Momma, Go for Your Dreams! Let Faith Overcome Your Fear
(Inside: Go for your dreams, momma. Do you need the courage to pursue your dreams? Do you wish you would take that first step to follow your dreams? Read on…)
My entire heart wanted to say yes, but I worried I wouldn’t measure up.
An email had popped into my inbox inviting me to speak to a mom’s group of eighty women. It included a topic I must research and vulnerable stories I needed to share to make the point.
Then that speaking engagement led to another invitation…then another. I even got to be a presenter at an online mom conference, meaning I made a video and uploaded it to The Actual YouTube. (Somebody, hold me.)
I’ve felt led to write and speak and teach for years. This dream has pulsed deep in my gut for so long, I knew I needed to stir the comfort-pot in my life and get my name out there.
(Why is there always a “but?”)
Alongside the strong feeling of being led to do something came a feeling of fear. (I hate admitting that!)
Since I’m being honest, though, let me explain more. Once that reply “yes” left my sent box to both that first speaking request and all of them after, I felt a cold sweat course through my body. Then, this thought pounced: What if I can’t do this well enough? Even though I feel called – that doesn’t mean I’m going to be good.
(Stick with me in my irrational thinking here.)
I mean, God is awesome, so shouldn’t everything He leads us to do be done with all his glory and awesomeness? So, if I can’t do this task with complete awesomeness, with the funniest of funny stories, with the most profound-est of profound points, while holding the entire audience captive despite not knowing how well they slept last night – should I be trying at all?
These perfectionistic-style thoughts can immobilize me. They can stop me midstep and spin worry like a boss as I talk myself out actually following the “inner knowings” God places in my soul.
But then again, those defeating thoughts don’t really sit well in my brain either, because…there’s another “but,” and this one is worth holding our attention.
But…haven’t we all been impacted in amazing ways through imperfect people?
Mrs. Klagus, my high school Algebra II and Precalculus math teacher, inspired me to study education and become a teacher.
However, she didn’t teach perfect lessons and wear a smooth bun at the base of her head. Nope. I took her class when the school introduced the fancy graphing calculators and she told us from the get-go, she’d be learning with us. The class buzzed with talking, clicking away at our calculators, numbers, question, and figuring it out. The bumpy learning was so fun and effective that I wanted “in.”
I am a high school math teacher because of Mrs. Klagus.
Furthermore, I can name numerous coaches, friends, my beloved parents, and other family members who imperfectly walk through life – but, still deeply move me, shape me, and inspire me.
Moms, as we go for our dreams, it won’t be perfect. But it doesn’t have to be – God works in powerful ways through imperfect people. Imperfect people are incredibly effective.
Also, haven’t we all been impacted in amazing ways through the “ordinary” and “average?”
Here I am ready to do the work to be the funniest of funny and profound-est of profound speakers but wait a sec… if, I’m “ordinary,” can’t I still make an impact? After all, doesn’t God call us to ordinary tasks and move in huge ways through the simple?
One of my favorite speakers shares her heart in the same way as a girlfriend I’ve met for a cup of coffee would, and I always leave her teaching pondering something.
Also, don’t most of us chip away at our jobs, fulfilling the daily grind, but making powerful influences because of the collective consistent effort?
Aren’t we all effective in parenting through the “ordinary” moments? Meals, rides, homework check-ins, laundry, sports, and more meals. I look back at my own childhood and the most influential moments were the conversations around the dinner table, my mom’s car idling when I walked out after practice, and family prayers before bed.
In our friendships, impactful is not necessarily the amazing words we use, but instead, showing up in love and vulnerability to simply “be there.”
Moms, what if we show up for our dream – we research, prepare, and practice, and we turn out to only be ordinary? Well, bravo, we did it, because…
God works in mighty ways through ordinary moments. Ordinary can be extraordinarily effective.
So how come I can hesitate because I fear that what God has called me to do, I might not be able to do awesome enough?
