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How to Use Your Seer Gift to Really, Really Discourage People

Do you have a seer gift?  Also known as intuition or a prophetic aptitude, it is the ability to see, hear, or sense beyond normal.  People who have this gift can see into the spiritual realm in various ways.  
 
Hearing God’s voice and interpreting dreams and visions are only a couple of means of prophetic ‘knowing’.  People may possess these abilities, but no one starts out fully mature in handling what they see or sense. 
 
Everything written in the coming paragraphs is sarcasm.  I’ve been on the receiving end of all of these practices.  I’m not hurt, angry, or addressing any particular person.  So don’t email me to ask what is afoot. I’ve been guilty myself of committing many of these no-no’s.  (Sarcasm begins here):
 
If you deeply desire to build friendships, to use your revelatory gift to glorify God, to gain favor for yourself in leadership or ministry, make your best effort to regularly incorporate the following crucial tactics:
 
1.    Point out people’s flaws and mistakes.  God sees everybody’s faults and wants to use YOU to bring conviction and shame.  Show them how they are wrong, and give plenty of advice so they know how to repent and do things right. Point your finger boldly in their face for added emphasis.
 
2.    Add a holy air (err).  Expose and correct people regarding what they say or how they act—and then go gossip about them with other people for “prayer purposes.”  Hold other people to higher standards than you set for yourself. 
 
3.    Tell everything immediately.  Don’t waste precious time interpreting or waiting for further revelation.  It is especially helpful if you speak up without consideration for timing or relevance.  Go ahead and tell people you see ‘orange flowers’ all around them…they should be able to know what that means—and they should feel extremely blessed by your encouraging words.  
 
4.    Blame God.  Leave out kindness and love when you point out people’s faults. You can even act angry so they think God is angry with them, too.  Claim to speak on God’s behalf—and don’t worry if you get it wrong once in a while. If you are wrong, then it was only God’s will, or maybe he changed his mind.  It is especially powerful if you add the words, “God is telling you . . . to send me money . . . "(or whatever). If God is speaking, then the person you are ministering to must receive every word you say, or else they are clearly unspiritual and in the wrong. 
 
5.    Use as many words as possible.  Speak in metaphors and in vague, flowery, religious language so people will assume you are in mysterious, mystical deep state of communication with God.  It is good to take people hostage to your ‘blah blah blah’s’…. their lives will be richer for having listened to your wisdom.
 
6.    Interpret your dreams literally and share them quickly.  It will make your friend’s day to hear that he will die in a car wreck, that his kids are drowning, and that his spouse is pregnant. 
 
7.    Tease them.  Tell people, “God is telling me stuff about you . . . but I am not free to share it right now.”  Your friends will feel blessed and commit to patiently waiting for your next installment of intelligence. 
 
8.    Remind people of your abilities.  Call yourself a seer, a prophet, a specialist, a super-spiritual, magnificent master.  Sing your own praises about the times you ‘nailed' someone--and watch the amazement freeze on folks' faces.
 
I’ve only mentioned a few vital highlights.  You can contact me if you are interested in learning more.  I will gladly assist you, because, I am, of course, an expert in my field.  
 

 

My Life in Glamour Magazine

I dreamed that I discovered an article in Glamour Magazine--about me!  I had labored intently to author much of the storyline, but someone else had 'mastered' the finished, published product. The words and accompanying photos stunned my mind as they portrayed me as 'glamorous'--apparently I had achieved much status as a 'beautiful' person who not only made impact on society with my accomplishments, but also with integrity and solid character.  
 
During the dream I also spotted similarly glowing articles about friends and acquaintances, regarding the glamorous aspects of their lives.  With great delight, I sought those friends out to tell them what had been written about their lives . . . displayed for the world to see and admire.
 
