I was like many women I have met over the years. In the busyness of being a wife, mother and employee, I had buried my dream. Oh ... it would try and surface every once in awhile, and then life would stamp it down.
The stamping came in thoughts like this:
There's no time for that ...
There's no money for that ...
You aren't good enough ...
Other are better than you ...
If you don't try, you can't fail ...
Even if you do try, you won't make it over the hurdles ...
And on, and on.
I sat on that couch that day and listened while Bruce spoke about how we hide our dreams in our hearts. Many times we protect them there for so many years, that it's almost painful to share them with anyone. As I heard those words, my heart started to pound. I couldn't contain the tears as they coursed down my cheeks. Yes, I had a dream that was painful to consider because it seemed so out of reach.
How could someone like me ever get a book published???
But God wouldn't let that dream die. In fact, He had been strategically placing me in situations to make that dream a reality. All that was left was for me to believe that if the dream was from God, He would make it happen - I just needed to keep putting one foot in front of the other and NOT give up.
Almost five years later my first book, and four co-authored Bible studies were published. I'm now working on my second book, which I'll tell you about tomorrow.
But today, I want to speak to those of you who have a dream to write ... a dream that is so tender and precious that you may never have even shared it with anyone before. And if that's you, I want to personally invite you to attend She Speaks - the Proverbs 31 Writers and Speakers Conference.
It's an amazing place to pursue your dream, be equipped in all practical matters of writing and even have the opportunity to present your ideas to people who are in a position to help you get published. You can even take workshops on speaking
I'm the director of the writer's track and I can tell you that this year will be better than ever. We have great workshops, more publishers than last year and amazing opportunities to meet with others who share your dream.
It's held in Concord, North Carolina (just outside of Charlotte) on June 20-22. I believe it will be a great investment in your dreams, as well as an investment in advancing the kingdom of God.
I realize this idea might be very scary to some of you. And here's a promise. I promise that you when you come to She Speaks, we (the members of the Proverbs 31 team) will care for your dream tenderly and carefully. We will love you like a sister in Christ. We will pray for you. And we will hold your hand if you get scared. We are really good at that because we need to hold each other's hands a lot.And I'll start right now by inviting you to send me any questions you have. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In His Love,