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Mar 31, 2011

Sometimes Dreams Really Do Come True....

Today is a day that I will probably remember for the rest of my life.

Have you ever sent a prayer up and wondered if it would ever really be heard?  I know sometimes I've wondered.  I mean, there are billions of people in the world & tragedies around every corner.  Sometimes I've wondered if my prayers were so insignificant that I was wasting God's time... pulling his focus from something that really mattered.


Time and time again, I'm reminded of how much I underestimate God's love.  (If you've been a follower of my blog for a while, you might have read about some of my story here.)  Today is proof, once again, that God really does care about our everyday lives... and the things that we hold in our hearts are not insignificant to Him.


So... let me rewind just a little bit.  This part of my story started many years ago when a group of my crafty friends & I were chatting about our ambitions and dreams.  I told them that my biggest dream would be to work for Paper Crafts Magazine... but still be able to create.  At the time, I'm sure it sounded completely absurd.  I'm glad they didn't laugh at me (at least not in front of my face.)  ;)  I just tucked my dream inside my heart, where it stayed for a really long time.


Fast forward a couple of years.  :)  When I designed my blog, I decided to tuck a little verse up in the corner of my header.  (Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.  Psalm 37:4)  I had almost forgotten about it until a few months ago when I received a card in the mail from a familiar return address.  I opened it up (expecting to find a Christmas card) and my eyes just about popped out of my head!  It was a message from Paper Crafts Magazine, asking me if I would like to 'audition' for a position as a Go-to Gal (which is basically a role as a contributing editor.)


A few weeks ago, I received a phone call from the editors of the magazine and they told me that I had made the cut!  I can't remember much more about the phone call & the rest was mostly a blur.  I just remember my heart sending up a quick little prayer saying, "Seriously?!?  God... you heard me???  Out of all the billions of important prayers that are said around the world, you cared about my one little dream?"  I'm not going to lie.  I cried.  ;)  I still tear up when I think about it.


Am I more talented than other people with dreams like this?  Absolutely not.  I know that I have been blessed.  Thank you so much to all of you who have supported & inspired me over the years.  My prayer is that your dreams come true one day too.  :)

72 comments :

  1. Congratulations sweetie so happy and excited for you...well sone, you deserve it! Sweet hugs, :) x

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  2. Julie, I love this story of your blessed wish ;)
    I'm so looking forward to seeing your Go-to creations, and most of all, keep dreaming!
    Hugs, Ruth S

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  3. Congrats! HUGE Congrats! I cannot think of anyone more deserving! Big hugs!

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  4. Congratulations Julie! SOOO excited for you! You are going to make a fabulous Go-to Gal!

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  5. Congrats Julie! I am looking forward to hearing more from you on the Papercrafts blog. Your blog is lovely, I love the name and your great paper craft work. Blessings from Australia

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  6. a huge congrats, julie!! enjoy!

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  7. HUGE congrats Julie! You are so deserving of such an opportunity. Can't wait to see more of you in print :)

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  8. so happy you are a God girl, too! He is GOOD! hugs hugs hugs

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  9. You are 'that' talented. I love your work. Congrats!!!!

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  10. <--verklempt... Julie... I'll just have to call you later. I don't want to write a sappy ole novel here on your blog! So proud of you! Wishing you the sweetest of congratulations!!! P.S. I almost never look at my google reader this early in the morning. P.P.S. NO WONDER YOU'VE BEEN ON MY MIND!

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  11. so happy to see your dream come true, what a beautiful story! Congratulations!!!

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  12. Rejoice in an answered prayer. Congratulations! May God bless this new journey in your life!!

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  13. Ahhhhhh! ( insert jumping up and down )... Ahhhhh!!! I am so happy happy for you Julie.. so well deserved, I am a big fan!! Oh my goodness.. I love when dreams come true. God is everywhere and always listening even though it might be a small dream it is surely a life changing one.. Congrats, I am so happy and proud of you!! Yippee!!
    Dreams do come true.. this year I so believe this.. he listened and granted me my wishes.Have a wonderful day!! hugs.

