He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? - Micah 6:8
Sigh. How do I boil down a mountaintop experience of five days into a 300-400 word blog post? If you read my last post, you would know that last week I was at the Glorieta Christian Writers' Conference in New Mexico. It was another step in this trek of my life the past couple of years that without a doubt will propel me further into God's plan for my life.
There were over 300 people there including editors, publishers and writers (both published and aspiring). We spent time together as a large group, together in smaller workshops and "together" as we networked during meal times trying to get "face time" with an editor or publish to pitch our ideas in the hopes of making a publishing dream come true. Not to mention that we had opportunities to meet one on one with an editor/publisher of choice. We even met with God as we sang praises to His name. What an experience!
Yes. What an experience. I think I've had several "out of the box" of my comfort zone experiences in the past couple of years as I seek to follow God's direction. As I reflect on the past week, I can say I've learned (or re-learned in some cases) ...
- how much I need to learn.
- that I am a minnow in the ocean of Christian publishing.
- that excitement, fear, joy, peace, overwhelm, faith & anticipation combined together make a pretty interesting cocktail of emotions.
- that preserving daily quiet time with God no matter what else is going on in life (i.e. a writers' conference) really does give an extra measure of strength.
- that one can survive for five days with 4-5 hours of sleep each day.
- that I must re-evaluate my priorities so that they align with the direction I'm sensing God wants me to take.
- that other Christians in the speaking/publishing industries really do want to help those of us trying to get started.
- that all God really wants is for us to seek His face. He will take care of navigating our ways.
There is obviously a lot more I could say here to give the play-by-play of the conference. Nonetheless, I must wrap up this post or else I would be writing here forever. Feel free to email me with specific questions about the conference and I'll be glad to answer. In the meantime, rather than focus on my growing to-do list that was greatly subsidized from the conference, I'm going to try real hard to just walk humbly with my God. Maybe I'll even take some time to just stand with Him.