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Cultivating What Matters 2018 - Getting Inspired

I started my morning with coffee (of course!) and working through my Cultivate What Matters 2018 Powersheets. I've been going through last year's pages, as well as everything I've written so far, gathering inspiration and looking for common threads. I've also been building a Pinterest board and collecting images that inspire me and remind me of what's important.

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In this post, I'm going to share what fires me up and inspires me, what I'm saying yes and no to in 2018, the word I've selected for the year ahead, and my 2018 vision statement :)

It was fun to see how much my inspiration list changed and evolved from last year. 2017 was a huge year of pruning and refinement for me, and I can absolutely see that reflected when comparing last year's powersheets to this year's.

WHAT INSPIRES ME + FIRES ME UP

  • Reading good books and learning new things
  • Worship music that fuels my faith (especially Elevation Worship!)
  • Meaningful conversations
  • Making memories and creating traditions with friends and family
  • Encouraging others
  • Studying and teaching God's Word
  • Lattes and cute coffee shops (coffee + creativity)
  • Writing + blogging
  • Journals and journaling
  • Strength training (I never would have thought this would make the list! But I am loving the process of getting stronger little by little)
  • Encouraging single women to wait on God purposefully, rather than passively
  • Remembering that God's plan is always better than ours and that He can do
    immeasurably more than we could ever ask or imagine
  • Dreaming and praying BIG

WHAT I’M SAYING NO TO IN 2018:

  • Building my Kingdom over God’s Kingdom
  • Fear
  • Comparison
  • Control
  • Clutter (mental and physical)
  • Negativity
  • Doubting God and His goodness
  • Wasting time and money
  • Clinging to the past; looking backward, rather than forward
  • Not trusting + hoping in God’s promises
  • Choosing worldly comforts/fulfillment over Jesus
  • Too much scrolling/screen time
  • Overwhelm
  • Anxiety

WHAT I’M SAYING YES TO IN 2018:

  • God’s plan in God’s time
  • Trusting God with my desire for marriage (and waiting well); it is an honor to wait and pray for my future husband, and as I continue to wait and pray, I want to remember this
  • Knowing God more and trusting Him more
  • Loving and serving God with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength (a life and heart devoted to Him in all things)
  • Being humble + willing and pouring out all I have to know, love, and serve Him in every season and circumstance
  • Word before World
  • Prioritizing people + relationships (family, friends, co-workers, dating intentionally); building strong/meaningful relationships
  • Growing stronger (continuing to work with my personal trainer)
  • Eating clean-ish ;) (and doing the Whole30 again at the beginning of the year)
  • Building God’s Kingdom
  • Studying and teaching the Word
  • Worshiping BIG
  • NEW things and possibilities (new experiences, new adventures, learning new things)
  • Praise + adoration (especially in prayer)
  • Bold prayers + expectant faith
  • HOPE
  • Sharing my story for God’s glory

MY WORD FOR 2018

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You may have seen the post on Instagram, but I've selected the word DEVOTED for 2018. I am choosing to live this year with a heart devoted to Him.  A heart devoted to the study and teaching of His word. To knowing Him more and building His Kingdom over my own. To trusting, seeking, and putting Him first, regardless of if He brings new circumstances or opportunities my way. This life I’m living is His, and I want to be devoted to Him in all things. It also means I’m devoted to keep pursuing the dreams and callings He places on my heart and my life (like marriage, family, and teaching and writing for Him). And it means saying YES to wherever He leads.
My heart is to deepen my trust in Him this next year and live with a confident and Expectant Faith.

And finally (thanks for sticking with me!), here's my vision statement for the year ahead. I've been writing yearly vision statements for the past few years, and they really help me write goals that focus on and cultivate what matters most. It's a way for me to take all of the steps I've done so far and summarize them.

MY VISION STATEMENT FOR 2018

In 2018, I will focus on knowing, loving, and serving God with all of my heart, soul, mind, and strength (Matthew 22:37). I will seek to know and trust Him more (completely, entirely, without reservation or exception), and I will be open to His will and His way in all things. I will wait and pray for His plan, in His time, trusting Him with all of my most precious dreams and desires (especially marriage). 2018 will be a year where I prioritize Jesus (Word before World, His way and His Kingdom over mine). I will study and teach His Word, using my creativity and curiosity to build the Kingdom, and I will continue to be brave in sharing my story all for His glory. I will prioritize people and relationships, from family and friends to dating intentionally. I will pray BIG and with expectant faith, and I will never give up hope, knowing that He is a God who can flip the script and change the story at any time.

