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Sunday, October 5, 2008

Christian Writer’s Conference in Virginia Beach

A few weeks ago 2 friends and I attended a Christian Writer’s Conference in Virginia Beach, about 2 hours east of Richmond. Two of us left home at 5:45, drove to meet the third member of our group, dropped off a child in Hampton at Grandma and Grandpa’s for the day and made it to the conference in plenty of time for the pastry, juice and coffee breakfast buffet.

All three of us were absolutely blown away from the minute we arrived and it didn’t stop throughout the day! We met dozens of Christian authors and entrepreneurs, all of whom had a story to tell and passion for the Lord that was contagious.

Each of the three of us continues to feel caught up in the Holy Spirit since our return. I have been honored to have a link to both my website and my blog posted on Linda Meadows’ blog and I’m meeting next week to talk with Tanya Blowe, a fellow Christian poet who lives in Richmond.

One of my friends, Kelly, ran into a high school friend (one of the authors) and Marie, our other “three musketeer” discovered one of the speakers and authors lives in her neighborhood and will be meeting up with him soon.

The message we heard loud and clear is get out of your own way and let the Lord accomplish in you what He desires. It sounded so simple hearing that message over and over again throughout the day. To a person, these successful individuals had stories about overcoming just about every obstacle and challenge imaginable. Their stories are powerful and speak to the heart of everyday living in the world.

Each of us has made a commitment to the others to report our writing activities and progress toward our goals on an on-going basis. We are accountable to each other for moving forward, even if just by baby steps. We heard loud and clear the message: Tell your story!

After the conference we realize that it is not really our story but rather the story God wants us to tell about His redeeming and grace-filled love. He wants our stories to touch lives the way we were touched at the conference!

In a day and time where the entire world seems to be spinning out of control, it is reassuring and uplifting to know that there are Christians who remain true to their call and continue to live and work and thrive in a broken, sin-filled world.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us
[Hebrews 12:1 RSV]

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