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Vision is a powerful tool to propel you towards all that God has for you. However, it is not just enough to have moments of vision. We need to do something with the vision that God gives us when it comes so that we can partner with God to bring an inspired vision to reality. A written vision brings clarity and speed to its eventual manifestation in our lives. This principle is found in Scripture: “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it (Habakkuk 2:3a).
There are three main ways vision comes to us. Vision can be divinely inspired as in a dream, prophetic word, or hearing God speak to us through His word. Vision can also come simply through the desires of our hearts (Psalm 37:4-5). Vision may also come progressively as we go as we see in the life of Abraham. When God first called Abraham to leave his country there was no end destination at that point, it became an act of obedience that God used to call Abraham to be a father of many nations. However, when we receive vision we have to remember that no one way is better than another, they are just different.
Once you have your vision, one practical way to write it down is to find pictures that can represent it. Google image search, magazines, and catalogs can be helpful tools to find pictures that capture vision. Once you find several pictures that capture vision and inspiration, place these pictures on a vision board. My personal preference is a corkboard. However, poster-board, an old canvas, or a picture framework just as well.
Creating a vision board is a simple and fun exercise that can be done individually, with your spouse, or as a family. This last year it was a joy to see my 16 year old’s vision board come fully to pass. When we write out our vision this way it becomes tangible, clear, and helps us partner with God to bring good into our lives.
How to create a vision board:
- Board for placing pictures onto- Corkboard, poster board, old canvas, previously used picture frame.
- Pictures representing your vision.
- Pushpins or tape for attaching the pictures to the board.
- Find some quiet time to be with the Lord. In some seasons this can be more challenging than others. If your kids are really young this can be while your kids are napping, after the kids are in bed at night, or you can organize a babysitter
- When you first sit down, it is helpful to have a time of reflecting on what God has done this past year. Remembering and taking note of all that God has done helps build expectancy in what He will do in the future. I like to journal all of the good things. This helps me remember the goodness of the Lord, and to reflect on in seasons to come that may be difficult.
- Write down the vision you have spent time processing, asking some of the questions listed below.
- Find pictures to represent your vision. Google image search is helpful for this, then print and cut them out.
- Place the pictures on your board, and display them in a place where you can see them often.
Some questions to ask God as you process your vision with Him:
- What are the unique desires You have given me for this season?
- What are You calling me to focus on in this season?
- What are Your desires for me in this season?
- Are there any hindrances from me, or other things preventing me from receiving the fullness of Your vision?
- Are there any areas I need to adjust to run with the vision for this season?
Categories to pray into and consider:
- Church, ministry
- Physical Activity
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