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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Background Behind "The Parable of the Advanced Placement Student"


[  ] Do you enjoy studying the gospel beyond an official curriculum?

[  ] Are you sometimes caught enjoying a book on doctrine/the scriptures rather than playing video games or watching sports events?

[  ] Are you sometimes bummed that you don't know very many people to share your passion for enjoying a deeper, more profound relationship with God?

[  ] Do you sometimes think, "Wow, this is SUCH a cool doctrine! Too bad I can't share it at church!"?

[  ] OK, let's call it like it is: Do you sometimes feel like a freak or wierdo because one of your hobbies is learning about the mysteries of godliness?

If any of the above may apply to you, I invite you to read (or even better, listen to) "Well-Informed, Unquestioned Desire (aka The Parable of the Advanced Placement Student)".

Some background: I've had a few dreams which I felt could be shared on this blog. Even fewer were the dreams which were were deliberately, unmistakably intended for sharing on this blog.

"The Parable of the Advanced Placement Student" was one of those dreams.

Originally posted on Thursday, November 22, 2012, it's a story not only about me, but many of my friends -- those I already knew, those I ended up meeting, and (I suppose) more I have yet to meet.

I was tremendously blessed to have witnessed this story with my own (unconscious) eyes. Even today, my memory retains all the vividness of the dream as it did many years ago.

This post, and especially its accompanying podcast, is a very accurate retelling of my dream, down to the smallest detail and the song at the end.

I hope to it's as meaningful to you as it is to me.


  1. This post was for me. I feel alone in this all the time. My husband knows every detail of this journey I'm on but he doesn't choose to participate, so I'm even alone there. And the one friend I've found who gets it, lives in another state! Funny how closely this post applied directly to me and my situation. Thank you so much for posting it!

    1. I feel this exact way!!! Whenever I get down I turn to this blog or the facebook group for reassurance that I’m not alone. We should be friends 😊 -Sarah

  2. This parable is so true in many ways. It is a lonely path many days when you choose to put off Babylon and the "normal living" to seek the face of the Lord, especially with all the changes prompted by the Spirit along the way. The more I am changed the more joy I feel but the greater the gap becomes obvious to yourself and others. The persecution becomes greater the higher you reach and are lifted... all I can say is it is worth everything or anything we may have to pass through. I feel the Lord lifting me and pouring out His Spirit which more than compensates for the price that comes when one truly desires and embarks on this glorious path towards Him.

  3. It's so comforting to me that even though we are few in numbers, we aren't alone. I can't wait to meet you all in person!

    "And we ​​​talk​ of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we ​​​prophesy​ of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our ​​​children​ may know to what source they may look for a ​​​remission​ of their sins."

  4. Can't share much with others often- promptings so necessary to protect others not ready. I don't want to be the deliverer of a message that puts anyone under condemnation if they will reject truth when they should have been given 'milk' instead of 'meat'

  5. This is so me! Thank you for putting the journey in such a way that speaks so completely to my soul. Thank God we are not alone.