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Creative Tuesdays – What did I dream?

Creative Tuesdays – What did I dream?

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The first one is the one I painted last night. I tried to make this lion look like Satan. I tried to make him scary, and roaring like the Scriptures. And also on the prowl.

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8, NIV).

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The second one I painted a few years ago and have used it as the banner on my blog for quite a while. This is from Revelations – That this is the Lion of Judah. He is the powerful strong calm judge of God.

And the Lion of Judah has won the battle.

Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals (Revelation 5:5, NIV).”

Our topic at Creative Tuesdays this week is “dreams”. I have been thinking about this since Michael put up the prompt, but I didn’t have time to paint until tonight (Monday before the Tuesday deadline) and I am travelling. So I brought my paints and did the best I could.

MY DREAM

I don’t recall my dreams very often. About a year ago I had this vivid dream and had to write it down, study it and pray about it.

I was in a gymnasium with my kids. I knew that something was wrong because of the loud noises in the halls. We climbed up to the top bleachers and waited. We didn’t know where my husband was. Then I saw him come through the door, glance up at us, wave and head for the nearest set of bleachers to him.

At that moment through the door came the most ferocious lion. He snarled, and glanced around the room but did not look up to the bleachers. I started to pray – I called all the protection I could around my family, my husband and myself.

From another door entered another lion – a very powerful strong calm lion. He glanced up at us in the bleachers for a second and then turned toward the other lion. Then began the fight – a vicious battle with snarling and snapping, claws flying.

And I woke up.

So there you have it – my dream. I did much study on the symbolism of the two lions. Now I believe Satan was the first lion – on the prowl, looking for us. But I believe we were protected and hidden from view. The second lion was the Lion of Judah – Jesus, our Saviour.

We are told in Samuel – that the battle is the Lord’s. We are told that He has over come Satan and won the battle.

All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” (1 Samuel 17:47, NIV)

But we are also told to put on protection.

From 1 Thessalonians 5:8  and Ephesians 6:14-16 we learn the armour we must wear.

A breastplate of faith and love
A helmet of salvation
A belt of truth around our waists
Our feet in readiness
Carrying a shield of faith.

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Read about my vivid dream of The LIon of Judah battling Satan. (tweet this)

 

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Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. Available in Kindle Format, in bookstores, online and from her website. Curriculum available upon request. Janis also is a contributor to Hope Stream Radio. Join her on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

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FIVE MINUTE FRIDAY – Imagine

Five Minute Friday – Imagine

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Picture is courtesy of Bill Weaver.

This picture of a columbine and other pictures can be found on Bill Weaver Flickr.

On Fridays I link to Lisa Jo Baker and take only 5 minute to write a post. Great for making me to sit and write with total freedom. Here goes:

IMAGINE

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20, NIV)

This Scripture from Ephesians has become a very powerful Scripture in my life. There are so many times that I say to myself, “I can’t do this”. But then I remember that I am not doing it – He is. Whenever I feel like I won’t have an idea in my head – He does. Whenever I feel I can’t learn another social media task; a self-hosted plugin; a marketing tool, I remember that if God wants me to know this He will show me the way.

I can imagine and dream all that I want. If what I am dreaming is in God’s will then all will come true.

I see my imagination growing as I continue to try new art projects, as I look around me at nature and as I look at all that God is doing around me. Imagine that! God is at work in our world. We only need to look for it.

Tadeo Turtle was a dream that became a reality. I speak about how Tadeo came to be on an interview at Christian Homeschool Moms.

God wants us to dream dreams; to seek beyond ourselves; to reach out and try things that others say might be impossible. Because God is the God of the impossible.

Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God (Luke 18:27, NIV).

I challenge anyone who has a dream – to dream big and ask God into your dreams.

What dreams do you have? Please comment and I will pray for your dreams.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Blessings,

Janis

Linking in with Lisa-Jo Baker and Five Minute Fridays.

1. Write for 5 minutes flat for pure unedited love of the written word.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in {you can grab the button code in my blog footer}
3. Go leave some comment props for the five minute artist who linked up before you {and if you love us, consider turning off word verification for the day to make it easier for folks to say howdy}

It’s a great way to catch your breath at the end of a long week.

 

ASK! WHAT SHALL I GIVE YOU?

“Ask! What shall I give you?”

by Violet Nesdoly (used with permission from January 28, 2013)

Solomon's Dream - 1 Kings 3:5-15

TODAY’S SPECIAL: 1 Kings 3:1-15


TO CHEW ON:
 “At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, ‘Ask! What shall I give you?'” 1 Kings 3:5

I love this story! How can one help but be drawn to a king who has the humility to admit, ‘I don’t know how to do this’? How many times hasn’t a similar cry come from my lips, perhaps yours too?

We can learn some lessons for our lives from Solomon’s encounter with God.

To read the rest of Violet’s post – please continue here.

 

Violet Nesdoly

Violet freelances in several genres and has been published in a variety of print and online publications. Her articles, stories, and activities have appeared in Keys for Kids, Devotions for Girls, Devotions for Boys, Clubhouse, Guide, Primary Treasure, Partners, Pockets and others. She has also published two books of poetry and is an avid blogger. She is a member of Inscribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship and a professional member of The Word Guild.

HOW CAN I PIERCE THE GLOOM?

Piercing the Gloom

by Janet Sketchley

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After an evening struggling with discouragement, I woke the next morning from a dream about outnumbered soldiers in a battle where miracles were the only thing keeping them safe, where the final defenses were nearly breached but where victory may have happened at the end. And where the stakes were higher than the soldiers’ lives—where God had a higher purpose.

Lying in bed, thinking about my dream, I got a song: the Newsboys’ “Never Surrender, Never Say Die.”

Then my morning reading included this verse:

As soon as I pray, you answer me;
you encourage me by giving me strength.
Psalm 138:3, NLT

Wow… I’d been praying for help, for focus and encouragement. I’d been doing my feeble best to keep my thoughts God-centered in the gloom.

This verse tells me God heard. And He answered as soon as I prayed.

Not that I experienced the answer then, but I wonder how much easier the night would have been if I’d counted the prayer answered as soon as I prayed it—if I’d begun to thank Him for what He was in the process of doing, instead of waiting until I saw for myself.

Encouraged? Yes.

Challenged? Yes.

Thank You, God, and please help me be ready for next time.

Take it to the Lord in prayer

Janet Sketchley

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Janet is an east coast Canadian writer working to break into print in novel-length fiction. In the mean time, she writes weekly book reviews, devotionals and features on her blog, ”Tenacity“.