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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Conference - A Word of Encouragement

I'm not scheduled to blog today, but I thought I'd slip in here since CCWC week! I sent the following to our local loop yesterday.

Hello Rocky Mountain Zone!

As I'm sitting here in my office, listening to soaking praise music and loving my Lord Jesus, I feel compelled to write to you. The Colorado Christian Writers Conference is a mere two days away, and I know the emotions that swirl on this particular week every year.
First of all, for those who really wanted to go, but it just didn't work out this year, take heart. Put your faith in God and His perfect timing. Every year I hear about people who said they had really wanted to go but it didn't work out for one reason or another. Then afterward they knew why they weren't supposed to be there. Sometimes it was other things happening at home that they needed to attend to. Sometimes God blessed them in other ways regarding their writing careers or other aspects of their lives. At all times, they knew that God had intervened in their best interest. "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." ~Romans 8:28 NIV
I also know how the enemy likes to steal our joy. For those of you planning to come, but are finding one obstacle after another in your preparation, I'm going to introduce a radical thought. Praise God that this is happening! The enemy doesn't want you there because he knows God will receive the glory. "Friends, when life gets really difficult, don't jump to the conclusion that God isn't on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner." ~1 Peter 4:12-13 The Message
Consider in these next few days to soak in your Lord Jesus. Let no other voice but His speak to you. Play praise music, read your Bible, sit in His presence and listen to  His voice. Conferences come and go, but God is constant. He is the reason we want to write, so why not yield to His will regarding that calling. In other words: "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." ~Phil 4:6 NIV
Remember that God loves you all, and whether you come to the mountain or not, be assured that He is with you wherever you are.


Kathleen E. Kovach is the ACFW Rocky Mountain Zone Director. CCWC was her first conference ever, and she praises God that He jump started her dream in May of 2002. To Him belongs all glory, and honor, and praise!


Bonnie Doran said...

Thanks, Kathy. I appreciate your encouragement. I'll see you up there, Lord willing with this weather coming in.

Kathy Kovach... said...

I know! I'm thinking of putting on sled skids and reigning up the horses! But I don't have horses...and I don't think the cat would be effective. Sigh. I guess snow tires and 4-wheel drive will have to do.

Paula said...

Thank you, Kathy. Very timely. I love you!

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