God Speaks Through Dreams

In this space, WestBow Press publishes articles written by our authors in which they share some aspect of their self-publishing journeys. The following blog is from Wendy Westerfield , author of “Adventures with Piggy.” To begin your self-publishing journey, get a free WestBow Press publishing guide today!

A Stirring Soul

In September 2015, I headed to Nashville for the DotMOM Conference. As a mom of 3 kiddos, I was ready to be recharged, encouraged, and with Jesus. I remember listening to Karen Kingsbury speak there. She was reading one of her children’s books, Let Me Hold You Longer. Karen had all the moms crying and wanting to go home to love their children better and show them Jesus.  At that moment, I felt a stirring in my spirit: God had more for me to be doing. I want to encourage moms and families, I want to share God’s love. I want to help build character in kids and let them know that with God they can do anything. My desire is that people are moved to see Jesus.

On October 26, I woke up from a dream feeling such an urgency from the Lord. I had an inexplicable feeling that God was up to something.  I wrote in my prayer journal because I knew I had heard Him and didn’t want to miss or forget anything.

My Prayer

Lord,   

I want so much to do something extraordinary for you. God give Matt and I a fresh new vision of how our family can serve you. How we can use our talents, gifts and experiences to lead people to You. We want to see them excited about you.  Give them the desire to live for You, not out of obligation but a longing to want to be more like You. Show us what that looks like.  Place people into our lives that can speak and encourage us.  Open doors for ministry. Open a new door for our family. God I feel like You said to write a book. Give me guidance and direction.

May this dream and desire come to fruition. Give me favor. Guide me in the right direction. May I feel Your presence always. Fill our house with Your presence. Touch our kids. Use them for Your glory. May they turn to You and love You. God my desire is to see our family serving together and ministering together. Give us a clear vision.

God Speaks

Soon after my prayer, God spoke to me for the first time about writing a book. I found it quite strange that He would want me to write. I am not the best writer. I never know where to put the correct punctuation and I am not a woman of fancy, big words. As time passed, almost a year, I continued to pray for God’s guidance and wisdom.  I still didn’t know exactly what He wanted me to write.

And then it happened…another dream. I woke up with the main character, as well as the title of my first book. I knew this was God. So I wrote, and that was the day Adventures with Piggy became a reality.

My whole life I have always been encouraged and told I could do anything. When it comes to things I’m not naturally good at, I tend to doubt myself or shrink back in fear. What I’ve learned through this whole process though, is that God would not put a dream in my heart if He hadn’t already given me everything I needed to fulfill it. God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called. If God has spoken to you, I encourage you not to let fear keep you from trusting Him and Dreaming Big.

– WBP –

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Managing Family Wealth

In this space, WestBow Press publishes articles written by our authors in which they share some aspect of their self-publishing journeys. The following blog is from Kip Kolson, author of “The Legacy Family; Father, Son, and ‘Holy Coach.'” You can learn more about Kip by visiting his author website. To begin your self-publishing journey, get a free WestBow Press publishing guide today!

An Inside Perspective

If your job involves helping people, you may feel limited to working only with those whom you interact directly. This was my situation. My work and message of hope was confined to four office walls.

I am the owner and president of Family Wealth Leadership, a wealth management and registered investment advisory firm. Working with business owners and their families, I’ve learned that wealth does not always bring happiness or peace. Unfortunately, more often than not, wealth creates complexity, discontent, and even relational conflicts.

Managing Wealth

Our company works to successfully build and preserve families’ financial wealth. After working with many families, we realized that wealth was often a catalyst for problems. Because of this, we decided to expand our services to include family coaching. There are hosts of people who do a good job of addressing the financial side of wealth management, but that is where it stops. Relationship counselors, therapists, and psychologist are necessary to work on the “people” issues. The problem is, most don’t understand that money and people are a toxic combination.

Money and people are intertwined: impossible to separate. Whether money causes people problems, or vice versa; they must be addressed simultaneously for progress to be long-term. We are one of the few firms that works on the four Ts of True Wealth; Time, Talent, Training, and Treasures. We believe the family, and everyone in it, has a desire to be significant. Significance can only be achieved through serving others and being a good steward of the four Ts of True Wealth. This is what family coaching is all about.

