Encouraging words from others help recharge us too. So take this “do what you can” step for your God-sized dream: Write a letter of encouragement to another dreamer in your life.
Honestly, when I saw this week’s challenge, I hit a wall. In so many ways, there were a dozen people I wanted to write to; and in some ways, I felt as if the words were hiding…they just wouldn’t come. But the more I thought about it, the more I was reminded of this woman…my friend and practically-sister.
She may be a dreamer in a different way, but she inspires me every single day. I know she’ll inspire you, too.
We are sisters, you and me. You’ve known me every single day of my life…you know it all…and, still, you choose to be my friend.
Do you remember those days? The ones when we chased each other between trees, sometimes climbed them, played Barbies, sang sometimes-off-key-and-always-loudly around the piano, put on plays…and between those things, told each other our dreams?
Always, always…your dreams were this: grow up, get married, have a family.
Absolutely beautiful dreams.
And those dreams? They became reality.
I missed your wedding…you walked down the aisle while I was traipsing through Amazon jungles. But I thought of you.
And I smiled.
A year and a half later, I sat on your couch and held J, just days old. Though she didn’t join your family in the way you may have expected, she was yours from the beginning, beautiful, and belonging in every way.
I smiled again.
And then I got married, and the day before the wedding you told me about L, growing in your tummy. (Do you remember that I jumped and squealed?)
Four more have followed since then…and now there are six amazing blessings who surround you with love.
I smile even bigger.
I didn’t smile the day you told me. I cried buckets for you as you watched the other half of your dream walk away from it all…leaving hurt and confusion and a mess of wondering. But instead of watching you fall apart, I watched you, my brave and beautiful friend, pick up and go on, your faith strengthening with each step.
That made me smile.
Dear friend, the one who has more secrets on me than anyone, the one who knows of deep struggles, the one who has always been there even if the miles keep us apart…you have been a blessing and an inspiration to watch.
You have lived your dream…and lived it with a full embrace, even if it changed along the way.
You inspire me, your life speaks of Grace, you shine Him completely.
And that makes me smile.
Keep shining. Keep loving. Keep dreaming.
I love you, my sweet heart-sister.
In memory of Barbie bathtub fails, hidden tape recorders, and leading each other around blindfolded…
Happy Tuesday, friends! As always, my dreaming sisters and I are linking up at the lovely Holley Gerth’s place…we hope you’ll join us and be encouraged by the words of some incredible, dream-chasing, women.