Sometimes when you have a dream, you have to chase it regardless of the unknowns.
Last week I did just that in Charlotte, NC to attend a writer’s conference. It was a wonderful experience and I gained HOPE in so many areas.
I went with many unknowns and even felt unknown at times. A gal I only barely met one other time rode with me. Thankful to have Yohanna in my passenger seat. We prayed before we took off and had God’s sense of presence with us the entire time. Even when we were stuck in a huge traffic mess that delayed us about 4 hours.
God’s presence gives peace in situations of the unknowns.
Going to a writing conference can be intimidating. Especially when you don’t know anyone or think of yourself as a true writer. Prior to the conference, some of the attendees chatted in our Facebook group about how nervous we were, intimidated and just plain scared walking into a room of over 500 people that you do not know. Have you ever been in a place full of unknowns? But friends were there. New friends and online friends.
There is something about being at the table with like-minded friends.
Sharing our dreams with each other, others who get it is like a dream come true in itself. That is what I found to be true and I think many others did too. At this conference, we shared our fears, goals, and dreams. We linked arms.
There is so much hope passed around when we are in community with others.
We are hope*writers. We are hope*givers. We are hope*gainers.
In 2017 I went to The Declare Conference in Texas. You can read about it HERE. I met a young gal there and her name is Sarah. Last week we spent some time together in NC. She is a blessing! Please check out her website at Christ-Centered Mama
Meeting the Founders, Emily, Gary, and Brian was such a privilege.
Meeting The Nester Friday night at The White Barn was a highlight.
Our surprise guest, Ann Kroeker was a surprise! Ann is a writing coach and my online mentor since I started this writing journey 5 years ago.
There is so much I could share about the conference but I think my biggest takeaway is HOPE. There is hope for us all. There is hope for our dreams, for our pursuits, for our communities, for our heart, and for our soul.
He sees us and we are known by Him.
My life is a testimony of being hopeless and becoming hopeful. My hope is to share and encourage others with the same Hope I have found in Jesus.
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