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2nd Chapter Of Acts

This is my very favorite “2nd chapter of Acts” song!  I’m so glad I found this recorded version from their album – you can hear the great harmonies much better than a live concert.  When I hear this song – I am in junior high school again – and I can remember right where I was when first hearing this amazing song.  I hope that it will bring back pleasant memories for you too – when you hear it – and for those of you that have never heard them – you’re in for a rare treat!

Enjoy and God Bless!

I’ve been told that there are those
Who will learn how to fly
And I’ve been told that there are those
Who will never die
And I’ve been told that there are stars
That will never lose their shine
And that there is a Morning Star
Who knows my mind

So why should I worry?
Why should I fret?
‘Cause I’ve got a Mansion Builder
Who ain’t through with me yet

(Repeat)

And I’ve been told that there’s a
Crystal lake in the sky
And every tear from my eyes
Are saved when I cry
And I’ve been told there’ll come a time
When the sun will cease to shine
And that there is a Morning Star
Who knows my mind

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You Don’t Always Get What You Want

You don’t always get what you want – but you get what you need

The Rolling Stones

This scripture below is my son’s favorite scripture verse – he loves it in the NIV but I love the Message Bible:

Ephesians 3:20 (Message Bible)

20-21God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.

I love this passage because it is a gentle reminder of God’s nature – at work in and through our lives.

Just like a child who requests a special gift for a Christmas present from his parents – so we often make our requests known to God.  Only with us – we are so limited in our thinking – seeing and perspective on life that we don’t always know what to ask for.  Luckily, for our sake – we don’t always get what we want – or what we think we want.  But we DO get what we need.

Ever have a reminder of a past event in your life?  An event that you thought at the time was the end of the world?  A lost relationship, job or situation?  And like a child – you cried and begged God to fix it – heal it – or turn it around?  Only to find out weeks, months or years later that it was the best thing NOT to have had your way?  The great lyricist, Cindy Morgan – said in one of her songs, “heartaches are often blessings in disguise”.  How true this is.  But we DON’T often see it that way at the time.  We need perspective and space away from the event to determine this in our own hearts and lives.

No we don’t always get what we want.  We can fuss and fume – rant and rave – cry, scream and stomp our feet – even have accusatory arguments with God and still…we don’t always get what we want.  But here is a guarantee that you can take to the bank:  You will always get what you need.

And part of that guarantee is that not only will we get what we need – but far above that – far above what we could even ask or dream for ourselves.  Because He made us – knows us – is concerned about the daily concerns of our daily existence – we know for sure that He has something very wonderful planned for us – to surprise us – much like a parent will surprise their child with a special gift the child was not even asking for or expecting!  “Our wildest dreams”.

What are your wildest dreams?  Do you still have them?  Have you stopped dreaming?  Do you hesitate to ask God anything good for your life – because of past disappointments?  Because, maybe – you didn’t get what you wanted?  And you failed to see the “bigger picture” of what you needed instead?

I love that God works gently in and through us – doing a deep work within us. Working to give us – not only what we need – but to far surpass our wildest expectations!

Dream BIG – Live with great expectation – Dare to ask far above and beyond – allow Him to do that deep work in your life – to produce in you the ability to see beyond your “wants” – to just satisfy the temporary.  Ask Him for a vision of your life – as He sees you – and wants to bless you.  Make 2010 a year of victory – and no regrets.

Do it.  Do it today.

God Bless

Wait.

Psalm 130

A song of ascents.

1 Out of the depths I cry to you, LORD;

2 Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive
to my cry for mercy.

3 If you, LORD, kept a record of sins,
Lord, who could stand?

4 But with you there is forgiveness,
so that we can, with reverence, serve you.

5 I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits,
and in his word I put my hope.

6 I wait for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.

7 Israel, put your hope in the LORD,
for with the LORD is unfailing love
and with him is full redemption.

8 He himself will redeem Israel
from all their sins.

We don’t like to wait for anything.  We live in a fast food society – with fast cash and an express line at the grocery store.  The concept of having to “wait” for anything is simply not in our vocabulary.

