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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?

16 comments:

  1. Yes, I'm going to ACFW and I'm soooo excited. Hope I get a chance to meet you there!

    I'm grounding myself in the truth that even in a flurry of preparation for ACFW and busyness in my day job, God is here...helping me...and it's not all up to me!

    Love those verses in Hebrews!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Melissa!

      Yes, I hope I get to meet you too!

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  2. You go get 'em! Know there are folks like me rooting for you!
    ~ Wendy

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    1. Thanks so much for the encouragement, Wendy. That means a lot to me. :)

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  3. Yay, Heidi! I can't wait to meet you. :)

    Grounding myself in the same truths...that God's got this, and I don't have to worry. I can prepare as well as I can, and the rest is up to Him.

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    1. Totally, Lindsay. Can't wait to meet you too!

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  4. Yes, I'm going and I can't wait to meet you, too! I didn't expect to go this year, so I'm still a bit shell-shocked that I'll actually be there. Thank you for your perspective and experience. I really have no pre-conceived ideas - I'm going for the pure joy of being surrounded with like-minded people and growing as much as I can. I'm also in this for the long haul and I know I need a lot more work before I'm ready to be published. With that said - we'll see what God's plans are - if I've learned anything, it's that mine are not always His. :)

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    1. What a great perspective, Heidi. Indy was my first ACFW Conference too. How did I miss meeting you?!

      I'll be in Dallas, so I look forward to seeing you soon! :)

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    2. Oops, didn't mean to reply to Gabrielle. But it looks like I'll get to meet her too! :)

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    3. How DID we miss each other, Sarah? Looking forward to meeting you soon!

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    4. So excited to meet another history enthusiast, Gabrielle!

      And so true...trusting His plans. Amen.

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  5. Wow, is it really only nine days away! I'll be rooting for you back home. Wish I could be there, but there is a time and season for everything, right? I can't wait to hear all your news from the conference! Praying for you!

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    1. Thanks so much, Melanie. I will so miss seeing you there. But you have big things happening and I'm praying for you and your new arrival.

      Love you, girl!

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  6. Ohhh, I love conferences. You need to come back and tell us all about it and what you learned!

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    1. I definitely will, Amy! Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

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