You have but one role: Let God grow the dream.

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Every dream starts small. It’s a seed that first sprouts in thoughts and conversations, quiet moments and glimpses of a vision, late-night prayers and early-morning hopes. It has to fight through the dirt and dark when believing is not yet seeing.

Then it finds its way to the daylight, throws itself toward the sky and audaciously dares to add more beauty than you ever saw coming. It becomes so strong and wild you can hardly imagine that it might not have been. All you can do is point and say with a bit of awe in your voice, “Look what God did.”

That’s how I feel about the dream of (in)courage. For the sixth time the writers gathered as a group last weekend. Wildflowers. Wallflowers. Word women. In the Nester’s barn with twinkle lights hanging over us and stars scattered above us, we shared our hearts. Laughter. Tears. Hopes. Fears.

(in)courage group pic by The Nester

(in)courage group pic by The Nester

When we finished, I thought of all that’s transpired since we first met each other. One of us in heaven. Babies born. Books too. Nonprofits hatching like eggs. Kids flown from the nest. Hellos, good-byes, prayers requests, praises. Lives touched. Differences made. Words changing the world.

I never could have foreseen it all. But God did. You may be staring at a dream the size of a mustard seed and asking, “Can this really do any good?” And I want to lean in and whisper, “Oh, yes. Only God can see the heart, the breadth, the depth, the glory, the power inside. It’s said a sprout has the force to crack concrete wide open. Who are you to hold it back?”

And here’s the magnificent secret: Once you release it that seed will take on a life of its own. It will grow in ways that astound you, reach places your feet could never touch, defy the world with a loveliness that makes you want to drop to your knees in the dirt and lift your hands in praise.

You have but one role: Let God grow the dream.

It’s both harder and simpler than it sounds. I’m reminded of that as I exchange final hugs with my (in)courage sisters. I wonder what the next year–the next fifty {long live the dream}–might bring for us.

And I realize all over again: Only God knows. Just as He alone knows what unseen wonder a single seed, one little dream, can hold.


Holley Gerth

p.s. Thank you to Lisa-Jo Baker for faithfully leading and growing (in)courage for the past five years. Well done. And thank you to DaySpring for bringing the writers together each year as well as all the ways you support the ongoing dream of (in)courage.


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I like humans, words, and good coffee. And I’d love to help you beat what’s holding you back, become all you’re created to be, and kick butt for the greater good.

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