This year, I am inviting a few of my writer friends to guest post on the blog! I love having the opportunity to fold some fresh voices into this space and introduce you to some of the most talented people I know. Today’s guest post was written by a fellow-Austinite and Enneagram 7: Renee Fisher. Renee has coached me, both as a friend and professionally, through a tough season in my writing life. Being that it is January, the month of dreams, I asked Renee to share how we can find hope for our dreams no matter our spiritual season. I think you’ll enjoy her perspective.
I never realized the spiritual significance of the changing of seasons until I learned how to cultivate my dreams.
He replied, “When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times”
He said to the crowd: “When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘It’s going to rain,’ and it does. And when the south wind blows, you say, ‘It’s going to be hot,’ and it is. Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don’t know how to interpret this present time?”
It doesn’t take much effort to walk outside and determine if it’s going to rain that day. It does, however, take time to learn how to pray and read the Word to determine which spiritual season you are in.
Dreams, like seasons, change often.
If you are unsure how to cultivate your dreams, ask yourself these four questions and use the scriptures attached to determine how to move forward.
- Summer: Are my dreams ripe and ready to be enjoyed? In this season, we can relax and take a much-needed vacation. We can taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8).
- Fall: Are my dreams ready to be harvested? This is a season to mature and save up for the winter season knowing that we are rooted and grounded in love (Ephesians 3:17). We can choose not to be moved away from the hope of the gospel (Colossians 1:23).
- Winter: Do my dreams feel dead? Winter brings a much-needed break, although it might feel like coming to a screeching halt. Be encouraged that your dreams are not dead during this season. While we may feel uncomfortable with the process of solitude and silence, but it will help us uncover what’s in our hearts. To admit, like Elijah, the answer to the question, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” (1 Kings 19:9, 13).
- Spring: Are my dreams newly planted? We may not understand at first, but the storms and rain are actually a blessing to drive that tiny seed deeper and further under the soil to die so that it can come back to life. We can plant in tears knowing we will harvest with shouts of joy in a future season (Psalm 126:5).
Spiritual seasons can be tricky.
It took me almost an entire year to realize I was in a winter season last year. Once I did, I could acknowledge my dreams were not dead—just waiting for spring.
When spring finally arrived, I thought my dreams were ready to come to life, only to have a mound of dirt piled on top of them. I later realized that dirt was what those baby dreams needed to grow for a future harvest. It’s so complicated that I sometimes feel like giving up. I find myself asking, “Will my desires ever be met?” But, if I’m honestly asking myself that question—I already know the answer. Of course, they will! God has been faithful before and He will again.
Your ability to praise the Lord despite your circumstances has the power to awaken your dreams, including the dreams of future generations.
What season do you believe you are in? Share in the comments below!
Renee Fisher is an author, coach, and consultant who recently launched a full-service creative agency for self-publishing. She is passionate about defending dreams and spurring others forward to love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24).
#DreamDefender Renee is a BIG fan of glitter, a graduate of Biola University and lives in Austin, Texas with her handsome husband and their fur child named “Starfish.” Connect at ReneeFisher.com.
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