A Letter to a Fellow Dreamer

Dear Alia,

I remember the first day I read your words.  Remember the way each letter danced their way into my heart.  I remember how I sank deep into my couch as a pathway out of my fear opened up before me.  Reading your words was like a coming home for my heart, a returning to my First Love. The walls of doubt came crumbling down as God whispered each phrase into my ear and I felt His love and the freedom of His Son, Jesus Christ, strip away my anger and replace it with a wavering and shaky faith.

I remember how I whispered my dreams in a timid voice in your comments section.  Tried them on for size to see if they fit and how your comment back to me was like a flaming arrow that ignited a passion and a fire that I didn’t know could exist inside of me. That encouragement was all that I needed to straighten my knees and begin a journey that has blessed me beyond measure.

So today friend, today I want to lift you up and tell you that you are a gift.  That you are a huntress of truth and a fighter for dreams.  The way in which you strip your heart and lay your soul bare and allow others to finger the edges of your pain has brought healing and life.  The way you fan the flame of passion that God ignites in your bones inspires others to begin a quest of truth and passion. 

God has placed you where you are for a reason.  He has give you this voice for a reason and today I feel like I want to stand on the tallest mountain top and shout “Alia Joy God is telling me to tell you…

“Well done, my good and faithful servant…” (Matthew 25:21).

So thank you friend for listening to God, for turning your face to Him and writing your heart because He has used you to speak life to the dreams I thought long buried. 

Love and hugs

God-Sized Button  Linking up with Holley Gerth today as we share letters of encouragement to our dear Dream Sisters…. 


  1. How awesome to find a friend that can bring God into focus for us. Glad you found her.

  2. Some days we just need to tell our friends what a gift they are to us…you did that so well, my friend. What a blessing God has given you in her friendship! I am sure she will be so blessed and encouraged by your words! Wishing you a wonderful week, my friend! 🙂

  3. Oh yes! This is so beautiful 🙂

  4. You have no idea how much this blessed me today. I have been feeling a bit crushed under the weight of life just as I came home from Jumping Tandem all lifted up. It seems there is so much I want to say, to write, and I am floundering a bit in life and haven’t been able to get there. I know God has seasons but this week has been rough for me. I feel a bit like I’m running underwater and my progress is slowed by so much resistance. Anyhow, that’s me babbling on and on. I just don’t think I have words to say how much this blessed me. I don’t have words to say how much I needed this, right now, today. I don’t have words to say how much I love you, friend, and how thankful I am that these simple words were used by God in your life. I love you. That is all.

    • I know that feeling, like the words are caught somewhere between your brain and your fingers – you know they’re there but they just can’t come out – I am so glad, so glad that when I read the charge over at Holley’s spot I heard God whisper you name to me… I love you… and well I’m afraid I might bowl you over when I finally get to hug that neck in person and breathe the same air that you breathe… God is good friend… so, so good!

  5. ohhhh man…….this is what connecting/ fellowship/ community is all about. The spurring of each other on. The iron sharpens iron. The giving honour where honour is due. You ladies rock.

    • Fiona – thank you for your encouragement here… I love how you speak your heart… I wish I could hear your voice because somehow I think I would just want to sit at your feet and listen all day!

  6. Amen! God is doing such beautiful things through you both. Today, may you both be encouraged by his love, by the redemption happening right where you are. And that he chooses you both to speak words that build up, bring life and hope…hallelujah! This was such a wonderful tribute, Tonya.

  7. I love this oh so much Tonya… Oh. So. Much! Alia knows how I tend to gush whenever I even think about talking of the awesomeness that God has placed in her heart and how it just flows out all over everything that is dry and parched… so I won’t even go there… but you – you my friend are so overflowing with honor and grace and His love… it also just spills out in every post you write and it gets all over everything too! Blessed to call you both friends!

  8. For all the bad things we can say about the internet, the connection you and Alia have made proves that God can bring good into all things. This letter is such a sweet testimony. Thanks for sharing.

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