How Will 2013 Be Different for You? {It Really Can Be}

Red Door Photo by Katie@!

I ask you to go out for a cup of coffee {or tea} with me. We find a quiet corner in the middle of the busy holidays and I ask you, “What do you want most from 2013?” I listen to your heart, your hopes, your fears. Then I share mine too.

And then I say, “What I really want for us in 2013 is to say ‘yes’ to a God-sized dream.”

Before the term “God-sized” scares you, let me explain. It’s really not about size at all. It’s about discovering and pursuing the desires God has placed within you that perfectly fit your heart.

We all have those desires. Some are simple and others complicated. Some are about home and others about faraway places. Some happen quickly and others unfold over a lifetime.

But what they all have in common is this: Ignoring them means ignoring a core part of your purpose. And when we do that, we feel restless and empty.

I don’t want that for us, friend. I want God’s best for us instead.

So will you dare to join me in saying ‘yes’ to a God-sized dream in 2013?

  1. We’ll start small. On January 1st I’ll be launching an e-book called The Do What You Can Plan. It’s a devotional journey for making any area of your life better in 21 days {the time it takes to create a new habit}.
  2. Then each Tuesday starting in January, there will be a God-sized dreams post {including some fabulous guest posters} and link-up here. If you join in, you will have what you need to pursue your God-sized dream step-by-step.
  3. In March, I’ll have a new book for you called You’re Made for a God-sized Dream: Opening the Door to All God Has for You that will equip you even more for your journey.
  4. And I will have God-sized Dreams Team I’ll be introducing you to who will be here to encourage you on your way. You’ll meet them soon!

What’s your part?

  • First, simply say “Yes, God, I will pursue what you have for me in 2013.”
  • Next, show up here on Tuesdays for encouragement, support, and next steps.

That’s it. The rest will unfold in your heart with God’s help and in His timing. And the rest of the week we’ll be carrying on here as usual.

2013 really can be different for you in all the ways that matter most.

At this point, I’d lean back from the table, hold my empty coffee cup high, look you in the eyes and say, “Here’s to 2013, God-sized dreams, and sharing the journey together.”

Will you clink your cup with mine and join me?

 

 

photo by Katie@!

 

 

Comments

  1. Cheers, Holley! :D

    I’m going to sit with God, today, as I need to get more reflective on what He wants for me in 2013 and onward. I have several ideas, already, but feel I need it to be narrowed down a bit. So grateful to be part of your team for this! Thank you!

    ~MizB

  2. Holley
    It is truly an honor to be a part of the God sized dream team. I am so excited to begin this journey with your leading…I know that God will be found in these places that we explore and I can’t wait to see where He takes us!!

  3. I started pursuing my God-sized dream in September–though I had no idea then where it would lead me and that I’d be part of the “dream team” now! Ironically, for me, a big part of saying “yes” to God’s plan is saying “no” to a lot of other things, even worthy things. That’s something I still struggle with, but I have to keep asking myself, would the time I would spend doing “x” be better spent pursuing the dream God’s placed within my heart?

    • Saying no is often an important part of saying yes for me too.

      • leanne Duncan says:

        agreed kristin, saying no to other good things that are not God’s planned and purpsed best for you releases resource of all kinds to saying yes to his best, energy, focus, time, talent, passion, finances, brain power the whole lot. Me thinks we have to be saying no to something to yes to the God sized dream … Elizabeth, don;t be concerned over the saying no, it’s actually part of the empowerment … imho

  4. I am amazed at the timing of this in my life. Even before I knew about your new book, I had planned on writing for 31 days in January about dreaming again. I will be excited to share about your posts and book throughout the month, and lead my readers to your place.

    Thank you for the opportunity to be on your team! You are a blessing :)

  5. It just keeps getting better girl! I can’t wait!

    I love how you inspire me to dream big and bigger with God!

  6. The thought of having a “God-sized dream”inside of me is scary and humbling at the same time. The part I struggle with the most is how does my family factor in? How do I accomplish my dreams while keeping up with the demands of my family, I’m afraid I won’t be able to do both, which means for me, my dream will have to be put on hold, for God only knows how long.

    • We’ll work through questions like that together, girl. While God is a God of dreams, He’s absolutely a God of reality too. He knows the sweet spot where the two can come together to turn into His plan for you {and your family too}. XO

  7. Oh Holley! You are sheer beauty, inside and out. When I stop into this quiet little space, so warm and cozy, I do feel like we’ve had a moment to share dreams and hopes, prayers and burdens. I’m thankful for you … to be a part of the God-size Dream Team. But most of all, I’m grateful to the Giver of Dreams who has also given us you, to come alongside us as we seek the dreams He has placed deep inside us. Much, much love!

