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Chilly —  June 13, 2015 — Leave a comment

 … from my vacation journal

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,” says the Lord. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and will bring you home again to your own land.” Jeremiah 29:11-14

God KNOWS my plan (even when I don’t)

  • its a good plan
  • it’s filled with hope

God HEARS my prayers (even when I doubt)

  • I must give my whole heart
  • I must search with all my strength

God HOLDS my purpose (even when I delay)

  • He’s preparing
  • He’s possessing

IMG_5216God’s BEST doesn’t happen IF I refuse to give Him my plans, my prayers and my purpose. I know that we say, “He knows best,” but I must live this truth daily! I must trust Him, die to self and obey His amazing plans!  And, like the sunrise, I must do this fresh and new every day!

“Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done.” C.S. Lewis

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!