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  • “Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it.” (Psalm 127:1 KJV)

    God used visions and dreams in the Bible to reveal His plan, to further His plan, to put His people in places of influence, and to provide information that was unavailable elsewhere. In fact, the Book of Acts tells us that the Holy Spirit induces dreams.  Acts 2:17-18 describes entire households who prophesy, see visions and dream.

    Our families were designed to dream! Taking time to evaluate, plan and develop a vision for our family will help us prioritize so we can design our home with purpose.

    What do we want to be focused on right now as a family? What do we want to do in the future? What legacy do we want to continue and leave behind?

    The Bible is filled with principles like these that provide us with a blueprint for designing our dream home:

    • Designed to Surrender.

      God is the Master Architect of the family. In our homes, Jesus Christ must not only be present, but He must be preeminent. We want our children to understand that God is the greatest reality of life, not just in church on Sunday, but that we value His presence and His purpose every day, in every way (Deuteronomy 6:5).

    As a family, explore ways to invest the talent and treasure God has entrusted to you – volunteering; going on a missions trip; sponsoring a project; or developing your skills to honor God.
    • Designed to Support.

      God commands us to build our homes on Godly character and sound doctrine (Proverbs 4:1–2, Deuteronomy 6:4-9)The Bible instructs parents concerning children that we are to “bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). Spiritual nurturing maintains the environment where our children learn to understand the ways and the Word of God. This is how “the Lord builds the house.”

    What special qualities or talents do you see in your children that you want to nurture? Are there some character traits you would like to see your children develop or strengthen?  What needs do you see in your children’s behavior, faith, or education that you can help cultivate?
    • Designed to Serve.

      Families were designed to represent Jesus Christ. The Bible says, For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10 KJV).

    When God gives us a dream for our family, it will always be connected to His master plan – the building of His family “from every tribe and language and people and nation” (Revelation 5:9 AMP). God will not give us a self-serving dream separate from what He wants to do in the world. His plan is to use our family for His dream!

    Does your family have a vision that will affect the present AND the eternal? Are you teaching your children that they have a God-ordained destiny (Jeremiah 29:11)? Are you adding fuel to their dreams or snuffing them out (Genesis 37:10)?

    Ask God to give you His vision for your family so that you can be part of the most important dream of all.  Jesus said, “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:2-3 KJV). This is our ultimate dream home “whose builder and maker is God” (Hebrews 11:10)!

    Reposted with permission from Reflections.

    “Then Jesus answered him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ ‘Rabboni,’ the blind man said to him, ‘I want to see’” (Mark 10:51, Christian Standard Bible).

    As Jesus walked the dry, dusty roads of the land, it was not unusual for Him to encounter those who were blind. The conditions in which they lived—the hot sun and the fine dust floating in the air—combined to damage their vision. This day Jesus and His disciples were near Jericho when over the noise of the crowd, a voice cried out. “Son of David, have mercy on me!” It was Bartimaeus, the blind beggar. When Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” the response was quick and specific. “I want to see.”

    The Portal

    Sight is considered the most important of the five senses. The eye is the portal through which we collect information and send it to our brain for processing. We learn new things and make memories through our eyes. A person without sight lives in a dark, colorless world.

    Physical blindness affects how we navigate our natural world. Spiritual blindness keeps light from penetrating our heart and soul. Ephesians 4:18 describes it this way: “Having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart” (NKJV).   Bartimaeus may have endured physical blindness, but his spiritual eyesight was clear. When he called out to the “Son of David,” his words show he recognized Jesus as the promised Messiah.

    Each year I have an eye exam just to be sure my eye is healthy and there have been no changes in my vision. The doctor dilates my eyes, shines a light, measures the pressure, has me read from a chart, and uses various instruments to be sure all is well. Unlike at the ophthalmologist’s office, our spiritual vision cannot be checked by instruments and charts. Instead, we check it against the Word of God.

    Protecting Our Eyes

    It is important that we protect our spiritual eyes from anything damaging to our vision. Bartimaeus’s eyes were possibly injured by the bright sun and dust particles. Our vision can be damaged by the gritty atmosphere of unbelief and philosophies of the world.

    “Whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them” (II Corinthians 4:4, NKJV).

    The old, familiar hymn “Amazing Grace” reminds us that we all once wandered in darkness, blinded by the things of the world, but grace has healed our sight.

    Amazing grace! how sweet the sound,
    That saved a wretch; like me!
    I once was lost, but now am found,
    Was blind, but now I see.

    “Amazing Grace” by John Newton

    Prayer: Dear Lord, give me clear vision so I can see the things of the Spirit. If any elements of this present world have clouded my sight of You, please heal me. I want to see, really see, all that You have for my life.


    I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth (Psalm 121: 1-2).

    I always struggled to understand this verse. The thought of standing in a field and looking at hills was so strange to me, but I knew there was hidden importance if only I took the time to search His word. In the middle of a transitioning season of life, this scripture was spoken over my life and preached to me numerous times.

    We tend to focus only on what is right in front of us. I see the doctor’s report; I see the stack of bills that is growing; and I can see and feel the wear and tear of everyday life. These are very real issues that cloud our vision every single day, and it’s so easy to become consumed by them.

    But, what if we looked up? What if we stopped spending the majority of our time looking around us, and turned our gaze upward? What would the result be if we shifted our focus from the earthly to the heavenly? I believe we would be able to say as boldly as the Psalmist has that our help comes from the Lord, the one who made heaven and earth!  The dynamic changes when we avert our eyes from the problem to the problem-solver.

    We must truly seek God in every season, in every trial and in every decision. Let’s determine today to only seek God; to need nothing except more of Him.

    Prayer:  I am so thankful today, Lord, that you are my help, and you are a creative God. You can take a hopeless situation and create something beautiful from it. Today, I determine to only pursue you, and to take my eyes off of my surroundings and place my focus on You.

    Devotion by Caitlin Walker