  8. Holley, I’ve been feeling so much excitement and anticipation for 2013. God keeps giving me little snippets of dreams, dreams I never would have imagined and I can’t wait to grab on and say yes to God. And then today I see this post…it’s a confirmation. I’m in!

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful heart..you are such a gift.

    Hugs,
    Erin

  9. I love the way you inspire and encourage me! So grateful to be apart of this Team. Thanks for the chance Holley! Can’t wait…

  10. So excited, and nervous, about seeing God-sized dreams play out – thank you for the encouragement!

  11. I am excited about this series, and I will be following along. The part I struggle with is “what if I don’t have a dream?”… Honestly, I see everyone else with these God-sized dream, and I wonder why I don’t have one. I am willing and ready, but my personality seems to be more “down in the trenches/ low-level/ nitty-gritty details” type and have trouble seeing the big picture / dream which is frustrating for me. Maybe I’m not a big dreamer, but I WANT to be…. help?

    • God-sized dreams aren’t about big–they’re about what perfectly fits YOUR heart. So if God has made you a down in the trenches kind of girl then your dream will be that way too. And it’s just as valuable and beautiful as any other. :)

    • Hi, Melanie:

      I wrote to Holley and expressed basically the same thing – I don’t have any dreams. I love being my husband’s wife, and even working together through the struggles with our teen daughter. I, unfortunately, don’t like being a mom sometimes. I have struggled with this for years. It is a hard job. :) I think I am like the description you gave yourself. Wow! It’s nice to know one is not alone. Perhaps we can pray for one another during 2013. Holley’s definition of God-sized helped me a lot. I asked about her definition for dream. We shall see. Maybe there is a problem with how I am defining “dream.” God bless you sweet sister in Christ. May I ask where you live? I live in Wild Wonderful West Virginia.

      • It’s nice to know other women also struggle with being a mom. I love my two kids and have grown a lot but I never thought it would be so hard, and my “dreams” seem to have disappeared since having them. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Thank you, Holley, for such a beautiful, encouraging words! I am looking forward to your Tuesday posts and to pursuing my God-sided dream!

  13. Clink!

    Super excited to dream God-sized dreams with you! My favorite verses are: “With God, all things are possible,” and “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”

    In 2013, I’m saying “no” to satan-sized lies, and “yes” to God’s truth that speaks possibilities beyond the clouds in the skies!!

  14. Cheers! Here’s to 2013… a time of renewal and revelations. I am over the moon about being on this journey with you and the God-sized Dream Team. You know how to pick ‘em, girl! Thank you for your genuine transparency. I am continually touched and inspired by it. Love you!

  15. “Ignoring them means ignoring a core part of your purpose.” So true! And how wonderful that our dreams grow from the seed that God Himself has planted in our hearts. Thank you, Holley for calling out our dreams!

  16. Holley!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I am doing a Holy Ghost dance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This post stirs up everything inside of me!!!!!!!!!!!!! I cannot wait for 2013! I really feel like God has been preparing me for something. I feel like I have SO many dreams and desires that at times seem like they won’t ever come true. I am trying not to cry as I type these words. The thought of those dreams never coming true makes me very sad. I thank you for your passion to see others step into their God-sized dreams and for equipping us with resources to help us grow and walk out those dreams. Know that God will honor you and bless you. I am ALL kinds of grateful for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. “Yes, God, I will pursue what you have for me in 2013.”

    Clink!

  18. Count me in! ” Yes, God, I will pursue what you have for me in 2013.”

  19. Hi Holley,
    I’m so excited to be a part of your God-sized Dream Team! And nervous too. :) I feel like my God-sized dream started a year and a half ago. So sometimes I wonder what I’m doing here. (sorry, just being honest.) But I feel like there’s more to come. I’ve learned that God opens amazing doors where He wants us to go…but He doesn’t tell us where till He says it’s time. While we’re waiting, though, He’s preparing us. :) To write about my God-sized dream, I will have to go back and talk about how He’s brought me this far.

    Here’s to God-sized dreams and our 2013 journey!!

    Blessings,
    Laura

  20. You bring the coffee, I’ll bring the peppermint cake pops :)

  21. Sounds wonderful! I’m in :)

  22. Sure Holley. I’m in.

  23. I’m in! 2013 is going to bring a lot of changes with it, and I want my focus to be on God’s direction for the year. Looking forward to what God has to reveal to all of us!

  24. SQUEEEEEE! Yes, 2013 is the year to step out and open up those gifts God has given us and share them joyfully with the world. It feels like everything I have been doing, all the ground I have been preparing, has been for these very seeds. Really looking forward to the next six months, Holley! Thanks so much for following your God sized dreams and encouraging us in ours!

  25. I’m even more delighted to know that coffee will be a part of these Dream Team Tuesdays!! :) My heart is full of excitement and anticipation of the year 2013 and I’m amazed at how God has already given me glimpses into what He has planned for me!! I CAN’T WAIT!!!

