Sleeping through your dreams

Have you ever had a long, stressful day and come home and gotten into bed to find yourself thinking of what “could be”? Thinking about things that are reachable and 100% realistic.. only to leave it inside of your thoughts or dreams?

That’s actually a lot of us. We can be living our best life possible and one night, we have a crazy amazing, God-sized vision in our sleep just to wake up the next morning and forget all about it… It’s more than typical nowadays… but what if we actually took the time to pay attention and document these dreams/visions that we have? What if God is speaking to you in your sleep and you just aren’t grasping  His Word for you?! That would be crazy right? 

Starting to listen

Maybe that’s you. You know deep down that God has placed some radical thoughts in your mind and you have just let them run through your head and fade away when you wake up to start your day. Now, I don’t expect everyone to do this, but I do encourage you to try. Whether you find yourself on your knees in prayer or dead asleep in your bed, when you hear a God-sized thought come through your mind, WAKE UP AND JOURNAL IT!

That split second decision to stop and document what you feel. that. God has placed on your life can literally change the course of history. You are called to do some amazing things in life, and God could be trying to communicate it to you… You just have to listen.

Seeing the vision

When you see the vision, start to pray over it! Circle it in prayer and ask for guidance and perseverance as He walks you through it… You can’t let your self-doubt or anyone else’s opinions sidetrack you from it. Until you feel it is clear enough to share, hold yourself accountable and share it with someone to help you stay accountable and walk through it with you!

(Reminder: You are never alone. He is with you at every moment!)

Fighting through the negativity

You will get negative feedback. Whenever you are doing something right, whether it’s in ministry or not, you will get negativity thrown your way at some point. While I encourage you to hold your tongue and ignore critics, I also encourage you to pray for them and let them know that they are loved. You can’t let anyone or anything stop you from chasing the vision. Not yourself, not your parents, NO ONE. Let God lead you and He will never leave you alone.

Trusting His timing

I’m sure while you start your journey that you will have mountains to climb and valleys to venture through but DONT LOSE HOPE. Trust His timing and believe that His Word will never fail you. When you drop everything and start your journey, there will be sacrifices and there will be hurt… But the pain will fade over the horizon and joy will follow. Just keep chasing it!

A letter from Trevor

Dear Dreamer,

This is just the beginning! God’s vision and plans for your life supersede anything you can ever dream or pursue alone. He is extravagant and the maker of the heavens and the earth and knows exactly what your purpose is. While you walk, jog, run or stop for a breather, just know that I am praying over you specifically. Yes, You! I don’t know who you are specifically but this word is especially for YOU! WAKE UP! I believe that you will succeed and that God will hold you every step of the way. Stay strong, never give up and trust Him every step of the way. 

– Trevor Tyson

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Time alone with God

If your relationship with God isn't occupying your time, what is?

What rules your life?

What do you spend most of your time doing?

Playing on your phone, scrolling through social media, drinking alcohol, listening to music… What do you let rule your life?

I know that all of us would love to jump to the Sunday school answer and yell “JESUS”, but I am asking you to answer on a real level – between you and God.

If you spend the majority of your time making a difference in this world, that is GREAT! Keep it up. But if all of your time is spent putting people down or wasting time online – this message is for you. 

Find that place

“You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.” (Psalm 32:7)

Finding time for God

Finding time for God is often looked at as opening a devotion, saying a prayer and moving on with your day. But it is SO much more than that. The time you spend with God and the effort you put in to that time will benefit you more than any motivational blog post, video, or podcast ever will. Going to church on Sunday becomes a routine which is 110% supported but, in a sense, you get accustomed to it. Spending your own private time with Jesus will grow and stretch you further than you could ever imagine. The prayers you lift up and the love you pour out will be blessed… that’s a promise.

When will my blessings come?

While it won’t happen immediately, every single time, I encourage you to pray specifically. Don’t make your prayers too broad…be open and honest with Him and invite Him into your life with an open heart. Hold nothing back and trust His timing. He will provide and He will hold your passions and calling in His hands as He guides you along. Blessings are given to those who thrive and they will help you grow and fill in the gaps of your life as time goes on. Your prayers are not a microwave and God is not a genie. Plant the seed and watch your relationship with Him grow over time. Start the habit, carve out some time with Him daily and watch it grow into more time as you move forward in your relationship with Him.

