Hey, Devil: You may NOT have my dream {#DreamChaser series}

(Awesome lead photo via DepositPhotos)

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Hey, devil-

Oooh, you think I’m not onto you.

You think I don’t know how to recognize your schemes.

You arrogant fool!

Do you not know I have the One Who Is Greatest?

Of course you do, and that’s why you are ever in motion against what He has planned for me. Continue reading “Hey, Devil: You may NOT have my dream {#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}”

Being me, bravely {Welcome to my new blog home}

March 1, 2017. Let this go down as a date which will live in my heart forever.

Friends, I am delighted to share this momentous day with you.

Today is the day I officially launch a blog under MY OWN NAME. This is my fourth blog, but the first in which I used my own, legal name. No hiding behind awesome titles or themes. This is all me, front and center.

This is the day in which I publicly, without shame, guilt or any other form of captivity, stand in the face of my fear and say, “Be gone!”

This is the day in which I publicly declare my freedom from the fear to be fully and bravely ME. Continue reading “Being me, bravely {Welcome to my new blog home}”

Does what I do even matter to anyone?

 

Babylon Bee, my favoritist tongue-in-cheek news site, shared an article on their Facebook page earlier this week that especially tickled me. The title: “Pastor Labors All Weekend On Church Blog Post Approximately Four People Will End Up Reading.”

Did you laugh?

So did I. I laughed because it is TRUE.

I saw myself in the pastor’s shoes. My goodness, I feel exactly this way every single week. I could have coffee daily with this emotion we are so tight.

I pour time, energy – and, yes, money – into this blog. I care DEEPLY about it. But, inevitably, as the words tumble onto the screen each week, the question poking at my emotional core is, “Does this even matter?” Continue reading “Does what I do even matter to anyone?”