Friday, August 31, 2012

Traveling the Road Together


Welcome to Fortifying Friday, a day we usually feature guest authors. We invite them to share their personal journeys to publication or words of encouragement to take with us through the weekend. But we’re going to do something different today.

None of us takes this writing journey alone. Do you believe that? We're traveling the road together. So this Fortifying Friday, we’re focusing on encouraging and praying for each other.

Next month, you may be attending the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) conference in Dallas, Texas. If not that conference, maybe you—or someone you know—plans to attend another in the coming months. It’s exciting to attend workshops, meet other writers, and even pitch your novel to an editor or agent. But it can also be an intimating, stressful, and overwhelming experience.

Some of you may not have the funds to attend a conference. You may find it difficult to find the time or motivation to write. Things going on in your personal life may hinder your creativity. 

Maybe things are falling into place for you personally, but you know someone else who is struggling.

Would you do one or more of the following things over the coming week to encourage your fellow writers? A few minutes of your time could provide amazing blessings!

Encourage or pray for those who are:

1)      Attending conferences in the near future
2)      Stressed about deadlines
3)      Struggling through a personal or family crisis
4)      Finding it difficult to financially make ends meet
5)      Trying to meet their family’s needs
6)      Feeling defeated and discouraged
7)      Suffering through any illness, whether slight or serious
8)      Searching for ideas as they sit in front of a blank computer screen
9)      Desiring a spouse’s and/or family’s support
10)  Feeling spiritually dry
11)  Seeking community with other writers
12)  Needing to feel energized and inspired to write

If you need encouragement, or would like prayer for yourself or someone else, please leave a comment. You don’t have to be specific. God knows your heart.

Blessings to you, dear writing friends!
~ Dawn

9 comments:

  1. Oh, Dawn, THIS is such an encouragement! Praying for others is a balm for our own heart, isn't it?

    I don't mind being the first to ask: my mom was just diagnosed with a new condition. Please pray that she'd understand the precautions she needs to take and that the procedure(s) will be successful. I'm her primary caregiver, although she's pretty independent, so I'd appreciate prayers also.

    Thanks for this post and for being my friend! - Angie

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    1. Oh, Angie, I'm so sorry to hear this. Lifting you both in prayer. Please keep us updated won't you? Sending you both cyber-hugs. :-)

      Dawn, thank you for your encouragement! I'm so blessed by my writer friends who live nearby (and some not so nearby) when we can chat about writing over coffee or lunch. Dawn, I'll be happy to pray over this list the next few weeks. :-)

      Enjoy a Son-filled weekend!

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    2. Angie,I appreciate you sharing your requests.

      Yes...the person who deals with illness needs our prayers, but I believe caregivers also need our encouragement and support! They sometimes can be overlooked, but they carry a heavy load.

      Lots of hugs sent your way!

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    3. Dora, I feel the same way about writer friends. What a blessing to know that I can e-mail, call, or meet with them if I ever need to talk or ask for prayer.

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  2. I'd appreciate prayer during these upcoming weeks as I prepare for the ACFW conference. I still have a lot of work ahead of me!

    Of course I'm hoping that my conference appointments go well, but I'm also asking God to bless my encounters with other writers. I desire the Holy Spirit's wisdom and guidance in all interactions. Basically...that God's will be done. ;-)

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    1. Thank you both so much for your prayers and your friendship. You're both a blessing to me.

      Praying for you as you prepare for conference, Dawn: that you would make your preparations, find your God-appointments and be blessed beyond measure. Thank you for entrusting your request to us.

      Angie

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  3. How do secular writers do it? I don't know what I'd do without the prayers of other writers. And, it's exciting to know that when I pray over the words I write, God can make sure that person in need of those words gets them and is encouraged. I'm praying we'll all remain faithful to the call. I ask you pray the same for me. Thank you. From a Sister in Christ.

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    1. I'm with you, Paula! I don't know how secular writers do it. I depend so much on the support of my Christian writing buddies!

      You have my prayers... :-D

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  4. Love this post. I am thankful to be able to pray for my fellow Christians and writers. You are all in my prayers. God bless!

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