Here Comes the Dreamer

Then they said to one another, “Look this dreamer is coming”. (Genesis 37:19KJV)

The story of Joseph in the Bible is found in the last part of Genesis starting with chapter 37 where he received a dream from God. It is a story of intrigue and high-drama. The story is filled with plots of murder, deception, betrayal, seduction, false accusations and then ultimately victory over evil. It all started when Joseph was born as one of the youngest sons’ of Jacob. Joseph was Jacob’s favorite child, the son of his old age. He gave Joseph a beautiful coat of many colors. This created jealous from his siblings. Joseph was a special child and had an amazing call on his life. God planted a dream deep within him that he would one day have great authority and reign over many, even his own family. He would be royalty. He shared his dream with the people closest to him, his kinfolk, and they rejected him because they didn’t like the dream. They became Joseph’s haters. They plotted to kill him but put him in a pit instead then sold him into slavery. Joseph was taken into slavery down in the land of Egypt far away from home. His life and journey became challenging at best. He was wrongfully accused, thrown into prison was later exonerated and promoted to leader in the Pharaoh’s palace. He went from the pit to the Potiphar’s house, to prison and then to the palace. As a young dreamer he learned some valuable lessons. Lessons he learned:

1. You can’t tell everybody your dream they may not be able to handle it.

2. If you share your dream people may reject you and the dream.

3. When the dream is from God it will come to pass, stay in faith and remain hopeful.

4. There is a process between the promise of the dream and the fulfillment of the dream.

5. During the process before the dream is manifested stay true to God and maintain good character. God will show favor even in difficult situations.

Lessons for us today:

Continue to allow God to use you as the incubator for great dreams. Pray about who you share your dreams with regularly. Don’t share your dreams prematurely, people may try to abort the dream. Never share your dreams with haters they will never be able to handle it. Thank God every day for the people He puts in your life who help make the dream reality. Remember there is a process with every promise God gives, there are no overnight successes. Stay in the process and don’t quit. Go ahead and dream big God will get you through the process and He can handle your haters!!!

Dream Big: The World is Waiting on You

Many of us have dreams bursting inside of us that have never been realized. All of us have a specific purpose on earth. Are we living our purpose? Are we living our dreams? Do we focus on our destiny? Why is it important that we raise these questions right now? The world looks to be in dire shape morally, economically and physically. At times things look bleak, and it looks like things are not going anywhere. Our world needs some people live their dreams.

People on our jobs don’t appreciate our gifts, talents, abilities let alone concern themselves about our dreams. We are part of the answer to this world’s troubles. When we live small and don’t dream big the world is missing out on something great. Some of us aspire to be entrepreneur, some of us want to write a book, some of us want to go back to school, some of us want to do something creative, some of us want to help hurting people and inspire others to follow their dreams, some of us want to sing or be in movies or better yet write a movie and be the producer. The time has come today for all of us to stop making excuses. There is no excuse for excuses!!! Tell our brain and our mouth- today is the day! At any point in our lives we can change directions, make up our minds to live our dreams. It all begins with how we think. We have to be ever so careful about how we think. Many times we can’t see ourselves accomplishing the dreams we have, or doing something BIG, or we fall in to a rut or a pattern of living that’s not very meaningful but we tell ourselves this is safe, it pays the bills and the economy is bad right now. We are griped with the fear of what if. What if I quit this job that does not appreciate my gifts? What if I start on a new path and it is not successful? What if? We can play the what if game until we pass out. Let’s turn it around. What if you leave your job (that do not show you much love) and become very successful and reach your destiny. What if!!! Let’s play what if from a positive perspective. Look for environments where people celebrate us and not merely tolerate us.

A man by the name of Samuel Smiles made this famous quote. “Sow a thought, reap an action, sow an action reap a habit, sow a habit reap a character; sow a character reap a destiny!” The Bible simply says “whatever we sow we will reap”. Let’s look at Mr. Smiles quote line by line:

1<strong>. Sow a thought reap an action.</strong> When we think about something long enough we will eventually act on it. That is why it is so important o guard our minds and to be careful what we allow in to influence us. For instance if our dream is to write book then we must begin to feed our mind thoughts about what we want to write about and who can help us accomplish this. We want to begin thinking about who will be our audience, begin seeing ourselves at our book signings and making money from our book. We have got to visualize ourselves writing and proofing and picking out the book cover. It all begins with our own thinking. Whatever we think on long enough, whether positive or negative, we will act on. We must rid ourselves of people around us that will convince us to think “we can’t do it” … because of this and that. Surrounding ourselves with people who say we can do it is the key. If we think we can or we think to can’t we’re right. It all depends us. Think, “I can do this”.

