Book release party! Uncage My Brave now available

The day has come. The caged bird has been set free, my friends, for it is her time to fly.

Uncage My Brave: Pray Brave, Fly Free is officially for sale on Amazon right this hot minute!

I am BURSTING with excitement and gratitude for this day. So much so, I’ve asked some of those closest to me to celebrate with a blog party (Get it? Block party but BLOG party. See, this is how writers get their kicks. It’s pretty fun. Try it at home.) Continue reading “Book release party! Uncage My Brave now available”

A prayer for the dream chaser {#DreamChaser series}

As my dream-chasing adventure unfolds, I find myself in this weird, uncomfortable position. One foot in familiar territory and one stepping toward that which I cannot see or really even imagine.

Unsettling? Yes.

At the same time, within me stirs a robust hope colored with wonder. It makes me eager to see the next, as if I’m a child trying to fall asleep on Christmas Eve. Continue reading “A prayer for the dream chaser {#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}”