Lets Write This Book.
From the beginning, when it was put on my heart to write a book, I was at a complete lost as to what I wanted to write about. I love to write, its my passion and its a gift that God blessed me with; but I never imagined in a million years that I would want to or have the desire to actually write a book. I mean, an author? Me? I had so many questions. "What am I going to write about?" "What if no one buys my book?" "How am I going to pay for this?" .. Question after question kept popping up in my head. I felt defeated before I even began to write. My fear was so big, that it took me forever to even write down one word. Writers block kicked in real quick and I started to feel like just maybe a book wasn't something I was called to do after all. Thats how the enemy works though. He begins to talk you out of your will before you even begin to walk in it. Distractions came out of no where and I began to focus on them instead of keeping my eyes on the prize. Its crazy how with just one shift of our gaze, our whole world begins to sink. Its something Peter knows about all too well. Matthew 14:29-30 says:
"Jumping out of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus. But when he looked down at the waves churning beneath his feet, he lost his nerve and started to sink. He cried, “Master, save me!”
With just one shift, from Jesus, to the water, Peter began to sink. Wow! And it exactly what began to happen to me. Because my gaze was no loner on Jesus and now on my fears, I began to doubt my ability in the talent that God had given me. I had to redirect my focus back to jesus and trust his every word.
While on my fast, I began to pray earnestly and asked God to show me His will for the book I wanted to write. One day I woke up, opened my laptop and began to type away without any hesitation. After a few sentences, I realized that my words were honest and raw, open and cut throat, they were about me. Its like a lightbulb lit up over my head. I thought "Duh Melissa, write about what you promote the most. Vulnerability. A book of stories. Not only mine, but others as well. A book where I (along with other people) completely strip down, and tell it all. I loved the idea, i fell in love with the concept, and from there God continued to pour more and more creative ideas to bring this book to life. But the icing on the cake is when I came up with the book title. So ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to present to you :
A book of stories from different kinds of people, race, and religion bearing it all and letting it all out. I am a true believer that vulnerability heals all wounds. A cut won't heal if you keep the bandaid on forever. It needs its time to breathe and be open so that air can touch it, its all apart of the healing process. I am extremely honored to be able to create such a thing like this because those who know me well know that I'm not the most creative cookie in the bunch, so I know that all of this comes from a higher being than myself. Continue to keep me in your prayers so that I can keep my eyes focused, my ears open and my heart receptive to continue on this journey.
And if you or anyone else you know has a story that you know can help someone else, It would be such a pleasure to collaborate with you on this new adventure that I am currently creating. You can always contact me: Melissasuemill@yahoo.com