Sometimes even though you know something is true, it takes a while for the reality of it to sink in. For years I dreamed of being an author, and even though I have published a book, I still have a hard time thinking of myself as an author. I recently read where someone wrote, "So now that you're an author, start thinking like one." I am learning to do this slowly but surely.
This week I had the privilege of sharing on two different radio shows. I must say that it is surreal to hear myself referred to on the radio as "Author, Natalie Flake." While I know this is true, I am still humbled by these words. They make me so very happy!
Today I had a book signing at Java Joe's Coffee House. I was so encouraged by the friends who stopped by to visit and to get a book. I used to joke about doing book signings one day, and now this has become my new normal. This is not something I take for granted; I am so very thankful that God is using Tears to Joy to help others to find hope in their own times of desperation.
About five years ago, I was in a small group Bible study with a group of women where we were sharing our God-sized dreams. I shared with them that I had four big dreams:
- To get my PhD
- To be a published author
- To be a missionary
- To marry a godly man
While I'm still working on #1, I'd say that God has made all of these dreams a reality. As I begin the next chapter of my life, I do so with great anticipation to see what God will do. I love this time of year because it's a time of both reflection and of new beginnings.
What dreams have you had that became a reality? Share with us so we can celebrate together!