  26. So grateful for all of you, beautiful God-sized Dream girls! Looking forward to what’s ahead for us. :)

  27. As I am really getting honest about my dreams, I am finding that the fear factor is major- which is also how I know that these dreams are from God and not my own desires. If it was up to me, I would be tucking tail and running for the hills! Thank you, Holley, for the peace and healing you have already helped me find; now, I am ready to get real about those dreams.

  28. Clink. I’m drinking my cup of tea now. So excited for the new year and what God has in store for all of us with open hearts to HIM!

  29. I just preordered via Amazon. This couldn’t come at a more perfect time. 2013 will find me leaving my job of 21 years and finally stepping into what I think God has been calling me to for a long while. Scared, excited, overwhelmed….I raise my cup and bow my knees!

  30. I look forward to the ebook on January 1st and beginning the devotional journey. I have felt as you described “empty and restless” often over the last 2 or 3 months. None of my hobbies have even been fulfilling or enjoyable as before. I’ve felt that I wanted to be a part of something… something that will impact lives and TRULY make a difference… and not necessarily on a grand scale. I pray that this is this beginning of a GOD-sized dream for my life.

  31. My dream is just to be alive so that my children don’t have to go through the ppain of loosing their mother. While struggling with some very significant medical problems, I’ve realized I have no ability to control or work on my dream to ensure it comes true

    • Chris, I don’t know you, but I have a very small inclination of what it must be like to wear the shoes of someone who loves you. I have a very beautiful dream myself. And that is that the man whom I love with all my heart, second to God and Him only, be cured of leukemia so that I can spend the rest of my life serving him like the king he is. I’m asking God for a miracle you know. I’ll ask for one for you too. Sounds like you need it. If God sees fit for him to be cured by the recent transplant and the heavy chemo he’s now enduring, then I will sure find it easier to write a story so unbelievable it may very well sell. Crazier things have been known to happen. =) I believe God is the same yesterday, today and FOREVER. He still does miracles. And His will can always still always be trusted. He loves us. God bless you!

      • I read all your posts and share them on Facebook with my sisters in Christ, we really enjoy them and learn to be open to God-sized dreams! Keep up the good works, you are an inspiration to women! I am excited about 2013 God-sized Dreams! Thank you very much! You are a instrument of the Lord and I will continue to follow your posts!

        Thank you,
        Sherry

    • Praying for you now, Chris.

  32. I rarely comment but I always show up for your encouragement. Thanks for your continual reminders to keep dreaming. Too often past disappointment hinders me from dreaming about the future. Here’s to a 2013 of less fearing and more dreaming.

  33. This is going to be exciting! Here’s to closing out 2012 in a way to make the most of 2013 …

  34. Thank you Holley for your inspiration. I’ve been reading your posts for the last couple of years and I am just so amazed at how God has transformed my life since I stumbled upon your site. I will be getting married in 12 days (huge change) and hopefully my husband and I will be able to make a move to a state with a better job market. There are mixed feelings about my career right now, yet maybe God has given me these feelings as a way to help lead me down a different path. I am so very excited to be a part of your challenge to live a God-sized dream! Thank you for inspiring me to be the best person God has made me to be.

  35. Christina Baker says:

    Looking forward to this new series. Blessings to you Holley

  36. Thanks, Holley, This will be an adventure that I look forward to. May you and yours have a blessed Christmas. I feel like this will add the focus that I need to pursue my God sized dream. Thanks again.

  37. Holley, this post is an answer to prayer! In 2012, I thought I had everything lined up and ready to go, according to MY plans. Then God and life intervened. To keep the list short, we partnered with a SIL to help care for my husband’s brother as he lost his life to a rare and rapid dementia in less than 18 months. Just the week before he died, our oldest child, a son, announces he is having surgery for ruling out testicular cancer. Friday the news came that it is a malignancy. In this mix, our son’s stepdaughter and her 4- and 1-year old children moved back home with our son and his wife as husband/daddy decided he no longer wanted to be married (short version: another woman). Needless to say, everything I was going to accomplish and I felt truly for the glory of God went on the back burner. Both of my blogs are silent now, my book is on hold, I feel this strange longing to just go back to being a wife and mother . . . I don’t know what I’m to be about.

    I just preordered the 21-day ebook, and I’m anxious for January 1 to roll around. I feel certain God holds great possibilities for me and all of us for the coming year. Thanks again for a much needed post.

