When South Carolina calls and Allume is on the phone line.

South Carolina called last week. It showed up on my caller ID. I missed the call because I was talking to Nebraska. Yep. I identify people by the states they live in. I don’t know anyone in North Dakota yet, so give me a call if you live there. πŸ™‚

I knew who it was before I even listened to the voicemail. It was the person I had literally just blogged about that very morning. Logan Wolfram. Logan wrote words in January 2013 that tied me to my birth country of Bangladesh. She blogged about her trip with Food for the Hungry and my longings to love the people of Bangladesh multiplied. But now. Now she is in the States. She is at the helm of a wonderful conference called Allume. Allume is a conference for the blogger, the storyteller, and the writer who is trying to actively live in the light of Christ while bringing words to those around them. Words, art, life, love. Logan has a beautiful vision for the conference of encouraging, equipping, empowering and releasing those who attend. The sponsors are fabulous. The speakers are extremely solid. The attendees are excited. Allume takes place in South Carolina. And she called.

But I was talking to Nebraska. Deidra Riggs lives in Nebraska. Remember Nebraska? It rippled some Bangladeshi courage. Didn’t read that? That’s fine, feel free to now, click HERE. Deidra and I were talking a bit about Allume, a bit about Logan, and an overwhelming amount about me. The me that has been awakened by people like David Kinnaman and Holley Gerth. The me that feels like this dreaming and hoping is risky business. The me that blogs on Tuesdays for Holley and needs to address the topics of risk and being misunderstood today for her God-sized Dreamers team assignment.

Risk and being misunderstood is really an ocean of an idea to write about.

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So I reflected. And my phone call from South Carolina keep permeating my thoughts.

See, by some accounts, here is my track record lately.
Read.
Tweet.
Network.
Write honestly.
Encourage.
Opportunities come.

Seems like a dream come true. And you know what?

It is.

South Carolina called to offer me a production management position on their leadership staff. I now get to work at one of the premier Christian blogging conferences in the nation. It’s a big conference.  The sponsors, speakers, leadership staff, and attendees work tirelessly in the wrestle and worship of life. I admire all of them in one way or another.

But here is the account people don’t see.

Read.
Cry.
Tweet.
Be ignored.
Network.
Connections not made.
Write.
Hold back.
Encourage.
Misunderstood.
Opportunities.
Chances not given. (And household slacking…)

I am not saying there is a bad side to every good side. I am not stating a formula that for every yes there is a slew of nos. I can’t make sweeping statements like that, even if they hold a little truth.

What I can say is this.

Life is risky.

Fear is always present.

Boldness and courage to be the hope chaser I claim to be means I am often misunderstood (missed that one too? Still fine! Read it HERE) .

But, when South Carolina calls and Allume is on the phone line … I say YES.

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Risky business? You bet! Acclimating to the larger venue, working for a new boss, communicating effectively with all those gearing up for Allume, learning to balance our family life, remaining faithful to other writing projects, finding time to practice my speaking skills, trying to increase my running mileage, it all may be near the edge of the cliff walking for a bit.

But here’s the deal, I will walk and with an AMAZING man by my side, travel this road. When it is time to jump in October, you better believe I am going to do it with a smile on my face and an exclamation of joy in my soul. I was created for a reason. Part of this reason is to be to others what their needs necessitate that my strengths can meet.

I don’t know who your South Carolina is and who is on the other line, but know, for all that you endure and for that which you enjoy, I am cheering for you and I hope you answer the call.

Nasreen Fynewever

Thanks for cheering for me as I answered this one, check it out —> ALLUME 2013

Team members from Holley’s book launch group (You Were Made for a God-sized Dream) share stories of where their risk lies and who misunderstands them over at her site today.

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(I didn’t write about a running analogy for Holley’s like I thought I was going to, since running has risks and those who run can easily be misunderstood. South Carolina became the tune of my heart this week. But I still want to link to a friend of mine who is the Race Director for the Grand Rapids Marathon in Michigan. Read what you wish, but note his personal article at the very bottom which talks about keeping the music going. If you have been following this blog, you know that music has been a theme in the death of my colleague to Lisa-Jo’s 5 minute Friday post. Read Don Kern’s words HERE)

56 thoughts on “When South Carolina calls and Allume is on the phone line.

  1. I’m so late to the party here, but congratulations nonetheless. How incredibly exciting! I am looking forward to being at Allume this year, especially because I have had the honor of being part of Holley’s team, and have gotten to know other women who will be going. Now it’s going to feel like Old Home Day rather than New Kid on the Block! Knowing you are part of the team running things, just makes it all the sweeter. ❀

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    1. Kim, I am just showing up to the party myself. I wandered away for a bit because the journey is crazy unpredictable. The cool thing is there are no rules to community beyond showing up when you can and loving strong when you do. Thanks for doing both with me! See you in October. Stay in touch until then!

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  2. Congratulations! I will miss Allume this year but will be praying great things for you and the conference!

