Last month I attended SoCal Christian Writer’s Conference held at Biola University. I had only signed up because I wanted to visit someone there and because my publisher was pushing hard for me to go, so we could be roommates. As it turned out the person I was planning to visit wasn’t going to be around after all, and I was regretting my decision to attend. However, that all changed the first night I was there.
My wonderful writer friend JoAnn Durgin and I were taken on a fun trip to Downtown Disney by the effervescent Sandy Barela and her business partner/daughter (I love this lady and her daughter)–Sandy’s husband chauffeured. It was such a wonderful time of fellowship! I can not tell you how much I needed those few hours. It changed my attitude and kicked off the conference in a positive way for me.
Have you ever been in a season of your life where you were pushing yourself so hard that you forgot how to have fun and enjoy life? That’s where I was, going into this conference. I didn’t even know how to relax anymore.
For me this conference wasn’t about growing in the craft of writing but rather growing as a daughter of Christ and putting my focus on Him. It wasn’t that I had stuffed the Lord aside because I hadn’t, but I wasn’t taking time to just be, and I needed to be still. I was wound up as tight as the strings on a piano. Allan Arnold was one of the speakers at the conference and I loved this quote from him.
As I move forward from this life altering conference, I want to keep my focus on Him and follow His schedule. I tend to race ahead of the Lord and my desire is to stop that. My hope is move at His pace and enjoy the journey.
Have you ever experienced a moment or event that had a huge positive impact on your spiritual life?
I will end this with one final quote from Allan.
“God shows us how to be more rather than do more.” For this workaholic that’s profound.
P.S. At the time I originally wrote this post I had planned to wait until fall to re-release my Leavenworth, WA series but I released the first book this week and wanted to let you know since it’s only 99¢ until the end of the month. I’ll post more about this series next month, but in the meantime here is the link and the cover. http://amzn.to/2vIDH74