I have been slowing down more, but I have a long way to go. If you haven’t checked out Jeff Goins Slow Down Challenge you should. It is crucial that you chase your dream the right way. I am becoming more effective and getting much better results out of my activity the more I slow down. Now slowing down to watch more T.V. is not the goal. To slow down and admire life while living in the moment is our aim. This beauty of slowing down will propel your dream if you marry the two ideas.

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I pray that after last week’s post you have written out your vision so that you don’t waste your opportunities.

Too often we scurry around for what? We know we have to say no to the good things to say yes to the great, however, we still say yes to everything! Get off the hamster wheel!

After praying and seeking God and writing down what He has put in your heart, it is time to breathe life into it. We do this through partnering with God and planting seeds. Slow down and examine your activity. What seeds are you planting? What harvest will you reap?

Be specific when sowing seed. Could you imagine a farmer grabbing random seeds and tossing them out all over the ground? He would reap a harvest, but it would be weeds, flowers and a crop. However, if instead he maps out his property deciding what to plant and where to plant it, he will receive a harvest that can support his family. The farmer is just as active in both scenarios, but with drastic differences. Make sure that your activity is aimed at your vision.

Focus on the planting. When a farmer is planting his field he sows many seeds. Your dream will be the same way. You will sow many seeds to turn it into reality. The temptation is to plant a seed and see if anything happens. It is a big temptation for me to post a blog and then stare at the analytics for a few days. My activity and planning slow way down to watch to see if a seed sprouts. Rather, I should post the blog and move onto something new right away. Planting with a purpose, then another and another. Focus on focused activity.

The only way to change your life or to have new breakthrough is to do things differently than you have done them. Slow down, take your vision and create action steps to turn it into reality. Remove the bad or good seeds and plant many great seeds with purpose and vision. Be blessed on your journey.

 What are you sowing this week?

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A close friend of mine that runs a highly successful tech company asked me a few weeks ago, “What are your plans for the future?” I heard myself say, “I don’t know?” Like a slow motion fail. To me this interaction showed a deeper problem. Interactions just like that surrender opportunities to advance and spread our vision. One small question that could be an open door surrendered. You and I never know who people know and what they need. In these moments, the dream inside of me and the dream inside of you almost shrinks back.

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Why do we get so confused?

Doubt and fear pull us down. Good opportunities push us away from the dreams we feel God speaking into us. This is why I stopped and had no answer. Has this happened to you? Bold in a direction one day and then a few days later bold in a different direction. Yeah me neither. I was asking for a friend. In all actuality this happens to us all, yet we feel fear telling us not to talk about it. Our minds change on their own. What we think matters. Someone we trust says, “It doesn’t matter.” These things will push and pull us causing us to stand still. Stop the confusion!

Don’t waste another opportunity!

I don’t want you or I to waste another opportunity. Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision the people perish.” So, with vision the people shall flourish. What is your vision? Could you explain it to me? What problem are you solving and for who are you solving it? You need to write it down. You need to know what you are aiming at. This is the only way to overcome the push and pull that will happen in your life.

Write down what you feel God calling you to in 3 to 5 years. In other words, where are you headed? Don’t think about the obstacles for a second. We live so small. We overestimate what we can do in a day and underestimate what we can do in a few years.

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The power of being focused for a period of time cannot be overstated. Writing and sticking to what you wrote will save you time and energy. Your written vision will help you in what to say “no” to and what to say “yes” to. It will stop you and I from getting so distracted with all the shiny things out there. Make it a priority to pray, seek God, and write down what He is saying.

Expand your horizons. Allow yourself to have the expectant hope of a child again. Write it down and start walking in that direction. Be prepared to share, learn from me and capitalize on opportunities to share your dream. Be blessed on your journey.

What do you feel God calling you to in the next three years?

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God has given me almost all of the dreams of my heart. Yet it seems like some of the dreams may never happen. It reminds me that I am no different than one of my favorite dream chasers from the Bible, Abraham. The great faith that this man had amazes me. He was not perfect, yet he showed time and time again that he would trust God. Unfortunately, I think he is most remembered for one of his mistakes; a time in his life when he and his wife lacked faith to see the full promise of God.

God had promised Abraham that he would be the start of a great nation. That his descendants would be as numerous as the stars. I can only imagine his excitement because Abraham and Sarah had no children. This is something that they both longed for.

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Years went by and God had given them land and great wealth but no children. That is when the major doubt started to come in. So much that Sarah decided it was a good idea to have her children come through her maidservant, Hagar. She presented the idea to Abraham and he agreed. He took Hagar to be his other wife.

