Last night and today, I attended a Beth Moore conference via satellite. It was attended by lots of people at over 715 locations in the United States and six countries. She taught on the parable of the sower. It was excellent, all about being fertile soil, so you can use your gifts to the max. Very inspiring, uplifting and just what I needed to hear this week. I saw a number of people I hadn't seen all summer and found myself tearing up time and time again about my youngest starting kindergarten. Jeez. Will I need medication for the first day of school? Little does this child know how much his little progress is freaking out his mom.
Interestingly, though, one of the topics Beth Moore really hit upon was the same common theme of Chautauqua--perseverence. Once you know your gifts, once you know your goals, persevere, persevere, persevere. So full of those thoughts am I that it exhausts me, actually. Persevering implies a long, drawn-out wait for me. So pray for me.
Anyway, I get back to the cottage, flip on my e-mail, and I have a message from a writing group friend whose first choice agent has requested a FULL of her ms!!! So what a great example of perseverence. I'm so psyched for her and hoping it has wonderful results. Isn't it amazing how truly and sincerely happy you can be for people in your field without a shred of jealousy? It's actually the opposite. It gives you hope and faith in the system.
So everyone out there, PERSEVERE. And anyone who'd like to hear more about the Beth Moore conference, I'll post some notes if anyone is interested, or I can just send them to you.
All this perseverence talk makes me want to take a nap like the rest of my family. I have to rest up for this big push. djk
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