In reality, I would by no means describe my life as 'glamorous'.  Glamour Magazine represents the world's defined and photoshopped ideals regarding beauty, fashion, sex, love, health, and shopping. Few people would feel their lives would match up to the popular perfect notions as depicted in Glamour
 
"Glamour" actually means "the attractive or exciting quality that makes certain people or things seem appealing or special." 
 
If we consider this definition and take away the popular Hollywood expectation of people's EXTERNALS, we see that glamour may also reflect dazzling INTERNALS.  
 
Isn't what is INSIDE of a person most often that which captivates our eyes and our hearts the most?  
 
If a person has a good heart, loves deeply, is solid in character, and can be trusted, isn't that what makes them truly beautiful? The outside packaging doesn't really matter much, does it?  
 
Rather than caving to the pressure to look fit and pretty on the outside, it makes sense for us to do what it takes to beautify the inside--our thoughts, emotions, issues, our beliefs which cause outward behavior. We get glamorized as we allow God and others to shape and release what is within.
 
Not only that, but what a joy it becomes to get out of 'self-mode' and discover the hidden jewels in our friends' lives--so that we can call attention to those treasures and encourage them in their destinies. 
 
A good friend hears the song in our heart and sings it back to us when we have trouble remembering. The Creator does this for us too.  We are fashioned by a master whose greatest desire is for us to reach our full potential.  
 
We live a glamorous life after all.  
 
(photo from www.Glamour.com

 

Detours of Life

How often do you juggle difficult and unanticipated circumstances in your life while asking yourself, “When did I sign up for THIS?" 
 
Years ago my husband and I painstakingly planned a little family vacation, something we didn’t really have funding for, but we were always up for a challenge—which usually meant . . . CAMPING.
 
Having very little money for a ‘vacation’ meant ‘roughing it’ in a tent, which, for me, is no picnic.  We like to joke about my un-extensive knowledge of the Hebrew language—I know of only one word:  the word for ‘tent’ is ‘OH-HELL’.  Easy for me to remember. 
 
Anyway, we planned our trip from Colorado to the Black Hills of South Dakota, a place we had never explored. We even called ahead to a reportedly nice campground and paid for reservations, so we would not have to hunt for a spot when we arrived after a long drive. 
 
Car loaded with kids and gear, we were halfway to our destination when we realized we had a potential problem.  The highways were swarming with massive packs of Harley Davidson motorcyclists—on their way to Sturgis for their 51st annual national gathering. Unsuspecting, clueless family propels smack dab into Motorcycle mayhem.
 
My husband, at the time, sported an attitude about bikers on highways. It intensified when we wearily arrived at our campground in Sturgis--in our family station wagon—to find every inch of camping turf covered with tents, bikes, drinking bikers, and biker babes! We inquired about our campground ‘reservation’ and were told we could set up anywhere we could find a spot among the thousands of ‘Harley Huts’. All other campgrounds nearby were similarly filled…no vacancy.  
 
We had planned for a quiet family vacation, didn't have money to change plans, and we had to wonder if we could possibly enjoy our week with 400,000 (no joke) black leather-clad strangers on their very noisy motorcycles. What to do?
 
Get angry and fuss, or adjust and turn it into an adventure.  We ended up discovering the most beautiful, secluded, large campground, a little further drive away…with tall pine trees and a creek and only one biker, a drunk, angry one, but he left after only a day.  We bought Harley Davidson T-shirts and bandanas so we would better ‘fit in’ (ha), and tried to make the best of it.  We even made some friends, and discovered that most of the scary-looking people were actually quite friendly.  My husband changed his attitude and we enjoyed one of the best cheap trips ever. 
 
Life is full of the unexpected—you never know what is just around the corner.  Sometimes the things we try to control in life get out of control.  Usually these things can turn into priceless treasures, if we take it all in stride and use the opportunity to stretch, learn, and change.  We get to discover beautiful ‘back road scenery’, build strong bonds with our loved ones, and make new friends and memories that bring smiles and laughs for years to come.
 