Hagar went on to give birth to Ishmael. God’s promise to make Abraham a great nation was still there. He was to make Abraham and Sarah the start. She would have a son named, Isaac. Honestly, all they did by taking the dream of having numerous descendants into their own hands complicated their relationship and their lives.

It is amazing to me what we are all capable of when we want something so bad. When we elevate our dream to an improper height, it can easily distort and change to find a way that seems logical at the time but has major consequences.

On the path to your dream you will face the Ishmael test. It looks different for all of us, however, there will be a point in time that you will be tempted to settle and plan for what you know is second best. For what you are fully aware is not what God intends. You will have a point where your hope is weak. This is when great faith will be required of you.

When Abraham and Sarah had the Hagar idea Abraham was eighty-six. He had lived in the land God promised him for over ten years. This is the time where you will be tempted to settle. When the window of time appears to be closing. When the journey has been long. Don’t stop. Just keep walking out the path that God has laid before you.

What God promises he will fulfill in His timing and in His way. Do not rationalize and justify, but do your part. Keep taking focused steps and trusting God with the rest. Be blessed on your journey.

Have you been tempted to settle for less than God’s best?

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Love In Marriage

Zechariah Newman —  June 24, 2014 — 11 Comments

This week my wife and I have been married ten years. Though I am far from having all of the answers I have learned a few things along the way. There is one that sticks out like a sore thumb and that is I fail to meet the expectations put on me by the scripture. My wife who is full of mercy says, “You are too hard on yourself.” But let’s look at what the Bible says. In Ephesians 5:25 it says, “I am to love my wife the way Christ loved the church and gave His life up for her.

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If I was honest, in the early years my love was more often than I like to admit manipulative. Some thoughts that I had, What can I get? What do I need to do to get it? Though my acts look sacrificial, they were more for me than my loving wife.

While chasing your dream, it is beyond important to focus on the first things. One of those is the spousal relationship. As a man this is mainly for us guys, but I pray married or single, man or woman, you find value in this. As men, we have one job; to love like Christ. It is not to tell our wives to submit, (a peeve of mine), but to love in a sacrificial way. To lay down our wants and desires for the good of our wives. To lead in a servant way. To be strong by being gentle. Because in 1 Corinthians 13:3-8 it says, Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.” We are called to love our partners in this manner. In the same way God loves us. So let’s all whether male or female, single or married, raise our game. Let’s love a little more on the journey of life. Be blessed on your journey.

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It is amazing to me that God created everything. Both what is seen and unseen. It says in Genesis 1:14- 15, “Then God said, ‘Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth;’ and it was so.” Have you ever thought of this simple truth that God invented time?

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Priorities with our time is crucial, yet I have failed time and time again. Judging by emails I received this last couple of weeks I am not alone. We as God believing people have failed, at least at times, to put God as Lord of our time.

Busyness. I believe this is an attack from the enemy. It has invaded every aspect of our culture. It is so all-consuming that it is our response when someone asks how we are doing. “Really busy” is an excuse we use and for me is a sign I am out of alignment. We struggle with slowing down and we certainly don’t have time to sit at the feet of God. We get stuff done although a lot of the time we can’t say what we have accomplished.

Take a step back. Often in life we need to step back and examine how we are spending our time. Are you getting results out of your time? Are your priorities in line with your belief? Are you keeping God first? Why? These are just a few questions I am asking myself this week. We all will have moments of failure, moments where we have overstretched and have been ineffective. The question always will be in time of failure; how will I react to this? Will I crumble or will I rise stronger? I will choose to center myself back on the cross. I pray you will too.

Multiplication of time. Giving first of anything requires faith. That is why our first fruits in all areas are so important. In Mathew 6:21 it says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” I believe that when we give of our time first to God He will bless the rest. When we leave God out I believe it doesn’t have that blessing accompanied with it. I would rather have an hour that is blessed to work on my dream than four hours that are not. God will multiply your time as you give Him your first fruits.

Today I exhort you to put God first. I guarantee you will have enough time for the things that are important. As you trust God to be Lord of your time He will be faithful. Be blessed on your journey.

What helps you to keep God Lord of your time?

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Focused Energy

Zechariah Newman —  June 10, 2014 — 18 Comments

I have a 16 month old little girl named, Hope. She is our third little bundle of joy and she is busy. She has learned how to walk and now gets into everything. If she is awake, she is going from one thing to another. Toys capture her attention, but overtime she is bored and she has moved onto the next thing. If we are not careful she will get into the garbage or toilet if we don’t shut the bathroom door. Good and bad things occupy her day.

