I have written since I was a child. I have stacks of daily journals written with a flourish from my teen years until I married. After my parents divorced, it seemed the one safe place I could disappear and share. But it was more than just journaling. I wrote friends, and boyfriends, letters. I wrote Christmas letters. I wrote short stories, with big dreams of an acceptance letter from The New Yorker (though I never submitted them).
But this writing forum is still a little strange to me. I began writing in October 2010 as a way to record the triplets journey because I had been terrible up to that point of keeping a baby book (three infants will do that to you). I also have an awful memory and this felt like a real-time preservation system. But God must have known even then He could use it for something bigger. This forum is still part-time kids memory book, part-time daily journaling, and part-time a place for working women who have a relationship with God or are interested in learning more about faith to connect.
Holley Gerth was gracious enough to accept me to be a part of her God-sized Dream Team. She has assembled an amazing group of dreaming women to come together to actually put action behind those lofty dreams. I love the quote at the top of her post today, “She knew that many were the plans in her heart, but that God’s purpose would prevail.” Hey, if you missed this, I am a dreamer. I’d like about a dozen careers – environmental attorney, writer, speaker, party planner, wardrobe consultant, philanthropist… My husband calls me an idealist. I’m a glass is half full kind of a girl.
But this is one thing I know, I do have a dream to reach and connect working women of faith. For too long, the Christian community has failed to provide opportunities for working women, especially mommas, to grow in their faith. If kids are sick on Sunday and you can’t make a morning study because you have a full-time job, then there’s no way to learn about God or grow in your relationship. Sometimes even the “church” message is negative towards career women. My father and grandfather were both pastors. I grew up when the church had some ideas that might not have welcomed me as I am now. This is what I love – people are God’s imperfect messengers. But the message is perfect. The message is a warm and welcoming one of love and encouragement for working women. If you ever got some negative messaging and left “religion” because of it, please let me offer you a second look. God is good. He’s not going to reach out His hand with a Hell-fire message. He stands at the ready to help you wherever you are with whatever you believe and whatever your set of doubts.
So I’m dreaming this morning that this will be a place working women will come. I’m dreaming that we’ll find ways to connect here through the comments and messages and through Twitter and Facebook and all the other crazy technology. And I encourage you today that if you have a dream, and it seems totally far-fetched, come walk on our God-sized Dream journey with us this year and see if there are a few steps you can take, baby steps, to bring you ever closer to that vision in your head.