As humans, we all have dreams. We dream of all the things we want to accomplish; we dream about the men we will marry and the perfect lives we’ll build together. The perfect house, the perfect kids, the perfect dog, the perfect job … and on and on. And we have a nagging dream of something we really want to accomplish.
But we don’t always have the same idea or plan that God has for us. Jeremiah 29:11 NLT says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” So what does that mean for you? It means that along the way, you think you have all the answers, but you really don’t. The twists and turns of your life are really in God’s hands.
As wives and mothers, we tend to put our lives on hold for our husband’s career and our children. We forget about our own hopes and dreams. I remember when I first got married, and I was just going to be the “Little woman in an apron,” and then become a stay-at-home mom. But that became old really quick, because as much as I loved my husband and my kids, I needed something more to really fulfill my life.
How could I be an inspiration to myself, my husband or my children? So my husband joined the Jaycees, and I joined the Jaycee Wives. And before I knew it, I became the President of the Jaycee Wives and the head of the Rose Arts Queen’s Pageant in our town of Norwich, Connecticut. We got involved with our community. I got involved with the school system and set up programs for kids with special needs. We got involved with Head Start for disadvantaged children. I was happy! I felt like I was making a difference.
But, as we all know, God has different ideas than we do. We had to move for my husband’s job. Wow! Everything I had accomplished just went out the window. I’d like to think that some of the programs I set up there continued on, but I really have no idea. So now, it was time for me to get back into the moment of family first. But, I knew there were still more dreams, more wants, another comeback for me somewhere down the road.
I’m sure many of you have been in that place. In a season of needing to take care of your family first, but still feeling like you needed to accomplish something more. You know the saying, “Patience is a virtue?” And trust me, it is! But this is the time when we have to trust in God’s plan, take baby steps toward what we want to accomplish and have faith that one day, we will walk in our purpose.
Ask yourself today what is your purpose? What comeback is God walking you toward? Do you have a true mission for your life? Are you running on knee jerk reactions or actually working with uniform, planned out strategies for where you want to go?
For me, I ended up owning and operating an advertising agency in Dallas doing what I loved. I had a plan, I found a way to make it happen, and I had many years of loving what I was purposed to do. I showed my kids that their dreams could come true too. I took a leap of faith, I listened to God’s plan, and I had my comeback.
But, as life and luck would have it, that would not be the end of my story. And it isn’t the end to your story either. To understand more about making your comeback and living your dreams, tune into Warrior Divas, Real Talk for Real Women, Episode 15 at www.divasimpact.com/podcast.