I'll be back soon to share the 2018 goals I write.

Are you doing goals for the year ahead? If so, I'd love to hear about your process and progress. I want to cheer you on! :)

     

    Cultivating What Matters: 2018 Powersheets Prep
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    Powersheets time is one of my favorite times of the year, and I'm excited to be making some space these last few weeks of 2017 to dig into my 2018 Powersheets and get equipped for the new year ahead. The snow is falling outside, my tree is twinkling, and I'm drinking a hot mug of coffee from my favorite Birds Don't Worry mug.

    I'm ready. :)

    2017 was one of the hardest years I’ve had in a long time. It was a season of broken and redirected dreams, but through it all, I have seen His faithfulness to me, and I know He has been growing me and strengthening me.

    I know the best is yet to come, and my story isn’t over yet.

    As I began writing my celebration list for the year, I realized how much GOOD truly did come out of a year I'm tempted to label BAD. It was a hard year, but it wasn't a bad year. God is good on the mountaintop and in the valley. And He doesn't waste a thing. I'm praising Him for ALL the goodness He brought, even in the midst of challenges.

    HERE'S WHAT I AM CELEBRATING ABOUT 2017:

    • New adventures (my trip to Nashville and getting to reconnect with a sweet friend)
    • Learning and growing (I read and was encouraged by so many good books)
    • Praising through the pain (I got to worship with my sister and with some of my favorite worship artists this year: Rend Collective and Elevation Worship)
    • Bold prayers (even in the face of disappointment, I found God prompting me to keep praying boldly, and I’m excited to see the ways He answers each of those prayers)
    • I went deeper in my Bible study and am so excited to continue this more in-depth study in 2018
    • I redesigned my website!
    • I began writing my women's devotional Expectant Faith (coming in 2018! Stay tuned!) :)
    • I grew STRONGER - emotionally, spiritually, and physically
    • I started working with a personal trainer in September and have been strength training twice a week for the past four months —  I'm so encouraged by this progress!
    • I completed the Whole30 program
    • I shared my story in Laura Dudek's Written Bible study (releasing in January 2018)
    • I have another piece of writing being published, too (I'll share where in January!)
    • I took another God get-away in June, and it was such a sweet and refreshing time

    AND HERE ARE A FEW LESSONS I LEARNED IN 2017:

    • I want to practice praise more often. Doubt, discouragement, and comparison stole my focus and my joy much too often this year. I want to live so fully surrendered to God that I trust and praise Him even when the story looks like it has gone terribly wrong.
    • I want the story that gives Him the most glory — even if it looks different than what I (or culture) expects.
    • Doubt often leads to discouragement and despair. It's so important to remain anchored and immersed in His truth. I want to focus on studying and praising His attributes this coming year.
    • I can trust God with my dreams and desires — even when it feels or seems like I can't.
    • I can do hard things. But not because of my strength. Because of HIS.
    • Waiting is a disciplined refusal to act before God acts (Eugene Peterson). God ALWAYS knows best. So often I trust myself, rather than trusting Him. But I want to wait for the story He knows is best. I want to trust Him even when things don't seem to make any sense.
    • Chasing dreams — even God-given dreams — should never replace chasing God.
    • Prayer changes things — and it changes ME.
    • I am a Teacher, or Light Giver, in the Kingdom (Five-Fold Ministry Assessment); I want to study and teach His Word, using my creativity and curiosity to build His Kingdom.

    I'm going to end with a great question Lara asked in her 2018 Cultivate What Matters goal-setting series:

    What’s the one thing you most want to cultivate in 2018?

    The thing I most want to cultivate in 2018 is an expectant faith. I want to trust God completely with my most precious dreams and desires (like marriage and family and teaching and writing for Him). And I want to live with the kind of hope in Him that NEVER gives up, the kind of hope that knows He’s a God who can flip the script at any time.

    How are you doing today, friends? I would love to hear from you in the comments. Tell me about your year, what you've learned, how God's worked...I'm cheering you all on as you reflect on the year behind and look forward with HOPE and FAITH to the year ahead. :)

    5 Things God's Been Doing in My Life & Heart

    I recently read Jess Connolly’s birthday post Five Things God Did and Five Things I'm Asking For and was inspired to create one of my own.

