Sweet Dreams

I have been meaning to post this story for a while now, but keep putting it off; however, it has been nagging at me for weeks so here it goes…

On July 27th, 2013, I went to bed asking God to visit me in my dreams because I was becoming semi frustrated with things and I wanted a vision that would give me some sort of sign of where my life was going…something new about Josiah…anything really.  As I started to doze off, I honestly believed with 100% confidence that I would wake up with a vivid dream that would be significant or one that I would recognize as something important to think about or share with others.  After whispering to God to please give me sweet dreams, I just knew that He would answer and I was almost too excited about what He might share with me that it was hard to fall asleep. haha!

The next morning came and I opened my eyes and thought, “Drats!  I didn’t dream a thing!”  I got out of bed struggling to remember if I dreamed anything, anything at all.  I remember my friend who is a doctor being in my dream and talking about Kidneys, so maybe I should have my kidney’s examined?   I tried not to worry about that and started to get ready for church and while I was getting all “dolled up” a friend of mine sent me a text message and asked me which church service I would be attending because she had a crazy dream she wanted to share with me.  I never once thought her having a dream might have been related to me asking God for a dream because she does have those random, off the wall dreams that she likes to share with me from time to time and I just thought this was another one of those dreams.  However I never saw her at church that morning, but later that day I saw her at a birthday party, so I went up to her and said, “Let’s hear about this dream of yours”.  Her dream was this…

We were all in a big room (like a bounce house room) and there were TONS of kids running around, playing, screaming, and laughing and out of no where, a loud and deep voice said, “The 17th day is Josiah’s day”. (Cue me crying with huge alligator tears coming down my face!)  She then continued to say that she woke up, but fell back asleep and had the exact same dream.

My friend has known about God telling me over a year ago that I would have a son and to name him Josiah (see Our Story), but she didn’t know the significance of the number 17 in my life.

The 17th is a day my husband and I recognize because we began “officially dating” on January 17th, 2006 and we got married on August 17th, 2006.  So as you can see, the 17th is a very significant date in our household and my friend knew NOTHING about this, but God did.  While at the birthday party, I kept replaying what she told me over and over in my head and I kept thinking, why didn’t I dream this?  Why did she have this dream?  I was the one that asked for Him to visit me in my dreams and that’s when it hit me why she had this dream and not me…

If I would have had this dream myself, I would have doubted and second guessed whether the dream was from God because our 7 year anniversary (August 17th) was just right around the corner and hubby and I had been trying to think of what we wanted to do; therefore I would have just attributed the dream to thinking too much about Josiah and our upcoming anniversary date.  God knows I can have a doubtful mind and be too much of a skeptic 🙂

I also believe God chose her because He knew that He needed to share this information with someone who knew absolutely nothing about the significance behind the number 17.  If He had used someone else who knew how important the number 17 was in our life, then I don’t believe many people (including myself) would have attributed the dream to coming from God.  God’s plans are always perfect and well thought out 😉  I just love that about Him.

I smile every time I think about how God might use the number 17.  He knows it already holds a special meaning in my heart and I can’t stop thinking about how perfect and sweet it is of Him to continue to use this number in the life of someone I can’t wait to hold someday.  God is so precious and He thinks of even the smallest details that will bring me joy and keep me holding on to hope.

Numbers hold a huge significance in the Bible and the number 17th signifies “vanquishing the enemy” and “complete victory in Christ.”  Praise God!

I will never forget the sweet dream my friend had that night and you better believe EVERY time I see the number 17 or it is the 17th on the calendar, I am always looking around for a miracle or special blessing of some sort from God.  God wouldn’t have sent this sweet dream if He didn’t have a plan or purpose for it and I am waiting with much anticipation, excitement, and hope to see how this number will play out in the life of my future baby bird.

I am praying that whoever reads this will have their own “sweet dreams” tonight.

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The reason I wanted to tell the cyber world this story now is because just in case something significant does happen with Josiah on the 17th, I want to make sure God gets the glory for everything that He has planned and orchestrated for our lil miracle child.  What faith would I have if I waited for the “major” event to happen and then I told this story…?  So instead, I will appear crazy now 🙂

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30 thoughts on “Sweet Dreams

  1. What a great dream! I agree with you that it was better that your friend had this dream rather than you, so you don’t question yourself. What a tender mercy of the Lord to have your prayer answered in His way 🙂

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    • i agree! If it had been MY dream, I would have shrugged it off or second guessed it. The great thing is that she wasn’t one of my “bestest” friends at the time, so it was really random that SHE would have had this dream. God is soo good and loves to show Himself in the most amazing ways.

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  2. That is very awesome! I had someone else dream that I had 2 kids, a boy and a girl, so I have been holding onto that. You are right, it does mean more when someone else dreams it — keeps you accountable too!

