Michael C. Carson

According to an article by Psychology Today called “Why We Dream” explained dreams as the stories the brain tells during sleep.

“Dreams are the stories the brain tells during sleep they’re a collection of clips, images, feelings, and memories that involuntarily occur during the REM (rapid eye movement) stage of slumber. Humans typically have multiple dreams per night that grow longer as sleep draws to a close. Dreams are stories and images that our minds create while we sleep. They can be entertaining, fun, romantic, disturbing, frightening, and sometimes bizarre,” according to the article.

Dreams come from God, plain and simple.

If God has given you a great dream, it becomes your responsibility to do your very best to birth it. Keep in mind that birthing your dream will not be easy. You will face challenges, obstacles, naysayers and nonbelievers on your road to fruition

Despite the difficulties, there is great power in your dreams. Be willing to view to face the hardships, and you will be presented with joy. Overcome the hurdles of your dreams and conquer them.

“They said to one another, ‘Here comes this dreamer. Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; then we shall say that a wild beast has devoured him, and we shall see what will become of his dreams.” (Genesis 37: 19-20 RSV)

Everyone will not be overjoyed by your vision. Still, when God gives you a dream, embrace it, and leave it to God to bring it full term.

Joseph was a dreamer, and so much happened to Joseph because of this. The “Joseph Novella,” from Genesis chapters 37 to 50, points out that dreaming in some way, shape or form, comes with a cost. The novella also demonstrates a dream brought into fruition brings an abundant payday.

My friend, Rachelle D. Hill-Wells, said following her dream was a long process.

“I feel that everything happens when it is supposed to happen,” she said. “I didn’t get married until I was 36. I didn’t get my Master’s Degree until I was 42, but it happened. It happened because I was patient, persistent, determined. And, I had faith that my hopes and dreams would eventually take shape, if I kept pressing towards my goals. I’ve learned to not set a strict timeline in my life. Rather, I enjoy each step of the way. Keep pressing forward and things will fall into place when God sees fit.”

My friend, Suzy Wells, said her dreams were realized through others.

“Always dream big,” she said. “My Children and grand children are proof that God fulfilled the desires of my heart!”

Sometimes your dreams appear to be so much bigger than you that they seem insurmountable. If your dream truly is from God, then it will become a reality because of God. This doesn’t mean a dream will be fulfilled just because of God. You must be willing to put the so-called sweat equity into its actualization. When you believe in, and work for, your dream, it will manifest in the way God intended it, and you will reap the harvest.

Peace with justice, be blessed real, real good, attend worship, and families matter.

Dr. Carson Pastors Saint Paul A.M.E. Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is the founder of “Refreshing” A Ministry For Pastors, Ministers, and Laity Needing Restoration, Refreshing, and Healing. A Personal & Professional Development Ministry. He can be reached at carsonvision@acd.net

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