“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” -Louis L’Amour
I still can’t believe it’s almost a year since my husband and I ventured to Michigan for the Festival of Faith & Writing. It’s still one of my favorite mugs. The conference was great. But the mugs…..a level of awesome I can’t describe.
Okay–that was a bit dramatic. But I do love the colors. Back to the conference details…
I wrote about my experience and some more here too, and also shared how a fellow writer’s journey touched my life, impacting me by having a trickle effect on my life. I learned many things from this community. About how belonging looks different than I ever imagined. Whether it’s a short meet up for coffee when it’s already so hard to find alone time these days, making an extra casserole just for an excuse to drop by and see a friend, or even how to make new friends.
- Don’t ever think your small gift is less impactful.
- Don’t dare believe in only what you can see.
Since this these writer conferences, I’ve learned more about who I am, and how to better love others. I’ve said no things I had a hard time releasing my grip on, and yes to a few scary doors, but have watched God move in each area. I’ve said yes to writing those first books–pushing past fears telling me I need to know everything first (I already tried that and hands on, for me, can not be replaced with #alltheknowledge.)
Since those conferences, I’ve watched God wrap me in his arms with people, some I’ve met in person, some not.
Since those conferences, I’ve learned to ask for help.
Since those conferences, I’ve learned we all learn and give differently.
Since those conferences I’ve learned an author doesn’t do their art alone–ever, though it feels that way at times.
Since those conferences I’ve learned we don’t have to have the whole picture mapped out before we take a step.
Since those conferences I have watched God provide in ways I could never have imagined on my own.
Since those conferences I have fallen a few times. But I’ve also gotten back up.
Why do I tell you these things?
For us both. I need to remember, and you might need to be encouraged!
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