Blogger: Rachel Kent
Location: Los Banos, Calif., attending a memorial service for my 96-year-old great-aunt, Irene.
We’ve talked a lot about goals this week. Now let’s think about our dreams! On Monday, Cynthia H. defined dreams as: “Something beyond the scope of the tangible but completely possible with the One who moves mountains!” I think this is a great way to think about dreams.
What are some of your dreams for 2012? Do you dream of getting published? Do you dream of being on a best-seller list? Make a point this year to pray about your dreams. God listens to our prayers, and He created us with the ability to dream. He ultimately knows what’s best for us, but prayer is a really good thing when you’re trying to achieve something that’s out of your control. It allows for an opportunity to see God in action as he works miracles in our lives.
One dream I have for 2012: I would like to sell books for all of the debut authors I represent.
I will work hard to achieve this dream, but I know that God will need to step in to make it happen. Helping new authors get published is one of the main reasons I became an agent, so this dream is an important one for me. I understand that if these books are going to be published, it will happen in God’s timing, but one can dream, right?! 🙂 And faith can move mountains.
I know dreams are often very personal, but do you have one you can share?
I’m sorry to hear about your Aunt Irene, Rachel. May God grant you peace and comfort during this time.
Thanks for the inspiring post today. It is so important to pray, and yet, I think sometimes it’s easy to forget in the hustle and bustle that becomes our everyday lives. A personal goal I have added for myself is to pray and read a bit of Scripture for the first 15 – 30 minutes of each day. I might have to get up earlier to accomplish it, but if I can set goals for other things, then why not use goals to help ensure I spend time with God?
My dream is to be able to take a short writing retreat this year. I’ve always wanted to, but as the primary caregiver for our children, time hasn’t allowed it. My other dream would be to attend one of the Christian writers conferences that takes place every year. They are usually so far from me that the expense is prohibitive.
Thanks again for a wonderful post.
I’m thankful we serve a God of big dreams! My dream for 2012 is to be published. All I can do to make that a reality is continually work hard and wait. It’s so frustrating when you arrive at the waiting stage, but God is faithful, and I want to be faithful to continue to write whether publication happens this year or a few years down the road. Thanks for the post!
My GOAL is to find an agent and begin the hard work of getting published. My DREAM is for my Every Day Miracles series to become the next Mitford. Dreams should be BIG!
I love your dream, Rachel! My dream is pretty similar. 🙂
Despite rejections, and my decision to self-publish, I still have a dream of being published through a legacy publisher someday, for the validation that brings. Beyond that, my “dreams” for 2012 (or later, since dreams are less definable as to outcome) are:
– Find an illustrator for my poetry book willing to work on spec and to a schedule, after which self-publish that.
– Find time to complete a follow-up to my self-published non-fiction book. The idea is there; it’s the time that isn’t.
– Land a regular column with an on-line engineering-construction magazine. That could almost be a goal, as they are having me write two samples as a trial. I’ve always wanted a regular column somewhere.
Janet Ann Collins
My dream is for one of my children’s books to win an award. A Newbery would be nice, but I’ll happily settle for a lesser one. I’d like that to happen so lots of people will read the book and make it more likely to touch someone the way books I read as a kid influenced my life.
I dream of finishing my MS and going to a writers conference!
Melissa K. Norris
Cheryl, I love that you made time with God one of your goals.
My dream is to become published. After submitting my writing dreams to God, He’s shown me so many instances on the path to publication that I know could have only came from Him. So you’re right on Rachell to pray about them. He will show you His presence if you ask and seek Him. Amen!
And my dream is to become published by a traditional publishing house. 🙂
My new dream after reading this post is to have Books & Such represent my debut novel! Beautifully written, Rachel!
Jessica R. Patch
Sorry to hear about your aunt, Rachel. Prayers and hugs.
I LOVE your dream! 😉 I’m dreaming the same thing. I’m also dreaming of more opportunities to travel and share the message of hope with women. God is already opening up those doors!
I’ve loved your posts this week. I get to know you so much more with each one.
Ooo, I got shivers reading this post. It’s as if we’re on the exact same wavelength.
(Pausing here to offer my condolences about your great aunt. 96–what a grand number–I’m sure she was special.)
I was led to Mark 11:24 this week, and it really sums up your post:
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
God always keeps his promises. It’s okay to dream big. Sometimes it’s hard! But look at that passage–I mean, wow!! It’s blown my mind several times this week!
Praying your dream comes true–what a wonderful dream for you to have!
Rachel, my condolences on the loss of your great aunt. Losing family is the hardest part of growing older.
This was the year I got to live out a dream, spending 7 weeks in Asia–a trip that was 13 years in the making. 2012’s dream is to find an agent for my book. 🙂
My heart goes out to you in your time of loss, Rachel. May you experience some pleasure amidst the pain when you recall memories of special times shared with your great aunt.
My dream for 2012 is to see my debut novel successfully launched, doing all I can to help promote the book while having fun with the wonderful people who have supported me on my journey.
Thank you for all of your condolences. Aunt Irene’s service was very nice and I’m glad she’s in heaven now instead of suffering so much.
Thanks for also sharing your dreams! I love that now we can all watch God work to fulfill those dreams!
its nice that you said its unattainable apart from GOd. I was pretty Good at making dreams come true on my own.(Of Course God made it possible i didn’t) I went on a missions trip to Africa but can i Dare say that doesnt even compare to the dream of getting married and having a kid. Or the other one which is finishing the whole bible! It is near impossible for me to achieve it without God’s intervention. The other dreams are winning a marathon(spiderman is possible too) writing a book(finishing) and having a dress shop.