“Boys, stop throwing that ball in this room! I have one room of nice things. One. Go play somewhere else!” I screamed as I caught a ball just as it came dangerously close to shattering a glass owl vase. As I handed the boys the ball and ushered them out of the room, I stopped to run my hand along the wood grain of the table that held the now-safe owl vase. Its dark-red stain […]
We are designed to dream; this impulse and ability is built into the wiring of our brains and the beating of our hearts. Sleep dreams happen on their own, but the dreams we consciously have for ourselves require some commitment, some thought, and sometimes lots of prayer.
When I speak of dreams here, I don’t mean the mind’s journeys while you’re sleeping. I refer to dreams—visions, imaginings—you have for yourself, for those you love, for your larger community. Dreams do make a difference, but how exactly? When has a dream sent your life in a different direction? When has a dream given you the ability and the nerve to do something new? When do you know that a dream needs attention—that maybe […]