Christian Dream Interpretation — Lauren Daigle saw visions of her future career — Part 2 of 3

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Lauren Daigle was diagnosed with cytomegalovirus when she was 15 years old.  The infection necessitated a two-year absence from her high school.  During the two years of recovery at home, God gave Lauren dreams and visions of her future.

 

“He started imparting vision to me during that time. It was amazing because I was laying on the bed, wasn’t able to do anything and I would get visions of touring, and tour buses and being on and off stages, and venues, and interviews, and charts. I mean He showed me literally so much of it, and I would lay in bed and say God is this just me dreaming? Am I getting cabin fever, or is this really what you’re calling me to?

It was beautiful because not only in that time did He awaken a dream in me, but He also didn’t allow me to fall under to what the enemy wanted to create in that time – loneliness & depression. God let me see the next season.”

( “Lauren Daigle’s unexpected path to purpose.”   www.life1025.com

 

In the midst of suffering, God encouraged Lauren Daigle with hope.  Seeing into the future, He decided to share some of His knowledge with her which, of course, proved to be spot-on accurate. (Check out her breathtaking 😅 tour schedule here! )

 

I’ve experienced – on a MUCH smaller scale – two occasions of God showing me future events through dreams.  Two simple, short dreams that made a lasting impression, and that I later saw unfold before me with my waking eyes.

 

It’s pretty cool to have that happen, but I don’t think that is God’s main desire for us:  that we see future events in our night visions.  I believe His main goal in our lives is to show us how much He loves us, how much He accepts us, and how He wants to truly be our “life.”

 

I had a dream once that taught me about God’s acceptance; it literally changed my life, changed the way I relate to God, and changed the way I understood how He relates to me.  I call it The Black Crows dream.  This is how it went…

 

I was looking up into the sky at a large white sail that was being carried in the air by half a dozen crows.  As I continued to watch them fly away, I realized that it was not a sail, but a cloak, a robe.  My own white robe . . . and the crows were taking it away from me!  I looked on, bothered by this fact, and meanwhile I was chewing a piece of raw meat.  I just stood there, watching and chewing.  I was not able to swallow the meat; I found it to be inedible.

 

You are probably familiar with the idea of a “robe of righteousness”:

I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. (Isaiah 61:10)

 

So when I woke in the morning after the Black Crows dream, I thought, “Okay, God.  I get it.  I hear You.  My sin is making me unrighteous, and that is why the crows were taking away my white ‘robe of righteousness.’”

 

Was my dream interpretation correct???  Heck no!

 

. . . But this post is already too long, so I will continue with this next week. 😆

 

 

 

 

My #1 Parenting Mistake

Self-portrait painted by my first-born for a college Figure Drawing class:

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Pictured above is my daughter, Justine, who went a bit ‘wild’ after graduating high school.  She got herself into some dangerous situations, and learned the hard way that there are many pits and snares in this world; after a year, she decided to move back home.

As I type, she and her brother and sister are bouldering at a climbing gym together.  Their friendship has solidified during this time, and Justine likes to tell them, “Be smart.  Don’t be stupid like I was.”

However, recently, my husband and I had reason to believe that she was being stupid again.  In our despair, we asked ourselves, “How could this be happening!?  What did we do wrong!?  Where did we mess up as parents?”

Turns out, it was a false alarm — phew! — and we had nothing to worry about.

But it led me to ask Justine, “In your opinion, what was it that we did wrong?  How did we fail you?  What made you do the things you did?”

She told me, “Mom, it had nothing to do with you; as an artist, I simply wanted to experience everything that’s out there.”  (She IS quite the artist, huh!?)

But THEN, she remembered something.

She said, “Well, there was one thing:  I’m always apologizing for things that are not my fault.  Remember how you always made me go to my room so I could ask God to forgive me?  I was never sure what I did wrong, but you always forced me to apologize to God.  So now, I constantly say “I’m sorry” for things that are not my fault.”

Oh. My. Gosh!  No.  I didn’t remember that.  It seems so long ago.  I do remember that used to live by 1 John 1:9 myself, and I have a distinct memory of an incident surrounding 1 John 1:9 with my son, but — ouch! —  I would send her to her room so she could ask God to forgive her!?  Gross!

