God gives us dreams!
One of the most challenging things a young woman or man in leadership does is verbally and publicly speak about her dreams and callings. It’s challenging, because you don’t know how someone is going to respond to your dreams, and it’s scary because you are stepping out in faith and sharing your dreams with others. It is especially difficult for women, because not everyone knows how to support women in leadership yet, and they may not know how to encourage you in your calling. Give them space and time to grow. God is bringing a great revival for women in leadership, and much needed revelation is happening right now!
I often think about the story of Joseph, and how God gave him dreams, and then he shared these dreams with his brothers. Unfortunately, his brothers did not believe in his dreams and thought he was simply being arrogant. I remember sharing one of my dreams with a couple of friends once. I started to share one of my dreams, and a vision God has spoken into my life. My friends didn’t understand, and the conversation didn’t go well. I remember leaving the conversation feeling vulnerable, hurt, confused, and sad. I was sad because I knew God had spoken something into my life, but my friends didn’t confirm the dream. What happened? I’ve learned to have some balance when sharing my dreams. We have to be careful who we entrust our dreams with. Not everyone is going to believe or have enough vision to see our dream. Before you speak your dreams, sense out the environment, ask God if now is the right time to share, and let people know why you are sharing your dreams. If you need encouragement, affirmation, correction, brainstorming, or another need tell this to your friends. People cannot read your mind, and sometimes their words can cut deep without them even knowing it. Know your own need before you expect someone else to know it!
Speak your dreams! An important element in maturing in your dreams and callings is being able to speak about your calling. There is something powerful about verbally affirming the dreams God has given to you. It builds your faith, brings confidence, and brings Godly authority to your calling. Speaking your dreams out loud is an act of faith. You are stepping out and saying God can do anything, and God is going to do something wonderful in your life! You also need to speak about your dreams, so the community around you can help you. Your pastor(s) and leader(s) in your life need to know how God is speaking to you, so they can help prepare you for this calling. If you don’t share your dreams, they will never know!
You don’t have to share everything! Some of the dreams God has spoken to you in your life are for the distant future. You might want to keep a journal, and write down when God speaks to you. I often write down moments when God speaks a word of wisdom, knowledge, or prophecy into my life. By writing down these words, I always have them. It is easy to forget. It is nice to have a place to go back to when we forget or are discouraged. We can look back over the words God has spoken, and reclaim the promises!
Challenge: What are your dreams? I want to encourage you to share some of your dreams on the blog in the comment section. Let other women and men out there know how God is calling you. It’s encouraging to hear about the dreams of others.