A couple of weeks ago I attended the She Speaks conference, where God met me in new and personal ways. I was so moved by the large gathering of women surrounding me, all with hearts to pursue a life of God-sized dreams. As I unpacked my heart and reflected on all I had learned it became crystal clear that the Lord is asking me to step out in bigger ways to follow His God-sized dreams for me. With this message heavy on my heart I had to re-write and repost this message below for you, as it echoes my heart so well. I pray you will be encouraged and brave enough to step out beyond the safe zone.
Unwrapping Our Gifts
Don’t you love the anticipation of unopened gifts? We shake them, survey their size and shape, and wonder what could be inside those precious wrapped treasures. We all love looking at our parcels with a bow tied neatly on top and wait with expectancy at what we are about to receive. For some of us, we love to unveil our gifts by ripping them open fast and furious, while the rest of us like to savor the moment and take our time to delicately unfold our special packages.
What if we decided to never open our gifts?
What if we took our gifts and proudly displayed them on a shelf, just because we liked the wrapping? What if fear held us back from figuring out what was inside our gifts? I wonder what it would be like if we decided to hide the gifts we receive, and keep them as a secret, hoarding them for a while in fear of sharing them with others.
We all long to open our birthday and Christmas gifts, and willingly unwrap them. Just as we receive earthly birthday and Christmas gifts, so the Heavenly Father gives us daughters precious gifts to open and share with others.
Do you have gifts and talents that God has given you, but have waited and wondered about opening up? And what is holding you back from opening up your gifts and pursuing your dreams?
What are you waiting for?
I just had a friend say to me this week, “if you don’t pursue the passions, dreams or talents that God has birthed within you, it’s as if you are being given a gift that you decided to never open.” That hit me like a ton of bricks!
What is holding you back?
Possibly fear, insecurity and doubt? I can venture to say that most of us experience those three stumbling blocks and can be stifled from stepping out to do what God has planned for us. We sometimes have to exercise blind faith, open our God-given gifts and let the Lord use them for His glory.
Those three words–fear, insecurity, and doubt don’t come from God. He is a God of love–not fear, security–not insecurity, confidence–not doubt. What if we accept these attributes that come from Him? Let’s grasp those gifts of Love, Security, and Confidence, and in the process unwrap our own unique gifts–then in turn share them with others. When we say yes to God, then we say yes to dreams, to open doors, to new opportunities.
We must take a risk
Will you take a chance–a risk with me, and walk in blind faith to see what dream will unfold for you? I am walking into places that stretch me, move me, make me grow, because when we aren’t moving forward or growing, we are stagnant and staying in one place – and that’s the worst place to be!
Sometimes the one thing holding us back from pursuing a God-sized dream is us.
We can be the biggest hindrance to our success and future. Our pursuits, dreams and ambitions can only be fulfilled if we step out and see where God will lead us.
What do you say? Will you join me in pursuing your dreams? What kind of talents do you have that you are still waiting to unwrap?
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