My #1 mistake as a parent was to make my kids think that God still held their sins against them.  I made them apologize to God after they sinned.  THIS is where I messed up.

I completely misunderstood 1 John 1:9.  I totally took it out of context.

In that verse, John is speaking to an unbeliever!  That is proven by reading 1 John 1:8, “If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”

Jesus is the truth.  If the truth is not in you, then Jesus is not in you.  If Jesus is not in you, then you are an unbeliever.

Verses 8 and 9 directed to unbelievers.  In his epistle, John was addressing people who held to the Gnostic belief system, and who needed to be saved by the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ.

We are living in the days of the New Covenant.  And in these days it is not necessary to ask God to forgive you for your sins.  God forgave the sin of the world when He died on the cross as the propitiation for our sins.  That is only half the gospel though.  He then rose again to offer His life — His very life.  The life that had been breathed into Adam and Eve.  THAT is what saves a person.

Thank Him for the forgiveness that you have.  Receive the eternal life that He is offering to you and be saved.  Salvation sets you FREE, and it is for freedom that Christ set us free!

However . . .

I wasn’t always a Mom for Freedom.  I used to be a Mom for Obedience.

When they were little, I forced my kids to perform good works for God.  When they exhibited some bad behavior or bad attitude, I would tell them, “If you confess your sin, God is faithful and just to forgive you of your sin.”

And even if it is one little ‘work,’ one tiny ‘law,’ just one small ‘requirement’ . . . well, that ruins the entire New Covenant.

A little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough.”  (Gal 5:9)

One “rule” acts like yeast and leavens the entire batch of dough; it spreads throughout the entire gospel of grace and turns the good news into bad news.

The one ‘work’ that Justine remembers being forced to perform was confessing her sins to God.

That evening that Justine told me about my #1 mistake, I got down on my knees, clasped my hands together, and begged her to forgive me!  Think of the contrast.  I am the one who needs HER to forgive ME.

* For more on the topic of forgiveness, check out this blog.

 

June 7, 2017

On trusting God . . . (and admitting that I don’t)

“The goal of the Christian life is to start trusting God,” according to Aaron Budjen.

He says this in opposition to the widely accepted belief that most Christians live by:  “The goal of the Christian life is to stop sinning.”

No, Aaron says, the goal is not to stop sinning.”  Why?  Because that is impossible.

But trusting God also seems an impossible task at times.  I gave this a lot of thought recently and realized that there was a contradiction between my claim of trusting God and all of the time I spend worrying.

If I actually trusted Him, why do I essentially say to Him:  “Hey God, let me tell you how you should run your universe.”

A few weeks ago I asked myself, “Wait.  Do I even trust God?”

I realized that the answer was no.  With certain things, no, I don’t trust Him.

I just lived with that for a few days.  (Ouch.)

Then, last week, I had an hour-long drive home with views of the Rocky Mountains and rolling hills and cascading pine forests along the way . . .

I thought to myself, “Wow, you’re an idiot!

With my heart rejoicing, I prayed, “Lord, of course I can trust You!  Look at all that you have created!!  Your power is amazing.”

Next, I had these two really vivid dream.  They happened over a span of two nights, and were the type of dream that you can never forget.  They were obvious reminders from God that He is trustworthy; they were reassurances of His friendship with me, His close involvement in my life.

It was as if God was saying, “It’s okay.  I understand.  You are just flesh and blood.  I know exactly how you feel.  But, you really can trust Me.”

And I was blown away!  Yes, I can most certainly trust Him!

I love it how He doesn’t condemn us or expect us to be perfect or strong or heroically brave.  God is so kind and gentle with us.  He has no expectations of us; He has forgiven us of all of our sin and trespasses (Col 1:14, Eph 1:7).

He knows that we need His comfort, and He gives it to us in times of need.

In fact, He has given us everything that we need, because we have Him!  We just have to remember that He is trustworthy.  🙂

“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence.”  (2 Peter 1:3)

 

April 30, 2017