Chapter 2 -Permission To Dream

“Put Your Dream To the Test”  Chapter Two Thoughts.

Do I clearly see my dream?

I have written and re-written the answer to this question about five times now and not one of them seemed to resonate in my soul.  So, the answer to the question, “Do I clearly see my dream?”  is No.  I have been blind-sided by circumstances in life and a fog as set in making it really hard to have clarity at this time.  I do believe God has given me a glimpse of what He has for me, but the entirety of it remains hidden in Him.  The decision I have each day is to get up, seek God with every part of my being, and trust Him to lead me to the place He wills.  I’ve read a lot about the Israelites lately.  I am amazed at How God fed them daily while in the wilderness and their shoes never wore out.  For forty years they had enough food and their clothing never fell apart.  They were forced to trust God for their day-to-day needs.  Granted, they spent forty years in the wilderness because they refused to listen to God’s commandments, but still, God was faithful to provide.  I do not want to be like the Israelites while they were being disobedient and I certainly do not want to spend forty years going around the same mountain over and over again.  So today, I thank God for the manna from heaven and all the provision He’s granted me, and I trust He will fulfill all His promises for me as His child.  I also trust that someday soon I will be able to answer the previous question with a resounding, “Yes” that I do clearly see.

“Give to us clear vision that we may know where to stand and what to stand for.”  ~Peter Marshall

I have been praying for this.  I am not going to simply become a realist because it seems hopeless given my present situation.  I have to believe that if God placed a desire in my heart, then He did it for a reason; because He is able to restore all that was stolen from me and more.  I am now giving myself permission to dream big!  I’ve stood face to face with gut wrenching disappointment, so what do I have to lose at this point if I choose to dream?

There's Hope When You Least Expect It

Mike Hyatt is now the president and CEO of Thomas Nelson Inc.  Before he achieved these titles he was offered the job as lead publisher of the company.  Things could not have been worse in that division of the company when he stepped into the publishers role, “I took a deep breath and began to assess reality,” said Hyatt.  He then went on to list all that was wrong with the publishing department he had just taken over.  After his evaluation, he decided to write out a vision statement for the company.  For more information on Mike’s assessment and vision statement, see pages 24 & 27.

“What you need is a vision that is so big that it is compelling.”  ~Mike Hyatt

What’s not big and compelling about wanting a peaceful healthy home in our society today?  I have always been amazed at a true homemaker.  They are really hard workers and carry a massive weight of responsibility.  Many picture a “housewife” as a person who sits around eating dessert in the middle of the day watching soap operas and letting the house turn into a disaster area.  I get why people would think that, I’ve walked into a few of those landfills myself.  I’m thinking on a much greater level.  I’m thinking, no, I’m deciding, I want to be a person of integrity.  I want to be trustworthy, dependable, and capable to achieve the task at hand.  I love Dr. Phil’s take on the stay at home mom, “They work the equivalent of two jobs.”  Here’s a big, “Hip Hip Hooray” to Dr. Phil!

This chapter encourages you to make a list of goals.  Page 31 gives an example of general ideas and specific goals, then prompts you to get detailed with your own list.  I am searching my heart in this area.  I can get distinct with areas of this desire, but some of those specifics can only be fashioned and secured with a partners input.  I have to remain balanced in my thinking and not become immovable with the picture unfolding in my mind and in my heart.  On the flip side of this, I must be very firm in my foundation and absolutely anchored when it comes to certain beliefs.  Such as, with God’s help, I refuse to turn away from His principles and standards.  I can have the highest of expectations that my dream is possible, only if my heart and mind are being filled with His love and truth.  How can I expect a home of peace and love if Love Himself does not occupy the space?

Page 34, “I discovered that the more clearly I saw my dream the more clearly I was able to see my purpose.  That is true, I believe, because a person’s dream and purpose are intertwined.  God designed us to want to do what we are most capable of doing.”

I must determine my priorities involved with the hopes of my heart.  Who do I want to become?  This question must be answered before I can make my first list of specific goals.  It also must be a list that has room for growth because we always have room for improvement.   My “1st” on the list?  I want to become the woman of God that He’s created me to be.  I want to please Him.  This is my very first priority.  If I stay in-tune with God, I cannot fail.

“You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trust in You.” ~Isaiah 26:3

Being that I need to get really specific in my list, feel free to send me your views on what a true woman of God is.  I will search and study Scripture to make sure any ideas I pick up truly line-up with God’s word, but I am open to hear your thoughts.

“The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul.”  ~Acts 16:14b I pray for God to open my heart to His truth alone, and I ask Him to keep me from the lies of the enemy; that He lead me not into temptation but deliver me from evil.



  1. Clinton said,

    07/06/2010 at 11:50

    Chapter 2- Permission To Dream

    Trust ye in the Lord forever, for the Lord JE-HO’-VAH is everlasting strength.
    ISAIAH 26:4

    A Christian Women must trust in the Lord forever, because the Lord will give you everlasting strength

    If she stays with the Lord each day, and prays each day,the Lord will keep
    the evil a way, the devil won’t have a chance to get in your way.


    Shannan, could you come to Waynesboro,Tn and visit us If you have a lot of time, we live at 417 Edwards st. Waynesboro,TN 38485

    Not only that could you sing with me at church some sunday morning,my wife doesn’t sing, she has tried, she doesn’t read notes, It’s hard for her to sing some of the gospel songs.

    That would be just the two of us If you can come and be with us, pray about this, and then let us now by letter or email, our mailing address is :

    Clinton & Loraine Erickson
    P.O. Box 1238
    Waynesboro,TN 38485-1238

    I’v been going to Upper Green River Baptist Church
    Green River Road
    Waynesboro,TN 38485

    Thank you God bless you Shannan

    I hope and pray that what I wrote well fit in for Chapter2-Permission To Dream.

    • 07/09/2010 at 11:50

      Clinton, I appreciate your invitation to sing, but I am no longer traveling for that purpose. I still sing, in my car, walking around my house, and along with my church congregation, but God has not called me back to music ministry. I’m sure you are a tremendous blessing to your church.

      Thank you for the scripture. God is our strength!

  2. Clinton said,

    07/08/2010 at 11:50

    Chapter 2-Permission To Dream

    And when she was baptized, and her household, she bespoght us saying,
    If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us. Acts16:15

    When Lydia was baptized, after that she was saying, If you have judged me
    to be faithful to the Lord, which she was faithful to the Lord,told them come into my house, and abide there. and she confine with them , she understood
    what they were talking about.

    Today that’s what good christian women needs to do, be faithful unto the Lord, everything well go a lot better for her through out the day.

    A christian man should do the same thing be faithful unto the Lord, praise the
    Lord I thing this is wonderful, don’t you think so too, Amen! Do I get a Amen
    Shannan? praise the Lord

    • 07/09/2010 at 11:50

      Faithfulness and obedience is key for God’s continued blessing for sure. I do agree!

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