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Organizing the Inside – Day 300 Practice Mental Preparedness

For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he… Proverbs 23:7b

As children my sister and I spent hours rehearsing our future weddings and teaching in the classroom. The two youngest of six we were left to our own imaginations while our older siblings were in school. We had extraordinary imaginations. Planning what our guest would eat and wear, we lined them all up. One by one, each doll or stuffed animal made its way down the aisle and took a seat. One of us played the bride, and the other the officiant. We took turns practicing and role-playing.  Neither of us cared that there was no groom present; the point was the wedding ceremony. Thinking back, I can appreciate our God-given gift of imagination that enabled us to spend hours of imaginary play acting. The time we spent as children organizing our classrooms and wedding rehearsals was so much fun. Eventually we both became teachers and had the weddings of our dreams. Children have a unique ability to not get bogged down in the details; they are so open to hope for the future. It didn’t bother us one bit that my Moms sheer curtains were not actually a veil and train, at that time it seemed real enough. We were practicing our dream.

Practice your dream. Practicing is a way of providing energy that fuels your positive imagination. By practicing success, you are doing something positive toward your dream. Before any speaking engagement, I spend a great deal of time practicing my presentation. Without allowing myself to visualize success and overcoming fear of failure and embarrassment, I’d never have enough nerve to speak before a large audience. Of course it’s God that keeps my legs from turning into wet noodles, but practicing plays a huge role in any challenge.  You’ll want to set goals to propel you forward and help you take steps toward reaching your dream. Trust and obey God, He is ready and able to help you figure out how to fulfill His big picture plan. Set goals they will serve as a type of fuel for your vision.

Realize that everything including your dream has a process to bring it to fruition. Trust the Holy Spirit to help you discern the difference between good and evil. Some call it your gut, and at the risk of sounding super spiritual, I prefer to consider it spiritual discernment. Staying in close fellowship with God will keep your perspective clear. Kick fear, doubt and all other feelings of inadequacy to the curb, DAILY. Many dreams aren’t meant to happen right away. Meanwhile it’s important that you see to it that your dream grows and stays alive in your heart. Nurture your dream by practicing and visualizing success. God has a purpose for your life, and your dreams are clearly a part of how you will fulfill that purpose.

Don’t allow yourself to get overwhelmed. Always keep your dream organized and in order. I find the best way to do this is by writing down the details. (Habakkuk 2:2) It’s your business if you have three notebooks filled with things that God spoke to you about. Who’s to say that your notebooks, full of dreams, are not from God? Expect your dreams to expand and contract as God reveals His will to you. Dreams often give us a peek into the future, but faith is required to get us there. (2 Corinthians 5:7) Be mindful that God is not the author of confusion. (1 Corinthians 14:33) He will not overwhelm you with a vision that you are not equipped to handle. If today you feel you are not totally equipped, God will provide what you need; it’s already set in motion. Keep practicing and preparing and let God lead the way.

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2 Comments»

  Ann wrote @

Hi Liz,
Dear one, are you writing to me in today’s message? Well,everything you said is spot on in my heart and on my mind. I am sure that there are many women out there who read it and said “That is for ME!”. Some of your messages I print and later read and look up the Bible references. They are -I’m not quite sure how to say it – guiding messages for me. I just feel like the Lord is using your hands and guiding their flow on the keyboard to help me because when I read the messages God has put on your heart, it fills me so that I think I am going to burst. And I have courage to take the next steps.
Thank you,
Ann

  Liz Mason wrote @

Hi Ann,
Thank you for your kind and encouraging words. I tell you so much has come from the wonderful exchanges on this forum. It has been such a huge honor and privilege to share with and pray with many who read OTI 365 regularly. I am humbled by the awesomeness of God and the loving kindness of His people. Thank you once again for your comment.It’s always great to hear from you.


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