In the midst of grief, Rachel Pellegrino couldn’t have imagined what she’d be doing today; the dream to publish children’s books wasn’t even on her radar. But a few business courses, lots of prayer, a conversation with her husband, and some outreach to people in an industry she’d never worked in brought this dream to fruition. Today, she’s building a legacy for her daughter, serving families in search of high-quality, values-based books for kids, and helping authors launch their books into the world.
Productivity expert, writer, speaker, and owner of inkWELL Press Tonya Dalton shares her vision for helping women center their lives not on doing more but on doing what’s most important. Tonya teaches us that having clarity on your dream doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy to pursue and how facing challenges helps grow your dependence on Jesus. You will grow in confidence as you hear her story about not giving up and the choices she made when she had no idea what she was doing.
What is the biggest thing you’ve ever had to trust God for? It seems the longer we wait for something we desire, but the result of which remains unknown, the more difficult it is to believe the answer will come or that it will be the answer we’ve been praying for. This episode will teach you three connected practices to help combat the mindsets of fear and doubt and, instead, go to battle against the evil one with the truth and power of God’s Word.
Nineteen-year-old Anna Sackett recently left the comforts of home in the U.S. to study midwifery as a missionary in the Philippines. Just before her life shifted dramatically as a result of her dream to serve women and families, she shares how she is resting her hope and joy in Jesus, what it looks like to rejoice in the midst of longing for something more in life, and the importance of remaining steadfast in Him (and how we might do that).
Charlena Ortiz, founder of Grit & Virtue, teaches us how she’s learned to trust Jesus as her sustainer, sought unforced rhythms of grace in pursuing her dream, and discovered patience with herself and with God. Listen for the one question she used to figure out her dream, learn how to gain clarity on the lies you believe and turn up the volume on truth instead, and trust that God will use your dream as a tool for personal transformation.
If you’ve put off starting, kept your dream all to yourself, or known you need to take a step but haven’t figured out how to do that, this conversation is for you! This episode is all about finally getting busy taking steps toward the dream. You’ll learn about what next-step-momentum can do for your dream, get access to a handy worksheet to help you figure out that next step, and gain the clarity you need to finally stop waiting and start moving in the direction of your dream.
Lesley Pyle’s dream was born out of a desire to stay home after the birth of her first baby. In 2007, she founded HireMyMom.com to help professional women find flexible, legitimate, home-based work. Her story teaches us the value of not waiting until you have it all figured out. She shares how she learned along the way and how passion made up for expertise she didn’t have at the start. Let Lesley encourage you to release the mom guilt and get out of your comfort zone to pursue your God-shaped dream.
Podcast host Haley Williams is living her dream to engage women in meaningful conversations that point to a bigger story: the hope we have in Jesus. Haley reminds us that we are not defined by our work, and she shares what she’s learned from disappointment, including the advice to start before you’re ready. You’ll discover the value of trusting God with the outcome of your dream, understanding your need for grace, finding your approval in Him alone, and allowing Jesus to change you from the inside out.
We’ve been talking about fear and what it says about our identity or, rather, how we’re placing our identity on something besides Jesus when we allow fear to stand in the way of what God created us to do with our lives.
IF YOU HAVE PLACED YOUR IDENTITY IN SOMETHING BESIDES JESUS, THIS WAS THE EPISODE FOR YOU.
This solo episode falls in line behind #122 and provides some next steps about what to do once you realize that you have, in fact, trusted in something beside the Lord to give you hope, wholeness, satisfaction or purpose.
There are three simple (I didn’t say easy) steps you can take to move past your fears and on to the dream God has placed on your heart. Listen to this quick solo episode to learn what they are and then join us in the Facebook Group to share how you’re moving forward despite the fear.
There are a few episodes I mention in this episode that you’ll want to go back to, if you haven’t heard them already.
Ep 119 – How to Stop Fear from Stealing Your Dream – released May 15, 2019
Ep 122 – Obstacles to Finding Your Identity in Christ – released July 17, 2019
This solo episode is tied directly to my last six solo episodes, listed below under MENTIONED ON THE SHOW, in case you want to listen in order.
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MENTIONED ON THE SHOW:
Episode 107 – Solo Episode – You are a Daughter of the Most High King
Episode 110 – Solo Episode – You Have Great Value and Worth
Episode 113 – Solo Episode – You Were Created for a Reason
Episode 116 – Solo Episode – Two Simple Reasons Your Dream is Not About You
Episode 119 – Solo Episode – How to Stop Fear from Stealing Your Dream
And My appearance on Kindled Podcast with Haley Williams where I walk her through a Fear Inventory
Episode 122 – Solo Episode - Obstacles to Finding Your Identity in Christ
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If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
~ 1 John 1:9 (ESV)
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
~ Philippians 4:6-7
Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out,
that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,
~ Acts 3:19-20
I believe, Lord help me with my unbelief.
