WHAT IS THE “BEHIND THE SCENES” LINK UP?
Social media and online relationships can make us feel like everyone else has it all together. We’re edited, proof-read, Pinterest-perfect versions of ourselves (or so some might think!) when – in reality? There is an unfinished pile of laundry around the corner. That cute toddler smiling for the camera just had a massive meltdown seconds ago. That yummy breakfast-for-dinner you just showed us on Instagram? It’s because the cat licked the chicken that was supposed to be for dinner.
“Behind the Scenes” is a fun link up where we show those photos – but tell the real story behind them. The sneak peek behind the scenes, a look past the edges of the photo to the real life behind it. Read more here!
This Behind the Scenes story is a little different. It’s not about my kiddo, my family, or our vacation. It’s not even about me, really. The Behind the Scenes story of my God Sized Dream is about God. It’s about a God who knew me so well that He put me in Holley’s Gerth’s God Sized Dream Team so that He would be glorified. It’s about a God who drew me to community, surrounded me with a team of prayer warrior women, and then took away the one thing that was holding me back from chasing His dream for me with my whole heart.
It’s a path that started last October at Allume. For those of you heading to a conference soon, take note. This introvert avoided saying “hello” to every single “big blogger” in the building. I didn’t want to “bother” them … at least that’s what I told myself. The reality? I was terrified that they would look right past me, wondering who this “nobody” was trying to interrupt their reunion with their friends.
But not Holley. God wouldn’t let me walk past Holley without saying hello. It was completely out of my character and only happened with a boost of Holy Spirit strength, but I stopped by her table after dinner one evening and introduced myself. Nothing special. We didn’t suddenly become best friends or write a book together or stay up all night talking.
I just said hello.
And she remembered my name later that night and invited me over to chat. I was nervous and talked too much, and then not at all, and then found a reason to escape and feel completely….sigh….me. But God didn’t plan for that to be the end of our story, and when I wasn’t looking He was behind the scenes building a community that would change my life.
I began my journey toward discovering my God Sized Dream very selfishly. I read the invitation to join the God Sized Dream group and thought “That sounds exciting. I bet that will be good for me and help my blog grow.” Before I had even prayed about what this dream might be, the application was sent and out of my hands.
I thank God everyday for that gracious gift. He took my scratched out entry, a dream I wrote and promptly forgot about, and has humbly taken me on a journey alongside some incredibly brave women. And on this road I discovered new passions for editing (and a new God Sized Dream to one day work as an editor, and to write a book, and to use my talents to serve others). But more than that, I found a friend who walked beside me. A woman of incredible integrity, kindness, strength, and courage. A sister who has shown me what community is supposed to look like – and how to stay in it when it’s not pretty.
After you link up will you join me in reading my God Sized Dream post over at Holley’s blog today? She’s been so gracious to allow me to share my words on her space 🙂