Friday, October 26, 2012

When Pipe Dreams Come True



I've always been a follower. A middle child, I became a people pleaser early in life, content to walk in the wake of another. But right here where the dawning happens, this blog that I began on a whim, this is where I have found my voice and courage and who I really am all by myself when I'm not in the wake of someone else, someone bigger, better.  This space is just me here, thinking things out, figuring life out, learning how to not be afraid and how to have something to say.

It has led me into things I never thought would happen. Oh, they were dreams alright, but they were held prisoner by insecurity and low hopes and an inconspicuous lack of confidence. What I had were pipe dreams.

Ann Voskamp once said, "Sometimes you don't know when you're taking the first step through a door until you're already inside."  I find that to be true in this blog that I've been writing for almost three years now, because here I am with the cover story for a local Christian magazine for the second month in a row.

This is God's doing and not at all what I had set out to do myself when I began this blog. God gave my captive dream feet with His plan. He built my courage and gave me a voice right here, post by blog post. I just needed the legs to stand and the heart to step into what apparently was a door.

And of course, if I can do it, you can do it.

What is it you've always wanted to do? Why not start now, on a whim. God will take it from there.

Reach Out Columbia's November Cover: Mark Hall — Just Making Disciples


This is a 5 Minute Writing on Friday.
Today's prompt: Voice
Five Minute Friday

19 comments:

  1. I love ann’s quote...yes...just walking after His heart...not a certain destination...but letting Him lead us. Congrats on your article being published..blessings~

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    1. Just walking, Ro. That's right. In faith.

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  2. God's hand alongside "well earned". Good work and congratulations.

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    1. Thank you, Rick. It means much coming from you. You've always encouraged my writing.

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  3. Love Ann's quote. I've found that true several times.

    So glad you're finding your own voice.

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  4. Smiling, smiling, smiling here! Yay, you. Yay, God!

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    1. Can't stop singing your Toby Mac song now, and it's your fault.

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  5. We found our voices right around the same time. So cool to see God working it all out! Congratulations!

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  6. We found our voices right around the same time. So cool to see God working it all out! Congratulations!

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  7. Wonderful! It's really more about walking, less about doors, isn't it? :)

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    1. It's ALL about walking. Yes. Glad to see you here, Matthew.

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  8. Amen! Sometimes it's in the writing it down and putting it out there that we really get a true glimpse of who we are! Write on! (and yes Matthew ^^ - it really IS more about the walking and less about doors! I love that!)
    ~Karrilee~

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  9. So excited for you Dawn. Yay! You're an inspiration to all of us to just take that first step, even when we have no idea where it will lead.

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  10. Your voice encouraging the voice of others! Thank you, Dawn.

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  11. congratulations, Dawn...that's fabulous! Enjoyed reading the article as well.

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  12. hi dawn!

    i would have never taken you for a middle child,
    because you write like a firstborn. this confirms
    your voice here, i think!

    keep writing!!!! we love it.

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