Enjoy Today

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Two years ago FishPapa and I were strolling through Barnes and Noble on date night. I lingered in the cookbook section.

And prayed.

Seems a silly place to pray. But you see, I had written a cookbook proposal in the month previous and my agent was actively submitting it to publishers. I asked God to show it favor so that one day I could see my book on those very Barnes and Noble shelves. I know, sounds corny, doesn’t it?

In a way it was an impossible dream, not because I wasn’t capable, but because that dream had been simmering for over 20 years. In college, I’d said I wanted to be a writer, and specifically a cookbook writer.

I recognized that in some ways that dream was on par with the adolescent boy who dreamed of being an NFL football star. There were so many variables. I went on to other things: marriage, graduate school, teaching, motherhood. I honestly didn’t think seriously about writing a book until after our last baby was born. Life had been too blessedly full.

Three years ago the idea of really pursuing this idea grabbed hold of me and wouldn’t let go.

And here we are. God has graciously allowed me this amazing, crazy experience. I’m so very thankful.

I share this not to bore you with more book talk, but to say that sometimes dreams and goals have to wait a time.

If it’s right, it will happen.

Maybe you’ve been wanting to accomplish something that is big in your heart and mind, but life’s circumstances are preventing you from seeing it to fruition. You still feel a tug to

  • write a book
  • sing
  • paint
  • draw
  • go to school
  • travel the world
  • get married
  • start a family
  • buy a home
  • get out of debt

Your dream may be a great one, but maybe now’s not the right time. But, it might be the right time….

at a different time.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
— Proverbs 3:5-6

In the meantime, trust God’s timing. Rejoice in where you are today. Put your heart into the tasks He’s put at your hands today. Enjoy today.

Enjoying today is a great way to stop and smell the roses.

The days are long, but the years are short. I don’t want to miss them! For more short and sweet ideas on how to stop and smell the roses, to enjoy the little things in life, check out my 31 Days to Smell the Roses series.

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  1. Wow! You have just been NAILING me this week. I am totally in this place. I was laid off a few weeks ago and I keep telling people that for YEARS I have been putting off writing with excuses like my job taking up too much time. I feel like God just finally said “oh? Is THAT the problem? Well, here you go…” I feel such a pull to try to actually pursue some kind of a career in writing that I can’t ignore it.

  2. Thanks for the encouraging post. As a matter of fact, I have been thinking lately in similar terms, that it’s time for me to stop thinking that my book dreams will come sometime in the future and instead start taking the steps right now–this week–to make them happen. I loved reading your post and being affirmed that I’m on the right path!

  3. Thank you for this post! It couldn’t have come at a better time. You’ve reminded me of a couple of my favorite verses and I needed that today :o)

    “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17: 7-8

  4. Congratulations on a dream come true! You are a talented cook, and your blogs have been a huge blessing to me. I have needed help to feed my family healthy food on this journey with homeschooling and young children, and God provided you to help. Thank you for faithfully sharing. I’ll be getting your new cookbook soon…. and I almost never buy cookbooks. =)

  5. you’ve been an inspiration to me as a mom, wife and woman of faith since i started reading your blog 2 years ago. I am almost all the way through your book and it is AMAZING!!!!! thanks again. Jodi

  6. Congratulations! I just received my copy of your new cookbook this week and took some time to read through it a bit. Genius! I have followed your blog for a long time, and I am also so thankful for your encouragement. Being a mom to several, homeschooling, and passionate about feeding my family real food…it can be overwhelming. Thanks for giving us all tools and a plan to get it done. 🙂

  7. I’m so happy for you, Jessica! A longing fulfilled… and I’m still waiting, but seeking to be faithful and faith-filled in that wait. 😉 Thanks for your encouragement here.