At the start of the New Year, I started a new job. Seems fitting, right? To say that this is my dream job seems overly dramatic, but no less true. I feel like every struggle, every heartache, every success, and every seemingly insignificant skill I’ve learned, has prepared me for this moment. At first I was elated and thought, “I’m ready, let’s do this!” Then I felt afraid, “What if I’m a fraud? What if I just think I know what I’m doing, but I don’t.” Now, I live in wonder as see God miraculously carve a way in the desert. I feel like my heart is popping out of my chest, because I know that the pain I’ve been through will mean less pain for many more people.
What’s the New Job?!
You’re probably thinking, “Spit it out! What’s your new job?”
I’m the Director of Mental Health and Communication for His Heart Foundation, a non-profit whose mission is to serve local churches, empowering them to make an impact in this world through mental health projects, mentoring, missions and a retreat center.
My main focus is our mental health program where we are fighting the stigma of mental illness. We’re offering hope and healing for mental health: One counseling referral, one educational resource (seminars, podcasts, videos), one life at a time.
I have the privilege of serving individuals, counselors, and ministers online and locally. This is how exited I am:
Why Does My New Job Matter to You?
I used to have a sign in my living room that said “DREAM.” It’s never been one of my strong suits and I’ve needed that visual reminder to look beyond what I thought possible. Maybe you’re like me. You don’t easily dream. You’re practical and stay on the safe path. Or maybe you dream a little too much, never really taking action.
In January, I took my “DREAM” sign down. I’ve realized that God knows the next chapter in my story. It’s my job to listen and say an enthusiastic YES when He points me down the right path. I love this passage in Proverbs:
Our lives will never be perfect, but we can have joy when we are on the path of life.
You might not be taking on a new job, but you could be:
- Taking a risk to make a new friend.
- Building a relationship with your grandchildren.
- Going on a mission trip to serve locally or aboard.
- Starting a Bible Study in your neighborhood.
- Volunteering at a local school to mentor kids in need.
- Having a lemonade stand to raise money for gift bags to hand out to the homeless (that’s my niece Lexi’s path).
- Forgiving a family member who has hurt you deeply.
Dreams often feel unreachable, but they’re the seeds of your potential. Our job is to allow them to grow by surrendering to God’s grace working in and through our lives.Dreams are the seeds of your potential, if we allow them to grow with God’s grace. –Angela Howard #dreams Click To Tweet
What new path will you start travelling today? What risk are you willing to take for God’s glory?
Special Note: I’m still speaking, writing and mothering my not so little kids, because I just can’t help myself–it’s my calling. But I am NOT cleaning my house–the kids have taken over and they’re doing a fabulous job. They were shocked at how much I did behind the scenes. They’re also learning to cook. Thank you blue apron!
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Be sure to check out His Heart Foundation and find out more about our programs.