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 Julie Steck to God-sized Dreams. She shares how by having curious faith, God has moved some mountains in her life . Thanks for being here today, Julie!
“Did you hear how it went?” I asked my daughter who plopped herself down in a chair beside me.
“Yes, Mom,” she responded. “I think the neighbors heard you!”
Ok, so I get a little loud when I’m excited.
If there was ever something to be excited about, it was that phone conversation I just hung up from.
The week prior I had learned of the B.L.A.S.T. mentorship program led by Shannon Ethridge. She desires to help build leaders, authors, speakers and teachers. Before you’re accepted into the program you get a 30 minute phone conversation with Shannon herself.
I was wide awake at 12:30 a.m. this morning thinking about the impending phone call. The questions they had on the website kept running through my mind.
What are my goals?
Why do I want to enroll in this program?
What do I see myself doing?
I remember not too long ago a beautiful lady named Wendy Speake Brunner asked me what I wrote about. And my mind went blank. If there had been crickets present beside me, you would’ve heard them singing.
“Well…you know…life and stuff…” I muttered.
I was so mad at myself for not being able to answer her confidently. What I write about should permeate every pore and cell of my body. It should overflow easily from my tongue at any moment because it’s a part of who I am.
I didn’t want the same thing to happen with Shannon’s phone conversation.
When the call finally came I said one final OK God, here we go prayer, put on my happiest smiley phone voice and said, “Hello”.
Fifteen minutes into the conversation I realized this call was a Godsend in ways I was oblivious to at 12:30 this morning.
I was telling Shannon all the crazy ways things were lining up just then – things only God could orchestrate.
I had just won a writing contest put on by Faith Radio. As a result I have a 15 minute interview with editors from Bethany House Publishing! After my story won, I contacted the local newspapers and even the Huffington Post who all agreed to feature the story.
But I was stuck on one thing: a book proposal. I self-published my first book in May and have a dream of it being traditionally published.
Shannon finally said, “Julie, what if I helped you with your book proposal and your pitch to the publishers? We can end the call now and pick it back up on Monday? You might just land this deal!”
Oh. My. Goodness. Umm, let me think about that….YES!
Now do you see why I was talking so loud when my daughter walked in?
When I walked back into my room after the whole thing calmed down, I caught a glimpse of what shirt I was wearing in the mirror. It was the Curious Faith shirt I got from Allume when I agreed to join Logan’s street team for her first book.
The words illuminated back at me. Curious Faith.
Her book meant so much to me at the time I read it – sitting with my Papa in the hospital, life fraying around me. She encouraged me to be curious about what God was doing even in the hard stuff. Even when things didn’t make sense.
I believed and agreed with her.
I saw plenty of mountains in my life, and it challenged me to think my faith could move them. They felt impossible to move.
But in some small way, I took the challenge. I took one step. And then another.
During this time I wondered what God was doing. I was curious, looking under every rock, wondering what God may have for me there. Sometimes there was nothing, while other times there were valuable gems. I would have never found the gems if I hadn’t been curious.
God has shown me He notices when we are curious about Him and His plans for us. He will move mountains with our mustard seed of faith. It may take a little time, but keep believing my friend. His plan for your life will unfold. And as it does, it’s worth shouting about!
Julie loves preparing her family’s favorite foods in the kitchen, reading compelling stories in the living room and admiring God’s sunrises every morning over the fields. She and her husband live in Texas where she finds joy in life’s simple illustrations and writes about them wherever she can. You can connect with Julie on her Blog, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
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