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I am such a dreamer.  I am not talking about the night time dreams that happen after you fall asleep and enter the REM stage of sleeping (see this informative article on the stages of sleep and dreaming- http://www.dreammoods.com/dreaminformation/dreamresearch.htm).  I am usually thinking about the next event or day that is coming up and wondering with excitement about the events of the day.  It seems like Joseph and I have a lot in common with dreaming.  His brothers called him a ‘dreamer’ (Genesis 37:19b) yet his dreams came true.  These were dreams that came from God and he became 2nd in command of Egypt next to Pharoah (Genesis 41:38-43).
I don’t know if my dreams are from God and there is some merit in dreaming of big plans and putting them into motion. However, some of my dreams are getting in the way of living in the moment.  I should stop myself and enjoy the moment of today.
In Eccles 3:1, Solomon (the writer attributed to this piece of wisdom literature) says, ‘for everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven”. In the verses following,…Solomon talks about a time to be born, die, plant, pluck up, weep, laugh, mourn and dance, etc.  What he doesn’t say and I would like to add:       a time to dream and a time to live in the moment. 
There are definitely times to dream ….I love to dream….it usually makes me happy to be thinking of things to do, places to go, people to see, problems to solve.  But at some point, I need to STOP and come back to reality….the here and now.  And why does the dreaming need to STOP for that moment?
Because it is in that time, I am thankful for what God has given me. I can enjoy the worship time in His presence, I can listen to a sermon said by one of His servants and think about how it applies to my life, I can enjoy a meal with friends and laugh about nothing, talk about the things that are challenging and listen in on a friends new dream/project.
Yes, dreaming can be fun but sometimes living in the moment can be just as rewarding and bring joy to your heart.  I challenge you today to  STOP dreaming about the next big event coming up and live in the moment for today.

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Most people when you say ‘once a day’, you think of vitamins. I do take my vitamins every day and I even used to take the ‘Once a Day’ brand but they often made me nauseous. Dave would often walk out in the morning and see me sitting on the Deacon’s bench either upright and pale or with my head down between my knees.  He knew that I had taken my ‘once a day’ vitamins. I found out that the calcium in them is what makes one nauseous so I switched brands and am feeling better in my daily regiment. But vitamins is not what Scripture is referring to in Hebrews 3:13 when the writer says, “encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness”. Encouragement is what we are supposed to do as long as it is Today so every day or days ending in ‘y’.  And why?  So that we will not be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.  It only takes once for us to be hooked and if we wait a day…we may be enticed to do it again the next day.  I love how James says it in James 1: 14-15 “each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.  Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.”  You see -when we are tempted, it conjurs up ideas in our head.  We may even question whether it is right to do it or not but then we talk ourselves into it.  Eventually- that one temptation can bring death.  It could be physical death if we do something that is dangerous but it could be a character death…like in the form or bitterness and resentment that comes from repressed anger over the years that has not been dealt with by forgiveness and restoration.  If we know a friend is having a hard time with an area of their life…we can be the encouragement that they need to go on and continue fighting the battle that they are in.   I think we should also encourage others who are outside our friends.  We need to encourage others daily as we see them at the bus stop, in the grocery store, at church or at work.  You never know what kind of day that person has had and your encouragement can make a difference.  Your encouragment may help them open up and share what is on their heart and you will have a chance to further encourage them and even share about your relationship with Christ and how you get through the tough times.  Remember – once a day and not just your vitamins, you are to encourage those around you.  Try it this week and see what a difference it makes.

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