Life in the End Times

Shin's gift to Annie on their One Year Anniversary

A Healing Dream

Filed under: Dreams & Nightmares — Annie at 4:28 pm on Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I dreamed that I saw someone who once hurt me deeply. This is not the first dream I had of this person. In previous dreams I would see him at church functions or sitting in a different pew but we never spoke to one another. This time was different.

We were both waiting to sign a guest book or something at a table. He was wearing a suit. I felt reserved dislike and hurt towards him. He asked how I was doing. I shot him a poor attempt at a smile and looked away. Then he said, “Hey, I’m sorry.” His words had no impact on me. I really didn’t believe him or hear him out. But he said it again, this time addressing me by name, “Annie. I’m really sorry.” I looked into his face and saw sincerity in his eyes and it caught me by surprise.

I accepted his apology. And I forgave him both in the dream and in my actual heart.

In the next part of my dream I was skiing down a earthen hill. I felt freedom and exhilaration. Also I think it was at sunset because I remember there being an orange-ish haze.

I’m pretty certain God gave me this dream for my healing. But knowing the goodness of God, I believe that something has happened in the spiritual world. That perhaps this person has met God and genuinely repented. I’m thankful God has saved him. Our God is a good God. So kind so good…

Freakin Scary Dream

Filed under: Dreams & Nightmares — Annie at 10:16 pm on Friday, January 15, 2010

I dreamed I ordered a sewing cabinet online for my Kenmore. It was delivered to my mom’s house. My mom also received furniture that day. Hers was a gift from a friend. Mine was not the one I ordered- it was some kind of mistake. My mom opened the top of my new cabinet and it played music but the whole thing was jolting like it was possessed. There were also paintings on it. There was an evil looking Madonna and Child, and a few other bluish faces that were ghoulish.

We took it home and I didn’t feel peace. I sensed it was evil. I didn’t want to keep it in the house. I didn’t want to sell it – I just wanted to get RID of it immediately. Elijah and Shin were sleeping and the living room was dark. I opened the front door to put it outside and it was PITCH BLACK outside. But I could make out figures walking around right outside the door. I took out a piece of paper to write the words, “FREE” on it but my letter “F” came out sideways.

All of a sudden it started talking to me. It was a friendly male voice that said, “Hey, are you alright?” but it was terrifying. The lights in my living room were all off. I collapsed in terror and started saying vehemently, “BE QUIET IN JESUS NAME. BE QUIET IN JESUS NAME” but my mouth was glued. I kept saying it until the words finally came out right. I woke up saying those words. My heart just pounding.

The evening before that dream I was researching obsessively for a sewing cabinet for my Kenmore. I was on craigslist for several hours. I noticed I was experiencing physical sensations of nausea but I passed it off as excitement. There was a point when I realized I was searching beyond a healthy limit but I continued past the warning. At that point I believe I was sinning by obsession and greed. I became vulnerable to spiritual attack.

But on a practical level I also realized there is a very real danger of bringing something into our house that I have no knowledge of. It could have spiritual baggage or history that I would not want to bring into our home. There was that distinction in my dream where my mom received furniture as a gift by a friend. So two acquisitions- one by generosity and the other by greed- it made a difference.

I’m thankful to be corrected and made aware. I hope I don’t always have to go through freaky dreams though.

Tsunami

Filed under: Dreams & Nightmares — Annie at 9:25 pm on Friday, November 28, 2008

I was in the water when a tsunami began. A wave came from one direction and another was coming from the opposite direction. I ducked under the waves and felt the powerful but relenting pull of the water against my hair and body. I felt less afraid and more peaceful there. When I came back up out of the water my parents house was on the shore. The tsunami happened in my childhood cul de sac.

I think this dream has multiple meanings but there was one meaning that recently stood out to me. I think it’s about childbirth. The waves are the actual labor contractions, They also signify powerful challenges I’ve been going through or will go through. But when I emerge I will become a mother, just as I made it through the elements and emerged from the water in front of my mom’s house.

Dream: Crossing into North Korea

Filed under: Dreams & Nightmares — Annie at 1:48 am on Monday, June 30, 2008

I dreamed that Shin and I were in a type of train going somewhere. Suddenly we heard gunshots and ducked down. When the shooting stopped we realized that we had just passed the dmz. I knew it was the dmz because on either side of the tracks there were the same type of buses facing each other- one from the north and the other from the south.

When our train stopped we got out and realized we were in North Korea. Some women came towards us were talking with us. I was afraid because I didn’t want Kim Jong Il to find out that we had accidentally crossed over into their territory without permission. So we tried as best we could not to sound too foreign. We tried to just fit in like fellow Koreans. But it was impossible because the way we thought and talked was so new to them that they were intrigued and happy to meet strangers.

They gave us a little one room house to stay in and we just took our time thinking how to get out. Across from our hut was a Jewish lady and storeowner. We went over to meet her and she spoke perfect English. She knew that we were foreigners right away!

I don’t remember much else. But thought that was some crazy plot.

Dream: Funeral Decorations

Filed under: Dreams & Nightmares — Annie at 10:29 am on Monday, June 16, 2008

My dream is a little fuzzy but I dreamed that I was asked by these two women to make a display for a deceased person’s funeral. I didn’t know this person. They gave me her clothes and earrings and a box and some other stuff. I was trying to keep track of everything and fold everything to look nice but things would go missing when I tried to put it all together, or they wouldn’t fold well. I started feeling frustrated because I didn’t know this person well or how to arrange their stuff. In the meanwhile I saw 2 old church members from Bethel.

I arrived to the viewing ceremony and it was like a bazaar with long tables covered in white tablecloths in a square formation. There were all sorts of trinkets on each table, which were the things the person owned while alive. In the middle was the open casket. Mourners were coming by and weeping.

Analysis: It think this was about feeling obligation to someone I am detached towards yet who also requires honor because of their position. Somehow their material possessions have been placed in my care. It is obvious this person is valued by others because there was a mourner and there were those who were coordinating the memorial.

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