Friday, May 22, 2015

Change of June Meeting Date

Our June meeting is rescheduled for Saturday, June 20, 10 am, when we will focus on periodicals, looking at format and writing ops.

Please bring two periodical/anthology writing opportunities and 
your summer writing goals. 
This will be our last meeting until September

On June 6 (our original meeting date) several of our members will be attending The Justice Conference
Please scroll down for information and consider attending.

Thoughts to Ponder from our May meeting:

Focus: Discovery. I consider discovery to be one of God’s best gifts and one of the greatest joys of life. Take a look at the definition:
  • to gain sight or knowledge of (something previously unseen or unknown)
  • to see, find, or become aware of (something) for the first time
  • to learn or find out something surprising or unexpected (Mirriam-Webster)
I remember the thrill when I first realized that we won’t know everything the minute we’re in heaven but will enjoy an eternity of discovery. How could it be heaven if there was nothing new to discover or learn? 

Think about the excitement you feel when you’re in the car and spy a deer grazing by the side of the road - or spot the first crocus of spring - or hear your child or grandchild reveal an ability you’d not yet seen - or discover a deeper meaning to a familiar Scripture passage - or, as a writer, find just the right word for the description you’re writing. 

Understanding can hinder discovery, i
n every area of life. When we’re certain we have things figured out and clearly understand our position, we don’t keep our eyes open or hearts alert. I don’t want that to happen with our writing gifts. Recently, I attended a webinar about children’s writing and, even though it's not a genre that interests me, discovering it as a possibility was energizing. Let’s not limit ourselves to a particular genre or style or project, but have ears to hear the Holy Spirit’s prompting and a curiosity that will test new waters.

Psalm 31:19 says, "How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in you."

Who knows what blessings lay in store for us? I don’t want us to miss a single one.

Take home thought: Let’s not decide what God wants for our lives and close our hearts, but discover the surprises He has for us along the journey.