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How many of us never mature beyond this? Always on the go and when someone asks how we are we say, “busy.” It’s like the American answer to give. Rarely focused; just an object in motion. Occupied by the silliest things. Your dream won’t come easy. You need to cut out a lot of the distractions in life. Your dream will require you to focus on one thing for a prolonged period of time. You well could be easily distracted by junk and by good things.

Momentum will happen with your dream over time. It is the prolonged pressure that is required to see your dream through. You must maintain focus on your dream like a magnified glass. The focused energy of the sun through the glass can cause a fire. Our lives, when focused, can have the same effect. When you move the glass around though, there is not enough energy to catch a fire. The lens must stay firmly focused.

At times your dream will feel like it is a million miles away. Keep making small steps in the same direction. The time that it will take is not always fun, however, it is required to become excellent in any skill. Put in focused time and watch your dream take on new life.

When you have success which you will, be careful on how quickly you layer things on top of your beginnings. One of the biggest times for business failure is actually bred out of success. Don’t expand too quickly, rather make calculated moves over time.

So again focus your energy over time and allow God to multiply your dream. Patience is not easy, but it is worth it. Your reaction to distractions will determine whether you will achieve what God has put in your heart. (Tweet it) Be blessed on your journey.

How do you stay focused on your dream?

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The Great Stretch

Zechariah Newman —  June 3, 2014 — 5 Comments

I have been in the later training stage for my next marathon, which is 26.2 miles for those that don’t know. This is my second marathon and in the later stages of training I have a lot to think about since my long runs last three hours. I was pushing out my mileage this last week and I thought how important this concept is to any dream chasing journey. We must constantly push through to new stages and new levels of being uncomfortable.

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When I first started to exercise I couldn’t run a mile without stopping. In fact, I felt like I was going to die! Little by little I pushed beyond what felt fun and comfortable. If you would have told me that I would run marathons, I would have laughed at you. Now seven to ten miles are short runs. As I write this, I think about how amazing the journey in life is.

Think about it. What today do you do that use to seem impossible? I have three awesome kids that are five and under. I still remember when we had one and it seemed so hard. Now if anyone watches two of our kids, it feels like a vacation! (My wife and I are done with the stretch of more kids). We need to be comfortable with the uncomfortable. I know that sounds silly, but it is the truth. There is great comfort in the embrace and overall peace of discomfort.

Pain unfortunately is part of the process. While long distance running, one pain will subside as you run through it and another will begin. The pain of change is real, but so is the pain of regret. Most often in my life the pain of change is more physical, however, the pain of regret affects all areas of my life. If we are going to go through pain no matter what, I will choose the pain of change. How about you? Which pain will you choose to embrace?

Keep stretching, press through to new levels and embrace the pain of change. If you and I allow our lives to be molded, we will never be the same. So as Paul said in Philippians 4:13, “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” How about you? Will you press on? Will you allow God to stretch you? Don’t shrink back to comfortable, rather look forward in hope and anticipation. Be blessed on your journey.

What helps you to stretch?

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God instructed the Israelites many times to make monuments of remembrance so that in the future they would remember what God had done for them. This is my monument post. It has been a year since I started blogging regularly. Thank you for being apart and I hope you have gotten value out of reading.

I have had many highs and lows this last year like I am sure you have. It hasn’t been roses, but God has been and is faithful. I have learned more than I could have ever imagined about faith in the midst of doubt, handling rejection, and keeping priorities. God is always gently teaching us if we will listen.

I broke this monument of reflection into two parts; my top five posts and top five moments from this last year.

Top Posts

5. God Won’t Bless This- Is all about the right heart attitude toward money.

4. Motivation to Start- How do we get the motivation to start something new? That’s what I talk about in this post.

3. Your Calling- Two quick things that may help you figure out your calling.

2. 5 Steps to an Awesome MarriageFive keys to what I believe makes an awesome marriage.

1. Restoring Hope- This post was about hope in the midst of our pain of not being able to have children.

Top Moments

5. Making it a year. I set out to make it one year without missing a week. I did it. Thank you God and what a huge feeling. Thanks for your support this year as well.

4. Talking with many of you. I have been blessed with the opportunity to talk to many of you through phone calls, emails, or the comment section. It has been a blessing getting to know you. If you haven’t reached out, I would love to hear about your dream. zechariahnewman@gmail.com is my email.

