On Tuesdays we are thrilled to fling open the doors to all of YOU! We love hearing your dreaming stories…the lessons you’ve learned, the roads you’ve walked, the dreams He’s planted in your hearts! Today we are excited to welcome Sarah Donegan, who shares about the amazing things God can do when we are willing to say, “Yes!”
August has come to be an important month for me, and not just because my girls start school. It has come to be my new dream month. The last two years, God has pushed me to start things I never would have come up with on my own.
August has come to mean excited anticipation.
Two years ago, in August, my youngest started Pre-Kindergarten. I thought I would get a part time job, but God had other plans. I opened an email from my church with upcoming volunteer opportunities. It mentioned volunteering with hospice. The computer screen lit up like this was written just for me. It even included serving tea to residents and families, and I grew up drinking tea with my Mom and Grandma. But hospice? Our experience with my Mom and hospice left me in awe of these people who must be saints. I am not a saint!
I wrestled with God all night, telling Him I am not good enough for this. The next day I talked it over with my best friend and my husband. I decided to do the training and cried many times over the memories it brought up. It has been two years and I am still at it. The sweet people I have met have made all the tears worth it. I even spent a few hours one day holding a woman’s hand because she was afraid to be alone. She woke every 15 minutes, and as long as I was there, she was peaceful.
What a privilege.
Last spring, in a ladies’ Bible Study, I felt the conviction to start a prayer group at our large church. The pastor I started working with called me an answer to prayer. I was scared to death at the thought of praying in front of people, just as I always have been.
So why did God pick me?
My guess is because I was getting the hang of being willing. When God calls us to do something, it is going to be too big for us. (<====Tweet this.) When He calls us out on the water, all we have to do is take that step.
At the end of last summer, in August, we had our first official prayer meeting. We meet twice a month, and I am still amazed at the requests people trust me with. I have been humbled and encouraged, especially when non-believers ask me to pray. It is an honor to be a part of this group on my journey to always saying yes to God.
After only writing consistently this year, on my blog Strain Me, I feel God wants me to start writing a book this August. When I heard that voice, I thought of all the reasons I can’t.
But God reminded me that it doesn’t matter that I can’t. It matters that He can. (<====Tweet this.)
He gave me the gift to encourage with words, and I am charged with using them to glorify Him. I will have to rely on God for every single word and idea, but I am past the fear of failure this time. If God asks me to do something, to take a step, I know He has a purpose for it and will lead me. When I am obedient to God, He takes that willingness and runs with it.
Now I can’t wait to see what God has planned for next August!
Photo Credit: Vincent Lock
Sarah Donegan is a wife, mom, and lover of Jesus. She grew up a tea drinker but switched to coffee once kids came along. Now that her girls are in school, she is embracing the plans God has for her instead of trying to force her own that just don’t fit right. When she isn’t singing or reading, she is probably writing. You can find her at her blog, StrainMe.
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