My Journey with the Lord: Blessed Understandings

Almost every single day I wake up with very vivid dreams, and sometimes I instantly have been given meaning, and other times I have to research- which is something that I love to do.  It is like solving a mystery.  I am not sure why I love it so much, but God knows I do and so I guess this is how He talks to me.  (He talks to us all uniquely- and His words always agree with scripture).  Last night I had a very vivid set of dreams that led me to a study on gifts, blessings, the unforgivable sin, and just many different parts of scripture.  I always research of course the things that stand out, and then I check my email because sometimes (amazingly) there are related devotionals to what I am studying.  It is just truly amazing to me how God speaks to us.  Truly nothing happens randomly.  I wish that I could show people the amazing way He connects the happenings of my life to His teaching.  For instance, last night I watched the 10th Kingdom and one line that stood out to me was “your as safe as a brick built pig house.”  Well this morning, one item from my dream was a female pig- a sow, and I began by trying to understand why this pig was important.  Every yahoo search led to “Reap and Sow” and sermons on the “Three Little Pigs.”  Why was that important to me?  Because the night before the particular line from the movie was from that exact story, and the entire movie is about fairy tales.  Here lately that seems to be a theme in my dreams is the allegory in fairy tales.  SO long story short, On my email i started by signing up for free devotionals from Dr. Charles Stanley, then ended up on crosswalk.com on his daily devotional then clicked on a page about the unforgivable sin (http://www.crosswalk.com/slideshows/10-things-you-need-to-know-unforgivable-sin.html?p=1) which is a fantastic read.  As I was reading this, I also had open a browser to Dr. Stanley’s In Touch Ministries Site.  I recommend reading some of his writings.  Truly Inspirational. https://www.intouch.org/read/blog/the-fresh-start-effect

I love when all of the pages I click on seem to connect in a way that can only be God-Inspired learning.  All the lessons coincide and I can look back over the last few days and see God putting these concepts and ideas into practice in my life.  There are always a million little lessons, but it always ends on the most amazing conclusion:  It leaves me with this sense of wonder that God is present in every single moment of my life, and sometimes gives me lessons on unspoken questions- things I have not said out loud b/c He truly knows me inside and out.  For example, last night I was thinking about the Holy Spirit and how you know if you have them and I ended up in scripture on 1 Corinthians 3 telling me that I had Him.  Then today I end up studying the unforgivable sin which I have been trying to understand for months.  The study on the unforgivable sin led me to understand why i don’t completely understand the trinity- the absolute knowing that Jesus was God and the Holy Spirit is a manifestation of Him in our lives does not change simply because I do not understand it on an intellectual level.  I don’t know if these musings help anyone, but I like/ love to share what I learn! Love to all!

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My Journey with the Lord

As always, I get busy and don’t get a chance to write.  Don’t give up on me yet…lol

You know it is so easy to get lost in “life” and lose our meaning/purpose over and over again.  To get so wrapped up in bills and deciding what to do with ourselves that we forget this life adventure on our way to eternity is not just about us….I had a dream which led me on a study about spiritual stagnation. I realized in that moment that I was spiritually stagnate.  I had never meant to stop moving or fall asleep at the wheel.  I had never meant to hand over control of my life to another, but I got busy and as always my routine of Sleep, eat, work and pay bills took over my life.  I think this is where we have to learn to recognize the habits in our lives that cause this stagnation.  For me, it was the quest to make more money, work more hours (possibly get a second job), and before you know it my life was out of balance AGAIN.  It makes me realize that keeping life well balanced is an everyday choice.  Sometimes you have to say no at work if you have already worked a certain amount of hours, sometimes you have to say no to sitting on your butt at home and get up and do those household chores.  Sometimes to make that difference in the world you have to make that conscious decision to get up and DO SOMETHING!  Don’t sit around and wait for others to come along and tell you what to do.  Use your words, your talents, your gifts and go encourage someone else!  By all means, seek advice on how to get started making that difference, read inspiring stories, and make the money to get you started, but in the end you have to take that step forward.  No one else is going to do it for you.  Don’t wait for someone else to motivate you.  Don’t wait until the money is just right b/c it never will be.  Don’t say “in the future” b/c you could die in a moment.  No one is promised tomorrow!  Go make a difference today!  I am not just saying this to my readers, I had to learn this as well.  The Lord gave me a very potent lesson in this area, and even now I struggle with how to really get started, but what I do know.  My dreams are right where I left them.  The love I want to share with the world is still in me.  Jesus still walks beside me.  I might fall a couple of times, but the only true failure is when you quit trying.  So here is how I started this morning:

LIFE GOALS

Live My Faith

Use my gifts to show others what Jesus has done in my life

Provide for people who can never pay me back and provide for my parents

Encourage others and Show them Hope, Show them that God answers prayers

Then I asked myself: How am I going to do this?

