Fear not, for I am with you

Have you ever had a dream about something but then when you wake up you only remember bits and pieces of it and not the whole dream in detail?  I’ll wake up and recall a dream about something or someone but have no clue what it was about. However, this was not the case years ago when I had a very detailed dream and woke up with a clear understanding of the meaning behind it.

I don’t recall exactly what was going on in my life, whether I was happy, sad or fearful about something.  I can tell you that my husband and kids mean the world to me and I’d be lying if I said that I don’t worry about their safety whenever they leave the house. As a cancer survivor, I have to be diligent about going in for my annual checkups and necessary scans.  My mother who is in her 80’s has heart issues, and the usual ailments that come with old age.  I guess all these events bring about a sense of worry and fear. Like I said I worry for my husband and kids safety.  After all we live in an age where workplace and school violence is in the news far too often.  I worry about having cancer again.   I worry about losing my mom.  I worry about losing my job. And the list goes on. When we worry, we have a fear of what may come. What awful thing will we be forced to face and what dreaded card will we be dealt.

I am very good about preaching to my family and friends about how they shouldn’t worry about stuff and to simply trust in God and to have faith in His will for us. But yet I’m the one who often worries and has unending fears about what may or may not happen. I don’t know if the dream I had was the Lord’s way of telling me to let go and let God.  All I know is that in my dream, I was a passenger in a moving car. Sitting quietly, I looked out the passenger side window and took notice of two girls (my daughters) walking side be side with their arms around each other’s shoulder, in a protective comforting way, taking care of one another.  Then when I turned to say something to the driver, I realized there was no one there!  I panicked and started screaming and tried exiting the vehicle but was unable to. I thought if there is no driver, then the car will surely crash.  But then suddenly I had a sense of peace overcome me as I realized that the car I was riding in was not swerving or drifting or speeding out of control.  It was going at a safe normal speed and I was panicking for no reason at all. What frightened me was the empty driver seat. Who is driving this car? I thought, when the realization hit me.  It was then that it occurred to me that the very God that I pray to and ask protection from, is always with me. He is in control and always in the driver seat even when we can’t see Him.  God is the driver, the pilot and the author of my life.  He wrote my story before I was even born and knows me better than I know myself.   He protects me and like my two girls walking side by side with a protective arm around each other, He also has His protective hand on me and my family.

This is the only dream I can recall with great detail.  I know the Lord was speaking to my heart through this dream and I feel blessed to be able to share it.  I pray that whatever circumstances  that you are facing, that you find hope in God’s promises.

Philippians 4:6-7 ~ “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”.

Psalm 34:4 ~ “I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears”.

Hebrew 13:6 ~ “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

Deuteronomy 31:8 ~ “And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you.  He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed”.

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The Encounter

Since I’ve gotten in the habit of curling up with a good movie (thank you Netflix and Amazon Prime) I thought I’d create a tab for my favorite Flick Picks. You can catch all my movie reviews by clicking on the Flick Pick tab at the top menu.

I love watching action, drama, romantic comedies and Christian family-based movies that deliver strong impactful messages. The Encounter definitely delivered a strong message. It’s a story about five strangers who are lost and become stranded at a diner in the middle of nowhere on a stormy night. A married couple on the verge of divorce, a girl hitchhiking to escape from an abusive home, a young woman who is lonely, and an arrogant businessman.

Once they arrive at the diner they are greeted by the owner. What they don’t know is that they’ve come face to face with the the Lord Himself who is the only one who knows firsthand the struggles they are each facing. As he ministers to each of them, they come to the realization that they must examine the true condition of their lives.

My thoughts on the movie – I loved it! It was thought provoking and inspiring.  It touches on a lot of the different kinds of struggles people go through as well as the importance of forgiveness and how the Lord sees us through the many trials we face in life.  It expresses the true fact that Jesus wants to save us and dwell in our hearts forever but only if we’ll accept Him.  This movie is truly a must-watch and I would highly recommend it to anyone.  Feel free to leave me a comment if you’ve watched it.  Would love to hear your thoughts.