Friday, January 25, 2013

Sometimes You Need a Friend to Help Make Your Dreams Come True


Sometimes You Need a Friend to Help 

Make Your Dreams Come True

The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense.  Proverbs 27:9 (NLT)


We were not meant to journey alone. I know this is true for all of us…and maybe double-true for some of us, like me!

When I come up with an idea (and I come up with lots of ideas), I almost always think of who might help me? Who will join me? Who will catch the vision? Who will venture forth into the unknown with me?

Because I’m not going “there” alone…

Too scary. And too lonely! I’m a group kind of gal. Maybe it’s because I grew up in a pack of five kids, always sharing spaces, places, dreams, and stories. In fact, my older sister and I always shared a room. Every night before we went to bed, we would whisper, sharing secrets, life, laughs, and sometimes a few tears until we drifted off to sleep mid-sentence.

No wonder I cried for two weeks when she went away to college…

Nope…we’re not meant to be alone.

So when I started thinking about creating an online community that was intentionally multi-denominational, multi-racial, multi-cultural; a community where we could come and chat honestly and with transparency: a place where we could share our strengths and weaknesses, our gifts and our needs, I naturally started thinking about women who might join me.

At first, we were a team of three. We came together and prayed and talked and planned. It was exciting! Then one of our three suggested two more women who might be interested in what we were doing. So now we had a team of five. Within a week of our five-member team forming, one dropped out. Nothing personal, she just had other commitments.

So our little team of four started to meet regularly. Slowly this dream started looking more like reality. After about 18 months of more praying, brainstorming, thinking, it was time to start the countdown to launching www.CirclesOfFaith.org, Where Life, Faith, and Community Intersect.

And then, suddenly, another member of our team dropped out. I was shocked! She felt called to other things. Well, of course, I wanted her to stay and I was deeply disappointed, but I trusted God was in control.

A few weeks later, as we started work with a designer, bought the necessary domains, started reaching out to writers…when our vision was coming into clear focus and each step took us closer to Yes and Amen…another member of the team couldn’t commit.

I was derailed and doubt crept in.

How could we possibly accomplish with two what we had envisioned with our team of five?
I walked into what I thought might be our final meeting for Circles Of  Faith. My heart was heavy. All this work, all this planning. For nothing?

I said to my Co-Founder Kimberly, “I just don’t see how we can do this, just two of us!” I was sure she’d agree…

She looked at me intently, “Elise, there are not just two of us!”

She meant we had God on our team.

Oh me of little faith. It took a little more talking before I was convinced she was right.

If God plants a dream, a vision, He will make it come true. He knows exactly what or who we need when we need. And on that day, when my hope was dim and my faith was weak, I needed my friend, Kimberly to spur us on and remind me with certainty, “We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.”

What’s Your Story?
What’s your dream? Do you have a friend, a partner, a buddy to help you up when you’re feeling down, to buoy your faith when you’ve lost your anchor? How has God met your need when you needed it most?

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14 comments:

  1. God is on my team as well. I have four sisters that have walked consistently with me on my journey and one supportive husband/editor/ cheerleader.

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    1. Yes, Alyson, I am blessed with my sisters...and my husband is my editor and cheerleader too!

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  2. It has been such a pleasure to go on this journey with you. Thank you for the encouragement when I needed it too!

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  3. This is a great statement. Even reading it alone, I am not alone. There are three with me you me and God. Keep up the community building, one by one.

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    1. You are an awesome husband and a wonderful friend!

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  4. Elise,
    I love it-I consistently need to hear that we are not alone. I'm not naturally good at community, so I never get enough of this reminder.
    Peace and good sister, peace and good.
    When are we getting together?
    Chelle

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    1. I can't imagine this Chelle! You are very friendly and supportive.

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  5. I love this idea! A place online where you can share your mind through transparency, honesty and still be a safe, welcoming and awe-inspiring place! I'm checking out Circles of Faith now! :)

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  6. I found you on Copyblogger and couldn't be more thrilled I did. I LOVE this story and want to feature it on my blog. You have a gift. Keep using it to the glory of God!! I'm going to check out Circles of Faith, too.

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  7. So blessed by your comment, Melanie! You have no idea what a word in due season this is. Thank you!

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  8. This is beautiful. Thank you for that reminder that "when God plants a vision He will make it come true." Just this morning I've been feeling somewhat overwhelmed by the plans God has and that thought of "there is no way". : )

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  9. When I read this I think two things...1. If you're dream is that big ONLY God can fulfill it and 2. If God planted the dream He's got all the power, strength, might, wisdom, knowledge of the entire universe at His disposal. Is anything too hard for the Lord? Genesis 18:14a Blessings dreaming sister!

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  10. Thank you for this reminder - things may not go as we planned but God is with us and He is in control of the situation. I have not been good about asking for help in the past but that is changing. I am part of a wonderful community of ladies and I have experienced the love and encouragement when you just reach out.

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