Dreams Do Come True {or The Hard Work of Waiting}

There is something beautiful that drips from a dream, that just oozes out of its soul when it finally comes to pass.  There is just something beautiful about a dream coming true that has known the hard work of waiting.

Somehow, even though we live in this right now society; this wave-your-magic-wand (a.k.a. open up your wallet and buy your dreams) I prefer a dream that knows the knee-bruising, the long waiting and the it’ll-never-happen-to-me moments. 



For an extrovert like me, one who sees in vision, but not quite to completion, the long road of dreaming can be particularly hard.  Almost nine years ago a dream began to birth in me about obtaining my degree.  Honestly?  Part of me wanted to thumb my nose at guidance counsellers/teachers who repeatedly told me I didn’t have what it takes to pursue post-secondary education.

Even though the thought of evening the score, or at the very least proving them wrong held a certain appeal, I knew that an attitude of  “I’ll show you” wouldn’t be enough to fuel this dream for long haul. 



I knew that if I used my past experiences dictate how my future would be, the doubt that kept from school would be the same doubt that kept me from succeeding.  I needed to do this because I didn’t have any other choice.  I needed to go to school because I felt God calling me to move forward in this way. 

I won’t lie and tell you I wasn’t scared.  I was scared and there were days when fear of failure was my go to posture. I won’t tell you that I didn’t wait, with my heart beating in my chest every. single. time, for my marks from this exam, or that project came through.

I did all of what you do when you feel like your whole life is hanging by the gossamer thread of an impossible dream.

I shed tears, I had melt downs in very public places, I ranted and raved about how I was going to fail and I endured the sleepless nights when my anxiety just wouldn’t settle down.


In the middle of all of that I prayed.  I hit my knees and allowed God to be the one to breathe life into this dream.  I begged him to help keep me focused on Him while thanking Him for putting the right people in my path to encourage and come along side me.


And, He did. 

He opened doors that have, for my entire adult life, been closed to me. He brought me a community that has loved me and cared for me.  A community that also knows the hard work of waiting; beautiful people who have prayed and cheered and find time in their busy days to shout out a “Well done,” “Like a boss,” or a “You go, girl!!” 

And last year when I did the crazy impossible of quitting my job of nine years and  cutting our family income in half they prayed me through the hard financial times, the doubt and the fear.


When the phone call came last Wednesday to tell me that the final leg, acceptance into the School of Social Work, was a done deal they hooted and hollered and celebrated right along side me.

Yes, I am here to tell you:  Dreams do come true… 

They just often come true after you’ve done the hard work of waiting. 



  1. Woo hoo!!! I knew you could do it! I’m so proud of you, girl! Congratulations on all your hard work and on a dream come true. Thank you Father for the dream you laid on Tonya’s heart. Thank you for helping her believe that you could make it come true. Thank you for proving her belief right. Amen.

  2. Whoot! This is so beautiful, Tonya! I’m so encouraged to see another sister’s God-sized dream coming true. Our God is able and He is so good. I’m so proud of this accomplishment and can’t wait to see where God takes you from here. Cheering loudly for you today! 😀

  3. janel

    When I read this on fbook I literally squealed at the computer. So excited to see each of these blessings open up before you love

  4. You are a rock star and I am so proud that you worked through the season of waiting, persevered and stayed in for the long haul. What you are feeling is a one of a kind, God ordained moment. Keep on keeping on! You can do it!

  5. I’m jumping up and down for you!! This is so exciting! I am so sad that others didn’t believe in you so long ago, but look at you, not letting that hold you back! What an amazing example and testimony you are to so many!! It makes me think my own little dream is possible, too.


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