  38. This is true confirmation on what my husband and I discussed earlier.
    Thank you Holley for your encouragement! I am ready for this new series, 2013, and my For-sized dreams. :)

  39. I also raise my teacup to you! I am excited to be on this journey with you and making Tuesday a tea date with you and God. So”Yes, God, I will pursue what you have for me in 2013.” Blessings – Patty

  40. Hi, Holley! Clink, clink (a double one for you and me) :)
    A beautiful new phrase and thought, “God-sized dreams”.
    My reality is finding those to know my better purpose in life.
    I have been praying for signs, revelations. My limited health condition
    constrained me to do regular company work so if God has those huge
    dreams for me, I am wondering and excited, too! Even while God is saying
    that I have the gift of time to attend to family chores, flexibility to get medical
    consultations & treatments, build and nurture more relationships and rest,
    God is also the one providing me help and hope on my challenging present time
    and undetermined future. I am learning to live day by day.
    Moreso, moment by moment to notice tiny but valuable miracles. Thanks, Holley.

  41. Holly,
    What a blessing you are, and will be to those of us who are ready to join you in 2013. I have journeyed through 2012 learning to be at peace with God’s plan for me, though I struggle with much. I am not sure what I would even dream for. Sad, but hoping you, your blog and community will help me discover my God-sized dream.

  42. What do I want for 2013? To be able to say, “Yes, God, I will pursue what you have for me in 2013.”

    So yes. This. There is a huge God sized dream brewing inside. Looking for how to understand it.

  43. Rachel Robinson says:

    I am ready to open my heart 100% in 2013 and see the great things he has in store for me.

  44. Yes, Holly count me in also.

    I will join the “Do What You Can Plan” and I have ordered three of your books due out in March 2013: “You’re Made for a God-sized Dream: Opening the Door to All God Has for You” for my sister and her best friend, Valerie. I have been buying your books in triplicate for a while now, and I keep hearing what a blessing your words are to others!

    I am absolutely am ready to leave not only 2012 behind, but most of my 55 years with all of the disappointments, setbacks, failures, and let-downs, and press on toward the God-sized dream He has for me and has already put in my heart!

    I will give you a hint: My dream, since 2005, is to vest all police and military dogs… by vesting-a-dog-a-day… I’ve personally vested two dogs in the last decade, and that’s not enough. I don’t know how God will help me reach my goals or accomplish my dreams (I also have some pressing health issues to overcome), but I am putting it out there “out loud” and stepping out on faith.

    Thank you for being here for all of us each and every week.
    Margaret

    • The song is silent.... says:

      Thanks Margaret. I’ve been reading this post & comments with tears streaming down my face. I can’t think of ANY of my dreams that have been fulfilled in my lifetime. Only dashed and crushed. Rejection. I didn’t feel anything would be different for 2013 since here I am, in my mid 50s, with nothing left to dream for. I read these and thought that since most of these comments are probably youngish, it sure doesn’t relate to me.
      Then I read your comment, and at 55 you still have a dream! Even when most of your years were all disappointment, setbacks, failure and yet you STILL have a dream! Maybe I can dream too. Maybe I can still have hope.
      I’m just praying that these empty, barren years and years will somehow or someway not be wasted. It just kills me to think it would be for nothing.
      Thanks for your encouragement. I press on.

      • I can be of help to you,i can pregeant you,and you will born a baby boy or girl this 2013 i give you my word,believe me i can be at help to u,i am a nigeria,i leaved in anambra state,am a student at (ansu) anambra state university,reading chemical engineering,i am God image on earth to help u,to let you no that God sized dream has answer your praying,claim it this new year ur pain and sorrow lies on ur court

  45. It sounds like a positive growth time even if it’s only in your own family. I could use something positive.

  46. I am excited! Thanks, Holley!

  47. Regina Johnson says:

    Holley, thank you alowing God to you. I would love to be a part of this, because I could use this in my life. I need more in 2013!

  48. Can not wait to be part of the 2013 God-sized dreams and to see what plans He has in store for me.

  49. Looking forward to your books and blogs from the Dream Team! Here’s to following God-sized dreams in 2013 and finding lots of “little tiny good things” along the way! :-)

  50. Amen Sister Holley. It seems God just spoke the words that were in my heart over the last couple of days and months too.

    Yes, I will wait to see how God leads me in 2013. I join my heart to yours by faith believing for all of us to walk as He leads us ……..

    blessings
    elizabeth mumbai india

  51. robin jurovich says:

    I am in!

  52. Count me in… I’m ready.

  53. Dearest Holley!

    Count me in! I’m so excited for this new journey in 2013! My husband and I have a lot of hurdles to get over next year. He was just diagnosed with chronic kidney failure and starts dialysis on Dec. 31. We have been married forty years and have been through so much together. He is my best friend. I have fibromyalgia, chronic pain and fatigue, but we both know that God has bigger better plans for us. We have four adult children and 2 grandkids. 2013 is all about keeping our home and getting our health back. No dream is too big or too small for our wonderful God!
    Lisa

  54. Thanks Holley,

    I am holding my cup up to clink even now! I am so ready!!!

