Witty Inventions Step 1. (Again) or “Will the REAL Step 2 please stand up?”

envelopesI heard a Pastor preach one time that John 1:1 is actually Genesis 1:0.  I’ll let you connect the dots.

In my last post, the first in this series, I stated that STEP 1 is to CONFESS you have an idea…which is sort of true, but when it comes to witty inventions, the first step is the first step.  So, at the risk of being rude, here is Step 1 — again.  The REAL Step 1.

In the beginning, was the IDEA.  The IDEA was without form and darkness covered the IDEA.   The Spirit of God was brooding over the IDEA.   God said, “LET THERE BE AN IDEA!”  And the IDEA was.  And God saw that the IDEA was good.  And God called the IDEA, “(Name of Idea)”.

So, that’s how the witty inventions truly start, with the idea from God.  I heard one time that God IS all the ideas, and that every single idea MAN has ever had came from Him.  This stands to reason, because the Bible says that in Him we live and move and have our being.

Although I had a little fun with the scripture above, in reality, God spoke the idea into creation, just like light.  He is the only One who can create something from NOTHING.  So, all ideas emanate from God.  At least for OUR purposes!  We’re giving God ALL the Glory!  Amen?

Amen.

Now, on to the REAL Step 2 —  MOVING on your idea.  If you are here, with a piece of paper and a writing instrument in your hand (or your laptop open to a word processor!) you are.

That was simple.

Step 3…Ok, back to Step 2.  I was just teasing you.

Moving on your idea is actually THAT.  Take your idea seriously.  Stop procrastinating.  Get moving on turning that idea into reality.  Start looking around.    Look at all the crazy stuff “As Seen On TV”!  Somebody had to think all that stuff up.  Darryl and I were shocked at Walmart to discover an entire aisle of things “As Seen On TV”, right by the cash register!

You may actually GET ideas once you start looking around.  You’ve heard the term, “Necessity is the mother of invention.”  Don’t forget, God fills our every NEED out of HIS riches in Glory by Christ Jesus!  So, start inventing!    Have a need for something?  Let Him fill it – with a brand new way of doing it.

See if your idea is useful, saleable, marketable.  Does it solve a problem?  If it is of the Lord, it probably solves someone’s problem!  What if their problem is merely as simple as a new way to comb their hair, or a unique system for hanging up clothes?  A new piece of luggage?   It doesn’t have to be earth-shattering, but what if it is?  I have heard of an electrician who was given the idea and plans for a piece of ophthalmologic (say THAT three times fast!) equipment.  He funded a major ministry with the proceeds of the sale of the idea.

What if people need and desire change, such as losing weight, or more time with their children?  How many different ways can you think of to help them?  There are as many different ways as there are people, and your ideas will solve a problem for them.

How about those things that the Lord is using to give the desires of the heart?  I can think of LOTS of ways that could happen.

We don’t have to stick with just “useful”.  I mean, look at the “Pet Rock” of the 1970’s.  Or the “Chia Pet”.   Or a great piece of jewelry?  It could be anything.

My inventor friend, who has a patent by the way, started out by inventing a game in the 1970’s.  She became a nurse, and invented several health-care related items.  She invented “The Busy Blanket”, a blanket for Altzheimer patients to keep their hands busy.  It has all kinds of buttons and yarn and zippers on it to keep their hands occupied.  She also invented “The Saddle Seat” for wheelchair bound patients.  This is a foam block shaped similarly to a western saddle to help patients sit upright and stop them from sliding out of the wheelchair.

Her most recent invention is the patented procedure and a special tool she developed for relief from a kind of facial pain called TMJ.  You can find the page for the company she sold (yes, you read that right!) on Facebook at “TMJ Pain Solutions”.  Not plugging her, just her abilities!!  She isn’t involved in this process.  But I know I can trust her advice, on this and on spiritual issues.

Anyway, we’ll go on to that in another blog.  This one is merely to tell you to do one thing:

WRITE DOWN YOUR INVENTIONS and IDEAS and MAIL THEM TO YOURSELF.

I believe you should pray over them, as I did mine.  Print out and put the pages with your ideas from the Lord into some envelopes.  Seal the envelopes with the blood of Jesus.  Mail yourself a copy and most importantly — make a copy before you seal the envelope!!  From experience I know you won’t remember them all.

And for heaven’s sake, DON’T open the envelope when it comes in the mail~!!!

Recap:

Step 1:  Confess your Favor

Step 2:  Write down the inventions and mail them to yourself

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Healing and Prophetic Dream

Dream 8/8/13

Paulette Reed and I were roommates, and I think I was moving out.  Or, I was in her house.  I’m not sure.  Darryl was in the dream, but not actively.  He was a passenger in the Silver Jeep Liberty we were in.

I borrowed Paulette’s bed pillows, 2 of them.  They were embroidered pillow cases, white ironed cases with bright embroidery thread colors, blue, orange, pink, dark blue, purple.

I put them on the floorboard of the silver Jeep Liberty we were in, and they got really dirty.  I remember thinking in my dream that was really careless.  There was a lot of dirt, but most of it wiped off.

I dusted them off and put them back in her house, but they were no longer really clean, they were kind of stained, and it dulled the colors of the embroidery.  I expected her to be really mad but she was ok about it, she was busy trying to do something else, I think she was packing.  I was trying to do it behind her back, not let her know I was cleaning the pillows, hoping to get them cleaned up and put back before she saw they were dirty.

I started talking to her, I guess I was telling her about the pillows.  I pulled one out and whacked a glass lamp, it almost fell over, but it didn’t.  I said to her, “that was close and I was glad it didn’t break”, and she said “You have to be more careful, Ms. Edie.”

The lamp was kind of square, almost like modern artwork, with a glass body made of individual glass pieces, the front piece was blue, the others clear, a silver base, the shade was kind of square also and silver.  the hardware holding the lamp together was silver also.

Paulette = prophetic anointing, God speaking, the Prophet speaking to me

Pillows (2)=rest in the Lord (or the gift of ministry?), white covers = righteousness

Embroidery, colors – needlework. Design, white with multicolor thread patterns  (?)

Lamp, blue glass, square –  blue = holy spirit, lamp=eye, walk, word of God  glass =transparent, clear  square = (?)

Silver Jeep Liberty – Wisdom, general purpose army vehicle, freedom, silver =really high quality ministry, the Word of God

Interpretation: Healing Dream

In working for Paulette, we were at an event in San Marcos.  At the end of it, I took Darryl’s CD around to some of the Pastors and asked them to pray about inviting him up to play.  It seemed harmless to me at the time, but it was VERY wrong.  I feel this ruined our relationship.

Part of my job I also transgressed by trying to do QuickBooks with so little training, thinking it would be much like Quicken, and doing it wrong as a result.

I think Paulette is ok with it, I apologized and repented, but am feeling the after effects of the transgression – the “staining” of the righteousness of the white pillow cases.  I realized that I was careless and wrong and shouldn’t have done that at that meeting.  I also shouldn’t have tried to work with the ministry books without really having a handle on the Quicken program.  Therefore God, who is Paulette in my dream, accordingly says, “You have to be more careful, Edie.”

The lamp is the Word of God, my eye and my walk.  I need to be more careful with the precious ministry and ministry associates that God has given me.

Interestingly enough, I had to pick my Dad up from the auto repair shop this morning.  When I pulled into the driveway, the mechanic was working on a Silver Jeep Liberty!!  Talk about confirmation….