Welcome to the Florida Christian Writers Conference! We are so glad you stopped by to check out what we have in store for you this year. This conference is nestled in the heart of Florida at Lake Yale Conference Center. The sunrises and sunsets are breathtaking, and the spreading Oak trees beckon you to sit beneath their limbs and write a page or two in your journal.

It’s an opportune week to meet agents and editors, award winning writers and others who have heard the same call to write.  Come attend workshops and continuing classes that will sharpen your pen, develop your platform, and strengthen your resolve. Critique groups, meetings with agents and editors, writing contests, and camaraderie with fellow writers make this week one to remember.

If you have a book inside of you, if you have the dream to publish that book, and you don’t know where to begin, come be encouraged and trained at the Florida Christian Writers Conference February 21-25.

 

 

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Steady On!
Friday, August 11, 2017
Penny Hunt

A professional truck driver recounting the use of a runaway truck ramp described it this way, “The truck came in hot, hit the gravel and jack-knifed to a stop.”  

Does your life look like a runaway truck?

With to-dos longer than a list of hotels in Orlando and writing goals to accomplish, a writer can quickly begin to feel like a big rig rolling through steep hills, managing a load so heavy their brakes glow red in the night.

 Add to the load unpredicted pressures of job loss, health issues, children in trouble, or a string of appliances going belly up, and the pressure can become nearly unbearable. Without even realizing it, we can begin to long for a runaway truck ramp where we can come in hot and jack-knife to a stop.

The greater the pressure the more we long for a way out from under it.

We want to run.

We want to quit.

We want to throw in the towel and bail.

And it’s completely normal to feel that way.

We’re allowed to scream, we’re allowed to cry, but here’s the thing—we’re not allowed to give up—because,  every good thing God wants to infuse into our lives comes through growing our ability to remain steadfast under pressure. It’s what the apostle James meant when he wrote, Let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

The next time you feel like taking an exit onto a runaway truck ramp rather than continuing the journey of writing for Christ—try this.

  • Celebrate a small victory.  

Don’t wait for the big contract with Simon and Shuster to come through before you take time to celebrate. Did you boldly walk away from the TV, fearlessly face the blank page and actually get some words down on paper? That’s a real accomplishment and something to be proud of. Don’t gloss over it. Treat yourself to an outrageously expensive cup of coffee with an equally unpronounceable name or buy a new pen. Celebrate small victories and you’ll be motivated to achieve bigger ones.

  • Keep track the “write” way.

Put a small notebook and pen near your pillow. Before you turn out the light, make a dated entry of the three best things that happened that day. If you’ve had one of those terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days—flip back a few pages and read about all the lovely, pleasant, successful, and very good things that have happened. Remember, “Courage doesn’t always roar, sometimes it’s the quiet voice at the end of the day whispering ‘I will try again tomorrow” (A quote found on Pinterest.)

  • Buy a kazoo and keep it in the car.

When the pressure has you about to explode, drive to a safe place, park, and for as long as you need to, as loudly as you need to, use your kazoo to blow away all your fears, tears, anger and frustration. Forget primal screaming—it damages your vocal cords.

 

God has given us the ability to remain, as my British friends say, “steady on” through really tough times. It’s what the apostle James meant when he wrote, Let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

It’s been said the worst decisions you’ll ever make in life are quitter decisions. Your best decisions will be the ones God enabled you to make, where you stayed bolted in place when the trials were pressing down on you the hardest and you refused to walk away.

Pull into a rest stop and take a break, but quit looking for runaway truck ramps. God sees your perseverance under pressure and He will reward it.

Steady on!

 

Be ye strong, therefore, and do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded. ~2 Chronicles 15:7

 

Penny L. Hunt is an Amazon.com bestselling author, speaker, devotions writer, and author of the weekly blog, A Thought From Penny. With a warm mix of motivation and humor, she encourages and equips others with specific right-now tactics to navigate the choppy waters of change and bounce-back quicker from set-backs. The wife of a retired naval officer and attaché, Penny is a grateful grandma, happily living among the peach orchards of rural South Carolina with her husband Bill, and two rescue pups. Learn more about Penny at her website www.PennyL.Hunt.com