With the many gifts and talents that God has instilled within our hearts,
we should be quick to dream big dreams and have a big vision for our life.
We should never allow ourselves to become stagnant and blame past failures
for our current immobility. We must gird ourselves up, believe God's Word
and move forward in confidence knowing that as long as God is by our side,
nothing shall be impossible to us. Our mind and spirit must remain young
at heart no matter our physical age or experience. The Lord is able to do
a new thing with our lives even though we may not see it ourselves. We
simply must believe that God loves us and trust that He has the ability
to change our life for the better and lead us towards the victory that we
have failed to see in the past. Be encouraged to rekindle the fire within
your heart and see that you still have much to accomplish. As long as you
have air in your lungs, you will have a job to fulfill. (Isaiah 43:18-19)
I hope this message ministers to your heart to dream big dreams and believe
that they will come to pass. The Bible says if you have faith the size of
a mustard seed, you have the power to move mountains. (Matthew 17:20)
In the days before dishwashers, a window was always placed above the
Many a young girl envisioned herself growing up and marrying the prince of
her dreams as she completed her dish-washing chores. Mothers could solve
their entire child rearing problems as they sanitized their pots and pans,
while gazing through the kitchen windowpane. On rare occasions, when a man
could be talked into this dreaded household task, he often solved some of
the world's biggest problems, studying them through the kitchen window.
Some great novels, I would venture to say, were conceived that very way.
Prayers too, have been offered up to the Almighty as some stood with their
hands in soapy water and their eyes on Heavenly skies. Music scores have
been penned in the mind, their notes floating through the fluted space
above the kitchen sink. Bridges of dreams have crossed into future
realities traveling this same course.
Oh, if kitchen windows could talk, we could hear secrets known to those who
hold undisclosed mysteries. We could share dreams of the world's great
romantics and connect with some of the great visionaries. I'm sure we could
understand the entire “why's?” of this world if these fragile visionary
panes capable of shattering even our dreams, could only communicate with us.
My children will never forget my peering through the porthole of the
kitchen into the backyard. I often stood there cleaning up and watching
over their backyard play, their childhood conflicts and their playful
explorations. If they were doing something they shouldn't, they would
glance up to see me shaking my finger, admonishing them. My smile often met
their eyes when they achieved a feat they were attempting, or when I was
admiring their camaraderie. With four siblings, the latter was not always
I had one association with the kitchen window that will never be forgotten.
The kids had acquired an inner tube, one of those found in the tire of an
eighteen-wheel truck. Where they had acquired it, I can't recall, but they
were having a ball. One child would get on one side and the other opposite
them. They would then bounce up and down, kind of like a rubber
teeter-totter. They were having a great time, laughing and jumping taking
turns on the makeshift trampoline.
I had been watching them for some time and could not contain myself any
longer. I made a bet with my kitchen window that I could do that too. Being
in my 30's didn't mean I couldn't have fun. I energetically bounced out the
back door and ran down the steps of the deck as if I was a teenager myself.
“I want to try that,” I announced to my children.
“Now, mom,” my son warned, “I don't think you better.” My kids were used to
my eager enthusiasm but they were also aware of some of my health problems.
“I can do that, just watch me!” I wasn't over the hill! I still knew how to
“Well mom, you best be careful.”
“I'm fine, come on let's do it. You get on that side and I'll get on this
side,” I said to my teenage son. My two younger daughters and youngest son
gleefully looked on as our cheering section. I was raring to go and not
going to let those kids get one up on their mother!
That first bounce -- well let's just say we didn't quite synchronize our
jumps and I flew up into the air like a ball shot out of a cannon and
landed very hard with a thump on my rump.
“Mom, Mom, Mom -- are you all right? Mom are you OK? Here let us help you up.”
“Just leave me alone, let me sit here for a minute,” I said as I held back
the tears. “I'll be fine.” As the pain shot through my bottom side I wasn't
quite sure of the words I had just uttered. I felt like I may never walk
again, but I had to pull my faltering self-esteem out of this mess somehow!
Eventually when I got to my feet, an X-ray was taken. It revealed a broken
tail bone. You can't put a cast on that, so I just had to endure the pain
until it healed.
In the days that followed, as I stood looking out my kitchen window and I
could almost hear its opaque pane mocking me, “You're not as young as you
used to be. I told you so!”
“OK, OK. Just see to it you don't tempt me with your visions of wishful thinking!”
I made a pact with the kitchen windows of the world that day: “Help me see
more clearly and throw in a little wisdom while you're at it, will 'ya? I
will try to decipher dreams from reality and act accordingly. But I can't
make any promises!”
By Betty King
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Proverbs 3:9-12 “Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the
firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with
plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine. My son, despise not
the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of His correction: For whom
the LORD loveth He correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.”
Psalm 5:1-3 “Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation. Hearken
unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto Thee will I pray.
My voice shalt Thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I
direct my prayer unto Thee, and will look up.”
Isaiah 43:18-19 “Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the
things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth;
shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers
in the desert.”
Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways
my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so
are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
1 Corinthians 2:9-11 “...Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have
entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them
that love Him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the
Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man
knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even
so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: LOOKING FOR JESUS
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Today's Selected Testimony: PRODIGAL DAUGHTER
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry