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 Abby McDonald, who shares encouragement and hope when it comes to taking those steps toward our dreams. We know her words will bless you!
“Writing is a real job.” The words were simple, and just what I needed to see at that moment. My instructor posted them on the forum of an online class I had been taking for several months.
Sometimes, when we pursue our dreams it feels more like whimsy than an actual job. And often, it is at first. We act on that initial impulse and are filled with giddiness and vision. Our momentum carries us.
But then we hit that first hurdle. Life happens. We realize that there is actual work involved. Research and networking and things that have nothing to do with our passion. We are tempted to give up. After all, we don’t have time for all of that, right?
A few weeks ago, I came to the realization that if I wanted to pursue my God-sized dream to write, I was going to need more time. Aside from keeping up with my blog, I wanted to begin researching the market and submitting to periodicals, take-home-papers and other print publications.
As I considered the possibility of putting my three-year-old in preschool for a few hours one day a week, I felt selfish. Why should I pay someone else to watch my child when I could do it myself? Writing was just a hobby. I could follow my dream later.
I spent the next week worrying about the decision and then spoke to my husband about it. He gave me the best advice ever. Pray. Take it to the One who will never withhold the wisdom we lack. We need only to ask. (James 1:5)
The pursuit of our God-sized dreams will always be in vain unless we seek the wisdom of the One who gave them to us.
We cannot rely on our own sound judgment to carry us. We must be continually seeking and abiding in the One who can give us the discernment we lack. (<====Tweet this.)
For the next few days after my conversation with my husband, I prayed. I prayed while making my son’s lunch for school. I prayed while lying in the bed at night. I prayed while driving to the bus stop.
Then, I saw the teacher’s post in the online forum. “Writing is a real job.” It takes real time and real effort and planning. As I once heard author and speaker Suzie Eller say, “Until we start honoring it first, nobody else around us will.”
I filled out the registration paperwork for the nursery school and the following week, I dropped my son off for the first time. He walked right in and began playing. He didn’t even turn to acknowledge me with a “good-bye” as I turned to go.
When, unexpectedly, self-doubt crept into my thoughts the next day, I received notification that I’d placed runner-up in a writing contest I’d entered the previous month. God’s faithful reminder to keep pressing forward. To run the race to which He had called me.
Just as God’s unwavering love is constant, the reminder was right on time. (<====Tweet this.) Sitting in my inbox that morning, helping me to remember that when we are obedient to the prompting God places in our hearts, He is steadfast in seeing us though.
Is there is a step toward your God-sized dream that you’ve been hesitant to take? If so, can I encourage you to take your worry to the One who gave you the dream in the beginning?
He will guide you and give you the wisdom you need to make a sound decision. If we pay attention to the cues and are watchful for His answer, He will lead us each step of the way.
Photo Credit: Daniel Oines
Abby McDonald is a southern girl, currently living on the mountain side of Maryland, who fell in love with writing at a young age. For most of her life, she never shared her writing with anyone. She started Fearfully Made Mom because she felt God gently pushing her to share her writing with others who may feel alone in their struggles with self-doubt, accepting God’s grace, and finding their identity in Christ. Her desire is to show women they are fearfully and wonderfully made by a God who will relentlessly pursue them, even during their darkest times. Abby would love to connect with you on her blog, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.
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