Has God put a dream in your heart, but you’re either scared to go for it or not sure if you have what it takes to accomplish it – or both? Me too. I’m going to tell you a story and then I’ll let you know why I’m telling you.
Many years ago, I had this dream of being a Christian “speaker”. I had never been a speaker before and although I had listened to messages from other speakers, I honestly was not entirely sure what that calling entailed, much less how to get started. But God laid that dream so heavily on my heart that I finally took a leap of faith and started pursuing it.
But it was a lonely journey at times.
I resigned from my full time job and went from working in an office of 500 people to working in a home office of one. As I diligently focused on getting my speaking ministry off the ground, God miraculously opened many doors to speak at local church women’s events, and in less than a year I had joined the Proverbs 31 Ministries Speaker Team. Finally, I had a team of amazing women to do ministry with and I didn’t feel quite so alone. Women that “got me” and the calling in my heart, and their support and camaraderie made all the difference in the world.
Then God prompted me to start writing … but I considered myself a speaker, not a writer? However, as I began to put words and thoughts to paper in writing out the stories God had been orchestrating over my lifetime, and writing devotions for Encouragement for Today, it began to feel more natural. And I loved it.
But again – it felt a little bit lonely. Hours and hours at a computer writing words alone in your house is very isolating and can take a toll on your mental tenacity after a while. In fact, I started thinking maybe I had misinterpreted this dream of writing, and almost gave up completely, especially after years of rejection letters from publishers.
But then COMPEL Training was founded at Proverbs 31. It gave me a community of writers to interact with, plus a wealth of information and teachings to help me improve and learn about the craft of writing and the publishing industry as a whole. All of which encouraged me to keep pursuing my writing dreams despite how impossible they seemed at the time.
Then several years and four book contracts later, something else happened. Last year on January 19th, the exact day of my birthday, I got a job offer to work at COMPEL and I am now the COMPEL Director. I love how God works! I mean seriously, a birthday present from Jesus?! 🙂
So needless to say, I’m a huge fan of COMPEL Training! It is has encouraged and equipped me to follow my dreams along with thousands of others, and now I get to enjoy encouraging and equipping others to do the same.
Might this be the year you decide to invest in your calling and determine to follow your dreams? Plus once you join, you can take advantage of a goal setting session which will help get all your dreams and goals organized on paper, as well as provide you with several ‘Follow Your Dreams’ worksheets and activities to keep you on track and motivated.
COMPEL is currently having open registration through January 31st, and registration is only open several times a year for limited periods.
COMPEL Training is specifically geared to help people follow their dream to write, no matter what they feel called to write about or what their ministry dreams are. Whether you’re a blogger or want to create a blog, an aspiring author or speaker, an established author or speaker, enjoy writing articles for your church newsletter, want to become a freelance writer for magazines or just improve your writing, want to know how to write your life story so you can share your message at your church or in your small group, write for a church newsletter, or even if you long to get a book published, COMPEL has hundreds of teachings to help you pursue your dreams.
In addition, we have an amazing Community Forum where friendships blossom and hundreds of people are involved in online community groups … so you will never feel like you’re going at it alone again!
CLICK HERE to learn more information about COMPEL Training and how you can become a member today!