Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Imagine the Future You by Ada Brownell

Will you be the person you dream of being—or someone from your nightmares?

You don’t need a fortune teller to reveal your future. You are the person who determines who you will be, what your life will be like, and how your hopes and dreams will be fulfilled.

            Today is the time to IMAGINE and to create an action plan for your future.

·                   How harnessing your will can make you a champion
·                   How to make valuable deposits into your mind, detoxify harmful information in the brain, and avoid brainwashing
·                   How to look and be your best
·                   How to connect with Someone who will make a difference in your life
·                   How who you marry changes everything
·                   How to avoid traps that jeopardize your future
·                   Where you want your name to appear
·                   Why you can believe God is there and interested in your tomorrows
·                   Examples of people who grabbed their future and held on

This book will show how to make the right connections, how to grow you talents, and how to begin believing in yourself and things greater than yourself—for a wonderful Future You!


from Chapter One
What we do today determines the kind of person we will be in the future and what our lives will be like. Activities and attitudes of yesterday, today, and tomorrow become habits that change us for the better or for worse—and sometimes are almost impossible to change.
Habits are like the tree in Vashon Island, Washington, that grew around a bicycle until the bike became part of the tree. Somebody obviously leaned the bike against the tree when it was a small sapling. Now the bicycle is lodged into a large tree trunk five or six feet off the ground. It is impossible to remove the bike without destroying the tree.

Habits entwine themselves into us in a similar way and become part of who we are. Some habits make us better people because they cause us to do good things. Bad habits wrapped into our character jeopardize our future.
Habits are one part of our lives we control, but we can’t choose our parents. God made sure they love you by implanting love into their beings, although some moms and dads don’t show their love. But even parents who forsake their children love them, because many come back to them later in life and ask for forgiveness.
Parents are stuck with their children, and their children are stuck with them. Parents don’t have control over the genes their kids inherit, either. By the same token, they had nothing to do with the kind of atmosphere their ma and pa provided for them that influenced their behavior.
True genetics, culture, temperament, talents, education, beliefs, quirks, and hang-ups of the people who gave us earthly life affect us, but we can’t blame them if we end up a drunkard, too lazy to support ourselves, or in prison. No matter who we are, our background, what internal and external obstacles we face, we can scramble over everything in our way and reach a life of joy and fulfillment…
There is no one else exactly like you, and God loves you just the way you are. Yet, He expects you to allow Him to lead you into a great and wonderful life.
Years ago during the hippie generation, many young people dropped out of school to roam about the country to “find themselves.” One fellow said when he got a good look at himself, there was nothing there.
In order to become someone of great character, people must invest in themselves. Things of value must be deposited into the spirit and brain like money in the bank. Worthless deposits produce people who, although they are still priceless to God, aren’t worth much to the world.
The earlier we start working toward our dreams the better. When we are young, we are like clay that can be worked and changed by circumstances, relationships, decisions we make, what we experience, and what we put into our heads. When we become adults, our spirits might become hard—perhaps even like clay that has to be hurt and broken—before it can be changed.
So good choices now save heartache later, and we make those decisions every day.
It’s a good idea to begin with your spiritual life. Jesus said, The thief’s (Satan) purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.”[1]

[1] John 10:10

To buy Ada's book

About Ada:
Ada Brownell has been writing for Christian publications since age 15 and spent much of her life as a daily newspaper reporter at The Pueblo Chieftain in Colo. After moving to Springfield, MO in her retirement, she continues to free lance for Sunday school papers and Christian magazines. She is the author of three non-fiction books, one novel, and is critique group leader of Ozarks Chapter of American Christian Writers.

Ada’s other books:
Confessions of a Pentecostal, published in 1978 by Gospel Publishing House, out of print but now available for Kindle http://buff.ly/KmLPMi. Named by the Library Thing in 2011 and for a number of years among top Pentecostal books, and cited by reviewers as “giving a good look into another person’s faith.”

Swallowed by Life: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal, a Bible study featured in the June 2 Reading for Spiritual Health edition of The Pentecostal Evangel http://buff.ly/TLkr0a

Joe the Dreamer: The Castle and the Catapult, a youth novel, http://buff.ly/XeqTvH Enter an area where people are missing and radicals want to obliterate Christianity from the earth.

To connect with Ada:
Twitter: @adellerella
 Blog: http://inkfromanearthenvessel.blogspot.com Stick to Your Soul Encouragement
 Amazon Ada Brownell author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001KJ2C06
 Imagine the Future You: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1489558284

Ada Brownell is giving away a copy of Imagine the Future You. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice -- once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post.)

Off to read another great book!
Sandra M. Hart


Patricia Bradley said...

Love the bicycle and tree example! Sounds like a wonderful book. pat at ptbradley dot com

Jackie McNutt said...

I just love everything about the concept of this book. It is straight forward with gripping facts about character development and self worth.
Thank you

Anonymous said...

Thanks Ada and Sandra for a chance to know Ada through her book. Sounds like a great gift for a grandchild too. Please put my name in the drawing.
Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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