Sharing the Dream

15 Jan

One of my first steps in moving forward in my God-Sized Dream 
was to share it with my mentor.

Karen has been my mentor for almost two years now 
and I am so incredibly blessed to have her in my life. 

Our relationship started five years ago when she was leading a Bible study for women on Saturday mornings that I attended. I loved hearing about her relationship with the Lord and could sit listening to her teaching for hours. She just leaks Jesus and I wanted to be near her for the overflow of that love for Him. That time we shared was wonderful and ended way too soon.

About a year or so later I had begun to feel a desire to have a mentor. I had heard a message that spoke on the importance of having “a Paul” in life. I had been blessed to be walking with someone in Children’s Ministry, but really wanted someone who could mentor me in all areas of my life and not just ministry. So I began to pray. I prayed for God to bring someone into my life to be my “Paul.” Two weeks later I walked into a women’s small group that I was attending to find Karen. She shared her passion in being a Titus 2 woman during our time together that morning. She referenced these verses when she spoke about her heart for women.

These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children, to live wisely and be pure, to work in their homes, to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands.
Titus 2:4-5

It was if God said to me that morning, “Ask and you shall receive.” I knew that Karen was the answer to my prayer and asked it she would consider mentoring me and she agreed. We began to meet weekly – praying, talking, and studying together. She came alongside me as a wife, mother, and ministry leader. She teaches, encourages, challenges, and loves me.

It was only natural that one of my first steps in moving forward in my God-sized dream would be to share it with her.

She had recently invited me to lead a Bible study for moms in our church. She knew it would be a challenge for me as I would have to face one of my biggest fears – speaking. I knew that it was totally out of my comfort zone, but I did it scared.

So I don’t think she was too surprised when I told her about my dream. I think that she had that vision of me even before it was revealed to me. It was a sweet conversation in which she shared how much she believes in me. She believes in all that God has for me…including my God-sized dream.

Do you have a mentor? 
Have you shared your God-sized dream with her?
God-Sized Dreams

My friend Holley Gerth invited me to join a group of dreamers that she affectionately calls her God Sized Dream Team. What a blessing to be part of this group. 
We will be gathering each week on Tuesdays at Holley’s to encourage each other and you to dream those God sized dreams.

Won’t you join us?
What is your God-sized dream?

Blessings,

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27 Responses to “Sharing the Dream”

  1. Bernadette Veenstra January 15, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

    What a great blessing. Both your mentor and your dream team.=) I would love to step up our relationship too, but it is now going to have to be after our trip. Maybe we can work in a call once a week or something. If you wouldn't mind.

  2. Alyssa January 15, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

    I have had the blessing of having mentors in my life in the past. I hope I can help others by mentoring them in the future.

  3. Margaret Feinberg January 15, 2013 at 5:10 pm #

    Wendy, so glad someone has poured into you. May 2013 be a year unlocking your God sized dreams.

  4. Wendy January 15, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

    I would LOVE that sister! Would you email me with the dates and details of your trip so I can be praying for you all then? Love & hugs!

  5. Wendy January 15, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

    Me too Alyssa! I have been mentoring a couple of my small group girls, but am really interested in walking with some young moms as well. Blessings friend!

  6. Wendy January 15, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

    Thank you so much Margaret! Your ears must be burning a lot lately as I have been telling many friends about how much I love your writing and how it constantly speaks to my heart. Blessings friend!

  7. Mia De Vries January 15, 2013 at 9:10 pm #

    Dear WendyI am so proud of you! When we are scared it is a good thing, dear one, for then there is much less of us and much more openness for our Pappa God.I know you are going to be a blessing.Much loveMia

  8. Alene January 15, 2013 at 9:47 pm #

    Excellent!!! Yes, I have a mentor and I can easily share my dreams with her. It's when I need to share with the world that I feel vulnerable and get frightened. But my mentor continues to stretch me — thankful for that!!! I need some pushing around.BTW – love that Exodus Road banner you have!!!http://positivelyalene.com

  9. Sherry G January 15, 2013 at 10:36 pm #

    Mentoring is so important! It is a blessing to every young woman, and a blessing to the mentor as well. My mentor influenced me in a way that brought huge changes to my life, and in a very good way. I wonder sometimes if this blessing is overlooked in our churches. There is a wealth of wisdom in women who have been through the valleys and mountains that life brings.

  10. Jennifer Peterson January 16, 2013 at 1:40 am #

    Way to go girl!!! Awesome job!!

  11. Wendy January 16, 2013 at 2:13 am #

    Mia…my sweet friend…thank you so much for your encouragement. What a gift you are. Blessings and much love.

  12. Wendy January 16, 2013 at 2:16 am #

    Thank you Alene! Oh I recognize and resemble that vulnerability friend. I too am thankful that my mentor challenges me and pushes me out of that comfort zone. I have grown much in the time we have shared together and look forward to all God has for us in the journey to come. Blessings.

  13. Wendy January 16, 2013 at 2:18 am #

    I so agree Sherry! Have recently had this same conversation about the untapped resource of our older women in the church. How incredible it would be to have that ministry in each one. To have women walking alongside each other. Blessings.

  14. Wendy January 16, 2013 at 2:19 am #

    Thanks so much Jennifer! Love & hugs friend!

  15. Karrilee Aggett January 16, 2013 at 2:47 am #

    I love this!!! What a blessing! Can you thank her for pouring into you for me! Because you, in turn, are filled up and leaking Jesus all over all of us!

  16. Wendy January 16, 2013 at 5:38 am #

    Oh friend you are so very sweet! Thank you for your encouraging words! Blessings!

  17. Holley Gerth January 16, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

    Mentors are such a blessing! And I know you bring a lot of JOY to yours. Love that the step you chose was a relational one. 🙂

  18. Jennifer Schwickerath January 16, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

    Way to be obedient and lead a study! You are so blessed to have a mentor! I am happy and proud of you girlBe blessed:)

  19. Emily January 16, 2013 at 8:00 pm #

    I love this. What a wonderful peak into your relationship with your mentor. Blessings as you walk toward your dreams!

  20. Jerralea January 16, 2013 at 10:02 pm #

    How awesome that God provided your mentor as someone you had already build a relationship!I'm curious to hear more about your god-sized dream!

  21. Wendy January 17, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

    Oh she is such a gift to me! The joy is definitely shared. Do you have a mentor? Blessings friend!

  22. Wendy January 17, 2013 at 3:58 pm #

    Thank you so much Jennifer! Let me tell you that obedience doesn't come easy for sure. I am so thankful to have her in my life to encourage and challenge me. Blessings friend!

  23. Wendy January 17, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

    Thank you so much Emily! Blessings to you as well friend!

  24. Wendy January 17, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

    Thank you Jerralea! She is definitely an answered prayer. My dream is to connect moms in community. I will be writing more about it as God unfolds it. Blessings friend!

  25. Our Stories God's Glory January 18, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

    Wonderful to have a mentor…and just love when God shows how very much He cares about each one of us and our needs. Blessings to you fellow God-sized Dreamer!

  26. Jen Ferguson January 22, 2013 at 7:35 pm #

    I love the intergenerational mentoring that goes on in my bible study!

  27. Sarah Bessey March 10, 2013 at 5:31 pm #

    Love this, Wendy! Eshet chayil, indeed.

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