Originally published Monday, 18 August 2014.
Dreaming together is important because we are designed, commanded, and encouraged into a loving relationship with God and each other.
I'll never forget the day I was sitting at the front desk as the office receptionist when a woman walked in for an interview. She thought I was pregnant--say what??--and asked me when I was due.
I was completely shocked and mortified, and she felt really bad too when she found out that I was in fact, not pregnant. It wasn't until after she got the job that I found out she was a Christian and heard a word from the Lord for me on why she thought I was due.
She told me, "God wants to birth a ministry through you -- if you'll let him, not to say that your future husband isn't important."
Anyone who knew me when I was single, knew how important my future husband was to me. I desperately wanted to be married, and for whatever reason God prolonged that dream until I was almost 30.
It didn't hit me until recently how grateful I am that God took the time to develop and birth His dreams for me before bringing my future husband into the picture.
He knew the plans and purposes He created specifically for me. He knew if He brought my future husband into my life too soon -- I wouldn't have risked time and time again to dream big with Him.
Friends, God created you for an individual and unique purpose as well. You have a divine destiny that only you can fulfill. Don't believe me? Just read the Scriptures full of men and women of faith who entrusted their lives to God in the most courageous circumstances.
Sometimes, we don't see until afterwards why God gives us the dreams and visions He does because He doesn't want to scare us or hinder us from fulfilling our mission.
It wasn't until afterwards that Joseph realized why he so arrogantly shared his dreams to all 12 of his brothers...after he was thrown in prison (not once but twice)...after he was summoned into the courts of Pharoah -- did he see why God placed him in his prison cell for such a time as this.
Friends, you may be the catalyst for someone else's dreams.
If it wasn't for many brave women in my life -- I wouldn't be where I am today. If you are currently experiencing the death of a vision or a dream -- I encourage you to partner up with people who believe in you. Seek out trusted partners and ministry relationships to foster the dreams God has placed on your heart because they are strong enough to save not only your souls, but the lives of many others (James 1:21).
I firmly believe that you need three different kinds of relationships to accomplish your dreams:
1. A Mentor in the business -- someone who has been there, done that, and can help guide you through the obstacles to become a expert person of business and integrity.
2. A Life or Dream Coach -- someone who believes in you even if others including your family does not believe in you. Someone who will stand by you and lift your arms up like Moses when the battle becomes too weary.
3. Prayer partners -- someone who can pray for you when you can't pray for yourself. I never endeavor to write any books or speak at any function without asking for prayer covering. Prayer is the most powerful form we have against spiritual attack, so use it (James 5:16!
I feel like I am at a point in my life right now where I can look back and see God's hand and His many answered prayers. Because of that, it is my pleasure to be a dream coach for other people's dreams.
Question: Who cheerleads your dreams? Who's dreams are you currently cheerleading?