The author of five books, Nika Maples is a writer, speaker, and lupus and stroke survivor who loves to help Christian writers conquer what's holding them back so they can finish, publish, and market their amazing books. She started her career teaching high school English, and was named Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year in 2007. Nika loves her sunny life in Fort Worth.
66: Your Back-Up Plan Is the Tell
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65: You Might Be in the Wilderness
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64: You Belong
Have you ever seen those t-shirts that use a bold font to list four ubiquitous names that are instantly recognizable when they are listed together? Like John, Paul, George, and Ringo. Or Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer. Or Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
Well, I was thinking about those shirts the other day.
I was on a group coaching call, and one of my clients asked to be coached on the feeling of frustration she was experiencing as she worked on her manuscript. Ok, I was you, just for a moment, to step into her situation. I am going to give a little summary of our conversation, here. Have you ever felt something similar to this? Let’s call her Anne.
Anne had been working on her project, making great progress, feeling confident. She had collected piles and piles of notes over the years because she was already teaching and working one on one with people who needed her expertise and services. But there were only so many people she could reach by sharing in small settings like that. She had come to me because she knew it was time to write a book so she could reach more people and impact a wider audience. Through the guidance in my course, she had created an overall outline and chapter structure. But now she was doubting herself and wasn’t actually writing on the book anymore.
“It sounds like you have a wonderful foundation,” I said. “Why aren’t you well on your way with the actual writing?”
“Because I don’t like my writing,” she said.
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63: Don’t Leave Without Jesus
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62: What You’ve Always Known Won’t Be Enough
When it comes to your writing, just because you have never been able to fish your book before, doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to finish it. Don’t look to your past to predict your future. Just because your work has been rejected in the past doesn’t mean you always will be. Don’t look to the old days for evidence of the new days.
Jesus would like to do something that’s never been done before. He’s running to you right now. “How’s it going to happen?” He’s saying. He’s asking but He’s only testing you. He already knows what He’s going to do.
It’s something to think about. If He knew what He was going to do, why would He even ask?
When Jesus turns to His disciples, He’s never asking for our ideas. He’s asking for our cooperation. It took the disciples cooperation to pass around all of the baskets to feed the people. They were just the food servers. That’s all. Jesus made the miraculous main course.
Our job? Just servers. Let Jesus have a chance to cook it up, first.
61: You Are Not Behind
Do you think you are behind? It could be that you have forgotten to multiply the miraculous work of Jesus on your behalf. No wonder you think you’re behind. You’ve found the formula of failure, and for some reason you continue to calculate yourself as the most significant factor. But arriving at the answer that it’s too late means your formula is fatally flawed. There’s nothing after too late. And anytime there’s no life left it means you made a mistake somewhere. Go back and check your work ... you are not behind.
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Hopeful, Encouraging, Smart
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