     

    I ushered in year number thirty-three a few weekends ago, and it was a weekend packed full of people and things I love.

    It also inspired me to reflect on my thirty-second year and take a bit of an inventory of how God was moving in my life and heart.

    I think in a lot of ways I lived out my word for 2016: OPEN. Thirty-two seemed in many ways to be a season that pushed me to be more open to where God had me and where He was calling me, a year that asked me to let go of my own expectations and plans, in favor of His.

    So on to the list (because I really love lists...)

    5 Things God Did in My Life & Heart This Year

    1. I moved— A LOT (both home and work and church will be next). And in all the shifting and the moving and the pieces slowly beginning to settle again, I realized how much my life needed that freshness, that uprooting. And while I think I'm still in the replanting part of the process, it's been hard and good and inspiring. It's shown me God's plan is often so much bigger than we can realize and comprehend. And that sometimes, we get a little too settled in our circumstances, but in His grace, He calls us to keep growing and going new places with Him.
    2. God continued to show me the importance of cultivating community. I could not be more grateful for the amazing people in my life who walk alongside me, laugh with me, cry with me, encourage me, strengthen me, and seek the Lord with me. This past year that community has only grown and deepened, and I am so humbly thankful for the gift of those relationships in my life. My sister and I have also grown so much closer in the past year, because we made it a point to understand one another better and really work on some of the areas that were stumbling blocks in our relationship. I am so thankful for the hard work we've been doing and all the sweet fruits we have seen as a result. I learn more and more that relationships don't just happen. They are faithfully built, tended, and grown with love over time.
    3. I fell more in love with my city and state. I did quite a bit of exploring and adventuring this past year and loved every moment of it. From farmers markets to local boutiques to art events to celebrating the Cavs' championship win, I found myself uncovering more and more things to love about calling Ohio home.
    4. I started dating an amazing guy (!). This was such an unexpected blessing of the past year that it still surprises me at times. If you've hung around here for any length of time, you've likely read one of my posts on singleness. It's been quite a journey of surrender and trust for me. But this new season of dating is so special and sweet, and while it's still new and uncertain, I know God is right in the midst of it, leading the way. (And P.S. I promise to post more about this story soon. It's a fun one!) :)
    5. I shared (and surrendered) more of my story. One of the highlights of my year was teaching an Influence Network class called Trusting God With Your Story. That was such a stretching experience for me, but true to form, God didn't leave it there. Many months later, I read a book that loosened my grip on my story even more, shaking up some of the dreams and expectations I had been carrying around and waking me up to the freedom of true surrender.

    Thirty-two was good. It was stretching, and it was refreshing. It surprised me, too, and I'm thankful for those surprises, because they've pointed me back to the truth that God writes really really good stories that are never predictable. And that's kind of exciting, isn't it?

    And Here are 5 Things I'm Praying For in The Coming Year

    1. I'm asking God to show me how to be a better steward of the good gifts He's given me — including my love and desire to create. This little blog of mine has become more and more neglected, and while I love regular Instagram posts, they just aren't the same as really sitting down and intentionally creating and crafting something. So, I'm asking for clarity and guidance and space to create more for Him, in whatever way would glorify Him most.
    2. I'm praying to date intentionally, trusting God with this new relationship I've been blessed with. Being a good steward applies here, too, and honestly, I think that phrase/prayer is going to be a larger focus overall for me when it comes to this next year. But when it comes to dating, I want to really enjoy this season without too much worry or wonder for what's ahead. I want God to lead everything and have His way, because I know that whatever His way and His will may be, it is the very best possible outcome.
    3. I'm praying to continue to cultivate community. I've seen so many blessings in this area in the previous year that I want to keep going deeper. I want to tend to relationships well and be intentional when it comes to investing in those God has placed in my life.
    4. I want to really KNOW God more by spending more time with Him in His Word and more time with Him in prayer. I recently shared on Instagram that I want to focus on pausing and pressing in, seeking margin and space just for Him. I love talking to Him throughout the day, but I also want to have those spaces of quiet set aside just for Him. Time just for reading, for praying, for listening. 
    5. I'm going to end with repeating that I'm praying to be a better steward of God's good gifts in all areas, because as I mentioned, that really sums up where my heart is as I look ahead to this next year. That prayer includes focusing on my health and wellness, surrendering more and more each day, and really continuing to live fully for Him in all areas.

