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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Another Week

Another week has gone and I apparently am not adjusting to my children’s new schedule very well. 

I have nothing written again this week. I have many thoughts, questions, even partial posts, but nothing ready, nothing complete.

Though I am not writing and posting like I envisioned, I am pursuing God’s view of dreaming and His specific plans for me. Not my dream, but pursing my dream.

Are you feeling off track from your dreams, maybe already forgotten resolutions?
How can you continue to move toward them, even if it’s not the way you ideally would?

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Busy Week

It’s been a busy week and I’ve not processed my thoughts and new questions on dreams into a blog post so just a couple thoughts for now.
I realized I don’t have a problem dreaming. Rather my problem is - which dreams are for now, or later or never.   
A local high school’s graduating class motto is “Living on Dreams”.
My family and I started a class at church on dreams. I told you, I haven’t been able to get away from it.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Dream - What Does it Mean

God has been showing me, again, my need to grow and submit to his ways. I did not want dream to be my One Word. I have spent so much time and effort letting go of dreams I have little desire to pick up another one to be disappointed when it doesn’t turn out again.  However as I began thinking about One Word for 2013 “Dream” seemed to be it.  My pastor preached on dreaming with God. The topic seemed to be showing up everywhere and I just couldn’t shake it. Part of me wants to have a dream, a dream from God, a God sized dream.  I’m not sure what the right attitude or thinking on dreaming is. 

I love the meanings of words. I enjoy reading the dictionary. I was excited to see what Webster, Daniel Webster from our nation’s past, had to say about my word, dream.  I was disappointed to learn Webster's definition of dream is something that happens while you're sleeping and it's vain.

Dream n. 1. The thought or series of thoughts of a person in sleep.
2. In scripture, dreams were sometimes impressions on the minds of sleeping persons, made by divine agency.
3. A vain fancy; a wild conceit; an unfounded suspicion.
Dream v. 2. To think; to imagine
3. To think idly
4. To be sluggish; to waste time in vain thoughts

Dream means much the same today if you look in the dictionary; but that's not what people mean in our culture when they use the word dream. It’s not what I mean when I think of my One Word.
 I looked in Scripture and came to discover the biblical word for my One Word, dream, is vision. I’m not sure why but I didn’t feel I was supposed to change my One Word to vision, so dream it is. The main verse that kept coming to mind was Proverbs 29:18 “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” So I looked to see what Daniel said about vision. 

Vision n. 4. In Scripture, a revelation from God; an appearance, or exhibition of something supernaturally presented to the minds of the prophets, by which they were informed of future events.

 This isn’t quite it either. So what word was used that was translated vision? The word is chazon in Hebrew. One of the meanings is divine communication! That’s what I want. I want to be in relationship with God so I don’t miss any of his divine communications to me, big or small.

Proverbs 29:18 uses the word vision. Without vision, people perish. It is not good to be without vision. I’ve seen and read that many times. It’s only half the verse though. The second part of the verse brings the contrast, the answer. People without vision do not do well; but those who follow God’s ways are happy. So in part vision is knowing God’s ways. He recorded his ways for us in scripture. He sent Jesus to show us his ways.  Walking in his ways is needed.

I know to walk in His ways. I know I need to learn more of them. I want specifics, too. What book do I write next? Do I write another book? How do I spend my “free” time? Are we supposed to go on this mission trip? Or that one? Or stay home and get out of debt? Serve our neighbor? What about my house?

Is that what God means by a vision? Am I meant to be content walking in his ways without specific answers?
I plan to keep studying and praying for the answers. 

What do you think? What are your questions?

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Dream or Not

Dream –
I want to dream and I don’t.
Dreaming is energizing and exciting.
Dreams not coming true is heartbreaking hard.
Dreams bring purpose and focus.
Living without a dream brings confusion.
I had a dream to start this year off with well prepared posts, possibly even following an outline to be sure I cover what I intend to cover this year. I got to the end of 2012 and realized I had not written or researched all I wanted to about rest.
Instead I am writing this in a quick 15 minutes because I didn’t get to it earlier. Not quite back in the swing of things since the Christmas break I guess. Or it’s just me because I often didn’t have my posts ready when there was no holiday break.
I still want to wrestle out in writing the dream or not issue.
I’ll keep working on making time to research, process and write.
I hope you will keep working on your stuff and follow along with me as I work on mine.