Well girls....a huge welcome to the Company of Dreamers blog!
Today is a perfect day to live big. I DARE YOU!
It's my hope right at the start of this journey that this blog and our online community will serve as an inspiration to thousands of Christian women just like you and will be a massive encouragement to all of you as you choose to live out your God-given purpose with passion. So...what's it all about? What will we be sharing? Will it be worth my time? If those are the questions in your head right now then keep reading and decide for yourself... The blog...the community...it's really a call to come up higher. It's a REAL conversation about living life on purpose, CHOOSING life, embracing positivity and walking by faith, not by sight. Overcoming challenges, choosing to see the problems as opportunities and the stumbling blocks as stepping stones in the adventure. It's an invitation to reach higher, dig deeper, and to live bigger in God. One of my very favourite passages from The Message bible is 2 Corinthians 6:11-13... "Dear, dear Corinthians, I can’t tell you how much I long for you to enter this wide-open, spacious life. We didn’t fence you in. The smallness you feel comes from within you. Your lives aren’t small, but you’re living them in a small way. I’m speaking as plainly as I can and with great affection. Open up your lives. Live openly and expansively!" God never created us to live small insignificant lives but lives FULL of purpose and passion, ruling and reigning in our individual spheres of influence. So often we are guilty of living small, of downgrading our dreams to something 'manageable' and within the confines of our natural abilities. We limit ourselves and our thinking and so often forget that with God all things are possible and in that forgetting (or sometimes even unbelief) we limit God's power to move on our behalf and to use us in amazing ways to impact the world around us. So...it's my hope that you will join with me on this journey of audacious faith and outrageous hope in our awesome God and His outrageous grace. That we would all choose together to enter into that 'wide-open, spacious life'! Let's be real here for a moment. I'm not always feeling positive and like I can conquer the world. Some days I feel like I haven't got the first clue what I'm doing and feel like crawling back into bed and shutting off my brain for a day. I'm not always feeling like God can use me to reach and impact others...there are days when I don't even feel like I can be an inspiration to my teenager, let alone the world! But...I'm ok with it...and I know that this will be a place we can be ourselves. Where we can let our guards down and just be honest about the fact that we haven't always got it all together even if that's what people perceive when they look at us! I'm voting that it's ok not to 'feel' ok as long as we agree not to let the 'feelings' overpower the 'truth' of who God says we are. As we journey together I know there will be challenges. There will be times when we feel like giving up, times when we think it's a lot easier and more comfortable to retreat back to 'normal'. There may be crazy moments...extremes of high and low. Those where we feel overwhelmed by the swirling tornado of circumstances and situations that surround us...not able to see clearly and struggling to hold onto hope. Those where the seeming ordinariness of life seeks to convince us that our lives have no real meaning and that we'll never be or do anything of any significance this side of heaven! BUT...and this is a BIG BUT...I KNOW that with Christ we can do all things and I know that together we can be and do so much more than we ever could on our own.
What this is NOT about is me. This is OUR tribe, OUR company, OUR journey! TOGETHER we can build this tribe...a tribe where we ditch the comparisons, where we seek to uplift and not put down, where we agree and commit to believe the best about each other and help each other to nurture that. Let's make this an interactive space; one where we can use the online community and the blog posts to comment...sharing hearts, encouraging & spurring each other on to run this race beautifully and brilliantly.
So...I guess I'm throwing down the gauntlet today and saying "Who's in? Who's committing to stepping out in faith and believing that you CAN and WILL be all that you were born to be even if it doesn't feel that way right now?" I'm SO excited you're all here and can't wait to see this amazing, beautiful company of dreamers growing daily in number and in stature...transforming together into a God-empowered force to be reckoned with across the globe; this global gathering of world-changing women each impacting our piece of the world in awesome ways. That in itself might seem like some crazy impossible dream...but it's in my heart and I'm believing God for it! Who's with me?
Today is the perfect day to live BIG. I dare you! xx