encouragement


I was out and about in my car earlier today and this song came on the radio: #LeeAnnWomack #IHopeYouDance #Vevo 

Lee Ann Womack – I Hope You Dance

Take a listen. 

I hope each of you DANCE! RISK! LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST! LOVE WITH ALL YOUR HEART!

 

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I am sending this out to anyone who might be struggling with watching someone you care about make choices that you believe are harmful or destructive for him or her. I hope this will provide you with some comfort and/or encouragement.  It is taken from a book titled Through God’s Eyes by Phil Bolsta.

“Peace comes when you understand that you can be caring and supportive while respecting that your loved ones have their own path to walk, their own lessons to learn, and their agendas, values, and priorities that may diverge widely from your own. … Detachment is not apathy or indifference. It is the prerequisite for effective involvement. Often what we think is best for others is distorted by our attachment to our opinions; we want others to be happy in the way we think they should be happy. It is only when we want nothing for ourselves that we are able to see clearly into others’ needs and understand how to serve them.”

The following excerpt from When Going with the Flow Isn’t Enough has been running through my mind all morning, soooo I decided to share it. Here it is:

“I want them [my sisters in Christ] to be who they were created to be, to be free to operate in their spiritual gifts, and to fulfill the purpose for which they were created and designed to fulfill. I want the Church to not only give them permission to pursue their calling, but to also actively encourage and support them in doing so. I want the Church to tell them they are on equal footing with men and don’t need to fit themselves into prescribed roles.

Needless to say, we have a long way to go to make this happen. There are a lot of battles which will need to be fought and many streams in which individuals will need to swim upstream. Much conflict and controversy will follow. Whoever chooses to fight these battles or swim up these streams will need to be ready and willing to face a torrent of opposition. It will take people who have the determination of James Madison, the visionary leadership of Elizabeth Stanton, the dedication of Susan B. Anthony, the perseverance of Martin Luther King Jr., the amazing selflessness of the Freedom Riders, and the passion of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Most of all though, it will take people whose hearts have been changed by Christ.”

If anyone is interested in reading more, here’s the link to purchase the book: https://www.amazon.com/When-Going-Flow-Enough-Upstream/dp/1625860714/

The last few years I have chosen a book to read in December to keep me focused on the real reason for the season. This year I am reading Advent and Christmas Wisdom by Henri J.M. Nouwen. If you would like to read along with me, here’s the link to purchase the book:
https://www.amazon.com/Advent-Christmas-Wisdom-Henri-Nouwen/dp/0764812181/ref=pd_ybh_a_9?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=ZNBBG1NTSKVJPMGQ9Y7Z

If you have a vision for a book and a passion for writing it, you will either give birth to it or be miserable. It’s like the feeling a pregnant woman has right at the end of the pregnancy when she wants to scream out loud “get this baby out of me!” (Speaking from personal experience). No one else can write that book because no one else has the same mix of life experiences and personality characteristics that you have. More importantly, no one else has the vision and the passion for it. Remember though, writing a book, getting it published, and marketing it is HARD work. So…….DON’T GIVE UP & DON’T BE AFRAID TO MAKE A MISTAKE!

Writers who didn’t give up:

• Dr. Seuss’s first book was rejected by 27 publishers.
• Max Lucado’s first book was rejected by 14 publishers.
• Stephen King’s first novel, Carrie, was rejected by 30 publishers.
Chicken Soup for the Soul was rejected 140 times.
• Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind was rejected by 38 publishers.
• James Joyce’s Dubliner was rejected 18 times and took nine years before it reached publication.
• J.K. Rowling’s first manuscript, Harry Potter, was rejected by 12 publishers before one was willing to give her a chance. That publisher, however, told her to get a day job because she had little chance of making money writing children’s books.

Writers who initially self-published:

Irma Rombauer spent half her life savings in 1931 to print copies of The Joy of Cooking. Five years later Bobbs-Merrill Company acquired the rights to her cookbook. It has now sold over 18 million copies.

Beatrix Potter self-published The Tale of Peter Rabbit in 1901. She printed 250 copies of the book. Within a year, it was picked up by one of the publishers who had previously rejected it, F. Warne & Co. The book almost immediately sold 20,000 copies. That company went on to publish 22 more of her books over the next 40 years. At present, over two million Beatrix Potter books are sold each year.

Richard Bolles self-published his job-hunting guide What Color Is Your Parachute? in 1970. In 1972, he found an independent publisher in Berkeley, CA who was willing to print small quantities of the book so that it could be frequently updated. In 1979, it appeared on the New York Times best-seller list and stayed there for more than a decade. Since then the book has been updated almost yearly; has periodically been on the New York Times best-seller list; has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide; and has never been out of print.

James Redfield self-published The Celestine Prophecy after the manuscript was repeatedly rejected by publishers. He sold 100,000 copies out of the trunk of his car before Warner Books agreed to publish it. It has now sold over 20 million copies worldwide.

John Grisham wrote his first novel, A Time to Kill, in 1989. After 28 rejections, he published 5,000 copies through Wynwood Press, a small private publisher. Doubleday eventually agreed to publish his books and after The Firm, The Pelican Brief and The Client all proved to be successful in the marketplace, Doubleday acquired the rights to A Time to Kill and reissued it

 

My new book is now available on amazon. For those who are interested, here’s the link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1625861117/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1531867727&sr=1-2&keywords=When+Therapy+Isn%27t+Enough

I am doing the final review of my manuscript before it goes to print. It has been edited and the layout of the pages is done. I would like to share one more excerpt with you. Here it is:

Bill Hybels’s words in Too Busy Not to Pray further bolstered my efforts to learn to pray: “The important thing is not to follow a particular method but to find a way that works for you. Custom-design an approach that will still your racing mind and body, soften your heart and enable you to hear God’s still, small voice. Then, when you are centered and focused on God, invite him to speak to you.”
I decided to heed Bill Hybels’s advice and began to experiment with various ways to pray. I let go of my belief that there is a “right” way to pray—i.e., a “right” posture (kneeling), “right” words (a pre-written prayer), a “right time” (first thing in the morning), and so forth. I embraced the belief that God doesn’t care how I talk to him or when I talk to him. What he cares about is that I talk to him. I tried praying at different times during the day and in different places. I eventually found that though I had quiet times with God when I would sit quietly in his presence, what worked the best for me was to have an ongoing dialogue with him throughout each day as I lived my life. I began to talk to God while I was driving, walking, working, doing chores around the house, sitting on a bench in the mall waiting for one of my children and so forth. The possibilities were endless. I was reminded of Paul’s words to the church in Thessalonica: “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17 NKJV).

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