Monday, July 23, 2007

ACFW - Mindy's Take

Last year was my first ACFW conference and, I'm ashamed to say, I went into it totally under attack. While I'd been anticipating the conference for months, Satan chose the very moment I got there to launch his campaign against me. But then why would he want me in a place where God is at the forefront of all that is done.

Pushing the torturous thoughts aside, I continued on, attending wonderful workshops and fun-filled late night chats. Then, somewhere between the Harp and Bowl (a precious time of worship and bringing cares before the Lord) and Liz Curtis Higgs, I became a broken soul. I had begun buying into the lies that the enemy had been feeding me.

I don't remember what Liz Curtis Higgs said, but it pierced my hardened heart. By the time I went to talk with her afterward, I couldn't even get words out for the tears. She graciously told me that it didn't matter. God knew my heart.

Words cannot describe how wonderful it is to be with a group of writers that so readily lifts each other up. Nothing is done at ACFW without seeking God first. I believe that is the very reason He is blessing this organization by leaps and bounds.

This year, I am pumped. And you can bet I'll be going into conference prayerfully. Oh, and if I feel under attack again, this time I'm heading straight to the prayer room. Yes, they actually have a prayer room. How cool is that?

If you're undecided about conference, there's only one thing to do. Go. You'll never know the blessings you might miss if you don't.

*I've extended some of my thoughts on the ACFW conference over to my personal blog.


  1. Mindy,
    I think Satan's already working on me. No, I don't think. I know.

    I made some comments on your personal blog too.

  2. Mindy,
    This is a wonderful look into writer's and their experiences. Sometimes I think people think that everyone else is somehow better, smarter, holier, whatever-er than themself. I am so glad you mentioned the prayer room and the personal feelings you dealt with during that conference. It's so important to realize that this conference offers such a supportive environment. A place where it is not only okay to explore a learning situation at any age, but also a place to grow spiritually as well as professionallly.

  3. Of all the conferences I've attended, ACFW is the best. Why? Because of its focus on fiction, the relaxed atsmosphere and the PRAYER ROOM! Can't wait to see y'all in September!

  4. Mindy, I totally agree about the prayer room! It's an amazing thing to have available.