You see them, too?
Technology has taken over and conditioned me to quickly respond. I feel like Ian Pavlov’s dog. I’m working on correcting that behavior so please don’t get mad if I don’t quickly respond to your ding! By the way, I do love hearing from my friends so please do not regard this as a reason not to bother me! My friends are never a bother. I love you!
Something else that you may see as a problem with the above scenario is thinking that dreaming is important. I used to get into trouble at school for daydreaming. My folks used to tell me that I lived in a fantasy and needed to “come down to earth!” As a young adult, I was always ridiculed for my big ideas and enormous visions (that are typically out of reach!). Sometimes this still happens! This is the sentence that would always follow my imaginative idea, “There she goes again!” I can’t help it! I’m a big dreamer and my mind is full of creative ideas! Sure, they may not be feasible but that doesn’t really stop me. God is greater than my dreams and can make them happen! It wasn’t until later in my life that others began to appreciate my creative dreaming brain. I remember a few times during prayer with different friends and the funny feeling that came over me as they actually prayed over and thanked God for my brain! It was always startling to me. Then I would smile inside because they knew me best and appreciated my quirks. I have learned to be careful about sharing too many dreams, visions, and ideas. It exhausts and wears others out, especially Brian who tries to figure out how to make them a reality! His brain is designed to quickly analyze, problem solve and decipher every aspect and angle and then discover potential means of achieving a goal. In the four minutes it takes me to blurt out my idea, his brain is already at work and worn out by the many ways to improve my brainstorm. Most often my ideas include his ability to help execute them. He gets so tied up with my visions that he seldom gets the opportunity to carry out his own.
Need + Passion + Opportunity = God's Calling
I read this equation somewhere and I think it relates to Nehemiah's story. Did he have the skill to complete such a large task? No! But he surrounded himself with others who in turn joined his vision and made it happen. I suggest that you take time to read the very short chapters of Nehemiah to gain revelation for yourself.
I do not believe that we should jump into every opportunity that comes along. That is another reason why God provided us the Holy Spirit. It's to help lead and direct us. Trust his prompting. Don't be afraid if the size of the thing God lays on your heart is huge! He knows it is outside of your physical, mental, or perhaps emotional capability. He is offering you a chance to trust Him, to grow your faith, and lean heavy on Him. He will pull together all of the puzzle pieces. Remember that He is faithful and He that has begun a good work in you will be faithful to complete it! Philippians 1:6
As I reflect on Restore Ministries, Inc., I am reminded that with God all things are possible. What began as an idea moved into a meeting of the hearts and a brainstorm that was bathed with much prayer, dialogue, and planning. The next stage was a walk of faith as Kathy and I faced many questions about how to go about what we believed God placed in our hearts independently and then corporately as we collaborated together. From there, the questions didn’t stop but grew and God provided the answers to our questions and the finances needed to move forward. We are still dreaming and continue to walk by faith as we discuss future retreats and opportunities for soulcare. We desire for God to continue to plant dreamseeds, cultivate them, and grow them. Who knows what ultimate vision God has in mind for Restore Ministries?! I do know that it is to bring Him glory as we help others renew their heart of worship, transform the mind with the Word of God, and provide opportunities to rest the body and soul. As I look back over the first sentence of our mission statement, I am amazed and humbled that God would entrust us with a ministry designed to offer opportunities for you and others to get to know Him intimately!
- If God is stirring up a desire, dream, or vision, you might be required to:
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland. Is. 43: 18,19
- Remember that spiritual attack will happen and distractions will come to pull you away from what God has placed in your heart. Be faithful to your call.
I came that they may have and enjoy life,
and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).”
Jn. 10:10 Amplified
- If you are feeling dry, think on this quote:
The most pathetic person in the whole world is someone who has sight but has no vision.”
Vision is what drives us and without it, we perish! You know that verse…Proverbs 29:18
“Now glory be to God, by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of — infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes.” Ephesians 3:20 (LB)
Dreaming Big...as always,
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