Use my blog and Social Media to write and spread awareness: Try to get people out of the me-centric society, Publish my journal pages to show others how God has worked in my life.

Sale or give away my sewing projects, art etc to benefit others: Lets be honest we can’t all give monetarily, but if 30 people gave a $1 then that is $30 going towards someone who needs water, someone who needs school supplies, someone who needs clothes etc….If everyone took one talent and sold an item for a $1 to benefit someone else: how much love could we spread in this world?

Give away my time to people who need help: Help other people accomplish their dreams

 

I don’t know if this encourages anyone or moves them to action, but it was how I started my day and I wanted to share it with whoever reads this.  I want my life to make a difference, I want people to see Jesus inside of me! I want to Glorify God in everything that I do!

 

My Journey with the Lord: A Topical Study on God’s Grace

Has anyone ever studied God’s Grace? It is actually a very abstract idea and difficult to put into words. However I want to share what I found with everybody as it was very enlightening and interesting. Firstly, God’s grace is free, but we are instructed “not to receive it in vain.” 2 Cor. 6:1. I didn’t research that concept much except to think maybe it means don’t get saved and then carry on sinning in the same old way because that is receiving it in vain? One of the biggest lessons I came away with was this (my words summed up) ” God’s grace saved us and through His grace we receive spiritual gifts and blessings. We should all honor each others as partakers of the same blessings and as we are part of the same body, and work hard to help each develop our spiritual gifts. The most important concept of being a Christian obviously being to love.” 1 Cor. 12 & 13. Remember that all good things we learn come from God. That goes for everyone. Each and every good lesson that makes us better people is not something that we accomplish on our own. God’s Grace is literally God’s favor and blessings and love that has be freely bestowed on us undeserving humans. Interestingly enough my original study started on discovering the meaning of “enlighten my eyes” as stated by the Psalmist in Ps. 13:3 and then went on to Shine light, Hope, Calling, then to Ephesians 3:2-3, 5 “dispensation of the Grace of God” and that is when I started really studying grace. If you are like me you just accept that we are saved by God’s grace, but what does that mean and what does such honor entail? Share your thoughts!!! Love to all!

My Journey with the Lord: Searching, Seeking

I was studying yesterday, and I had this thought (now I believe that nothing happens on accident) what if every single moment was an opportunity to speak to God?  What if every person we passed was a chance to witness, every vehicle we passed on the road that stood out to us, every number that we notice were all God’s signs for trying to get our attention?  I have tons of articles online about how God speaks to you in 3 or 4 ways, but who are we to put a limit on how God can speak to us?  We limit God to what we understand, but He is so much more than we can possible imagine.  Think of it like this:

What if every back road you found yourself on was predestined and not just some wrong turn that you took?  What if every person who came in to your life was someone that you were supposed to learn from?  What if every single moment at work was an opportunity to show God’s love?  How much greater would this world and our adventure in it be if we lived life this way?  I am going to do a photo project- an experiment to see in how many different ways God speaks to me.  We go through so much of life on auto pilot and not paying attention to what is truly going on around us in a spiritual sense.  We don’t pay attention and truly live.  We only exist.  I want to live!  I want to know God!  I want to embrace this adventure until He calls me home!

Jesus lives inside of us!

Last night I had a dream (two part dream, but I am only sharing the first part) about being at a church service at one our local churches.  Now the preacher shared a video before the sermon and he hinted that it would be life-changing.  I remember the video clearly- it was a group of bugs (like a kid’s show sorta) and they were in this compacter fixing to be squished to death.  They were all panicking and trying to stay away from some spikes on one wall and all the walls were closing in.  Now you have to understand that  as I watched (in my dream) I became one of the bugs in this movie.  At first I was a scorpion and it was like “calm down guys, we can get out” and I was watching/was it at the same time. I was scrambling around looking for a way out while my friends freaked out, and I found one in the upper corner of this net topped trap where a bottle was moving around and there was a hole to escape through.  SO in my dream I helped all my friends out and they fell into this smaller container on the side of this trap, then all of a sudden I was big and was helping them out of this trap as a human.  I looked back and the scorpion was dead and covered in ants, and I realized that he has sacrificed himself for his friends.  SO the dream continues after this, but I am only sharing this part as I understood the lesson in it fairly well.

