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Sweet Dreams

Genesis 41: 1-16

Written by: Bella And Mo Date: June 15, 2016

Dear Brownie,

I know this is different and I want you to know from the onset that this is a religious post. If you're made uncomfortable by this, feel free to check out the other pieces on the site that are better suited to your tastes. For a full list of my post days click HERE

Preambles...

That being said, today I've decided to share a different part of my life with you all. A couple of months ago, Mo and I noticed that since I started uni again, we didn't have the same time we used to to pray and meditate together. The every other day thing just wasn't working for us the way it did when I was on my gap year. So I decided that we take one day out the week (a wednesday) to meditate upon a certain bible verse or passage and then fast for whatever intentions we had for the week and that's what we started doing. 

Then I realised that it wouldn't be fair not to share this part of my life with my brownies seeing as I've shown you others so today, I'm asking if you want to see more of these on the site.

Here's the format...

1. You will pick your intentions on tuesday night.

2. At midnight (the start of wednesday) the post will be up with the bible passage and a little meditation either from me or Mo (we will keep it short, hopefully)

3. After reading the passage or verse, you can begin your fasting at 6am with us or you can just add this to your regular devotion and meditate on it. The choice is yours really. 

**If you do intend to fast with us, comment your email below and we will send you our fasting schedule. This will basically entail the times during the day we pray, how long we fast for, and prayers to start and end the fasting.

 

Now to today's passage... 

Please open your bible to Genesis chapter 41, verse 1 to start. We're going to be talking about peace and all that it entails as well as the recipe for a good night's rest!

If you don't have a bible with you, these are the verses you need (I favour the New American Standard Bible):

 

Pharaoh’s Dream

41 Now it happened at the end of two full years that Pharaoh had a dream, and behold, he was standing by the Nile.

 And lo, from the Nile there came up seven cows, sleek and fat; and they grazed in the marsh grass.

 Then behold, seven other cows came up after them from the Nile, ugly and gaunt, and they stood by the other cows on the bank of the Nile

 The ugly and gaunt cows ate up the seven sleek and fat cows. Then Pharaoh awoke.

 He fell asleep and dreamed a second time; and behold, seven ears of grain came up on a single stalk, plump and good. 

Then behold, seven ears, thin and scorched by the east wind, sprouted up after them.

 The thin ears swallowed up the seven plump and full ears. Then Pharaoh awoke, and behold, it was a dream.

 Now in the morning his spirit was troubled, so he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt, and all its wise men. And Pharaoh told them his dreams, but there was no one who could interpret them to Pharaoh.

Then the chief cupbearer spoke to Pharaoh, saying, “I would make mention today of my own offenses.

 10 Pharaoh was furious with his servants, and he put me in confinement in the house of the captain of the bodyguard, both me and the chief baker. 11 We had a dream on the same night, he and I; each of us dreamed according to the interpretation of his own dream.

 12 Now a Hebrew youthwas with us there, a servant of the captain of the bodyguard, and we related themto him, and he interpreted our dreams for us. To each one he interpreted according to his own dream.

 13 And just as he interpreted for us, so it happened; he restored me in my office, but he hanged him.”

Joseph Interprets

14 Then Pharaoh sent and called for Joseph, and they hurriedly brought him out of the dungeon; and when he had shaved himself and changed his clothes, he came to Pharaoh.

 15 Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I have had a dream, but no one can interpret it; and I have heard it said about you, that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.”

 16 Joseph then answered Pharaoh, saying, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.”

 

Bella's Thoughts...

 

1. I'm sure we can all agree that there is a certain joy and even peace that comes with being vindicated. When someone accuses you and then along the line everyone finds out they were wrong. There are not alot of feelings like it! But imagine Joseph's feelings when he was brought out of prison, wronglyfully put in only to realise he wasn't broguht out because he had been vindicated but because someone wanted to use him.  When I read this, I had to laugh because there have been so many times someone who has hurt me has come back to me because they needed something, not to apologise. It takes a big person to be patient enough to hear what the other person needs.

 

2. Joseph was remembered after 2 YEARS in prison by a butler whose dream he had interpreted, who PROMISED to rmemeber him but didn't. * refer to Genesis Chapter 40: 13b- 14: 

13 within three more days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your office; and you will put Pharaoh’s cup into his hand according to your former custom when you were his cupbearer. 14 Only keep me in mind when it goes well with you, and please do me a kindness l]">[l]by mentioning me to Pharaoh and get me out of this house.

