Another New Year has arrived!
To paraphrase the Grinch: Let’s blow our flu-flubers and bang our tar-tinkers!
Let’s shriek, squeak and squeal, racing round on our wheels and dance with jin-tinglers tied onto our heels!
Is that what you are thinking, or are you hiding under the bed with your pet dust bunnies because you’ve just had it with this whole silly business of setting your sights on your dreams because it only leads to failure and disappointment?
If you’re among the discouraged, I’ve got some exciting news for you.
You may have noticed a new button in my right sidebar:
Yup. Author Holley Gerth called out from her blog, many answered, ninety-nine were chosen.
We each had to tell her what our God-Sized Dream was. Gulp.
Although I have several big dreams—publishing books, and writing and speaking to encourage women—I chose speaking at Allume.
Hold on, I’ve got to go get a paper bag because I’m hyperventilating that I just wrote that in front of God and everyone.
Good golly it’s hard to put that out there. However, I did start jotting down ideas for my presentation the very day I submitted my application to Holley for a slot on this team.
Given that I joined Toastmasters a couple of months ago and have only given two speeches, I am really reaching here, just so you know.
Now that I’ve gone first, I’d love to have you jump in too!
I’m inviting you to open the door to God-sized dream in 2013.
Yep, even if your knees are knocking in your cute boots a bit.
And she continues:
Now before you get too nervous, let me assure you that God-sized dreams are not really about size at all–they are about what perfectly fits YOUR heart. It’s really another way of describing your purpose. And we all have one.
Whether a crystal clear answer pops into your mind or you don’t have a clue, this journey is for you.
You really can take the next steps toward what God has for you this year. Two small ways to start today. . .
You can read the rest here on how to begin, how to take tiny, mustard seed sized steps.
That’s not too scary now, is it?
I invite you to be encouraged as well by a post I wrote a while back. Perhaps you’ve heard the knock at your door before. Whether you are answering it again, or for the very first time, we’re all rooting for you!
The knock comes again, at my front door, this time more firm and determined.
I’ve been down these stairs before.
I think that every time it will be different.
That my inner optimistic child, who hears the pounding of our answered prayers, will grab my hand and I will run joyfully right alongside her, to throw open that door, and sing exuberantly in harmony with and in response to the call of the hopes and happiness and possibilities on my steps.
But, no, my more
serious realistic fearful self focuses instead on the roar of the tangled, messy, difficult world beyond, and hesitates again, because. . .
. . .of the “what makes you think that’s achievable?” that whips around my legs and makes progress forward almost impossible.
. . .of the “how is that idea ever going to take flight?” that pushes hard on my chest and leaves me struggling for the will to continue.
. . .of the “do you really think anything has changed, that you can really be successful?” that howls in my ears and tries to force me to quit.
Each time, though, when I cover my ears to the cacophony and instead focus on His voice, I realize that there are many knocks I have heard and answered, and I am much further along in my journey than I had previously recognized.
When I walk with Him instead of by my silly independent self, the gale force winds go quiet, and I am enveloped in a valley of peace and light that allows me to move forward a step at a time, and that when I do fall, He is always there to help me up as I move forward towards my God-Sized Dreams.
Join us, won’t you?
Question: Would you share one of your dreams? If you’re not ready for that, how about sharing just one teensy step you could take today?