    Bleesings,

    Lily

  55. Oooooh Holly, it’s so wonderful to hear from you. I am lifting my coffee cup up for a clink! I hope some day to do that in person…..but for now dear friend, I hold it up with you in mind. :)
    I am working on those dreams even as I write this–yay! Thanks.

  56. I raise my mug, a whole gamut of feelings washing over and swirling in my heart and head and clink, my mug with yours.
    I recently said yes to something big, too big for me, scares me yet deep inside, I know God never meant for me to do it alone. There has been so many reassurances from places I never dreamt to look for them. Places from without and places within me, lessons learnt from the past. God is good!

    Notes from my Quiet Time from a couple of years ago came back to me –
    When we obey God, it is going to cost other people more than it costs us and that is where the pain begins. If we are in love with God, obedience to Him is a delight. But to those who do not love Him, our obedience costs a great deal. It will mean that other people’s plans are upset. We could prevent the suffering, but not if we are obedient to God. We must let the cost be paid. When our obedience begins to cost others, our human pride entrenches itself and we refuse to accept anything from anyone. But we must, or we disobey God.
    When we obey God, He will care for those who suffered the consequences of our obedience. We must simply obey and leave all consequences on Him.

    Thank you Holley, for being an encouragement. I am looking forward to joining you.

  57. Holley, Wow! Yes. Count me in. This past year transition was
    so so difficult, but, I knew God was calling me to learn of the pathway
    to God-sized dreams. I had to let go guilt, past failures, though not even
    Understanding – I am now more at peace than ever ever. You had mentioned
    this past year about: God-sized dreams, I struggled, I gave up on everyone
    I made God-sized thoughts that equipped & plans all the way to knowing
    I made the first steps, although, it took more faith than I ever had had,
    And the Lord I have always known, said: he has God sized dreams unfolding
    .. And I’m on first base, count me in!

  58. Clinking my coffee mug with yours! I can’t wait! In the past two months God size dreams have become a reality in my life and I can’t wait for more. I am excited to join you in 2013.

  59. Yes!
    I totally want to follow God size dreams for me. He has done a mighty work preparing me this fall and I am clearing space on Mondays for whatever that is, the idea is shaping up but not yet clear.
    Thank you, I would so love the steps you outline, and the community, God is timing it perfectly!
    I thank God for you Holley!

  60. Co Lawalata says:

    Yes I Will join in, I am so excited. This year was very difficult for my familie but still I trust God for each and every day
    God is good and fully to be trusted

  61. Thank you for the encouragement Holley. God bless you:)

  62. Yes I want to join in a God sized dream He has Healed me from cronic depression and I’m searching for the new me.

  63. leanne Duncan says:

    Hey Holley, could you hear the clinking in Taipei, lol, maybe not it is quite a ways away… anyhow, ‘clink’ I’m in … roll on January’s Tuesday, SO excited for what God will reveal and empower through your insights shared in the new book and throughout 2013 posts, along with the friends you’ve gathered to post and speak into the journey. Q 4 U will ‘you’re made for a God sized dream:opening the door to all God has for you’ be available on kindle at the sametime (some books are not released on kindle at the sametime)
    blessings of joy over you and those you love for Christmas

  64. leanne Duncan says:

    Hey Holley, could you hear the clinking in Taipei, lol, maybe not it is quite a ways away… anyhow, ‘clink’ I’m in … roll on January’s Tuesday, SO excited for what God will reveal and empower through your insights shared in your new book and throughout 2013 posts, along with the friends you’ve gathered to post and speak into the journey. Q 4 U will ‘you’re made for a God sized dream:opening the door to all God has for you’ be available on kindle at the sametime (some books are not released on kindle at the sametime)
    blessings of joy over you and those you love for Christmas

  65. Holley,

    What do you think of systems like the Myers Briggs personality theory for determining personality strengths and possible talents and direction in life. I would appreciate hearing your view. I so want to fulfill my potential and be the person God made me to be. Sometimes I don’t know where to start.

  66. I am raising my cup way up high Holley! and thanks for the constant encouragement. Whenever I come here, my spirit is lifted;no matter what I may be going through. This year has been especially tough but in the same vein, I have also experienced God on a whole new and deeper level and I am glad to say that I feel closer to him than I have in ages. I finally also graduated! it has been a long struggle so you see, I have so much to be greatful for!

    I am looking forward to 2013 with a renewed hope in Christ because I know that with Him,no dream is too BIG! And boy! do I have huge ones! So we definitely have dates…..happy holidays!

  67. Judy Layton says:

    Morning friend,
    Thank you for your constancy in encouraging all our hearts Holley. I’m excited for you and all who will be a part of Dream Big Tuesdays.

