Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Things that Go Bump {God-Sized Dreams}

Here is Holley's challenge for this week: take this “do what you can” step for your God-sized dream…Find a way to pay it forward. You’ve been encouraged in your God-sized dreams by your sisters here the last few months. How can you spread that encouragement forward by investing in other dreamers? It can be small and simple or BIG and wild. 


The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. 
He will take great delight in you;in his love he will no longer rebuke you, 
but will rejoice over you with singing.”  

                                                                                                 Zephaniah 3:17

The quiet of the night was suddenly awakened with terrorizing cries.  I sat straight up in my
bed.  There was a moment of confusion before I sprinted down the hallway.  Reaching the doorway of my 5 year old’s bedroom I saw him in his bed, on all fours and turning in circles like a dog chasing his tail.  Not knowing what was happening I slowly approached him and quietly called his name.  

The screaming continued.  The ‘tail chasing’ continued.  I realized that even with all the chaos he was sound asleep. This went on for about five minutes and eventually he quieted down, covered back up and was the house was peaceful once again.  What had just happened?  Maybe it was a bad dream?  Maybe it was just something he had eaten?  These were the thoughts that went through my mind.  

However, when I knew there was something more when this scene played out night after night for a full week.  A couple of nights we found him in other rooms of the house.  As a worried momma I called his doctor, asked other moms and searched the internet.  All resources took to the same conclusion: night terrors.  There isn’t much we could do while they are happening except ensure he did not hurt himself.  Finally, after about 6-9 months he seemingly outgrew them.  
Now at 24 he has little to no memory, besides our stories, that those almost night episodes ever happened.  So many times as we slowly take steps to follow our God-Sized dreams we might find ourselves in a tizzy. We have our eyes wide open but unable to see what God is doing behind the scene. However, just as I watched over Anthony, He always has a watchful eye on us.  He is there to protect yet even though He may not save us from the ‘terror’ itself.  No, instead He allows us to fight through to grow and eventually leave it behind.  

Today God the Father is watching over you.  He is there to  encourage you, direct you and yes, even protect you from yourself sometimes.              Rest in that fact but then move forward.

What part of your dream has you in a tizzy?  
I would love to pray for God to give you comfort and direction.


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  1. Thank you for this, friend. I'm in that season of not being exactly sure where any of this is going or if there's much purpose anymore. I need to remember that He's got it and His plan is better than the one I've got mapped out in my head and heart. :) Blessings...have a wonderful week!

  2. Sweet thought: Today God the Father is watching over you. He is there to encourage you, direct you and yes, even protect you from yourself sometimes. Rest in that fact but then move forward.

    I am trying to move in a different direction work-wise. Lots of things need to fall into place, so prayers for guidance, strength, God's hand, and anything else you can think of.

  3. Loved this real life illustration and reminder of God the Father watching over us and protecting us even when we're not aware of it. Thank you!

  4. I'm so glad God never leaves us especially in the midst of turmoil in our life. This is a beautiful picture of God watching over us. I am not always realize His presence is close, but He is faithful to be there regardless of how I feel. Thanks for sharing this. Blessings.

  5. This is one of my favorite scripture verses. It is such a treat to run across it today. Thanks for that! I would treasure your prayers for the energy to continue in my dream.

  6. My daughter used to have night terrors and would sleep walk, at the time it was kinda crazy and scary, but now we think back at laugh. I guess it is the same way with us and God, when we're going through something tough it can be scary but when we look back we think, Oh, that wasn't so bad. I'm so thankful for my many growth opportunities, even if I didn't appreciate them at the time. Thank you for this reminder!