How many times have you done something for someone in the hopes that at your time of need, they would lift you up (these peeps ain't loyal?) Could there be a reason they forgot you? Maybe God made them forget you so that your reward could be even greater? I often times wonder what would have happened to Joseph if they let him go before Pharoah had his dream. He would probably have fleed the country never looking back. Would his family have been able to get grain from Egypt . Hold up! Would Egypt even have grain to sell? Your purpose is greater than one person's favour, no matter who they are. That's the problem with depending on human beings and not on God. He knows we're you're headed, human do not and thank God for that,lol 

 

3. Pharoah was having sleepless nights, he was having the most confusing dreams that no one in the land could interpret. How funny is it that he just happened to have a trusted servant who knew who could solve his problem? Imagine if he had killed the butler when he was in prison? What hope would he have had to find Joseph? How would he have saved his land? Help isn't just for those in the weaker position, sometimes, you can be the boss and still need help. God doesn't abandon his people BUT he does work in mysterious ways. Your help doesn't always come from those you expect. be open to finding peace in the work of anyone led by God.

 

4. Pharoah asked Joseph to give him peace, put him out of his sleeping misery by explaining his dream. Joseph made it clear that he couldn't do that. The fact remains that only God can grant you the peace that you need. There are messengers like Joseph, yes. But none of these can give you the peace that you require. They can not soothe you, only God can.

*Refer to Genesis 41:15-16*

 15 Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I have had a dream, but no one can interpret it; and I have heard it said about you, that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.”

 16 Joseph then answered Pharaoh, saying, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.”

 

**I stopped the passage at 16 because we all know what happens next! If you don't , feel free to keep reading and see the glory of the Lord.**

 

I titled this post sweet dreams for several reason. Besides the  reference to Pharoah, I find that the affirmations made in the passage puts me to rest. Knowing that God acknowledges my struggles and will bring me out of them when the time is perfect for me, that all my good work is being ackowlegded by him and that when the times of trouble show their faces, He will use someone to help me out. That lets me rest easy and ensures my sweet dreams.

 

Mo's Thoughts...

 'Lessons to be learnt from Joseph'...

1) God’s plans and purposes are far greater than our own!

2) God provides and blesses those who persevere to follow Him.

3) Suffering to God’s people is not always bad! God can use the most painful time of our life for His good.

4) There is value in self-control living in the do-whatever-you-want culture.

5) God honors patience and perseverance in time of troubles.

6) Strive for honesty and strong work ethics.

Joseph’s story presents amazing insight into how God sovereignly works to overcome evil and bring about His plan. After all his ordeals, Joseph is able to see God’s hand at work. As he reveals his identity to his brothers, Joseph speaks of their sin this way: “Do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.

One aspect of the story of Joseph we should learn from is pursuing true property. True prosperity is not in gaining material wealth, it’s in glorifying God through the way you live your life. Joseph continued to cultivate and pursue a relationship with God despite what tribulation he was faced with...this is true prosperity.

Joseph always knew that his gift to interpret dreams came from God. He never took credit and always focused on giving God the glory for all that he did. We should live by this. Our purpose as God’s creation is to glorify him. Acknowledging his presence and influence in all matters in our lives whether great or small.

 

If you want to fast with us, drop your email in the comments below!

 

Be Better Brownie!

Bella

xx

 





6 Readers Commented

  1. Angel June 22, 2016 | Reply
    Wow...thank you so much for the message! It's always good to have such reminders. Suffering is simply a prerequisite for greatness! Keep up the good work girls!
    • Brownie June 23, 2016
      Lol, it's actually my boyfriend and but that thank you! I'm glad you got something from it <3
  2. Davina July 03, 2016 | Reply
    I would love to fast and pray along with you. Please do send me the schedule you both follow - sayheydavina@gmail.com - and thank you so much for sharing this part of you! Spiritual nourishment is the most important! God bless you xx
  3. Tosin July 04, 2016 | Reply
    Hi Bella. Amazing! I'd like to have your fasting schedule. Here's by email address ooluwatosinolaniyi@gmail.com Thanks
  4. AnnieDora July 06, 2016 | Reply
    This is soo coool... I and a couple of friends are on a spiritual discovery journey and this is more than helpful.😇😇
  5. Vivi July 15, 2016 | Reply
    vizy6@yahoo.com

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