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My heart is so overwhelmed with all of the blessings I’ve had lately that I just had to take a moment to share with you the incredible things that have been happening.

A couple of months ago, I found a wonderful marketing instructor names Sandi Krakowski .  I was excited because I could immediately see that she could teach me the keys I had been missing to get my business really prospering.  On top of that, she’s a Christian with beliefs quite similar to my own, AND she is a homeschooling momma!  I figured if anyone could understand how busy I feel and how to balance it all, it would be her.

Little did I know how much this woman was going to change my life.  In fact I probably still only have a peak at how much she’s going to affect it, but what has happened already is incredible.  I’ve been listening to her products for more than a month now, and they have not only increased my marketing ability (which I am still really working on), but she has given me the key I’ve been looking for the last few years.  She’s helped me to figure out what I need to be doing .

For a few years I’ve had an idea that I need to be doing something, helping someone, but I really had no idea what to do with that.  I’ve considered a number of options, but none of them really seemed right.  I’ve prayed, searched, tried to ignore it, tried to tell myself I was just being crazy and that there is no way I could ever fidn the time to do any of this in my crazy life.  I saw no way to make it happen in the real world.

Sandi frequently says that the pain of not doing what we are supposed to do often becomes greater than the pain of stepping out into it.  That is exactly what I’ve been dealing with for the last few years.  It has been downright emotionally painful.  I’ve tried to ignore it, but this feeling that I’m not using the gifts God gave me has been a constant and has about driven me bonkers.  It wasn’t for lack of wanting to, but for lack of vision about what to do.

Now I am filled with vision.  God has taken the spark he’s been putting in my spirit for the last few years, and has birthed a concept in my that I won’t let go of.  He has shown me how to make this work, where it can go, and how much I can help people.  He has given me visions and dreams, and set me on fire.  I’m a little frightened about how I will do this, but I’ve conquered bigger things and I know I can do it with His help.  I have visions of coaching people through their troubles, of public speaking (yipes!) to groups and helping them move past their issues.  I’m so fascinated to see what this will grow into and so grateful for the huge opportunity this feels like.

The website I’ve started www.adivinewalk.com is the first step towards that.  I see it becoming so much more than it is, but I will have the patience to take it one step at a time as God directs me.

Those of you who know me off of the internet may see a real change in me.  I feel so light, like a huge weight has been lifted from me.  I honestly feel like crying in relief for what this means.

I know this is the right path.  This path uses the gifts God has given  me, it makes me feel whole and complete.  I can hardly wait to move forward in it and see what He has planned beyond what He has shown me.

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Lately I can feel God more than ever directing my path, pointing me to where I need to go, showing me the book I need to read, the person to talk to, the friend to do a little something for, giving me wisdom, strength, and love.  I’m so thankful for Him, he heals my heart and body more each day, sometimes the speed of it all is almost overwhelming, if I stop to think of it too long, yet I know it is just right, and just what I need.

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Let me just start by saying I consider gifts, spiritual gifts, and talents, to all be essentially the same thing, but I do recognize that not everyone does, and that is the reason for the differentiation above.   So, I am sitting here this morning thinking about the awesome gifts God has given us, and modesty.   We are taught from childhood that we need to be modest and not brag about the things we can do, and I truly believe we should not put ourselves above others because of the special talents and gifts we have been given.  We all have them, having one gift verses another is no different than having blue eyes instead of brown.  Yet no one would feel it was immodest to say “I have blue eyes”.   So why do we consider it immodest for people to say they have a God given gift in a  specific area? 

Why do we hide these things?  After all, we know God did not give us our gifts to keep to ourselves, and without God we truly can not make the most of our gifts.  I think people just need to be honest and say these are the gifts God has given me, and I’m happy to share them with anyone who needs them, so long as they realize that it is really God at work, not me.   If we could all do that, can you imagine the strength we would have?  Imagine knowing exactly who to call because you knew who had the God given gift that you needed and who knew how to trust God to lead them in that area!  Wow, that would be truly incredible.  Perhaps instead of asking people what profession they are, we should ask them what gifts they use in this world… Wow, what a powerful question that would be…. think it would scare people off?  Probably.  I wish I had the guts to do it though, imagine how quickly you could understand the core of someone and their mission here by seeing their gifts.  In fact I think often those gifts in themselves really show God’s purpose for us while we are here, and probably our purpose eternally.    Not only that, but when we find people with similar gifts to ourselves, we could discuss the gifts and the difficulties that can come from those gifts, and no doubt help each other grow and refine our abilities.   Hmmm….. would you be offended if someone you don’t know our barely know asked you what your gifts in life are?  I think I’d be shocked, but not offended.  I think I’d feel like they actually wanted to know me, not just the superficial me, that is certainly a good thing.  How do you think others would act?

So what are my gifts?  This is certainly not a comprehensive list, just those that are off the top of my head at the moment, probably because they are ones I’ve been contemplating lately.  In no particular order:

–  I am highly empathetic, I can FEEL the emotions of others.  I can generally tell how someone feels even if they are trying to hide it.

– I understand people’s dreams, and how they connect to their real lives.  I’m not sure how to explain it, although I’m sure many of you will understand,  but I often hear the questions I need to ask someone about their dream that lead them to figure out their own dream or that give me the information to help them figure it out.

– I am a great listener, and I am pretty good at asking people questions that help them figure out what they really want (sometimes better than others, this is a skill I am constantly striving to improve, keeping my opinions out of it can be tricky and I’m striving to find the line where I should include those and where it is best to leave them out)

– I am good with kids and great with babies. 

– I have the ability to allow God to heal people’s minds and hearts through me.  This is probably the most newly realized of my gifts, so while I am very excited about it, I am still learning exactly what that means.   This though is a big part of my mission and as you can see ties in very neatly with most of the above.

I’m sure there are others that are just not coming to mind at the moment, but that gives you a good sampling.  So what are your gifts?  Would you think it odd if someone asked you this in the middle of normal conversation?  Do you know what the gifts of the people who cross paths with you regularly are?

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I’ve been thinking a lot about dreams today, because I’ve been having a lot of bizarre dreams lately. 

Do you think dreams are important?  I think that some dreams are important.  I believe that dreams are one of the ways that our spirit, the Holy spirit, and others in the spirit world communicate with us, and I believe that these dreams can give us much knowledge and insight into our lives. 

I have been very fortunate to have been able to understand dreams, especially other people’s dreams, and have been able to help people figure out what their dreams mean.  Because of this, I have been asked on numerous occasions how I do that.   A lot of books will tell you that one thing symbolizes another, and that if you learn their rules for what symbolizes what, then you can figure out what your dreams mean.  Codswallop, I say!  It just isn’t the case.  Each of our minds works different, and what means love to me, might mean something very different to you. 

So how do you figure out what your dream means?   First off, pray for help understanding.  Second, think about the important moments / symbols in your dream, ask yourself what those things mean to you, what they make you think of?  Also consider what important events, stressors, etc have been taking place in your life or been on your mind lately.  Consider it all, and see what comes together out of it.  If you are still puzzled, talk to someone else that you trust.  Sometimes the process of talking it out can make it clearer, and sometimes another person can see things that we just can’t.

Of course, I’m always happy to help too.  I love listening to people’s dreams and helping them understand them.  I find dreams fascinating.

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