Monday, September 9, 2013

ACFW Countdown! 3-2-1-GO!

Winner of Dani Pettrey's book STRANDED is ... KARI!! 

Jaime and I are on the countdown this week for the annual ACFW national conference. We are nearly more excited that for Christmas! Why more than Christmas?

Because we know that God is already at work--laying the groundwork for His Truth to go out into the world. And for men and women of faith to encourage one another along the way.

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This conference is bathed in prayer. We've spent 40 days in prayer leading up the start of conference--not to mention all the nights we have tossed in bed wondering if we are crazy. All the appointment selections with writers and editors and agents of their choice have been prayed over. There is a prayer room running 24-7 during conference, dedicated to lift our hearts to the Lord. We will worship together several times each day throughout the conference. I'm particularly looking forward to the Harp & Bowl worship session late at night where the Spirit leads, Scripture is shared, and it's been amazing to see God move. I can't wait to take Jaime with me this time.

Last time Jaime and I went to ACFW Indianapolis was in 2010 there were nearly 600 participants. Imagine--God working in 600 lives. Then imagine His reaching out beyond those 600 lives to touch the lives around them with the written word and relationships. If each person touched 100 lives, that would be 60,000 lives touched!!

So you see why we are more excited than for Christmas!?

Oh Lord, we bow down at the work of Thy hands in the hearts of your people. We humble ourselves and the work of our writing and offer it to You. We lift the hearts of this hurting and broken world where mothers and fathers are missing, where the children feel alone are left untaught about life in Your Kingdom--and we offer the stories of our hearts and pray that lives may be changed with stories of the transforming power of Your love.

Psalm 95 (NIV translation):

1Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
2Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song.
3For the Lord is the great God,
the great King above all gods.
4In his hand are the depths of the earth,
and the mountain peaks belong to him.
5The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.
6Come, let us bow down in worship,
let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;
7for he is our God
and we are the people of his pasture,
the flock under his care.
Today, if only you would hear his voice,
8“Do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah,a
as you did that day at Massahb in the wilderness,
9where your ancestors tested me;
they tried me, though they had seen what I did.
10For forty years I was angry with that generation;
I said, ‘They are a people whose hearts go astray,
and they have not known my ways.’

Oh Lord, we pray that You will soften the hearts of this generation. Amen.


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Blog post by Anne Love-
Writer of Historical Romance inspired by her family roots. 
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8 comments:

  1. Sharing the thrill ahead (though I have no idea what I'm thrilling over just yet).
    And loved the Psalm you shared. Thank you!

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    1. Wonderful Loree, I didn't know you were coming! Great! :)

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  3. Awesome post! Looking forward to seeing you both! :)

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  4. Thank you, Anne, for giving us - your readers - a glimpse of ACFW. I am thrilled to hear about the prayer room, worship sessions, & especially - The Harp & Bowl. What a meaningful experience - worshipping with your sisters-in-Christ, there's just nothing like it - is there? So thrilled for you & Jaime!

    bonnieroof60@yahoo.com

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    1. Just finished Harp & Bowl session tonight. We serve an amazing God. He is busy at work!

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