Me? Attend a Christian Writers Conference? You’ve got to be kidding! Surely those who attend such activities have “made it” in the writing world. They have probably studied writing, had a book or two published………they are “successful” authors. They have the right to call themselves writers.
Not like me. I only pen a few devotionals.
I have long dreamed of publishing a devotional book, but have been very hesitant and reluctant to write. After all, who would want to read what I have to say? A number of years ago, God led me to a writing group, Quirky Quills. I have received much nagging (sorry, encouragement) over the years, but still felt I had nothing to offer, nothing worthwhile to say.
How easy it is to accept and believe the lies of the enemy! With Quirky Quills cheering me on, I did attend the conference in question. (The recent Christian Writers Conference at Bacchus Marsh, Victoria). The overarching theme seemed to be renewing our minds, not accepting the lies that the enemy shoots at us, but realising and living out our identity in Christ. I attended various sessions, prayed with other attendees, met many beautiful likeminded Christian women and realised that I was meant to be at the conference. My heavenly Father had a plan. My being there was not a mistake.
|Lake Dewar, Bacchus Marsh,|
After arriving home from the conference, I set time aside to spend with God. He spoke to me and within a couple of hours I had jotted down a number of ideas for devotions. As I opened myself to God, while making a determined effort to claim who I am in Christ and stand against the old familiar lies of the enemy, God confirmed to me his desire that I write and cemented in me a new found determination to honour Him in this.
At the conference, I realized that I had been my focus. I can’t write….I have nothing to say…..I am inadequate….the list went on and on. But now the list is changing. “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus”, Hebrews 12:2……. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”, Philippians 4:13
Me? Attend a Christian Writers Conference? Absolutely! I am looking forward to the next one!