I am a dreamer. My dreams have been the compass of my life. At five years old I wanted to be a doctor. That dream died once I let go of the treadmill handle, flew through a glass window and experienced a really gross wound. When I was 8 I wanted to be a mechanic. It was a short lived dream once my father told me I’d probably never find a husband if I was a mechanic. At fifteen I was consumed with desires for the WNBA and once I gave my life to Christ, all the desires and dreams I chased in my youth became Kingdom geared. I am a dreamer. I have always been a dreamer even as a young child. I remember dreams that I had, I remember nightmares that I had! My dreams are incredibly vivid and they effect me long after I have awaken. My husband likes to tell about the night I woke him up screaming because I thought there was a spider in our bed. After thirty minutes of searching He found nothing except the realization that is was something I dreamed up and not real at all. BUT IT FELT REAL!! This is a HUGE part of my character ( my crazy dreaming ) that has even overflowed into my life. My desires and dreams for my life guide my life and are always at the forefront of my mind. And just how my dreams effect my life, my life effects my dreams. For example: I am going to Ireland in November. And I atleast once a week I will dream about Ireland. I am so excited about it that its now a part of daily thoughts to the point that I dream about it. As I was preparing for speaking at FHA’s chapel today I came across these verses in Philippians that caused me to re-evaluate my life dreams and what I allow my mind to fixate on.

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from meā€”everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you. -Philippians 4:8-9
The problem with dreams is when God is not part of the dream the dream tends to become warped. Dreams tend to become tainted with our agendas and goals. At least this is how it has been for me. I have made a promise to myself and a friend to start blogging more and in the next week or so I am gonna break down this verse and what I feel being a “God-centered dreamer” really is. So stay connected, this is gonna get fun.   Chari]]>