Dreams really do come true. But they don’t just happen. Dreams are a lot of work and a lot of hard work, make no mistake about that. However, when you dream, dream big and dream often. And whatever you do, never give up!
Many of you know, and many more may not, that when I was sixteen years old, I prayed asking God to direct my path. To give me a dream, a goal, a life pursuit that in the end above all else, would give him glory. And he did. In a big way.
Have you ever seen an acorn seed?[singlepic id=2 w=320 h=240 float=] It is tiny. Or at least in comparison to what it grows up to be. That is how and what I know this dream to be. God planted a little seed in my 16 year old heart and let it grow. He watered it and nurtured it and year after year it grew a little more. There were years that it grew more and years it seemed stagnant and near death. But today is the day that Jubilee is born.
I was in denial of the dream, of God’s plan and I challenged whether or not it was real. So I gave God a challenge. I dared him to give me a name for this magazine for young women that he wanted me to start. Over the next year I had nearly forgotten about it, but from time to time a name or phrase would strike me and I would ask, “is this it?” and the answer was always no.
Until one day I was listening to a pastor speak and he began talking about Jubilee, the year of the Lords favor. In an instant I knew this was it.
According to Dictionary.com:
The Biblical definition of Jubilee is:
a joyful shout or clangour of trumpets, the name of the great semi-centennial festival of the Hebrews. It lasted for a year. During this year the land was to be fallow, and the Israelites were only permitted to gather the spontaneous produce of the fields (Lev. 25:11, 12). All landed property during that year reverted to its original owner (13-34; 27:16-24), and all who were slaves were set free (25:39-54), and all debts were remitted. The return of the jubilee year was proclaimed by a blast of trumpets which sounded throughout the land. There is no record in Scripture of the actual observance of this festival, but there are numerous allusions (Isa. 5:7, 8, 9, 10; 61:1, 2; Ezek. 7:12, 13; Neh. 5:1-19; 2 Chr. 36:21) which place it beyond a doubt that it was observed. The advantages of this institution were manifold. “1. It would prevent the accumulation of land on the part of a few to the detriment of the community at large. 2. It would render it impossible for any one to be born to absolute poverty, since every one had his hereditary land. 3. It would preclude those inequalities which are produced by extremes of riches and poverty, and which make one man domineer over another. 4. It would utterly do away with slavery. 5. It would afford a fresh opportunity to those who were reduced by adverse circumstances to begin again their career of industry in the patrimony which they had temporarily forfeited. 6. It would periodically rectify the disorders which crept into the state in the course of time, preclude the division of the people into nobles and plebeians, and preserve the theocracy inviolate.”
“jubilee.” Easton’s 1897 Bible Dictionary. 01 Feb. 2012. <Dictionary.comhttp://dictionary.reference.com/browse/jubilee>.
Why and how did I conclude this was an appropriate name for a young woman’s Biblically-based magazine? Because young women face so many choices everyday that affect the rest of their lives. They make choices that allow them to live in freedom or they can make choices that allow them to live in slavery or bondage. However, the good news is that no matter what, in Christ, there is always freedom and any year, any day can be a year or day of Jubilee, of triumph and freedom, to those that would seek it.
In the coming days, weeks and months, I hope and pray that as the site develops and I begin to tell the story’s of young women and their choice for freedom over slavery, of hope and peace over strife and discontentment, you will join me in sharing their stories with your friends and families, and in prayer for God’s goodness and glory to shine bright.
Let’s make a difference in the world around us.