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Sunrise Sermon: Wake Up

Some dreams are so real. Until a few nights ago, I had never had one (at least I don’t recall having one) that had a beginning, middle, and an end. It played out like a movie, and several of my dearly departed friends and family were in it.  The theme? Forgiveness and speaking the truth in love. When I woke up, I sat there for a minute to process what had just happened, and I thanked God for a peaceful resolution and closure. I was at peace. It may seem silly to some to thank God for a dream or to even believe that God was at work in this dream, but I did, and I do.

All too often we are faced with incredible hardships in our lives that can last for long periods of time. At some point, though, God gives us rest whether we ask for it or not. Oft times, we continue the struggle rather than accepting the rest. It’s like you’re on autopilot or cruise control — it’s just easier to continue going with the flow, even though it’s hard.

A few nights ago, I finally had a chance to watch The Shack. When I say there weren’t enough tissues in this house to wipe away my tears, I’m not even exaggerating. It conjured up feelings that I had long since put to rest and reminded me of those I had forgiven. I recalled how hard it was to forgive as I judged them for years for what they had done. I’m sure this movie is what prompted that dream from a few  nights ago. My take away from the movie came in the form of a quote.

When all you see is your pain, you lose sight of God. ~The Shack

What a powerful message! It is my prayer that someone reading this message today will acknowledge her pain but know that God is bigger than that. My prayer is that someone will acknowledge that feelings aren’t facts, and that sometimes the truth is hard to handle, but God is omniscient and omnipresent and omnipotent. He knows the truth. He sees it all. He can rescue you from it all.

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. ~Psalm 34:18

Call on him today, ask for forgiveness, and ask him to show you a new path that isn’t pocked with suffering. It’s not too late to surrender these burdens to him and confess your sins. Draw close to him, and he will draw close to you. Let today be the day that you finally wake up and stay woke. May blessings abound! ❤

 

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I started this blog as a means of chronicling my journey of Servant Leadership, but I believe that it has taken on a deeper purpose. As visitors read about my every day experiences as seen through a spiritual lens, I know that they’ll take the meat of my messages — the scriptures — and nourish themselves. I’m sure they’ll remember the stories and get to know me as a result, but the anecdotes are merely the vessels that store the meat. My hope is that you find encouragement here, and when you do, please share it with me. Encouragers need encouragement too.

11 thoughts on “Sunrise Sermon: Wake Up

  1. This piece really resonated with me. As well as adding confirmation to what my soul already knows. Acknowledging emotions especially bad ones can be hard, but this reminds me that acknowledgement is the catalyst to recovery. Hallelujah!

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    1. What a pleasant surprise! I’m glad you could relate to this message. I love your take away — “Acknowledgement is the catalyst to recovery.” Sounds like you’re already on the right path. Love you!

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  2. Although it has been a while for me, I know the exact type of dream you’re talking about. I’ve had them with my parents in them. Like you, I also thank God when it happens!
    Love and peace,
    Mona

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    1. Mona, it was such a strange feeling of relief when I woke up from that dream. I’ve also had prophetic dreams twice in my life — one many years ago and the other a few months ago. It’s amazing how the mind works. I hope that you are well, my friend. Love and peace to you as well. 😀

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  3. Wow, that message meant something to me. Feelings aren’t facts, that’s often not a thought in the midst of awful circumstances…yet I know I’m still very blessed compared to many others.
    Love and blessings,

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    1. Hi Caroline! I’m pleased to hear that this message spoke to you. I think it’s ok to complain, but we can’t let complaints be the only words that come out of our mouths. I hope you are well today.

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