The OCW One-Day Conference this past Saturday left my cup of joy and inspiration overflowing. Robin Jones Gunn, one of the first Christian authors I ever read (at age 14, the Glenbrooke Series), spoke about God’s dreams for us. Gunn is a dazzling speaker with such enthusiasm and joy that it spreads throughout the crowd.
Among the many messages in her address, the one that stuck with me most was her advice on following God’s urgings and not sticking to the plan you may have had in mind. As a meticulous note taker and organization guru, I am stubbornly set in my ways and I like sticking to my “plan.”
Recently, a new opportunity has come up that I feel is a true push from God. In writing this other story, I’m helping a friend and sharing a story more powerful than anything I could have ever imagined. This certainly wasn’t my plan, but I’m happily going forth and serving Him.
The rest of the conference was full of wonderful information and delightful company. Robin Jones Gunn also spoke about how to get “unstuck” and then I attended a very informational session with agent Kimberly Shumate about how to “wow” an agent.
I’ve written it many times and I’ll say it again: groups like OCW are indispensable for writers at any stage. The community is like none other, and in such a secluded profession, is essential to your overall well-being. I recommend plugging into a local organization or the American Christian Fiction Writers to learn of similar conferences.
And tonight, I’m off to the Portland Christian Writer’s meeting! More fellowship and encouragement! I can’t wait!