Sunday, November 7, 2010

Write the Vision, Make it plain

About four years ago, I was sitting on the floor of my small one bedroom apartment taking account of things that happened in my life.  Some things were good, and some had me going, "what the hell was I thinking?"  I had seen myself go from being married at the age of 26 to being divorced at 31.  I was an author of two novels which only put my name out there but I wasn't on the New York Times Bestseller's list, truth be told I couldn't even crack the top 1000 seller's list on Amazon.  I was single, I was miserable, I was disgusted with the person I had become.  I was the one who always inspired others but I wasn't motivated enough to inspire myself.  I sank into a small depression and for a year, I had very limited communication with people outside of work.

One day I had a talk with the woman in the mirror. The only person holding me back was me.  I had been blessed with a tremendous talent, I was fortunate to be employed with a company that gave me access, why was I not fulfilled?  So I sat down and wrote my feelings and I remember my mom sharing a very important biblical verse to me.

Habakkuk 2:2-3 says, And the Lord answered me and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables that he may run that readeth it.  For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie:  though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.  So four years ago, I wrote down the following:

1.     Have a writing career that will inspire the lives of others that will in turn have a substantial financial
        impact on me, my family, and my church.

2.     Have a blessed marriage with a man whom God chooses for me.

3.     Be blessed with a mentally and physically happy child or children.

4.    Have a wonderful and affordable home filled with God's loving presence, peace, and open space.

5.    Be a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show talking about a movie based on my book.

6.    Traveling the world with my husband and child(ren) without worrying about cost.

7.    Becoming a guest lecturer of creative writing at University level.

8.    Being an active member in my church.

9.    Becoming more extroverted and less worried about what others think of me.

10.  Living a life that God wants me to live that will be a blessing to my child(ren) and their off-spring.

11.  Only flying one to two trips or just enough hours to keep my insurance and flight benefits.

12.  Starting a ministry for those who have a creative vision but just can't seem to get started on the right

Since then only 3 of the following have been fulfilled.  The others will come at their appointed time.  In September, 2010 I launched my own healthy beverage business.  I know in order for it to be successful I must command God's words to speak on my behalf.  My vision is that my company, "galliencafe" thrives and become a multi-million dollar company.  This will come become I have the faith and God's word says, "wait, because it will surely come, it will not tarry."

This is my season and I believe God presents you with one opportunity in order for you to achieve what His purpose is for you.  All you have to do is write it down.


  1. NWMD International University need Volunteer guest lecturers as creative writers at university level to assist us.

  2. Hello Laylasmom, I typed in "Write the vision, make it plan", in my search engine and your blogspot came up as a choice. Your title, "Whatever comes to mind...", caught my attention. Also, in your list of things you wanted to accomplish, the ministry about those having a creative vision, but who just didn't know how to get started on the right path stood out to me. I share many of the same things you had on your list and wonder why is it we don't write down the things that come to mind. I am still working on my list. Maybe we will get to meet one day. Thanks anyway, for being an inspiration.

    Eugene Johnson at (Indianapolis)

  3. Almost two years after you wrote this entry, I stumbled upon it using the same Google search terms that Eugene (just above my response) did. Thanks for writing it. I woke up early this morning having quite the pity party... and along with some choice scripture that I found this morning, you reminded me of one thing: I am not done yet. God is definitely not done. Thank you. I needed that!

  4. Hi Laylasmom! I, too, found this post when I searched for "Write the vision, make it plain." I was feeling quite discouraged as a writer, and was looking for some encouragement and I found you, who also happens to be a writer! I know you wrote this more than 3 years ago, but thank you for sharing this post.

  5. Dear Laylasmom,

    On my drive in to work this morning, it was as if the spirit of God spoke to me and reminded me of the verse that our respective mothers shared with us. So, too, I searched for the verse and came across your blog. You are certainly on your way to "Having a writing career that will inspired the lives of others..." for after reading this, I feel a stirring within my soul... Thank you and God bless!

