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Writing is an important skill for any profession, so it’s something you want to make sure you teach your students well. However, writing can be hard to teach. For some moms, even if they love to write and have an excellent command of the English language, coming up with a strategy for organizing grammar lessons and thinking of creative writing prompts– while also instilling a passion for writing in their children– can be very difficult.
I tend to disagree with many bloggers out there — the ones that say in order for people to be interested in what you are saying you MUST post every single day. I don’t believe that for one hot second. In fact, I have found that in my world, sometimes less is better, because in reality, it’s about the quality of what you write and not the quantity or how much you write. The quantity vs quality issues has always been a sticky subject matter, but here are my thoughts on it.
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Today’s Prompt: In Between
Today, I am in between breaths. I am finding it hard to breathe again. Every single time I think I know what I want to do with my life, things suck me back and I feel stuck again.
Yesterday, Kayla and I headed to Hopkinsville to celebrate my mother-in-law’s birthday. We were both pretty excited about it. There is nothing more that we love, than spending time with her and making her feel special.
After wrestling with God last week and then finally saying yes to Him, I am now anticipating the next step in this process of realizing and acting on my God sized dream. My sweet husband bought a chaise lounge for our bedroom that we can both use –his for study time to prepare when he has to teach, and me to write when I need some peace and quiet.
Today’s prompt for Five Minute Friday: View
Honestly, I don’t even know where I should start. My view right now makes me numb. Staring at the screen all day, doing things I would rather not be doing– it makes me extremely numb.
You see, I stumbled on a book this morning that has made me finally say it. I am a writer. I am not a blogger. I am not a virtual assistant. I am a writer. The view I want more than anything right now is the view of me typing away and sharing the stories that are within me.
I am a dreamer. I always have been. The one dream that has burned in my spirit for the longest time is to write — sharing God’s love and my passion with others. God birthed this in my a very long time ago, but I have been so quick to give Him excuse after excuse as to why I cannot do it. After reading Holley Gerth’s newest book, You’re Made for a God Sized Dream, I will no longer make excuses. It’s time for me to start accepting that God has given me a dream and it is totally O.K. for me to reach for that dream and achieve it.
About the book:
Hello, you . . . The one looking for more purpose and listening for God’s plan. Here’s what that restlessness is really all about: there’s a God-sized dream knocking on the door of your heart. Before you think that sounds too big, let me assure you, God-sized dreams aren’t really about size at all. They’re about the desires God places within you that perfectly fit your heart. God-sized dreams are an essential part of who you’re created to be and what you’re called to do. They lead to more meaning, joy, and connection with the One who gave them to you. In the busyness of life, it’s easy to ignore them or let fear shut them out. But this is your moment. Now is your time. The “more” your heart is longing for has been there all along. Let’s open the door to all God has for you together.
With this life-changing message, Holley Gerth invites you to discover the dreams God has given you-and then dare to pursue them. She takes you by the heart and says, “Yes! You can do this!” and guides you forward with a loving hand. Along the way, she provides insightful questions and offers action plans that will help you take the next steps toward making the deepest desires of your heart a reality.
“Holley held my hand as I helped launch one of the biggest, scariest, most beautiful God-sized dreams I’ve ever been a part of. This book is the blueprint that helped me make it through.”-Lisa-Jo Baker, social media manager for DaySpring, community manager for the website (in)courage, and visionary for the (in)RL conference
“I can’t remember the last time I turned the pages of a book so eagerly. Holley’s words have revolutionized my way of thinking with such a simple concept: that my dreams can’t be bigger than God.”-Tsh Oxenreider, author of Organized Simplicity, blogger behind SimpleMom.net, and creative director of SimpleLivingMedia.com
Holley Gerth is a bestselling writer, certified life coach, and speaker. She loves connecting with the hearts of women through her popular blog and books like You’re Already Amazing. She’s also cofounder of (in)courage and a partner with DaySpring. Holley lives with her husband, Mark, in the South. Hang out with her at www.holleygerth.com.
Ready for more? This book is the perfect companion to Holley’s ebook The “Do What You Can” Plan.
Holley’s book just really opened the excitement of the dream that God has given me. I find myself now craving to hear the keys of my computer click as I write out the story He has given me to share. Scared? Yes. Feeling inadequate? Totally — but thanks to Holley’s words, I am going to do my best to seek out what God is wanting me to do and that is reach for the goal, trust Him, and just be obedient in the ministry and calling He has given me.
About the author:
Holley Gerth is a bestselling writer, certified life coach, and speaker. She loves connecting with the hearts of women through her popular blog and books like You’re Already Amazing and You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream. She’s also cofounder of…
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I was sent a copy of this book in order to write this review. All opinions listed are my own.
You know those times in your life when you have everything perfectly planned out, and you find yourself saying — Sure, I can do this and make great money at it?” You start making plans, getting things in order. You start getting excited about this adventure in your life and how this door was opened for you.
But the problem comes when the door begins to close, little by little, because God says NO on that venture. Honestly, that is where I am at right now. I am in a season of my life where God says — this is where you are. You cannot pursue further because I have something very special for you and it is not down this road. I feel Him telling me to sit tight, but as the control freak that I am, I find sometimes I just cannot sit still and be content with things.
It’s funny, because I honestly want the path that God has shown me will be my life one of these days, but on the other hand, I like the other one too. It’s exciting and fun and full of adventures, yet every time I try to pursue that path full and head on, the door gets closed. Not easily mind you, but SLAMMED hard in my face, as if God keeps saying — I have told you NO- stop pursuing that path.
I am learning that when God’s answer is no, sometimes it means “no, not right now”, and sometimes it just means NO plain and simple. This is one of those things where No means No and nothing more.
Writing has always been my passion and that is the road that God is wanting to take me down, yet I keep dragging my feet. WHY? I know that when I write — like right now, I find my insides stirring, because this is the gift that God has put in me and He wants me to share it with anyone and everyone who will listen. So why do I keep fighting Him so hard on this?
I think I fight because I am scared. Scared of being accepted as an author, scared of being rejected and told that my writing is not worth anything. Yet, when I receive email after email about my testimony and how it ministered to someone, I know that I am on the right path and writing is what I need to do.
It burns within me to share my heart with you all.
So I am going to really try to focus on the path of my life that God has chosen for me and just do my best to trust Him. I’m tired of hearing NO and I am so ready to see that door open and a yes happen again.
What about you? Are you fighting God on something right now? If so, try your hardest to walk towards the door that leads down the path God wants to take you on. His ways are so much better than our own.
This weekend, I have been engrossed in a deep worship and teaching conference for youth. I finally got to experience Ramp– Karen Wheaton’s ministry that she has for young people.
It has been wall to wall worship and I have really enjoyed spending some one on one time with God. It’s been very needed.
I got a word today about me and my ministry-writing and just really doing what I was called to do.
This is my year.
I’ve received a fresh anointing and I am now ready to do what God has laid on my heart to do for many years now.
The vision has now been completely manifested before my very eyes.
I can’t wait to share it with you!