    I’m in! Be blessed! Hugs

  68. Hey, I’m in too. I think this will be what I need. That little “push” or “nudge”. My one dream is one that involves other people, but…. who knows, God might have a “different” dream for me too. Thank YOU for guiding us along this NEW, EXCITING path! God Bless You !

  69. Count me in!

  70. When I was younger, I remembered that I used to dream a lot and sometimes as adults we loose this beautiful experience. I think that faith and hope lead you to dream, and to have in your life dreams that show the love of God it is so woderful, so I think that is going to be a great experience to be in this amazing dream.

  71. Yes,
    I miss my study groups and I am excited for a virtual one. God has been working with me for a while to get me to the point where I can say yes.

  72. I’m ready for God sized dreams! I am ready to let go of stress and problems and tears. I am ready to build my faith, listen for God’s voice, and embrace a life of joy.

  73. Thanks Holley! I think I will join you.

  74. Taking a deep breath…. Count me in.
    Clinking cups across the ocean :)

  75. Im so excited I will order the Journal today…..I think this is a wonderful idea….I’m ready to get closer to GOD!! I think God for you!!!

  76. Goodness, I just wanted to say how grateful I am to have been reestablished with your blog in this timing. I don’t know but I feel as if God is prepping me for something, and it may simply be to stay where I am doing what I am doing, but I am looking forward to this series.

  77. I’m in! Whatever God wants for me in 2013, I want. Lord help me to do your will with all that is within me. Surrender is Victory.

    Thank you.. looking forward to God Sized Dreams.

  78. This is perfect timing for me and where I am in my daily walk with Him. I’m excited and can’t wait for God-sized Dreams for 2013!!

  79. My husband and I have both sensed God moving us to changes in 2013, but we don’t know what. This sounds like the perfect opportunity to explore what that might be! Thank you, Holley–your writings have been an inspiration and encouragement to me for several years, and I love your heart that you show to us in your writing.

  80. Count me in,thanks for your inspiration.Less fearing and more dreaming:-) in 2013!

  81. God’s timing is not our timing and it couldn’t be more clear to me today. I have been pleaing with God about getting “unstuck in 2013″. I need to be able to dream again, His dreams not mine. I need to let go of the negative comments that have made their way to my ears, I need to let go and let God take over my life, my dreams and His ministry. I am a vessel reading to move forward! Thank you for this challenge and resource.

  82. I can’t Wait, this sounds so exciting,. to look forward to my God sized dreams, Blessings to you

  83. Beth Horvath says:

    I definitely am in and am excited about launching God-sized dreams. Love your column! Merry Christmas to you and your family. Here’s to 2013!

  84. I too am holding my empty coffee cup high & clinking it with yours & a loud “YES”! I have been struggling with this exact subject & have sought the Lord with many questions & think maybe fear has been my biggest hurdle. I am so excited to know that there are many more women of God struggling with the same issues & am blessed to be a part of this amazing opportunity. Thank you Holley!

  85. Yes, I say “yes” with all my heart to everything you have said. And I’m dying to see what God will do for each one of us.
    Be blessed, in Jesus name.

  86. I am so excited and honored to be apart of the God-size Dream Team :) I can’t wait to see how God works in all of our dreams and lives in the coming months!

  87. Dear Holley,
    I raised my cup of coffee toward the computer and clicked my cup with yours. I want to join in a God sized dream. Iam turnimg 62 next month,have had quite a few surgeries in past few years, Iam recovering from a major elbow surgery right now. This step with you is exciting looking forward to sharing this with you.
    Merry Christmas!!!

  88. Alta Lynn Blake says:

    Yes, Holly count me in!!!
    Alta

  89. Alison Chiles says:

    I started my Gid sized dream in 2012. But I will continue on it in 2013!!
    I also am getting married on the 20 th. another God sized dream fulfilled & progressing onward!

  90. In my humble response I don’t think we can size God?

    God is awesome and no matter what He does for us, He is faithful. Asking for God-sized dreams are only dreams, but when we come to Him with a thankful heart and we truly know Him and trust Him for everything that we ask, according to His will, then know that God will answer. It’s never our timing but His and we need to understand that dreams are great to have but if we don’t ask God what His purpose and plan for our life is, then we are only dreaming for ourselves.

    Let us continually seek His face in prayer now and for the upcoming New Year in order that we may truly know Him and know how much He loves you and me.

  91. Yes Holley, I am ready to pursue my God-Sized Dreams in 2013! I am very excited about following you and your Dream Team as we all pursue what God has planned for us. Can you explain the levels you have working on this project? You will be working directly with your Dream Team ladies, who will be spreading the excitement of the pursuit of God-Sized Dreams, while those of us here, are being encouraged to follow the Dream by “meeting” here on Tuesdays. Have I got that right? Right now I follow 2 authors on their blogs diligently because they are so creative and encouraging. One is Ann Voskamp, and you Holley are the other! You are a blessing to me. Thank you.

