1. Read the following prayer as a centering practice:
Lord, may we have wisdom to rest, stopping in places where we can be still enough to meet You in the spaces where Your presence lingers.
2. Go on a walk and find a place that you can return to frequently during this series. This will be your meeting place with God as you journey through Genesis 28. In a journal, write about why you chose your particular place.
1. Make a habit of recording any dreams that you have during this series. You can simply write them out in a journal. Pay attention to any repeating dreams or symbols that come to you over the next several weeks. Be sure to include your day dreams as well.
2. Choose one recent dream you’ve had. Search online for symbolic meaning behind any major themes of your dream. In your journal, record what you discover, then spend a few moments listening for God’s commentary on your dreams. Pray for a deeper revelation of images or symbols that stand out to you.
1. Where do you imagine the ladder is in this scene? Either draw a sketch of the scene as you envision it or write out a short description of what you picture when you read verse Genesis 28:12.
2. Write about a divine encounter that profoundly shaped your life. What about the encounter marked it as an experience with the divine? What made the moment significant for you and how has it had a lasting impact in your life?
1. What has God promised you that has not yet been realized? Sketch or write out the vision in as much detail as you can.
2. How have you seen God bringing this promise to fruition so far? What about the process remains a mystery to you? After journaling, ask God to clarify what your next step is in pursuing the promise.
1. Can you imagine that God is saying to you the same words shared in Genesis 28:15? Create a visual collage that reminds you of a time when God clearly demonstrated that God is always with you.
2. What did this memory make you feel? Is this a memory that comes to mind often for you, or do you often forget that God has promised to remain faithful to you? Practice remembering God's faithfulness by finding a simple token that reminds you of God's constant presence. Keep the token near you for a week, pausing two to three times a day to say a simple prayer of gratitude to God for being present.
1. Create a mind map of five to ten of your biggest dreams. Which of these dreams seem too farfetched or grand? If you are excited about the ideas, what steps can you take that will help bring those dreams into reality?
1. Research the meaning behind several names that interest you and list out 3-5 alternative names for yourself. After choosing one, write about an alternative life you could imagine living based on your chosen name. Are there elements about this alternative life that you would like to carry over into your current life? Choose one element from this alternative life and try implementing it into your current reality.
2. Schedule a time to return to the place you chose to visit at the beginning of the series. Before you go, learn about the history of the place. Did the location have a different name at a different point in time? Was it significant to a particular group of people? When you visit your chosen place, consider all the stories and histories that have entered that space before you and consider how your presence is impacting the space for those who will visit after you.
1. Create an anthology of your dreams. This can include visions, ideas, dreams you've had while sleeping, dreams that you can turn into goals, etc. You may choose to include images, graphics, poetry, prayers, and drawings in your dream anthology.
2. Return to your dream anthology periodically. Notice how your dreams change over time. Notice which dreams keep recurring. Add to your anthology as you are inspired. This is also a great practice for creative prayer sessions.