Me & Dee
This time last week hundreds of writers gathered on Black Mountain, NC to learn more of their craft, to pitch ideas, meet new friends and enjoy established ones. Since returning home from the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference last Thursday, several truths have surfaced — five to be exact:

  • Cyber friendships rock but nothing compares to real hugs and conversations. Seeing Susan Stilwell and Jamie Britt face-to-face for the first time at BRMCWC was certainly a highlight for me. 

  • God can’t bless what we don’t produce. This is true for us all but I especially sensed it as we made our way back down the mountain. In my spirit I knew I’d not prepared, written, or pitched to the best of my ability. Yes, the weeks leading up to the conference were unusually busy but if I’d believed in God’s work through me as much as I believed it in others, I could’ve carved out sufficient time for writing and preparing.
  • Humility is not only a beautiful thing, it’s a God-glorifying way of life. After the banquet Wednesday night, I glanced over to see one of my favorite peeps, Lori Roeleveld, sitting in the lobby, totally focused on others and their accomplishments. Why did this stand out? She herself had just won FIVE awards! I’m finding that many who write for Christ are continually balancing humility and self-promotion, which is why it’s always refreshing when someone does it right. (Thanks, Lori!) 
  • Three people per room may be crowded but it sure is fun. Dee Dee, Beth, and I arrived a day early to catch-up. We saved money by rooming together for that one night — and oh my, what a night! Let’s just say Beth one person was in her pj’s by 9:30 but the other two insisted the night was just beginning. Although lights went out at midnight, we all giggled like school girls in the dark until 2 a.m. I have but one word for you two: Surely…  πŸ™‚
  • Sometimes the most important lessons follow you home. I learned quite a bit about the craft last week thanks to excellent teaching by Aaron Gansky, Jeff Gerke, Deborah Raney, along with our key note speakers, but God saved some of my most needed lessons for the days following my return home.

 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, 
do it all for the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31