A Beautiful Day

This was our writing prompt this week.

We’ve been walking the path of God-sized dreams together for a few months now. Will you share an update with us about your dream? Let us know where you are with it–the happy and the hard.

Where am I? I’m smack in the middle of a huge part of my dream…..completing our adoption.  It’s exciting and exhausting. But I’m also appreciating the parts that have led up to this point of my life, reminded of people and places and situations that have pointed me to here. Life is always ebbing and flowing…always changing. Growing. Not staying the same. Not staying in the same place. Not stagnant.  That’s my biggest fear. I never want to look back at where I was a year ago and see the same person.

The specifics don’t always matter, but the willingness of my heart to embrace the moment does.

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We all have them. What’s yours?

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You May Say I’m a Dreamer…

My GSD topic is to “encourage other dreamers”.  I realized that we all need encouragement, right? I know I do!

To the mamas who dream of “something else” when their kiddos are grown…it’s okay. Don’t feel guilty.  

To the mamas who want to rock their babies everyday and never go back to work again….rock on, mama.

To the young women who aren’t sure what to do, but they know it’s something big, don’t give up on your dreams.  Reach for them–stretch for them.  You will find them. 

To my boys who dream of creating and never growing old, I say, do it! Stay young at heart, my babies.

To you who aren’t quite sure what’s next, just keep looking.  Or, let it find you.

To the biggest dreamer I know, my husband, keep dreaming. I’ll follow you.

 

 

 

Embrace Today

Quit running, quit rushing, slow down, enjoy these moments.  Enjoy life right now. Today.

This is what I have to do to stop and listen. This is also what I hear when I stop and listen.

Chasing dreams, chasing success, chasing anything other than what He has for you is exhausting.  And you miss your life.  You miss today. And before you know it, you’re not chasing anymore, you’re wishing.  Wishing things were like they used to be. Wishing you had not chased your days away.  Days that turned into years.

Love your life. Find today’s dream and pursue that.  I’ll bet it’s easier to find than you think.

Linked with my other GSDers at Holley’s blog…

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My Days

This week’s dream assignment {<<linked with Holley!} was to blog about “a day in the life” and how God shows up in that.

So, here’s the run down: get up, make breakfast for the boys, get them off to school, explain to Jacob ANY change in schedule, go to work, go pick up Jacob, get snacks, throw a load of clothes in the washer, think about dinner, make sure the boys are doing their homework, start dinner (or send Sean the “dinner out?” text), eat, clean up, hope for an email from the adoption agency, throw the clothes in the dryer, run to OT or ball practice, come back home, give the boys the countdown til bedtime speech, make sure they bathe (on a good day!), watch TV, get the boys ready for bed, make sure Jacob is prepped for the next day, bedtime. I usually stay up a bit later with or without Sean and watch TV/get on the computer/iron clothes.  That’s pretty much it for weekdays.  Is it tiring? Um, yeah.  Would I trade it for anything else? Not a chance.  How does this have anything to do with my big dreams? The best job in the world for me is being a mom.  I love doing “kid stuff” that wears me out. I love being tired from running around like a crazy woman.  I heard someone say that while they’re making their child’s lunch for school, instead of just throwing it in the bag and checking one more item off of their to do list, they take a minute to be thankful for their children. So that’s what I do.  Being a mama is what I love the most! Advocating for children who need a mama is a close second. I love what families stand for—everyone needs one!

I don’t believe that God blesses perfection, I believe he blesses. Period.  I’m thankful that God doesn’t expect me to follow a bunch of rules.  He knows I can’t.

35 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”

37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

And that’s what I want my children to know.

I’ve Got The Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy Down In My Heart

Now that you’re singing that song, we’ll get right to the jist of today’s post;)

What brings me joy? Well, I’ll tell you….

drinking coffee, reading a good book, watching my boys play (or do anything, really), watching funny movies, being at the beach, talking with a friend, holding babies, sleeping late, digging in the dirt, spending time with my husband, getting ready for my baby girl to come home, talking about adoption (not just mine, anyone’s!), dreaming of ways to live differently…

Finding joy in your life can be hard if things are just not going the way they should.  I’ve been there. Sometimes, it’s more than a change of perspective, but often times, it’s just that. Purposefully focusing on things that bring you joy and peace.  Even when it’s not easy.