    And if I may quote Jess one more time...

    "Thanks God for all you did and all you're doing...have your way in year 33."

    30 Things for My 30s

    30Things For the past few years, I've been creating yearly lists for my birthday. As 31 approaches, however, I've decided to create a list that encompasses more than just one year. I usually transfer items from year to year anyway, so this just seems to make good sense. ;)

    That said, I've written 30 things for my 30s...a list of *30 things I hope to do and accomplish during my 30s (how many times can I use 30 in one sentence? Hah!).

    *NOTE: You'll notice that I don't have exactly 30 things on this list yet. I wanted to leave a few spots open for new possibilities that might come my way. It's a list in-progress, and God's been teaching me to embrace the unknown parts of my story with hope, trust, and excitement. Can't wait to see what He leads me to add in the seasons ahead. :)

    1. Continue to grow my faith and deepen my relationship with God. Pray continually; listen; make space for God to move.
    2. Read through the entire Bible.
    3. Travel: Nashville, Austin, Seattle, Portland — Europe!! 
    4. Print an Instagram photo album each year that captures and celebrates both the large and small moments of life. (I just printed one that covers the last few years, and I'll share a post about it soon.)
    5. Print a hard copy of my eBook.
    6. Dream up a new idea for a book or women's devotional.
    7. Find a book agent, and publish a book thanks to help of said agent.
    8. Redesign my website and start an e-newsletter.
    9. Buy a house.
    10. Marry my best friend.
    11. Start a family.
    12. Set up my own art/writing studio space.
    13. Redefine what art making means to me and the role it plays in my life. (I haven't made a collage in years, and I miss painting and art journaling. I'd love to explore new textures, colors, and patterns — like neons, metallics, hand lettering, and doodles.)
    14. Explore new freelance writing possibilities, and pitch to a few dream publications.
    15. Get a vintage-inspired bright pink or blue bicycle with a basket, and live in a bike-friendly neighborhood.
    16. Learn how to create videos for my blog/website.
    17. Find a fitness routine that truly works for me and stick to it.
    18. Continue to cut processed foods and sugar from my diet; eat foods that make me feel good and energized. Join a CSA.
    19. Host a holiday dinner for my family.
    20. Take art and/or writing classes. Never stop learning and growing.
    21. Host a coffee with creatives event in Cleveland. Be a supporter of the local arts!
    22. Dip my toes into the waters of DIY-ing and spray paint my living room side tables.
    23. Continue to explore the Akron/Cleveland art and food scene.
    24. Practice my hand lettering. (Try brush script! Play with color!)
    25. Add to my Fiestaware collection.
    26. Find new ways to mentor/encourage others to live and tell inspired stories (I'd love to mentor college students!).
    27. TBD
    28. TBD
    29. TBD
    30. TBD

    And that concludes my list so far. I'll continue to add to and update it as needed. It will be exciting to see how God shapes this list in the seasons ahead, and the adventures that arise as a result.

    Do you have a list of your own? I'd love to know what's on it!

    Hello, Spring (A Let's Catch Up a Bit Post)

    spaceforquiet Things have been a bit quiet around here lately (no posts in two weeks!). Whoops.

    But my heart hasn't been quiet — I've been working and praying through some new dreams and ideas.

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    I've been feeling super excited about a new venture/idea/dream God has placed on my heart. I want to take the whole idea of #AnInspiredLife to the next level. I want to help you live * AND TELL * inspired stories! I'm in the brainstorming, dreaming, praying phase of what this could look like...but thinking about possibly working with people on an individual basis to help them discover the heart of their story and then how to tell and share it creatively. Thinking this could translate to working with you to write your mission statement, web site copy, etc.

    Over the last few years, I've realized how much I love celebrating others' stories and how inspired I am by what God is doing through each of our stories. I'm also a big geek when it comes to branding and creatively telling our stories, so I've realized doing more with the writing side of branding might be a perfect fit for me.

    So, YAY!

    Spring is such a good time to explore new hopes and dreams, yes??

    More on all of this very soon.

    In the meantime...

