FAITH

Tablescapes, dreams, and God. What?

Tablescapes, dreams, and God; I had the weirdest dream last night. And it gave me some clarity. I’m going to share all the weirdness with you.

The dream

First, it took place in Paris. Nice, huh? I accompanied my husband to a business dinner. It was in a fabric shop. (It’s a dream, remember?)

I left the table to shop and came back with some fabric and was oohing and aahing over a particular piece. I had brought back some coordinating fabrics and was telling my husband how it was all going to go together. The business executive was listening and called his wife. She shows up and was thrilled with my fabric selections as well. Apparently, the man’s wife was having a big party and wasn’t happy with her her table decorator.

the tablescape

She asks me to decorate the tables for her party and I agree. I find the most amazing pieces of fabric for the tablecloths. I started with brown velvet for the to-the-floor first layer and kept adding various layers that got smaller and smaller until the last piece was just a small round of fabric. There were about six layers in all and it was over-the-top, beautiful, and lush. The woman’s friends all wanted me to decorate the tables of their parties as well. I would become very rich, they told me.

But I turned them down. I knew I was good at it, but I told them it was not what God wanted for me. Then I woke up.

God speaks

Of course, we know that God spoke through the dreams recorded in the Bible. Jacob, Daniel, Mary, Joseph, and others all had dreams, and God spoke to them through their dreams. So why not us?

I had just sent off the expanded version of Depression Has A Big Voice. Make Yours Bigger! to my editor. I am now finishing up my second non-fiction. A few weeks ago I wondered about how to organize the research I’m doing on the newest book and future books as well.

I looked at various plans online, but I wanted a more hands-on approach. I wanted to go old-school with paper and pencil but was at a loss.

the dream interpreted.

But the dream gave me plan I needed. How, you wonder?

white orange and gray tabby cat lying on gray textile/dreams, tablecloths, and more

Remember, in the dream, I started with the biggest tablecloth first and kept adding pieces that were smaller and smaller and I completed the tablescape. This settled it for me. I am going to use note cards. I will outline each section with the larger piece of information and continue to go smaller and smaller with the details. I have a vision in my head as to how it will work and how I will use the notecards. Do you see how the dream was God’s way of letting me know how to proceed?

But there is more.

I write in my newest book that just because we are good at something doesn’t necessarily mean it’s God’s call in our lives. Much more clarification is in my upcoming book. In the dream, as you recall, I’m a great decorator, but I knew it wasn’t what God wanted me to do with my life. The dream clarified that call for me as well. The dream will be my beacon when I question myself.

Don’t be afraid to ask God to clarify something for you. Sometimes God will, sometimes he won’t.

ask

white and pink flowers/dreams, tablescapes, and more

Sometimes we are afraid to ask God for clarification. I mean, what right do we have to ask God to explain anything? Except that God tells us we can. We can ask God anything. Don’t be afraid. God will give you clarification if you need it. If you don’t receive it, it’s because you are to move on in faith. God will give the clarification you need as you need it.

God bless you this week and don’t be afraid to look at your dreams.