It is a parable in many ways.  First of all aren’t the bugs such a good representation of humans in their smallness, and tendency to wander away being led by temptation.  We can get surrounded by trouble on every side, but Jesus always provides a way out (that is in scripture about how their is a way out of temptation).  The next part that stood out is how I was the scorpion then a human.  To me this represents the scorpion as our fleshly side and then becoming something else. Our spirit part of us that grows as we become spiritually mature people in Christ.  We leave that old us behind, but even as evil as we are (as scorpions have been considered) there is still hope- we are capable of becoming great because we have someone helping us.  The scorpion also represented to me how Jesus died for our sins and was resurrected.  He died in His fleshly form and became something greater.  There were so many lessons in this dream that I am feeling a little overwhelmed, but the last part is.  I became larger than my friends and I believe it is a representation of what lives inside of us when we are born again.  JESUS!!! He lives inside of us.  Stop and really think about that for a minute! JESUS LIVES inside of you as the Holy Spirit!  The Son of God!  The Helper.  We are all capable of so much greater things with His help if we will just stop fighting Him.

Some people may disagree with this, but yesterday I had a lesson on the Trinity :Father, Son, Holy Spirit- summed up like this “they are 3 distinct beings, but one in the same.” One does not exist without the other.  I had dreamed about being in 3 places at once and a word in my dream and it meant “stool”  I wasn’t sure how it all tied together until last night when I was driving and I heard sermon on the radio comparing the triune nature of God to a bar stool’s legs.  Think of each Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as the legs of a bar stool.  If you take one off then the bar stool falls over.  All three are part of the same item yet each part plays a role (kind of like how we are the body of Christ- we all have a distinct part to play).

So I mean the biggest lesson was ” Jesus lives inside of us!  He died for our sins, and is always right there full of mercy and grace ready to lead us from temptation and the trouble that crushes us on each side.  We are capable of greatness because of who lives inside of us!  Allow yourself to grow in Christ, to learn to overcome the world, and let that fleshly part die.  And remember the point of life is LOVE as shown by Jesus great example.  .

John 15:13 ” Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for His friends.”  That is what Jesus did for us.  You are Jesus’ friend, He died for you, and now lives inside of you.  Just let that sink in to your brain.  Love to all!  Glory to Father God, Lord Jesus, and the Holy Spirit!

 

Research on Responsibility Dream

I m going to be straight honest.  This dream did not mean much to me even though I remember it clearly.  I do not completely know what it means, but I think God showed me that He was leaving some of the meaning unknown on purpose.  There were only a few main ideas in it:

Avocado: Can mean Beauty and Love, and the color green especially stood out as it was like the third green object from my dream.

Wilty Celery- Brown and Green

Numbers: 5, 10, 100

and of course all the meanings of the people’s names.

Now Green means Flourishing or life, and brown is decay.

#5 has a lot of references to Daniel- specifically the periods of the world-ruling empires, and it has a reference to the “tabernacle in the wilderness”.

#10 references the Obedience in Tithing, 10 plagues, and ten commandments, and our responsibility to observe the commandments.  On the Hebrew calendar (the 10th day of the 7th month) is the Day Atonement which is a Holy Day.

Now the last thing was my dad covered in a sleeping bag- bags represent a temporary home.  (Which is our time on earth).

Ok, so the biggest part of the dream that stood out was mean hiding from the lady that I know- my immediate thought was that I have been hiding from my responsibilities as I owe this lady a debt (of gratitude and monetary).  I did some research and found the number reference to the duty of Christians to observe the 10 Commandments, but also a specific emphasis on “Keep the Sabbath Day Holy.”  Now I may have posted about this once, but I want to share this again (or for the first time if I haven’t yet):

The Sabbath Day is God’s gift to us as a day of rest from our busy schedules.  ( I am as guilty as everybody else of doing nothing but house chores on the weekend etc…)  The day was not our gift to God, but His gift to us to spend time with Him and make Him an inordinate part of that day.  Some argue that it is Saturday and some that it is Sunday, but I don’t think it matters much (my opinion).  What is important is observing it- setting aside that one day to make God a huge part of everything we do.  To study, to reflect on His teachings, to pray and just give Him our gratitude.  Now this is me trying to pull the logical meaning out of it, but I think what it may mean is that handling life God’s way leads to flourishing and life and the decay starts when we step away from doing things His way to doing it our way.  His way will always make us more prosperous than our way makes ourselves.  He has a good plan for our lives (Jer. 29:11).  I think that this was a reminder that I and anyone who this touches that we have responsibilities as Christians, and we need to take them seriously.  The world has kind of blown off God’s moral laws, but we can’t!  We need to remember to keep the 10 Commandments, and help each other, to spread love, and to seek God with our Mind, Heart and Soul.  We need to pay people that we owe money too, and honor others above ourselves.  Love is the meaning of life, and when Easter rolls around- we need to remember what the greatest act of love was.  Jesus died on the cross so that we could be free of our sins and free from death.  He conquered death, and once you are His- No One can snatch you from His hand.

God Bless all!  Love to all!  Glory to Father God, Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit for their sound teachings!