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Threads of Love
By Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar
Guest blogger today is Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar. She is a certified Christian life coach and speaks at writers’ conferences and for women’s groups. Andrea is cofounder of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) organization. For many years she served on both its advisory board and as its CEO. Enjoy Andrea’s article, “Catching Your Dream.” Andrea has graciously offered a copy of her latest novel, Threads of Love to one of the commenters to this blog post who has a U.S. mailing address. Thank you and welcome, Andrea.
Catching Your Dream
by Andrea Boeshaar
Do you have a dream, a goal, a vision for your life? Does it seem to be just short of your grasp? I know the feeling.
For those who don’t know me, I’m an author of Christian fiction and nonfiction. My latest novel, a historical romance, is called Threads of Love and it’s book 3 in my Fabric of Time series. Here are 3 ideas that have encouraged me and they might help you catch your dream – and, perhaps, even change your life.
1) Pray about your dream-goal. If you’re like me, then you have lots of ideas. Not everyone is worthy of your time – or is God’s will for your life.
We can get busied up in all kinds of meaningless things. So begin a journal and write down all the things you’re involved in. Pray over each one and ask God which to eliminate so you’ll have the time to journey down the God-given path for your life.
2) Practice “planned abandonment.”
In her book Jesus Life Coach, Laurie Beth Jones writes: “Planned abandonment doesn’t mean walking away from something that is difficult or isn’t working anymore. Planed abandonment means choosing between good and great, between better and best. Planned abandonment means that you are able to say no to all that glitters and discern what truly shines.”
Search out all the EWs in your life. EWs are “energy wasters” and we’ve all got them. They’re those things that crowd in on us when we least expect. They can be the meaningless ideas I previously mentioned and they can be people who suck your time, perhaps wanting advice but unwilling to change their behavior or step out in faith. An EW, for example, might be that neighbor who comes over every night to sit on the couch and…bloviate. As you begin to eliminate EWs in your life, that neighbor may have to find himself another roosting place.
3) Participate in your own life. Don’t just talk about all things you want to do someday – do them!
I recently watched the movie The Music Man and near the end of the motion picture, Professor Harold Hill tells Marian the librarian something quite profound, I think. He says something like, “If you keep putting everything off until tomorrow, all you’ll have is a collection of empty yesterdays.” How true that is!
And just remember, Tomorrow and Someday are days of the week on a planet that doesn’t exist! So quit procrastinating (and I’m pointing one finger at myself too!), turn off the “boob tube,” as my father called TV, and take steps toward accomplishing your personal goals. It doesn’t have to be a leap of faith. Only small footsteps.
Dare to dream – and imagine yourself a part of that vision. It’s attainable! If you’re a believer in Christ Jesus, He has put that power within you. And remember: With God all things are possible!
Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, May 19, 2013 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a copy of Threads of Love by Andrea Boeshaar. You must be eighteen, have a U.S. mailing address, void where prohibited. Please, please remember to leave your email address so that should you be the winner I can get in touch with you for your mailing address. I’ll announce the winner in Monday’s blog.
Till next time … keep on smiling.