And yet….

Scripture is FULL of examples of those that HAD to wait.  They waited for God to move – waited for victory from enemies – waited on a prophet’s words or deliverance from persecution.  And in the FULLNESS of time – Jesus was born – after waiting for hundreds of years.  Then those that knew Him were waiting for Jesus to come again – and we are still waiting.

So…

If this is true – why should my life be any different?  And yet, somehow – I think it should be.  How long do I have to wait, Lord?  Why can’t I have the answer now?  Why don’t you do things in the way I think they should be done?

And He is silent.

It’s not “Yes” – or “No”

It’s…

Wait.

And I am still waiting.

And I will continue to wait.

Dear Lord, help me as I wait – not to become impatient and try to “fix” things and “mess them up” entirely.  Help me to have your wisdom – to have love and patience for things I don’t always “get”.  And for people I don’t understand.  Help me to …. Wait.

God Bless

Songwriting Memories

The following lyrics are not my own – written by a very talented friend of mine in high school – we wrote songs together – she the lyrics and me the music.  This song was the first one of many we wrote in the winter of 1978.

Enjoy – and if you look really closely you will see two teenage girls that had already experienced some hurt and pain and chose to express it in songwriting.  And someday – if you want to hear them – I have a bad recording of all of them that I could remember – none of them were written down.

Laughter echoes through my mind

It comes on winter’s wind

From deep inside a snowflake falls

I wonder where you’ve been

Through cloudy thoughts I bring you back

and float us out to sea

I hear a song – but the words are wrong

and do you ever think of me

Sometimes friends meet in the dark

where everything’s shadowed and gray

What hurts is tomorrow when yesterday’s past

and all that’s left is today

It’s wrong I know but still I go

through misty memories

the ducks the waves – the love you gave

but morning set us free

I searched for tomorrow through subtle shores

left yesterday behind

today was only a silver thought

imprinted on my mind

Sometimes friends meet in the dark

where everything’s shadowed and gray

what hurts is tomorrow when yesterday’s past

and all that’s left is today

Who Will You Meet In Heaven?

I’ve been pondering some thoughts on heaven in the last few days. Heaven is one of those somewhat mystical places spoken about in the Bible where all of us who have a relationship with Jesus Christ will go when we die.

I find it interesting that we will be all living together in unity and love. There will be no hard feelings and no “cold wars” with people – no unresolved issues and no avoidance.

I like to think of our time here on earth as a training ground for how we will eventually live when we get to our new home. If we can’t get it right here – that’s very sad indeed. I believe very much that it’s like the old saying “if you won’t discipline yourself – someone will do it for you”. I don’t think we want to be faced with God saying to us, “I asked you to forgive and be reconciled to your brother or sister in Christ and you refused to do it – or to even speak to them and be a part of their life – so now the reconciliation will be on MY terms and you will no longer have a choice”. I have often wondered what God will do to stubborn people who REFUSE to do the right thing here on earth. Will he be forced to reveal things openly and run a DVD of those moments in our lives that no one has seen so that we can’t hide behind the “victim mentality” and the one sided arguements that work so great for us down here. No. I have a feeling that all will be revealed in heaven – nothing hidden. And if you’ve stuffed those things and even convinced others how right you are – you’re in for a big SURPRISE.

We are going to meet people in heaven that love Jesus just like we do. But we are going to be made keenly aware of the fact that what we avoided or would not forgive our brother or sister down here because of pride and stubbornness – we will be forced to do so then and I believe it will make Jesus sad at our lack of understanding and unwillingness to do the right thing.

Who are the people that you will meet someday in heaven? Do you have a relationship with them now? Have you been offered the gift of reconciliation and you refused it? Are you stubbornly hanging on to your hurt feelings and love being right? Do you make Jesus sad?

