Writers Revisited

IMG_3397_edited-1I wasn’t going to go. While I can’t say that I’ve written any less – I still manage to keep this blog (mostly) up-to-date, I continue to edit and write for the monthly SOWER e-Newsletter, and I’ve done an article or two for the Sowergram (the SOWER bi-monthly publication) – I certainly can’t say I’ve written any more. Certainly there have been no clever articles or travelogues sent into magazines and for sure, no opening paragraph of the Rvthereyet Story have been written (let alone a first chapter!). So there was that little inside voice telling me that I didn’t really deserve to go since I had squandered the blessing of last year’s conference. But there was another voice telling me I should go. Sweet Gary once again encouraged me to take advantage of this remarkable event that happens right in our own backyard. And so I went. And was once again blessed.
Oh, I was still overwhelmed. Still in awe of the ‘talent in the room’. Still insecure about my ability to write, let alone write something that someone would consider publishing. But over-reaching the “stills” was the absolute blessing by the insights and encouragement from both the faculty and fellow conferees. I left this year feeling less afraid of the task before me, knowing that if God truly wants me to write about this adventure (or is it a pilgrimage?), then He will give me the strength, courage, community (yes, that’s YOU) and TIME to make it happen. Knowing that friends will be praying for me in this endeavor is a priceless gift from our gracious Father.
Be assured that from the first day we heard of you, we haven’t stopped praying for you, asking God to give you wise minds and spirits attuned to his will, and so acquire a thorough understanding of the ways in which God works. We pray that you’ll live well for the Master, making him proud of you as you work hard in his orchard. As you learn more and more how God works, you will learn how to do your work. We pray that you’ll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul—not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us. Colossians 1:9-12 (The Message)
Montrose Christian Writers Conference has come to a close. Now to figure out how to wrap my brain around the information (and encouragement) I received. Oh, and figure out what to do with all the piles! #smallspaceliving#mcwc
Thank you for coming along on this journey. I’ll need your help in the days ahead as I set my goals, plan my strategies, and try to keep my head above water. Oh, and write! All comments (and prayers) are welcome, and feel free to ask how the book is coming every now and again. But first I need to get my house back in order after a great week at camp! Anyone want to stop by and help with that?

5 thoughts on “Writers Revisited”

  1. You DO have writing talent! (:
    Glad to read this update – I’ll send you a message soon to catch up.

  2. Thanks, Ellyn! How is that novel of yours coming along? 🙂 I’ll be watching for your update – would love to hear what’s next for my lovely gardening partner. Blessings!

  3. It was a pleasure to meet you and hear your story, Stephanie! And I think maybe we all have that get-my-house-in-order feeling.

    I love the promise you quoted from Colossians: “. . . thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us.”

    Praying for you as you write. Blessings to you both as you travel for the kingdom.

  4. I’m right behind you buddy. I loved when you said “our own backyard”. You’re a riot. Did you mean that? Is that something you say? Or was that a slip of the keyboard?

  5. So excited for you Stephanie! Blessings friend and may God give you direction as you follow him!

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