Sunday is usually my “Ten Words” day – so I thought I’d recap my experience at the CLASS Christian Writers Conference at Ghost Ranch in that manner:
Amazing experience. God was there. Plethora of information to process.
I’m home now and so happy. Nothing is like home. Nothing is like seeing your husband at the airport, waiting for you with a big hug and smile (and to carry the overweight suitcase!).
Okay, so this has got to be one of the best experiences I’ve ever had, it’s also been one of the hardest. Nothing I read about the conference could have prepared me for the physical, mental and spiritual fatigue I experienced. Sure the CLASS website said it would be hard – but I guess I didn’t believe it.
In a way, this experience, was a bit like church summer camp. You get a HUGE spiritual high, and sadly, I know there is an element of this that will slowly fade. My guess is it would be nearly impossible to keep my mind and heart so focused on God. It was intense and wonderful. OH and on the last night, would you believe they actually had a “come to Jesus” moment? It’s true. But it was more about “dying your project, book, etc…” to God; to be willing to do it His way. Again that was intense…REAL intense.
As for being sick? Well either God pushed this “bug” through me quickly and I’m on the tail end of it – or it’s getting started slowly. We shall see, but I’m just thankful to have been able to make it through the bulk of the conference and walk away feeling good about everything. Honestly I left (Holy) Ghost Ranch not feeling any anxiety to get my book published, and rather left knowing God has a huge plan for me – because I’m His loved disciple and His tool. (that sounds funny – “I’m a tool” – okay how about I’m His instrument – yes, that is better!)
Lastly I was blessed beyond anything I know, to have made more friends in those short 6 days who are kindred writing spirits, than I’ve meet in the last several years. It’s like being a parachute jumper and meeting TONS of parachuting friends. The parachuter might have lots of friends from work, the neighborhood, church, etc… – but to have friends that understand your love of parachuting because they do the same thing; and they will talk, pray, love and laugh about parachuting with you….well, that’s invaluable. While I love my friends, family and sisters that have been so incredibly supportive, this other element is really irreplaceable. And NOW I can stop bugging everyone about my writing – I know how thankful y’all will be about this 🙂 Come on, laugh – you know I don’t shut up about my blog and book! What can I say – it’s my crazy passion.
Thank you again for following me this week and leaving heartfelt comments. Next week Soiled Wings will be back to “normal”.
Lastly I wanted to shared this verse that was in my heart: Psalm 42:8 Each day the Lord pours his unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing his songs, praying to God who gives me life.
It’s just amazing that God loves us, each one of us. He knows our names, the hairs on our head, and most sweetly – our heart desires.
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