>>>I'm so excited for you to hear from one of my friends today. Her name is Paige Dickinson. I hope the simple, but powerful truths she gives will help you have peace and direction as you continue to fight for your God-given dreams and desires.
Have you ever gone to an open house (not for school but for a house that’s for sale) and the only way to find your destination was by following the “OPEN HOUSE THIS WAY” signs along the way?
I was taking a walk in my neighborhood on a beautiful Sunday afternoon when I saw several signs for an open house. As I kept seeing these signs along my path, I felt God impress on my heart, “Getting to your dreams is just like that, Paige. You don’t know exactly where the house is, and you can only follow the signs along the way to get there.”
But if you’re anything like me, you prefer to have the full step-by-step process for anything in life. It’s comforting because it’s already figured out, you just have to do it. So, doing life with Jesus can be hard because He doesn’t give you the full step-by-step process. Instead, He gives you one step a time requiring a whole lot of faith and trust on your end in between each step. What I’ve learned are these two things:
1. Keep doing what you know to do, and God will tell you when it’s time to take a turn, just like those open house signs do.
2. Be attentive to God’s voice (how He leads you) so you can "hear" when He tells you it’s time to turn.
During my walk on the way to that open house were several turns to take, and sometimes there were stop signs as well. You see, on your way to your dream there will be times when you just keep going straight (keep doing what you know to do), and then there are going to be times to pause or to take a turn (being attentive to God’s voice). And only you and God will know what the pause or turn is, but as
you keep your focus on Him and not everything else around you, you’ll see that He never will direct you to your dreams wrongly.
If you have a dream in your heart and you’re getting frustrated because you don’t know what to do next to make it happen (I’m already raising my hand), let this encourage you: God is the best GPS for our life and our dreams. Rest knowing that He knows exactly where to go and that He will give you the proper directions when it’s time.
Paige is a California born, Texas living woman passionate about helping others discover who they are in God through her writing. She lives in Frisco, Texas and works full time as the Project Coordinator at Elevate Life Church. She loves to use how God has radically changed her life to show others that He can do the same for them. If you want to get to know her more, you can visit her website
www.paigeschapter.com or visit her on Instagram— @paigedickinson.
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I'm so excited to introduce my brave friend, Jenn Buell for this week's Guest Blog Post!
Brave Faith: Raising Brave Kids to Face a Big World
We try to teach our children so many things don’t we? Play nice, pick up your stuff, memorize your Bible verses, wash your hands after you go to the bathroom, don’t hit your sister, and so much more. Each of these things represents character traits we hope to instill in them before they grow up and fly the nest. One character trait that gets overlooked in this age of helicopter parenting is bravery.
We hover under them on the monkey bars, wanting to protect them from falling.
We monitor their play, wanting to protect them from so many things. We go to bat for them with tough teachers, wanting to protect their future from the mark a
failure leaves. There is nothing wrong with wanting to protect our kids. It’s engrained into us. And the age of information makes the world feel scarier, heavier, and feel more like the stakes are higher.
The World Feels Scary
Do you remember a childhood of running free around the neighborhood, unencumbered by parental eyes? I do. I’m dating myself here, but I was a kid in the late-70s and early-80s. I remember walking alone to the swimming pool five or six blocks away to spend the day swimming. I think I was 8 the earliest memory I have of that. (Gasp!) I remember leaving the house after lunch to run the neighborhood with friends or explore the creek near our house and not coming back until I heard my mother yelling my name.
Can you imagine letting your kids do that now? Of course not. Someone would report you.
Would it surprise you to know the crime rate then was higher than now? It shocked me. Just google it and watch page after page talking about how crime today is far below that of my childhood. We just know about it instantly with 24-hour news cycles and Amber Alerts to cell phones.
So How Do We Teach Brave?
I’m a widowed mom of four kids. Five and a half years ago, my loving husband of 20 years died suddenly of a heart attack. No warning, no anticipation. Just gone. And there I stood with four kids, ages 5 to 15, in uncharted territory. Scary territory. What now?
My husband used to tell people what made him fall in love with me—my strength. His own father had died when he was 2 and he said he knew if anything happened to him, I would be okay. I would keep going. Such a compliment and one that was so vital as I had to choose to bravely keep going with and for my kids.
When he died, I determined that my children would see me being brave. Parenting four kids alone is the hardest, scariest thing I've ever done. But if I want them to learn to face life and trials bravely, they need to see me doing just that.
In Joshua 1:9 we find a call to bravery, "Remember that I commanded you to be strong and brave. Don’t be afraid, because the Lord your God will be with you everywhere you go." (NLT, emphasis mine)
You Need to Choose Brave
That is how we teach brave—by being brave. By trusting God as He goes with us into hard, scary, exhilarating places. As he asks us to walk on water, to feed 5,000, to pray for miracles, and to go into all the world and we choose to say yes.
By applying to go back to school to finish or start a new degree.
By asking for a raise or a chance at a better job.
By jumping on the roller coaster or off the high dive.
By moving to a new city to start over again.
By pursuing a calling God has placed in your heart when you have no idea how that will work.
By trusting God to provide when your checking account is laughing at you.
Your children need to see you being brave not because you are amazing, but because God is. He makes us brave. He asks us to trust Him and do brave, scary things. But then. Oh, then watch what happens.
My eldest son did something brave that required me to be brave too. He is attending college 13 hours from home in a place he knew no one before going. They had a great film school and a scholarship for in-state tuition that was too good to pass up. He’s finishing his second year of being brave and it has not always been easy. But he’s doing it.
Oh that we would demonstrate brave for our children and raise children who are brave. That they would see us trusting God to lead us into bravery-requiring places.
Our children learn more from what we do than what we say, though they are listening to the words as well. When they see us taking brave steps, they learn to be brave. When they see us trusting God, they learn to have brave faith.
Oh that bravery would be a legacy we leave to our children.
What’s one brave thing you’ve been considering that you
haven’t stepped into yet? Is it time? Feel free to share in the comments and we can cheer you on.
About my friend and Guest Blog Post writer:
Jenn Buell is a single supermom to four amazing kids who lives in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota. She’s an event speaker, podcaster at Right There With You, writer at JennBuell.com, and radio DJ at a Christian station. She’s also a huge movie and sci-fi geek who adores baking for her people. Check out her blog, podcast and free video series.
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Tiffany Jo Baker is a 3x surrogate, speaker, coach, confidante and cheerleader to help you birth your dreams.
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