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Question:  What situation/s  in your life are you trying to make the best of right now?  What steps can you take to embrace the change and enjoy the detour, instead of letting it devastate your preferred plans?

 

Quiet Moment Revelation

We live in a busy world.  Endless necessities compete for our time—work, school, family, friends, guests, mealtime, housework, meetings, phone, bills to pay.  We find it difficult to keep up with it all, much less to fight against the distractions that whittle away at our focus ability.  Constant TV, computer chatter, mail/email onslaught suck energy and time.  We often go to bed exhausted but sleep restlessly because our brains continually exist in overload mode.
 
As the pressures increase, it becomes critical for us to make wise choices regarding which things to say, “yes” to, and which ones to deny, from long-term decisions, like which career to choose—to snap decisions like “do I watch a movie, or work on my assignment that is due tomorrow?”
 
How often, during times of chaos and storms in our lives, do we inwardly cry out, “Help, I need direction!”?  But we find it difficult or impossible to turn off the noisy turmoil, be still for a period of time, and release the tension and agendas of the day to seek deeper revelation for the big picture of life.
 
It is in the still, quiet moments of reflection where we receive a deep, centering peace.  The saying goes, “Peace is the potting soil of revelation.” When we slow down our thoughts, Spirit can alight, plant seeds in our minds and hearts, nurture them, and then activate BLOOM. 
 
As we still ourselves and silence the pressures of the world, we discover WHO we are, WHAT we should do, HOW to respond, WHERE to put our time and energies, WHEN to make a move or speak up about something, and WHY we are here.  We discover our purpose in life—for the moment, the day, the decade. 
 
It all becomes more clear.  We let go of the ‘trivials’ and re-commit to the ‘most importants’.  Who doesn’t want that? 
 
A competition exists for our attention—we must deliberately choose peace, or chaos will win by default.  As we choose to welcome Spirit’s wisdom, we can embrace a better quality of life and long-term joy amongst the hustle.  So, go ahead and plan that lunch-time walk or schedule an electronic-less evening for a change. The more often we seek that place of tranquility, the easier it becomes to return to it.  
 
We might even discover that Spirit’s calming presence is way more addictive and soul-satisfying than the TV or computer.  It’s even commercial-free. 

 

Five Things NOT to do in Dream Interpretation

If you are reading this blog, you are probably a dreamer or hold an interest in dreams. Dreams are often quite weird or puzzling.  Dream interpretation can be a confusing process, something that many people don’t try because they don’t know how.
 
Help is available!  Find a class, read a book, check out a website, get help in interpreting your dreams…your life will be richer for the effort, I promise! 
 
As you work your way through learning how to interpret, keep in mind these common mistakes that can keep a dreamer from arriving at the best interpretation. 
 
Do not: 
 
1.  Dismiss your dreams as being insignificant.  Dreams that seem ‘out there’ still have meaning.  Journal them so that you don’t forget them.  Often in writing them down and giving them a title, the interpretation comes to you.  Dreamers have told me hundreds of times, ‘My dream is so weird, it can’t possibly have any meaning.”  Wrong! 
 
2.  Interpret literally.  Sometimes dreams may have literal meaning, as in ‘I dreamed my house is messy.”  However, a messy house dream probably indicates an area of my life that needs some organization.  That way, I will know to focus on clearing up my schedule instead of hiring a maid.  Always think symbolically first!
 
3. Get lost in the details.  Many dreamers have epic dreams that could take hours to journal each day, with hundreds of details to include.  Not necessary!  It takes practice, but a dreamer can learn to identify the most important 3-7 elements in a dream and arrive at the right interpretation.  Details will support and add depth to the main theme—but it is crucial to sift through and prioritize.  Simplify as much as possible. 
 
4.  Fail to discern the purpose and focus.  Most dreams are about the dreamer, not about someone else.  If I dream my house is messy, I cannot make the assumption that the dream is about my messy husband--I would miss the point! The focus is on me and my own situation, and possibly how I would need to respond.
 
