Finding Courage to Follow your Dreams
by Joanne Troppello
I recently came across this quote by Sidney Smith and it really struck a chord within me. "A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage."
This quote does make me wonder how many books that could be written are never written. How many inventions are in the inventor’s mind but do not find their way to an invention for lack of courage? How many dreams are never realized because we are afraid? Are we wasting away our talents?
Lack of courage is something that has held me back in the past and I still struggle with it, but I’m trying to get a handle on it. Trusting in God that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me has been helping me to find that courage to achieve my dreams.
I agree with Scarlett O’Hara, that “after all…tomorrow is a new day.” No matter what happened yesterday or if today is not going exactly as you planned, keep your chin up and be courageous in your heart because the sun will come up again.
I received an encouraging email from a reader saying that she loved how one of my characters exhibited such strong faith throughout the story. She enjoyed reading the journey of how another character lost her way and then found the road back to a strong faith in God. It’s awesome to know that one of my books has encouraged a reader. It helps to keep me going, knowing that my words can inspire others.
The other day, just when I needed to hear it, one of my husband’s cousins posted on my facebook page to keep giving status updates on my book because he loves to hear when family members are doing well and that I’ve been giving God the glory. He was encouraged by me, but I felt even more encouraged by what he wrote. Some times as authors, it’s very lonely; especially when you don’t always get feedback and know if your work is making a difference in this world.
After being married for six years, Gwen and Lucas DeStefano are dealing with the pain of a childless marriage and trying to trust God for their future. On a weekend getaway to the Poconos, they attempt to relax and renew their marriage, but witness an event that turns their lives upside down. They see a body dump in the woods while they are on a hike and their lives become entangled in a web of suspense and God’s ultimate blessing in the form of a little baby girl, named Bella Lucia. Will Gwen learn to trust God with childlike faith and wholeheartedly accept His plan?
Det. Marc Abrams is assigned to the murder investigation of Sabrina Reysen and he will do whatever it takes to find her killer. He has his suspicions and is pleasantly surprised when he meets Samantha “Sam” Collins, the attractive US Marshall assigned to protect one of the witnesses in this case. Will Det. Abrams find the killer before it’s too late and is the attraction between him and Sam strong enough to survive?
Joanne Troppello is an author of romantic suspense novels. She has published three books: Shadowed Remembrances, Mr. Shipley’s Governess and Bella Lucia. Currently, she is working on her new writing project, The Paradise Redeemed Series. Joanne is married and loves spending time with her husband and family. She enjoys interacting with readers at The Mustard Seed Blog.