  6. This write up will change my life. I am at such a terrible time in my life. I also googled write the vision make it simple. May God continue to fufill your vision IJN

  7. This is a wonderful Word for me. I put my 11 yr. old granddaughter's name on the flyer for my 60th birthday celebration. Her parents (my son and his baby mama) are so far not allowing her to come and play the piano for me. They got all shook up when I put her name on the flyer. I told them that God said to write the vision. If it is the will of God that she be there, she will. If it is not the will of God for her to be there, she won't. Case closed.

  8. Funny how something you wrote 3 years ago still inspires others, myself included. Thank goodness for the Google. Lol ;-)

  9. I was not going to leave a comment until reading all the comments similar to how I found your search "write the vision"

    I too am at a cross roads in my life working a job that has sucked all of the life out of me. I have held on to a vision of being in business for my self full time for over 10 years it was not until a couple years ago I actually started having success in a business is started 3 years ago with many attempt with other companies.. I it is my goal to have a full time Avon business by this time next year. I was feeling a little disouraged today and thought about writing down everything on paper when i googled "write the vision" This post continues to be such an inspiration. It has taken on a life of it's own.

  10. Laylasmom, I was compelled to search for "Write the vision and make it plain" because I am still seeking to understand and grow in the knowledge of God. Thanks to your inspirational words of faith, I have gain more insight and understanding of God's will for my life. Whatsoever things you desire when you pray; believe that you receive them and you SHALL have them. Mark 11:24May you continue to prosper and be in excellent health; even as your Soul prospers.

  11. THank you for sharing. I just read Hab 2:3 and it said to write it so the 'runner' can see it. So I am making a LARGE sign this weekend.

    Big Vision/ Larger God!

  12. I also Google "write the vison and make it plain" and I came across this. I thank you for the help you have provided me with thus passage.
    Be Blessed and thank you :)

  13. Amen...this just ministered to my heart and I now it is a confirmation because the same message was just preached at my church last Friday. So, I wrote the vision, prayed over it & now I'm waiting to see the manifestation of the Lord! Be encouraged all and hold on!

  14. Hello, I too have been blessed by stumbling upon your blog post. This has touched me in so many ways, you are truly inspirational.

  15. Hello, I stumbled upon this blog post in the same way as everyone else. Google search. My dad quoted "write it down and make it plain" so I wanted to see exactly what it said in the bible and I found this.

    I'm a 22 year old photo editor, graphic designer/photographer. The last 10 weeks have been the most amazing and successful weeks of my young career. I made an investment in myself to accept an invite to photograph a model awards show in Atlanta back in August. I made so many con eating and now instead of editing for Instagram, I am editing for magazines. I would have never imagined that I could break free of the traditional path and live my dreams so early!

    Glory to God because he spoke to my heart and guided me to make the right decisions. I wrote my vision down on October 9th 2014 when my daughter was born. I received an inquiry to completely edit an independent magazine called Xkluziv Magazine a week later. I just finished and released it on November 1st.

    It started by writing it down and having faith. I didn't miss my opportunity. I seized it.

    I hope all is well with you and everyone else who has posted here!

    God Bless,

    Mason — owner of Mason Envisions

  16. Hi Laylasmom (and all others reading)! My story is the Google search later I found your blog with the right verse of scripture and the right process at the right time. Thank you for the inspiration to make 2015 and years to come the journey of a lifetime.

  17. I am at a difficult time in my life,I have relized my marriage is over. I still love my wife and step-child but I know this must be done. However your blog has given me inspiration cause I still have much to accomplish , thank you fir sharing your story!

  18. i am at what I think is a crossroads and that God has had me in a holding pattern for awhile..i am in the process of starting a business, nursing a broken heart and getting my groove the advise of a friend, i googled Habukkuk 2:2 and stumbled across your blog. i have read all of the comment and my spirit is soaring high now...i have written down my visions for my budding business, my life and my future...thank you for sharing your story and God bless anyone that reads it..all we need to do is put our trust in God and follow His path and His will.....

  19. God put in my spirit to write the vision and make it plain. I just recently moved to Texas , following God. I was doing great , but I know he did not bring me 600 miles to be in the same state of mind I was in Memphis. Bishop Jakes just preached that God saif if you take it, he will give it too you. If you put your foot on it , he will transfer it. Thank you I now know what I need to do to step into the purpose God has for me.

    Thank you for being a Blessing