Invest in supportive friendships. Spend time with some friends you can trust to encourage you as you heal from the death of your dream and move forward in life. Openly and honestly share your thoughts and feelings with them, and ask them to pray for you. Do the same for them whenever they need your support.

Ask God to fulfill good purposes through your suffering. The suffering you’ve gone through isn’t in vain. God has promised that He has good purposes in mind for allowing any kind of suffering to enter people’s lives. If you trust God to work in every part of your life, He will fulfill those good purposes. Just as Jesus’ suffering brought about forgiveness and life to all people who place their trust in Him, your suffering will also produce good results if you trust God to use it according to His will.

Take the new risks you sense God leading you to take. Don’t be afraid to start pursuing new dreams. Pray that God will show you whether or not those dreams align with His will for your life. If you sense that that they do, and the Holy Spirit is urging you to take the risks necessary to fulfill those dreams, don’t hesitate to take the risks so you can move forward with those new dreams.

Look forward to new dreams coming true in your life. Just because you’ve had some dreams die doesn’t mean that you won’t have other dreams come true. Remember that God is a good Father who loves to give good gifts to His children – so God does want to make some dreams come true for you. Keep trusting and expecting God to work in your life, making the right dreams come true at the right times and in the right ways.

Adapted from Resurrection Year: Turning Broken Dreams into New Beginnings, copyright 2012 by Sheridan Voysey. Published by Thomas Nelson, Inc., Nashville, Tn., www.thomasnelson.com.

Sheridan Voysey is a writer, speaker, and broadcaster on faith and spirituality. His books include the award-winning Unseen Footprints: Encountering the Divine Along the Journey of Life, and the three-volume series Open House: Sheridan Voysey in Conversation. He is married to Merryn, and lives and travels from Oxford, United Kingdom. Visit his website at: www.sheridanvoysey.com.  

Whitney Hopler is a freelance writer and editor who serves as both a Crosswalk.com contributing writer and the editor of About.com’s site on angels and miracles.Contact Whitney at: angels@aboutguide.com to send in a true story of an angelic encounter or a miraculous experience like an answered prayer

Publication date: December 11, 2012