When God nudges you to new: The birth of ETCH with Carrie Flener

Carrie Flener felt something was missing. With her youngest child entering preschool, she sensed God was nudging her to do something in addition to mom duties. However, after being a stay-at-home mom for the previous 9  years and having moved several times because of her husband’s job in television news, she knew her resume would not open many career doors in the traditional way.

A self-starter, she had run an Etsy shop for a time while her kids were little, as well as an in-home bread business for a season. She enjoyed the flexibility the ventures had offered, and she entertained the notion of starting her own business, though no idea stood out to her.

“I longed for more, but wasn’t sure what that looked like,” she said. Continue reading “When God nudges you to new: The birth of ETCH with Carrie Flener”

6 reasons giving up your dreams is a terrible idea

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Reasons to quit chasing your dreams are easy to come by. In fact, they come by on their own ugly selves, right up in your face like the bullies they are, spitting hot and loud.

They like to yell at you how preciously scarce are time, money, energy, resources and support from others.

Reasons to quit pursuing your dreams like to front as legitimacy, but their sole reason for existence is to tear down a dreamer – to deceive the warrior into laying down arms.

Quitting can be tempting, especially in the middle of the hard, and your battered mind and soul ache for salve of clarity and encouragement.

Behold, weary dreamer. The six truths of why you should never quit pursuing your dreams. Continue reading “6 reasons giving up your dreams is a terrible idea”

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}”