Happy Monday, friends! Today is Day 3 of my series on Holley Gerth's new ebook:
And a warm welcome to anyone visiting from Holley's blog today. I feel shy and humbled (excited too!) to be a part of this group of God-Sized Dreamers she has so graciously gathered.
When my eyes picked up the words “Proverbs 31 woman” on Day 3 of Holley’s ebook, my first thought was, “Oh no, I never measure up to that lady!” As I kept reading, I began to see why she is such an excellent example for all of us God-Sized Dreamers. Holley helps us pull back the curtain on one of the secrets of her godly success:
“She is a woman of action. Even in the small things, she is always taking the next step.”
I am easily overwhelmed by a large task and will often give up before I even start because I can’t see my way through to the end. Our God-Sized Dreams, no matter their actual “size”, are definitely big inside of our hearts. Now that we have taken the time to write down specific mustard seed goals, the bright lights of our dreams shining in our eyes may make us feel like a deer caught in the headlights, unsure of what to do next.
Holley meets us right there when she writes, “Simply doing the next thing is often the godliest choice we can make. When you think of the goal you wrote down, what is the next thing?” She instructs that our next step should be “the simpler, smaller, and more ordinary, the better.”
The mustard seed goal I wrote down is to write every day. My simple, ordinary next step, after publishing this post :), will be to pull out my Bible study lesson and work on my homework for the week.
Those things may not seem linked at all, but it is clear from the life of the woman in Proverbs that taking care of the good and God-given tasks and responsibilities in our lives is essential as we pursue our dreams and goals. In Holley’s words, “What seems most clear in the description of the Proverbs 31 woman is that we’re to be faithful in the small, immediate, everyday things before us.”
Daily time with Jesus studying His Word and praying is an important part of each day for me (please don’t read this and assume I do this perfectly…I don’t! J ). It is a deep desire of my heart to walk closely with Jesus as I pursue this God-Sized Dream. I know that continuing to set aside time to be in the Word is one of the best next steps I can take.
What about you? What simple, ordinary next step will you take toward your mustard seed goal today? Remember this truth tucked in at the end of Day 3:
“And obedience is about doing, not just believing.
Do the next thing.
It may not seem like it at the time, but looking back someday, that could just be what changed everything.”