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  14. Julie, I am so excited for you! Congratulations! You will be a wonderful Go-To Gal! I can't wait to see your smiling face on the first pages of the magazine!

    Big hugs, silly grin and happy dance!

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  15. Your post has me welling up with tears! CONGRATULATIONS to you and I am so happy that your dream came true :) Enjoy every minute of it!

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  16. woohoo! Julie!!! congrats girlfriend!!! so happy for you and PC couldn't have picked a better person!! awesome!

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  17. Congratulations, Julie! I'm SO thrilled for you!!!

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  18. Yes indeed....God cares about everything you do. I firmly believe that. I am so happy for you and know you will be an awesome Go To Girl and I am so happy for us who will get to benefit from your amazing talent! Congratulations!

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  19. So deserving. SO talented. SO sweet...I could not be more THRILLED!!! You have been one of my fav crafters of all time and I am very excited for you to take on this new roll. Congratulations Julie from the bottom of my heart. ROCK IT OUT girlfriend!!!

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  20. Oh how AWESOME! Congratulations, Julie! I am so, so happy for you!

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  21. Congratulations, Julie! So happy for you!!! I have been reminded so many times that if we just have faith and leave it up to God, he will bless us in ways we can't even imagine!! Can't wait to see your contributions to Paper Crafts! :)

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  22. So very VERY happy for you, Julie! Sending along the BIGGEST congratulatory hug EVER! :)

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  23. When I heard that Maren was leaving, I thought to myself - JULIE would be a PERFECT go-to gal. No lie. To me, it is an obvious choice for them, you make BEAUTIFUL creations Julie and you know.... I LOVE that verse, and I am reminded of it often. God does care about our daily lives and gives us the desires of our hearts. From one blessed chick to another, congratulations Julie! So well deserved.

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  24. Congratulations on your dream coming true! :-) Best wishes.

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  25. congrats Julie!! You totally deserve to be there!! Glad you tucked your dream away and held on to it!! :)

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  26. We serve an amazing God don't we!? He does give us the desires of his hear!! What a WONDERFUL blessing!! This has been a dream of mine since I was in college. I am so proud of you and so excited to see your work featured! What a great testimony!

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  27. Great big congrats to you!

    (-: Heidi

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  28. So touched by your words. I am so excited for you to join the team! Really, really looking forward to working with and getting to know you, Julie! CONGRATS!!

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  29. Congratulations Julie! I look forward to seeing more of you! YAY!!

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  30. I cannot believe you've been holding all this awesome information inside! BIG CONGRATS TO YOU! I honestly can't think of a more deserving person!

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  31. Congratulations, Julie... I know you will love it!

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  32. Oh my gosh - so excited and happy for you! I love your work and know you will be a fabulous Go-To Gal!

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  33. Being a true Paper Crafts fan, welcome to the team!! I'm so very happy for you!!

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  34. Congratulations! Very well deserved! You will do a great job. So happy for you :)

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  35. God is so good! A huge congrats, Julie!

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  36. OH MY GOODNESS JULIE!!!!!!!
    A HUGE congrats to you!!!
    EEEK, I'm so excited for you :) :)
    It's so great that we have a God who cares deeply about our dreams :)

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  37. Congratulations to you!! I follow along and have loved your cards and style. This could have not happened to a better person!!

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  38. Congrats for you Julie!! I have been a follower of your blog for awhile. So very happy for you.

    Marcy H.

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  39. I struggle with that too (is God even LISTENING?). I've been praying for the same things for 19 years.....maybe I should ask YOU to pray for me...

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  40. Congratulations, Julie! I'm so happy for you! Dreams do come true! :)

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  41. Congratulations, Julie!! I am so excited and thrilled for you, girl!! Sending big hugs!! ☺

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  42. Congratulations! I'm so happy for you and can't wait to see you every month in the magazine! Love your work! :)

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  43. Yay, I broke in to a big grin when I saw your name as one of the new GTGs, I'm sure you'll do a great job and have lots of fun too. Go you!

