Sep 20, 2017

Encouragement Along the Way


Pastor Lisa Shaw with my book
I have blogged for over 10 years and during that time I have met some lovely ladies who over time I have come to call friends. One of them is Pastor Lisa Shaw. She is the author, speaker and a Certified Personal & Executive Coach. She has a heart for women in every age and stage in life and encourages them to soar and not give up on their dreams. She is one of my blogging friends who has encouraged my blogging and writing journey. She has also given me the opportunity to write for her blog.

 Pastor Lisa is one of the persons who encouraged me to complete, BecomingHis Dream Girl. Though she never saw my manuscript she believed that since it was something that I was passionate about, it was worth seeing through to completion. She encouraged me to set goals for each step of my book and then checked to see if I had completed them.

There was a time I told her my book was finished (in my defense I truly thought it was). Her reply was a series of questions… Did you write your, about the author, your acknowledgement and dedication? What about your cover design? Did you choose a photo for your back cover? What about your, back cover summary…? My answer since I had not done any of these things was a bashful, “I guess I’m not as finished as I thought I was. So, it was back to work. However, I honestly found it so much easier to work with clear deadlines and goals.

This journey of publishing my first book has taught me so much and I'm so grateful for the encouragement and help of friends along the way.

Do you have people who encourage you and cheer you on in your life? 

 Trusting Him,
~Bernadine~


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Updated to add photo.

Aug 23, 2017

Becoming His Dream Girl, now available on Amazon

I'm so happy to say that my book Becoming His Dream girl is now available on Amazon! I'm so excited about this book and hope that you will purchase it for the young ladies in your life. You can purchase your copy here.

Trusting Him,
 ~Bernadine~

Jul 13, 2017

It's Never too Late to Follow your Dreams

Cover design by: Alisa Wagner
Do you have dreams that you've given up on ever realizing? I can definitely relate. I’m a self-described dreamer. I have notebooks full of dreams, plans and goals that I often talk myself out of accomplishing. It’s not that I’m not passionate about them, I just tend to let fear, discouragement and life’s many obstacles get in the way of me doing all that I can to make those dreams reality.

 For more years than I can count one of those dreams has been to publish a book. It started with the dream of publishing a book of poems, which I talked myself out of. Then it moved on to a series of teen inspirational fiction. I ultimately turned those into short stories for my teen girl magazine. I simply couldn’t commit to following this dream of writing a book because, who would read it?

So, I didn’t write the books I dreamed of writing. Instead, I concentrated on my teen girl magazine. I spoke to the occasional teen girl group that I was invited to speak to and I decided that my publishing dream probably would never be realized. Then, I was invited to speak to Rachael’s Daughters, a teen girls’ mentoring group. I spoke to them on the topic, “Becoming the Girl of His Dreams”. The words that I spoke to them resonated with me also. So, every so often I’d pick up the speech, brush it off, add a few words to it then put it back on the shelf again.

This year, I decided it was either finish it or forget about it. So, I enlisted the help of people I trusted to give me an honest opinion of what I had written. Their critiques, suggestions and encouragement gave me the courage to continue my years long project and made my work better. 

Finally, I am so excited to say that my book Becoming His Dream Girl, will soon be out.


One thing I have learned from this process is that it’s never too late to follow your dreams.


Hope deferred makes the heart sick,

    but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:1

Trusting Him,
 ~Bernadine~