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.

4 comments:

  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.

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  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.
    Angie

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  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!

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

    Missy

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