Is it possible to nurture a dream until it comes to life? How do you know if your dream is also a part of God’s plan for you? Birthing spiritual dreams for your life is possible but like all births… it takes time.
Birthing spiritual dreams for your life is part of God’s plan for you.
When someone first finds out that they are pregnant, they may experience a multitude of emotions. Expecting parents can be excited, scared, inspired, nervous, energized, and traumatized all at once. Having a child is the most wonderful calling but also demands much responsibility; the kind that will affect your life and those around you. Most of us can handle not living up to our own expectations, but being responsible for another person’s life or being accountable to someone other than ourselves is a completely different story.
God continually commanded the Israelites to be fruitful and multiply; He created us to birth not only children but new and creative ways to make Him known and bring His Kingdom to earth. More often than not this process starts with a dream He puts in your heart.
Spiritual dreams are like babies.
God often places thoughts in our hearts and minds of grand ways that He wishes to use our gifts and talents for the advancement of His Kingdom. Hopefully by now you have spent some time with the Lord asking what He would like to birth in your spirit during this season. If you haven’t already, make sure to go back and read Part One of this series, Becoming Pregnant with God’s Plan: The Conception of Your Dream.
Believing without seeing.
If you don’t know the specifics of what God desires to birth in you this season, don’t worry. Many times women at this stage don’t even know they are pregnant yet. Remember, God is looking for a willing heart and someone who simply has the courage to step out with Him into the unknown possibilities of a God Sized Dream! For the next several months you will have to practice believing without seeing.
The Counting of Omer
Our spiritual birthing process began at Passover with conception and First Fruits with implantation. The next important occurrence on the Jewish calendar is the Counting of Omer. An Omer refers to a sheaf of grain. Starting the day after Passover 49 days are counted until Shavuot. This time period also signifies grain offerings that are given from the beginning of the harvest until the completion of the harvest. Each night of Omer it is costume for families to read a blessing together and to remember the process that it took for the Israelites to move from the mentality of a slave to a people who had been set free.
Early fetal development occurs during the first 50 days of pregnancy. During this time the baby’s heart, brain, eyes, mouth all begin to take shape. By the end of the first 50 days all of the baby’s organs, nerves, fingers, lips and even its’ tongue have developed. Here are some other very interesting facts:
- Baby’s heart first begins to beat on day 22.
- There are 22 chromosomes and 22 amino acids in our bodies
- There are also 22 letters in the Hebrew Alphabet!
Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast. From birth I was cast on you; from my mother’s womb you have been my God. Psalm 22:9-10
The placenta begins forming as soon as implantation occurs. It will grow throughout the pregnancy and start to resemble a tree like shape. Because the baby’s life is supported by this organ, it is sometimes referred to as a baby’s tree of life. As the baby’s blood goes through the placenta, it gets rid of the waste products in its blood by transferring this to its mother and also gets its own blood renewed with nutrients from the mother’s blood. The baby is attached to the placenta by the umbilical cord which is made up of three blood vessels. Hmm… a three strand cord!
During the Counting of Omer, the reading of Psalm 119 continually reminds God’s children about the power of His Word in their lives. In this Psalm, the writer mentions how everything that is being formed in us is dependent on the Word of God.
Compare these to the parts of the baby that develop during the first 49 days
- Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You (11)
- Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things from Your law. I shall delight in Your commandments, which I love (12)
- And I shall lift up my hands to Your commandments, which I love; and I will meditate on Your statutes (48)
- I consider my ways and turned my feet to Your testimonies. I hasten and did not delay to keep Your commandments (59)
- Your hands made me and fashioned me; give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments (73)
- Let my lips utter praise, for You teach me Your statues (171)
- Let my tongue sing of Your Word, for all Your commandments are righteousness (172)
While giving God permission to birthing spiritual dreams in your life, you must stay connected to His word. Like the placenta to a baby, God’s Word is our tree of life.
Through the Word, our blood is cleaned and renewed. Ephesians 5 tells how Christ loves us, his church, so much that He …
“gave Himself up for her so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless”.
In Hebrew the number 3 refers to God’s divine intervention. Christ intervened on our behalf and we are attached to His Word by a three stand cord strand of which is not easily broken.
Continue believing without seeing.
I know sometimes believing for something as big as a God sized dream can seem daunting. Just remember that God would not have put this amazing desire in your heart if He didn’t plan on equipping you for the task. Several years ago, God had me leave a ministry position that I loved and had worked in for over 18 years. He simply said, “Leave everything you know and go to a new place I am going to show you”. Talk about scary!!
It was difficult process and I had lots of emotional baggage to unpack. the following spring, I begin to conceive a new hope for my future and by December I had only blessings in my heart towards those by whom I had felt betrayed. Instead of sorrow over what I had lost, I had a great hope for what was ahead. Instead of looking back to what had been, I began to anticipate a newer position and the next step in my calling. Each Spring thereafter, the Lord has revealed to me new steps in my journey to making this dream become a reality.
In the womb a baby has no idea what is going on or the plan the Master has waiting out in the world, but God has a plan none the less.
He has called each of us as His children to live abundant lives. Our job at this point is to stay in His Word and cultivate His presence in our lives. Learn the rhythm of His heartbeat. As your dream begins to develop and take shape, God is aligning other people and events outside this womb so that the dream can become reality.
- This is not the time to give up.
- Not the time to lose faith.
- This is the time to nurture, protect, and develop your God sized dream.
Surround yourself in the womb of His Word and obey the instructions He gives one step at a time.
Your faith will begin to rise and you will begin believing without seeing. Before you know it your imagination will catch fire as you begin birthing spiritual dreams in your life.
Keep me posted on how your dream is unfolding. I would love to hear from you an encourage you on your journey!
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