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What Do Your Dreams Cost?

Today I had a conversation with Greg while taking one of our 2 mile walks.  It started when he said, “This seems like another great night for a fire!”  And I agreed.  It has been really chilly lately – was VERY cold in the house last night.  And I said, “you know what would really be nice?  If we could have a fan or blower so that all the heat from the fire wouldn’t go up the chimney”.

This statement of mine – which was part a “dream” and just “thinking out loud” – became a HUGE topic of discussion while walking along.  I had ignited a part of my very practical husband that was ready to both contradict me on what was needed – and recite to me the cost of having such a device, when “our fireplace works just fine!”.

It was both amusing to me – and then slightly annoying – as I was once again reminded of how different men and women are.  And not only that, but how the different personalities are within men and women.

I have taken the personality tests.  I am an “Otter” and a “Lion”  – which basically means I’m very social – but am organized and can take charge of a situation, clearly stating what needs to be done – all the while enjoying life, a good joke and people in general.  Otters are highly social – and usually can read a room really well.  You want a good positive and happy time – invite a few Otters.  Lions are great “idea” people – creative and innovative – great and enthusiastic motivators.  Want something done?  Ask a Lion.

My husband is also an “Otter” – but he has just enough “Golden Retriever” in him that makes him much more cautious about new ideas and situations in general – all the while loving engaging with people and enjoying life and a good joke.  His work ethic is off the charts (in my opinion) and our daughter, Ashlee takes after him in this way.  Golden Retrievers are peacemakers more than anything else.  Usually very laid back and happy.  It takes a lot to rattle their world.  They are loyal and agreeable.  But they are extremely cautious and careful – about everything.  He has a little “Beaver” in him too.  Beavers are great “workers” and do a precise job.  Want something done right?  Ask a Beaver.

Because Greg is careful and cautious – he calculates before he dreams and  often does not allow himself to dream with a reckless freedom, as I can.  He sees dollar signs and hard work.  I tell him, “it cost nothing to dream – a dream is just a dream”  The Beaver in him does every job in an impecable way – not satisfied unless it is perfect – and this takes time and patience and he is both.

Now I don’t know if I will ever get a fan or blower for the fireplace – it sure is nice to dream about it though, a fire that actually makes the room warm instead of going up the chimney.  And it’s amazing how many creative ways I can make “dreams” happen – either by looking online, asking others – or researching articles and seeing what others have done.  I’ve been lucky to find items for our home that have cost hardly anything – sometimes nothing at all!  And Greg has the skill and patience to bring it about when I find a deal.  We are a good team.

To me – it costs NOTHING to dream it.  But it is amazing what happens when we dare to dream – things are possible.

What are you dreaming?  Do you stop short because you are thinking about what it will cost you?  If it didn’t cost anything – what would you dream?

God Bless

Photo of a stone fireplace.

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Ticket To Ride

This song needs no explanation – a wonderful cover of the original Beatles tune – written by Lennon and McCartney – I love this version done by the Carpenter’s the best.  And for reasons of nostalgia – it seems the proper choice today.  I grew up with Carpenters music – and have always loved this arrangement.

If you are a fan – you will also love the rare photos of the Carpenter’s seen toward the end of this video.

My wonderful son launches into the world tomorrow morning – with a ticket in his hand – off to follow his dream.

 

Enjoy and God Bless!

This picture – was taken this year on Mother’s Day.

I think I’m gonna be sad
I think it’s today
Yeah
The boy that’s driving me mad
is going away.

He’s got a ticket to ride
He’s got a ticket to ride
He’s got a ticket to ride
and he don’t care.

He said that living with me
was bringing him down
Yeah
He would never be free
when I was around.

He’s got a ticket to ride
He’s got a ticket to ride
He’s got a ticket to ride
and he don’t care.

Don’t know why he’s riding so high
He oughta do right

He oughta do right by me
Before he gets to saying goodbye
He oughta do right
He oughta do right by me

I think I’m gonna be sad
I think it’s today
Yeah
The boy that’s driving me mad
is going away.

He’s got a ticket to ride
He’s got a ticket to ride
He’s got a ticket to ride
and he don’t care
he don’t care.

Think I’m gonna be sad

Think I’m gonna be sad

Think I’m gonna be sad

Think I’m gonna be sad

My Hiding Place…

hiding

Image by Susan NYC via Flickr

The following is an article I posted 2 years ago this monthI was still trying to make sense out of a situation that still makes no sense 2 years later – and at that time I was still thinking that it would.  Instead – 2 years later I now know that time isn’t always an accurate measurement of understanding – nor is it a rite of passage.  It is simply a journey we all must take – and what we do with the lessons along the way determines our joy or sorrow for the future.  If you are like me and have had setbacks in your life – or things happen that you did not fully understand – have ever questioned God or felt like you didn’t deserve things that transpired at the hand of another – then you will know what I felt like when I wrote this article.  My prayer is that it will bless and encourage your heart today. 
Have you ever felt like you needed a “Hiding Place”? 
What event in your past changed the way you look at life now?
 Habakkuk 3:19
The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights. For the director of music. On my stringed instruments.”
 
