Saturday, October 13, 2007

Carolina Christian Writers

Recently, we've started a local writing group, Carolina Christian Writers, that I pray will become a local chapter of ACFW. While I'm in the throws of trying to get the word out to writers in our area, I'm learning so much and leaning upon the Lord in a way I haven't had to before. I'm praying for wisdom, courage, boldness, mercy, and grace, among many other things.

This was a huge gap that needed to be filled and I'm glad that God can use me. I've spent a lot of time mumbling and grumbling that we didn't have a Christian writing group around here. I'd listen and hear all the wonderful things that were going on at other Christian writing groups in other places and I was so envious.

God wrestled with my heart for a while. It was the old, "then do something about it" chastisement. My response was quite typical. I don't know how or I don't know where to start. His response was to wait me out. How many of you reading this, know that God can out-wait anyone and everyone. He wins everytime. So why do we fight it? I guess, I just needed some courage desposited in me.

So here I am taking the bold leap of faith and He is faithful and with me every step of the way. As I'm getting the word out, He's bringing the people. It looks like we'll even be bringing new members to ACFW! It's a win, win situation for everyone involved. God is so wonderful!

For so long, I thought that all my secular writing and experience in Carolina Romance Writers, (a local chapter of Romance Writers of America) had been in vain, but right now I am drawing on my experience in that writing group to set up this new Christian writers' group. There wasn't any other local group for me to draw experience from. I am realizing now that I was in the right place at the right time. I made the transition, the cross over into Christian fiction at the right time. God has prepared every step, set my path before me, and I can let go of the guilt for waiting so long in being obedient to Him. He knew I'd eventually come around, He just made sure I walked a path that gained me experience to do what He has called me to do today. He still had his hand on me, guiding me.

God, may my life and everything I do glorify you! I humbly bless you, Lord, with all my love.

3 comments:

  1. I'm so proud of you, Jenn. I'll be praying for the growth of your chapter.

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  2. I'm so excited to hear you're starting a writers group. You'll have the number required for an ACFW chapter before you know it!

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  3. You are an inspiration! I'm very excited for your new group.
    Angie

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