I lost my dreams

52486578_10156502674883822_8446383019597496320_nAbout a year ago, I created a writer’s notebook. It contained all of my blog ideas, book ideas, to-do lists, etc. I called it my dream binder.

It was exciting to have a place to write down my dreams. I worked extra hard making it cute, designing the cover, filling the pages, and putting my hopes down on paper. I had all of the matching paper-binder essentials: page protectors, section dividers, sticky notes, paper clips, and cute pens.

In the beginning, I kept it with me everywhere I went. It was in my teacher tote bag or on my desk. I would think of something fabulous and write it down. It was tucked away and safe in that binder.

Over time, it began spending more time on the shelf and less time with me.

Recently, I went to a writer’s boot camp. It was inspiring and refreshing to be around others with the same aspirations. After this weekend, I realized I needed to take my dreams off the shelf.

This morning, I went on a search for my dreams. I was frantic. It couldn’t be far. It felt as though I just put those dreams on the shelf yesterday. Truth was that I could not remember the last time I saw the notebook and wasn’t even 100% sure what it looked like exactly.

No matter. I knew I would know it as soon as I saw it. As I was searching for my dream binder, I realized the irony that I had tucked my dreams so far away that I almost couldn’t find them.

Has that ever happened to you? Have you had a dream that was so amazing when you first dreamed it, but the idea of it actually happening seemed so foreign that you tucked it away for later and then it almost disappeared?

Dear Friends, God wants us to dream big! He created us and planted those dreams inside of us. I pray Ephesians 3:14-21 for you today as you seek God’s big dreams for your life. Much Love Peeps! 

Risky Business

I havRiskRelease-700x467e never thought of myself as much of a risk taker. I like good odds and playing it safe.

My dad taught me to plan and to think. If you ask my children, my brother, or any other family member what quote we could attribute to my dad, it would be, “pay attention.”

This phrase has stuck with me everyday whether I am driving, deciding what’s for lunch, planning a trip to Disney, or something far more serious. I am always paying attention to all the details. I am keenly aware of all the variables.

Part of my safety first mindset is due to losing at the risk-taking game. I took the risk and lost. I gave my heart to the wrong person. I chose the wrong job. So, now I play it safe.

So as I sit here today debating between the safe and the risky, I wonder what if God intended me to be risky. I am not suggesting to be irresponsible, but risky in the sense that only God can accomplish this thing deep inside you. What if that thing deep inside you was not only put there by God, but will only come to fruition if we give it to him and step away from the safe? 

Ephesians 3:14-21 is one of my favorite passages. I feel like it is the best pep talk ever. It is a charge to be filled with his Spirit, know the love of Christ, be filled with love and the fullness of God. Then there is a shift from the author’s wish for the believer to a praise for God that makes me want to cheer like Alabama just won the National Championship game! It gets me fired up! 

Ephesians 3:20-21(ESV) “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen”

Are you standing up? Are you cheering like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman at the horse show? You should be! That’s good stuff right there!

That thing that God has spoken into your heart that you are afraid to even speak, give it to him. When you are afraid, read 20-21 again. When you are unsure that you can accomplish this thing, give it to him. He is able to accomplish more that you can ask or imagine!