So many things swirling around in my head today after returning from the ACFW conference in St. Louis. As a stay at home mother of five, I struggled with attending the conference. Not only financially, but also being away from my family. Would my husband remember that Friday is show and tell? Would my kids get their homework done? Would the house be a disaster when I returned? I finally had to set all that aside, pack my bags and obediently follow God’s leading.
Fortunately, He placed two dear ladies, now friends, in my home church that were also members of ACFW and attending the conference. They were sweet enough to fill me in on helpful tips before the conference – like leaving room in my suitcase for books. As well as, sitting with me at meals and talking between sessions.
The praise and worship was such a blessing to me. I still have a couple of the songs going through my mind, in addition to the words of wisdom from the keynote speaker, Lauraine Snelling.
My new friends from My Book Therapy; Susan, Lisa, Michelle and Melissa, helped calm my nerves as I practiced my pitch before meeting with agents. These ladies prayed with me and followed up after the appointments. Their care and concern was a real comfort to me.
Even though I was not nervous in my appointments, some didn’t go as well as I had imagined. In fact, I was pretty down Friday evening. Knowing I had one final appointment on Saturday, I prayed not only for peace, but also for God to show me in a real way that He had it taken care of. Not that I doubted, I just needed reassurance. Well, let me tell you, God didn’t just show up Saturday morning, He showed off and answered my prayer in an amazing way. Being a writer, I must tell you the story.
I went downstairs early on Saturday to help put the books on the chairs before breakfast. As Suzanne and I were waiting for the cart of books to arrive a sweet lady approached with a smile and hugged me upon seeing my “first time attendee” ribbon. We all began talking and she introduced herself. Her name was Joy. Such a caring lady that she took my card and wrote down my appointment time and said she would pray for me.
Feeling a little lighter I went about the rest of the morning putting out the books and eating breakfast before my meeting. Arriving early, I sat in the first row of chairs trying to collect my thoughts, when a lady came and sat behind me, her name was Hope.
Dear friends, there is no doubt in my mind that God sent me Joy and Hope Saturday morning. I do not know what all God has in store for my writing journey, but I know it’s in His hands and I will trust Him and obediently follow where He leads.
What is God calling you to do? What is keeping you from stepping out? Let me know in the comment section, I would love to pray for you today.