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  3. Wow! When I first read your name it rang a bell, but I couldn’t place from where. I mentioned that in my email. Logan sent me here, then I saw last Friday’s post. That was my first time here and Ieft a comment. Now I have the great pleasure of working with you and getting to know you over the next 5 months until we meet. These dreams are scary amazing to be a part of. Love how many of our dreams intertwine.

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    1. Serendipitous and providential, isn’t it Amy? I knew last week when I was posting on your blog that I had taken taken the position at Allume. Then I heard your name in a Friday and Tuesday meeting. So cool how we connected through Lisa-Jo first. I look forward to serving alongside you. Be well!

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  4. Still cheering here! And I was ALREADY excited about Allume. I can’t wait to watch your influence and strengths show up there. Thank you for your authenticity even and especially now as you walk into this exciting and scary new place.
    ~Your friend in Virginia

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    1. East Coast is giving Iowa a run for its money, Kim! Allume does have some wonderful things planned that will touch your Winsome Women heart. I am glad your excitement continues and I remain grateful for your encouragement.

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  5. Add another Iowa shout out to your list, Nasreen! I’ve been admiring your faithfulness from our group of dreamers, and I just smiled all the way through this post. You are truth-speaker, and we need as much of that as we can get! πŸ™‚

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  6. Congratulations. Can’t wait to meet you at Allume. I am a South Carolina…you are moving to our state??!! Welcome welcome. Give a shout out when you arrive? I will follow your plans through your words here on the blog.SO so so cool. You will be a super duper asset to that team. I can just tell πŸ™‚

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    1. Erin, the privilege is all mine to be working along side great people like you. After many emails between now and then, October will be great. I am eager to meet you in person as well. Rock ReWrite! And congrats on your book release!

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  7. Of course! That’s what I thought when I first heard. I’m so excited for you! This also makes me miss you. I wish we were close enough to meet for coffee and exchange stories from the past month. Nebraska is cheering you on Nasreen!

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    1. Mary, I kind of smile when other people are not surprised. I was floored. Glad to have votes of confidence to remind me of my strengths during times I feel unworthy. Thanks for the message.

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  8. Congrats on finding your sweet spot and for answering the call Nasreen. It’s a privilege to meet you and watch the way God is rolling out the red carpet of your calling. I’m South Carolina and look forward to seeing you at Allume.

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  9. These words…Read.
    Cry.
    Tweet.
    Be ignored.
    Network.
    Connections not made.
    Write.
    Hold back.
    Encourage.
    Misunderstood.
    Opportunities.
    Chances not given. (And household slacking…)

    Thank you for encouraging this God Sized Dreamer today! πŸ™‚ Blessings to you as you do God’s work in the days ahead…he is in the little and big stuff…working out our path as we work too.

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    1. Jennifer, the out workings of our faith are not without bumps, hurdles, or trials. Perseverance is needed and community to support us is invaluable, thanks for being a part of this to me.

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  10. NY is smiling. Because of your willingness, your influence was widened. Just like that. {snap} Keep telling about those fears, because they are important in the process. They won’t go away, but what happens through them is the beauty. With you on this journey.

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  11. What a beautiful post, and as a fellow God-sized dreamer waving all the way from California, I am so SO SOOOO thrilled for you. Jumping up and down and cheering loud and I just can’t wait to meet you at Allume!!!

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  12. girl? i love your honesty and your heart. i love how you tell us about the other side. the crying, the misunderstanding… oh man, that’s a side i can understand full well. and i’m leaping up and praising our savior for seeing your gifts and calling you for what you are: GIFTED by our God. so happy for you πŸ™‚

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    1. Emily, remember that time two strangers share a room for a night in Nebraska? That was a gift! Grateful to be doing this all with your friendship (and let’s be honest, your painting) beside me. Peace.

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    1. Trina, wow. Thanks for posting a comment and letting me know you stopped by. Visit again, please. You are always welcome here and I would enjoy cheering for you. Thanks for your excitement.

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  13. Congratulations!! That’s awesome that you got that call – and that you took it! SO BRAVE of you!! I know that we’ll ALL be blessed because you are being faithful to His call, and stepping through those doors that He’s opened. Yes, this is VERY good, indeed! πŸ™‚

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  14. Congratulations Nasreen! How exciting to hear about this new part of your journey. May God’s favor and wisdom be upon you and may He lead you every step of the way.
    P.S. Thanks for sharing about the “account people don’t see”. I needed to hear that πŸ™‚

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  15. My husband is currently building apartments in Bismarck, North Dakota and I am with him in his temporary apartment this week. He has an address, so I think it counts! My permanent address is in WI though. πŸ™‚

    I am excited to attend Allume this fall and this is my first time here. I enjoyed your post and perhaps we will meet in the fall!

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  16. Congratulations!! So thrilled to hear you are joining Logan. Gives me peace for her and gratitude to see your sweet words here. Look forward to meeting you in October!

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