6a00d83451f1cb69e201310fd90b66970cToday, 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.

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BioPicBlues 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.

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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.

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As I get to know other CAN writers one thing stands out and that is integrity.

That’s something all writers should aspire o have. Each writer is committed to do

his or her best, share information on promotion with others, and meet deadlines.

I want to chat about how integrity helps a writer.

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BioPicBlues Jan here. I'm enjoying a quiet day of reflection and challenge, especially around the idea of Lent.

Lent is not a tradition that I grew up with, but I’ve enjoyed watching and hearing how individuals and various faith communities observe it. I like its call to be intentional about letting go of earthly distractions and drawing closer to God—particularly in relationship to preparing our hearts for taking in the passion of Christ, his suffering and resurrection, and what that means to each of us personally as his children in living this life in him.

So I've felt stirred to consider ways to incorporate the parts I understand into living out my worship of God—though I admit I tend to approach it somewhat nontraditionally.

In that nontraditional vein, let’s bring the observation of Lent a bit closer to home as authors looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). How might the ideas around Lent present a worthy challenge for us as a writers and speakers?

Consider . . .

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