What about you?  Can you find joy easily or do you struggle to uncover it? It’s there, I promise.  Keep searching for it.

You can read what my blogging friends say about their joy on Holley’s blog–go take a peek!  Share your joy with someone today!

Fear

In my dream-y dreamers group, we’re supposed to share our fears…what keeps us from pursuing our dreams, from stepping out.  So, you tell me yours and I’ll tell you mine!

I am afraid of failing. That makes me afraid of trying.  You know, if you don’t try, you don’t fail.  It hurts to try and fail, so if you don’t try…..well, you know.  Let me say this, too.  I have no good reason to be afraid of failing. My children don’t judge me.  My husband doesn’t judge me.   It’s me. I’m pretty hard on myself;) It’s that inner voice that says “Why bother? You know you can’t do that. Who do you think you are?”  Ugh.  (See Monday’s post.)  What?  You thought I was just talking to you?? How do you think I know all about it?

It’s gradually gotten better as I stop worrying about what others think and start finding my acceptance in Jesus.  I did not say church and I did not say christians, I said Jesus.  There’s a difference.  It’s something I’m struggling with right now.  You know, the difference between Jesus and those who claim to follow him.  Yet they really don’t.  It’s a problem.  But don’t worry….it’s not the first faith crisis that I’ve had.  He’s used to it.   I think that’s what’s helping me.  Really studying the person of Jesus and lining up my life with him and the way he lived, rather than religion.  Making changes.  Living differently.  Sometimes  letting some things go.  We all need to do that sometimes.

I read recently that Jesus’ first miracles broke religious rules.  Touching the untouchables, healing those who didn’t “deserve it”, breaking the Sabbath laws.  I wonder why Jesus would do that?  He broke social protocol, talked to Samaritans and prostitutes.  Maybe he wanted to show us that the law wasn’t the most important thing.  He did come to redeem us, after all.  Not just certain people.  (not just those who look like us, act like us, think like us)    Everyone.

Well, this topic took a left turn.  I hope that’s okay!  But if not, I can handle it!;)

 

Time To Share

Thanks for stopping by!  It’s Tuesday, so it’s time to chat.  I’ll wait while you get your coffee. (or hot chocolate)  Ok….welcome back:)

Let’s talk about our dreams.  Goals, plans.  What do you think? Have you thought about what it may be? Holley has encouraged us to start small. (remember, we’re linking up every week!)  Baby steps. Can you take one step toward a new goal? A big dream? A small change? I know you can. Holley’s e book“Do What You Can” Plan may be something that can help you get started.  Seriously-it’s good. It will help you focus in on what you were created for.

I’ve made the arrangements for my conference.  (Created 4 Care)  I’ve worked on a few personal goals.  (hey, they’re personal!)  I’m steadily working towards my adoption….that’s a never ending process these days! I’m attempting to organize my time and energy…..focus it on my specific {dreams}.  You know….stuff.  Something.  Anything except nothing.

You can do it, too.  Shoot me an email if you need a cheerleader.  Sometimes it helps to share your thoughts (goals, plans, dreams) with someone else.  To say it out loud to someone else.

Much love to you today.  Enjoy the rest of your coffee!-TG

Time to Share!

Every Tuesday for several months, I’ll be talking about my dreams, your dreams….everybody’s dreams! And I’ll link us up to Holley Gerth’s blog, Heart to Heart with Holley.  It’s a linky dream-a-thon!

