I Was Afraid…(from the archives) Has God placed a dream on your heart? Are you too afraid to take the next step towards making it a reality? Moving forward can be scary. Thoughts of not being good enough and failing can hold you back and prevent you from making the next move. Trust me, I know. It took me years just to get up the courage to talk about mine. Writing to inspire others has always been my dream. A dream and desire placed deep within my heart long ago by the Lord. But every time God nudged me to take the next step I did nothing. I was too afraid to put myself out there. Writing takes a lot of hard work, discipline, and very thick skin. Did I have what it takes? Putting that much work into something only to have it criticized and rejected scared me to death. It seemed safer to keep it a dream than make it a reality. And for a very long time, my dream stayed a dream. Then God led me to read Ecclesiastes 5:7 “Dreaming too much and talking too much are meaningless. So have respect for God.” As I read this I realized I was being foolish. I wasn’t bringing him any glory by keeping my calling a dream. And I sure wasn’t inspiring anyone by being disobedient. All this worrying about what others thought was holding me back. I needed to trust him and boldly step out in faith. No more excuses. No more running. No more fighting. It was time to stop dreaming and start doing! If God has placed a dream on your heart and is pushing you to take the next step, he will see you through it. You can trust God to be with you every step of the way! Have Faith! I was inspired to share this after reading devotion written by Glynnis Whitwer, from Proverb 31 Ministries.You can read the devotion here: Reviving an Abandoned Dream.