Launches are exciting events. I grew up in Central Florida in the years of President John F. Kennedy’s expansion of the U.S. space program. I watched as the Friendship 7 carried John Glenn 162 miles away from the earth. We could stand outside and see the trail of the huge rocket as it slipped away from the bonds of earth’s gravity! We were all on pins and needles awaiting reentry. Nearly five hours later the country let out a collective sigh of relief as the capsule landed in the Atlantic Ocean. At seven years old I had no idea where the space program would take us. There were skeptics, of course. I even heard that some didn’t believe it happened. But those dreamers…they took the first step and fifty years later there is a manned space station orbiting the earth.
For years, really since ninth grade, I’ve had a yearning to write. A teacher expressed that I had talent, and it touched a deep place in my spirit. Fast forward many years when I began to put some words on paper. It was challenging, yet cathartic, this process of writing. I wrote a few articles for a church-sponsored inspirational column in the local paper. It’s a little embarrassing to admit that I read them over and over, even though I didn’t even get a byline. Something that I wrote was good enough to publish! To be honest, it is more likely that I was willing and they needed 250 words to fill the space, but it was enough to rekindle the yearning. Some of my favorite authors have blogs. The short posts are often humorous, inspirational or even instructional and I decided that is the arena for me to step into this venture.
Recently our small group at church studied the book The Dream Giver by Bruce Wilkinson. For the first time, I shared my dream publicly. I began to pray and prepare to leave “Familiar” and begin the journey toward my “Big Dream”. The most profound realization was that God is the Dream Giver. How foolish would I be to miss his gift to me? With this post, I’m launching MY dream.
So, what to expect from this dreamer? I’ll be writing from my heart about being a wife, a mother, a friend, all from the perspective of a woman seeking to know Christ in his fullness. I’ll be sharing about my Tribe – the women who surround me with love, who allow me to speak into their lives and do the same for me.
I’m strapped into the seat and with this post, the engines have fired and I’m on the way!
Thanks for watching the sky, my friends. I’m enjoying the ride!
“Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, the days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day.” Psalm 139:16 MSG
I can’t begin to say how proud I am of my baby for launching her blog today. It has been a dream of hers to write and I’m so glad her dream is beginning to take shape in reality today. Watch out world!