5.  Forget to pray about it.  All dreams are not from God, but many of them are, and if he is the giver of dreams, is he not also the giver of interpretations?  If we ask, we will receive the keys to unlock our nighttime dream messages. 
 
For further help with your dreams, see our Resource links, peruse the Destiny Dreamz Dream FAQ’s, schedule a mentoring session, submit your dream for an interpretation, or contact us—we LOVE to help! 

 

Everybody, Anybody, and Nobody

Everybody said that Anybody could do
The important things Somebody should do.
Everybody knows that Anybody could do
All the good things that Nobody did.
 
Somebody tells me, “Here is something I don’t have time to do, so I better give it to you.” 
 
Why me? 
 
No, I’m not going to do it, don’t look at me!
 
I’m too busy, so I tell Everybody it could be done by Anybody.
 
The work’s got to get done by Somebody...
 
But Nobody, Nobody, Nobody did….
 
Consider all the good things in this world that Anybody could do, that Somebody should do, but Nobody DID.
 
A Nobody can make a difference!
 
 
--adapted from “Everybody Said” by Acapella
 

 

To Stew—or Not to Stew?

You’ve got a message or a special gift to dish up for someone in particular.  You have cooked up a rich blend of spicy ingredients, simmered up a savory, enticing aroma with a meaty constitution that could satisfy and add zest to their life.  But timing and presentation is everything—how warmly do you walk in relationship with them so that what you share is easily digested, and not bitter, too raw, overly pickled, or otherwise unpalatable? 
 
Sometimes issues in relationship need to be coddled a while, basted with real and positive conversation from both sides, kneaded with respect--but things can quickly sour and curdle.  The need arises to steep awhile in what you know to be good and kosher about the person, clarify what is really being said, and boil it all down to address the feelings that may have been sliced and diced in the preparation process. 
 
Sometimes you speak up, sometimes you bite your lip and say nothing because there is simply nothing that can—or should--be said. Silence can be the ultimate garnish upon a friendship.  
 
How do you know when it is time to stir it up, dish it out, or let it roast awhile longer? Or, scrap it altogether and start afresh, perhaps with a different recipe?
 
Know and practice the difference between marinating and smothering, word-mincing and puree, warming and flambé. Stewing can be a good thing—flavor increases and what is shared can be rich and tender.  But we can let it go on too long and boil over, creating a messy disaster.
 
It is all about timing and gentleness, things we can be prayerful and deliberate about.
 
Bottom line—if we serve what we have to give with love and a desire to bless the other person, seasoned with the salt of honesty and kindness, chances are good for a gentle melting of defenses—so that we end up with ‘heavenly hash’ instead of ‘devil’s food’.

 

Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Esteem Your Dreams

10.  The supernatural becomes real—you can walk on water, give a speech with ease, walk around naked without anybody noticing, or successfully fight off Ninja warriors
 
9.  You receive insight into the lives of people you know—and yes, there will be a ‘test’
 
8.  You gain instant conversation starters with your spouse, co-workers and friends
 
7.  You can fly anywhere in the world, or even to outer space, without having to pay airfare or mess with airports
 
6. You might discover a book to write, a song to script, or a new invention to develop
 
5.  Mommas missing their grown children can hold on to the ‘little ones’ once again—cry, laugh, wonder, reminisce, heal
 
4. Your ‘issues’ are exposed so that you can deal with them and move forward.  Yahoo!
 
3.  Perplexing puzzles get solved, like where you might locate those missing keys
 
2. You can get your basic instructions before leaving the house for the day
 
1. Your spirit is encouraged, strengthened, and refreshed from interacting with God’s spirit every night while you are zonked out, welcoming those life-changing dreamzzzzzzzzz…
 
 
If you are a dreamer, what are some of YOUR 'top ten' or favorite things about dreams?   

