Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Dare to Dream

Does this picture look real to you? It seems like a picture taken from a children's book. But it is real. And I've been there. (I also added the text to the picture with my new found knowledge of picnik, thank-you-very-much.)

I first saw a picture of this castle in High School. It was on a calendar in my history class. I begged the teacher for it, and he gave it to me. It didn't say anywhere on the calendar where the picture came from (the page had been torn out), so I had no idea where to find this castle.

Despite that, I knew, one day I'd see it.

And I did.

I later discovered that this castle is the replica Walt Disney used for his Disney castle. It is called Neuschwanstein and is located in southern Bavaria, Germany.

I decided to put one of these pictures up as my header for this blog and title it "Dare to Dream."

I want to inspire all of you to dare to dream. To reach for the stars. If you set your sights on the stars, you might just land on the moon, and that wouldn't be a bad spot to land, now would it?

I came from a broken home, my father was abusive, and I wanted to die when I was five. Now I belong to Christ. My heavenly Father pulled me out of all that muck and mire. And now I'm dancing with the bright Morning Star. He is my Savior and He holds me in His hand. He made my dreams come true.

I dreamed of seeing this castle, knowing nothing about it or where to find it. I believed I would see it. Now, I've stood in its bailey, walked through its halls, and touched its stone walls.

Faith is a powerful thing. Now I'm looking forward to seeing the castle in my Father's Kingdom. Not because I've done anything deserving of it, but because He promised to let me in.

What are your dreams?


  1. What a powerful reminder that we choose and have influence over our own destiny. We also are responsible when we fail, usually because we lacked faith.

    Keep dreaming, Sandi, and use the same faith and energy today that you used as a child, when you determined you'd one day see that castle. I can't wait to see where your dreams lead you, next!

  2. Thanks so much, Rhonda. :-) I've been trying to recapture that faith I used to have. Pray that I do! xxx

  3. You say I helped inspire this beautiful blog? Wow. I'm honored. God will make your dreams come true in ways you can't even imagine. "Above and beyond what you can ask or think." You may not get what you think you want--but it will be better.

  4. Sandi,
    Your words of encouragement/faith are as exquisite as the picture/castle! TKS for sharing your heart!

  5. Sandi, beautiful blog! Thanks. What an encouragement!

  6. Thanks to all of you for your encouragement! You have no idea how encouraging your words are to me! Now I just hope to do the same for all of you. xxx