“You weren’t planning on doing this without Him, were you?”
This morning I read from Jesus Calling by Sara Young. Today’s entry included these words:
“Though the Holy Spirit is infinite, He deigns to be your Helper. He is always ready to offer assistance; all you need to do is ask. When the path before you looks easy and straight forward, you may be tempted to go it alone instead of relying on Me. This is when you are in the greatest danger of stumbling. Ask My Spirit to help you as you go each step of the way. Never neglect this glorious Source of strength within you.”
When I asked in prayer if I should include a step on asking the Holy Spirit for help, I felt that I heard the answer,
“You weren’t planning on doing this without Him were you?”
Well, no. I just hadn’t really thought about it. I thought that praying sort of covered it whether I mentioned the Holy Spirit specifically or not. As I meditated on this a bit further and actually asked the Holy Spirit for help as Sara suggested, I realized that it was vitally important that the Holy Spirit be involved in every step of fulfilling my dream. He is our helper.
Earlier in the day, I had made a mental note to add an item to my Practical Steps. Grammarly is a proofreading tool designed to facilitate compliance with over 250 grammar rules. I know it will save me a great deal of time and it will make my message much clearer. When I apply Grammarly to my manuscript, it will identify every missing comma, every dangling participle, every misspelled word, and even random thoughts that do not make sense. Grammarly will help me perfect my manuscript so that it communicates my message in a manner that is easily understood by others. Ingeniously, the Holy Spirit will work in our lives in much the same way
By asking the Holy Spirit for help, you are running yourself through the “spell-checker, the rule breaker.” He will offer suggestions for corrections in your attitudes, motives, and actions. Just like in Grammarly, you are given the choice to “change” or to “ignore.” By accepting the changes offered, you are yielding to the Holy Spirit’s guidance in your life. Eventually, He will bring you to the point where you can respond to His voice as easily as a touch of a keyboard. All of your thoughts, words, and actions will line up with His vision of you. You are going to be His perfect manuscript as you yield your dream to His corrections.
1. Write your book.
2. Prepare your content.
3. Begin revisions.
4. Ask questions.
- What is CreateSpace, and should I use it?
- How much money does it cost to self-publish?
- What is the best font to use for publication?
5. Get a CreateSpace account.
6. Order and read eBooks.
7. Download Grammarly and use it to correct your manuscript.
1. Define your dream.
2. Pray over your dream.
3. Live the dream through picturing the end result.
4. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you.
I hope you are enjoying seeing the lists grow. If you have any suggestions for the lists, feel free to share. If you’d like specific prayer for your dream, feel free to share that as well. In the meantime, here is my prayer for you:
Lord, please bless each one who is reading this. Please awaken the dream that you have placed in their heart. It might be a dream for this week or for a lifetime, but help them to see it as a seed that you want to water and nurture. You, Holy Spirit will guide them every step of the way and will cause their dream to produce fruit for Your kingdom. Thank you so much for loving each one as your unique creation and help us to realize who we are in You. In Jesus name, Amen.
To the right of this post, you can click on any of the articles for my series, Publish My Book in 31 Days. The first one gives an introduction to the series. You can also find out what 31 Days to Write is all about by clicking here. You will find a list of over 2000 writers, all pouring their heart into the topic they have chosen to write about every day in October. Here’s my favorite today: