What Dreams Are Made Of

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An eerie feeling hit me as I slept and the atmosphere grew thick of it. I tried to jump up but to no avail, I couldn’t move. “DAD! Daaaaaaad, where are you? Help me please Daddy help me!” I called louder and louder but no words escaped my lips. I was stuck and the only thing I could do was stare into the darkness. My heart was pounding profusely and agonized breathing filled my chest. Fear cradled me and was the only thing around. I lay in my bed, lifeless as a rug with tear soaked cheeks. Everything was pitch black and my dad was nowhere to be found. The intensity of an evil I had never known was laying on top of me. Encapsulated in its grasp all I could do was cry. But then, something strange happened. I could see myself. I was dreaming within my dream as if having an outer body experience. I closed my eyes and I began to call a name. A name that had been introduced to me early in life but I had not yet developed an understanding of who this person was… “Jesus” Something whispered within me. Still, unable to move or speak I told myself, “Just use your mind and say Jesus.” “Jesus… Jesus… JESUS!” I called again and again. As I called one last time before I gave up, an explosion erupted from my frail little body. My voice had ricocheted up out of my belly and from the depths of my soul. “JEEEEEEESSSSSUUUUUUUUUSSSSSS!!!!!” and immediately I was freed from the grip of death. ​

True story. I’ve had these dreams since I was a little girl. Each time it happens the same exact way. Just at the point where I call Jesus for the last time, I am awakened by my rising body temperature and my breathing is extremely heavy. I’m a bit distorted so It takes me a minute to gather myself and realize that I had been dreaming. I never quite understood what they meant until God began to show me. What I have learned is that God speaks to me through dreams. The more mature I grow in Him the more I am able to interpret the true meaning of the dream. I always wondered why I had a radical style praise. God revealed to me that because the enemy’s attacks against me are heavy, I HAVE TO BE ALL IN. It’s all or nothing with me. Satan uses the closest people to me because he knows the kind of heart God has given me. There are some negative influences that have been detrimental to my journey. I firmly believe that there are people in this world who carry a darkness within them; like a bad omen they can’t get rid of. They love to sit in the center of their misery and evil constantly breaks out around them. When they are around, you feel paralyzed and suffocated. The presences of these people will help shape the course of your journey. However, the enemy may have permission to ride along BUT he can’t stop your God given destiny.





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  1. Shinene on May 13, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    A soul moving excerpt! I look forward to reading this truly remarkable story of a girl who has faced adversity and triumphed into a beautiful mother and woman. Keep up the good work and most importantly keeping God first.

  2. LarLar on May 13, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    I cant wait to hear, share and relate to the rest of her story. I can tell already that this young lady has a powerful and uplifting message for us. #alreadyafan

    • Shannan Bowen on May 14, 2018 at 12:29 am

      LarLar, thank you so much! Peace, Love & Blessings!

  3. Shannan Starr on May 14, 2018 at 12:28 am

    Thank you, Shinene, for your kind words of encouragement. May YOU be blessed in all your future endeavors!

  4. Kapenda on May 14, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    Captivated by the opening line, I was drawn to read more…. Before I realized it, I read the entire page and had the nerve to get mad because there was nothing left to read! I look forward to reading more of your work! Even though the words are painful, your writing style is eloquent and beautiful!

    • Shannan Bowen on May 14, 2018 at 10:47 pm

      Eloquent and beautiful… Kapenda, thank you for that. I will be releasing publishing dates soon!

  5. Sherrell Neal on May 17, 2018 at 5:58 am

    And THIS…What an Awesome Testament of the LOVE a Father has for his child, even in the seemingly unknown and depths of darkness, Daddy is Always there waiting to show, impart, and send us on this journey we call life. Proud of you Boop. See you Saturday😇

    • Shannan Starr on May 18, 2018 at 1:32 am

      Thank you Doll. There is no Father like our Heavenly Father!

  6. LaTisha Hood on May 18, 2018 at 12:52 am

    Shannon you go girl! You look amazing and wish the best for you. Peace in Jesus name.

    • Shannan Starr on May 18, 2018 at 1:30 am

      Hi LaTisha,
      Thank you for the compliment and well wishes. I pray the same for you and yours. peace, love and blessings!

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