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When God Puts a Dream on Your Heart

When God Puts a Dream on Your Heart

January 23, 2020

Faith

(And Urges You to Make it Happen)

Goodness, this post has been a long time coming.

Actually, the truth is that the birth of this website has been a long time coming…

Hearing the Lord Speak in My Life

In May of 2017, I had one of those moments during my devotional that I could hear the Lord speaking to me.

Out of nowhere, I had these words and ideas rushing out of me.

I was praying for direction, for strength, and for the Lord to help me share my faith.

All of a sudden, I had ideas and answers that had never crossed my mind before – and the only way I can describe it is the Holy Spirit at work within me.

If you’ve ever had one of these experiences, you know what I mean, and you know it’s a hard thing to describe (at least for me!).

At the time, I was still very new to my faith, and so at first, I was unsure if this was the Lord working in my life.

Thankfully, we have some amazing Christ-center mentors in our life who have helped Pete and I to really hear the Lord and listen to how he wants to work in our lives.

And I have to say – these moments of clarity and hearing from the Holy Spirit are some of the best experiences of my life.

Putting God’s Plans on the Backburner

Okay, back to that May 🙂

I scribbled down all of these ideas on a notepad, and then promptly logged them in my head as “someday” dreams.

We were in the midst of transitioning our business, planning our wedding, and getting ready to go full-time in an RV.

Needless to say, we were a tad busy and overwhelmed, and I didn’t really feel that the Lord was changing my direction at the time but more so offering me ideas.

So on the backburner, they went.

I kept sharing little tidbits of my faith every now and then on Instagram, but it was only ever when I REALLY felt the Lord putting a certain message on my heart.

Marketing Strategies vs. God’s Plan

Meanwhile…

We continued to grow our business. We continued to teach marketing strategy to entrepreneurs. I continued to read and learn and try all of the best marketing tactics and tips out there.

And while our business has (thankfully) grown year after year… it hasn’t been easy or overnight.

It’s taken a lot of work to gain traction and grow an audience for our business brand.

And yet…

Whenever I would share a personal Instagram about my faith… or post a devotional video… or simply share a quick story, it all came easy.

The words, the connections, the community – it just always came naturally.

Like it was out of my hands…

Now I know, it always was.

It’s funny, I kept telling Pete that I never really “tried” when sharing my journey in faith, and yet I always received messages, comments, feedback.. people reaching out who needed to hear the message or who needed some prayer in their life.

The Lord really used each and every person who reached out and encouraged me as a way to encourage me Himself to keep sharing.. to keep stepping out in my faith.

Finally, this pattern happened enough to catch my attention, to connect the dots.

The Lord had kept putting it on my heart to share my faith, to share how he’s working in my life.

The biggest thing holding me back was that I felt like I was still “too new.”

As a fairly new Christian, I just felt like I wasn’t “experienced” enough in my faith to share it with others, or to help others draw closer to the Lord.

And because God’s timing is perfect, this all culminated as I started to read Paul’s letters in the New Testament.

Glorifying God in Our Weaknesses + Uncertainty

One of my 2017 resolutions was to read the bible in a year.

Growing up Jewish and going to Hebrew school meant I was pretty familiar with the Old Testament, but I’d be lying to you if I said I was paying a lot of attention in Hebrew School.

(sorry mom & dad!)

At the encouragement of my Christian life/business coach, I downloaded the YouVersion Bible App and started the Bible in a Year reading plan.

Since I am FAR from perfect, I didn’t read it every day. I’m 280 days in now, which means I’m still a bit off from reading through the entire bible!

for when I am weak, then I am strong

By the time the year was ending, I was reading through Paul’s letters and was constantly amazed at how God continually used his “weaknesses” and “uncertainties” to work through Paul.

Paul was far from perfect – and yet he was one of the most influential Christian leaders of all time.

Not only did Paul not let his challenges or weaknesses stop him, he did the exact opposite.

He used his doubts, his past experiences, his sins, his troubles, his weakness – he used them all to glorify God.

And as I was reading through his letters I just kept thinking about how much more relatable and impactful his testimony is because of his imperfections.

Imperfection is what makes us human.

Our imperfections also shine such a clear light on how much we need Jesus.

As someone who sought out perfection in so many different aspects of my life, knowing that we are imperfect and that Jesus is the only true and perfect person was such a light-bulb moment for me in my faith.

Reading through the New Testament, and Paul’s letters specifically, gave me another one of these moments.

What if I don’t need to wait until I’m “ready” or “experienced” to share my faith?

What if the Lord wants to use me right now, in this season – imperfections + doubts + weaknesses and all?

What if I could glorify God in everything I do?

What if the things that make me human, my weaknesses, my troubles, what if those are exactly what the Lord wants to use in me to share his light to others?

One verse in particular really challenged me to think about this in a new way. It’s from 2 Corinthians 12 when Paul asked the Lord to take away his thorn:

“Each time he said, ‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

-2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Stepping Out and Sharing My Faith

And so – this website finally came to life.

After months of listening to (but also kind of ignoring) God’s little nudges in this direction, I finally made it happen.

for when I am weak, then I am strong

This blog was created to be a home for my journey in faith and business.

It’s a place for me to share my struggles, my searches, and those light-bulb moments.

It’s a place to open up about my life, our RV, my husband, and my heart.

It’s a place to pursue a life of more – while living with less.

It’s also a place – I hope – for you.

I’ll be perfectly honest with my mission here:

I want to bring you to Jesus.

I want to show you how much you are loved by Him, how you are already known by Him, and how he is just waiting for you to call out to Him.

I want to inspire you with all that the Lord has done and is doing in my life.

I want every single thing in my life to point people back to the Lord.

In short, I want to glorify Him.

I’ll end it here with my favorite verse – one that I want to spend me life trying to living out:

“Let all that I am praise the Lord.”

-Psalm 103:1

If you’ve made it this far, I just want to thank you for being here. Thank you for being a part of my story.

I just have one favor to ask: would you introduce yourself?

Would you comment below and share what’s on your heart?

And if you’re feeling up to it, I’d love it if I could pray for you. You can share your prayers below or send me a private message on Instagram!

God bless,

xx

Jordan

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