The Current State of My Life

I’m writing to you from a cluttered desk and with a cluttered mind. I’m writing to you not as a writer but as a woman whose plans are being rerouted one by one, and she is like a GPS chanting “recalculating” while the car just keeps driving forward in the direction she didn’t plan.

Ever have that feeling?

The world keeps spinning and you would like it to stop or at least slow down because the dizziness is getting worse?

I had a plan for this summer. For writing, for work, for child rearing, for home tending, for discipling. And every blessed one of them has been rerouted. Continue reading “The Current State of My Life”

Remembering why I chase this dream: Eryn Lynum’s response to discouragement

The numbers don’t always add up. The business sometimes has such a thin margin, Eryn Lynum wonders if it is worth the heartache.

Rationality – practicality – may seem to push her toward making another choice, but Eryn won’t stop chasing this dream. CAN’T stop chasing this dream. Continue reading “Remembering why I chase this dream: Eryn Lynum’s response to discouragement”

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”

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}”