Here’s what happened to me. About two weeks ago when I logged in to my site, strange redirect messages popped up, taking me and perhaps you to parts of the internet I personally didn’t want to go. I saw ads for casinos, for things unmentionable, and for security issues that if I didn’t do something right away, dire things would befall my computer. In my view, they already had. I thought I had been hacked, and my beloved site here had come to the end of it’s road. Nevertheless, I was surprisingly calm, and prepared to rebuild.
I researched the issue, took the computer to a specialist, contacted Hostgator, WordPress, then Hostgator again, my oldest son, my middle son, my youngest son, then SiteLock. I considered paying $300 to have it cleaned up. Not really. I had no intention of doing that. I was ready to shut my beloved site down and rebuild. But I considered the counter offer of $99 a month for two months and then $14.95 to protect the site after they cleaned it. Just before making the call to clarify some information from SiteLock, I went in to my site. I remembered something Kali, the customer service rep had said in passing:
Be sure to always update when an update is available.
I happened to open up my plugins file and see that my theme needed to be updated so I figured what can it hurt. I pressed it, and then opened up the site to see what effect that had on the appearance of the site, fully expecting to have to maneuver my way around the ads as I had become accustomed to doing. Well, to my shock and amazement, for the first time in two weeks, no annoying, scary ads appeared. I checked it again on different devices. I couldn’t believe it! Something so simple had solved the problem, or an angel decided to fix it at the exact same moment that I pushed that button. That’s probably what happened. The good news is, I’m here. I’m writing. You’re reading,
31 Days to Publish My Book? Yes it is possible. I have no doubt that you can do that. I’m not going to be able to say that about this book, but I can say:
I will publish my book.
Somewhere in the five steps, there is a place for reevaluating the time frames we set. We have to keep our dreams in perspective and hold tightly to them as life happens around us. I realized in my pressing toward this dream how little time I have to give to it. I work quite a lot on my day job, and that’s okay. I am thankful to know that God is with me in everything I do, and He is showing me how to use the time I have on what needs to be done at the time. I have so much to be thankful for. I have a wonderful husband to spend time with. He is extremely supportive and is a rock of character, conviction, and godly principles. He is so encouraging when I am facing delays, distractions, and self-imposed deadlines.
Here’s where we stand: I have a dream, a goal just big enough that I have to have God’s help to accomplish it. It’s to publish Dare to Be Happy, the book. I have chosen 31 of my favorite posts from 2013. I am still going through them with a fine tooth comb, clarifying sentences, placing or removing commas, adding paragraphs, weeding out unneeded words. It’s a much bigger task than I thought, yet I probably haven’t put more than 20 hours into it during this month. I would expect to easily be done in 40 hours and that’s not so bad to go from blog to book in 40 hours.
I still don’t know what will happen when I finish the draft of the book and upload it to Createspace. There may well be seemingly insurmountable issues, but maybe not. I know the step ahead of me right now, and I will daily take those steps. I am revising and revising until I am satisfied with the finished product.
One thought I am embracing is:
It’s too important to not do it right.
There’s no need to hurry through, and be disappointed in the end result. So I’m taking my own advice, taking a deep breath, and continuing to take a step every day. I am continuing to give ten minutes to my dream every day in prayer, and I am continuing to live my dream by picturing the end result.
I am most thankful to be able to share my progress with you, and to encourage you in your dreams. You can do it! Even if there are delays, distractions or discouragement, you can overcome whatever is in your way. You can step over it, go around it, or through it. With calmness, faith and determination, and God’s help, you will succeed! Your dream is within reach! Sometimes we have to stretch to keep reaching, but hold tight to your dream and keep reaching!
5 Vital Steps to Fulfilling Your Dream
- Define your dream.
- Pray for your dream. Be sure it lines up with God’s will.
- Live your dream by picturing the end result. Your faith accesses heaven’s resources.
- Pray asking the Holy Spirit your specific questions. You will get answers.
- Determine the next step and take it
Thank you so much for taking the time to come by and read my story. Feel free to comment or email me requesting specific prayer or encouragement concerning your dream.
With a heart full of love and thankfulness!