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    • i sometimes feel absolutely crazy! LOL! I literally had the thought in the McDonald’s drive thru line today of “what the heck am i doing sharing all of this crazy information that doesn’t make sense?” But that is how God operates…He does things, when things don’t make sense…that’s why we have to use faith. Thank you for the encouragement!! It means a lot 😉

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  9. Okay, this might sound crazy but it is the 17th of June and I am reading your story about the 17th being a special day for you. Just seems neat to me. I have been reading your story and my heart is so blessed by what I see. As a mother myself, my heart aches for you and your husband, but at the same time, I am comforted by the knowledge that you are trusting Him with the timing. I very much intend to cover you and Daniel in my prayers. My favorite Scripture verse is Jeremiah 29:11 ” For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” I pray this verse brings you comfort as you wait. God bless you and thank you so much for allowing God to use you in such a positive and mighty way.

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    • Valarie, thank you so much for taking the time to read 🙂 I love that verse as well and it has brought me comfort on so many occasions. I also can’t thank you enough for your thoughts and prayers. If you read my post today, you will see that today’s celebration wasn’t the same, but a celebration nonetheless.

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  10. Just came across this one today, Elisha. LOVE it! I got goosebumps reading this post. God is soooo good! Thank you for the books. I can’t wait to start reading them :)! You are a tremendous blessing to me and all of us who gain so much from your posts and your kindness. Have a great day!!

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  12. I had a dream about our future children (been dealing with IF for 3-5 years, depending on how you count) in March 2013. We chose names for our children based on that dream, but sometimes – as time goes by – it’s so hard to keep faith and I find myself wondering whether the dream was really from God or not. But this blog is a good reminder that God does speak through dreams and that I should try to renew my faith in what I dreamed.

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  13. There definitely is something divine about all this. First off, my name is Elisa — like yours without the “h.” My husband and I have been dealing with unexplained infertility and it’s been extremely difficult for me every month for many, many months now to learn that I’m not pregnant, obsessing over my calendar, Googling pregnancy symptoms, ovulation symptoms, and implantation signs, etc.

    We’ve been married for 13 years this September, and we’re both non-denominational Christian.
    Just to give some background, before we started dating we asked God to talk to confirm in church in the part of the “Word” if we were the right ones for each other. The Word part of the service is an unscripted part of the service which through God’s Holy Spirit God uses a brother (usually from the church ministry) to speak to all of us in service that day. Firstly a chapter/verse(s) are read from first. So before we left to go to church we prayed together and asked God that if it’s of His will that we are for each other, that God send the Word in any chapter in St. Luke — which it did, and in our difficult moments in marriage we have often reminded each other that GOD confirmed for us to be together and that we will get through anything together despite how hard it has been at times.

    Going back, I’ll explain quickly the reason I chose St. Luke to confirm our marriage. I had a HUGE crush on my now husband for so long and it was bothering me because I didn’t know why I couldn’t get him out of my mind as I was dating another guy at the time. So one day at home, by myself, I prayed and asked God to give me a sign in the Bible about whether my now husband is the one for me. I opened the Bible in St. Luke 1, and when I got to verse 13, it surprised me to read this:
    “But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.” Elisabeth = very similar to my name, plus “thy wife…” hmm…
    I’m of Brazilian heritage and the Bible in Portuguese has the name “Isabel” as the translation for “Elisabeth” so it was something I was curious about which I pondered back and forth between my English and Portuguese Bibles. I had never noticed that before, so the fact it said “thy wife Elisabeth” instead of “Isabel” was very interesting to me. Needless to say, I broke up with the other guy I was dating at that time, and I held onto that as a confirmation, and almost a year later my now-husband “asked me out,” and I told him about my confirmation in St. Luke and we went to church together and God confirmed in the Word, it was in St. Luke c. 19.

    I know this is a lot, but I’m telling you this about St. Luke for a reason. You’ll understand why later in reading.

    So July 5th — exactly 30 days ago today — I went to church and a Brazilian brother called Josias (Brazilian version of Josiah) attended the service. He is our cooperator for young children service, and he is also from New Jersey like me, and he moved here, to Toronto, Canada after marrying his Canadian-Italian wife.

    During the testimonies part of the service (where anybody can get up and thank God for something God has done in their life) Josias testified that he had been waiting on his papers for awhile after moving here (so he could start legally working) and God told him in the Word here to have faith because in 30 days he would receive something from God. In exactly 30 days he received the paper in the mail that allowed him to start legally working in Canada. He said he waited with all the faith that this part was for him and that God would give this to him in that 30 days.

