My Five Minute Friday prompt this week is—DREAM. This largely unedited “rough draft” form of writing stretches this perfectionist, in the best of ways. I write for five minutes on a given topic. If you’re interested in learning more about 5-Minute Fridays, check out our hostess, Kate Motaung’s site. Or, click on the link at the bottom of this post. As you read my simpler Friday posts, I hope you’ll join in the conversation!
For decades, I was afraid to pursue a dream that had been on my heart since I was about thirteen . . . To write.
Oh, I’d write in my journal, use descriptive language, and try to be coherent. I developed a love for God through writing out my struggles.
Hearing His voice through the written words, when I could hear it no other way.
But a few years ago, He upped the stakes. Or shall I say, He upped the calling. . .
. . . To take my writing from the privacy of my journal to a much more public, and intimidating venue—blogging and pursuing publication.
He began to prepare me to fulfill the desires He’d placed on my heart as a teen. To write a book.
Sometimes, God walks us through years of equipping—preparation—before He begins to grow those seeds, those dreams, He planted within our hearts.
He allows that dream to die. Not the dream itself, but our perceptions of what the dream would look like.
Then, He begins to give us His vision of what that dream will look like.
One obedient step at a time. It’s only as we take the first step that He shows us the next. We can stop at any stage of the process, but we’re the ones who miss out . . .
. . . On the beauty He’s fostering within us
. . . On the blessings He has for us on the journey
. . . On the closer relationship with Him
. . . On the fulfilling of the dream.
It’s never an easy thing to pursue a dream. I’m still dying to myself one day at a time. Learning to trust Him to bring me to the next place on this writing road. Still releasing my vision for the dream to come true. Still writing, making mistakes . . . and seeing how He brings accomplishments along the way.
Seeing a dream fulfilled is never really a solo project. If it is, I’d bet the dream is incomplete.
As I learn how to write for Him—to trust His timing for each step of this journey—I’m a little more conformed into the image of Jesus. Reflecting Him a little more clearly.
What about you? Is there a dream you’re afraid to pursue? What’s stopping you? What’s one lesson you’ve learned as you’ve pursued a God-inspired dream?
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