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|Part I||The Parable of Ordinary|
|Chapter 1||Living in the Land of Promise||13|
|Chapter 2||Comfort Zone||19|
|Chapter 6||Valley of Giants||35|
|Chapter 7||The Land of Promise||38|
|Part II||The Journey to the Marriage of Your Dreams|
|Chapter 8||The Dream: Avoid the Cinderella syndrome and accept God's perspective on marriage||43|
|Chapter 9||Comfort Zones: Break through your Comfort Zone and become transparent||59|
|Chapter 10||BorderLand: Consider the expectations of others, but choose your spouse||72|
|Chapter 11||WasteLand: Determine to overcome obstacles and decide to persevere||85|
|Chapter 12||Sanctuary: Establish spiritual disciplines and entrust your spouse to God||95|
|Chapter 13||Valley of Giants: Face your giants and fight them together||106|
|Chapter 14||The Land of Promise: Guide the next generation and give the legacy of your dream marriage||117|
Not very long ago and not so far away, Ordinary, a Nobody from the Land of Familiar, set out to follow his Big Dream. After an incredible journey, he made it to the Land of Promise.
Finally, Ordinary thought to himself, my Big Dream is a reality! It was true. The Dream Giver had faithfully brought Ordinary to the City of Anybodies where great needs existed. He was now a Somebody, making a difference for the Dream Giver. The sheepish Anybodies, whom he'd grown to love, were now walking upright and looking at the world through shining eyes. Many of them were even ready to pursue their own Big Dream.
Then, one day, something totally unexpected happened to Ordinary.
While planting Never-Ending Gardens with a group of Anybodies, he thought he heard the Dream Giver say, Let me show you more.
"More?" questioned Ordinary.
He quickly made his way to the city gate and looked toward the horizon. He saw the many more Lands of Promise waiting for him to claim for the Dream Giver. "My Big Dream in the City of Anybodies is nearly done," Ordinary said. "It is time for me to move on. The DreamGiver has a bright, new Dream awaiting me."
Ordinary knew that he must not simply choose his own course. So he waited for a sign from the Dream Giver as to his new direction. He waited and waited until he could scarcely wait any longer. In great anticipation, he walked to the edge of the city, opened the gate, and stepped outside.
"Oh," said Ordinary, "this feels strangely ... uncomfortable."
As he turned to go back inside the city walls, he heard the Dream Giver's voice say, One more thing is needed, and then you can go.
One more thing? Ordinary wondered. What could it be? What did the Dream Giver have planned for him before he ventured into the Unknown once again?
At that moment, a group of children charged down the hill toward him. "Ordinary! Ordinary!" they shouted excitedly. "Everyone is looking for you! You must come to the center of town! Hurry!"
"Why?" asked Ordinary. "What's going on?"
But the children just laughed, pulling him along behind them. Just before they reached the town square, IdeaMan, an Anybody who worked with Ordinary, approached them.
"Come quickly!" said IdeaMan, with a sly grin on his face. "I don't think you'll believe your eyes!"
There were so many people gathered in one spot that Ordinary could not make out what was happening. Then suddenly his father and mother stood before him, tired and dusty from their long but successful journey from the Land of Familiar. Ordinary threw his arms around Mom as Dad embraced them both.
For a long moment, tears of joy said it all. Then Dad stood back and said, "My son, you look ... I don't know, the same, and yet you look completely different!"
"Yes, but you look so thin, my boy," Mom said. "Don't they feed you in this place?"
Ordinary laughed as he released his mother. "Of course, Mom!" Just then he became aware of someone standing behind Mom. She looked familiar, but he couldn't quite place her.
"You remember Little Molly, don't you?" asked Mom as she gently pushed this lovely creature toward her son. "She drafts Dreams and has come along to help people see their Big Dream through her pictures."
Just then, Ordinary recalled the Dream Giver's words, One more thing is needed, and then you can go. His heart began to beat faster as he wondered, Could this be the "one thing"?
* * *
Many months passed as Little Molly worked together with Ordinary and his parents in the City of Anybodies. Ordinary had almost forgotten his impatience to move on. He couldn't believe the difference Little Molly's Dream Drawings made in the lives of those who had lost hope of ever pursuing their Big Dream. Watching her work inspired him. And he was amazed by her discernment as she placed her drawings in the hands of would-be dreamers at just the right moment.
"You two are made for each other!" joked IdeaMan. "She barely speaks a word, and you can't stop talking."
It was obvious to Ordinary that Mom favored Little Molly, but he couldn't make out what Dad thought of this new relationship. One day he summoned up the courage to ask him.
"I think you and Little Molly are right for each other, Ordinary," answered Dad. "But it's not what I think that's most important, is it?"
"You mean it's my own choice?"
"Is it? Your choice, I mean?"
Dad said nothing further. That night, when Ordinary thought back to his father's words, he was struck by this thought: He had been so excited over Little Molly that he had never asked the Dream Giver what He wanted! He walked through the city and once again stepped outside the walls. The landscape, stretching out before him, was breathtaking in the moonlight. He felt ashamed. How could he have neglected to seek the Dream Giver about his feelings for Little Molly?
Suddenly, Ordinary became aware of the Dream Giver's presence.
She is my Dream for you, spoke the Dream Giver softly, and you are my Dream for her. You will share the rest of your Dream Journey together. It will be more difficult than you think, but I will be with you. It will also be more wonderful than you can imagine.
* * *
Not long after that, Ordinary and Little Molly were married, much to the delight of everyone in the City of Anybodies. After the celebration feast, Ordinary walked with his bride outside the city walls to gaze into the star-filled sky. Little Molly took something from her pocket and handed it to Ordinary. It was one of her Dream Drawings.
"The day you asked me to marry you," she said, "I drew this picture."
Ordinary looked at the picture and saw Little Molly at her drawing board. Behind her stood Ordinary, his hand on her shoulder, looking far into distant lands.
"I wish the picture showed what you were drawing," he said.
"No, I definitely felt that it wasn't for us to know. We'll have to discover it one step at a time. The Dream Giver has promised to be with us, and He will be faithful to show us the way."
Ordinary smiled at his new wife, who was the "one more thing" he definitely needed in his life. "It seems to me," he whispered, "that you should no longer be called Little Molly."
She laughed. "Just call me Wonder Molly, because you are often going to wonder what's going on in my mind. And I have a new name for you, too."
"Really? What's wrong with Ordinary?"
"Nothing." She smiled up at him. "But to me, you'll always be Extraordinary!"
The Dream Giver was right, thought Ordinary. This is more wonderful than I imagined.
Excerpted from The Dream Giver for Couples by Bruce Wilkinson Darlene Marie Wilkinson Andres Cilliers Copyright © 2004 by Exponential, Inc.. Excerpted by permission.
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Posted February 4, 2012