Okay, so time to spill it…what’s your dream(s)?  You know, the one you don’t want to say out loud. The one you’re scared to try. The one you’ve had inside forever.  Time to embrace it, sisters! (or brothers, that’s fine, too!)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6

When I was young, I wanted to be a mama. And I wanted to help people. Wow, huh? Huge aspirations! Well, turns out, they are big -to me. I want to be a mama to many. I want to help those who can’t help themselves.  If you know me, you know this is a big part of who I am.   I believe that God gives us the desires of our heart….not only does he want us to fulfill those desires, but he’s the giver. He puts them there.  Why would he put them there unless he also wanted us to live them out….to find ways to bring our dreams to life.  You’ve heard me say it before, I know.  Don’t be scared to try something new.  It doesn’t matter where you’re at in life.  Carpe diem, friend;)  Is there something gnawing at you that you wish you could do/try/take a chance on?  What is it?  Is it going back to school? Learning something new? Getting plugged into a new ministry? How about starting a new ministry? New job? Something more personal like running a marathon?  New hobby? Joining a gym?  Writing music? A book?  The list goes on…

As part of the God Sized Dream Team, we’re encouraged by Holly to start small.  (Go check out her blog-you’ll love it!) So, I’ll tell you the same thing.  Don’t be afraid to start.  Just start.  (She has some tips on her blog…even fill in the blank stuff!)  Start thinking about your gifts and strengths and go from there!

Take delight in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 37:4

A little more about mine…

So, as part of my dream, I started blogging for Give1Save1Asia.  I LOVE helping families in their adoption journey.  In January, I’ll be at the Created 4 Care Conference in the ATL exhibiting for Give1Save1!   (along with Steph Nunes, from the Africa blog)  I’m so excited! Why?? It’s just telling people about our blog….but it’s more than that.  It’s telling mamas that we are here to help them on their journey, too.  To encourage them as they pursue their own dreams.  It’s supporting  and learning about each other…meeting new people.  And as a side note, I’m totally rooming with strangers.  You know I’m not shy!  They’ll be my friends soon enough.

BACK STORY:  The biggest hurdle for me was contacting Beth (who blogs about her life at Artistic Domestic-she’s waaay creative, check her out) about blogging for Give1Save1.  I knew there was a need but I didn’t feel like I could do it.  Finally, months later,  I emailed her back and asked if she had an Asia blogger yet.  NOPE.  Mmhmmm….maybe I could do it?  That was about 6 months ago.  And then….same scenerio, different goal. I wanted to apply for the “dream team” blog group but was scared to step out and do it.   That tends to be my m.o. I am a scaredy cat at first, but once I get started, I’m good;)  Oh, and part of my own dream is to quit second guessing myself! I can’t be the only one who struggles with this, right? Maybe I am…;)

So, there ya go! I’m expecting to hear  some of your big dreams…  Don’t be scared to try!  And don’t be scared to say them out loud.  You can tell me–I already think it’s a great idea!

Dear 2013

I’m so glad you’re here! 2012 was good, but 2013 promises to be very exciting!  (You did promise, right?)  This is the year that Julianna comes HOME.  It’s also the year that I will embrace my dreams and I will release the fear, insecurity, lack of grace that loves to hang around.  This is the year that I will focus on speaking into my sons’ lives even more intentionally. Sharing with them that they were created with purpose by a creator who knew them before I did. And who loves them more than me. Embracing their dreams, our dreams as a family. Encouraging my husband more and being thankful for our lives together.

“Intentional” is my word for this year.  So, 2013, welcome–I’m very glad you’re here!

 

It’s Been Real, 2012

I’m spending New Year’s Eve in St. Louis with my honey. And a LOT of other people.  The Urbana conference had over 16,000 attendees! Pretty sure I talked to most of them;)

I’m looking forward to 2013.  I’m going to focus on my dreams.   You remember, I already told you about it.  If you missed it, read about it on Holley’s blog here.  Or here.

Why don’t you join me?  You know you want to.  We all have a dream….some are hidden way down deep and some are beginning to surface. Why is that? Why are we scared to do what we’re created to do?  Be who we’re created to be? I plan on finding out!  I’ll be writing about it weekly, so you can do the same.  Write in a journal or a blog or anywhere else…..start writing out your dreams.  Then start believing in them. Let’s encourage each other. I’ll be cheering you on!  -TG