I don't know if you realize this, sweet friend, but you are loved.
You want to know something else? You are beautiful.
Oh and you are incredibly smart.
Created to be exactly who you are, where you are, right now in this season.
Do you want to know what I find most amazing about you? When you look around where you are right now and realize that this season? It's really not great. It's kind of dreary. It's hard. There is too much laundry, too many "to do" lists, to much pull from all directions and it's impossible to want to climb out from under the covers, much less put one foot in front of the other. And even then? You do it. You do the thing.
You use the gifts God has given you to the best of your ability and they are sweet blessings to others who might never even bother to tell you their lives were changed.
You stick with it. You are brave and beautiful and you keep focused on God. On the days when the cool side of the pillow is more appealing than making another breakfast for the toddler who will throw most of it on the floor, you make the breakfast anyway.
And in your heart, when the smile doesn't go all the way to your eyes and you wish someone would come rescue you for just a day, you still trust that God is for you.
He is, sweet sister. God is for you. Beside you. Before you. He strengthens when everything we have is empty.
You are loved.
And you can do this. I believe in you.
You might be wondering what all of those words have to do with a God Sized Dream Team. Don't worry, it's not some crazy sports team made up of bloggers. Because trust me...y'all don't want to see me attempting any kind of sports. That is NOT my dream.
Here's what I believe, what I've determined to be true based on Holley Gerth and her guidance. I believe God has created and called me to encourage women - especially mamas - through writing and speaking. That is my God Sized Dream. Because if it were up to me I would choose something that is already easy, and that speaking part? Believing anyone wants to read these humble words that I don't even edit? Choosing a dream that I know others already do so well and trusting that God still wants me there, too? That is hard.
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'll be posting here throughout 2013 about this dream, letting you know how it's going, refining and shaping it as I feel God leading. I'm committed to this God Sized Dream and to the doors I trust Him to open.
How can I encourage you today?