I’m linking up with the wonderful ladies at the brand new God-Sized Dreams website today, as we recap our 2013 journeys. I’d love for you to join the rest of the team over there & read what God has been doing in the lives of these brave friends.
I posted this on January 8, 2013:
I don’t know if you realize this, sweet friend, but you are loved.
When I first joined Holley Gerth and the incredible team of God Sized Dreamers at the beginning of the year, I thought I had it figured out. My dream was to encourage women through writing and speaking. I knew I was choosing a dream that others already do so well and trusting that God still wanted me there, too.
I believe that He has given me the gift of words, a heart for the broken. In a place of refinement I am becoming less of me, to make room for more of Him, and He gets the glory for it all.
I could never have known. In January, I could never have known the path this God-Sized Dream chasing would take me down, the winding hills of job loss, sorrow, insecurity, unexpected blessings, and mind-blowing surprises. My dream in January? It wasn’t really God-sized. It was safe. It was what I loved to do and would have done anyway. What God chose to do with it? Extraordinarily, extravagantly generous.
In the last year I have started a VA business, guest posted on some of my favorite sites, spoke at Allume, led webinars with Dan King, recorded a podcast with Kat Lee, moved my blog to WordPress, started a mastermind group for other VAs, helped with two conferences…and it was all more than enough.
But God had more.
In the last year my faith has grown as I relied on God to provide for my family. My heart is bigger, softer, more broken and beat up. I have been stretched thin, sifted, and put back together with just enough cracks left to let God’s glory shine through. I thought that speaking to women was the challenging part of my dream, and God has opened, and continues to open, doors to live out that piece of the dream. But He has done more.
Yesterday, I started a new job as the Editorial & Marketing Manager at (in)courage. A job that didn’t exist when I first began this God-Sized Dream journey, and one that I thought was well out of reach. A job that gives me the opportunity to encourage women every day through the work that I do, to work with a team that feels like family, and to spend more time with my family. I can see now, when I look back on the last several years, how God was preparing me for such a time as this. My experiences, the community He brought around me, the dreams of my heart, and the skills that I’ve learned have all added up to THIS moment.
God did it.
He took my “me-sized dream” and blew my mind with His answer to my prayers. A hard journey with few safe harbors and more uncertainty than security, but a voyage I would gladly take again, to know that this is just a glimpse of God’s destination for my life.