Recently I self-published a book called “Bear the Mouse with Allergies and Asthma.”
It’s been a dream of mine to write for as long as I can remember. I’ve always loved letters that make up words, word games, the library, and bookstores. I used to write stories as a child. I would proudly show them off, only to get made fun of.
In third grade my teacher asked us to write a book report about a hero. I wrote about my dad, the only hero I knew at that time.
I’ll never forget the embarrassment and confusion when I received the report back with a big “F” across the top of the page written in red pen and many exclamation points “THIS IS A COP OUT!!!!!!!!”
Being a third-grader I had no idea what a “cop out” was – I just knew it was something not good.
I remember in 10th grade English class I squeaked by with a D. Every paper I wrote was not received well.
I gave up writing after that. Although I still loved to read, and read everything I could get my hands on, I stopped writing stories. I was confused on how I could do so terribly at something I loved.
Fast forward many years later and I was sitting at a women’s conference. I heard the speaker say “Good readers make good writers.” That planted a seed in me, and I actually started to entertain the idea that I could possibly write.
After that conference I felt I was in a funk. I had no creative outlet, whatsoever. I felt frustrated and stagnant.
I decided I would do some life coaching with someone who was objective, and didn’t know me on a personal level. After asking me what I did as a child that made me happy, he suggested I start a blog. That suggestion gave me hope, and something to dream about. I decided I would start that blog.
What I learned along my journey is people will have something to say if you share your dreams with them. Even your closest friends may have something negative to say.
When I shared my book idea with some friends I had a lot of unsolicited advice. I had my own visions on how things should look, and they had theirs. Some people even made negative comments about my story.
Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.
Tell God all your dreams and ideas. He’s waiting to hear from you. After all, He is the one who put those dreams and gifts in you, and He has great wisdom.
Protect your ideas and gifts at all costs. Don’t second guess yourself. Don’t let people talk you out of your dream. What area have you struggled in, or people have come against? That may be the area you are called into.
1 Peter 4:10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:
Finally, don’t wait any longer. Someone else needs what God created you to do.