Happy Monday from Jeanette. I’m finally getting caught up after the Mount Hermon Writers Conference. This year I didn’t come home nearly as exhausted as I have in the past. Knowing that I could not afford to return to my family completely wiped out, I made up my mind to pace myself. And this time I actually did it.
What a difference a few feet can make. After
writing at the kitchen table for several years, I upgraded to my very own desk
in our spare bedroom. The move made my work easier but I missed being next to
double windows. I had a great view of the hallway, but I kept wondering how the
desk would fit in that small corner between the two bedroom windows. Last month
I finally made the switch—and now that I have a window on the world, I’m seeing
some interesting things…
Today, Mount Hermon Writers' Conference begins. I wait all year for this particular conference and, believe it or not, was so awed upon stepping foot on those "holy grounds" four years ago, I prayed to God right then to please move me to Mount Hermon, someday, somehow. Little did I know, God took me seriously and answered my prayer. I can almost–as they say in the South–swing a cat and hit the side of the conference center from my driveway.
Greetings from Jan!
Today I'm busy packing and making preparations for the Mount Hermon Writer's Conference where I'll be teaching a Head Start Mentoring Clinic and running the manuscript retrieval process for editors, critiquers, and writers. One of my other delightful tasks for the week will be to give a workshop for the writers about midway through our time there.
We will stop to take a few deep breaths. We'll step away from the busyness of the conference into God's waiting arms to catch a glimpse of his hand in all our circumstances. In that place with him, we'll reflect, refocus, and rechage. As our spirits quiet, we will open our hearts to listen for the specific and intentional ways he is calling us to step into "the next" of the conference with more energy and confidence, with God going before us.
I'm convinced we need many of these moments in our lives as writers to care for ourselves–emotionally, physically, and spiritually–so that we might be fully available to do all God calls us to as writers and speakers.
For this post, I'd like to share one of those difficult, yet recharging moments I've enjoyed in God's arms, reposted from my coaching site, Courageous Moves.
Jeanette here, wondering how March got here so fast. A little over a week ago I had the fun of teaching at the Castro Valley Christian Writers’ Seminar. This is a conference that attracts a lot of beginning writers. Today, as I continued work on a buddy program for the upcoming Mount Hermon Christian Writer’s Conference, I couldn’t help reflecting on why I love new writers.