<strong>2. Sow an action reap a habit</strong>. Once we begin to sow thoughts that foster our dreams we will begin acting on it and it become habitual. This one best selling author said to himself I want to write a best selling book but he worked full time and could not afford to just quit and write because he had to eat and feed his family. So he kept his focus on his thoughts about writing and then he began to act on it and his actions became a habit. He wanted to accomplish 2 things he did not want to neglect his family and he wanted to write a best selling book at the same time. So everyday he came home and he dedicated time to his family until 8pm. M-F. From 8p to 10 or 11pm he wrote on his best selling book and on weekends he would spend 5-6 hours writing on his book. Within 6 month he had produced a best selling book and guess what? he could then quit his job and write full time. He had to think but he acted on his thinking and it became a habit. His habit helped him succeed.
<strong>3. Sow a habit reap a character.</strong> Many times we do not realize that the habits we form eventually say what our character is. If we have a habit of speaking negative and tearing others down eventually that becomes part of our character. When we speak positive that become part of our character. You know a tree by the fruit it bears. When folk form habits of watching television 6 hours a day they begin to live other people’s dreams. When we develop poor eating habits and lack exercise we become overweight. It becomes a vicious cycle. We must evaluate our lives and determine what good habits do I want to keep are and what are the negative habits I want to get rid of. Our reputation is what people think about us our character is who we really are. When we address your habits we address what contributes to your character.
<strong>4. Sow a character reap a destiny.</strong> We all have a purpose and a destiny carved out before we are born. The part many of us don’t know is that we all play a big part of realizing our dreams and destiny, and it all starts with how we think. Our destinies are intertwined with other people’s destiny. What if our destiny is to be a singer and we are working as a police officer, then all the people that are supposed to be inspired by our music will miss what we have to offer. The world is waiting on all of us to step up to the bat and hit a home run. We must dream big and never stop dreaming. Pay attention to our thoughts, action and character they all lead to our destiny.

Dealing with Procrastination: Take Action and Move Forward

In the first chapter of my book, “I’m a Dream Girl: A Guide to Fulfilling Your God-Given Dreams” I start with Dream Killers. There are many things which hinder the dreams and visions that have been placed in our hearts a long time ago. I talk about procrastination as a dream killer early on because if we continue to delay and not move forward nothing happens. Procrastination is a symptom of a much deeper problem. We often wonder, why do I always wait until the last minute to get things done? Why do I delay? Why do I miss deadlines? Why do I not accomplish the things I have in my heart and on my list? Is it merely poor time management? Or is there something else going on?

As a nurse of over 30 years, one thing I have been taught over time is, treating symptoms makes the patient feel better but it does not make the patient well. From a medical perspective healing typically comes when we deal with the cause or the root of the problem. For example, if a patient comes to an emergency department with abdominal pain in the right lower quadrant they could potentially have an appendicitis. Typically, the pain is significant and many times accompanied with fever, nausea and vomiting. We can give the patient pain medicine, fever control and even something for nausea. We have something for almost every symptom. If we send the patient home with these symptoms and no further work-up of lab and x-rays the patient has the potential to get worse or even die. The reason for a possible poor outcome is, we did not send the patient to surgery to have his appendix removed and get antibiotics started for the infection. Once we deal with the cause the symptoms will subside. Procrastination is the symptom, fear is the root that needs to be removed, faith is the antibiotic we need to infuse. There is often cause and effect in every arena in our lives. When we operate in fear we tend to procrastinate or conversely move too soon. In this blog I want to look at procrastination rooted in fear.

There have been lots of articles written about procrastination that address great tips on how to avoid and remove it from our lives. I want to examine procrastination from a spiritual perspective.
Maybe God has given us an assignment, a vision, a dream or some promise He wants us to possess and it is time for us to move forward but find ourselves delaying. In the Bible God shows us an example of a time when He gave His people a clear assignment and they would not take action and move forward. It is found in the book of Numbers Chapter 13. The Lord spoke to Moses and instructed him to send spies from all 12 Tribes of Israel into the land of Canaan. Canaan is the Promised Land God had given to them. All they had to do was to possess it. After the twelve spied out the land they came back with a report. Ten of the spies gave the majority report. The report was, the land is truly flowing with milk and honey but we cannot take the land because the people are stronger and bigger than us, the city walls are fortified. “They are like giants and we are like grasshoppers.” Then Caleb stood up and said, let us go up at once and take possession of the land, we are well able to overcome it.” Caleb was part of the minority report. Each of the spies saw the same things but it was what they believed about God and their relationship with God that determined what they reported and what action they took.