God is so much bigger than the idea that everything must be awesome. So, be still my shaky hands reminding me that I might not pull this speaking dream off with the abundant amount of confetti I’d prefer.
Because it doesn’t matter – God’s put a calling on my heart and I’m going for it.
Momma with a dream you feel like you need to chase after, consistently show up with love and truth and hard work. But, also, know that sometimes we’re going to be amazing and other times not-so-much.
But that’s just fine – because if we’re imperfect, well, we can still be effective. And if we’re “just okay,” we can also still be effective.
God moves in mighty ways through imperfection and transforms abundantly through the ordinary.
So, let’s let our faith can be bigger than our fear and send off our “yes reply.” Then, we can confidently tell our racing hearts to settle down. Because we’ve got this. We really do.Momma going for that #dream – remember, if we're imperfect, well, we can still be effective. And if we're "just okay," we can also still be effective. So, #followyourheart with #confidence. Read on… #momlife #motherhood #parents Click To Tweet
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I recently listened to a podcast by the author of my favorite book on creativity (affiliate link), Liz Gilbert, where she talked about how she feels like she has been given the divine responsibility of being in charge of “Liz,” so needs to do what’s best for “Liz.”
Okay, I hope I don’t mess up the interpretation of what she said too much, but let me tell you how it went into my heart…
God gives us the sacred responsibility of taking care of ourselves. So, I need to see myself in the 3rd person. I need to step outside of myself and say, “Cheryl doesn’t need to be doing that. She’s done enough..she needs sleep, or to say ‘no,’ or to sit and pet her beloved dog.”
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Cheryl is a mom of 3 boys, wife, speaker, high school teacher, and author of Empowered Moms & Kids. She has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and is passionate about learning and teaching. On www.empoweredmomsandkids.com you’ll find inspiration and encouragement for moms raising tweens and/or teens. Read more in the “about” section of this page.
I love this. Just doing what we are called to do. Showing up and giving Him glory! Amen. Thanks so much for joining the Blessing Counters Party!
Ohhhhh Cheryl!! This is so awesome!!!!! I feel called to do so much for God and as little things are slowly coming together, I am like "Whoa!" I was just telling my best friend "What if I slip and mess up what God wants me to do!?" …or, "it's already been done and said 100 other different ways!?" That is the devil trying to mess with our heads. The devil puts feelings and thoughts of fear in us to distract us on what we are called to do for Jesus! The only fear we need, is the fear of God and in the end, we all need to be confident that we did all that He called us to do. What if YOU are the next Beth Moore!? 😉 Ya never know!!! I love your blog posts!! I visit so many website blogs that are so empty or they post, just to post. Your blog posts are full of Christ and His gentle whisper of His reminders. Thank you for that!! I'm so happy I "met" ya and your blog 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving!! xoxo
Cindy, I am so happy I met you too!!! I was just thinking that earlier today!
Thanks for letting me join!:)
Absolutely! Whatever we do, when we do it for His glory, it is certainly important and necessary. 1 Cor 10:31. It is pretty awesome, though to be able to get up and speak in to the hearts of women as you share what God is leading you to. Way to go! May he provide many more moments of opportunity for you to share your faith from the podium to the coffee shop table, and more.
Thanks for the encouragement Dawn!
Thank you for the encouragement in this post. Fear of failure, not measuring up, has always been one of my main obstacles. But God doesn't want us to live in fear – thanks for the reminder!
That is so awesome that you got to speak! I would have loved to have heard you!
I can relate! Thanks for commenting!
It is so wonderful when we get to do what God wants us to do and we know it, there is something so exciting in this, yet there is also some fear attached. No one wants to let God down, but knowing that He loves us no matter what gets us through. Thanks for sharing at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings
Being steadfast in everything is often over-looked in this over-amusing, attention needy world but it is ever so important to God (and your children). Thank you for sharing this encouraging message on the Art of Home-Making Mondays. We hope you continue to join us each week!
Thank you so much for letting me link up!
I love linking up with you! Thank you!