While it remains difficult to refer to myself as a writer, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to ignore this fact as God continues to set our journey ablaze with an energy and excitement I find hard to contain.

As with any journey, packing the essentials is a must. Anyone who’s forgotten their toothbrush on a camping trip can attest to this fact (as can their fellow campers!). Below are a few things I consider essential as I continue down the path of writing:

  • The right seat. God, my co-pilot? No thanks! He is my Captain, Pilot, Driver, and King. Too many times I’ve caught myself trying to scooch over to His seat—and I have the scars to prove it. He leads, I’ll follow.
  • Groups – UFCW is an invaluable source for every writer. And huddled within that larger group is my Four Corners group, offering wisdom, encouragement, critiquing, and prayer support on a much more personal level. We do happy dances when even the smallest accomplishment is shared (we’re burning lots of calories these days!) and meet regularly to keep one another focused on our goals. Online groups also play an integral role in staying informed and encouraged.
  • Silence, Daydreaming, & Details. As one who often equated success with busyness, this sharp curve along the journey’s path continues to stretch and mold me. Using God’s time wisely is no longer black and white, but a royal shade of purple.
“I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.”
Psalm 119:32

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