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Myquillyn Smith, The Nester, is a home stager, redesigner and design school drop-out. Her last home (a rental) was featured in Better Homes & Gardens, Cottages & Bungalows, Ladies' Home Journal and in her upcoming design philosphy book, The Nesting Place: It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful....

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  1. Myquilyn,
    My wonderful husband has encouraged me to follow my dreams and my passion for writing. He knows that is what really gets my juices flowing…even if right now I’m not getting paid for it. He sees it like I do – as a ministry. Even if just one person is touched then it is all worth it. I do remind myself that I am ultimately writing for an audience of One! In turn, I try to encourage him and be supportive in his passions. When we attempt to out love one another in our encouragement, it is a win-win situation. Thanks for the encouragement that I needed today!
    Blessings,
    Bev

  2. For reasons I can’t quite put my finger on yet, I needed these words this morning. They stirred something in me… to keep pushing towards and pursuing my passions, not looking to the outcome or the results of that effort, but rather just the continual, forward motion of leaning into them and into Jesus as he draws me more deeply to the things he created me for. Thank you…

    • actually, Jenny your words
      “keep pushing towards and pursuing my passions, not looking to the outcome or the results of that effort, but rather just the continual, forward motion of leaning into them and into Jesus as he draws me more deeply to the things he created me for.”

      are doing that for me right now, so well said.

  3. ooh my word, this cannot have any more truth to it! I have a passion for event planning, from the execution stage to seeing the vision in head become a reality right before my eyes. I have been helping people plan events and weddings free for years. It was approximately four years ago I volunteered to put together a grade 8 grad for 120 people on a $3,500 budget. Thank God for my contacts in the industry and getting all of my supplies and materials at cost. I pulled it off.
    The reward and my wake up call was one of the teachers at the school asked me if I knew who had done the decor, as it was the best he had ever seen in all the 20 plus years he had been teaching at that school. I responded that it was me. His response was, “Girl you have missed your calling in life” I know see doors opening and preparing a way for thus to generate income.

  4. O I’m so glad you wrote about this very subject. I’ve not really worked in an office all my life and would find it so difficult to do so. I love to volunteer my time and help out at church and stuff. But my passion is being at home and listening to JESUS speak to me and at night I love to study the bible. I love to read commentaries. I used to read books and would go through a book daily. But now, it’s all commentaries and word for word translation into Hebrew or Greek and everything that pertains to the word.
    I just would love to teach other ladies to have such a passion for God’s WORD and will most probably start some home study that is light. But we will see how it goes.
    I love working with kids and have so connected with those I’ve seen to for two years now. I’m more like a long term person rather than a short term one and well, I’m just happy about what I’m doing. As little as it may seem. It’s still God’s work.
    I know others who are able to do so much but I love to write about JESUS and well ….. it’s my passion.
    Thanks for the encouragement.
    🙂

  5. A very timely piece of encouragement for me. I am in the midst of life-turmoil and am choosing to use my written poetry pieces as art forms. I am collaging them, teaching myself to paint, and whatever I create, I am writing the words in calligraphy over the project. This has been a slow process the last 4 years, interrupted by great joy and sorrow. My writings began after a prayer asking God to use me as an encourager. He gifted me with pieces I wrote down verbatim, and then cried afterward. God is so faithful and gives us more than we ask for. My struggle has been how to use this gift. I spoke a few of the pieces during worship times at my former church. People were touched and encouraged and inspired. I am in a great season of challenges yet again, but am believing and seeing God giving me a clearer focus of how to use my talents to truly encourage. I believe He gives us each wonderful abilities to touch others, and not just in eye-popping magnificence. I wrote a piece called “Greatness” and it starts like this…”The spark you were born with. The thrill of what you will become. The purposes placed within you…” Even in midlife, I am believing that I am finally moving into my God-gifted greatness. We should never give up…

  6. First, your office looks so cozy and inviting and I love your pup who looks like my recent rescue Molly. Anyway, thanks for this encouragement to us all…..a couple of years ago my husband encouraged me to quit a job that was robbing me of my soul. Today I am happy with a dog/house sitting small business that has happened through GOD’S grace for me and by word of mouth. HE truly gives you the desires of your heart so you can live life with passion in whatever you decide to do.

    Loved reading here all the comments and passion for HIS WORD. Let that always be our first priority! And yes, let us never give up the good fight….

