"Emily, there are dreams and visions in your heart, put there by God himself. Write them down and continue to trust the God that will complete the amazing stuff he has begun in you."
Accompanying the card was a pocket-sized notebook with "ideas... can change the world" on the cover.
Immediately tears started to roll down my cheeks. My sweet friend came over for a hug and told me how the gift came about. As she escaped to Starbucks between services (she's an employee at our church and Sundays are super busy for her) for some quiet time, she saw the notebook and "just knew" she had to get it for me. In her words, it was one of those "Holy Spirit Moments." She felt silly, but did it anyway.
I can not tell you how amazing it was to be reminded that God cares for me. For the teeny, tiny details of my life.
While I love motherhood, it has changed the way I dream. Where I used to see endless possibility, I for some reason now see roadblocks and insignificance. I struggle daily to see my activities as worship, not as worthless.
I get trapped in the smallness of my life and forget that God sees so much further than today.
More significantly than that. I think I also forget that God CARES. But he does! He sees me, he remembers me. He is responsible for those dreams that I keep tucked away. And, if I were very, very honest, I might say that he doesn't even want them to be tucked away, that some of them are for now, and I am just too afraid to believe that.
In October I wrote this. It is still fresh in my life. I still need to remember these truths.
My prayer for us - as women, as wives, as mothers, as lovers of Jesus - is that we would see what God is doing. That we would see beauty, in ourselves and around us. That we would be courageous and know truth. That the world would be changed because of women who believe God's promises.
I hope that today you are encouraged and that you allow yourself to be reminded of God's care. The small things matter. You matter.
Peace and Joy to you friends.