Friday, December 28, 2012

{God-sized Dreams} The Do What You Can Plan

As you say goodbye to 2012, say hello to doing what you can to take steps toward your dreams. For me, 2013 is going to be the year of God-sized dreams. Their actual size isn't important, but I want to make moves toward what God is calling me to do and be and give and love.

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Want to join me and a group of women who are saying "yes" to trusting God as we dream? Here's a list of all the God-sized dreamers. Follow our blogs as we dream. And dream along with us in your own ways. I can't wait to hear all the stories of God's faithfulness.

One way you can start figuring out what to do next {You know, once you've heard God nudge your heart toward a person or a project or a plan or a purpose ...} is read Holley Gerth's The "Do What You Can" Plan, a short e-book that releases at midnight on New Year's Eve, just as the old year passes and the new one comes. Right on time. But you can order yours now.

I read it recently. And I've already reread the notes I took while doing so more than once. Yes, it's that kind of book. And, hey, it's just $2.99, yet packed full of practical wisdom.

Reading through the chapter titles alone is encouraging for a perfectionist soul like mine.

  1. Start Small
  2. Be Specific
  3. Take the Next Step
  4. Don't Go It Alone
  5. Stop Waiting for the Perfect Time
  6. Push Past the Fear
  7. Seek God and Work Hard
  8. Celebrate the Little Successes
  9. Say a Hard "No"
  10. Find Your Pace
  11. Overcome the Days You Want to Quit
  12. Do Something Different
  13. Avoid Comparison
  14. Keep  Your Heart in It
  15. Don't Worry about Getting it Wrong
  16. Stop Being Hard on Yourself
  17. Get Rid of What Doesn't Fit You
  18. Remember Everyone Has Bad Days
  19. Resist the Urge to Throw a Pity Party
  20. Know What's Next for You
  21. Keep On Keepin' On

Then Holley elaborates on these truths beautifully and practically. She writes as if she's my friend sitting at my kitchen table. I was excited when she spoke about the Proverbs 31 women being one of action:

"This woman brings, selects, works, gets us, provides, considers, plants, sees, supplies, speaks, watches and fears the Lord. While her virtues are often praised, it's clear that all of them are more than simply belief. She is a woman of action. ... It's an example of how we can proactively approach life and be faithful with whatever God has placed under our care in a way that honors him and blesses others. ... She does what's simple and straightforward. But she does it with consistency and excellence. Over time, that adds up to much more than her actions each day might convey to those observing."

And however we each choose to act, it's all a process. We have to keep moving toward God as he calls us and shapes us and moves us and guides us and teaches us and convicts us and encourages us. Settling for comfort isn't the goal.

"God never wants us to get complacent. He doesn't want us to find our comfort zone, build a mansion in the middle of it, and refuse to leave. ... You will never get to the place where God stops calling you closer to him."

Consider inviting her words into your heart and God-sized dreams into your heart. They could help make for a happy new year.

I was provided a free, early PDF version of the book as part of being on the God-sized Dream Team, but nobody told me what to write. These comments about the book are mine. Want more? Subscribe to get "Insights" in your inbox. Or follow me on Twitter or Instagram.

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