Dreaming with God
by Joanne Ellison

Have you ever thought about dreaming with God? What I mean by that is taking time to hear from God– maybe on a walk, or on a retreat, making space to hear specifically from the Lord and what is on His heart. Some of my favorite scriptures about dreaming with God:

Proverbs 16:3-Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. 

Psalm 37:3- Trust in the Lord and do good… take delight and he will give you the desires of your heart

As we commit ourselves to the Lord He will take His plans and make them our hearts desire. Isn’t that amazing? The God of the universe with His global view, has plans…BIG plans and He wants us to be a part of fulfilling them. In light of this, we all need to regularly dream with God and in order to do this we need to make space to hear His voice.

My favorite time of  day is when I take my morning walks. I use this time to pray and listen. I pray for my friends and family first and then I am quiet. The Holy Spirit often speaks in a whisper and there are times when I barely hear a word, a phrase, a scripture and then I ponder what I have heard. Sometimes it is answers to questions I have been asking for a long time. Other times it is something that at the time makes no sense and is revealed to me later. But often ideas flood my mind that I believe the Holy Spirit is giving me and I sense they are things on the Father’s heart– His plans, His dreams.

Drawing Near to God community has its mission to help people make space for God- to pray and read scripture and to hear the voice of the Good Shepherd revealing things to us.

Some of you have forgotten your dreams and yet they are dreams that were inspired by God. Others of you are right on the edge of tossing your dream aside thinking that they will never be fulfilled. Still others are wondering was it even God speaking to me? Dear friends, we all go through seasons like these, but if it is the voice of God speaking to you there is nothing you can do to remove His plans from your heart. Scripture says He will establish your plans.

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. 

I just completed the first part of this blog and my friend Julianna sent this to me. Friends, this is random, but just a friendly reminder to walk. It was written by her friend and pastor of 15 years. Talk about God confirmation! So let’s all get walking and listen to the voice of the Good Shepherd. He is talking and waiting for us to respond.

I try to walk almost every day, and sometimes more than once a day if life seems overwhelming. Caring for your heart can be as simple as strapping on your tennies and walking.

If you want to have a good life- walk everyday. When we walk, it gives hard times a chance to breathe. Along the ‘path’, we clear our mind and are given the opportunity to reflect on something other than ourselves. Some have said that all truly great thoughts are conceived by walking. I try to walk every day. Most often, each day offers something new, something beautiful, and something that calms my busy mind. On any walk, you are allowed to abandon any sense of purpose or time. It is unattended time set apart for your heart.

John Muir wrote, “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” This I have found to be true. – Pastor Jerry McSwain

So precious friends in our Drawing Near community, let’s strap on our tennis shoes and walk with God. Good for our physical and spiritual health!

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