Dead Men Walking

Hello friends! I know, it’s been a while. There have been some pretty crazy changes going on in my life. If you recall, my husband and I are expecting our first baby (it’s a girl!) in July, so I’ve had a lot going on, but I really wanted to share this with you…

I’m currently 21 weeks, and during this pregnancy there have been certain times where I’ve had some pretty strange dreams. But none stick out more prominently, than the one I had early in my second trimester, because it seemed to have spiritual significance.

In this dream, I was in a town, where everybody was dead, but they didn’t know it. They were walking around like zombies (without all the gross bodily changes that occur in the sci-fi/fantasy world). They were just trying to go on about their daily routines, but were failing. Oddly enough, some realized that they were dead and wanted to leave this town with me, even trying to take some of their children with them, but the other dead people tried their best to prevent them from leaving.

For the next couple days I pondered this dream and realized, this is reality. We walk by people who are dead in their sin every day. They just don’t know it!

In fact, Ephesians 2:1-3 states that we were all dead in our sins, walked in disobedience, and lived according to the desires of our flesh (we did what felt good/right in our own eyes); and Romans 8:7 says we were actually actively/willfully hostile to God. But God…

But God, being [so very] rich in mercy, because of His great and wonderful love with which He loved us, even when we were [spiritually] dead and separated from Him because of our sins, He made us [spiritually] alive together with Christ (for by His grace—His undeserved favor and mercy—you have been saved from God’s judgment). And He raised us up together with Him [when we believed], and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, [because we are] in Christ Jesus, [and He did this] so that in the ages to come He might [clearly] show the immeasurable and unsurpassed riches of His grace in [His] kindness toward us in Christ Jesus [by providing for our redemption]. ~ Ephesians 2: 4-7, Amplified

God gives us new LIFE, hope, joy, and peace! This isn’t to say that there won’t be tough days or troubles/obstacles in our life, but that He’ll be with us every step of the way; if only we’ll believe and accept Him as Lord and Savior. There’s hope for the walking dead, found only in Christ Jesus.

But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!” ~ Romans 10:14-15, NLT

So, who are the dead men/women walking in our lives? Could it be our co-worker, our classmate, or relative? Could it be our neighbor, our doctor, or cashier?

May we be the bringers of good news!! May we guard our tongue and speak truth in love. May our actions line up with our words and beliefs. And may we boldly proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ wherever we go!

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I Dreamed a Dream

I don’t dream very often, and if I do, I certainly don’t remember it, but within the past two weeks I’ve had two very interesting dreams that have really spoken to me. They’re the kind of dreams you wake up from, thinking, “Wow! That was a weird dream,” and then you can’t stop thinking about them throughout the day.

Yesterday, I was feeling frustrated, anxious, and really tense about my financial situation. I have so much money going out and what seems like not enough coming in, and I’m not the type of person to spend money on frivolous things, either! After talking things over with God, I went to bed repeating to myself “My God is bigger than my problems.” And it’s true! I’ve always been able to make ends meet. There’s never been a day that I’ve gone hungry or that I wasn’t taken care of; but sometimes I really need to be reminded of this.

Well, in my dream last night, I was being accused of being someone that I wasn’t, and someone was chasing me down and trying to kill me. They attached an explosive device to my cell phone, and when that failed, they hunted me down while I slept. I kept yelling “I am not this person that you think I am!”

As I thought about this dream on my way into work, I realized how like the accuser to attempt to steal our joy, kill our hope, and destroy our future, by accusing us of being someone that we’re not—or, perhaps once were. We try to walk our lives alongside Christ, but the accuser throws everything at us in attempt to make us unhappy, anxious, or fearful, because it’s during these times that we are so focused on our situation and self-absorbed by our circumstances that our eyes aren’t where they should be—on Christ.

John 10:10 says “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

Jesus came that we would have life, and life at its fullest! Therefore, we need to take our eyes off our circumstances, trusting that God will see us through as He always has. In the words of King & Psalmist, David, “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken” (Psalm 55:22). 1 Peter 5:7 reiterates this statement with, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” He cares for us!

Our joy and hope are found in Christ, and our future is in His hands. We shouldn’t let the accuser steal this truth from us.