Friday, November 29, 2013


It is nearing the end of November and the Christmas holidays are just around the corner.

My mind is a whirlwind of ideas.

December is the month when I put many of my ideas down on paper and attempt to make something concrete out of them.

It's a scary thing though...making your ideas real. Sometimes it feels much better to keep your ideas in the realm of the maybe, to not put them down on paper, to not show them, to not turn them into something real.

Currently, I'm working with a group of women who, in attempt, are laying the foundation for a Christian-based foster prevention ministry. The thing is, ideas can be wonderful and great and genius and perfect, but once you put them down on paper to make them real, they will be real in their flaws, lumps, awkwardness, and imperfection. Before you put them down, when that page is blank and full of nothing but potential and possibility, your hopes of what might be is oh-my-goodness so HUGE! The next step is to put our mission and preliminary ground work onto paper, but it's so frightening to write them down and expose them.

Because reality is, ideas are never perfect, and genius may start with a genius idea, but to make it real, it takes an awful lot of work and pruning and revising. It is so much better to put that flawed idea, that uncertain attempt, that maybe down on paper than it is to sit with the flawless, intangible idea floating around in your brain.

Sometimes we receive a clear calling on our life, but we push it away for feeling incompetent. Fear of failure, embarrassment, rejection. Better to not try and stay comfortable than try and fail, right? of course not!

Put it out there. Try it out. See what happens when the floating idea lands on the page and inspires a second idea, and then a third. Or maybe it turns out to be a bad idea that doesn't go anywhere. In that case, scrap that idea and move on to the next. Just make sure whatever it is, you commit to those ideas, you make those ideas real.


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  2. I love this post and I will take your challenge! Putting things down on paper is powerful!

  3. I love this post and I accept your challenge! {hugs}

  4. Visiting from the Dwelling Tree Hop. Already a follower of your cute blog. Now also following via Facebook.

    Take care,
    Happy Kids, Inc

  5. I LOVE this post! Thank you for sharing. I will be praying for you throughout this journey.

  6. Try and commit :) I like it! Great, inspiring words.


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