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Stepping Stones: Dreams: Mystery to Reality

Stepping Stones: Dreams: Mystery to Reality
November 28, 2009 Lighthouse Network

Transformational Tip
As a kid, I had a dream of understanding and helping people with decision-making skills…later learned that was the role of a psychiatrist. I know, not the usual dream most of you had as a kid. My family will tell you I’m “different.” I didn’t know exactly how to make becoming a psychiatrist happen, didn’t even know a doctor…so I watched Newhart and Sidney on MASH. I then put my dream into the hands of others who new reality and the big picture better than I did…teachers, coaches, parents, professors, advisors, mentors. The very nature of dreams is that they are beyond our control…out of our reach. If things are out of our control, then whose control do they fall under? Little did I know, I turned my dream over to God, then listened to His guidance. Bring you dreams into God’s light where they can be gradually transformed into reality. He sparked the “right” dreams, so He will affirm, grow, and fulfill them. Some of our “dreams”…more like nightmares…are not in the plans God has for you. He wants to remove these from your heart…if you let Him. Other dreams He will approve of, and will open doors and encourage you to work prayerfully toward turning those into reality. And some dreams will remain veiled in mystery. He will neither remove them from your heart nor will He show you a pathway to their reality. This will keep you waiting on Him…enjoying the benefits of His presence. When the time is right He will transform your long-held hopes into delightful reality.
Today, evaluate some of your real dreams. How are you turning those over to God for His approval or rejection? Are you listening to His feedback or just moving forward on with the advice of lesser advisors or on your own. The quickest ways to our dreams is God’s way. Click here to share with the Stepping Stones community your thoughts and experiences on turning your dreams over to God.

Prayer
O Dear God, I bring all my dreams before You, Father…for only You can breathe life into them. I wait on You, Lord, to turn my dreams into reality. Many times I get tired of waiting for my dreams to come true. Help me to wait patiently in Your loving presence to do what is impossible for me to do. I pray for discernment…understanding when You are affirming and growing my dream and when false feedback is trying to trick me. Please help me kill those self-serving dreams, the ones that will hurt me, You, and others so much both now and in the future. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ; and all God’s children said – AMEN!

The Truth
Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!
Isaiah 30:18
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:11
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.
James 1:5,6

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