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Last night I dreamed that I yelled—YELLED—at my mother in public, that I was on the Walton farm (as in the 1970’s TV show) trying to get Elizabeth out of her very dirty clothes so I could wash them, and that I was trying to help my boss figure out what a charge was on her debit card (and she refused to call the bank). Now, some of you are going to start asking me what I watched right before bed or what I ate before going to sleep. Nope. It’s nothing like that. These types of dreams are completely normal for me. I dream like this every single night—without fail.
I’m a dreamer.
I wish I could say that my dreams were special. But, that doesn’t really seem to be the case. If anything, I think, my dreams seem to indicate fear in my life. I’m often lost, late, wandering, exposed (yes exposed…those are really fun (not) dreams), and frustrated.
Every now and then I will have a unique dream—one that really stands out to me. These dreams stay with me. I can still remember some of my dreams from my childhood and my teen years.
When I have these dreams, I will think about them off and on for days, sometimes weeks. I had a dream like that last week. I’m not going to share it with you, because it’s mine (I’m a little selfish sometimes :)). What I mean is, I think God gave this dream to me for a very specific purpose and it is special. Anyway, I have a super sweet young lady in my life who shared with me that she has a friend that has interpreted dreams in the past (think Joseph in the Bible). Because this dream was so specific in its details I asked her to share my dream with her friend.
Long story short (kind of :)), her friend prayed regarding my dream and after several days responded. Now. I don’t care if you believe what I’m going to tell you or not—because it’s my story—I own it—and it’s MY TRUTH. The interpretation of my dream left me speechless. I had an idea of what it might mean. But the detail that she provided was amazing. And, I KNEW that she had heard from God regarding my dream.
You see, she has a GIFT.
First, and most importantly, she has a close relationship with her Heavenly Father. She knows Him and trusts Him to speak to her. Do you understand that is the greatest gift of CHRISTianity? RELATIONSHIP. We are in relationship with our God. God has given her a gift and she is willing to be an open vessel for Him to flow through.
Do you know that we all have gifts? God gave us those gifts so that we can help others and lead them to a relationship with Him.
“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-7
And, now you are saying, “So what? What’s your point, Lisa?” *sigh* My point issssssss God has gifted every one of us. He gave us those gifts to edify His church, not to hide or to use for worldly purposes. WHAT IS YOUR GIFT? What did God give you? (You are not allowed to say nothing because it isn’t true!) Look how important each one of is to the “Church”.
“In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we’re talking about is Christ’s body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn’t amount to much, would we? So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t.” Romans 12:4-5
Let me to encourage you to pray and ask God what gift He has given you. Some of you already know and are hiding it (shame on you! <3) Get it out and use it! Remember the song, This Little Light of Mine? Let your “light” shine! Some of you really have no idea…and you know what? Satan likes that you don’t know…because you aren’t doing God’s work when you don’t know what He wants you to do. So, pray. God will show you. 🙂
What do I mean by “gift”? Well, I will list a FEW. But, we have a HUGE God, so His gifts are limitless!
Do you sing?
Can you teach?
Are you athletic?
Do you write?
Are you funny?
Are you compassionate?
Do you sew?
Can you drive (think church bus/rides to church/rides to the doctor)?
Are you especially good with the elderly?
Do children love you?
Are people encouraged by you?
Do you cook?
Are you getting the picture? YOU ARE IMPORTANT. God has given you a gift. Use it. Someone out there needs you. They need to see Christ through you.
Lisa Bull sees her life as a journey along God’s divine plan. While considering herself an expert on nothing, she enjoys laughing and has made “choosing joy” her motto. Lisa has experienced God’s unfailing love and grace in her life and wants nothing more than for others to enjoy that same gift in their lives.
Lisa is the daughter and granddaughter of ministers. She has multiple relatives in ministry on both sides of her father’s family including several pastors, pastor’s wives, and missionaries. In fact, ministry in her maternal grandmother’s family can be traced back several generations. She loves being a wife and mother of two terrific young men.