When I read the above scripture – I was moved.  I am a musician and have the heart and soul of an artist.  I am also told I am a “sanguine” deep and emotional – and while I can be the life of the party, I prefer being alone or being with a close friend – am very sentimental and easily wounded and sensitive.   I have always understood that I view the world a little differently than others do.  I am an “audio” learner – and even more – my friend John recently corrected me – I am a “kinesthetic” learner – which means I not only hear the music – but I get inside of it and breathe it in – and wrap it around me like a blanket and it becomes a part of me.
So the psalms and other scriptures about music and musicians really speak to me.  David was also a musician and I love the poetic way in which he writes – and many of the psalms were set to music back then – and even today we are still doing this.  There is something about the “artist” who is able to put the right spin on words to express and communicate a thought and paint a beautiful picture.  David really felt what he wrote and expressed – was deeply hurt, moved and lived life to the fullest.  I can appreciate his take on his journey through good and bad times – how he cried out to God and how sometimes he was just lost and didn’t know if God really heard – or cared.  I believe that even though he sometimes didn’t understand – he had a habit of going to God and pouring his heart out.  He knew where his safe “hiding place” was – away from the world of betrayal and hurt – away from his enemies who tried to destroy him – away from the prying eyes of those who would later come to judge him for his sin.
I have found a safe place in God’s presence – it is a place where I go to regain my sanity amidst a world gone mad – friends who are not friends anymore – and those who would judge my heart without knowing my heart.  And I find new purpose and resolve after being in this “hiding place” of mine.  And I find that I can make it after all.
Below is a beautiful music video based on a favorite Psalm of mine.  Enjoy – and allow God’s sweet spirit to penetrate into your secret “hiding place”  Allow Him to be that for you today.  He is trustworthy and dependable.  He will keep you safe.
God Bless

Things That Press Down

Ever have a dream that you can’t wake up from? I mean a creepy, scary NOT FUN dream? – Not the kind where you’re actually liking it – and wanting to ‘push the boundaries’ a little further – to see if you can see how far the dream will go – or maybe a nice dream about someone you haven’t seen in a long time – a great conversation or situation where your subconscious has ‘made up’ for an unresolved issue you may still have in the ‘real world’. I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about really dark, depressing and oppressive dreams. The kind that press down on you.

I have had this kind a couple of times in my lifetime. Something frightens me and seems to be holding me down – pressing on my chest – not letting me catch my breath – or say anything. I want to scream out – but I can’t even find my voice to do so – I can’t make my voice work at all! Frustrating – and very scary. Last night this happened again. First there was a feeling of weight or a pressing down on my chest – then the feeling of being held down by an invisible force – and the inability to form any words to cry out – trying to shake myself awake – and couldn’t.

The name that comes to mind when I feel that way in those weird, dark and scary dreams – is the name of Jesus. I try to say it over and over – and when I can’t make my voice say it – I just keeping repeating it in my mind – and finally I am released from whatever is holding me down.

Dreams can be an imitation of life – the subconscious talking while our body is resting. And sometimes when we have situations and life pressing down on us – this can be just the way that it feels. Like a waking dream. Like something invisible has a strangle hold on our hearts and minds. Something we cannot free ourselves from – and we try to ‘cry out’ – but there is no one there to listen to hear us – no one who can hear the ‘struggle’ that we are in. That is when we need to remember the name of Jesus. And by speaking that name – we know He hears us and will release us from the tangled situations and circumstances of life.

It is important to remember the famous words of Jesus when he said, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light”  He encouraged us to ‘cast’ our ‘cares’  and put our trust in Him – He can handle it.  And sometimes when we feel life closing in on us – we need to remember that promise just for us – in our time of need – when we feel things pressing down on us. The dark, scary and sometimes depressing things of life can be lighter – when we call out the name of Jesus.  And when we have those bad dreams – we don’t need to be afraid – we know that His name is just a whisper away.

God Bless

Inception And Beyond

STOP – Don’t read any further if you haven’t seen “Inception” and still plan to!!!

Last night my husband and I finally saw “Inception”.  I had heard how good it was – a real ‘mind blower” and I wasn’t disappointed.  Never has a movie gone by so fast for me – I was caught up in the story from the beginning and only once had a hard time following the plot as it was fast paced and thought-provoking.

