Philippians 4:13 NLT
For I can do everything in Christ, who gives me strength.
It was about 5 years ago that I was attending a regional retreat for leaders of a catering association that I belonged to. One of the sessions was led by a non-denominational minister who was teaching us how to meditate. At the start of the session, she had us write on a notecard a long term goal/dream of ours.
I wrote that I wanted to write a book and be a professional speaker. At the time, I thought that this idea was far fetched, but still a goal of mine. She had us meditate over it and told us to continue to do this daily for three weeks. My translation of meditation was to eliminate the daily distractions and to have one on one time with God. Have a conversation in the form of prayer and share with Him what is on your mind.
Three years later, I started to write my book on leadership, but the words were not coming to me like I wanted. I was frustrated and ready to give up. I decided to pray about it again before going to bed one night. I woke up in the middle of the night with the idea of Faith Guided Leadership. I had always thought about writing a generic book on leadership. I was being told by God to apply my religious faith to my goal. I had never thought about becoming a Christian writer.
This is the power of sharing your goals with God. With Him, all things are possible. He then, placed before me all of the tools needed to learn how to self publish a book. The words of the book started to flow quicker than I had ever dreamed. I put more faith in what He had plans for me to do. I had a renewed confidence in my goal.
"Faith Guided Leadership" was published in September 2011. I had a new mission in life. I felt the urge to share how God had changed my life and would proceed to do it through my writing. My stress in life was starting to disappear. That is where my book, "Stress Free Living" was born. It all started with a goal of mine that I shared with God through prayer. "Stress Free Living" was published in February 2013.
Goals are easier to attain if you share them with God. He can give you the direction that you need if you follow His guidance. What are your long term goals? I would love to hear from you. I am available for speaking appearances and would love to share my story with your group.