The key word this year is FOCUS!
Do you have a goal that you want to achieve this year? You can do it if you focus on that goal above all others. Be single-minded in the pursuit of your dreams.
Look deep within yourself. What is the dream that has lingered there the longest? Have you just about given up on it? Why? Do you think your time has passed? Do you think you are too old to dream? Do you think your dream will never come true?
How about dusting off that dream one more time? And this year, give it your all. Don’t let nothing stop you from focusing on this one dream.
Achieving your dream is possible! You just have to be willing to do what it takes to make it happen!
A universal story, Woman In The Pulpit is reaching around the globe.
I’m excited to announce that book readers in Ireland are reading Woman In The Pulpit!
Several months ago I became aware of the global reach of Woman In The Pulpit. However, lately the news from Ireland has been wonderful. With the use of words like ‘timely’ & ‘powerful’ by readers, Ireland is another country added to the global reach of this book. It is heartening to hear that Grace’s story is touching women in ministry in countries far and near.
Woman In The Pulpit tells the story of Rev. Dr. Grace Alexander, a recent seminary graduate. It follows her during her first year as a Senior Pastor as she becomes accustomed to the political terrain in the world of ministry. She sets her own path in the face of opposition by the all male Ministerial Alliance. Even in the face of tragedy, Grace holds on to her faith in God.
A universal story, Woman In The Pulpit is reaching around the globe. Read Woman In The Pulpit and see why it strikes a chord in the hearts of readers.
Have you faced disappointment pursuing something that you feel called to do? If so, you are not alone. Thousands of people receive rejections every day. The key question is: What are you going to do about turning your rejections into acceptances?
Seeing thousands of people pursuing the same goal as you is daunting. Even seeing hundreds going after the same small piece of the pie is enough to make you turn around and run. And seeing people who you think are less qualified than you achieve their goals can be downright depressing.
But don’t give up!
Even when you see colleagues getting their dream positions, don’t give up.
Take an assessment of yourself, if you must. What are you lacking in education, in style, in appearance? Are you confident? When people first meet you, what is their opinion of you?
Women have it harder than men on all fronts. A man up for the same position can charm his way into the position, even though his credentials are not up to par. A woman will be judged by how she looks; her weight, her hair color, her posture, etc., even though she exceeds required educational qualifications, knows her stuff, and has stellar recommendations. A man with lesser qualifications can come in with his suit rumpled, disheveled hair , and get the contract. His unkempt appearance will be dismissed because he is perceived to be a scholar and a genius. Brilliant and gifted are other words that come to mind, whereas a woman not looking her best and even more brilliant and gifted will be perceived as careless, uncaring and not qualified.
Next time you are up for an important position, seek out a person you trust. Ask them to help you. Go over possible interview questions. Ask for tips about your appearance. Brush up on the skill of small talk. Make sure you are feeling at the top of your game on the day of the interview. Leave no stone unturned.
Never give up! Hold fast to your dream!
Many times positions in ministry have a lot to do with politics. Shore up your political game. Do not think you are above playing the political game. Find a mentor. Go to conventions, regional meetings, speak at conferences, write articles. In other words, get known!
Your dream is closer than you think! With a little tweaking, the dream you are dreaming is possible.
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During a recent trip to Atlanta I had a chance encounter of the most wonderful kind.
After visiting with a group of young women and men in ministry, one of the women said to me, “I read your book, Woman In The Pulpit. I take the train to work every day. I have to tell you this! Woman in the Pulpit was so engrossing that I read past my train stop. When I looked up, I looked around. I couldn’t believe that I had missed getting off at my stop. I never miss my stop! But, that morning I did.”
I had hoped my story would touch people to their core. But I am also pleased to know that a reader was so fascinated with the story that it kept her engaged long past her designated train stop.
She continued, “I got off at the next stop and had to take the next train back. My only excuse for being late was to admit that I had been so engrossed in a book that I had totally ridden past my stop. I was a little embarrassed until everybody wanted to know what I was reading.”
Needless to say, I left the meeting uplifted. And eager to complete the movie script.
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