The Brave Art of Releasing Our Expectations and Resting in God's Plan
By Dianne Jago
God's Brave Women - Dianne's Story
I didn’t set out to become an author, but the Lord placed this opportunity on my path.
I signed a book contract with my publisher in October of 2018. “A Holy Pursuit: How the Gospel Frees Us to Follow and Lay Down Our Dreams” was set to publish 18 months later, which put me at a launch date of March 2020. Yes, this would be the same date that the entire world shut down.
Bookstores closed. Amazon deemed books non-essential. No one was buying books unless, well, maybe they ran out of toilet paper. This was the absolute worst time for a first-time author to launch a book. I wrote “A Holy Pursuit” so that women can see how the Gospel frees us to follow, surrender, and press pause on our dreams, ambitions, and goals. There is no one-size-fits-all plan for Christians and all we are called to do is walk in obedience, one step at a time.
"There is no one-size-fits-all plan for Christians and all we are called to do is walk in obedience, one step at a time."
I knew if God sovereignly allowed me to write a book that I never set out a write, it was true He sovereignly arranged the very publish date on which I would launch the book. But sometimes my head and heart don’t align. What would bravery look like at a time like this?
The world dictates a certain narrative of what “bravery” looks like. We are inundated with celebrity culture through the medium of social media, news agencies, films, and even comparison with those around us. But what does biblical bravery look like as it pertains to Christians, and how does this play out in my situation?