I woke up to my dream life
Where I am not just mother and wife
But a daughter and friend to Him who gave me life.
I woke up to blessings galore
I have family, friends, and so much more
Granted by the One whom I adore.
I am so glad to be awake
Not afraid of the next steps I take
Because the One who is with me makes no mistakes.
I'm living my dream life right now
I don't have to understand how
The One who loves me can avow
I woke up to my dream life this morn
Rejoicing that I am reborn
And live with Him who calms all my storm.
Welcome to my dream life, my friends
Come join me as I ascend
To fulfill the purpose of the One who penned
My dream life.
Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.
Who have you introduced to My Son? Are they growing? Are they showing Signs they still live?
Where are the ones you touched? Are they coping? Are they still hoping They have something to give?
When you make disciples Are you leaving them behind? Are yo assuming they can find The way through hidden snares and motives?
Where are your spiritual sons and daughters? Are they still in the Light Are they standing in the fight Under the slashes of the sieve?
What are you doing to reassure them? Do they know the battle is won? Do they know they are not alone They are loved beyond what they may believe?
Beloved, reach out again Let them know it’s time to turn It’s time to let the fire burn Because they aren’t abandoned and I didn’t leave.
Malachi 4:5-6 (NLT)
5 “Look, I am sending you the prophet Elijah before the great and dreadful day of the Lord arrives. 6 His preaching will turn the hearts of fathers to their children, and the hearts of children to their fathers. Otherwise I will come and strike the land with a curse.”
Betrayed and disappointed By She who I thought was my friend She constantly made me promises But in the end
She lied and turned Everything into dust She hurt me And betrayed my trust.
She said one thing But did another And my dreams, She tried to smother.
So, I walked away I was no longer available to betray.
She didn’t come to find me She didn’t seek me out But the Lover of my soul Knew what I was about.
He taught me to forgive He showed me that She had forgotten how to live.
He opened my eyes He transformed my heart. He showed me how To get a fresh start.
He renewed my mind He healed my wounds He caused my branches To burst out with blooms.
The dark day I refer to here is the almost three years when I stopped attending church. I wish I could describe the heaviness that I experienced every Sunday morning, but I can’t. All I can say is I would walk into my closet and freeze. I struggled every week to go to church and eventually I stopped trying. I decided that If I didn’t love and enjoy it, I wasn’t going
I can’t say there was one particular incident that turned me away, but I had been actively involved in a local church for many years and over time, there was an accumulation of behaviors that grieved my spirit. I got frustrated and aggravated. I shut down and eventually I stopped going
I had been a Sunday School teacher. I sang in the choir. I had been a leader of a bible study group and a member of an intercessory prayer group. Yes, I prayed and worshiped at home. I just couldn’t in my local assembly.
I visited a few churches, but couldn’t shake the heaviness and so I rarely attended more than once or twice.
One night I had a dream. I was taking a tour of a church. The walls and floors were covered with red carpet. The church was split into two level and two sections. When I chose the section where I wanted to sit, I got a phone call from someone at a church I attended when I was young. They told me they wanted to see me. I then got a call from my sister who asked me if I had gotten a call from the church. I told her yes and while we were talking, I got another call. This time it was someone from a different church. That last call was from someone who taught a bible study class I attended as a child. She told me she wanted to hug me one more time.
I decided the dream was a call for me to return. I prayed about it and this time I not only returned, but I returned with a gift for the church. The Lord began to use me to encourage the church through poetry and art.
I am happy to say I have returned with a fresh tenacity to be a blessing to my church family. The Lord transformed my heart and renewed my mind.
The biggest difference I can see in myself is that I am no longer seeking what I can get out of attending church. I now ask the Lord how I can bless others. I ask Him who does He want me to encourage. Because He is faithful, He always answers.
Who does He want you to bless?
I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters. I will praise you among your assembled people. (NLT)
1 Corinthians 12:12-27 New International Reader’s Version (NIRV) One Body but Many Parts 12 There is one body, but it has many parts. But all its many parts make up one body. It is the same with Christ. 13 We were all baptized by one Holy Spirit. And so we are formed into one body. It didn’t matter whether we were Jews or Gentiles, slaves or free people. We were all given the same Spirit to drink. 14 So the body is not made up of just one part. It has many parts. 15 Suppose the foot says, “I am not a hand. So I don’t belong to the body.” By saying this, it cannot stop being part of the body. 16 And suppose the ear says, “I am not an eye. So I don’t belong to the body.” By saying this, it cannot stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, how could it hear? If the whole body were an ear, how could it smell? 18 God has placed each part in the body just as he wanted it to be. 19 If all the parts were the same, how could there be a body? 20 As it is, there are many parts. But there is only one body. 21 The eye can’t say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 In fact, it is just the opposite. The parts of the body that seem to be weaker are the ones we can’t do without. 23 The parts that we think are less important we treat with special honor. The private parts aren’t shown. But they are treated with special care. 24 The parts that can be shown don’t need special care. But God has put together all the parts of the body. And he has given more honor to the parts that didn’t have any. 25 In that way, the parts of the body will not take sides. All of them will take care of one another. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it. If one part is honored, every part shares in its joy. 27 You are the body of Christ. Each one of you is a part of it.
Fill this day with wonders That points others to You.
Give us eyes to see All that You plan to do.
Fill this day with sounds That sing Your praise.
Give us ears to hear And wisdom to understand Your ways.
Be all that You desire To be for us this day.
May our hearts and minds Be quick to obey.
2 Peter 1:3-4 (TPT)
Everything we could ever need for life and complete devotion to God has already been deposited in us by his divine power.For all this was lavished upon usthrough the rich experience of knowing him who has called us by name and invited us to come to him through a glorious manifestation of his goodness.As a result of this, he has given you magnificent promises that are beyond all price, so that throughthe power ofthese tremendous promises you can experience partnership with the divine nature, by which you have escaped the corrupt desires that are of the world.