Tuesday, January 14, 2014

JOY in the Journey, Discovering your God-sized Dreams


Today, aboard our God-sized Dreams ship, Gindi Vincent has asked us to answer a series of questions regarding her topic of what to do if you do NOT know what your God-sized Dreams are anymore. 

Vincent’s questions: What about you? What do you love? What makes you happy? Would you share your story about what to do if you don’t know what your God-sized dream is here in the link up?

I would like to answer Gindi's questions in an open letter.

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Dear Gindi,

My God-sized dream has always been to work as a writer and producer. I want to create and produce work that will inspire people, point them to God and help them to realize their true value and worth.

Along the way to my original God-sized Dreams, other pursuits were born that took me on detours—being a teacher, working as a journalist, hoping to turn my photography skills and love for the digital camera into a full-time photography business—and I’m grateful for every detour God’s blessed me with, yes I say"blessed me with" because at the time, I was deeply troubled because I wanted to reach my destination so badly that I almost forgot the joy is in the journey.

Serving God and reaching people for Jesus Christ makes me very HAPPY, dare I say I even love it more than I love food? And girl, I LOVE GOOD FOOD! But yes, as long as I’m in a capacity of helping people I’m happy, even if I’m not paid a six-figure salary for my work (though I would LOVE that too)!

So my dream job would be using all of my talents for writing, producing, educating and photography in a capacity that serves people in a creative and therapeutic sense.

But to answer your last question, Gindi, on what to do if I did NOT know my God-sized Dream or felt like I had lost the capacity to dream, I will say this—God hears your heart. When you don’t have the words to say or energy to pray and when you feel like our dreams are dead, don’t let those lies fill your head because God still hears your heart. God gave you those dreams for a REASON and a VERY GOOD REASON at that, a mission only YOU can accomplish in this life. So don’t give up, hold on to God’s promises found in His Word (The Holy Bible) such as Jeremiah 29:11, Psalm 37:4 and Proverbs 3:5-6, experience the blessing of life day-by-day and watch God lead the way.

Remember, the joy is in the journey! And the DREAM destination is WORK but you will be prepared for it as you allow God to teach you and equip you with what you need to succeed each day in the journey toward your wildest God-sized DREAMS. Sometimes our destination may be a dream you did not know you had deep in your heart. But dear Gindi, GOD KNOWS and will help you reach your destination in His perfect time, so continue to TRUST HIM!

God bless you!

Sincerely,

Alexis

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Now here’s a question for my “God is Love” blog readers: They say in this life, you need to find what makes you “come alive” and then do it. I say that’s the same thing as discovering your God-sized Dream! So tell me, what makes you HAPPY and what are you doing about it?

13 comments:

  1. LOVED YOUR POST! To answer your prompt - I love working with children. They make my heart JUMP FOR JOY. It is grueling work and demanding work but so worth it. I love when they discover something new or finally display the behavior you've been working on. It is so cool to watch them get older. They are such a precious gift. I am blessed to be working in urban education and running a growing fundraising business for orphans called Clothed in Love.

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  2. Hey! I am happy that you LOVED my post! :) After visiting your blog, I think we have the same taste in movies and a love for good storytelling! :) How awesome is it that you find JOY in teaching children! Agreed, children ARE such a PRECIOUS gift from GOD! :) You are doubly blessed to be able to do something you LOVE and be PAID for it, regularly! All the best to you! :) See you aboard the God-sized DREAMS ship! :)

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  3. Oh, girl - I so get this: "Sometimes our destination may be a dream you did not know you had deep in your heart." YES - I spent 2013 dreaming a dream I never knew was there - but you're right - God did! : ) Great post!!

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    1. Hi Christine! Thanks for visiting my blog! :) I am happy you liked my post! :) What was the dream you spent 2013 you never knew was there? I'd love to hear the story! E-mail me at capturingidea@gmail.com whenever you have time.

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  4. What a beautiful letter!! I will be praying for you as your journey towards the big things that God has planned for you!

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    1. Hi Kristin! I'm happy you liked my letter! :) Thank you for praying for my journey toward God's plan and purpose for my life! Happy to connect with you aboard the God-sized DREAMS ship! :)

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  5. When there are detours along the journey, continuing to dream can be difficult. Too often, disappointment -along the journey- prevent us from progressing along in a consistent, forward march.
    In spite of detours, we must understand that delays don't always mean denials!
    Thanks, Alexis, for prompting me to continue to move forward despite difficulties along the way.

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    1. Awe, thanks for the sweet message, Trinity Grace! :) I'm happy to know God used my writing this post to encourage you to press through until you reach your God-appointed goal in life! May God bless you as you continue to pursue the dreams He's placed upon your heart! :) Read Jeremiah 29:11.

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  6. I love your God-SIzed dream - and that it took you on detours. I know that my God-Sized dream - well, I need all these detours because there's something in them that is detrimental to that dream. Sometimes, right now, though, I'm asking for confirmation - that God say - yes - we are dreaming this together - this isn't just your dream - it's the one I put in you. Your letter encouraged me:)

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    1. Dear Blue Cotton Memory blogger,
      I am delighted to know that God used my letter to encourage you! :) Wishing you ALL the very BEST in life as you continue to trust God to lead you to your destination! Enjoy the journey! :)

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  7. Dear Alexis,
    Thank you SO much for sharing your journey. I have found that the detours are so often what God uses the most in helping us find where he wants us to go. I wrote that post as a photo of a time in my life four years ago right after I'd had my triplets. Little did I know then that God would take me through the drought to bring me to abundance and plenty - a group of fellow dreamers, TWO websits, authoring a book, and my dream job. He is so faithful so keep dreaming!
    Gindi

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  8. Alexis, like you, I love writing, and editing. I also love organizing, bringing order out of chaos, and I love encouraging others. So my God-sized dream is very multifaceted!

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  9. Hi Alison! Thanks for visiting my blog! :) Sounds like you'd love being a leader of an organization! What do you do for a career now?

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