Does Your Soul Know It Well?

IMG_3180

This week I have been working on a project. An assignment. A hard one! I’m enrolled in a 5-day course that will help me with my big dream. Each day has a lesson and one assignment. Seems simple enough. Except it took me to the very end of day 3 to be happy with my day 1 assignment.

I had been given great feedback and probing questions from the instructor. I sent my rough draft (I had maybe 6 or 7 rough drafts) to my mom, who is a writer. My husband looked it over and helped me dig through word choices and their meaning and theological significance. I felt like I was going nowhere. And here’s the kicker: I was only writing four sentences. Four!!! That’s it. It was so hard to me to get everything I wanted to say, to explain it so clearly, to be true and faithful to my calling and faith into four little sentences.

At the end of day two, I really started to question myself. Was this really what God is calling me to do? If I can’t write four little sentences, how am I going to complete my book or speak truth into others. Maybe I should stop now. No one would really miss what I bring to the table. There are so many others doing what I want to do. Really Lord? Me?

All lies!

You see, I do believe God created me for this. For many things, but especially for this. God has known this since the beginning, and if I really stop, breathe and thing about it, I know it too.

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.

My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.

Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.”

Psalm 139:13-16 (ESV)

I believe that you were created on purpose. No matter your circumstances. God knew you and created you on purpose and for a purpose. There is nothing in you; your desires, your faults, your challenges, your dreams; nothing is hidden from God. We are products of God’s handiwork. I believe there are God ordained dreams in our souls and as we walk our path, those dreams come into fruition. But that doesn’t mean there will be challenges or struggles or days when we want to give up.

My soul did not know it well. I forgot, even if just for a day. I made it about me and not about Him. I questioned, and wavered, and was ready to give up. But I didn’t.

When you find yourself in a place where your soul does not know it well, how can you bring yourself back? How can you remember? For me, I needed to go to bed and sleep. I needed to focus on gratitude and prayer. I needed to read from the Bible. And then I needed to stop second guessing myself and get back to work! God made me for this! What amazing, awesome, inspiring thing did God make you for?

A Home Filled with Music: Part 1

you get up and move_

I have been blessed (like knock my socks off blessed) to be a part of the book launch team for Rachel Hollis’ new book Girl, wash your face. If you follow me on social media (@cupplace), you can find lots of posts about it, and there will be more to come. You can read my review of her book here. If you preorder the book before it’s release on February 6th, you get some free goodies, including access to Rachel’s online seminar 5 Things that Changed Me and will Change You Too. I took about 10 pages of notes through it and it is literally changing my life, one step at a time.

Rachel talks about staying motivated, and physically moving, and asks “What song makes you get up and move?” Think about it. Can you think of one, just one song that you could put on right now that would get you out of your chair, off you sofa and get you moving? Your song might be a classical piece, a soulful Clappton song or a modern rock tune. What is that one song you would play?

Music plays a large role in our family home. If music isn’t playing, someone is singing. We play music to help our children go to sleep at night. We play music in the morning to get everyone moving and ready for the day. We play praise music to get our hearts ready to head to church on Sundays. We play music on quiet afternoons when everyone is reading. We play loud fun music when we’re having a hard day and we have a family dance party in the kitchen. We belt out show tunes, the best of the 80s and silly children’s songs. Music is just part of what it means to be in our family.

So, you would think it would be easy for everyone in the family to answer Rachel’s question. “What is one song that makes you get up and move?” Everyone discovered their song. It took my husband 24 hours to pick his song, and he still wanted to change it. He gets 50% of the credit for why music is so important in our home.

Can’t Hold Us by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis is my song. This song is on my running playlist and every time it comes on, I want to get up and dance. It has a great beat, fun lyrics and is pretty motivational. It’s not my favorite song. I don’t put it on all the time, though I do love Macklemore, but it’s the one I can’t sit still listening to.

Here are our other “get up and move” songs:

The Almost 2 Year Old – Believer by Imagine Dragons (He’ll be two in March and literally sings along with this song and has perfect rhythm.)

The 6 1/2 Year Old – My House by Kids Bop (He wanted to be sure it was the Kids Bop version and not Flo Rida.)

The 8 1/2 Year Old – The Happy Song by Jamie Grace (Because it’s happy!)

The almost middle schooler – Thunder by Imagine Dragons (She loves anything with a strong drum beat.)

The heading into high schooler – Don’t Stop Believing by Journey. (It’s also her school song.)

The husband who couldn’t decide – Prove it by Crowder – American Prodigal (He just switched his answer to this song 30 seconds ago and if I asked him again, he would have a different answer.)

So, what song gets you up and moving?

 


 

If you would like to pre-order Girl, wash your face by Rachel Hollis, there is still time. Head on over to Amazon and order it today. The book releases on February 6th!

Writing Your Dreams

image1 (3)

When I was little, I dreamed about being a ballerina, singing on broadway, becoming a lawyer and going to an Ivy League school. These dreams played out in my imagination, my make-believe and even played a role in the decisions I made. My dreams changed as I became a high school student and again when I went off to college (at a wonderful, but non Ivy League university). My dreams were still there, although different, as a young adult, a new wife and as a mother. But, somewhere along the way, I lost sight of those dreams and forgot to make new ones.

As adults, we forget to dream. It’s as if we don’t have permission to dream anymore. I don’t believe that God ever wants us to stop dreaming. God has amazing plans for us and for our future. I still have some amazing, God-given dreams that I am dreaming.

image2 (1)

Last night, I spent some time writing down a dream I have for the future. I put it down on paper and made a plan on how to move towards that dream. I actually numbered my page. I love checklists, but it also gave me a chance to be practical about this dream. Simple, basic, baby-steps to move toward my big, amazing, dream. It was hard and freeing to put it down on paper. It made my dream that I have rarely shared, real. I could see my words right before me in black and white. It became alive.

I am claiming it and praying about it and thanking God for it and MOVING on it! Nothing happens when we just sit on our dreams, and no one has permission to tell you your dreams aren’t good, or worthy, or are too big for your britches. They are yours to dream!

you are

2018 is my year of “becoming.” You can read more about my one word in my blog post One Word: Become. Claiming my dream is part of it. I’ve been reading some great books that are encouraging me and moving me forward. I encourage you to read them.

image1 (2)

What is your dream? Claim it! Write it down! Make a move, no matter how small, on your dream today!

 

Here are the amazon.com links to the books listed above:

“Girl, wash your face” by Rachel Hollis

“The Dream of You” by Jo Saxton

“100 Days to Brave” by Annie F. Downs