Today's "Inspire Me!" Monday post is dedicated to doing what you love.
Being a mom and a wife is my #1 purpose (and on most days I really love that). But since I was seven or eight, I have also always loved ballet. I'm not sure what it is about dancing (and particularly ballet), but it has always "hit the spot" in a way that no other activity could. The French language and experiencing Francophone cultures is another one of my passions. Above everything though, is my desire to know God's plan for my life. Following that has always come completely first- irregardless of what other things I enjoy.
In my life, I have gotten married when part of me was longing to live overseas; I have worked when I would rather have been caring for my family and my home; I have lived in a small town when I longed to live in a city; and I spent many years without any connection to dance while I longed to return to something that made me so happy to do. I have always tried to choose God's plan over my own, and for a long time that did not include doing certain things that I really wanted to.
Now, I'm not complaining at all. I am just saying that for everything there is a time and a place and a season.
Like now- I am loving teaching dance part time and choreographing part of our Christmas show this year. Working with students and putting on a production fills me in a way that nothing else can, and I am thankful for the green light I have gotten from God and my family to dedicate a limited portion of my life to a local dance studio.
Writing on this blog is even like that too (but of course it always come second to my family, which is why I am a bit on again off again around here). Another creative outlet that allows me to work on another passion (writing and staying connected with others).
I think that it is amazing that for a time, I lived in a situation where a lot of my personal dreams were put on hold and now, years later, I have an outlet for several of them.
What dreams are on hold for you today? What dreams are you getting to live out?
Now, in the midst of me being really thankful that I get to live some of my dreams out, I could totally try to tell you that if you are in a season where you are waiting on fulfilling those dreams, then you should just be patient. I could probably get away with telling you that God will honor your season of waiting with a season of fulfillment. But I don't believe that is a guarantee. God is good, though. And I can guarantee you that trusting God with your head and your heart completely is always the best choice for your life one way or another. When I trusted God with my dreams, it didn't have anything to do with thinking that one day I would get to fulfill them. Instead it had to do with trusting a bigger God. A higher being. Someone better than me at planning my own life. God does create people with a purpose and (ultimately good) plans for their lives. So living that out can be more exhilarating than anything we could possibly plan on our own.
So those are my thoughts on living out our dreams, God's plans and finding fulfillment in your role in life. Here are some more thoughts on living your dreams in true Inspire Me! Monday fashion...
Being a Mom- AND following your God Given Dreams
The Right Fit (and a little pixie dust)
And here's a post that goes along with what I was talking about yesterday...
Reader Raid: A Happy Homeschool
And here's one that is just plain funny...
I was Snape.
I hope you found Inpsire Me! Monday refreshing to return to today!
Prayers for all of us!