I wasn’t going to post anything today. However, I really want to share a couple of thoughts from some things I’ve heard and experienced that I think you will find interesting. Again, I find it amazing how God moves among His people. Only He can put things together in a way that cause so many variables to connect at just the right moments to meet just the right needs. Like when you hear just the right song when you’ve just been praying about a particular need.
If you’ve been following my blog, you know I began writing when my expectations for this season in life were suddenly blocked. It is an obedient act of faith to write publicly about my faith, the struggles I’ve overcome, and to do it without really knowing where it’s heading, or who is receiving the message. My main hope is that my obedience is a blessing to those reading it.
My dreams and desires have been altered.
As a mom, as a teacher, as a friend, there is nothing more exciting to me than seeing the ones I love grow. When I was teaching, we had something called a “Someday List.” It was a list of books students wanted to read in the future and didn’t want to forget. I have in my mind a “Someday List” of prayers and dreams. More than a “Bucket List” of activities to do before I die, the “Someday List” is a list of prayers I’m waiting to see God answer. I don’t know if I will see everything resolved the way I hope, but I know I have to have faith and cooperate with Him.
Right now, what I previously believed of my ability and dreams is being stretched in directions different than I ever imagined.
Some of you may have dreams on hold. You may have dreams which seem unattainable. Or, you may have some dreams which have been dashed.
One of the big things on my prayer “Someday List” is for Christians to become stronger in our faith, able to stand against the cultural tide moving against us, and to be able to reach those who need Jesus.
This past Sunday was the last in our church’s series on Obstacles to Movement. Each Sunday began with a personal testimony video. Today’s obstacle was culture, as in living in a culture that is opposed to God. As soon as I heard the video, I knew I wanted to share it with you. The descriptions of cultural obstacles are poignant.
Obstacles to Movement: Ben Robertson from Williamsburg Community Chapel on Vimeo.
Our pastor, Travis Simone, followed with a sermon with practical applications using Jeremiah 29 as an example. You can follow the link to the sermon here: http://wcchapel.org/watch-listen/chapel-media/preacher/travis-simone/
He did suggest a book which he recommends. I haven’t read it yet, but I expect to soon; To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World by James Davison Hunter.
Then in a podcast I heard about pursuing dreams, a book was mentioned several times. Since the impetus of my blog had to do with certain dreams and expectations being dismantled, and some of you are either waiting or going through something similar, I thought I would share the title with you: The Dream Giver by Bruce Wilkinson.
So, I give you the start of a book Someday List, but also the idea to think about a prayerful Someday List of dreams. The books and videos are relevant towards the theme of why I am writing this blog – living out one’s faith in purpose and action.
What’s on your “Someday List?”