Just in case you missed it, I have a huge WEEK of giveaways going on, and today is a package of three beautiful gifts from DaySpring! And if you’re here for Five Minute Friday, you’re going to definitely want to enter – I’ve included extra entries for YOU! Scroll down to the post below this, or click here to enter! And make sure you enter the other ones from this week – they’re still open!

Andddddd I’m so happy to say I’m posting on the main page of (in)courage today (Friday) so make sure you check that out! Sqeeeee!

Here’s the deal. Five Minute Friday. You go find the little prompt at the wonderful Lisa-Jo’s blog, set the time and write for five minutes, and then just stop. Where you are, no edits, just publish raw words.



I have big dreams. Dreams that seem common and just like everyone else, until I dig down deep and really look and there, right under there, I have some God-sized dreams.

Some of them I’ve seen God make flesh, and some I’m still waiting in.

Two of those dreams are happening this summer, and I’m living one of them now. Working for (in)courage? It’s a God-sized dream. Spending five weeks at Student Leadership University, leading high school students in leadership for Him? It’s a God-sized dream, five years in the making.

I’ve had other dreams for years and it’s funny how when we don’t voice them – God still knows. I wanted to be an SLU leader for years but never really did much to make it happen, and (in)courage kind of landed in my lap. These dreams were thought of, wished for, hoped for, and prayed for…but mainly, God just knew the workings of my heart – and He blessed.

God knows my deepest desires and my biggest hopes. He knows the things I can’t even imagine, when I’m still holding onto the small glimpse He’s given.

Today, my words are being shared on (in)courage. And it’s funny, because this isn’t the first time. I’ve been featured before as a guest – many, many years ago it seems…when I was just beginning to write on here.

And a few months ago I posted about how YOU make a difference.


But tomorrow? these are just my words – unscripted, un-asked for, just me typing and writing and thinking out loud – and they’re going live.

Somehow it feels a little different when it’s up for 1,000s to see AND up on this blog. And y’all. I’m following Angie Smith, who posted this morning. The women I read first online, who first introduced me to blogging, you could say.

I don’t even have the words, and the thoughts I’m sharing on (in)courage today? Written a week ago, they’re coming right back at me now. I’m choosing to trust that my voice has purpose, too, and even if I have to start with a whisper – it’s enough for now. Because there’s power in my story, too.

I’m stepping out big today, because this little blog of mine – it’s a safe place for me. And writing for (in)courage is a huge dream {come true} but it scares me big…because it takes people directly back over here. And oh my, what of the people at school who haven’t read these words? I am the same person in the online world and the ‘real world’ but somehow it takes everything to a new level, I guess. *gulp*

But I’m trusting. I’m using my voice, His words, and pressing Publish.

He’s taking these dreams and doing more than I could ever imagine.

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more

than all we ask or imagine,

according to his power that is at work within us.

Ephesians 3:20