 

Counterfeit Dreams

A major part of the process of dream interpretation is determining the purpose of the dream—why was a particular dream given to the dreamer?  To discern the answer, we ask a couple of specific questions.  First, what type of dream is it? (roughly 20 types or purposes of dreams exist).
 
Second, where do our dreams come from?  My belief from being trained in the Ancient Hebraic dream interpretation approach says that there are three sources of our dreams:  God, Satan, and our own soul.  Sometimes it is difficult to tell! (more on dream sources).
 
A dream from Evil is what I call a ‘counterfeit dream’.  Satan is called the ‘father of lies,’ and in such dreams, the dreamer is directly being lied to. There is deception going on, truth is distorted.  Usually the dreams have a dark, accusatory nature to them…they leave the dreamer feeling hopeless, angry, suspicious, etc.  Often, these dreams are in black in white (no color).
 
Last week I met with a lady who had experienced a counterfeit dream.  She is setting up a new ministry in real life, wanting to partner with some churches in her area.  She felt her dream addressed her situation.  In the dream, it was night-time, and she was constantly running away from people who wanted to kill her.  She was terrified, couldn’t find a place to hide, called the police, who wanted to kill her as well.  In the dream, specific names of pastors and church leaders were ‘revealed’ as ones she needed to ‘take out’ first--before they could kill her.  She awoke from her dream with great anxiety and a readiness to ‘expose’ the ‘evil hearts’ of the pastors—and the police--in her city!  Her speech against them all was toxic, disrespectful, and venomous. 
 
This dreamer seemed to have a bitter expectation of rejection, and I believe that evil forces were attempting to deceive her into publicly maligning the reputation of some good people—possibly to make herself look good.  But that would have backfired and hurt her as well. 
 
I’m not saying that every church leader is perfect, but this dream was revealing a tendency in the dreamer to believe the worst, and the strategy was to use that against her and to prompt her react unwisely and to possibly do some damage. 
 
She believed her dream was from God—unaware of other possible sources of dreams.  She did receive caution from us in how to respond to such a dream. 
 
It is crucial that we weigh any kind of revelation we receive—from dreams or otherwise—to pray and seek wisdom about how to interpret and respond. 
 
God is usually delighted to answer us when we ask.  After all, his purpose in giving us dreams is to invite us into a deeper relationship with him.  If we know him—and understand his truths—we can more easily recognize the counterfeit stuff. 

 

Positive Transformation Means Going Junk-Free

Every year, we hear of costly studies that confirm the necessity of regular exercise and healthy diet in order to keep our bodies slim and fit.  Common sense tells us that we need to eat good food, and the proper amount, to maintain optimal health.  If we eat junk, the junk affects us, and we eventually just feel ‘junky’. 
 
Knowing this, why do most of us still make so many poor diet choices? 
 
We are tempted by fast foods, sweet foods, foods we crave, foods that appeal, foods laden with unknown and unrecognized ingredients that turn ‘evil’ within our bodies.  We develop bad habits of automatic eating, not thinking about what we are allowing to pass over our taste buds. 
 
Maybe we don’t pause often enough to consider long-term effects of some of our practices. 
 
We treat our minds and spirits the same way.  What we choose to accept and say ‘yes’ to ultimately alters how we think and who we become.  If we allow a negative barrage of ‘input’ to roost within, what we produce via words and actions will reveal the condition of our ‘inner workings’.
 
Garbage in, garbage out….
 
However, if we choose to drink in peace and positivity, the things from God and not the world, deliberately nourishing our bodies and our minds with ‘nutrients’ that make us thrive, we bloom wholesomely wherever we go. 
 
It is never too late to turn the ship around if we discover that a shift needs to be made.  One step at a time, one choice at a time.  We can purge the unnecessaries and embrace the best. The process transforms our perspective, our direction, and our habits-- ultimately our destiny.    

 

“You’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse…Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.”  (from The Message,  Philippians 4:8-9) 

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