~ Mark 9:24
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This week’s interview builds upon last week’s episode on listening to God. Brittany Rust teaches us how to build a foundation of intimacy with Jesus by being in God’s word and through prayer, and she shares how those two actions plus the practice of listening and responding in obedience have grown her understanding of what God is calling her to next. You’ll learn the value of waiting on His timing as well as what it looks like to let go of control and trust Him in the pauses, resets and redirection.
Wondering how to hear God’s voice? Or know if you’re on the right path? Or what He wants you to do next? Tabitha Bigbee is a faith-based life coach and founder of Every Day Faith. She offers up to us grace-filled thinking on how to get in God’s Word every day so you can be transformed by it and learn to hear the voice of the Father. She freely shares her everyday practices that will strengthen your faith muscles and help you find clarity about the next step in your dream or your life.
God’s power is made perfect in weakness. We know the Bible verse, but most of us would rather run from weakness than embrace it. Alia Joy might have, at one time, said the same. She never expected to write a book about weakness, nor did she expect to wrestle with mental illness, but this journey has put her on a path to be a voice for the hurting, the broken, and the lonely. Her new book Glorious Weakness is meeting people in their place of need and giving them hope that they are not alone.
Our fears provide clues to understanding where we may have placed our identity in something besides Jesus. In this episode, you’ll discover the value of acknowledging what drives your fears. But you will need to tune in to next month’s solo episode to learn what you can do about it. In the meantime, I am challenging you to really look at what you’re holding tight to and what, if you lost it, would crush you, because that’s where you’ll begin to see that you have misplaced your identity.
If you have a dream, don’t be surprised when discouragement shows up and threatens to destroy it. In this episode writer, mama, and former silent-struggler Laura Harris shares her vulnerable story about the night on the bathroom floor when she realized that she was on the verge of depression and could no longer hide it. You’ll learn how God brought her through it, used this difficulty to open her eyes to a greater purpose, and the steps you can take if you ever find yourself in a similar situation.
Heather Boersma’s dream wasn’t on her radar two decades ago, but it has been a journey of learning, listening to God, faltering, and then remembering to trust Him again. What she shares about intimacy with Christ will open your eyes, again, to the significance of resting and trusting in Jesus. You’ll hear the best reason NOT to measure success via your results, the importance of our mindset, and the power of agreeing with the truth God speaks over you through His word and not the lies of the enemy.
This bonus episode is about the life events that led up to me receiving Christ and what happened in the years that followed as He continued to pursue my heart, heal the brokenness caused by my own decisions and rejection of Him as well as the wounds inflicted by others. He truly made me a new creation, just as Scripture, says, “… anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Fear is a common feeling once you start chasing God-shaped dreams, but this fear is not from God. We have a very real enemy to seeks to steal, kill and destroy you and your dreams. Thankfully, we also have a good Father in heaven who loves and cherishes you. He wants to empower courage in you, especially in the face of fear. This episode will coach you through four strategies to overcome fear and anxiety related to pursuing your dream and the importance of discerning what is driving your feelings.
When God calls you to a dream that is bigger than yourself, you might question if you’re the right person for the job. Fear is normal, but fear is not from God. If fear and doubt are creeping up on you, the next step is to trust God’s character, believe He is good, and know that He is for you and the dreams He’s given you! Listen as Esther Littlefield explains what this has been for her and then, find the courage you need to take the next step, regardless of how ready you feel.
Creative business owner Laurel Smith dreamt about making jewelry 14 years ago, before she possessed the knowledge or tools to do so. That dream is now a reality in Laurel Denise, but its God-given purpose didn’t become clear until years later. Laurel’s story reminds us that understanding your purpose and calling takes time. She also shares her secret of learning to focus her time and energy so she could pursue jewelry making as well as her passion and calling of motherhood.
You have a dream, a passion that burns deep inside and makes you want to leap from bed in the morning. Maybe your dream is a desire to change the world for the better, or make beautiful things, or teach others what you have learned on your journey. When that dream begins to bubble up, you might get so busy figuring out the next step that you forget to ask who your dream is for. This episode will coach you through questions to ask yourself as you consider who your dream is meant to serve.