What happened to August?!
I don't know about you, but summer went by way too fast for my liking, but I filled it up with all sorts of fun and memories with all of my favorite people.
I officially graduated homeschool, attended my very first writers conference, met new friends, took senior pictures for my sis, and just plain enjoyed life!
a few Summer Snapshots...
Now, what about the part where I'm getting published?
Last year, I found out about the opportunity to write for a brand new, quarterly devotional for Christian teenagers. It's called Unlocked and is basically the "teen version" of the popular Keys for Kids. They were searching for writers, so I took a leap of faith and submitted a few pieces to the editor.
My work was accepted.
After weeks of pouring my heart into these little devotionals, and weeks more of waiting anxiously for a response, I was literally shaking when I finally got the acceptance email. I'll be honest that, despite hoping my hardest, I was expecting to be rejected.
But God always has bigger plans.
So there you have it.
To make a long story short: I have had an amazing summer, learned so much, and experienced the exhilaration of knowing that a few of my mini devotionals are going to be read by thousands of teenagers just like me.
How about you? What surprises did this summer bring?
I can't wait to hear from you!
Until then, go out and enjoy the sunshine!
I stared at an empty computer screen for a long time today, wracking my brain for something to write. Usually, a quote will inspire me or a verse will leap off the pages of my Bible and I'll know just what to write about.
But sitting here, staring at an empty page, I realized something.
It's okay to be speechless.
It's okay to be afraid.
It's okay to stumble.
Sometimes that's what it takes to bring me to my knees.
It's okay to be still.
Realizing just how weak and small I am is terrifying -- until I am reminded just how strong God is. In my inadequacy, his glory shines the brightest. He uses the broken, the humble, and the speechless.
Dear Speechless: Maybe He was only waiting for the quiet, so that He could say something for a change.
"Be still, and know that I am God..." - Psalm 46:10
For the last two months, every word of my writing has gone towards one thing: preparing to attend the Northwestern Christian Writer's conference.
It. Was. Amazing.
My parents decided to drive me halfway across the state to St. Paul MN for my "senior trip". Now that I am officially graduated from high school, I am diving headfirst into as much more learning as I can. ;)
My six-month-old little brother tagged along as well.. <3
I can honestly say that I have never been more nervous than I was when I first set foot in doorway of the conference center. I was about to come face-to-face with hundreds of other writers, authors, editors, and a few friends that I had never met in person before.
But if there is one thing that I've learned in my 18 years of existence, it's to do hard things that scare me. I always walk away glad that I did.
Highlights of the Conference: