A few weeks ago several of us from God-sized Dreams got together in Greenville, South Carolina, for the Allume Conference. While there we hosted a meetup in which dreamers came together and shared all that God has been doing in their lives. It was truly a special time, one that we wish you all could have been a part of! At the meetup, Laura Pratt shared some things about community that resonated so much we wanted to share them with you. No matter where you are in your dreaming journey, we want you to know that you have a place here…a safe and encouraging place to dream. That is the heart of God-sized Dreams. We hope you enjoy her words today!
Two years ago I opened an email with an application in it. The application was to join Holley Gerth’s God-sized Dream Team. I don’t even remember what I wrote at that point. I’m sure it was some lofty dream about writing a book or having a huge blog with millions of followers. (I was a little naive back then.)
But what I do know is that my God-sized dream now is not anything like what I would have thought back then.
I realize now that I wasn’t looking for fame or big paychecks from a book or a blog…I was searching for community.
When I opened the email a few weeks later telling me that Holley had seen something in my application that made her want me on that book launch team, I could never have imagined where it would have taken me. I don’t even blog that often anymore. Instead, I sit and bask in the friendships and the family that were given to me through a God-sized dream that wasn’t really even for me.
I know…how could it have been a God-sized dream if it really wasn’t for me?
Two years ago, I was a stay-at-home mom (which in itself was a dream come true) who had lost the community she had built at work. My friends were the people that I worked with, and that was where my community was based. I was always there. Then we realized that the company was not going to be open much longer, and I needed to transition out. So I did…and my community of adults with similar lives was gone.
My new community was four boys at my house, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Culture shock is a little bit of an understatement. I was lonely. So I took to the internet. I had been following Holley’s blog since reading You’re Already Amazing, and getting that email was so exciting. I had filled out the application thinking, The bigger the dream, the more likely it is you will make the team. I was accepted, and there was instantly this community of women surrounding me who were all chasing their dreams. I knew one person on the team. And to be honest, I only knew them because of an online group. I linked up weekly, I talked about my deepest fears, and I asked for prayer from total strangers.
And before I knew it I had a group of friends I went to faster than the friends I had here in my real life.
Then some of us met in real life. And it was a family reunion instead of just introductions. We deepened a bond already there. I found a community. I found a tribe. (<====Tweet this.)
This past year has been one of a lot of transition. We left the church we had called home for years for a new one and lost people we thought were friends in the process. I went back to work. My children went back to public school. We made choices that were huge and through it all, my tribe was there.
We met again this fall. And as we sat in a room talking about the status of our dreams, I told them that I didn’t remember what I wrote on that application. I don’t even remember what the dream was that I thought I was working on throughout the book launch. What I have come to realize is that I was searching for community. (<====Tweet this.)
And in a God-sized way, my dream was answered. I have sisters all over the country. I have sisters in other countries. I have soul mates I would never have had if I had not read the phrase, “God-sized Dreams”.
SO, I invite you all to chase your dreams. But I also invite you all to listen carefully to God and take some time for quiet while you are chasing those dreams.
You never know when God will say “Look what I have done. I have given you the dream you never knew you had.”
Photo Credit: Kim DeLoach Photography
Laura Pratt writes at her blog, Hentown Mama. She is married to John and they have four boys ranging in age from 4-14. A book-a-holic, she enjoys writing reviews, talking about her family and what it’s like raising boys imperfectly, and writing about marriage…especially the hard things. Laura is a follower of Christ and a chaser of dreams who has recently come to realize that God-sized dreams are found just as much in the rest as in the chase. You can also keep up with her on Twitter.
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