    So going back… exactly 30 days ago from today, Josias told this testimony in church of what happened to him about 16-17 years ago. Then during the part of the Word this is exactly what God said in the Word:

    “Brothers, sisters: if there is someone in here that came here today and you have a disease, you have an illness in your body, do you trust in the Lord today that God can do a power, with the power of His Word he can do a work on your heart today, on your life, on your body?
    God has the power, bretheren. He created this body that we carry with us. He’s the one that engineered the whole thing; he’s the one that created from the clay, from the dust of the ground. He put everything together. God has the power to remove something that may be inside of our bodies that doesn’t belong over there.
    And if someone has a need today, to show the power of God in the life of someone here, God can heal something in your body that perhaps you don’t even know today that you have it.
    But you will find out, and you will see the glory of God being manifested in your life. This is the God that we serve, bretheren….
    If your faith has been diminished, has gotten smaller, today by this word the Lord increases the faith in your heart; that your faith may be increased, and you’re going to be walking by faith. You say, “I may not have what everyone else has, but I have the Lord Jesus Christ in my heart. I have the promises of God in my life,” that God spoke to me that evening, he visited my heart and soul that day, and I knew it was the word of God.
    As the Lord gave me to say today [in testimony], when I was in need of something and God said “in 30 days you’re going to get it,” I knew for sure that that was for me and I kept that with all faith in my heart knowing that 30 days was going to come, the Lord was going to do something for me.
    If you believe in the power of the word of God today, the Lord can even do unto you. 30 days he can do something to you that you are waiting and you don’t know where it’s going to come from; the Lord can make it appear.
    Trust in the word of God, this is what God gives unto us this evening. The name of God be praised. Amen.”

    So….just FYI, I don’t ever record the Word with an audio recorder but because I was translating the service that day to Portuguese and because I can’t retain the word easily when I translate and I was desperate to hear something from God about getting pregnant, I recorded it in the hopes God would talk with me about this.

    On the drive home my husband and I both felt that this 30-day promise was for us. I left feeling 100% in faith that God will give us a baby in 30 days, but my husband later confessed he was afraid for my spiritual faith that maybe…just maybe it’s not for me, this part of the word. I got home and uploaded the audio to my computer and typed up this part of the Word so that I can hang onto it during this 30 days so that when I had any doubts I can meditate on this part. On the ride home, my husband kept telling me, “But Elisa, the 30 days time frame doesn’t work out… you just ovulated like 2 days ago…” And when I looked at the calendar and did all the math, it worked out EXACTLY to that day for my next menstruation cycle. In all the Googling I had done about getting pregnant, I never thought to look up what officially/scientifically deems a woman officially pregnant, and this is what I found on my first Google search:

    “According to both the scientific community and long-standing federal policy, a woman is considered pregnant only when a fertilized egg has implanted in the wall of her uterus. Implantation (when the fertilized egg attaches to the uterine wall) typically happens seven to ten days after ovulation.”

    This is what I emailed myself on July 5th:
    July 18 – next expected period
    July 28/29 – Ovulating + 7 days for implantation = August 4
    ————————————————————————————–
    However, in reality I ended up getting my period earlier, on July 16, and ovulated on July 25.
    So today, August 4, is the 10th day post ovulation — still in that 7-10 day time frame for implantation to occur. Today is also the 30-day cutoff in which God said that part in the Word in church.

    So…Going back to the St. Luke connection, the following Sunday after that Word from July 5th, so on July 12th, my husband and I decided to ask for God to confirm if that 30-day part was for us, to send the Word in St. Luke, and it did come in St. Luke and it talked about having faith again.

    Last night and today (August 4th) I got what I believe is implantation bleeding, but I tested negative on HPTs yesterday and today. It was scary because it looks a bit like what I get every month the week before my period comes. Just now I initially went online looking for pictures of what implantation bleeding looks like, and somehow through searches I came across your website.

    I admit a tad bit nervous, but I’m not giving up my faith. Even if I do get my period, I have faith that God already made me pregnant because there are LOTS of women that get their period throughout their pregnancies or for some initial weeks into their pregnancy. We will see!!!

    But isn’t that interesting, all the name connections and such?? Even how you have the baby “Josiah” chosen and God used a brother named Josias to tell me about 30 days…. etc.?

    I believe the God we serve can do MIRACLES. Have FAITH… The God we serve is SO merciful and is SO powerful. I will be praying for God to give you your little Josiah and I know He will at the RIGHT TIME. God allows things to happen at the right time, even though sometimes we don’t understand at the time…

    Sorry I wrote so much. Honestly, I never write in blogs. I’m usually very passive in that sense, I just read….but I felt like I had to say all this for some reason. God knows why.

    I will not forget you in my prayers even though I never met you. You are my sister in Christ and that’s all that matters.

    God bless you.
    Elisa

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