By Stephanie Montague
I was recently invited to a “Vision Board Party”. A great time was had by all. You can’t go wrong with encouraging conversation, inspiring stories, women on a mission, and great food. My friend, the host of the party, is quite the visionary with her own DIY business and blog (www.refreshedfindsjunkies.com). She and her co-blogger take things that are old and refresh them with such great talent and a wonderful eye. They have to have the ability to look at something old or unfinished and see what it could be. They are able to redo what cost thousands of dollars on a “dime”. This type of vision is a commodity…to look beyond what is to what something can become.
A few years ago an audio, movies, and book “The Secret” became well known when members of the cast from motivational speakers to ministers all appeared on Oprah. One thing that sticks out to me from the movie (among other things) is one speaker in particular’s story. The speaker spoke about having a vision board. He had placed pictures and phrases of how he would like to see his life. He had pictures on his board of his business, a home, cars, etc. As time moved on he had packed away the boards since he had moved several times throughout the years. One day his son was sitting on a box and the boy asked what was in the boxes. He told his son there were vision boards inside. The boy being young didn’t understand and he opened the box, removed one of the boards, and was stunned. He was living in the actual house which was on his vision board. Not a house like it but the actual house! This partial clip was played at the “Vision Board Party” to inspire us as we created our own vision board.
While a vision board may seem new it isn’t. Habakkuk 2:2 says, “And the Lord answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.”
One can talk about visualization without including the Bible but the truth is seeking something that doesn’t exist in your life and believing it can manifest is so rooted in the Word of God and faith based it would the elephant in the room. When we look at this scripture in Habakkuk, it wasn’t Habakkuk who gave the instruction it was the Lord Himself who said write it down, put it in a place where it can be seen and you will move towards it! I remember many years ago long before “The Secret” being exposed to scripture and making a “vision board”. It had only four things on it; write articles about God, write books about God, be on television, and make money from these things and for good measure I had the above scripture on the bottom. That vision is still happening. But because I made it and had it in my room I never forgot it…and every now and then I find it that paper. This article is challenging me to locate it again, I digress.
The scripture continues in Verse 3, “For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.” When you have a vision for you life it has an appointed season for manifestation. When God has given you a vision for your life it will surely come. It may feel delayed but it isn’t. There is a preparation time. God is aligning things and it will not delay! It will be on time!
We all have dreams and desires. We all keep them filed away in our hearts or minds. A vision board is great way to have those dreams and desires in one location. Let’s face we often forget about some our dreams and desires. I will raise my hand. The old saying goes, “Out of site out of mind.” Let’s put them where we can see them! Here’s how you can go about creating a vision board, while you’re at it you can have your children make one too. You’re never too young to have a vision for your life.
1. Get a poster board. You can find them at Staples, Walmart, CVS, Rite-aid…you get it.
2. Cut out pictures from old magazines or newspapers of desires. These don’t have to be material things. Maybe you desire to be healthly. Cut out the word “Healthy” if you see it. Cut out pictures of healthy bodies you may desire. Maybe you have pictures of yourself at a time in your life you’d like to get back to…go ahead put it there.
3. Put this board where you can see it! This is a personal thing. You don’t have let everyone see your vision board. But if you do, don’t be ashamed of your dreams and desires. Many people dare not dream for fear it won’t come to pass. You can put it where you will always see for yourself. Maybe in your bedroom. Maybe even the bathroom. Put it where you feel comfortable.
4. Know that your vision board can always change. You can make multiple boards as your desires change. You can make separates ones just for one area of you life for example career, business, education, marriage, or having a child.
5. Have fun and know that it will come to pass. Don’t get uptight about the time or checking the clock noticing it isn’t happening. Continue call those things which be not as though they were. (Romans 4:17 (b)) Speak life over your vision. Image that your words are watering and tilling the ground and your vision is your seed.
6. Remember Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is being sure we will get what we hope for. It is being sure of what we cannot see.” (New Life Version)
Personally, I have made quick vision pages for myself from obtaining my degrees to getting a new job. It’s a wonderful point of contact that reminds me that life is progressive and I have my part to play.
Today, you may feel that your life is lacking vision. You don’t know where to begin. Maybe you don’t know the visionary of your life. You can know the One who created you with a wonderful journey in mind. He has a vision for you life. Today you can invite Him into your life and have the Lord that told Habakkuk to write the vision. Say this simple prayer: Lord I want to come home. I am a sinner and I need a savior. I realize that you Jesus are Lord. You died for my sins and rose again on the third day. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus, and set me free from my sin. And, because you are my Savior, Jesus, “I shall not die, but have everlasting life”. Thank you Jesus. Amen.