Thursday, October 8, 2015

ACFW Conference by Terri Weldon

Terri Weldon
Exactly three weeks ago I attended the 2015 ACFW Conference. I headed to Dallas with a set of expectations – spend time visiting with friends, attend some great workshops, and meet with two agents. Each of those things happened and I could have gone home a happy woman.

However God didn’t stop there, He had so much more planned for me. But then again, doesn’t He always? The thing that amazed me the most about conference was the spiritual aspect. I know, it’s a Christian conference so I shouldn’t be surprised. I’m slow folks, but not that slow. LOL. It may simply be where I am in my writing journey or my spiritual life, but conference this year impacted me in a way it never had before.

Every time I turned around it seemed as if God kept reminding me that the important thing in this journey is Him. Not if I publish more books. Not if I get an agent. Not even if I continue to write. No, the important thing is to ask him if I’m doing what He wants.

My sister and I had been discussing this prior to the conference. So before I even attended ACFW, God had starting preparing my heart. Then Bill Myers, our Keynote Speaker, drove that point home each time he spoke. And finally a friend of mine attended a workshop entitled The Wildness of Writing With God taught by Allen Arnold. He spoke about God being far more interested in the story we live than the story we write. Whether she knows it or not, she was another of God’s messengers simply by sharing her workshop experience. While I’ll admit to having trouble explaining the impact this year’s ACFW Conference had on my life, all I can tell you is that it left me wanting a closer relationship with God. And in the long run isn’t that what this journey is really about?

So what about you, did you attend ACFW? If so, I hope we had a chance to chat. If not, then I’m looking forward to seeing you in Nashville next year. Leave a comment and share a conference experience with me – it can be any conference and any year.

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Terri is a lead analyst by day and an author by night. She enjoys gardening, reading, and playing in the hand bell choir. One of her favorite pastimes is volunteering as the librarian at her church. It allows her to shop for books and spend someone else’s money! Plus, she has the great joy of introducing people to Christian fiction.

She lives with her family in Oklahoma. Terri has three dogs – a lovable mutt and two adorable Westies.

Terri is a member of ACFW and OCFW, a local chapter of ACFW. Her dream of becoming a published novelist came true in November 2013 when Mistletoe Magic, released from White Rose Publishing. To learn more about Terri visit her website at www.TerriWeldon.com.

11 comments:

  1. Terri, I'm so glad you had a great conference. Love what you shared. And isn't this so true - God is far more interested in the story we live than the story we write. Wow! Important to keep that in front of us at all times!

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    1. Dawn - I forgot to hit reply. The comment with the poor spelling was meant to go here. Oh, cyber shame! 😳

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  2. Very uplifting, Terri. Thank you for sharing your experience at ACFW.

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    1. Thanks Pat, it was inspiring but difficult to put into words. I'm thankful it inspired you.

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  3. Allen Arnold gets the credit for those words, but I lov them. It is so true? Yet hard to keep ourselves focus.

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  4. This is exactly what I needed to read today. An hour ago I read Genesis 27 and I was troubled that Isaac's blessing of Esau set him up for continued conflict with Jacob. I looked at all the manipulation in their family and prayed that I would trust God to accomplish his will without me trying to make it happen. My attempts to enlarge my "platform" popped into my mind. Your third paragraph reminded me that the God who is prompting me to write will determine my success.

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    1. Thank you! I worried about this post so I'm glad to know it spoke to you. Keep reminding yourself that God defines success for each of us and it will be different for each of us.

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  5. Wonderful post Terri! Nashville sounds like a fun place to have a conference.

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  6. Thanks, Loves To Read! Nashville is a fun city. I'm looking forward to 2016.

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  7. I enjoyed meeting you at the conference, Terri!!

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  8. Hello friend! Such great insight! A highlight for me was meeting you in person at last year's 2014 ACFW. Blessings.

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