Archives For Dreams

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Dreaming is an important part of the Christian life.  Dreaming is not enough though.  As Christians, we don’t just dream…we pray that our dreams are consistent with God’s will and that He would make them happen.  We don’t just draw pictures of the future in our head and leave them there – we allow God to work through the gifts and talents that He has given us to make those dreams a reality.  However, before we can lay out a path and ask God for his help in traversing it, we have to do a little Godly dreaming about how we would like things to be.  That is what this post is all about.  We all have dreams.  These are the things I dream about.

Big DreamI have a dream for my own kids.  I dream about the days when they will live a life fully sold-out to Christ and bent on making sure that other people learn about him.  A have a dream for my marriage.  I dream about a marriage in which I lead and serve my wife as God intended.  I dream about a marriage ordained by God that serves as a shining example of Jesus Christ and his church.  I have a dream for my life.  I dream that God would continue to work out his sanctifying grace in my life; that he would use my life to bring glory to his name; and that some day in the future I would hear “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

I also have dreams for the children’s ministry in my church and for kids in churches everywhere.  I dream of a day when our children’s ministry is so God honoring that he will bless us with numbers of kids that we would think unfathomable right now.  I dream of a day when volunteers will be lined up begging for an opportunity to help out in the children’s ministry.  I dream of a time when the kids and leaders in our ministry are so bathed in prayer that they have to come up for air.  I dream of a time when the members of our church view children and youth as the church of today that they are rather than the church of tomorrow.

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Orange Dreams

Barbara Graves —  October 3, 2010

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As a volunteer children’s pastor at a young church plant, I have lots of dreams. Dreams of working all day on children’s ministries. Dreams of taking my team leaders to lunch to brain storm the next event and, of course, dreams of playing with the toys that will be in my future office! But many of the dreams that I have that are the most compelling are Orange dreams. And many of my Orange dreams are common to us who agree that the family and church working together can accomplish much more in the lives of children, than either can alone. I am still young enough at being Orange that I have some fairly basic dreams.

I still dream of coordinated curriculum that teaches the same lesson to every age so families can “talk as they walk” and everyone is included in that conversation. And I still dream of a parent’s website that will, with one easy click, direct parents to a wealth of information specifically targeting the greatest issues their children face, both in their spiritual and physical development. I dream of video parenting classes that families can watch any time from the church website, if they couldn’t be at the church at the time of a parenting event. I dream of having all my families on twitter so I can share short notice opportunities that their family could enjoy. I have dreams of family fun events, parent training days, fun Saturdays at the park and anointed prayer times involving all our families. I think these dreams are common to the minds of most early stage Orange leaders.

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