    A few random, hopeful, springy things: I bought some blueberry coffee (undecided on whether or not I like it); I've been filling the house with fresh flowers (makes my heart SO HAPPY); I've been reminding myself to be brave (we could all use a reminder sometimes, eh?); and I've been searching for the perfect neon yellow polish.

    It's the little things sometimes, huh? Okay, many times. :)

    What's new with you?

    After The Goals Have Been Set...

    2014 A few days ago, I posted my 2014 vision statement and goals. I just love the goal and vision-setting process, but after the goals are done, where to begin, right?

    I highly, highly recommend purchasing a set of Lara Casey's PowerSheets. Last night, I started working through her action-planning sheets for each of my five goals. I will soon be filling out weekly and monthly tending sheets, as well. (The perfectionist in me wants to rush through this process, because, goodness, we are already a week into January, and I need to get planning for this month!) But one thing I've learned from Lara is that great things happen little by little.

    Small steps. Small changes. Faith as small as a mustard seed.

    Last night, as I was working, I started to feel I was rushing, quickly writing things down, in order to make it to the tending sheets, but then I closed my binder and just decided I was going to take the rest of this week and weekend to prayerfully make my way through the rest of my action-planning and brainstorming. I don't want a meaningless to-list full of meaningless action items. I want a list that brings God glory and truly makes a difference in my life and others' lives.

    So, I guess the answer to this post's question of where to begin after you've set your goals is actually pretty simple:

    Prayerful planning that leads to small steps and small changes...And faith as small as a mustard seed that God will move in BIG WAYS.

    P.S. I'm getting excited to prep for the book club I'm kicking off next month.

    If you need a little extra inspiration to live fully and pursue the vision you've set for your year, I encourage you to sign up to be a part of it.

    2014 Plans for A Place to Dwell

    Image Hello, friends,

    I've been scribbling in my planner and on my PowerSheets, working to dream up some fresh ideas for this space in the new year. I'm thankful for the community that's formed as a result of this blog, and I look forward to creating even more of that in 2014.

    My heart behind this space is equip and encourage you to live a colorful, inspired life of possibility. I want to help you dream big and live fully and creatively.

    In order to do that, I'd love to hear from you. I want to hear what's working on the blog and what's not, and how I can better serve and encourage you. So, I created this short survey, and I'd love it if you'd take a few minutes to participate.

    Thanks for being a part of this space! :)

    Goal Setting With Lara Casey (Continued)

    lara-casey-goal-setting-2014-is-the-year-i It's hard to believe that today is the LAST DAY of 2013! In so many ways, it feels like this year flew by. Anyone else feel that way?!

    Before the end-of-the-year celebrations begin, I'm taking a few quiet minutes this morning to check in on Lara's Goal Setting series and post a progress update of my own.

    I'm still working on prayerfully writing my 2014 vision, but I have written out what I'll be saying YES and NO to in 2014 (as well as my list of what fires me up). (I know, I've gone a little bit out of order with my steps, but for some reason, I still haven't arrived at the vision statement I know is right for my year. I'll share that as soon as it's ready.)

    Here's my list of what fires me up:

    Coffee; creative collaborations; dreaming big dreams and encouraging others to dream big; art; new ideas; hearing Him speak through His Word; creating beautiful things; reading; photography; typography and hand lettering; capturing moments and memories; big laughter; dark chocolate; fresh flowers; farmers markets; creative couples who are making a difference for Jesus; sparkle; feeling inspired and inspiring others; prayer walks; grace; beautiful love stories; collage art; art journals; coffee shops; bookstores; libraries; dusty antique shops that hold treasures just waiting to be discovered; polka dots; charm; whimsy; hope; being brave; bright colors; living life fully and creatively

    And here's what I'll be saying YES to in 2014:

    Holy yoga; reading good books; eating and cooking with healthy, fresh foods; focused prayer/quiet time; seeing the possibilities in each day; exercising regularly; lots of creative collaborations; new adventures (and writing about/photographing them); learning more about hand lettering and typography; engaging in my city’s art community; dating intentionally; art journals/making more art on a regular basis; coffee dates; celebrating my life and story (and helping others do the same!)

    What about you? What fires you up? And how will you make more space for those things in your life next year? What will you say YES to in 2014 in order to live the life you were made to live?

