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 so excited to welcome Karen Sipps, who shares a story of the surprising way God opened a door for her to chase down her dreams! We’re so glad to have you here, Karen!
All was not right with the world. I was ¾ of the way into my 60-minute drive to work, four-month-old twins in tow. My overwhelmed, new-Mommy-brain was in full force that morning, and as I rounded a corner I realized I’d brought my babies for a full day of daycare with no bottles. Oh, I’d made them alright, four bottles apiece. They were still sitting in all of their nutritious glory in an insulated cooler on the kitchen counter.
We headed back home, grabbed the bottles, and turned around to go back to work.
With my hour-long commute well past its second hour, I was listening to a different morning radio crew than usual. They were talking about dreams and goals and God’s plans for our lives. The radio personality asked listeners to call in and share which career they would have that is different from their current career.
My foggy brain snapped to attention. She’s talking to me.
My fingers dialed the numbers I had dialed a million times before to win concert tickets, answer quizzes, or request songs, except this time it was actually ringing.
“So? What do you want to be when you grow up?” the voice on the line asked.
“A writer. I would write children’s stories. I would have an entire library full of stories and read them in schools across the country,” I replied.
“So why don’t you? It’s never too late,” she said.
As I thought up excuse after excuse as to why I couldn’t get started right now (I had babies. A full time engineering job. A husband to love on. I had written a story and didn’t know where to go next, yada yada…) it dawned on me that I had waited for so long, assuming that God was the one who tucked my dreams into a shoebox on a shelf, when in reality it was me.
God still had my dream box in the palm of His hands, and He was waiting on ME. (<====Tweet this.)
Not for perfect timing, not for the right conditions, not for me to be less busy. He was simply waiting on me to take a step. I had assumed that following the deepest desires of my heart was a one-time shot but if there’s a God-Sized Dream that keeps you awake at night, there’s no way it can be. Those dreams are keeping you awake for a reason.
God used that phone call to welcome me back to my dreams. Leaving my babies’ precious milk at home was no accident – that was God. It was a quiet nudging that whispered “I still believe in you.” The radio host connected me with a local author who connected me with his editor. Together, we worked on my first children’s book manuscript, and several stories to follow. Little by little, I’d taught myself to write webpages and opened a website with free stories for children. I’ve even watched as God planted a different type of flower in my writing garden with my first devotional book.
There is an inexplicable joy that fills your soul when you do the work you are meant to do. (<====Tweet this.) That’s true for me, and I know it’s true for you as well.
I’m still an engineer. Still have two beautiful 8-yr-old babies. Still loving on my husband. But I don’t wait for things to be perfect to follow my heart and pursue the God-Sized Dream He has for me. Does it take a little more effort to work on your GSD while you’re doing something else? Yes. But saving yourself for perfect conditions allows others to miss out on the talents and gifts that God gave you to share with a world that needs you right now.
Are you saving yourself? For the right time, the right conditions, the right age, the right whatever before you begin? Don’t. Don’t save yourself for when conditions are perfect, because God wants to use you right now. Don’t be afraid to take the box off the shelf and start right where you are with the first step of your God-Sized Dream. You can do it.
So? What do you want to be when you grow up?
Cheering For You,
Photo Credit: Nicolas Raymond
Karen Sipps has been in love with writing since she was a little girl. She is the creator of christianbedtimestories.com and the author of More Than Sales: Seeking God’s Heart for your Direct Sales Business. She encourages women and girls of all ages to love and embrace themselves exactly the way God created them — God-Sized Dreams and all! She blogs from the heart (and sometimes the funny bone) at Perhaps This. Catch up with her on Facebook or Twitter.
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