A Forty Day Fast
As we entered the Easter season of 2020, I began a forty-day fast. Then a couple of days in came the pandemic. What a challenge! But God gave me two prayer warriors whose prayers helped carry me through. And then at the end of the fast I heard this from the Lord. “Tarry there until you are endued with power.” I didn’t understand it. Tarry where? Though I had prayed and pondered and even preached on the Holy Ghost, I still wasn’t exactly sure how it was applicable to me. That morning I wrote these words as I sat in my little prayer closet. I believe as He often does for me that God speaks as I write.
“Old dreams with new anointing by the power of the Holy Ghost will carry you into this next season and usher you through. You will go deep but you will also be required to navigate the currents in the deepest and sometimes loneliest places. You will think you are drowning, but take comfort in My heart and relax as best you can. Though it will be hard, try to stay above water and wait there…until you are endued with power. Then I will come pull you from the riptide. When I do and you are safely back on shore, when you come to, you will see that during the time of struggle this turned into a season of dreams come true…My dreams in you.”
The Old Dreams
So what are the old dreams? I dream of a life of missions. Is it crazy that in this hour, at this season of my life, in my heart I identify most with the missionaries. Those that only want to share the Gospel and love people they have only a partial clue about. I dream of them. I dream of teaching the Word and fulfilling the call to disciple. I dream of praying for others and seeing the miraculous. I dream of igniting others with the desire for prayer and the Word that He placed in me. I dream that God would take my writing (such as it is) and use it somehow. I dream of writing by the inspiration of the Holy Ghost. Missions, the Word, prayer, the miraculous, writing! It seems all over the place, but it is all very precise.
An “Impossible” Awfully Big Dream!
According to Google, there are 195 nations in the world. During the pandemic, I took the blog “If anyone knows Melissa…,” which I have kept private since 2008, and made it “public.” I started also posting the Word daily on another blog, “a lamp and a light,” in 2019. In 2022, I added the Podcast “a lamp and a light” and the companion podcast website http://www.lampandlight.org. Today all the blogs, websites, and podcasts focus on spreading the Word of God. Little-by-little I have seen God move and we have now reached 27,105 individuals from 165 nations. It fills me with joy to know that God has used these avenues to send His Word where I have not been able to go.
Father, would You give me the nations? As I pray for them and find out more about them would You show me how to use this tool to reach across the world? Lord, I know it is an awfully big dream. I fully know it is something only You can do. Is it Your dream, Lord? I ask again today for the nations as my inheritance…according to Your Word….in Jesus’ holy and precious Name!!! Amen!!!
I believe in these next years, we will touch the other 30 nations in some way. Won’t it be so amazing, when it is time to go to my heavenly home, to have touched every country in the world and to be greeted in heaven by those same nations? That is
my His “impossible” awfully big dream!!!!
On the list below are the nations touched by the blog and the Podcast. I always put up their flags and I hope on your device you can see them. Being in possession of a nations flag symbolizes victory. That is why I do it. Plus, I think they are beautiful.
Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
American Samoa 🇦🇸
Caribbean Netherlands 🇧🇶
Congo Republic 🇨🇬
Costa Rica 🇨🇷
Cote d’lvoire Croatia 🇭🇷
Czech Republic 🇨🇿
Dominican Republic 🇩🇴
El Salvador 🇸🇻
European Union 🇪🇺
Hong Kong 🇭🇰
Isle of Man 🇮🇲
Ivory Coast 🇨🇮
Macau SAR China 🇨🇳
Myanmar (Burma) 🇲🇲
New Zealand 🇳🇿
Papua New Guinea 🇬🇳
Puerto Rico 🇵🇷
Saint Lucia 🇱🇨
Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦
Sierra Leone 🇸🇱
Solomon Islands 🇸🇧
South Africa 🇿🇦
South Korea 🇰🇷
South Sudan 🇸🇸
Sri Lanka 🇱🇰
St. Vincent and Grenadines
United Arab Emirates 🇦🇪
United Kingdom 🇬🇧
United States of America 🇺🇸
3 thoughts on “An Awfully Big Dream (Updated 3/23/2023)”
Glory to God! He does all things well!! What a mighty God we serve —- for whom nothing is impossible. He spoke to me prior to 2020 about staying close to Him in the Secret Place of the Most High, under the shadow of the Almighty. And He IS indeed restoring and dusting off His dreams for His glory in the lives of His people! (Psalm 126)
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Praise GOD! No better place I can think of than under His shadow. Thanks for commenting!!! That means a lot to me.
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“They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him”
May we before our journey ends know the joy “bringing our sheaves” from the sowing of our life’s desire to honor Him.
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