Dragons and Dirt by Dalene Reyburn is a must-read for moms, dreamers and all those who secretly—or not so secretly—want to make a lasting impact on this planet.
Dalene writes real, beautiful and clear. Through personal story, symbolism, and scripture, the words on the page come to life. Practical counsel is extended to fellow sojourners as they walk in the dirt and long to make a difference.
Too often I rush through the day, the meals and the bedtime routine so that I can try to change the world by tapping on keys, tickling ivories, or uploading images. When all the while I miss out on the majesty found in the mundane. The small is important work. Baby steps—walked faithfully—pave the way for bigger strides.
The kettle whistles and the tea can wait. I’m lying with my boy because the morning will come soon enough to consign another night to the past, and now, while he still needs me, I’m praying that I’ll keep obeying so he’ll keep remembering that I’ll keep coming back (pg. 139, Dragons and Dirt).
Don’t stress out trying to save time, then lose it forever because you’ve marred the minutes with hurry-up and yelling. Giving people my undivided attention—listening to hearts—is never time wasted (pg 113).
So how about you?
Are you plowing through tender moments as you sprint towards “significance”?
He has shaped each of us for his purposes… you don’t have to be anyone but you. There are you-shaped spaces that only you can fill (pg. 77, Dragons and Dirt).
- There will be giants of doubt looming large as you embrace your purpose.
- Authentic living, in the midst of unraveling, is a gift for those hovering near.
- Do hard heart-work even when it’s scary and requires a formal apology.
- Don’t hold back, but lean into Jesus and his unconventional ways.
These are the things that make up a brave life, as you dare to be different. Let the Potter form you as you spin and smooth and take on an altered shape.
Go purchase your copy of Dragons and Dirt, and then tell me about your favorite parts.
How you will live differently, and deeply, because of these words?
I want to be more intentional and undivided as a mama. I want to remember that my family is my greatest adventure and that God is the one who wills and acts according to His Sovereign and Loving purpose (see Philippians 2:13).
What are you reading lately? How is it influencing you as you walk out your days?