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    A Year of Going Further (2013 OLW Recap)

    farther At the end of a year, it's really easy to look at where you're NOT, what you DIDN'T accomplish, and what you WISH had happened, rather than all the goodness of where you ARE, how far you've come, and everything you DID accomplish.

    As I get ready to begin the new year, and I reflect on all I experienced this past year, I'm choosing to look with joy and gratitude on all of the experiences that led me to where I am today.

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    I am truly thankful for all I did and learned in 2013. What a year of being brave, taking risks, and chasing dreams!

    Part of reflecting on this past year for me is remembering where I was last January, when I chose to live 2013 with the word FURTHER in mind. Here's what I had to say about choosing that word:

    I want to take everything I learned in 2012 about keeping an open heart and moving FORWARD with hope, and I want to go FURTHER.

    *I want to go FURTHER in my faith. I want to know Him more, trust Him more, hope in Him more.

    *I want to go FURTHER in my art. I want to write more. Create more. Set up an Etsy shop. Use the gifts He’s given me to bless others and inspire joy in Him.

    *And I want to grow FURTHER…keeping my heart open to His plan each and every day, going where He’s leading, and trusting Him every step of the way.

    When I look back at everything that happened in 2013, both the blessings and the moments that challenged and pruned me, I can truly see that the Lord took me FURTHER in so many ways.

    At the beginning of last year, I also participated in Lara Casey's Making Things Happen Goal Setting process. I wrote this vision for my year, along with six goals that supported it. (You can read a fall update on all of those goals, here.)

    MY VISION FOR 2013: Inspired, encouraging, balanced, intentional, going further with an open heart. I will embrace my story and my season, living fearlessly, fully, and creatively. I will abide in Him and dream with Him, using my God-given gifts and passions to pursue what He’s laid on my heart. I will pray boldly, trusting His guidance. I desire to see a fruitful harvest in my life that glorifies Him and blesses others. My vision for 2013 is to be more of the woman He created me to be —inspiring, encouraging, and spurring on the people He puts in my life. My vision for 2013 is to bear His fruit in my writing, in my artwork, and in my relationships with others.

    I just love rereading that vision, because I know it's something the Lord placed on my heart, and I can see so clearly that it's a vision He helped me live out each day of this past year.

    Today, I am delighting in every sweet memory made in 2013, and I'm giving thanks for all the ways He helped me embrace my story and my season — and all the ways He equipped me to live fearlessly, fully, and creatively for Him.

    What 2013 moments are you most thankful for?

    Let's rejoice together, as we get ready to start a brand new year of dreaming big and living fully for Him!

    Weekending: Dream a Little
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    "No matter what this week left you with or without, find time this weekend to leave it all behind for a simple moment being thankful. Ask yourself what you really want. Dream a little." ~Megan Gilger, The Fresh Exchange

    Have you asked yourself what you really want lately, given yourself the chance to dream just a little?

    I'm making space for that this weekend, space to clear my head and my heart and see what the Lord places in that empty, open, ready-to-receive space.

    Wishing you a dream-filled weekend of your own.

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    New Beginnings

    thisweekend This weekend, I'm excited to celebrate exciting new beginnings.

    September marks many fresh starts and new adventures for me, and I'm thankful for His hand in it all.

    Here's to living a little, dancing crazy, wearing sparkles and sequins, being with friends and family, and celebrating the new things He's doing in our lives!

    Happy Weekending, my friends!!

    xo

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    Calling All Dreamers - Guest Post by Natalie of NS Pottery
    Excited to be sharing the next in the Calling All Dreamers series. I've been blessed to become friends with Natalie both online and off, and her heart for the Lord is truly beautiful and inspiring.  Thank you for being here today, Natalie!
     

    I believe God puts dreams in our hearts for a reason. The things He created us for? For the most part, we will enjoy doing them. We will have a passion for them. Dreams are a gift from Him.

    At the same time, dreams can also be dangerous. They can sit on the throne of our hearts.

    "If I can just do this, if I can just have that, I will be happy and complete," we might think. 

    They can distract us from the One who gave us our dreams in the first place.

    It is critical to hold our dreams with open hands. Knowing that the Lord has my best interest at heart and that His plans are far greater than my own helps me to wait upon Him. The things that I think I want so badly right now?

    Maybe it's not the right time. 

    Maybe there is something so much better waiting for me that I would miss if I'm too focused on this other thing.

