Sunday, April 24, 2016

Dream and Do!

Have you ever had a strong desire to write something?  Many have told me that they have had such a desire.  Well, what are you waiting for?  Get something to write with, and begin!

Studies have shown that taking time to write in a journal can lead to reduction in depression, increase personal self-confidence, and overall happiness.  Writing does take some discipline.  As you step out on faith, and begin to write, you will indeed find ways to continue it, if you pursue.  Maybe at first, you only have strength to write once a week for 5 minutes.  A little later, maybe you can increase to twice a week, and so on.  Give it a try!

I have had a secret desire, a burn, to be able to write in ways that bring value to others.  Oh... well... earning a fine income is also mixed in there somewhere.  One of the reasons that I sought out a PhD, was to be able to learn to write well.  If you decide to get your Masters and then your PhD, you will write many thousands of words in the process.  I have been writing a lot since 2008.  Now, I am writing my dissertation.  It is an awesome journey!  Feel the desire to write yet?

My oldest daughter, Jessica Dawn, has been a member of for a long time.  She has gone through seasons of earning money by writing for others.  I wanted to do that, but through fear of failure, I held back.  Yes, I know... a poor way to go about life.  Finally, a few weeks ago, my oldest daughter, Jessica, a grown woman in her own right, able to counsel others, urged me to at least get started with my profile on, and go from there.  Hmmmm.... reminded me of pastoral counseling I do for others, to get them started on their journaling.  Ouch.

So I did!  My profile is taking shape.  I am getting cool photos from Wikimedia to put in my sample writing.  And oh my do I have plenty of writing samples to prepare, that can be put on there that have come from attending graduate school!

Amazingly enough, and by God's grace, I already have been blessed by landing two writing jobs.  I had learned to go for lower paying jobs right off the bat, to gain experience and ratings.  I took that approach, and have enjoyed the effort.  The clients I have written for have declared I have brought them value.  Well, actually, the first one said that, and the second has said encouraging things, but has not rated me yet... we shall see.

So, please, follow your dreams!  God blesses you in your journey.  But you have to actually be on a journey.  God has things to say about not working or being a lazy person, such as if you do not work, you do not eat.  Taking that first step, can be exceptionally difficult.  But our Father in Heaven, does not despise small beginnings.  Why is that?  He sees the end, from the beginning.  So - begin!

This might be something you can do in addition to your other endeavors.  Promise yourself that you will spend an hour each night, building your profile, and reading through job offers on  I want to hear how it is going for you!

Have a truly blessed day in the Lord.  Thanks for reading!  Please let me know your thoughts.

All the best in Jesus,

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jerimiah 29:11