Oh the joy of coming together with several hundred like minded individuals to worship the Lord, learn the craft, and share our work! Writing for the Soul was such a great time. If you’re a Christian writer and haven’t attended, I highly recommend you start saving your pennies.
This year we had the pleasure of Liz Curtis Higgs sharing her love for God not once, but twice during the weekend. If you’ve read any of her books, you know her great love for the Lord. In person, it’s exuberant and all enveloping like a big bear hug. It made me want to shout from the rooftops how great our God is!
Liz started the conference with a bang with her keynote speech on Thursday night. Through sharing her own sometimes painful experiences she spoke the truth of God’s love. That truth is that God loves each of us, just as we are right now. He doesn’t require we change or be someone different to be worthy of this love. He just loves us.
One of the words used to describe this little bundle of enthusiasm named Liz is encourager. It’s a job that she is really good at! I’m going to let you in on a little something I figured out after hearing Liz speak. When she looks at you and says, “Beloved, let me tell you something” she is going to reveal just how much God cares. Liz experienced God’s care and you can tell she just wants everyone to experience that.
You may be wondering how this subject relates to writing. Sure, it’s great that God loves and cares about us, but what does that have to do with the words we put on the paper? Everything! As Christian writers our most important job is to point people to God so that their lives may be changed. We can’t do that if we haven’t gone deep into His character and learned just how much we mean to Him.
Writer’s conferences and the encouragement of other writers are important to our work. Thankfully, we have a great host of Christian writers who want to give us a hand up the ladder.