Thursday, January 5, 2012

Digging for Dreams

"It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you're not." ~Denis Waitley

What would happen if you really got a hold of who you are?  My parents always told me that I could do or be anything or anyone I wanted to do or be.  But still, for much of my life, I've struggled with thoughts of who I was not.  "I'm not this.  I can't do that.  I'll never have the means to be that."  Hopes and dreams can get so side tracked by focusing on everything that we are not, instead of realizing that we are who we are, for a reason!

The Lord tells us in Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." What if that's true?  Really, we say we believe God's Word, but it's so much easier to believe for other people.  When it comes to believing it for ourselves, we seem to doubt and question.  But what if He created you just how you are because He has a hope and a plan for you?

I'm not saying that we are perfect just the way we are and that we don't need to grow and change.  But everything that is needed for our hopes and dreams to come to pass has been buried deep in our hearts by our Creator!  We just need to dig it out, polish it up and run with it!  Concentrating on our flaws and mistakes will only keep us from the process of digging up our gifts and fulfilling our dreams.

I can give you a perfect example.  Since I was a small child, I knew that I was a writer.  I felt compelled to write, driven to write.  But then I became a mom and raising six kids brought a lot of excuses for me to not delve into that gift and nurture it and make it grow.  I bought into the idea of everything that I was NOT.  You couldn't have paid me to say, "I am a writer," because what if people would laugh at me or say, "Well, you haven't published a book.  How can you be a writer?"

Over the past six years, I have been writing again. The first time I told people, "I am a writer", I almost choked on the words.  It felt like someone in my head was screaming, "Liar, liar."  I squirmed and waited for the people who I said it to, to start laughing at me. But they didn't.  Instead, they said that they had read my blog and loved it.  They said that they had bought some of my note cards.  I looked around the room to see if anyone was going to expose me for being a fraud, but that didn't happen.

So now, when someone asks me what I do, I proudly say, "I'm a writer."  And they believe me!  Those words still don't roll easily off my tongue, but I'm getting there.  You see, Dear One, you can't let all the things that you are NOT, hold you back from being who you ARE.  You were created for a purpose and only you and God know what that is.  I pray that you spend time with your Heavenly Father every day and let Him whisper His hopes and plans to you. Dig deep into your heart and find the things that make you come alive, polish them, grow them, nurture them and be who you were meant to be!

I'm linking up with up with Anne over at I Live in an Antbed.  Hop on over there and see what others are saying about what the power of God can do in your life.

From His lap,

38 comments:

  1. Great post. You've made some great points. I never dreamed of being a writer. I actually feel the same way. I know that I am not a writer by accident though. God is using it to glorify himself.

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  2. Amen, Julie!! He will write through you if you let Him!! Thank you so much for stopping by!
    Blessings!
    ~Erin

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  3. Thank you my friend, the WRITER!! I am so thankful for you obedience to answer His Call!
    Dianne

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  4. Dianne,
    Thank you for walking this journey with me and being such a source of encouragement for me. You'll never know how much I take your remarks to heart.
    Love you to pieces!
    ~Erin

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  5. As always a beautiful post!!! I too have found it easy to believe my can't voice and yet like you, so freeing when I ignore the can't and let who I am grow! Thank you, you always make me think! You are a wonderful writer!!!

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  6. Kathy,
    I don't know why, but I always get choked up when you comment. Thank you for your kind words. You are such a blessing to me!
    xoxo!
    ~Erin

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  7. I wanted to just say beautiful writing. Loved everything about your blog page. Thank you for sharing.

    Kevin.

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  8. Thank you, Kevin. That means a lot to me! You are such a great writer, yourself!
    Blessings,
    ~Erin

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  9. Love the quote at the beginning! And thanks for sharing your gift of writing with us! I definitely needed to hear this. I'm not sure why, but I've been feeling less than adequate this week, so your post is helping me fight the feelings. =)

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  10. Erin ~ you are definitely a writer...a good one! Glad you listened to God and started writing. You bless many.
    God bless...Chelle

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  11. TJ, I'm glad you're fighting those feelings because God has put something powerful and wonderful on the inside of you. You are full of the promise and hope of God. Dig deep, my friend, dig deep!
    Blessings,
    ~Erin

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  12. Chelle,
    Thank you for such kind words. I'm glad that I obeyed Him too, cause it's miserable not to!!!
    Blessings,
    ~Erin

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  13. I enjoyed your post and after reading it I am certain that no one can ever accuse you of not being a writer. Well done and I am very happy that you are holding your head high and having faith in yourself.

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  14. Candace,
    My new dear friend!! I'm so honored that you stopped by. I love your blog and I can't wait to read more!
    Blessings,
    ~Erin

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  15. Thank you for another timely word! This confirms what the Father has been speaking to me as I venture into writing a blog and refinishing furniture to sell. I've been reluctant to say it, but God has whispered in my spirit, Speak it as if it were so. As I do, it settles into my spirit and I feel at peace that I am where He wants me.

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  16. Beautiful Erin! Wonderfully put into words! I'm glad that God allowed you to get out of your comfort zion and finally find yourself!
    I know that God has a plan for all our lives, even when we were in our mother's womb! We just need to find ourselves, and what that purpose is. I'm also following a lifelong dream of mine! With God's continued guidance and strength, like you, I know that I will succeed. Praying that God will continue to bless you in all your endeavors! Have a prosperous and blessed New Year!

