The Dreamer

by Carolyn Hope

Soon Joseph had another dream, and again he told his brothers about it. “Listen, I have had another dream,” he said. “The sun, moon, and eleven stars bowed low before me!” This time he told the dream to his father as well as to his brothers, but his father scolded him. “What kind of dream is that?” he asked. “Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow to the ground before you?” (Genesis 37:9-10)

As a young man, Joseph had profound dreams. The Bible records two, though there could have been more. Eager and excited, Joseph shared his dreams with his family. Unfortunately, his family responded with frustration and skepticism. I wonder if Joseph had more dreams after these encounters, but he simply kept quiet about them.

Dreams are vulnerable. Presenting a vision, a deep desire, or even an idea is risky. A wrong response can crush one’s heart. If a hopeful dream is met with rejection or mockery, it can be detrimental and very painful for the dreamer.

God has put dreams in your heart. There are visions, desires, and hopes embedded deep into your soul. Don’t deny your dreams; don’t hide them away. There is wisdom in being careful, however. Whom you share your dreams with is important. Find someone trustworthy, someone who will speak life into your dreams and hope into your future.

Keep dreaming. You may have had people downplay or doubt your dreams. Don’t listen to the voices that whisper defeat. Hold onto the dreams God has given you. He is faithful, and will surely do as He has promised.

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Hope That Lasts

by Carolyn Hope

Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. (Psalm 25:5)

In today’s culture, we often use the phrase, ‘I hope’ to mean I wish. We ‘hope’ that our team will win the game, or that our mom will make our favorite meal for dinner, or that so-and-so would ask so-and-so out. Such ‘hope’ is shallow at best and only lasts for a short period of time. It’s minimal and fleeting.

The Bible talks about a different kind of hope. It speaks of a hope that is deep, rooted, and secure. The hope of God is confident, unshakably believing His promises, and it will hold on for as long as it takes to see the fulfillment of those promises. It’s an “all day long” hope that only deepens over time.

How long are you willing to wait for God’s blessings to come into your life? Will you believe even as the night approaches? I want to encourage you to wait. Hold onto your hope. Watch and see, for your God and Savior will do as He promised.

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