  92. I am grateful for this message today and say “YES” to opening myself further to a God-sized dream! This was what I needed to hear today. I feel I have been following a God-sized dream for the past 2 years. I have needed and received encouragement so far, perhaps this is yet another way God is reaching out so that I can persevere with my God-sized dreams. Thank you!

  93. Yes!! I am so glad this has come to your mind! I feel I need the guidance and encouragement to get started in this. I have felt this tugging that I needed to get on my knees and listen for a while now…its time I begin, and not just say it. So, I raise my mug to you Holley, and to everyone else joining. 2013…Let’s go! : )

  94. Hi Holley,

    Sounds exciting! I look forward to dreaming and claiming God’s great promises.

  95. whoo hoo! Here’s to God-sized dreams! *clink*

  96. I’m with you. :)

  97. I’m in. :0)

  98. Stephanie coulter says:

    I dont’ know if God has a place for me but I have this deep deep desire to serve Him in any way. So, yes, I want in!

  99. My heart is so full of joy reading your words as we clink our cups around the world together. Can’t wait to see what God has in store! :)

  100. Yes, please! Something’s gotta change!

  101. Terry Dansin says:

    Yes, been searching for a long time.

  102. Yes God , I will pursue what you have for me in 2013 ! Praying for healing, deliverance , and restoration in relationships and marriages .

  103. I am so ready to do this with you, Holley! About this time last year I began reading your book “You’re Already Amazing”. I was STUCK on Chapter 2 for months!!! I couldn’t complete the Strengths and Skills exercises on pg 25 & 30. I kept trying to read on, but kept going back to those pages, trying over and over again. It wasn’t until I met you this summer and heard you speak at the Blessings Unlimited Conference that I started to get it. Through your encouragement and prayer God revealed to me in a short period of time how to assess my biblical gifts he has given me. Now I see my strenghts and skills clearly because I understand them as gifts from Him to fulfill that God sized dream he wants me to achieve to glorify Him. It’s going to take work, but I’m excited to see God’s best for me unfold as I am able to journey through this along side you and the other encouraging women here. I praise God for your gifts and ask that He continue to bless you so that you can continue to encourage us to live out our purpose. Can’t wait to have coffee with you!

  104. Thank you, Holley, for leading us, and for the cup of tea :) Look forward to reading more of your writing…praying right now that God will guide and bless your words.

  105. Yes! I want God’s best for me and look forward to this journey!

  106. I have been wondering a lot lately about my purpose on earth. Time to start working on this and 2013 is a good year to start!

  107. Pat Hopkins says:

    YES…..what an exciting way to start 2013. I can’t wait to get started. Until the 1st, I am committing to pray for an open teachable heart!

  108. Hi, Holley! Thank you for sharing your definition of “God-sized.” It does scare me and I really don’t have any dreams. So how do you define dream? Just wondering. I just finished reading a Compassion International blog entry about choosing, or asking God for, a word for 2013. I believe my word will be “cling.” That has always intrigued me, and I shall look into its meaning further. I will also look at the scriptural uses of the word. In these days and times one must cling to God, Jesus our Savior, and to His Holy Spirit. :) God bless you richly!

    Because of Jesus…

  109. Inspired by you as always, Holley. Please count me in! I don’t yet know what it will look like but I want to pursue a God-sized dream for my life in 2013. Somehow, I trust that God will supply the strength, energy and purpose to pursue this as I launch into the unknown future He has planned. Feeling excited – with a large helping of trepidation too – to be joining you on this journey! I long for different. The last few years have been painful and challenging. God asked me a few years ago if I was ready to leave Egypt behind in order to enter the Promised Land He had ready for me. Now feels like the right time to take the plunge..one baby step at a time. So pleased to have company on the journey. :)

  110. I already know that 2013 will be a year of change for me, as I am 5 months pregnant with the miracle child that doctors didn’t think would ever happen. After nearly a decade of prayers and tears, it seems that in May, I will give birth to a little bundle of joy and my husband and I’s lives will change forever. :-D God is good.

  111. MostPreferred says:

    Sure Holley! I’m earnestly interested in this. I’ll humble myself at Ur feet and listen to what God has to say to me through. God will increase Ur knowledge of His word.

  112. Wanting and taking the courage to dream again

  113. Leyo Sanchez says:

    I would like to take this journey with you. Here’s to 2013 and beyond!

  114. I gave away my copy of “You’re Already Amazing,” and I’m still wrestling with the idea that I am. So here’s to 2013, God’s word, and figuring out if the dreams I have are ethereal or eternal :)

  115. Sal Williams says:

    Bless you Holley…..2013 is gonna make me a grandma (due on Jan 12th)and I look forward to that!
    Your letters and books have inspired me and made me wanna be the woman He created me for. I will look forward to your posts on Tuesdays and pray for you as you use your gift of writing to inspire and encourage us to be what we were meant to be.

