This past weekend I attended the Florida Christian Writers’ Conference. During my time there, I learned a great deal and met many wonderful people.
One writer, Bruce Brady shared his story of starting his second round of chemotherapy. Yet, he would not let his difficulties stop him from continuing to write or attending conferences. He has a strong passion to help other writers, and he primarily does this by serving as a Word Weavers Mentor.
As a young adult, Bruce did not follow his calling to be a writer, due to his financial concerns. Decades later, after being diagnosed with cancer, God compelled him back and called him to follow the path He had put forth for him. He now views his cancer as a blessing, as this illness has taught him to rely on the Lord once more.
Every time I hear another person’s testimony, I am amazed by God’s work. This man has incredible faith and an inspiring story to tell. Through his trials, God has revealed Himself and made him stronger through his weaknesses.
Also during the conference, I had the privilege of sharing my testimony with other writers, challenging them to persevere and chase their dreams, no matter the circumstances they face. (Watch my testimony here.) We should not doubt how much our writing can impact others.
Being a writer is not easy for anyone; we all experience countless struggles. One woman said that she has completely stopped writing multiple times, but every time this happens, God makes known to her that writing for His glory is her calling.
I have realized that I am not alone. I have learned that He is with me every day. Every time I write, He gives me the right words to say, even when I am stuck. Every time I do my art, He gives me the right images to paint, even when I am unsure of what to do next.
In everything I do, He reveals Himself to me. God says in His Word:
“Call to Me, and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.”
Jeremiah 33:3 ESV