How many of you know that talking about faith and having faith are two totally different things?
The former is just that, well meaning words, without action. Now, the latter, “having faith” is believing in a person, a thing or in an expected outcome, even if you have no proof that it will happen.
Not easy, at all.
For Christians, having faith is directly related to our trust in God and God’s ability to make the seemingly impossible, possible. This is the kind of faith that Paul is urging us to have in Hebrews 11:6.
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
Finally! –having faith that I would write my first book paid off. It’s real.
My debut book launched, #GetEngaged with Yourself & Win! 12 Keys to Unlocking the Life & Love You Desire. It’s no longer a dream. It’s a book that others can read, besides me.
Here’s what people have to say about the book, so far:
“My thoughts…I loved it! One of the best books I’ve read in a minute. It does exactly what the title says, getting engaged with self, and that is what I did. I reflected on my past, present, and thought of what’s to come in my future.” ~Nicole Green
“A great read!! I can relate on many levels…moving on, letting go, and loving myself enough to notice that CHANGE is good!” ~Nicole Gardner-Lewis
“I literally just finished reading your book and I really feel even more empowered to finish the task that God has laid before me.” ~K. Halliday
“I loved it, and it definitely helped me because I have been going through something the last couple of months and just reading this book gave me confidence to love myself more.” ~Ms. Dancy
Truthfully, I thought I was going to launch the book late spring, which turned into mid-summer, then God was like, “How about you try waiting until the fall?!”
Why all the delays?
It was really beyond me. It was more like a destiny, timing thing that I couldn’t rush if I tried. And, believe me, I tried.
In my mind, I thought the hard part was going to be writing the book, which it was, but I never published or launched a book before. I didn’t know anything about ISBN’s or copywriting or bleeding pages. Yes, I had help along the way, thank you to everyone who gifted me with your time and talents, but as a new author and entrepreneur most of the work still rests on my shoulders.
No complaining, just truth.
The process it took to get the book from concept to conception, to birthing to proofing, to presenting it to you and out to Amazon, and all the other sales channels was more involved than I ever imagined.
But the key, the underlining thread that held me together, kept me focused and on task, after task was –is having faith.
Having faith that I was meant to birth this book, having faith in the book’s content that self-engagement was indeed the call for me to write about, while trying to discern how the book should be presented to the world, but more importantly having faith in God, to see me through it all.
I tear up just thinking of how far I’ve come in the ‘having faith’ department. You do know having faith, is a process?
What an awkward, adventurous process it is to have faith.
Having faith is so important, specifically as it relates to my book launch. Not to lift up how much faith I have, but to hopefully shed light on what happens when we as women (human beings) access our ability to connect with a Power greater than ourselves. WE WIN, we achieve, we can even get healed in the process!
So, why is having faith important today and why should you care?
Because there are too many hard working women who are habitually exhausted, undeniably overextended and secretly unfulfilled.
And, we need relief. Having faith can provide the relief we’re looking for.
I’m convinced that having faith is what will help many of us move towards the abundant lifestyle we secretly crave. The John 10:10 lifestyle, full of peace and joy regardless of what we have or don’t have, far away from an agitated or aggressive lifestyle, full of frustration and over-functioning.
But, you must admit that you need relief, aka help.
For the past several days, as I’ve contemplated over how to best write about this important, I was led to look at a handful of people Jesus healed in the book of Matthew: the paralytic, the woman who bled for 12 years, the blind men and the Canaanite woman.
In each case, Jesus affirmed and rewarded their faith.
He specifically told the woman who had been bleeding for 12 years, “Take heart daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” (Matthew 9:22) Simply put, “There’s something special about having faith?!” Whether our faith results in ‘every prayer’ being answered or not, having faith comes with great reward.
Here’s How Having Faith Helped Me Launch My First Book:
1. I received direction from God to write and I did it! In order to work your faith muscles, you eventually have to move towards what you believe God is calling you to do.
“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” ~James 2:26
You must act. Allow faith to led you, and leave the fruit from your faithfulness up to God.
2. I didn’t let self-doubt win. In the face of fear and self-doubt, I had to fight to stand firm in what I knew God had instructed me to do, which was to write! By any means necessary, I stood firm, while doing my best to reject all distractions and opinions that contradicted my ability to write and launch.
3. I constantly asked for help. Since, God had set the stage for me to write and was encouraging me to do it prior to graduating from seminary in May 2015. I needed help to get it done. So, I continually prayed for guidance and I asked those who were put in place around me for help. For instance, I needed an editor, so I asked my grammatical genius professor for help. He couldn’t do it, but he referred me to someone who could. Remember, having faith doesn’t mean you can’t ask for help.
4. I didn’t get stuck on all the details. Having faith in the final outcome more than how the outcome would happen helped me breath and believe that God wouldn’t let me miss the important details. If it’s meant to happen, faith says, “It will happen.”
5. I wasn’t deterred by the lack of people support. Remember the first point, I believed in the direction God gave me to write, so it was imperative that I kept my focus on God to get it done. Had I placed my faith solely in people, to stay on track, I definitely would’ve been discouraged to finish my book and I would’ve been aprehensive about launching.
Are you currently being challenged to have faith? In the comments section, let us know how having faith is or isn’t showing up in your life?
P.S. Have you read my debut book? Did you think it was interesting? I would like to read your honest feedback via Facebook or if you purchased it on Amazon, you can write a review here. I appreciate your support.