Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Don't Let That Conference Glow Fizzle

Last week, we all attested to what a wonderful time we'd had at the 2008 ACFW conference. You leave conference on a high, eager to get back to your computer and write the best-selling novel of all time. Then you get home and reality sets in. Laundry needs to be done. No one thought to buy milk while you were gone. Your boss has let you know just how much he needs you by leaving a mile-high stack of work on your desk. Sigh. Before you know it, everything you learned at conference is just a distant memory.

You know, one of the best things about going to an ACFW conference is the fellowship with other believers. It's the worship and prayer. And though he might try, you know the devil really does not want to be there. It's too intimidating for him when there are so many of us. So he waits until he can get us alone. Then he takes all those attacks he missed out on and pummels us.

So today, I want to offer you some encouragement. A verse that was revealed to me about this same time last year. Hebrews 10:35-36. "So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised."

Isn't that what it's all about? Doing the will of God?

If you've had a rough time since coming home from conference, take heart, you're not alone. Have you felt like you've been bombarded with one thing after another since you got home? Tell us about it. Let's encourage each other and keep our confidence going.


  1. It HAS been a tough week, Mindy. I've heard others say the same.

    What I've tried to do is get extra rest, spend more time with my devotional (got a new book to try, even), to pray more, and to understand that I'm not alone.

    Thank yor for the Bible verse.


  2. Mindy,
    Great post. Everything you said is true.
    I like the verse.

  3. Oh yes, Missy. sleep is hugely important after conference, after all those late nights :-) But then that's nothing out of the ordinary for you. Is it? And being in the Word is a must.

    Glad that verse meant as much to y'all as it did to me.

  4. I love that verse. Thanks.

    I think my struggle is the unsettled feeling that comes with travel. And I do a lot of it. So every time I come home, I have to refigure out life.

    Get settled in again.

    That takes time out from writing as my brain tries to reconnoitre.


  5. That verse sits on my desk as a daily reminder to try to keep my focus. Thanks for sharing, Mindy.