What lessons can we learn from this ancient wisdom.

1.BELIEVE GOD – When God gives us an assignment He does not leave us alone to accomplish it by ourselves. Part of believing God is believing what He is assigning you is necessary and important. He had already given the promise. Believe what He says.

2.RENOUNCE FEAR – Ask God to show you the root of why you are delaying on the assignment or the vision He has given you. In many instances in the Bible the delay was due to fear. When we are fearful we sometimes shrink back and do not move forward. We actually are paralyzed.

3.HAVE FAITH – We must exercise the kind of faith Caleb showed. He was confident that he could accomplish the assignment. He said, “we are well able to overcome it.” He recognized there might be difficulties to overcome but was not deterred by them. His confidence was not in himself alone but in the God who had already shown Himself powerful on their behalf. In chapter 14 of Numbers he said, “the Lord is with us. Do not fear them.” In other words, he was saying have faith in our God.

4.TAKE ACTION AND MOVE FORWARD – Caleb said let us go up at once and take possession. When God gives us an assignment to move forward, then MOVE FORWARD and don’t delay. A whole generation is depending on us. Part of the action we must take is to prioritize what is important. God’s assignment cannot continue to be placed just anywhere on our list, it must make its way to the top of the list. The next action we must take is to make a plan to deal with time wasters. The biggest distraction for many is being glued to the screens in our lives. We watch excessive amounts of TV, spend hours on Social Media, surf the internet, play hours of digital games, and talk on the phone via text and voice. Another thing we must take action on is dealing with negativity. Negative words and negative people can keep us from moving forward. We must make a conscious effort to not be influenced by negative people and refuse to allow negative words to come from our mouths. We must speak works of faith and not words of worry, anxiety and fear.

The sad part about this story is Caleb and Joshua were in the minority but were the two who had the right vision and who spoke words of faith. They were willing to take immediate action. The majority report was the report the people believed. They saw themselves as not being able to go forward so they convinced the people to hold off and/or delay. The decision to delay caused God to make a different decision. Instead of helping the 12 Tribes possess the land flowing with milk and honey He rejected them. They spied the land for forty days, and God allowed them to bear the guilt by letting them wander in the wilderness forty years. One year for every day they spied out the land. Procrastination and delaying in many instance is seen by God as disobedience. If the enemy of our souls can convince us to not move forward on the assignment God has given us, others miss out on what we were to contribute to expanding the Kingdom of God. So, how do we Believe God? Renounce Fear? Have Faith? and Take Action?

1.See yourself as a noble vessel God wants to use to accomplish great things for Him.

2.Spend some time in God’s presence reading His Word, worshipping, praying, developing a relationship with God. We cannot believe anyone we don’t know and trust.

3.Renouncing fear is not easy. Start by saying out of your own mouth I renounce the spirit of fear over my life. “God has not given us a spirit of fear but of love, power and a sound mind.” Fear has no place in my life.

4.Continue by saying, “I have faith to overcome the fear that has kept me in a mode of procrastination. I believe fear and procrastination are gone from my life.”

5.Pray and ask God what the first step is, get in prayerful agreement with other believers and take action. Even if it is baby steps toward what God says do. He may ask for some giant steps at times too. Take action and move forward!!!

Taste and See that God is Good!

I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth… Oh, magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt His name together. Oh, taste and see the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trust in Him! There is no want to those who fear Him. (Psalms 34:1, 3, 8-9 New King James Version)

The Psalmist, David, got personal with this, didn’t he? He said, “I will bless the Lord; His praises will continually be in MY mouth…” Let us all strive to get personal with the God of the Universe this year. Let us enter into a place of worship we have never been in before.

After the Psalmist got personal, he invited others to experience what he experienced. He said, “Oh, magnify the Lord WITH ME and let US exalt His name TOGETHER…” When we worship God privately, He gives us the power to push through whatever situation we need to press through. But when we come together and worship corporately, He anoints us to move even greater mountains!

This year I want to get personal with God and invite others to get personal with me in worshiping Him. David said this type of worship is good stuff! He said, “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!” When we taste of the Lord in true worship we will never settle for less. When we taste of Him we will want for nothing. Whatever we need can be found when we surrender ourselves to worshiping God in spirit and in truth.

Spring is a time of new beginnings. Let us start this spring with a new way of worshiping God–not as a routine, but because He is WORTHY… because He is FAITHFUL… and because He is GOOD!

Beginning right now, I will:
1. Bless the Lord.
2. Praise Him continually.
3. Magnify Him rather than my problems.
4. Taste and see He is good.
5. I will fear (respect) Him.
6. I will not want for anything.