Joni Parsley Daydream Believer

Why the Name

My daydreams began as a carefree child and have never ended even though I’m no longer a child or carefree! Why do we want to grow up so fast? Perhaps, this is why I loved the story of Peter Pan because it’s narrative guides us through the adventure of those who never want to grow up and those who know you have to. However, it doesn’t have to be sad if you never lose your child-like wonder; the qualities of innocence, trust, delight in simplicity and dreaming you’re anything and anyone you wish to be. Wishes come true and so do dreams as one of my favorite songs defines, “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes.”

For a child, it’s as easy as blowing out candles on a cake, or wishing upon a star but as for one of those “grown-ups”, “No dream comes true until you wake up and go to work.”…Sigh!

I’ve always been a daydreamer and it’s a bit different from being a dreamer but both take our imaginations to places of possibility. I believe in this-Always be who you are but keep some of who you were. As children, we did think ALL things were possible and believed we COULD be anything or DO anything. It wasn’t until someone said otherwise and we learned, all too soon, we were too uninformed, naive and innocent to understand such things as limitations, failures, finances and the responsibility of basic reality. What a Bummer! But, when I saw this t-shirt saying, “Don’t Quit Your Daydream”, I felt like I was wearing ruby red slippers on my way down the yellow-brick road once again!

No matter your age, a dream can still shed its dusty grave clothes and come out of the tomb of brokenness, regret, and YES…it can resurrect! When you give it some thought and drift off into “the land of maybe” any dream can come true no matter how big or small. Dreams are the stage where our prayers are produced. We can picture them, choose a cast of characters, fire the director and do it ourselves because we’ve become brave like Peter Pan. First, we know how to identify our enemy, recognize their power is secondary to the “Greater One” inside of us and then WE CAN OVERCOME OUR FEARS! There is no stage fright when God is the producer! It’s when we attempt to squeeze in HIS chair that we mess things up! Um…GUILTY!

There will always be people to rain on your parade and will warn against daydreaming becoming some unfulfilled fantasy or an escape from reality. Hand them an umbrella and go on! I see a daydream as a time-out from what we have to think about so we can get to think about what we like. The Bible tells us to quiet our minds and “think on these things” as a way of interrupting thoughts that wish to hold us prisoner while feeding us doubt and delusion rather than peace and possibility. “You just think lovely wonderful thoughts, Peter explained, and they will lift you up the air.”

J.M. Barrie wrote that it wasn’t play that was alarming “but in the two minutes before you go to sleep then it becomes very real. That is why there are night lights.” He also went onto to say that night lights were a mothers extra pair of eyes…I loved that! Nonetheless, “real” can be scary but we can live there and take those time-outs knowing that it’s in the quiet where God whispers. It’s in the quiet where we can hear.

Daydreaming isn’t always about wishing and wanting but can also be about waiting and winning. There are no rules if we follow God’s pattern and have thoughts, imaginations and creations. Just try to avoid the trap that snaps us into a stronghold of self-will and then, victory will follow. As we continue in our pursuit of God, and living His will, then THE CREATOR HIMSELF will keep encouraging vision. He made us in His likeness and image and He wants us to use that creative part of Him! ( He won’t even charge a copy write fee!) After all, He was the first dreamer with a vision! Make sure to note, if it wasn’t work, He would not have needed a day of rest! Even God took a time-out and most likely, reflected on the beauty He saw before Him.

Perhaps that’s why I’ve always been a daydreamer; everything seems lovelier there and filled with hope. The innocence in our past, as children, informs the purity that lies active or dormant in our character…it’s our choice. Innocence is never lost because we become adults; it’s a place of divine purity and truth that we can continue to hold onto Whatever is divine is eternal and our safest place on this earth. How beautifully the author illustrates this, &lquo;You know that place between sleep and awake, that place where you still remember dreaming? That’s where I’ll always love you. That’s where I’ll be waiting.”

Wherever you are in your life, no matter what, that’s where God will ALWAYS love you and that’s where He will be waiting. He’s there in a whisper in that safe place where love abides and keeps us all. As Peter Pan says, “To live will be an awfully big adventure.”

God replies, ’“And that’s where I’ll be waiting.”
Have faith in your dreams and someday
Your rainbow will come smiling through
NO matter how your heart is grieving
If you keep on believing
The dream that you wish will come true

(From Walt Disney’s Cinderella)
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About Joni

Thanking God for blessings too many to list. He is my all and my always-the glory and the lifter of my head... He never fails.

Why the Name

"For a child, it’s as easy as blowing out candles on a cake, or wishing upon a star. But as for one of those 'grown-ups,' 'No dream comes true until you wake up and go to work.' " ...