I live in a community with a thriving downtown. Lots of fun little shops and businesses. Every September they hold this “Walk About” for the women in the community. It is sponsored by the Chamber and tickets are sold. Everyone gets a bag and a passport and then they walk from shop to shop getting a stamp on their passport,fun treats and special sales and coupons.
This year I really wanted to participate. Mostly because I wanted to stop at a couple of my favorite shops for their sales, but also because I just wanted to feel a part of something.
Do you know that feeling?
I can share with you that I am a married 38 year old woman with 4 kids and most days I feel like a frightened teenager. Always on the outside looking in….so close I can taste it but never able to fully drink in what real community feels like.
And I so desperately want to be a part….
So I bought a ticket and hoped that I might find a friend to come with me. A few of my friends were working that night and couldn’t go because of that…..but the truth is I didn’t have a lot of people to ask.
It can be a lonely place can’t it?
I ended up working late that night, mostly because I had work to do but partly because I didn’t want to go and follow around groups of friends. Women laughing and enjoying the evening, women who, whether they recognize it or not, are “included”.
I did drive down about an hour before it was over and stopped into my favorite boutique. I was greeted by friends who were working…a few select people that treat me like they are glad to see me. It warms my heart when it happens.
As I was leaving I caught a glimpse of the final party destination. A room filled with women enjoying appetizers and waiting for the door prize announcements. It is a party I am not sure I will ever fully be a part of.
But that is ok.
You see I have found safe place, a place of loving community, of supportive women and people that encourage my dreaming. The contributors of this site have become fast friends and I am so blessed by each of them.
And we want you to know something. Something very important.
This isn’t a “secret club”, this isn’t a place that you are standing on the outside looking into the party that you want to be a part of.
This is a safe place for dreamers of all kind and you are all welcome!
A place where we will encourage one another and stomp out fear! A place where we will celebrate each other’s victories and pray over our failures.
A place where you will never have to walk alone…
If I could, I would come and visit each one of you in your community, and we would “walk about” together. So if you are anything like me you wouldn’t have to ever feel alone again.
I hope you find that comfort here. Those of us that “started” this site were brought together from all different backgrounds and walks of life by one God. A God that knew we had a story to tell, a dream to chase.
He has brought you here today – do you know that? For a very special purpose He has stirred a dream inside your heart. Maybe it is one that keeps you up at night. Maybe it is something that causes you to tremble with fear and excitement. Whatever “it” is we want you to know that we love you, and support you and we are here to walk WITH you as you realize all that God has planned for you!
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