Wednesday, March 13, 2013

dreams

dear emily,

there is significance to our dreams.   my mother dreamed that she would
someday marry a prince, but i dreamed of becoming the next julie andrews.  
we both married princes, but there is only one julie andrews.

the truth is that i'm not really much of an intentional dreamer.    the dreams
i love are the ones that come to me during the night, the ones over which i
have little control.    i have a theory that when i don't pay attention to what
the Lord is saying during the day, He speaks to me at night.   that is not an
excuse, however, to ignore Him during the day.

"for God does speak - now one way, now another - though man may not
perceive it.  in a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on
men as they slumber in their beds . . . " job 33:14,15

i pay close attention to those messages, because i think they're important.
many of them have led me away from a dangerous path and toward an
answered prayer.   some have comforted my heart that worried for a loved
one.   other dreams have simply warned, "don't eat spicy food before bed."
the trick is to decipher one from the other;  giant helpings of the bible help
with that.

recently, i heard that a great author (of course, i can't remember his name)
would write half a chapter before he went to sleep, and many nights he
would dream the next sequence in his story.

it's a great excuse to get to bed early.

love,
lea


15 comments:

Cinnamon said...

:-) I will have to share that last part with Grace as she is a writer, stays up late writing and we all know when she doesn't know how chapter 4 ends :-)

~Cinnamon

Dianne said...

I love this, Lea--so much wisdom here and I, too, believe in the significance of dreams.

Rebecca said...

SOOOOOO interesting. I hadn't visited you for awhile so came over hear this morning right after telling my husband about a dream I had last night!

(In my case, I think it wasn't SPICY food, but too much sugar. WAY too much. Still, as usual, in my dream were bits and pieces of several strands of thought & people who had crossed my mind or path over the past few days.....)

Frequently, in the recounting - either verbally or in writing - God does indeed "speak" to me. Not so much this time, however :)

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Farm Girl said...

I think that is wonderful. I know the title of my blog has dreams in it but what I have found are that dreams are pretty serious things, and should be handled with care. :)
Have a wonderful day.

Beansieleigh said...

Oh gosh, how interesting dreams can be... But the thing is, I CAN'T REMEMBER my dreams! It always amazes me how some people can dream so vividly, every detail, every color. Not ME. I remember absolutely nothing! (sigh) I think (art/scrap)journaling helps me to relax and clear my head before bedtime, but once my head hits that pillow, I see, hear, and remember nothing till my day starts the next morning. Sometimes I feel gypped, because sometimes.. Actually OFTEN, I feel like I could use the advice or guidance you speak of! ~tina

Lisa said...

I have always loved Psalm 16,"Even at night my heart instructs me". I have often had things on my mind and have been given the answer in the night. I guess sometimes our minds are so busy God has to wait until we are asleep to instruct us.. Great post,Lea!

Darcie said...

I have to say, that I have had some VERY strong and I feel God touched dreams. I love all the ways He can speak to us...if we are just listening.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

ABSOLUTELY AGREE with that author! Hello there my dear! Thank you so very much for coming to leave a comment. Have a wonderful weekend and get to sleep early; you never know what you will dream up! Anita

Melissa said...

"giant helpings of the bible". Love that phrase, and that's my favorite thing to have giant helpings of!

♥ Melissa~

Thistle Cove Farm said...

it's been said before, you're a wise woman, Lea.

Vee said...

Oh I love your sense of humor. My husband never remembers his dreams, which makes me feel sad for him. I enjoy pondering mine...usually. Good words, Lea, as always!

Auntie Cake said...

Had to giggle over your dreams post. I had the worst dream over taking 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th graders on an ice skating field trip. I literally woke up all twisted and sweating and was so glad it find it was only a dream.

A dream where I couldn't get the permissions slips to stay in a foot high pile (I don't even get permissions slips, the school did that at the beginning of the year) and I took American Express cards for the $3 payment for the trip (again, I don't even collect the money) One of my braids got caught in something while I was bending down to pick up a permissions slip that spilled out of my mile high pile, and so my head was caught. The kids were laughing hysterically, when they figured out I was stuck, they started running all over the place, eventually I had to cut off one braid right at my head. Just left it there. One side of my hair long, the other, short. It goes on and on like that. Hysterical when I found out it was only a dream, but what a nightmare during!

I will have to be on the watch for God's guidance after this!
Kate
Kate

Auntie Cake said...

Had to giggle over your dreams post. I had the worst dream over taking 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th graders on an ice skating field trip. I literally woke up all twisted and sweating and was so glad it find it was only a dream.

A dream where I couldn't get the permissions slips to stay in a foot high pile (I don't even get permissions slips, the school did that at the beginning of the year) and I took American Express cards for the $3 payment for the trip (again, I don't even collect the money) One of my braids got caught in something while I was bending down to pick up a permissions slip that spilled out of my mile high pile, and so my head was caught. The kids were laughing hysterically, when they figured out I was stuck, they started running all over the place, eventually I had to cut off one braid right at my head. Just left it there. One side of my hair long, the other, short. It goes on and on like that. Hysterical when I found out it was only a dream, but what a nightmare during!

I will have to be on the watch for God's guidance after this!
Kate
Kate

Auntie Cake said...

Hi Lea,
Oh my, I just had to laugh over my dream last night. I did a post and I linked to you actually, hope you don't mine. Go read it and I'll take it down. It's too much to write in your comments section, but it just made me laugh hysterically when it happened. And I was thinking of you the entire time I was re-living that dream. My goodness, I am losing it!
Kate