“Writing makes a person very vulnerable. It opens you to public criticism, to ridicule, to rejection. But it also opens conversations and thought. It stirs minds and touches hearts. It brings us into contact with our souls.” – Joan Chittister, Order of Saint Benedict
Tomorrow is a big day for me – my first ever writers conference! I will be going to the 2016 Writers Renewal Conference put on by Northwest Christian Writers Association. While I am there I will hear keynote speakers, attend workshops, network with other writers and have a meeting with an editorial representative to pitch my novel. I’m excited and nervous all at the same time.
I wrote a blog post awhile back about Romans 12:1, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. In it I said this:
“This verse came to my attention just this summer and helped me see that my writing can be an act of worship to God. Wow – talk about me starting to think outside the box in regards to what worship looks like! I realized that it is a sacrifice for me to devote time and energy to my writing. And that it is also a sacrifice of my privacy and my personal thoughts to put them up on the altar of public opinion. But also to understand that God has given me a gift and I need to offer it back up to Him to use how He wishes. This was truly an “Ah-ha” moment for me and I began to see that my writing could become a fulfillment of God’s calling in my life.”
You also can read the rest of the post about how my writing philosophy has affected my faith. And keep me in your prayers as I take another big “Next Step” tomorrow by attending the writer’s conference. I will seek to let this be yet another avenue I can use to honor God through my writing.