"God moves in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform..." William Cowper

Monday, September 24, 2012

Disney and Dallas



Right now I’m at gate E15 at DFW Airport and my mind is fried. Between going on a wonderful trip with my family and in-laws to Disney and the annual ACFW Conference, I’m beat. Twelve days and six plane trips later, instead of any deep, thought-provoking posts (do I even do those?) I’m going to simply share some of the highlights of my last two weeks with y’all. J

DISNEY

Seeing my boys’ faces as they took off on their first airplane trip!

Waiting in line for an hour with my family in anticipation of the ride, SOARING, at Epcot. My little Noah was so scared, but it ended up being his favorite ride. What kid wouldn’t want to feel like they’re flying? I think it was my favorite ride too.

Seeing some of my wonderful extended family in Florida.


DALLAS

Seeing ACFWers I’ve only met online—and meeting brand new friends!

Worship. AMAZING

Having an editor tell me I had skill and could write (always encouraging to hear!).

Going to the My Book Therapy Wild West Pizza Party! Congrats on the Frasier, Ginger!

Allowing my roommate to perform a complimentary haircut on said hair after it was sucked into scary, hair-eating hairdryer.

Listening to the stories Brandilyn Collins tells on behalf of the attendees. That lady is just a great storyteller.

Learning how to talk southern. A new friend told me the technicalities of Georgia language. Y’all is actually singular—what do y’all know? All y’all is plural. (As I write this portion of my post I’m in Atlanta airport, and this is true! One woman just asked me—I was alone—“Where y’all goin’?”

Being INSPIRED.


There you have it. There were ups, there were downs, but in the end, I’m choosing to be inspired.

What were some highlights from your week? Did anything inspire you?

Monday, September 10, 2012

Nine More Days...


…until the 2012 Annual ACFW Conference! Since I’ll be spending some special time with family next week, this is my last post before conference, so I want to know one thing:

Are you going?

If so, expect a big hug from me. One of my favorite parts of conference is getting to meet the very people I’ve come to know so well through the wonderful world of cyberspace (and of course, reconnecting with those I’ve already met!).

This will be my second ACFW Conference and I can’t help but compare my preparation. Two years ago, I was blessed to be able to attend a conference in Indianapolis through a scholarship (aren’t those ACFWers generous?). As I prepared, my one thought was

 THIS. IS. IT.

With one completed manuscript under my belt, I felt certain God had given me this scholarship so I could find the agent and editor of my dreams and of course, get published, earn major advances, and garner a huge fan base. ;)

Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong. Sure, I met many amazing people. I enjoyed myself and even received a couple of requests, but three months later I had to face facts. My dreams weren’t about to come true.

I felt like I ruined my one chance at becoming a writer.

Fast forward two years later as I prepare for the upcoming conference in Dallas. I can’t believe how much I’ve learned. The most important being this:

I am a writer.

One conference is not going to change that. I’m in this for the long haul. I’m not going with the single-minded goal that these four days will make me a published author. I’m going to meet dear friends. To pursue my dreams with perseverance. To make a stand that yes, I’m not giving up or going away easily. I’m here to learn. I’m here to connect. I’m here to help others and above all, follow God's leading.

When I’m grounded in these truths, my fears melt away. My writing career does not hinge on one agent or editor appointment. It hinges on my determination to persevere. It hinges on God’s will.

“Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:1-3) 

Tell me, what are you grounding yourself in today?