he responds best to silence.” So here I sit, silent and still.

    Your words touched a very tender spot in my heart and soul…the tears are good as I’ve been suppressing them. I am SO blessed to know that your Rick is indeed a Godly man. I know, that you know, how blessed you are. Thank you. Brenda

    • Ohhh, Brenda.

      What can I say to lift your broken heart? What words can minister any sort of help now?

      I can’t believe this. I’m so, so, sorry. My heart hurts. I know how good a cry can feel…I can only pray my writing didn’t hurt you.

      If you’d like to write me privately, feel free to. Julie at Julie Garmon dot com.

      Know that my heart breaks for you. And I am praying. And believing and hoping and trusting and going to the Father.

      All my love.

      “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Ps 147:3

  9. Ahhh…from the ashes comes something new. From the old watering cans burst forth blooms (though you had to put something in there TWICE, there are now blooms). Same with us sometimes, huh? I don’t always “get it” the first time around. It takes a second or third or even fourth time for me to “get” God’s message. I love how Rick prayed for your dream. What a sweetheart, what a supporter, what a Godly man. I know you know how blessed you are. Give him a hug from me and tell him that I love that he is all of those things for you. And thank you for sharing the love. P.S. I’m so happy (and proud of you) that you didn’t quit. : o )

    • B.J. you always, always, always know just what to say. You remember, don’t you. Thank you.

      I’ll make sure Rick sees your precious comment.

      I’ll “miss” you over the next few days….. (LYLM)

  10. What an encouragement to my heart today! Just what my heart needed. Thank you Julie!

  11. Julie Gilleand says:

    Hey Julie, I’m so glad your dream was renewed and saved in such a neat way. I love how God sent you inspiration from a friend’s blog, an old watering can and a heartfelt prayer from your husband. That is just beautiful. I know so well how it feels when your dreams are dying. Some of mine have died, others I know will never come true, the time is past. But there’s still a few that are teeter-tottering between hope and despair. Once in awhile a beam of hope shines through, just as it did for you. So thankful for those times as they are precious and rare. Keep writing, Julie, my leaf sister. Keep writing 🙂

    • Leaf Sister,

      Don’t you just love it when things like Robin’s watering can inspire me to write this little post, and then these comments come full circle and inspire me?!

      I’m lifting you in prayer right now–those teeter-tottering dreams, praying that He brings them to completion. His way. His timing.

      Great big hug from GA!

      • Julie Gilleand says:

        Thanks Leaf Sister, for your blog, the great big hug and all your prayers 🙂

  12. Patricia Martin says:

    Sweet and wonderful message, Julie! (: You and Rick remind me of the beautiful plants in your pictures-strong and inspirational. I am so glad winter is almost over! How about you? Blessings to you and yours.

    • Ohh, yes, Patricia. I keep thinking winter is almost over and then in GA we keep getting more cold weather.

      Thank you, thank you for your faithful comments. That’s why I write. And it helps to know my writing touches your heart!

  13. Thank you Julie for teaching and encouraging us with your incredible family and writing. Wow, Rick even got me with his prayer! He is a great example of strength and love. You can pass along to him our thanks for his teaching and example:)

    • I love it, Tom!! Rick got you with his prayer!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 I’ll tell him. This is a newer part of our porch parties- (praying for each other out loud) even though we’ve been married long enough to know better.

  14. This is so beautiful and a blessing to read. Keep writing. We need your words.
    Prayers would be appreciated for us, our ministry, our church.

  15. Absolutely precious! Isn’t God good to keep encouraging us so we can encourage others? You and Rick and your words inspire me, Julie! hugs

    • And hugs right back to you, Cindy. Your words inspire me too. Wish we could hang out with your and your hubby–do coffee or something. 🙂 Would be fun.

  16. Sandra Walker says:

    Keep writing, Julie. Your blog helps me keep hope alive. Prayers would be appreciated.

    • Sandra, you’ve got it. Lifting you in prayer right now…and I will continue to pray.

      So much love,

  17. Shelley Elaine says:

    Yes, please…pray for my dream of my little brother walking away from his life of sin and into the arms of Jesus…as his Lord and Savior. Thank you so much Julie.

  18. marci says:

    I am so glad that your dream was kept alive. Praises for that. Some times I think we do get to a place where we don’t know if we can continue with a dream or not. So glad that your husband helped you keep your dream alive and you kept writing. We are all grateful for that.
    God Bless you Julie, for all your bright words and lessons you share with us. And for your caring.
    I had hoped to write sooner, but my daughter came in early for her birthday visit. This year it has been a challenge to find foods she can eat. I “dream’ that a day will come when she can eat what ever she wants. Some of my dreams have been set aside– but I know if God means them to happen, He will provide the way– some things I no longer worry about, the grace of getting older I guess.

    • Ohhh, the grace of getting older. Marci, I love how you put that. And isn’t it the truth! And yes, I so agree–if God means for our dreams to happen, they will.

      Eating…I hope they have pizza in heaven. How’s your daughter doing?

      Thank you for your kind words.

      • marci says:

        Oh yes, Julie, I know Miranda would like that thought– having pizza in heaven. My daughter is doing pretty good with the foods she can eat. And I must remember to get coconut milk to use, since milk is one of the many foods she is not suppose to have. She is also doing alright with her work — which now is a relief Vet. God has blessed her by providing enough work for her with that. I thank Him for that.. Yes, — your word enough is one that is often in our lives. Last week when I had so much to do and so little time I would have to remind myself of that – it will all work out, it will be enough. And I prayed a lot.
        I so enjoy your personal replies. God Bless!

        • Marci, I’ve heard good things about coconut milk. Have never tried it, but it does sound delicious.

          Sending so much love to you and yours.

  19. annnnddd, I’m crying. Oh Julie this lesson and that husband of yours…whew…xo

  20. I know, Robin. Ohhh, the things we just begin to discover after many years of marriage…


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