The end has a ‘twist’ of sorts – and does really make you think – but to be honest I was thinking that the story from the beginning was also a ‘dream’.  Now just whose dream – that is indeed the question.  Hmmmm.  I say it is the ‘dead’ wife’s dream all along – what say you?  But dreams being what they are – they rarely make much sense after we’re awake, right?  So we can’t really over think some of the plot line – I mean – it all might be a dream, right?  There’s the problem of the 2 children never getting any older in ANY of the dreams – and the ‘dead’ wife also does not age.  Pesky little details – but a dream may in this case – be just a dream.

As we were driving home from the movie we were discussing dreams – and just how we feel when we’re in them.  When you’re dreaming, usually everything is different – different home, different friends, different church or school.  But it doesn’t feel different while you are in it.  It’s only after waking up that you feel like everything was strange – especially as you try to tell someone else about it – and you often can’t because as you tell it – the dream memory fades away and you’re left with – just a feeling.

What if our lives here on earth are just a ‘dream’ – a cheap version of the real thing – the after life.  As Christians we believe that Heaven is our ultimate ‘home’ and that our lives here on earth are only temporary.  We have a certain amount of time to be born – live and then die.  We believe that we have a choice about our ‘after life’ by making a decision for God or against Him.   Remember in the movie when they were talking about levels of dreams and when you get to the 3rd level you could live a lifetime in a dream?  Isn’t that what we have here on earth – a lifetime?  It’s an interesting thought.  I believe that this life will pass away some day – and when we die – or ‘wake up’ in our permanent home – we will remember this life no more – or at least very little – almost like a ‘dream’.  The only difference will be that we were given an opportunity to make a critical ‘choice’ here on earth.

So if that is true – that this is the ‘temporary’ and when we die is the ‘permanent’ – or real life – how would that change things for you?  Would you live your life differently knowing you were in a dream?  Would there be more ‘urgency’ to accomplish things for the Kingdom of Heaven knowing you could ‘wake up’ any time soon?  Would you make a difference choice about how you’re living?  Would you choose God?  Would you love people better?  Jesus said, “Heaven and Earth will pass away – but my words will never pass away”  The real living begins with Jesus – the part of us that you can’t see – and our bodies the ‘physical’ us is a temporary holding unit for our ‘spirit’ – which will one day ‘pass away’.

I want to do everything I can in this ‘lifetime’ to accomplish what I can for the next ‘reality’.  The next ‘reality’ is the real thing and it lasts forever.

As a Christian I believe that however you choose to look at it – it is our ‘soul’ that will live on – even after our earthly bodies die.  I believe we have a choice as to where we will spend that ‘after life’ – and I believe the choice is Jesus – or not Jesus.  The choice is yours.  I plan to spend my eternity in Heaven and look forward to the great adventure that’s waiting for me after I ‘wake up’.

God Bless

Like a foolish dreamer, trying to build a highway to the sky
All my hopes would come tumbling down, and I never knew just why
Until today, when you pulled away the clouds that hung like curtains on my eyes
Well I’ve been blind all these wasted years and I though I was so wise
But then you took me by surprise

Like waking up from the longest dream, how real it seemed
Until your love broke through
I’ve been lost in a fantasy, that blinded me
Until your love broke through

All my life I’ve been searching for that crazy missing part
And with one touch, you just rolled away the stone that held my heart
And now I see that the answer was as easy, as just asking you in
And I am so sure I could never doubt your gentle touch again
It’s like the power of the wind

Like waking up from the longest dream, how real it seemed
Until your love broke through
I’ve been lost in a fantasy, that blinded me
Until your love, until your love, broke through

Old Things

As we age we find that things familiar to us have much more meaning.  The little things of comfort and safety are no longer just a ‘luxury’ – they are everything to us.  We are slower to change – at least most of us – and slower to accept and adopt new ideas.

Yesterday Greg was at his parent’s home talking with his Dad and brother (here for a week from Billings, Montana) – the subject:   To repair an old beach cabana on their lake front property – or tear it down.  Sounds easy doesn’t it?  For you and me who have no emotional connection with it – it is easy.  It’s an eye sore – it leaks – it’s in need of a complete overhaul – just get rid of it and put it out of its misery!  Easy for us to say – even Greg – but not so easy for his Dad who has attachment to it – spent a good many years on that property and watched his boys grow up swimming in that lake.  He is hearing the familiar ‘voices’ in his head from his parents now deceased – the voices that all of us carry around in our heads – like it or not – and he cannot just ignore them.

