I’ll admit it. When I first agreed to read this book and write a review, I assumed it had something to do with Pinterest. That’s where most people pin things nowadays anyway, right?
While I suppose you could create Pinterest boards to implement the ideas in this book, the concepts are bigger than that. In Dream It. Pin It. Live It., Terri Savelle Foy talks about how we can use vision boards to help us achieve our dreams and God’s call on our lives.
I’ll also admit that I’ve never been one much for vision boards. I’m still a bit on the fence about it. But I know from experience that I reach more of my goals when I write them down, and that keeping inspiration in front of me on a daily basis helps me stay on track. So who knows, maybe vision boards will be a helpful tool in my not-too-distant future. (If you’re a vision board-er, I’d love to hear from you! Speak up in the comments below or on Facebook!)
Even though Terri and I have a few different perspectives on things—I don’t know that I agree with the law of attraction, or some of her scriptural interpretations—I found several points from her book encouraging and motivating.
I especially appreciate the time she spends in one chapter, talking about the impact gratitude can have on our lives, and I thought this was such a timely reminder since Thanksgiving is next week!
“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at will change.”
No matter where we are in life, we always have things to be thankful for. And by focusing on these blessings, our countenance, outlook, and circumstances change.
Terri also encourages readers to ask God to help us to dream big. Another concept I whole-heartedly agree with. Even if you’re in an amazing season overflowing with God’s abundance, God wants more for you. And the same is true if this was a hard day in a difficult week in a trying month in an exhausting year. Your present reality is not as good as it gets. Ask God what He has for you. And not just what circumstances or situations He can change, but what good does He want to bring in your strength of character? In your perseverance? In the fruit of His Spirit in your life?
But I’m getting off track.
In Dream It. Pin It. Live It. Terri calls us to dream. To set goals and meet them, not just for ourselves but to fulfill the mission God has placed on our lives. She shares a verse from John 17 and as a detail-oriented checklist person, I appreciate the translation:
“I glorified you on earth by completing down to the last detail what you assigned me to do.” John 17:4, MSG
I appreciate how Terri often turns the focus of the book back to what God is speaking in our lives. When we talk about vision boards, goals, and dreams it’s easy for our focus to turn inward to our own (often selfish) desires. I don’t want a big beautiful vision board full of things outside of what God wants for me. Terri encourages readers not just to have dreams but to seek God for the passions He wants to put in our hearts. Here are a few other valuable themes I found in her book:
- Grow your faith by intentionally listening to faith-filled words.
- Surround yourself with people you want to be like.
- Spend your time each day with purpose.
- Be a lifelong learner and create a personal development plan to grow in the skills needed to fulfill your calling.
- “Do fewer things more often! And get better at them!”
- “What you achieve isn’t nearly as important as who you become while you’re working toward the goals on your vision board.”
Are you a vision board person? What have you found to work for you? I’d love to hear from you! Please drop a note in the comments below or on Facebook and one lucky participant will win a free copy of this book!
* Giveaway sponsored by The Fedd Agency