    We don't have the whole picture. He does. And I find so much peace in that.

So while you're dreaming, remember, He knows best. When He is first, everything else will fall into place.

     

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    What Moves Your Heart? What Fires You Up?
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    If you've been reading recently, you know how much Lara Casey has been inspiring my creative process. What a blessing she is to women who have big dreams!

    As part of her goal-setting process, I made a list of things that move my heart and inspire me, and as I'm working on my eBook in the weeks to come, I'll be thinking about this list of things that fill my heart with joy and energy and motivation.

    { Read more about creating your own list over on Lara's beautiful blog. }

    So, here's my list...

    I DELIGHT IN:

    Art, living with lots of color, beautiful words, being inspired and inspiring others, blogging, books, antiquing, typography, fonts, hand lettering, hunting in antique shops for vintage treasures, spending an afternoon in a cozy coffee shop, historic buildings, God's truth and the way He speaks it so beautifully into my life, living life adventurously, taking RISKS for HIM, trusting in the story He's writing in my life, art journals and art journaling, encouraging and spurring others on, BIG DREAMS, music, poetry, HOPE, creativity and the creative process, storytelling, magazines, photography, writing honest, vulnerable, true-to-my-heart words, libraries, black-and-white photographs, polka dots, charm, whimsy, art as WORSHIP, collaborating with other creatives, intentionality, historical fiction, really good really dark chocolate, the beauty to be found in the changing seasons...

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    {image via Parima Creative Studio}

    What would make your list?

    Let's make it a point to do more of those things that move our hearts, inspire us, and fire us up. Let's live the abundantly beautiful lives He is calling us to live — for Him.

    Believing in the Impossible

    TheImpossible That restlessness in your heart may just be a beautiful sign that God is moving in mighty ways. 

    God's been moving in my heart lately — He's been stirring up dreams and ideas and possibilities — so many that I'm not even sure what to focus on.

    At first, I was frustrated, wondering why I felt such restless energy. But then I realized what a gift those stirrings really are. I realized they are a powerful reminder that God is moving and working in my heart and in my life. They are a powerful reminder that He is moving me forward and taking me further in my faith.

    I believe in living life with an open heart to the possibilities He has in store.  And I think it's a blessing that He is faithful to continually reveal new ones — both big and small. 

    My favorite quote is “I dwell in possibility” by Emily Dickinson, and it just so happens to be the story behind the name of this blog. My tagline living an inspired life of possibility is a reflection of who the Lord created me to be and how I see the world around me.

    It's how I want to encourage your heart, too. 

    I am so thankful that when our faith and hope are anchored in the Lord, the possibilities are truly endless — because anything is possible for those who believe.

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    If you have an impossible dream or hope on your heart, I'd love to know about it, so I can join you in prayer. And I hope you know how precious your hopes and dreams are to Him and how many possibilities emerge when we're walking closely, in faith, with Him.

    {image via Lara Casey}

    Calling All Dreamers - Guest Post by Nadine of A Secondary Heartbeat

    So happy to have another Calling All Dreamers post to share with you all today. I appreciate and value the way Nadine writes with such beautiful honesty, and I want to thank her for sharing her heart here today!

    I had a dream once.

    It was beautiful. Filled with colour and emotion, thoughts and plans, it was absolutely littered with my heart and soul.

    I got busy. I filled up my time with things other than colour and emotion, and somewhere in between  losing those thing, I forgot about the dream that had so long been hidden deep within my heart and soul.

    I held on to thoughts and plans, at least late at night when I couldn’t sleep and needed to fill the time, but these thoughts were different.

    They were weighty and heavy laden. They were burdensome and lacked the vision of before.

    I listened to them because there was little else for me to listen to.

    The only thoughts I could hear were my own, and the only voice I knew well was my own. So I held them. I surrounded myself with them.

    Instead of laughing at the days with come with strength and dignity, I wept at the days I was sitting in; unwilling to look forward except with fantasies. I was stuck.

    Today I sit at a crossroads. The crossroads of busy and desire. The space in between looking forward with joy or with fear.

    I wish I could say that I’ve started to walk towards the dream but if I take the time to evaluate, I have not.

    I’m going to dream again.

    The dream of today is simply to dream again. To dig within my heart and find the space in between all of these thoughts. The space filled with that thing.

    I’ll say it again. I am going to dream again.

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