dream it

Chilly —  March 5, 2013 — 8 Comments
There are seasons in my life where an internal-urgency demands me to:  Stop, Drop & DREAM.

dream it

I feel like I’m entering one of those seasons again. And, I’ve learned that when these times come, they’re rarely convenient with my schedule & agenda… they don’t need to be… He’s Lord after all.

When this opportunity comes to me, I must do whatever necessary to clear the clutter between my ears and put myself in a position to hear, learn, remember & obey.  For me, this means grabbin’…

Study Bible – Journal – Pens – Noise Canceling Headphones

Note: the Bible & Journal may be digital — but sometimes it still needs to be “paper” so that I can completely disappear from social media.

During these times of revelation, I like to plant myself at various places in order to hear Him – sometimes I feel led to listen right within the context of my calling (noise isn’t always an issue) – I think spending time (not all but some) in public places is a cool discipline for dreaming. It’s my way of reminding myself that God can & will speak anywhere. It also gives me quicker and practical avenues of application… so I chill at cafes, rooftops, city center and parks.

Other times I need to get far away like a cabin up north, a condo on a beach or a long drive…

It’s not clear what God is saying to me right now… but I know that He is, again, calling me out of ‘the box’ and into the unknown. Change is unavoidable. Right now the pages in my journal look like some strange mathmatical equation – cluttered with random words, various Scriptures, key phrases, unique sketches, and ‘amen-less’ prayers… I’m confident that God, in His perfect timing, will make something clear out of the chaos – and, I’m ready and willing to obey!

And, for those of you that get nervous when I talk about ‘change’ — please relax — I really think the change right now is more IN me than for us. Ultimately, that can still impact others (family, friends, church) too – but, at the moment, He’s working on me.

So, this post is, obvioulsy, to be continued (and eventually completed)… not sure about the when, where, how or why. But I have NO DOUBTS about the WHO and that’s all that matters right now.

Note: my ‘process’ is not a formula. It may be just for me…

God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us” Ephesians 3:20 msg.

  • do you dream deliberately?
  • where do you find it best to hear God speak?
  • what’s your ‘dream process’ like?
  • when was the last time you had a God-size dream? Does it have a deadline?
  • will you challenge yourself to dream in public? I DARE YOU!


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Chilly is a follower of Christ, husband of a queen and father of avengers. Executive Director of RevolutionYouth.co Instagram: @thechillychilton Twitter: @iChilly "I LOVE: my wife Netta, our 5 amazing kids, Buckeyes, good coffee, U2, Nike shoes, anything Apple, sushi, my dog Jack, beach vacations, sports, books & YOU!"

8 responses to dream it

  1. awesome! Yea, i need to have a day set aside for dreaming. I have dreams, but I don’t make enough time for dreaming, and for silencing all the noise and responsibilities. It’s amazing to me how some dreams God gives are for now, and some that he gave years ago, still haven’t been for now. I’m just learning how to follow Him, it’s an adventure for sure!

  2. I’ll always remember a sermon you gave a couple years ago at LC…the woman with the issue of bleeding…who in great faith stepped way out of the box to touch the LORD’S robe…and was Healed! It was a Leap!… not a formula. The idea that the LORD responds immediately to us individually when we chase after and reach out for him out of desperation and brokenness, aligns with my own experience. I also remember your story of jumping off the cliff somewhere in Minnesota…a metaphor I’m sure would preach! Your transparency, honesty and brazen peculiarity are refreshing and inspiring. Sweet Dreams brother!

  3. SOOO GOOD!! I’m pretty much in this season too… My process is very similar! AND I recently have been pondering Ephesians 3:20 specifically in the msg!!! WOW! Thanks for this post! Where did you get this pic!?!? Can I steal it for a cover photo!!!

    • Excited to hear where your DREAMS lead you — come back & update us when there’s more details!
      … and, the picture is from google! 😉

  4. Change is unavoidable. So true. So hard. So necessary. Praying that my dreams are His dreams! Looking forward to hearing what dreams He is putting in your heart!

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