Family Coaching

Family coaching is a time-intensive activity. We only are able to work with a few families a year. Yet, we still wanted to help more people. We wanted to alert families of the historical statistic that 70% of their wealth will be lost each time it passes to the next generation and completely gone in three generations. Worse, often families will be in disarray and antagonistic. How could we help more people through the trial of wealth management? The answer was writing a book, thus The Legacy Family; Father, Son, and “Holy Coach” was birthed. This book describes the symptoms of what we call “affluenza” and the preventative treatments every family can use to unite their family and build a legacy. The “Holy Coach” was my metaphor for backing up the recommended treatments with truth and solid principles that have proven successful for thousands of years.

Fuel Your Passions

I am a first-time author and I have a passion for families because I believe as the family goes, so goes our society and world. Like all authors who write these types of books, I would like to think I might be able to make a positive difference in peoples’ lives. Whatever your passion is, I encourage you to devote some amount of time every day to following through. I wrote a 300-page book on my smartphone which is always with me. I could write a little whenever I had a thought and some quiet time: like lunch, a waiting room, or airport. No matter how busy you are, you have enough time to achieve your significance. Just do it! Serve others rather than yourself, and be a good steward of your Time, Talent, Training, and Treasures.

– WBP –

WestBow Press authors who’d like to share a 350-600 word experience related to the self-publishing of their books are invited to do so by sending a message through the WestBow Press Facebook page and follow the WestBow Press Twitter account @WestBowPress. WestBow Press reserves the right to edit stories for content, grammar, punctuation, and length. 


From Writing to Purpose

In this space, WestBow Press publishes articles written by our authors in which they share some aspect of their self-publishing journeys. The following blog is from Ifonia Jean, author of “Strength for the Journey.” You can learn more about Ifonia by visiting her author Facebook page. To begin your self-publishing journey, get a free WestBow Press publishing guide today!

Follow Your Passion

Follow your passions and you will discover the path of your purpose.  That’s what I learned when I finally published my book earlier this year. I still remember all the hours spent brainstorming, reading, researching and writing. I worked on my book for five long years.

Initially, I had my mind set on writing a novel—a romance to be exact. Yet, I was not as passionate about writing this romance novel as I was thinking about it. I didn’t believe a tale of falling in love was going to give people the hope and strength they needed to survive the tests and trials of life.

There was (and is) just too much going on in the world, so much brokenness. I used to work for my local newspaper. The newsroom was always buzzing with bad news and filled with tension. Every time I looked up at one of the flat panel TVs on the walls, there was “breaking news.” Headlines were popping up on my computer screen through the company’s dashboard.  My co-workers were constantly expressing their anger, fears, sadness and doubt about something they read or watched.

Embrace New Opportunities

The negative news was a lot for me to take in sometimes, but I always felt moved to counterattack the national tragedies through writing. I had been writing an education column for about a year, until one day, my boss proposed that I write about my faith. She knew how zealous I was about my relationship with God. I thought it was a great idea and jumped on the opportunity for God to use me.

To my astonishment, the readers were responding to my faith columns. I was receiving hand-written letters and emails on a weekly basis from men and women in the community who were encouraged by my personal experiences and understanding of the Bible. I thought, surely this is a move of God.

One day, I had an epiphany—I would write a book about my faith, combining my personal experiences with biblical accounts of God’s power and faithfulness. If I could encourage my community, then I could encourage my country—not by my strength, but by the Spirit.

I was excited and empowered by this revelation. I knew I would need the strength of God to start and finish my book amidst all the challenges going on in my personal life. I was dealing with debt, infertility, challenges at work, family drama, etc. I was also having a hard time balancing my role as a wife and a student.

God Gives Us Purpose

Through it all, I thought about how God used Paul to encourage the early church in their faith. God also encouraged Paul, enabling him to survive the worst and best parts of his journey. Paul did not have a church to fund his missionary trips or a private jet to get him to different parts of the world. He relied on God to meet his physical and spiritual needs.

I decided that would be my resolve. I depended on the power of God to endure the grueling process of writing and editing. When I lost my job, I thought it was a sign for me to quit working on the book. For a while, I did. I could not deal with the stress of life and write simultaneously.

Thankfully, God put people on my path to cheer me on. He also opened doors for me to meet the financial obligations of publishing my book.  It’s refreshing to know that the God, who is fully aware of our shortcomings, empowers us to overcome any obstacle.

 

– WBP –

WestBow Press authors who’d like to share a 350-600 word experience related to the self-publishing of their books are invited to do so by sending a message through the WestBow Press Facebook page and follow the WestBow Press Twitter account @WestBowPress. WestBow Press reserves the right to edit stories for content, grammar, punctuation, and length. 


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