WAS IT A DREAM OR SOMETHING ELSE

DREAM (300x196)Anyone who knows me knows I pay attention to my dreams. But one night not too long ago I had a dream of a different kind. It was a spiritual thing.

I became aware that I was trying to say something. “DAD” but nothing was really coming out. I could hear myself trying to say it over and over but still nothing would come out. I was in that state between being awake and asleep.  I didn’t know what was happening or why I was saying dad.  Then all of the sudden I saw a demon standing near my bed.  At that point I barely got the word dad out of my mouth but I managed to say it. The thing moved to the other side of the room. I said “dad” again a little louder the second time. Then  as fast as it came it was gone.

I had a similar experience years before. So once it happens you don’t forget. I know it would be easier to dismiss it as a dream, but I couldn’t. It wasn’t a dream back then and it wasn’t one now. I know a lot of people will disagree with me. We live in a spiritual world as well as a real world. Like it or not.

I learned something interesting. I learned that God knew I was calling on Him and He honored it. Why was I saying dad???  I was calling on my heavenly Father to protect and defend me. I did it instinctively. If I were fully awake I probably would’ve called out the name of Jesus. But I was in that in between state and God honored it!!.

It makes me wonder how many other  lessons there are yet to be learned. Calling out “dad” instead of using the name of Jesus  and having His help in the moment I needed Him is certainly something I won’t forget. It tells me how unconcerned Jesus is with our correctness. He’s much more concerned about us than being called by a particular name. He is true to His word, His character and His promises.

 

WHEN IS A DREAM FROM GOD

dreamer (300x223) I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a dream and just knew I had to get up and pray for someone. But it wasn’t always that way. It was developed over time and by become aware of a few indicators. Just about every dream can give rise to some form of prayer. But some dreams are God’s way of letting the dreamer know it’s time to pray for someone or stand in the gap for a specific purpose.

In this post I will share a few of the tips and indicators I’ve learned over the years. First you’ll notice the dream is somehow different from when it’s just the normal kind of dream.Usually you can tell when the dream is meant to help you process whats going on in your own life. You’ll know because of whats gone on over the past several days and the dream though symbolic will relate to those events. If none of the events fit with the theme of the dream then you can ask yourself “Is God trying to tell me something?”

One clue will be when a messenger or voice from within the dream will give you some kind of message or direction. Both Freud and Jung as well as the Bible say that a message within a dream should be given attention. But a God inspired dream will accompany His presence or a sense of peace and resolve or it will forecast the future.

A God-given dream most likely will be less frequent than the dreams that help us process our feelings. Both are a gifts from God. But a God-given dream will burn in your heart and you can’t get away from it until you accomplish it. For example. A number of years ago I worked at a Christian School. Every summer during summer vacation I would ask God “should I stay or should I go”. The summer of the very last year I worked at the school God sent me His answer in the form of dream. It had 3 distinct timelines. It ended with me saying “How did I get here”. That was a message wi a dream. I knew from that dream I would have 3 career changes. I didn’t know exactly what they were but I knew it would be the last year at the academy. As it turned out I did have 2 additional career changes. After I left the Christian school, I went to work in a duel diagnosed inpatient drug and alcohol treatment center. A Duel diagnosis refers to someone with addiction and a mental health diagnosis. This place seemed to breed insanity in its employees. So I quit and went to work in a local health system. How that happened I’ll never know because I like people not administrative stuff. But I’ve been there since and I’m happy.

Sometimes God will give you a dream about another person. It could be to pray, to encourage or to warn them. As a mom I had several dreams of my son getting into trouble. Sometimes I would sit on them and pray. Sometimes I would say “Ya better mind your P’s and Q’s”. Both options could be right. It can be right to ponder things like Mary and Joseph did. It can be right to warn. In one instance I sat on a dream for 6 months or so. Then out of the blue the dream began to disturb me so much so I had to call my son. After that call, he looked around at the party he was at and decided to leave. 5 minutes later the place was raided. My son’s friend who’s house the party was at later said “why didn’t God warn your mom for me” half joking and half serious!

Sometimes dreams can contain instructions what we call a word of wisdom. I once had a vision of how to fix my sewing machine. A vision is just a dream when you’re awake. It too will have a sense of His presence. So I got up, went over to the sewing machine and fixed it! Did God have to do that? No not at all. But He did it to demonstrate an aspect of himself to me that I thought was pretty cool.

I’d like to hear about your dreams too so we can stimulate each other in our faith journey. I can’t wait to hear what you’ve dreamed about!

 

 

WORK IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE

workThis month I celebrated 5 years with the organization I work for and 2 years at my  hospital location. When I first came to the the clinic I fell in love with it. I loved the people I worked with, the management style, the doctors and I still do! It’s a very caring friendly environment. It took a while to find the right place for me. I can’t work in toxicity, hostility, or with changes that make no sense.

A few months ago a co worker became ill and hasn’t been able to return yet. I assumed a few of her administrative duties in the clinic. I enjoy learning new things as well as taking on new responsibilities. So I was up for the extra work. We’re also scheduled to be remodeled. I was asked if i wanted to re-locate to an office right outside the clinic. It made perfect sense.

In the past few weeks I’ve been dreaming a lot. Mostly because I haven’t taken time to process all the changes. My dreams have caused me more than a few nights of interrupted sleep.

One dream caused me to see that while the move to another desk outside the clinic made sense on one level. On another level I really don’t want to be isolated from my co workers. So that gave me something to think about.

Also the last few weeks I’ve had a few encounters with some challenging patients. I have learned how to remain calm, empathize, and stay professional. But one of them got under my skin and I forgot all about the skills I’ve acquired over the past 10 years. It really bothered my that I lost my composure. When I was young I prided myself on being a little bad a**. As I got older I put away childish things and grew up (a little bit) in Christ. I know that none of us are perfect. But I expect myself to be. Mostly because I fear getting in trouble.

Last night my dreams troubled me again. I love to interpret dreams for lots of reasons. Apparently this draem was trying to get my attention in a big way. Without going into the details of the dream, I had to acknowledge that I was deeply ashamed of my behavior. What I thought was a dead trait was still able to rear its ugly head.

So I’ve been thinking. My husband would say “when don’t I”! I have/had a faulty belief system. Somehow I adopted a belief that once God deals with a particular area of your life it’s dead. But now I’m finding that I didn’t leave room for my human nature or flesh as some like to call it.. I do have a God nature but I’m still human. The spirit of God dwells in this human body! Why couldn’t I see that before??? Why could I say to others “it’s ok we’re all human” but not to myself.

I think it’s because I grew up in a home where verbal abuse and physical punishment were the primary way of educating us about our negative behavior. Never mind the fact that my parents were using unbridled anger to keep me in line. As if that was somehow acceptable. Wow! Can you image the crazy core belief system I constructed for myself.  There are 2 that come to mind.  “Anger equals power” and the other is “try your best to stay out of trouble” How do those 2 core beliefs stand together???

I became a Christian and got married when I was 21. I married a kind gentle man. He taught me by the way he conducted himself that anger is really a sign of weakness and self-control is true strength. It took years and the help of the Holy Spirit to walk in what came naturally for my husband. I’m still jealous over that!

It’s only been in this last year or so, that the other core belief has grown up in my  like a weed in my heart that’s ready to be pulled out by the roots. But that’s where I am today. Dealing with a wrong core belief. And I’ so thankful that God hasn’t stopped working one me!

I’m a work of God in progress! and so are you! Never stop learning. Never stop growing! You won’t be sorry. I promise.