  7. This hit home in such a heart-warming, humbling way ♥

    Through leaving a job (that I thought was a career), selling our 1st home, living too long in an apartment in between, thinking we were set to move closer to family (2 hrs away), only to move 1.5 miles ‘as the crow flies’ to the next house, losing our beloved family pet to cancer months after losing a cornerstone of my childhood, knocking on so many ‘doors’ to dreams that weren’t meant to be ours…we have had our world set on it’s ears in ways we never imagined in the last 2 years.

    Now my family is settled in our new home, and I can proudly say I have a husband who’s faith has NEVER waivered in me, even as the world and circumstances continued to disappoint. His unfailing love, uncompromising faith and encouragement has allowed me to pursue my dreams – to be a wife, mother, friend and daughter that I otherwise may not have had the courage or faith to become.

    In the in between, I get to pursue my passions and make a little income along the way – same husband is proud to say, ‘You’re profittable’ – sounds accomplished considering I spend my creative time/talents making pretty pictures and being crafty 🙂 I’ve never been happier and more fulfilled. My head hits the pillow at night, my heart knowing that I’m living my passion. God is surely steering the ship but thankfully he gave me a great partner and friend in my ‘1st mate’ ♥

    And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

  8. Yikes. Be careful what you pray for!!! One minute before I clicked on your article I was talking with my Mr about an inquiry I had made to a local place of ministry about volunteering. I told him I was torn between starting up a required training process with them and looking for a part time job. I spent 20 years homeschooling our kids (such a great JOY of my life) and they are now in college. His words were so encouraging. “Do what you love!, God will provide for that tuition.” I had yet to respond to the email they sent, but I think the direction Ive been praying for has been affirmed…by your insightful words and that of my Mr. Thanks for your transparency.

  9. I have been retired for six years and enjoying the freedom and yet the desire to be “more” by tapping into what God has planned for me. Words and writing have always intrigued me and two years ago I started a novel. It is still in progress and the Lord directed me to a critique group that helps me edit and redo much of what I write. I keep plugging along knowing that this is my passion and I can write to my audience which is God who is director in this process. Thanks for affirming to me that following my passion can lead to doing God’s will.

  10. This was so timely for me. I make zero dollars from following my passions, and I constantly remind myself that riches aren’t the goal, but following Christ is. Thank you for sharing!

  11. Oh my! I so needed to read this. My husband and I were having this very conversation just today. He’s encouraging me to pursue what I’m passionate about but my heart gets all muddied up when I throw money into the equation.

  12. What an encouraging story! I especially like the spin you put on it when you write about encouraging each other as husband and wife. My husband encourages my writing hobby and my passion for giving parties and planning events. And I’ve encouraged him to work full-time in ministry even though that means a lower income!

    What a great ending that your husband is now again doing something he loves.

  13. Wow. It looks like this post was quite timely for many, and definitely a “God thing” for me. I’m sure you haven’t yet had a chance to read my e-mail, sweet Myquillyn, but when you do you’ll see that this post met me right where I am. I am continually amazed by the ways God uses friends and timely words to speak to us. His timing is always perfect and His message always what we need to hear. Muah!

  14. Thank you for sharing about your journey. A lot of times when we are stuck in jobs we don’t like or we aren’t passionate about we start to sink into misery. I love hearing stories of others that show that God has a plan and a purpose. We have no idea what skills he may be sharpening or what he may be doing in our heart with where we are right now.

  15. In agreement with so many commenters…very timely! I have an opportunity to do some freelance writing. It would be easy work but I am feeling conflicted because it is not in align with my passion. I don’t need the money but it sure is tempting. I have been praying about it and was about to say yes but then I read this…and I sway again. I have had jobs that I did not like in the past. Staying there too long was a mistake I need to honor my passion as well as God’s calling on my life and trust that He will provide the right opportunities. You are a reminder that I can only be me…the only wife to my husband, the only writer to my blog, the aunt to my sweet nephew I take care of. I need to say no to something that someone else can do and is not a priority. Thank you for your words. xo

  16. My husband has always encouraged me. If I say that I “hate” my job–he says go ahead and quit. He’s always been there for me.

    I’m praying that in 7 or so years from now I will be able to quit working full-time and just work part-time to pursue my passion of cooking. I love to cook, but don’t have enough time to do it right now. Perhaps some day I will be able to enjoy cooking delicious meals and maybe just maybe make a profit from it.

    Blessings 🙂