3. Helping someone land his dream job. What a cool moment to hear that I got to play apart in helping someone land his dream job. I pray I will get more opportunities to partner with people in the future.

2. Entrepreneur On Fire. I was privileged to be a guest on this major podcast. That felt validating and gave my platform a big push.

1. Writing Dreams That Last. This is my first book on Amazon. The amount of people this can and is helping has amazed me.

I am excited to partner with you in the future to work toward your dream. In this coming year, I am working on my next book and plan on focusing on the speaking aspect of my business. Thank you for being a blessing to me on my journey. Be blessed on your journey.

How can I serve you this next year? What was your biggest moment while working toward your dream this last year?

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Restoring Vision

Zechariah Newman —  May 20, 2014 — 14 Comments

Can I be honest with you? My hope has been deferred. I have settled for comfortable in my heart. Though I have written posts the last few weeks that stir me, I have settled for good content as my aim. I have been focused on the information of content rather than the Creator. vision

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Have you been here? Where you noticed you had changed your perspective though no one could tell? My arteries were clogging with a hopeless feeling though few could tell. Proverbs 13:12 states, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” I began to buy into this hopelessness slowly and steadily my vision of restoration was being laid down for safe and the status quo. My thoughts changed too; just raise your family and settle here with good enough. The problem with this thought is that risk takers are the ones that are change agents. These 5 things will return vision to your life.

Meditate on scripture. Our thoughts need to be transformed from earthly things by His love for us. I have come to this truth. My thoughts left to their own vices communicate worthlessness and fear. However, Romans 8:37 says, “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” God’s word is truth, not our thoughts. Meditating on God’s Word will align your vision with His.

Prayer. Talk to Him! Prayer is essential to a fruitful life. I have felt Him reminding me that my dreaming nature was made by Him. That He loves me. I am growing to understand more and more His love for me. He will speak to you too. Phone home and He will restore your sight to a godly perspective.

Community. I use to be isolated on an island. Not so anymore. Being able to confess and confide with people is essential. Reach out and gather men or women that you can do life with. You need to walk with brothers and sisters in Christ in good times and bad. Walk with people going the same direction in life as you. This will be a big investment in time, but more than worth it. Community opens my eyes to what God says.

Silence and solitude. This is the hardest for me. I am always thinking. Bathing in the presence of God allows Him to love us right where we are. Just rest in God. Start small. This is a muscle that needs to be built. Sit in His presence with no agenda and just listen to Him. Silence and solitude are required to return vision to your life.

Fasting. Fasting is declaring that Jesus is our food and drink that He alone can satisfy. Fasting does not need to be food, however, it must cost something. Since it needs to cost something, do not fast something you don’t enjoy. In fasting we meet Him and hear His love and devotion for us. Fasting can return our vision to His.

Turn our gaze toward You and give us your vision. We bind the father of lies and tell You to reign in our lives. Fall on us in a new way. Reign your glory here in the hearts of your children and fill us with your love. Let those that have ears hear your words. You are who we want. In your timing and your glory. Be blessed on your journey.

How do you return your vision to God’s?

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Born To Fly

Zechariah Newman —  May 13, 2014 — 9 Comments

In the book, A Savior for All Seasons, William Barker tells a great story. It is about a disagreement between a president of a religious college who taught physics and a traveling bishop. The minister insisted that the return of Christ was immanent and that the millennial reign would begin. Why did he think this? “Because just about everything concerning nature has been discovered and all inventions created.”

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The college professor disagreed and insisted that more was out there to be discovered. The preacher challenged him to “Name one.”

The president replied, “Well, I’m certain that within fifty years humans will be able to fly.”

“Nonsense!” shouted the skeptical minister. “Only angels are intended to fly.”

What was this preacher’s name? Wright. He had two sons at home; dreamers named Orville and Wilbur. You know them as the innovative Wright brothers who proved to have a bit more vision than dad!

I thought that this was a great reminder for all of you dreamers out there.

You were designed to dream, plan, and create. God never designed us to be stagnant. If you have not dreamed in a while, ask God to open your eyes to see what He sees. Do not be confined by the mundane in this world, rather dream new God size dreams. Put on His eternal dreams.

Like Orville and Wilbur, you may have family that thinks you are crazy. Do not be disheartened when those you care about don’t understand. Keep pressing into God and trusting Him. Pick up His vision for your life. Today dream new dreams and stretch your mind to what is possible. Mathew 19:26 “Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’” Be blessed on your journey.

Do you spend time dreaming?

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