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  44. Congratulations!! God is good!! I'm so happy for you and can't wait to see what you have in store for us in the PC magazine!

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  45. Just had to come by and says congrats!!! So proud of you!!!

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  46. So happy for you, Julie, and extra happy that you are praising God and giving Him the glory! God is good...all the time! Congrats!!

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  47. congrats to you!! I love Paper Crafts!!

    my dream is that I could do something profitable with my cardmaking...

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  48. Dreams do come true, you Go-To Gal you! Congratulations!

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  49. OH, Julie!! I am soooooooooo excited for you! I am loving that your dreams came true-GOD is GOOOOOD! Praise God that you kept your dream so close to your heart and that you delighted in Him while working towards your goal!!! Praise God from whom all BLESSINGS flow!

    I cannot tell you the joy that is inside! I am soooo excited for you! Congratulations, Julie:)

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  50. Hugs congrats, Julie!! I'm so excited for you and can't wait to see what you bring to the magazine!

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  51. WAHOOO!!!! YAY JULIE!!! I'm so happy for you! :) *hugs*

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  52. YIPPEE>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I am SO excited for you. :) :) :) :) :) You know I love you!

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  53. Congrats on your accomplishment. I just read about it on the PaperCrafts blog. I loved reading what you wrote, you just sound so sweet. I can't wait to see what you create and do with/for them.

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  54. Julie!! This is seriously awesome! I'm so 'cited for you :o) ... and I ALREADY subscribed to your blog long before this. So I'm your oldie-goldie follower ;o)

    I can't wait to see the goodness you will add to the team.

    And you are indeed right, that the Lord graciously gives the things that we desire, according to His blessed will. Praise Him!

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  55. Congrats! I know you'll be a great addition to the go-to-gals! :)

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  56. Your post is beautiful Julie! Congratulations... this is so well deserved. I can not wait to work with you:)

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  57. Congratualtions and yes God is Good :) Wishing you lots of blessings.

    Matthew 7:7-8,11 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. . . . If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!”

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  58. Congratulations for your new position with PC! Love your story.

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  59. sooooo, so happy for you! wow! what a great position. Great things happen to great people! Congrats, Julie!

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  60. Yes, he does hear our prayers. Sometimes they are not answered the way we would like or maybe not as quickly, but they are answered. Congratulations for this wonderful opportunity--you so deserve it!

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  61. What an honor! i'm so happy for you :-) what an experience of a lifetime!

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  62. Congrats, Julie! So happy for you and your dream come true!

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  63. Julie, I know I have already congratulated you but your words really spoke to me and I had to leave a comment. The Lord really does hear and answer our prayers! I've seen this in my own life and in the lives of those around me. I'm going to wiggle my way into some part of the editorial board meeting so I can finally meet you in person. Congratulations...you're going to be fantastic!

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  64. My sweet and DESERVING friend! WOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOO! ok, now that we've gotten that out of the way, LOL. I totally hear what you are saying. Ifelt very similarly when I felt like my DT contributions had really started paying off when I was hired to work for Greeting Farm. It's a VERY rare group of us that get to work a job doing something we'd do for free. I am SO thrilled for you! HUGS and more hugs! xoxo

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  65. Congrats on your Go-To-Gal status! God is so good!
    Looking forward to seeing some of your work over at PaperCrafts mag. blog.
    SouthernMrs
    at verizon dot net

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  66. Congratulations! I always wondered why you weren't a Go-to Gal anyway! I was thrilled to see your name listed.

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  67. That is so cool!!! God is just rekindling some things in me these days and that was such a great reminder that He does indeed care about every little detail and every little (or HUMONGOUS) desire of our hearts. :)

    CONGRATS!!!

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