We are all like this – maybe not about a cabana or house – or things in it – but we are all held ‘hostage’ by those ‘voices’ in our head – by those that have gone before us – or are still living.  They are powerful voices – they are the connection from the past to the present – the anchor that sustains us and prevents us from plowing wildly down an unfamiliar road.  We may want to abandon the old and embrace the new – it sounds romantic and fresh – but we are seldom able to make the leap because the ‘old’ way of doing things is our default position.  We are never able to fully escape the voices that call us from our childhood – they are deep in our spirit and timeless.

Those of us that are in this crazy ‘between’ generation – not senior citizens yet – but not young either – are torn. We can see the old – respect it and even understand it to a great deal – but because we are also trying to embrace ‘new’ – it is a tightrope of travel for each of us to not forget our heritage and still see things in a fresh ‘new’ way.  There is much to be said for the ‘old’.  God is a God of history.  He is in the stories in the Bible of those saints that have gone on before – strength, courage and flawed humanity acting as great examples for us and the way we should live.  There is also much to be said for ‘new’.  It is God reminding us that He is new every morning – His ways never change.  He is already there before we get there.  He is timeless and ageless – and walks beside us in past, present and future – every generation the same.  He is current – He is past.  He is God.

For me – I say, “Hey tear down that ‘eye sore’ and put something new and current there in its place”.  Start a ‘new’ legacy down at the lake.  Maybe it’s time.  Someone like me – with that kind of thinking can appear ‘dangerous’ or even ‘wildly undisciplined’ – and some older people (even some young) are threatened by that.  But I disagree.  There is a time to ‘let go’ and see what other possibilities there are’.  Not forgetting the past – but building on it and bringing in something new.  Isn’t this what God does?  He calls us to ‘honor’ our heritage and past – and yet He brings in the ‘new’ as He refreshes us daily.  In an ever-changing world He brings peace and consistency to us in ‘new’ and unique ways to be a shining example to a world in need.  He helps us stay current so that we can identify and reach a lost and dying world – today.

My prayer for you today is this: Stay true to your past and honor those that have gone before – but don’t get lost there.  Always press on to what God has for you in your lifetime – and your world.  Embrace ‘new’ ideas from the one who is the creator of our hearts and minds.  Be willing to ‘step out’  beyond the past and simple comfort – to be ready for big changes as the past gets tangled up with the present and longs to reach for the future.  Hold loosely to the things that would prevent you from being all that you can be as you strain toward the prize and purpose for your life.

God Bless

Old days
Good times I remember
Fun days
Filled with simple pleasures
Drive-in movies
Comic books and blue jeans
Howdy Doody
Baseball cards and birthdays
Take me back
To a world gone away
Memories
Seem like yesterday

Old days
Good times I remember
Gold days
Days I’ll always treasure
Funny faces
Full of love and laughter
Funny places
Summer nights and streetcars
Take me back
To a world gone away
Boyhood memories
Seem like yesterday

Old days – in my mind and in my heart to stay
Old days – darkened dreams of good times gone away
Old days – days of love and feeling fancy free
Old days – days of magic still so close to me
Old days – in my mind and in my heart to stay
Old days – darkened dreams of good times gone away
Old days – days of love and feeling fancy free
Old days – days of magic still so close to me

Self-Control

Inside my mind

I am who I am

living a life

unguarded and real

Fighting a battle

with myself

that all must fight

The right to have

the right to decide

the right to control

Many decisions

daily

hold me back

or push me forward

I play a game of chance

I love the thrill

and the rush

the intoxicating darkness

that whispers and calls

it is so easy to go there

But the pain

of choices

past

ruin

hinder

hold back

and rob me

of freedom

and joy

I tremble

and wait

for another unkind word

knowing it is well deserved

hiding

pulling away

from everyone

and myself

it is guilt

it is shame

I want to resist

for a while I am strong

I can do it

no trouble

no inward battle of my will

and then…

I am slowly seduced

by a memory

or a thought

or a ‘what if’

and the game begins

and I am the loser

once again

And so the song

echoes in my head

“I’m never going back again”

and I am firmly resolved

to be weak

and frail

helpless

and undone

It is only

with Christ Jesus

I am set free

I am in full control

my weakness is made strong

when I do not try to do it alone

He teaches me

that my self-control

is the secret to my happiness

the key to my future

the mystery of saying no

and resisting

I am the winner

Sin makes you a slave

Grace sets you free

gives you self-control

peace in your heart

and makes you strong

Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city. Proverbs 16:32

I am praying for you today that you too will learn the secret of building ‘self control’ in your own life – so that your sin nature will not ‘own’ you – promising things that cannot be delivered.  In resisting and saying ‘no’ you embrace freedom – in surrendering to your weakness and losing your will – you will find it again.

God Bless

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