Debbie's Perspective

Just my thoughts of the day.

#FreshVision

on September 5, 2013

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James 4:7 Submit yourselves, then, to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

“Mom, I made the team!” my daughter excitedly exclaimed.

Wow, what a difference a few days makes.  If you read what I wrote last week in A Life Interrupted, you know that my daughter’s heart was broken when she was told she had been cut in the first round of tryouts for her middle school volleyball team.

She came home sick after the third day of hard tryouts and missed the first round cut announcement.  Since we couldn’t get in touch with the coach, she started calling her friends.  After three girls said she had been cut, the tears began to flow.  The dream she had been working toward was dashed.

Sometimes the dream we hold in our heart isn’t really on the path God has for our lives.  We want it to be, but God has something better for us; a different plan – we just can’t see it while we are holding onto a dream we don’t want to let go of.

This is a time for fresh vision.  This is a time to submit ourselves to God, lay it at His feet and open our heart to the new place He wants to take us. We also must resist the devil’s attempt to beat us up and cause us to question God’s love.

On Tuesday morning the next round of tryouts was scheduled, and we decided that since she hadn’t heard about the cut from the coach, we needed to verify it from the source.  She showed up at tryouts and found out that she hadn’t been cut after all.

Some dreams can be lost because of what others are telling us.  We can trust them and believe they are helping us, but we run the risk they are wrong.

Our answers must come from the source.

God is the only one who holds our future in His hands. He is the only one who knows what tomorrow brings. We must submit to Him and allow Him to lead us where He wants us to go.

A fresh vision from God breathes life and passion back into our lives; back into our dreams. Fresh vision stirs our hearts and sets things into motion driving us forward into the plans God has for us.

Lay your hopes and dreams at the feet of Jesus, and ask Him to give you a fresh vision for them.  Ask Him to show you if the ones you’ve been holding on to aren’t His.

Resist the devil because he will be quick to tell you that your dreams don’t matter to God.

The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. ~John 10:10

The great news is the devil will flee from us when we resist him.

Last week we were weeping at the loss of a dream.  This week we understand even better that Jesus is our only source for the answers to our heart’s deepest desires because He is the one who puts them there, and He is the only one who can give us the fresh vision to see them through.

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7 responses to “#FreshVision

  1. What a beautiful blog post. I really enjoyed reading it. Thank you for the reminder that God is our only true source. Too often we depend on our friends for answers when God is the only opinion we should be seeking.

  2. I am laying something down at His feet today.
    This blessed me. Thanks 🙂

  3. I loved this post! Congratulations to your daughter for making the team. I love the analogy you used of making the team and the dreams we have, and what others tell us, to compare to God’s plans for us. Thanks for sharing!

    Kris Danko (OBS Small Group Leader)

  4. Shelly says:

    Beautiful. “A fresh vision from God breathes life and passion back into our lives; back into our dreams. Fresh vision stirs our hearts and sets things into motion driving us forward into the plans God has for us.” This really spoke to me…this is exactly how I have been feeling this week. Refreshed! Ready to go!

  5. Shila says:

    This is great! I love that we need to hear the news from the source. Exactly what I needed to hear today, thank you!

  6. kim says:

    this was a very insightful post. I could relate so well with it. I have a daughter that plays basketball and has had 2 major injuries in 2 years time that required surgeries and major rehab. I have questioned God’s plan vs our dreams because of this. But it seems that He is still directing her to fight on and continue pursuing her dream. She has grown stronger in her relationship with Him because of this I think. I love when God speaks to us through our every day, common life. I love even more when I HEAR Him. Thanks for sharing this.

  7. Bob Brydon says:

    Great story…and great spiritual lesson! PB

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