    Have a blessed Christmas and may HE awaken in our hearts hope amid the sadness around us as we have good news to share.

    love
    sal (Sri Lanka)

  116. Hi Holley,
    Count me in!! I am so looking forward to joining everyone on this journey.
    Merry Christmas and may God bless you abundantly as you lead us in this endeavor in the
    New Year!

  117. Wendy Lyon says:

    My husband and I talked yesterday and are in there with you on this. He is usually somewhat critical of women authors who write “for women”, but when he read some of the things you wrote, he said, “There is nothing in there that is exclusive to women. We could all use this encouragement to glorify God with our lives.”

  118. Adrienne Urbanski says:

    I am looking forward to this journey starting in January. I recently feel as though I am either being squeezed or pulled. Not knowing where God is leading me in my ministry.
    Today I was thinking about how God has never let me go.

    Back when I was a young girl our mittens were always connected to a string so that we did not lose them. But today as I spend time with the Lord I say that I am thankful that my strings are connected to Jesus. I know that He will never lose sight of me or ever let me go.

  119. Hi Holley,
    I can’t wait to get started…Thank you so much for doing this!! and for showing others the way…I want to discover the God-sized dream for me…too long been afraid, to trust…to believe that such a thing could be possible…to think that HE would have any use for me…to believe that I am good enough! I want to surrender my life to Him and watch Him lead me places I would never have dared imagine!
    Have a wonderful Christmas and blessings galore for the New Year!
    much LOVE,
    Anouchka

  120. *clink*

    This is exactly what God has been speaking to my heart, reminding me of who I am and what I was created to do and offer the world. So thank you for the confirmation! :) I have already made steps toward pursuing my God-sized dream in the new year and am glad to know I won’t be the only one. I’ll admit to feeling both scared and excited, but with an undercurrent of peace as I see how God has led me here and am reminded that the best decisions in my life have all felt the same way.

  121. Mary Kate Wilson says:

    Holley, you are an amazing woman. I am so blessed by everything you give to all of us. I’m ready and excited about this God-sized journey. 2013 is the year of being intentional and saying no, so I can say yes to what really matters. You’ve been a huge part of getting me to that point. I am grateful. So I raise my mug to you! Merry Christmas and bring on the new year! MK

  122. Hi Holley! Thank you for this opportunity, you are God send to me, he speaks to me through you. Your articles are a source of encouragement and inspiration in our daily lives. I read you in Dubai United Arab Emirates. May God bless you and your team abundantly in 2013 and beyond.

  123. GOD -Sized Dream for 2013. I would like to take this journey as well. I had learned some years ago that I had to come out of the box…Because GOD isn’t in a Box. I have Dreams that I would like to continue to pursue in Jesus Christ name. Thanks Holly. Agape! :)

  124. Hi Holley and friends,

    I found your post through a link on The Generous Wife and I’m happy I did. I have a question though: I’m pregnant for the first time and due in the summer and I feel like so much of my time (at least the time that I’m awake, which seems like very little these days) is devoted to dreaming and planning for our new little babe. Is it the easy answer to say that my God-sized dream in 2013 is to be able to navigate this new stage of our lives while still being an excellent wife to my excellent husband and not getting so frazzled over the daily realities of pregnancy and caring for a newborn that I forget the really important things? I’m going to do a lot of praying in the next week, but I think that God may being telling this chronic over-achiever to just do her absolute best at this seemingly oh-so-average task. Does anyone have any thoughts?

  125. phyllis hargrove says:

    My God size dream for 2013 is to be married to a Godly man!!

  126. Brenda Miller says:

    I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the God-Sized Dream Team posts. For some time, I had stopped dreaming, and to be honest, I had given up on the promises of God being real of me. Sickness seemed to be the only reality in my life and in my husband’s life. However, in the past couple of weeks, I have come to realize how very much my attitude and my failure to put my full faith in the Word of God has been affecting my health and that of my husband. So I have recommitted my life to Christ and to surrendering myself completely to His will for me, trusting in His healing touch and in His every Word of Truth, including ALL of His promises found in His Word for me. So I am ready to claim His healing in my life in physically, spiritually, and in every way, and I am ready to dream big and to walk in the glorious Light of my Lord Jesus Christ and whatever He has for me in 2013, believing with all of my heart that it is going to be beautiful because He is Beautiful! Therefore, I am onboard and looking forward to joining in with all of you here at the God-Sized Dream Team, and I thank you, each and every one, for sharing your heart! May God bless you richly in 2013 as He envelops you in His amazing Love! Amen.

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