“Sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads.”

Ray Bradbury you never cease to amaze me!

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“If you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling. You must write every single day of your life. You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next. You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads.

I wish you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime. I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you. May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories — science fiction or otherwise. Which finally means, may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.”

– Ray…

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Free To Dream

I believe that God is a God of promises. He is the Author and the Finisher of our faith. He promises things to His people throughout the Bible and modern history, whether large or small, and we see these promises come to pass when these people stood by the promises given to them and were anchored in the Word of God in the face of adversity and doubt.

I’ve had many friends who have recently gotten pregnant or given birth (one of them gave birth to a handsome baby boy today!) and I’m reminded again and again as to how being pregnant in the physical realm is so similar to being pregnant with a promise within the spiritual realm. When God placed a promise inside of my spirit, it took about two years for that promise to grow and to mature [it was given to me about this time of the year in 2012 and it came to pass at the beginning of this month!]. As pregnant mothers have to eat for themselves and the child developing inside of them, I also needed to ‘eat extra’ in the spiritual sense. As expecting mothers are to avoid alcohol and drugs etc and certain activities to protect the wellbeing of their developing child, I also needed to take precautions to ensure that dream stays safe and alive in my spirit. It was hard, especially when I shared my dreams and hopes with others, for me to keep believing that God will come through with His promise. I stumbled and fell countless times in the past two years when I forgot the promise I was carrying but every time, God picked me up with His grace, brushed the dirt off me, and sent me off to do His will again.

My amazing co-writer emphasises that protecting the dream is as important as finding/perceiving it – there are some things that can permanently damage your dreams or your faith. It’s crucial then to stay alert and block out harmful speeches or ideas that you should never have to hear. Since you can’t unsee something you have seen, it’s in your memory forever. Even if you were/are subject to those things, make a choice to brush them off, shake it out, and keep your eyes fixed on the God who gave you your vision and your dream.

If you know what God has shown is authentic and supported by the Word of God/Bible then you won’t even need confirmation from other sources or approval to get to the place where you’re so sure and rooted of that dream. Although I have found that when you do ask God for confirmation, it usually happens because it is easy for God to confirm something He has said.

As I mentioned before, protecting the dream/seed is important as you would your own child. Maybe that’s why an amazing idea that has come to fruition is usually called a ‘brain child‘…

My character and faith matured in the process too as I believed and stood firm by the belief that my dream, no matter how crazy and counter stereotypical it was, was going to come true in a world filled with cynicism, unbelief, and dream-crushers.

Dream BIG! Don’t limit a limitless Creator to human concepts, dimensions, and ideals. Luke 18:27 says ‘The things which are impossible with men are possible with God‘. Just because you can’t justify the means to accomplish such a big dream, it doesn’t mean you should downsize the dream to make it more viable or easier to achieve. God gives us crazy dreams and equips us to trust Him to bring those dreams to pass – divine appointments, life-changing opportunities, doors being opened, promotions, and many more! I believe we were also given these dreams [that may seem crazy and irrational to the rest of the world] so that when these dreams do come to pass, they may be used to show God off and His goodness to those who don’t believe. In 1 Corinthians 1:27-29, Paul talks about how God will deliberately set up a seemingly impossible situation and then come out flying high so that no one will question that it could only have been God.

Dream BIG! Don’t limit a limitless Creator to human concepts, dimensions, and ideals! 

Proverbs 23:7 says ‘For as he thinks in his heart, so is he‘, so it’s also evidently important to embody the dreams that God has given you and to not forget or misplace them. In the process, the dream also becomes part of you, like a baby would as it develops inside of the womb, and you develop a strong emotional/physical/spiritual connection to the child/dream. It becomes the very thing you think about in the morning when you wake up, it occupies your thoughts throughout the day as you share your dream and go through the doors of opportunity opened wide for you.

Giving is definitely a big part of achieving your own dream. To fulfil a crazy-awesome dream one must play a part in helping others fulfil their own crazy-awesome dreams. Luke 6:38 said ‘Give, and it will be given to you with good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use/give, it will be measured/given back to you‘. What we sow is what we reap, in any area of our lives. When we invest in the dreams of others, there is a good chance that they will invest in ours too. We create connections, heart ties, and friendships when we sow into the lives of others, and we’re investing in heaven and its plans too. Find and keep people around you who would stick by you when it seems like the big crazy dream is just a fantasy, who endlessly encourage you when the going gets tough, who would run the race with you and keep you going, and ultimately, those who love you and is passionate to see you fulfil your crazy-awesome dream. 🙂

Even if you don’t get a direct return when you invest in the dreams of others (which happens sometimes), it is important to keep pressing on, because at the end of the day God sees your heart and He rewards accordingly and exceedingly. Sometimes, His rewards may come as a surprise or it may be shown in ways that we have never experienced before, so keep a look out for them! 😀

A also mentioned this – Everyone should also take some time to just sit with God and dream those crazy-awesome dreams with Him. It is also important to step back sometimes and look at the big picture, otherwise it would be easy to get lost in the details and logistics, forgetting the reason why you’re going through those details in the first place. This occurred several times in the past few days when I’m arranging my visas, flight tickets (my dream involves travelling) – I’m starting to get caught up in logistics, and also getting slightly frustrated I must admit. I’m reminded to thank God again and again and to trust Him even with the logistics.

I read this somewhere a few months ago:

You do the dreaming, and God will do the calculating.

Looking back, the seeds for this dream were sown about 8 years ago but I kept it buried and I kept smothering it because it seemed too ridiculous at the time and I needed to focus on school and uni. I let it die in my spirit. But God is a God of life and second chances and I’m truly thankful that He gave me another chance. He breathed life again into that dream inside of me when I was ready and willing to nurture and protect it. And now it’s come true and I couldn’t be any happier! 🙂

For this week I’d like to challenge you to dream with God and write it down somewhere where you can see it. Trust that He has your best interests at heart (He does!) and He knows the desires of your heart. Perhaps you had a dream but you thought it was too ridiculous like I did mine – I want you to know that it’s never too late to revive that dream.

DREAM BIG. Dream CRAZY-AWESOME dreams. 

Love,
D ❤ xxx

(Many thanks again to A for contributing his two-cents to this post)

Choices (Pt 2)

Choices (Pt 2)

Choices. Choices. Choices.

We choose whether to respond to our alarm (snooze or stop).
We choose whether to get out of our beds or to sleep-in.
We choose our outfits in the morning for a day out (although it is harder for us ladies compared to the male kind).
We choose what we’re going to eat when we’re out and about.
We choose locations and times (this is what schedules are for).

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All of these seem so normal and easy for us (and that’s just grazing the tip of the iceberg!), but yet we struggle to choose between:

// Being secure in our looks and personality, or being insecure or choosing to let others define the way we see ourselves// Helping someone who has injured themselves on the road, or ignoring that person because we’re already running late to work or school// Our past and/or present experiences, which in turn makes us struggle to see beyond our past into the future//

Choosing to keep loving on our family and friends when they hurt you or to hate them for eternity//
Choosing to listen when a loved one tells you something that will change the outcome of your struggle, or to ignore it and continue living in defeat because it’s unpleasant to hear//
Choosing to live, when it seems easier to die//
Choosing to love, when it is easier to give in to hate and negativity//
Choosing to look beyond what you see, or to be consumed by your present reality and demons//

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To paraphrase Mr Jung here (and some additions):

You are not what happened to you in the past, nor are you defined by your present circumstances and situations, you are what you CHOOSE to become. There are times when the sacrifices will be monumental and it will be hard, but take heart, God’s love will lead you through the night.

Blessings,
D ❤ xx