Giving my specific dream to God

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”

5 lessons broken dreams teach us

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.

 

Then it happened again.

Another letter of rejection.

I had spent years toiling over my novel, a story that wasn’t just close to my heart – it WAS my heart. And my heart was shattered. Continue reading “5 lessons broken dreams teach us”

Where pain and thankfulness meet

Periodically thankfulness is resurrected, dusted off and hashtagged. At Thanksgiving, we traditionally share our list of thanks at a table full of food, elbow-to-elbow with family. On social media, we sometimes take up “challenges” from friends to post a week’s worth of things we are thankful for.

These are great.

Yet…

My thankfulness seems hollow. Continue reading “Where pain and thankfulness meet”

Lord, I can’t hear you

 

Sometimes God is abundantly clear which way He wants us to go. Other times, He is not so clear. I’m in the latter right now. The near future is uncertain for me. One of many paths lay before me, and I am unsure which is the right one.

If you are in that place too, I hope this prayer helps you as you continue to seek God’s will.

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Lord, I can’t hear You.

I am asking You: Where do I go from here? Which way do I turn? I am standing at this fork in the road and everything is blank. I cannot tell which path is Yours. My feet are trembling. My mind is spinning.

My ears clamor to hear a voice behind me saying “This is the way, walk in it” (Isaiah 30:21). Lord, do I turn right or left? Do I boldly go through the middle of this, or do I quietly go around?

I am straining to hear You. To find Your voice over all the others. I am desperate to hear it. Continue reading “Lord, I can’t hear you”