The effort you put in and what to expect

Your time alone with God is your time best spent. The time spent in your Hiding Place is the time you go to escape and be alone with the Father. Whether it’s on your knees in prayer in your office, on your face alone on the kitchen floor, or driving in your car…I want to encourage you to spend more time alone there. Not posting pictures of you and your Bible in your Hiding Place, but sneaking away to be alone with Jesus and just spending time with Him. Treat your alone time with God as it was intended – together.

Find your Hiding Place

If you don’t have that place or have never prayed before, I challenge you to try it. Find a place no one knows about and go and fight your battles on your knees in your War Room and THRIVE in the love and grace that was so freely given to you. Jesus loves you and will guide you. Make time to talk and grow with Him.

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THIS IS NOT A POLITICAL POST.

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THIS IS NOT A POLITICAL POST.

Do we really want to be known as the country divided by politics and a Nike ad? We all have our differences and all have our arguments but that should NEVER make our hearts bitter towards one another. 

Humanity was made very diverse, therefore we will all have different views on topics. It’s really not that hard to agree to disagree and LOVE one another.

Lately, I’ve seen more and more people of all ages using their voice to argue and negatively approach topics that mean a lot to them and millions of others…. But what is bashing others beliefs actually doing? 

Hurting and dividing us further apart.

So instead of bashing Colin Kaepernick and Nike or the NFL and the President, Why don’t we close our mouths and take ACTION in our causes? 

I promise you, your voice is valuable… But only when being respectful.

Whether your with or against Nike, Trump, Legalization of marijuana or anything in between… Use your voice to love and push a positive message just as Jesus did.  

(And again, I am not sponsoring any party in this post, just using as examples.)

Dear Chester...

Dear Chester,
Your hurt won’t last forever. The feeling you have at this moment will pass and the voices you hear will soon fade. Your wife will see you, smile and know that she has an amazing husband to stand beside her. Your children will come with their arms wide open, ready to embrace the love of their father. Your voice has impacted millions and will most likely continue to for decades to come. Your fans are encouraged by your voice and look forward to seeing you every time you come to their city and line up for hours and sometimes days to get in to hear your band play. Every time you release a song or an album, millions gather around their devices, eager to listen and embrace what you have created… You are loved beyond words. You were made by a beautiful God and given a gift and a message of encouragement that no one else can duplicate… You’re a light in a dark world. Don’t let depression define you. Jesus defeats all depressions.. Just know that you are loved.
-Trevor

Chester Bennington may be gone but he will never be forgotten. Last year we lost a legend and this is what I would have said if I had the chance... obviously, it’s late but I am posting it for anyone struggling and as an outlet to remind us to take mental health seriously and LOVE people no matter what state of life they are in... whether they look like they have it all together or are visibly struggling... love them. You might just save their life. 
Struggling? Reach out to myself or one of the amazing people or organizations I’ve tagged in the picture above or call 1-800-273-8255 for immediate help. #MentalHealth #SuicidePrevention

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Overwhelmed? Read this.

When life gets busy, we seem to lose all train of thought! We tune out on EVERYTHING except for what is going on here and NOW! We stop planning and we keep grinding. Which is perfectly normal when you work a full-time job and have your priorities straight.

But when you stack too much on your plate and have left God out of the equation for so long… Why does He become the main target of your stresses when you get overwhelmed?

You see where this is going now, don’t ya?

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

- Matthew 6:33

If You are carving out time for God, then you KNOW that He is good all the time. He is always with you and will never leave you! He is the reason we are even here… literally.

God wants to be your first, your last and EVERYTHING in between! He is a jealous God and craves our attention just as much as we crave His! But the difference is that we NEED Him.

Personally, I feel that as a human without Jesus, I am nothing at all.

Just a guy with a life of labor and no reward worth striving for.

But with Jesus, I am unstoppable.

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