My God-Sized Dream: The Play(ing)

Not gonna lie. (And if you’ve been reading this space lately, this doesn’t come as a shock.)

It’s been a tough few weeks. Even months.

So when I saw Holley’s challenge for her God-Sized dreamers this week, I knew it was from God.

For next week: take this “do what you can” step for your God-sized dream…

Take some time to play.

Do something creative. Snap a picture. Build a Pinterest board. Make a craft. Read a book. Bake a treat. Wrestle with your kids. Whatever energizes you. It can be related to your God-sized Dream in some way or totally different. Sometimes along the way to our dreams we just need a little time to play. It helps us keep going and reminds us not to take ourselves too seriously.

I’m a creator.

I’m constantly doing something hands-on. In the last year I’ve painted several canvasses, made jewelry, taught myself to crochet some (in my opinion) adorable hats, figured out how to make glass pendants (thanks, Pinterest!) and baked (and eaten) waaaaay too many desserts.

While it’s fun to create, creating doesn’t exactly energize me. It fills time between chapters and blog posts and general moments, but I knew that to actually energize myself, I needed to play.

Or, actually go to A. Play. (heehee ;))

One of the local high schools was putting on the musical, Grease, this weekend, and I really wanted to go. But…confession: I didn’t want to go alone. I’m an extrovert, most of the time teetering toward the extreme end of it. Being alone doesn’t do a whole lot for me unless I’m really focused on accomplishing something.

So I put that thought to the side and, instead, decided to go with the being alone thing anyway and planned to take Sunday afternoon and grab a coffee, bum around a few stores, pick up some things for the (in)RL conference I’m hosting on Saturday, (local friends, it’s not too late to join!) and probably talk to everyone I see. :)

Kind of spur-of-the-moment, I shot a text to a friend, asking her if she’d like to come along.

She replied and said she already had plans to go to Grease, but would I like to join her and her daughter?

God thing. Completely.

So I did.

And for two plus hours, I got to laugh and sing along (in my head ;)) to some fun music. (Props to the cast, crew, and pit band from D-C. They were really incredible. :))

And after the musical, well…my friend still had some time. So we grabbed a Starbucks, wandered Target, and ate Culver’s.

It was an afternoon my soul needed so badly. I even came home with a smile on my face.

I don’t think focused is a word that too many people would use to describe me. I’m often easily distracted and a bit flighty…but I do have a side of me that gets far too serious about certain things and forgets to have fun, especially when there’s something I’m working for.

It was good for me to play. Or go to one, at least. :)

Happy Tuesday, my sweet friends! We’re linking up at Holley’s place, like we do each week. We’d love for you to join us!

God-Sized Dreams



  1. I am so glad the play worked out for you! That sounds like sooo much fun! I am a Grease fan, so I imagine it was awesome. Also, I want to remind you how beautiful you are, sweet dreamer sister. Jesus, and your fellow dreamers, have you surrounded with love. Cheering for you! Counting down to October:)

    • You make me smile, my beautiful friend. I am so thankful our paths crossed…and, yes, counting down! Only six months to go! :) (((hugs)))

  2. Oh Mel If I live closer I would have gone with you for sure. I love Grease. I am glad that you got the refreshment and smile you need and deserve. I pray your week flows in a way that keeps the smile there.

    • Thank you, Amy! It was a fun musical…there were a few parts where I had to force myself not to sing along. :) Blessings on your week, friend!

  3. Sounds like a fun day that was good for your soul. I’m glad God gave you that time.

  4. Morning Mel, Don’t you just love how God takes a good thought and turns it into a great outing!!!
    Thanks for sharing. I so look forward to your posts.
    I had a powerful weekend but I don’t think it would be classfied “Fun” or “Play” but I I know I’m to write about it and am working on it at present.
    Have a blessed week my sister dreamer! Blessings!

    • Thank you, Judy…it was cool to see how He worked it out and gave me exactly what I needed. :) Blessings to you, sweet friend…and I’m keeping your husband (and you!) in my prayers. Have a wonderful week! :)

  5. Sounds like such a wonderful time. Isn’t it kind of sad we have to be reminded to have fun? Guess maybe we need to remind each other more often. Glad you had such a joyful day. I pray they will come at regular intervals!

  6. How fun! I am so glad you got to connect with friends and get to play too. Sometimes it feels so good to step out of our regular lives and do something different.
    Good luck with your in(RL) conference!

  7. Oh, Grease is one of my FAVORITE’s of all time, I would have loved to have gone! I’m glad this week’s post was to play or create bc I did so without realizing that was the prompt for the week :) Total God thing. Glad you were able to get out and let your hair down, praying for you friend!

    • It seemed to come at a good time…I think a lot of us needed a little break! Thank you for your prayers, friend…they mean so much. Blessings! :)

  8. I LOVE how God loved you like that!! Sounds like a fun time and just exactly what you needed! I hope you get more opportunities like this!

  9. Sounds like a great “play” day! Grease is such a fun play…it never gets old. I’ve enjoyed connecting with you through Holly’s link-up. And btw…you’re very brave for posting your runs! Maybe I should do the same. It might make me more accountable! Blessings!

    • It’s funny that you mentioned that because I’ve been tempted to remove it from my sidebar for a while now…but I’m keeping it there for accountability. :) Blessings on your week, friend!

  10. I love Grease! So glad everything worked out and you were able to have fun a day! Sometimes a good play day is just as necessary for the soul, as food and water is! Praying for you friend, and oh, how I wish I lived closer…I would LOVE to come to your (in)RL party! What a blast that would be :) Maybe someday!

  11. I am looking forward to (in)RL and more playdates with you! Thanks Mae for letting me borrow your mom for a while! She needs to remember what it is like to play with grownups : )

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