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The Devoted Dreamers Podcast


Whether you have a dream in your heart or aren’t sure what God might be calling you to, The Devoted Dreamers Podcast will encourage you on the journey. This space is dedicated to sharing stories every week of women who are following Jesus and pursuing their God-given gifts in beautifully imperfect ways. You’ll hear about the fears and challenges that threaten their dreams as well as the joy, courage and confidence that comes from following Jesus even in the unexpected…especially in the unexpected.

I’m your host, Merritt Onsa, and my prayer is that this show will meet you where you are in your walk with God. I hope you will come away from the podcast each week with encouragement to begin pursuing your own dreams even when you still feel flawed, imperfect, unfinished and not ready. Because if you wait until you are perfect, you will never take the first step. Join us!

Jul 19, 2023

Find the Show Notes here.

I’m taking a short break in July to rest and recharge (because our dreams require it), so I’m reaching back into the archives to serve you up a recast of some oldie-but-goodie episodes this month. Each week builds upon the others with tangible faith-inspired lessons and encouragement for you to find renewed energy for your dream.

What if you had a road map for chasing your dream?

I recorded this episode because of a mistake I made recording a guest interview. At the time, it seemed like a huge blunder, and I felt like a fool (I’m hard on myself like that). 

But it wasn’t public; it happened inside the four walls of my home office. No one had to know. If I had kept it to myself, it might have minimized my embarrassment, but I chose to share it publicly.

Why? Because I always want to be real with you about the experience of pursuing our dreams. And that is: mistakes happen, and that’s okay because they are one of the best ways to learn.

In fact, when we play small or shy away from big action because we fear getting it wrong, we’re actually missing out on one of the very best ways to figure out how to do it differently next time.

This decision impacts our faith too, because when we hide a flaw or mistake or choose to self-protect in an effort to avoid making mistakes in the first place, we miss the opportunity to trust God’s sovereignty over the outcome. 

Listen to this episode and you’ll gain:

  • Clarity on the steps it takes to uncover your God-shaped dream,
  • A road map of how I went about pursuing my dream (to help you decide what to do next in yours), and
  • Insight about what you might be lacking (and why that’s okay).

I’ve written out the steps referenced throughout the episode here:

Steps to Uncovering & Pursuing Your God-Shaped Dream

  • Know your value and worth in Jesus
  • Believe He created you for a purpose
  • Investigate your gifts, talents and life experiences that inform the identification of your dream
  • Recover from the shame that keeps you in hiding or in fear
  • Realize and own your true identity
  • Build a set of internal and external tools to keep yourself returning to your identity in Christ
  • Examine your dream and why you SHOULDN’T pursue it
  • Pray with open hands about your dream
  • Determine your next steps
  • Consider where you’ll find the support you need to keep taking those steps
  • Figure out what information and/or training you lack and where you might find it
  • Be honest with yourself about what help you’ll need to recruit to keep going

Find me on Instagram or leave a comment on the Show Notes page if you know where you are on this list and what you think could be helpful as you move through that step and on to the next.

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