When Unexpected Dreams Come True

Remember that secret that I mentioned in my last post?

Well, the secret is out! You can read all about it here…

http://www.incourage.me/2014/04/introducing-nine-new-incourage-contributors.html

 

You read it right! I am one of the new contributing writers for Incourage! I honestly don’t know how this happened. How did I get here? I did apply. And I did pray that God would lead the team in choosing the new writers. But seriously, how did I make it here amongst such anointed and powerful voices? The only answer that I can think of is that the Lord CHOSE me to be here. This community that I discovered about 2 ½ years ago has played such a huge part in my walk with God. My intimacy with Jesus has grown and I can say with my whole heart that some of my dearest friendships have been found and cultivated in this space.

I have dreams that I only dream about and I have dreams that I have actually spoken out loud. Now those are the really scary ones! When you speak things out loud, there is an expectation of actually doing something about them.

This didn’t fall into either of those categories. This dream of writing for Incourage was the dream that I didn’t even have the courage to just dream about. Being chosen was completely unexpected! Even when I applied, all I thought was that this was probably a long shot. Although I have written poetry for 20 years, I’ve only been a blogger for a year. I’m not qualified. My “platform” isn’t large. What if my story isn’t interesting? What if I am not a good writer?

But God!

Oh, how I love it when He steps in!

He steps in and puts His “super” on my “natural”.
He steps in and perfects His power in my weakness.
He steps in and qualifies me because He has called me.

I came across this amazing quote by my friend on Facebook just this week.

“Seems as though some of the best things come unexpectedly…out of nowhere.” -Tori Mckenzie

There is such truth in this statement!

It’s in the times when we allow God to bring about an outcome, that the beauty of His sovereignty shines forth.

I am learning that when I manipulate a situation, it always falls apart. My strength eventually runs out. But His never does. What He accomplishes will last.

My prayer in this new season is to play a small part in God’s great story. May I be faithful to speak His words of life, love,  hope, truth and purpose into your souls.

 

 

What is the dream in your heart that you haven’t even had the courage to really dream about?

It Has Been One Of Those Days

You know the days that I’m talking about, right?

Days when you are tired
Days when you feel inadequate
Days when you aren’t thinking clearly
Days when you doubt your calling

Yep…those days! I started my blog in the fall of 2012. I had such high hopes of living out the calling that God has had on my life since I was a young child. I wrote in this space for almost a year and then I took a break. My break lasted for WAY longer than I had planned. In the midst of my break, I was laid off from my job. Needless to say, I was thrown for a loop and in a bit of a fog. I couldn’t string many coherent words together let alone write them down. I spent a lot of my time crying before the Lord. He heard my cry and He comforted me. I learned many things about how faithful God is during that season.

I found a job in the beginning of this year and had every intention of starting to write again. But I had spent so many months of being caught up in my own thoughts and reading the anointed words of other writers. A strong wave of comparison and fear crept in. I began to think that my story and my voice weren’t needed. So, it became easier and easier for me not to write.

However, I received some amazing news this past week that has totally blown my mind and given me fresh focus! It’s a secret right now but I promise to share really soon! I am in complete awe of God’s love and grace towards me!

So, here I am, a little more confident and a little braver. But that’s okay!

God can take our little, when done in obedience, and turn it into something more.

I will continue to show up in this space with a tiny offering of my words knowing that the something more He accomplishes will further His Kingdom more than my own efforts ever could. I pray that I won’t doubt the call He has on my life regardless of what each day holds. I will press on and lean into what God is doing. I can’t go wrong!

My voice matters
My voice is needed
My voice makes a difference

And so does yours…

 

 

Have you had “one of those days”?

What is your “little” that you can offer to the Lord?

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