Most little girls dream of getting married, having children and living in the house with a white picket fence.
When I was younger I had similar dreams. I had dreams of becoming an astronaut and getting married in a huge wedding gown and having the perfectly decorated house and the perfect marriage.
However, as I got older and noticed that most of the people that I was surrounded by lived a life that was anything but I loosened my grasp of my dreams of bliss. The God that we have placed our faith in is a God who restores and can make something out of nothing. A breath from Him can give life to what we thought was dead.
In this chapter we are visiting our childhood dreams. If we submit our will to the authority and sovereignty of Christ..He will surpass our dreams. Beth Moore wrote, " He is obligated to keep us dissatisfied until we come to Him and His plan for complete satisfaction." I have seen these very words manifest themselves personally in my life when I have tried to substitute God's will with other distractions and give them the validity that they did not deserve.
This week's questions:
1. Why do some people refuse to give up on their dreams while others do?
Realizing their is hope in Christ is a motivator to put our heart's desire before the Lord, and sincerely hoping for HIS will to be done and not ours. Lack of faith that our GOD is the God of the impossible can deter us from the dreams that HE has placed in our hearts.
2. How has God brought happiness from pain in your life?
This week especially has me reflecting on my family. The family unity that I didn't experience as a child the Lord has exceeded my expectations..with a loving husband and children who are being trained up in the ways of the Lord and with having my mom and my sister and her family so close by and giving me a whole new family to enjoy..my brothers and sisters in Christ . The time that I wasn't able to spend with my mother because she was such a hard worker....my daughter's and I get to enjoy that precious time with her now. Pain experienced in my past, God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done in my life (Gen 50:19).
3. Why do you suppose we discount the importance of happiness in spiritual circles?
It could be that we are so focused on being "super spirituals" and not fleshy that we consider happiness just a carnal emotion instead of seeing it as "God's momentary gift". We should not rely on those "gifts" to be the source of our happiness but be thankful and grateful when the Lord sends one of those moments our way.
Please feel free to comment on any or all of the three questions listed that Holy Spirit may be ministering you on.
God bless you...beloved of the LORD!
My lover spoke and said to me,
"Arise, my darling,
my beautiful one, and come with me,
See! The winter is past;
the rains are over and gone.
Songs of Solomon 2:10-11