Do you have dreams and talents that you’d like to see develop? Have you always wanted to write a book, or host radio show, or run your own business but you are waiting until “after”? After the kids start school. After the youngest graduates. After life slows down. Dreams fulfilled all start with seeds, and they only grow when planted.
When I was 22-years-old, I decided I wanted to become a published author. The desire was there and the first seed was planted when I attended my first writer’s conference. In addition to having great aspirations, I was a mom of three kids. (Yes, I was a teen mom, but that’s a different story.) I wondered if I could really accomplish my dreams. The answer was YES!
Over time I watered that dream by writing lots, by attending more conferences, and by seeking out mentors. With watering and tending my dreams grew. My first novel was published in 1999. Currently I’m 44 years old, and I have 55+ books in print.
(I just realized that Palm Sunday weekend is the anniversary of my first writers conference. It’s odd to think that I attended Mt. Hermon Writers Conference 22-years-ago! I’ve been pursing writing for HALF my life! How amazing is that?!)
When I first planted my dream-seeds I was a stay-at-home mom. I wrote in the mornings, during naps, and at bedtime. The kids were there, and I somehow made the writing work. I hardly watched television, chose one day a week to do all my errands, and I said “no” to many, many things. Choosing to make the time was hard. The hardest thing was giving myself permission.
Permission to Plant
To follow our dreams, we just need permission. Permission to slow down. Permission to discover our deepest purpose. And permission to follow God-breathed dreams even when we still have kids at home.
I’ve written books and articles while raising kids, and there are times I’ve feel guilty for not being able to watch a movie with them. I’ve felt guilt for we have pizza for dinner…again.
Then again, I make sure to be a mom first. We sit around the table at dinner. I take time with each child each day. We serve together, and we laugh together. And once I started following God’s dreams for me, I’ve also been an example to my children of what following God-dreams looks like.
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