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Thought For The Day 12/17/13

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Dreams

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A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.

Oscar Wilde 

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This is the time of the year that we are all assaulted by a myriad of Christmas movies. And almost all of them are sappy, feel good, grab a hold of that box of tissues, type of movies. In other words, they are right up my alley. Yes, I am one who just loves to be transported away from my reality and into a wonderland where the ending is always happy and you just know that the love affair will be a “for ever after” one.

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Now do not for a single moment  think that this means that I want to change one iota of my real, true, everyday existence with my very own Prince Charming, because I don’t. It’s just kind of fun to live vicariously for a brief moment, in the persona of another. Yes, the day dreams we experience by these types of movies, are very much like the alter-existence that our night-time dreams gift to us!

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Our DREAMS….. a mystery in which our reality lurks in the background….as if merely a wisp of fog hovering a few feet above the ground. But the fabric of the rest of those dreams is also but a glimpse of the things our sub conscious wrestles with. In other words, I think of them as God’s way of allowing us to put the things that haunt our living out there for us to recognize, to conquer and to finally lay to rest!

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Have you ever noticed that you often arise from a night of vivid dreaming clear-headed and ready to conquer the world? Notice that the nagging questions that were part of yesterday’s living, while not exactly answered, are no longer bothersome to the future that awaits? If that is not a gift of divine intervention, then I am hard pressed to think of another!

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Dreams have always been thought of as God’s connection to man. I once read of Elihu, a man who spoke out in defense of God to those who were much older and wiser….including Job. And it is he that is credited with the words in this verse from the book of Job (33:14-17 NIV), about dreams. “For God does speak—now one way, now another— though no one perceives it. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they slumber in their beds, he may speak in their ears and terrify them with warnings, to turn them from wrongdoing and keep them from pride…”

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God warned Pharaoh in Genesis 41 of an impending famine. He warned Abimelech in Genesis 20 of refraining from the temptation to commit adultery with Sarah, the wife of Abraham. And lest you think that these portents lie solely in the early books, remember Acts 2:17 NIV, “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.”

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Our cellular network and our internet are not the only ways of communicating with others, nor is simple word of mouth speech. No, our dreams can often share with us some profound lessons if we but seek to remember them and heed the message they seek to convey. Yes for better or for worse, our dreams might just be God’s telephone connection to each one of us!

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Then the Lord replied:

“Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end  and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.”

Habakkuk 2:2-3 NIV

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Thought For The Day 12/29/12

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Do You Hear Him?

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The voice of the intellect is a soft one, but it does not rest until it has gained a hearing.

Sigmund Freud

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I posted a joke yesterday on my MandysPath Facebook page called “The Boat”. It goes something like this:

There was an old man sitting on his porch watching the rain fall. Pretty soon the water was coming over the porch and into the house.

The old man was still sitting there when a rescue boat came and the people on board said, ”You can’t stay here. You have to come with us.”

The old man replied, “No, God will save me.” So the boat left.

A little while later the water was up to the second floor, and another rescue boat came, and again told the old man that he needed to come with them.

The old man again replied, “No, God will save me.” So the second boat left him again.

An hour later the water was up to the roof and a third rescue boat approached the old man, and tried to get him to come with them.

Again, the old man refused to leave stating that, “God will save me.” So the third boat left him alone once more.

Soon after, the man drowns and goes to heaven, and when he sees God he asks Him, “Why didn’t you save me?”

God replied, “You dummy, I tried. I sent three boats after you!”

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Now I intended this joke to be funny….as it probably was intended when it was written. But as the day wore on and as I began to think about it more and more, I realized that there is a tremendous amount of truth in the punch line. How many people miss God’s boat or lifeline entirely because they either fail to hear the message or else they disregard it, choosing, instead, to continue forward through life in their own, willful way?

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Now there are people who look at me like I’ve got three heads when I say that I can hear Him. They assume I must mean that I read His inspired word in the Bible. They don’t think it is possible that He speaks to me, to which my only reply must be Mark 4:9, ‘Then Jesus said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”’ But having ears to hear and really listening are two entirely different things. I listen when He speaks to me because I not only choose to hear but I look to find His messages in the million more subtle things that take place all around me, every single second.

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Here is a perfect illustration to emphasize the point I am trying for right now. I grew up in small town America, complete with a train station that was no longer used but when I was a child, the train continued riding the tracks all the way from Philadelphia to the Jersey Shore. And yet I never heard its rumble because I was so used to the sound, it became relegated to the background, unheard and unnoticed. However, people visiting one day commented on the clattering noise, which surprised me. But then as I thought about their words,  I began to realize that they were right, and I wondered how it was that I didn’t notice, or even think about the rumble of that train anymore.

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Just as we develop selective hearing as we grow older, which can be the salvation of any person who has had to learn to cope with the shouts of children’s voices in play, so must we know when the shouts of a child’s play becomes a shout of pain from a skinned knee or other boo boo! Hearing God’s voice is no different. It’s simply a matter being able to distinguish between hearing those things that are pieces of information that we already know and then listening and really embracing those things that have the capacity to be life changing. And I am willing to bet that those are the times He is choosing to speak to you. Yes, remember that it is entirely possible that He is sending you a life boat. Will you recognize it as it sails near and will you know when it is time to step into it?

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If only you carefully listen to the voice of the Lord your God, to do watchfully all these commandments which I command you this day.

Deuteronomy 15:5

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During the up-coming days of a brand New Year, please remember the millions of our brothers and sisters who continue to suffer from the effects of Superstorm Sandy. Give as much as you can, as often as you can to the following organizations. Your gift might just mean a family who has lost everything might just have something to smile about!

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