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  17. Thanks, Erin. That's a good word. I feel much as you did, feeling shy about offering the fact that I was a writer. It's getting easier for me now, too. It took 20 years for the Lord to bring me to this place where I am now with regard to being published. I'd like to think it had more to do with Him getting me through my wilderness as opposed to me being His undisciplined son that He had to work to reach. *crosses fingers*
    Thanks again for the positive post.

    -Jimmy

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  18. Sheila,
    You go, girl!!! Woo hoo! I'm so glad that you have a passion and a dream and that you're going after it. Continue on, in peace!
    Blessings,
    ~Erin

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  19. Terry,
    I pray God's guidance, direction and hand on your dream. With Him, you will succeed and be a blessing to many!
    Hugs,
    ~Erin

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  20. Jimmy,
    It's good for me to hear that others have gone through the same thing and come out on the other side, making their dreams come true! Thank you so much for that encouragement.
    Blessings,
    ~Erin

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  21. Hi Erin~
    Thanks for the encouragement! I totally get it:) Funny-"Liar! Liar"-been there...always nice to be reminded about the divine plan for each one of us.

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  22. As always, you have said just the right thing that I need to hear. I don't know how you do it. Not only are you a gifted writer, but you have a gift of making sense of what it means to be human. I too have dwelled on my cants and felt like a fraud, as if all the things I am good at, I am fooling people and really I am not good at all. That is so silly I know. Because I don't have credentials in certain things, I negate it as not good enough. I am a writer without an English degree. I am a baker without a culinary degree. I am a teacher without a credential. I am not "qualified" to do the things I already do and am good at. I am in the process of job-hunting after 12 years of being a SAHM and part-time preschool teacher, and so this is really hitting home for me.

    Thank you Erinn, as always, for touching my heart and inspiring me to believe in myself!

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  23. Suzanne,
    Isn't that funny! I think we all do that to ourselves. But that's the lie! We're not lying. We know who we are!!!
    Blessings,
    ~Erin

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  24. Michael Ann,
    You are so precious!! I know that you are gifted and you have precious talents that God placed in your heart to develop and share with others!! I am entering the job market again at the age of 53 and it is daunting!!! I'll let you know how it goes and you keep me posted as well.
    Hugs,
    ~Erin

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  25. Thank you Erin..... you are looking for a job too? Yes, it is daunting. Things have changed and the skills we had before are outdated. Many our age are going back to school or learning new careers. I never thought I'd be in this position. Yes, we can keep each other posted!

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  26. Michael Ann,
    I am starting my own greeting card and note card company, but I'm going to get a job to supplement it. I have a couple of leads on great companies. I just hope they don't overlook me because I'm a grandma!!! :0)
    Blessings,
    ~Erin

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  27. Hi Erin,

    We do tend to be insecure and question our purpose and ability to succeed. Unfortunately we are afraid of failure and ridicule, but we must remember that we have been created in the image of God and given a purpose by Him. He will prepare us and empower us to be victorious in His service! :)

    Blessings and hugs,
    Denise

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  28. Denise,
    That is to true! We are created in His image and He puts in us exactly what He wants in us!!
    Thank you so much for stopping by!
    Blessings,
    ~Erin

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  29. I find your words very encouraging. I too have struggled with the "who I am not" stuff. It has kept me from doing things the Lord was leading me to do. My prayer is that I will have your same attitude and keep polishing who I am. Loved your post.

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  30. V,
    It sounds like you know that you were created with gifts and talents. Knowing that, is half the battle. Even though we go through times of doubting ourselves, He will remind us of what He has planted in our hearts!
    Thank you so much for stopping by!
    Blessings,
    ~Erin

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  31. YES! Love this post :-) I'm struggling with the whole "I'm a writer" too, and it's hard to swallow. Good for you for recognizing and being true and honest to what's in your heart!

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  32. Oh, I see. I knew about the greeting cards but not that you were looking for a supplemental income as well. You bring up a good point about ageism. I applied for a couple of jobs as maybe a 2nd job to my preschool teaching hours. They were both jobs that typically college students would probably apply for. I saw all kinds of younger people filling out applications and when they turned them in, the manager was chatting them up. When I turned mine in he said "thank you" and that was it. I asked a few questions but it was obvious he was not interested in me. I think right off they were looking for someone younger. It felt really awful :( After feeling blue about that for awhile, I just told myself those jobs should not be my focus and that's not where I'm supposed to be.

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  33. Oh, I love your post. So inspirational and I do believe that you're a great writer. I hope that your work will soon surface and encourage others to follow their dreams.
    Awesome post :)

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  34. Thank you for the encouraging words today. Such a blessing to ponder God's heart for me. I pray that I will always listen to His voice as He shares His purpose and plan for my life.

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  35. Jenn,
    I don't know why so many of us struggle with this particular area of believing that we are writers. Maybe it's because we put so much of ourselves into it that we can't fathom that others want that much of us! :0) You just write away, dear!!
    Blessings,
    ~Erin

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  36. Michael Ann,
    There is a job out there that is perfectly suited to you and I hope that you find it soon! I'll be praying for you!
    ~Erin

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  37. Barbara,
    Thank you so much for your encouragement and kind words. I am working steadily and dedicatedly to make my dreams come true!
    Blessings,
    ~Erin

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  38. Angel,
    I pray that you hear His voice. I know that when you spend time in His presence, you can't help but hear Him speak to your heart!
    Blessings, dear one!
    ~Erin

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