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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Glass Ceiling Syndrome

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“For nothing is impossible with God.” ~Luke 1:37

Sometimes, I just think…it’s never gonna happen.

As a woman dawning on the first year of her thirty’s next year I realize in some eyes, I’m still considered young. But I also realize that in a world filled with the hurry up and do it concept I have yet to hurry up and do it. {smile}

Not more than a few days ago my oldest daughter who is 9, came up running up to me with much excitement in her tone! She was rambling her thoughts to me of all she hoped of dreaming to be…one day. In the realm of her dreams she will become an Olympian, a missionary in China, find the cure for cancer and all the while wearing the Mrs. America crown.

She’s looking pretty good these days. {wink}

It’s hard as a mom to not want to bust her bubble of all that she hopes to be one day. And in fact, she very well could accomplish all of those things. She could. But will she?

Will she still want the same things for her life in ten, fifteen or even twenty years?

Probably not.

I was thinking today about when we start to put a cap on our dreams. Is it in high-school? College? Or when we become a woman living in the “real world”? Is it when we jump that first time and fall flat on our face? Or is it when we start to wonder if our dreams are really within reach?

Glass Ceiling Syndrome is the fear that we can only go so far. We convince ourselves that there is someone more qualified, more likely and more worthy to go where we want to go. It’s an unofficial barrier that puts us at our stopping point. And most of the time when the glass ceiling meets our life, it is seemingly impossible to break through.

But, you do know that our God is the possible God.

You know that our God picks the unlikely for the likely.

That he qualifies the unqualified and He turns the light green when it should be red.

Think about it for a second. All throughout the bible, you and I can find heroes of the faith that seem to have no business being where they are at. What about Noah? Or Moses? Or David or even Mary, Jesus’ mother? These people just seemed to not hold the titles of what it would take to do something amazing for God. But yet, they did.

For many years in my life, I held a title in my soul of, “The Unlikely Candidate”. I believed that because one morning at the tender age of 19 years old when I held up a pregnancy test that said, “positive”, that my glass ceiling was reached that day. I believed that the Lord would forgive me, but that was all. There would never be anything more for my life than that of an unlikely girl.

My glass ceiling reached me way before I could ever even try to reach it.

Until one day quite frankly, I just got sick of it. I got sick of just going through the motions of life. I got sick of standing against the wall. And I got sick of that glass ceiling that seemed to suffocate me day after day.

So I broke through it.

I ran against my flesh and ran towards Jesus. I let Him pick up the broken pieces and make me whole again. And I let Him work through those raw wounds in my soul and put those dreams back in my heart again.

Do you feel Unlikely for Jesus today?

No matter where you are at in life, hold your head high, wear your title well and break through that glass because God‘s got so much more for you than you can ever imagine. Believe that the dreams that you once held in your heart are real and that the Father wants to see them come true too.

In Him,


Nicki Koziarz is a lover of sand between her toes and enjoys laughing until her belly hurts but really in the depths of her soul she is nothing more than an a once broken down Jesus girl. Nicki is a staff writer for the exciting new Proverbs 31 ministry, “She Seeks” which is a place of encouragement for today’s 20-something women. Check out for more encouragement.

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OpenID tobebeautiful said...

Nicki~ I have tears in my eyes.
I have been walking around in such defeat lately, handing over my dreams because I "know they will never come true". Your devotion blessed me more than you can even imagine. It's been so easy to doubt God and walk temporarily away from Him, but-like you said- He's the one that will help us work through those broken dreams and "Unlikely Candidate" labels. You've spurred me on.
Thank you.

November 4, 2009 at 6:43 AM  
Blogger Casey said...


Thank you for your post. I have pondering some thoughts similar to yours and this has really given me inspiration to dream again. I stopped dreaming four years ago and have since maintained a cap on my dreams. So thank you for helping me remember that with God all things are possible.


November 4, 2009 at 7:12 AM  
Blogger ThreeGirlyGirls said...

Sweet Alexis, I hate that you are feeling so much defeat lately and don't believe for one minute that God doesn't have something amazing planned for your life. The broken dreams sometimes turn into the most beatiful ones and I know you will do mighty things for His glory! I love you girl!

Hi Casey! I'm so thankful to know that I'm not the only one who sometimes struggles with putting the cap on dreams.:) But thankfully He does hold even the deepest dreams we have in the palm of His hands. And it's an amazing to think that on our own strength we will never break through that ceiling but with His strength He will break us through in a way we never imagined! Much love to you today! Thanks for sharing. :)

Nicki Koziarz

November 4, 2009 at 7:48 AM  
Blogger Luann said...

Nicki, thanks for the reminder that no matter what stage in life we are in God has a plan and a purpose. He is constantly rebuilding and shaping our testamony to his glory even better than what we can imagine. Never stop dreaming! Love mom

November 4, 2009 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger Margaret said...

Thank you for your post! It's a great reminder of how powerful God is if we let Him work in our lives! Thanks so much for sharing!

November 4, 2009 at 11:07 AM  
Blogger Praise and Coffee said...

Beautiful post Nikki!! Love it! Thank you so much :)

November 4, 2009 at 1:34 PM  
Anonymous Laurel@FromMyHeartToYours said...

Oh Nicki, I wish I could hug you for real! This is truly a beautiful post that is going to touch the hearts of many! Precious! Thank you.

Don't you just love it when God is trying to show you something and suddenly EVERYTHING you read leads you RIGHT back to what He is trying to work in your heart?! I've been pondering many of the same things and just today posted something along these lines...

Again, this is just lovely. Thank you and many blessings, from Canada

November 4, 2009 at 7:40 PM  
Blogger Susan D. said...

Thank you so much for your beautiful post! You touched my heart! I feel that my dreams had a cap put on them at a very early age. You are so right, when you break through the glass God has amazing things in store!
Blessings to you,
Susan Dollyhigh

November 4, 2009 at 8:07 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

Thank you for this precious post.

November 5, 2009 at 2:46 AM  
Anonymous Sarah Martin said...

Nicki-sweet friend!
Your dreams and then your realized dreams and accomplishments inspire me.

I love you!


November 5, 2009 at 11:23 AM  

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