What I want my daughters to remember about me pursuing my dream

About a month ago, my family helped me convert the playroom into a writing office.

My first-ever writing office. My first-ever claim to a physical territory representing the creative one I had long been staking out.

For so many years, I was afraid to make this claim, to bravely plant a flag in the physical sphere and say, “This is my space.”

Self-doubt, fear of failure, fear of selfish ambition held me back from making this claim.

(Read: Is My Dream Selfish Ambition?)

I felt I didn’t deserve to have a writing office. Continue reading “What I want my daughters to remember about me pursuing my dream”

How do I know if my dream aligns with God’s will? {#DreamChaser series}

So, so, so much time have I spent fretting over this question. I know I’m in good company.

Jeremiah 17:9 tells us “the heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure.” In light of this truth, it’s no wonder we struggle knowing if our dream is from God. How easily our hearts lead us to desires we are not meant to have.

The heart is where Jesus lives, but it is the first thing to fall to pride.

So how do we know if our dreams align with His will?

I have learned some key imperatives in my search for an answer. Continue reading “How do I know if my dream aligns with God’s will? {#DreamChaser series}”

The test for selfish ambition {#DreamChaser series}

Last week, we talked about the often-misunderstood Biblical directive to avoid selfish ambition.

(Read: Is my dream selfish ambition?)

As a godly dream chaser, the very phrase “selfish ambition” strike fear into my heart. I spent many years fearing my dream was selfish, to the point of not moving forward with the dream God had laid on my heart.

(Read: Giving My Specific Dream to God)

Today, though I have come to a much clearer understanding of what it means to “do nothing out of selfish ambition,” (Philippians 2:3) I still routinely check myself and my pursuits against the selfish ambition test. Continue reading “The test for selfish ambition {#DreamChaser series}”

Is my dream selfish ambition? {#DreamChaser series}

Selfish ambition.

No words strike fear into the heart of this godly dream chaser quite like those two. The Bible warns against doing anything out of selfish ambition (Philippians 2:3). For me, this instruction is as emotion-packed as the “submissive wife” one, and is equally misinterpreted.

For many years, I believed my dream of making a living from writing was selfish. Convinced of it, actually. Continue reading “Is my dream selfish ambition? {#DreamChaser series}”

Giving my specific dream to God {#DreamChaser series}

The #DreamChaser series features inspiring personal stories and lessons I learned as I bravely chase the dream God laid on my heart of being a writer. This article was originally published on God-Sized Dreams.

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I had a bad habit in my relationship with God. I insisted on holding back something vital to our communication.

I have never had a hesitation in being honest with Him in my prayers about my struggles, pain, disappointment, praise, awe and worries. But the one area I reserved in a very special place only for me is my dream. My specific dream.

I wouldn’t let Him have it. Not one utterance of one syllable. Continue reading “Giving my specific dream to God {#DreamChaser series}”