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Vision Casting Book

About a year ago today, I received a “golden ticket”. For those of you who watch American Idol, you know what I’m referring to.  For those who don’t, a contestant sings before the judges and if they’re good enough, they receive a golden ticket to go to Hollywood.  They don’t get a recording deal, simply the opportunity to continue in the competition.

I received a similar opportunity.  After pouring out my heart and desire to write Vision Casting, a rather stoic, reserved woman simply responded, “yes, this is a good idea.  We would be interested in publishing your book.” She slid the golden ticket  her business card to me telling me the steps of what to do next.

Have you ever been given the opportunity of a life time and did nothing with it? I did.

I haven’t typed one word. Not even a, an, or the.

For a while I felt guilty about this, lots of “should” statements like, I should work harder.  And then “condemning” statements, like “who, am I kidding…I’ll never be able to do this.”

In a sense I’m right.  In my own strength, I’ll never be able to finish this book.  But, here’s the deal.  I didn’t implant this dream in my spirit.  God did.  Within each of us is a God-sized, God-given dream.  During our lifetime, we have the opportunity to unearth this dream.  I love this quote by Wayne Cordeiro, writer of Dream Releasers, “Once your dream is discovered it becomes a honing device, an invisible guide that navigates us through the precarious passages of life.  It tethers us to our destiny long before we arrive.”

Our dreams contain our passion, purpose, and destiny.

So, I have an opportunity, I can look to my past mistakes, my failures, my procrastination (there’s a lot to choose from).  Or, I can look ahead at the power that is within me.  Proverbs 16:3 tells me to commit to the Lord whatever I do, and my plans will succeed.  This doesn’t mean that my plans will look exactly like I want.  I may never get a book deal, but I will finish this book.  And if I finish, and it doesn’t get published this doesn’t mean I failed.  It just means, it succeeded in a way that I didn’t expect.

Most of you reading this post is either a friend or family member. And if you aren’t…we just haven’t become friends yet.

I need your help.  First, I need your prayers.  Writing a book is a daunting task.  I’m not the most skilled writer in the world, which is why I’m seeking assistance on this journey.  I need prayers for wisdom, discernment, insight, and favor.  Second, I need your help by becoming an email subscriber.  Publishing companies want to see numbers and “proof of concept.” Studies show, readers are more likely to read something online when it is shared by a friend.  If you read something you like, share it with a friend.

I am grateful for your help.

I have made a commitment to finish this book in one year. I’m looking ahead with great excitement and hope.  I’m going to be posting about this journey.  Not because I need constant cheerleading or attention.  My reason behind it is because you have dreams; ideas, feelings, and passions stirring within your heart. I would love my journey and experience to help facilitate growth and exploration in yours.

So, ahead we go.

Blessings to you,

Melissa

6 Comments

  • Shelia Grogan

    So excited, I love that quote!!!!! Its true every word! The dream doesnt die. I will be encouraging and cheering you on.. I will get with you for coffee, cant wait.
    Love you,
    Shelia
    Its a new and fresh season

    September 4, 2015 at 11:27 am
    • melissaClark
      Melissa Clark

      Thank you Sheila!

      September 7, 2015 at 11:58 am
  • Diana Moore

    So happy for you Melissa! Don’t beat yourself up over missed opportunities. The Lord has had you at your husband’s side this past year. Just where you should be! So proud of you!

    September 7, 2015 at 5:47 pm
    • melissaClark
      Melissa Clark

      Thank you Diana 🙂

      September 7, 2015 at 6:53 pm
  • Sonya Reynolds

    Melissa I’m praying that God will multiply your time, speak through you, and pen every word that you write. Abundant blessings flow from obedience!! Looking forward to your new journey!!! Love you : )

    September 7, 2015 at 9:29 pm
  • Erica Meshell

    I’m so excited about this, honored to witness what God is going to do in you, and honored to support, plug, share, like, etc… to further your exposure!

    September 7, 2015 at 10:46 pm

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