How can I sum up what I experienced this past Friday evening and all day Saturday? It was amazing! I spent this time with a group of talented, dedicated writers who came together to learn more about how to inspire and help others through the written word. And that is exactly what happened. The Inspire Christian Writers 2013 Write To Inspire Conference lived up to its promises. (And a huge THANK YOU to Beth Thompson and her team for their work to put this all together) The speakers, Debbie Alsdorf and John Olson, poured their hearts and passion into all who attended. Their encouragement brought a great deal of affirmation. “Become an archaeologist and dig out who you really are.” When John spoke those words, he spoke about my journey. The past two and a half years I have been excavating to uncover who God created me to be. Debbie encouraged us to pay attention to our thoughts and ask, “God, is that you?” The past year and a half I have been focusing on listening. That, in and of itself, has been an amazing journey. There were so many more pearls shared that I need to take a few days to review, ponder, and let it all sink in. What I took away from this conference was the need to keep pushing forward. I have been on the right path, and just need to continue persevering. Learning, growing, and honing my craft. We were reminded that God is always working behind the scenes. I can totally attest to that given the events in my life over the past year. Every day brings a new present and a new challenge. I am being so stretched, and enjoying every minute of it. There is so much more to that story and I will bring it to you as it unfolds. The gravy for the weekend was that I won first place in the children’s book contest. WooHoo! I received a very nice prize as well as a critique from Christine Tangvald, author of a bazillion children’s books ( actually more than eighty-five children’s books with almost 3 million in print!!).
So, its back to work on the many stories that have been floating around in my head and just beginning to grow in black and white.
So who are you? What moves you? What are you living for? Walk with me as we all learn to find the answers to these questions. Have a blessed week!