Or do you long to make your issues with people that you have wronged or that have wronged you – right again? Do you seek out forgiveness just like someone following Christ does? Are you quick to take the blame for any conflict with a brother or sister? Do you wish things to be restored? Do you take on the attitude that if Jesus can forgive my HUGE debt then I surely can forgive my brother or sister their small debt. Do you say, “I’ve forgiven but I’m never speaking to that person or having them back in my life again”. Yup – that sounds like true forgiveness to me – and you know what? Jesus doesn’t buy it.

In the movie “The five people you meet in heaven” the man in the story dies and is greeted by five people one at a time that touched his life somehow – including the people he had not properly reconciled with or had many unanswered questions about. He found out that there were many thing that were quite different than what he thought down on earth and really opened up his eyes and allowed him to see people and situations so much differently.

Many times we cling to hurt and unforgiveness like a child clutching a blanket – never giving it up for any reason. Even though we have been told and know that it is the Christ like way to live. Jesus told us to forgive and be restored to our brother or sister not just because it helps them – but because it helps us and it is the only way to find true health and freedom.

Who do you need to talk to today? Are you going to wait until heaven? Don’t wait friend – there is so much joy still waiting for you in this life – this is our practice for the real thing – let’s get it right! Your reward will be in heaven as God proclaims, “well done good and faithful servant – you FINALLY got it!”

God Bless

You…

You

have always been there

silently waiting

knowing

observing

deciding

I

have journeyed

and wandered

trapped by the inner workings of my heart

frail and fickle

hopelessly corrupt

I breathe in the raw emotion

and choke on regret

of past and pain

trying to make sense of it

as life moves on

and things fade

but life’s lessons

are still teaching

Your steady calmness

is like a warm embrace

And a kiss on my cheek

an unending resolution

to stand in the gap

to see my sadness

acknowledge my struggle

and taste the defeat

You are

Solid and unmovable

like a anchor

Predictable in your nature

like a compass pointing “true north”

Gracious

in a world where people lack grace

Patient

far beyond what should be expected

And even though

memories

and pictures

are forever mixed up in my mind

the real and the unreal

the sane and insane

the right and the wrong

the love that I feel

is still very real to me

And even though

the passage of time will produce

doubt and uncertainty again

and again

yet

I still know

and am comforted

by the thought of you

by the nearness of you

by the love

and the joy

that is

you

These Dreams…

What do dreams mean?  Is there a reason for them?  Is it our subconscious telling us “sweet little things” while we are not conscious?  Or sometimes “bad little things”.  Do we believe they tell the future?  Or explain the past?  Or are they just a very active mind doing very active things – even while our bodies rest?

I’ve had a strange reoccurring dream for years – and the only explanation I can find for this oddity is that I must feel like I have some “unfinished” business in my past – something I would desperately like to resolve.  Unfortunately life is just not that easy  – or that reasonable.

I’ve even had conversations with people in my dreams – people that I have not seen in years – that will just “pop in” and I have a whole dream about them.  I have also had my mind “fill in the blanks” to a missing puzzle piece of life that I cannot reconcile in real life – it will be nicely explained and resolved in my dreams.  I wake up with the “fresh” feeling that something has been solved – or healed – even though, sadly, in real life – it hasn’t.

I feel weightless in my dreams – like I’m in another place and time sometimes – far away from the present – far away from my real life.  I will see people that are familiar – but none of the surroundings are.  Sometimes my dreams upset me and I will “cry out” and wake myself up – or mumble something unintelligible – and Greg will wonder what I was dreaming about.  But sometimes the dreams are happy and make me feel better – fill me with hope and anticipation and I wake up knowing every detail – as I share with Greg or Shawn what I have just dreamt.

Dreams can be funny – they can be sad.  They can be scary – but also very happy.

What are your dreams like?  Do you remember them?  Do you have a reoccurring dream like I do?

I trust that you will have sweet dreams tonight.

God Bless

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