Thursday, February 13, 2020

What We Keep - It Came To Me In A Dream

I may be getting a little ahead of myself here, but honestly this is just how my mind words, I often work with the end in mind, and when things such as what I am about to share with you happen, you sit up and take notice, at least, I do!

I mentioned in a few previous posts that I am writing a book, and when I say I am writing a book, I mean I eat, sleep and breathe every aspect of this process. True to my nature (since childhood), I take inspiration from almost everything. But with that, it  has made narrowing down the topics I want to cover a bit challenging. I mean, this is a book, not an encyclopedia! So now I'm already thinking that there might need to be a second book, maybe even more. But now I'm really getting ahead of myself.

As I said, my mind is literally filled with thoughts of this book, almost 24/7, and that includes my dreams. And last night. . . I had one. I dreamed that my book had been picked up by a large publishing house, and just like Jo in Little Women, a package arrived in the mail with the first copy, it was even wrapped in brown paper, but let a girl dream, ok? And as you might have guessed, when I opened it up, this was what I dreamed the cover looked like. The other images you see on the side were on the inside of the front and back cover, and in my dream I just swooned and cried! So you can bet that at 5:30 a.m. this morning, this is what I was busy creating. I even had to hunt down the font I used for the title because nothing I had in my collection was close enough to what I dreamed.

The funny thing is, I don't even want my book to be picked up by a publisher. That was never my goal. But this isn't wasted on me, either. I'm a firm believer in the Holy Spirit speaking to us in our dreams, it happened throughout the bible. And since I've felt inspired beyond my own aspirations from the beginning , I can't deny the reason for this happening. If I was already excited about writing this, I think that has now doubled! Because of the way my mind is wired I almost needed to see the end result in order to know how to proceed. I don't know if other writers work that way, but this has been the process for me. In a way, though the actual work isn't completed, being able to see this is helping me understand how the rest of it will come together. It's brought clarity that I didn't know until now was lacking. Up to now it's been a bit scattered and I was worried that in the end I wouldn't know how to make it all fit, and the truth is, it may NOT all fit, which is fine, because as I mentioned previously, now I'm thinking I've got more than one book in me!

Living in your calling is such a beautiful thing, because when the Lord instills a gift in you, He likewise will guide you in that gifting if only you take the time to listen. I'm so grateful for this opportunity, and to be able to leave this for my children and their children to come. It's the reason I do what I do. ❤︎

Until then,


Monica Wilkinson said...

Love this! Yes, I have to visualize the end product/goal before I can get started - that visual is what keeps me motivated to press on. The finished project hasn't ended up exactly the way I imagined in the beginning but it was enough to get me going and give clarity and purpose. And yes, to more than one book! I agree with this happening to me as well - I have a couple more ideas too so we'll see what God has and where those end up going! Excited for you!

Kimberly Lottman said...

Oh Monica, thank you so much for this! I covet your wisdom, as one who has gone before! We are woven from the same fabric, I've observed that for many years as I've followed along on your blog. I'm going to private message you on FB and perhaps we can chat more there. I'm open to anything you feel led to offer! :)

pam said...

I cannot wait until your book is published, and I will get to read it!

Kimberly Lottman said...

Pam, you are such an encouraging friend! Thank you so much for that!