Your Something New is Coming!

Look, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming. Do you not see it? Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.(Isaiah 43:19, CSB) She gets up, goes to work, comes home, takes care of her family, goes to bed and starts the routine all over again tomorrow. Her life is comfortable and she feels she should be content with what she has because she has more than most and yet….There is a tugging at her heart saying there is something more she was created for. And yet there is a need she sees in the world that she feels ought to be different.  Instead of getting still and tuning into the nudge she thinks it’s too big, too wild, too crazy and so it’s easier to fill her schedule with stuff in order to crowd out the feeling she has and create no space for it to take root. Does that sound like you? I know that was me for many years. I thought that I shouldn’t want anything more, because I essentially had my dream job, I had a family who I loved and loved me and I was doing mission work both locally and globally. So why was I not content? Then I came across Isaiah 43:19, which God used to speak to my weary soul. First of all I realized I was wondering in the wilderness, because the wilderness is essentially our comfort zone. Are you living in your comfort zone or courage zone? We are constantly seeking comfort, comfortable shoes, comfortable clothes, comfortable chairs, comfortable...

Journey to Wholeness

The truth….I have lived my life only letting pieces of me be seen. Since I have been little I have felt like I lived in two worlds. The outer world that I projected to everyone and the inner world that would find me confessing my hurts and pains to my journal.  Somewhere along the journey, I learned that my role was to be the fixer, which in my mind also meant that I needed to be able to fix my own problems and not “bother” anyone else with them. Then in 2016, I felt like I was barely treading water and that at any second I would be overcome by the flood of emotions that were draining my energy and joy.  Dory’s words from Finding Nemo  “just keep swimming,” kept swirling around in my head. The truth was I knew something had to change because what I was doing was not living, but surviving and that is not what we were created for. In John 10:10 Jesus says, “the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” I knew God desired for me to live a life of fullness and wholeness, I just didn’t know how to create that kind of life and then live it. Then through a divine prompting, I reached out to a coach and we began the work of remembering all of who I was created to be.  She asked questions that made me challenge the beliefs I held about myself, my relationships and my business. Through our time together, I began to...

Do I have a God-sized Dream?

I want to lose 20 lbs. I want to drink more water. I want to quit smoking. Those are all great goals, but they are not God-size dreams. I want to visit Ireland. I want to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. I want to learn another language.  Those are all great bucket list experiences, but they are not God-sized dreams. So then what are God-sized dreams? First let’s define what a dream is. A dream is more than a wish or a goal. I love the definition one person gave which said that “dreams are the seed of possibility planted in the soul of a human being, which calls him/her to pursue a unique path to the realization of his/her purpose.” A dream essentially is an encouraging picture of the future that energizes you and that you are empowered to achieve as you live out your full potential. Now a God-sized dream has additional components, but before I share those I want to bust a myth and state one disclaimer. The Myth: Sometimes we think God-sized dreams are only for people who have larger than life personalities or that are smarter, stronger, faster or more courageous than us. The Truth: God-sized dreams happen through ordinary folks like you, me and the person you run into in the coffee line at work. Disclaimer: I also want to encourage you with one disclaimer, I am going to share two God-sized dreams to illustrate the additional components, but please resist the urge to compare. As Theodore Roosevelt once said “comparison is the thief of joy.” Therefore, don’t see these stories as how to achieve...

Do Your Own Thing

I was miserable. I loved my work, but the workplace culture I was in was sucking the joy and life right out of me. Have you ever felt that way, do you feel that way right now? I remember being super excited when this company hired me to build their leadership development program and facilitate their Human Resource (HR) training sessions for their managers and supervisors. I was on cloud nine because this was exactly what I had dreamt of doing since I was a sophomore in college.  However they forgot to mention a few things when I started, like not everyone in the company was thrilled this position was being created and that there was a strained relationship between the two sides of the business which I was being hired right smack dab in the middle of this departmental tension. This became evident within a month, when I got reprimanded for not “staying within my job description.” Who knew that HR training was only three topics? I clearly didn’t get that memo when I pursued my HR degree that’s for sure. However I still felt I had a purpose in the company and shifted using my talents and gifts to creating a stellar leadership development program for the emerging talent in our organization. Although my joy had been drained with the limited HR training I could do, it felt like it was being refueled as I worked on the leadership program. A year later however, all the joy was sucked out of my job. I was told I was being given a “new project” and that I would no...

Go, Set, Ready…It’s time to chase your God-sized dream!

  “I’m not ready yet.” It’s one of the excuses I hear from people as to why they are not living their dream. They want all the stars to line up perfectly before they make a move. They want to have a rock solid plan in place. They want their finances to be secure. They want a sure fire sign from God that they are making the right move. Can you relate? A pastor friend of mine shared that before taking the step to plant a church he asked God to give him two signs to let him know that he was pursuing the right dream since this meant quitting his job, selling his house and uprooting his family. First he wanted a couple or at least an individual to make the move with him and his wife and secondly he wanted to have a worship leader or team in place to start the church with. He didn’t feel he was ready to chase after this God-size dream without at least one of those things. In life we grow up hearing the phrase “Ready, Set, Go,” but the truth is you will never be ready. No one is ever ready to get married, to have kids, to plant a church, to write a book, to start a business. If we wait until we are ready, we will be waiting forever. Plus as Mark Batterson, author of Chase the Lion, points out, “the issue isn’t readiness; it’s willingness.” Are you using readiness as an excuse, when the truth is you are not willing to make your dream happen? The truth...
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