On Wednesdays 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 welcome back Sarah Donegan to this space! She is sharing an exciting update with us and the dream journey God is taking her on. Thank you for your words today, Sarah!
This time last year, I declared I was going to write a book. This was the year! Cue the trumpets!
I sat down and wrote for a few weeks using words that didn’t remotely sound like me. As hard as it was, I put that aside and started fresh. I refused to think of it as wasted time, but instead took it as it was- a learning experience. This same thing happened again, but that time I stopped because there wasn’t enough material for a book.
Well, the third time’s the charm! For six months, I sat at my computer and typed for hours at a time. It was exhausting and I wondered many times how I was going to finish this. Every time I sat down to write, I prayed and asked God to give me the right words and He came through.
The topic that finally stuck is intentional spending. Last July, my family and I decided to spend less so we could give more. For three months, I didn’t buy makeup or books. We ate at home more and didn’t buy toys for our girls. By making little changes, we were able to start a Compassion International sponsorship and support missionary friends. Most of all we changed our perspective. No longer did we look away when a need came up. We knew right away that this was how God intended for us to be. He wants our hands open so things flow through us and don’t stop with us. The sense of entitlement that is so prevalent these days slowly began to release its grip on us.
Our family learned and grew and began to rub off on others, so I decided to write and help other families start this journey. Really, there doesn’t have to be much given. If we give up a little, someone else can have a lot. God makes sure of it. (<====Tweet this.)
A book about giving wouldn’t be complete without the money going to a good cause. Two dollars from every copy sold goes to our church’s campaign to pay off our building mortgage. We have a dream to be debt free so we can do more in our community.
I’m not going to lie-the book writing process was not easy. I learned that I love writing my blog because it is different every time. Writing about the same topic EVERY DAY wore me down. It required God’s strength and breath in every word. I had to lean on Him for it all.
If you are interested in purchasing a copy, it is called Intentional Spending and is available through Amazon. I pray that it blesses you and pushes you to put others ahead of yourself. That is the only way to live!
I know it may be easy at times to give up on what we feel God has put in our hearts. Too many missteps or delays dampen our spirits and make us wonder if we heard right. Sometimes we just have to keep going and follow through when it seems like a lost cause. A dream may change shape in some way, but if it is from God, it will happen. (<====Tweet this.)
And the dream will be worth it.
Photo Credit: Rennett Stowe (some changes made)
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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