Saturday, May 23, 2015

Little Seeds

Little deeds are like little seeds, they grow to flowers or to weeds. Daniel D Palmer
(Image taken during the 2015 Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference at Ridgecrest Conference Center)
I spent this past week at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. There were some amazing people there who did some pretty amazing things. They went out of their way to bless others.

There were also those who let the stress of circumstances influence the way they treated others. 

As the co-director, I had the opportunity to see the fruit of seemingly small seeds spread by those attending. Some blossomed into beautiful flowers, and others, well, not so much.

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  1. I saw many seeds that will bloom into flowers at the conference. Especially from you. You were gracious under pressure. I bet you felt like Gumby being pulled in many directions. I did not experience any weed seed; with such a big group there are bound to be a few weeds amidst the flowers. Thank you for all that you did for us. May flowers outgrow the weeds in your life.

  2. It's sad when we let our emotions rule, because it's such a blessing when you've helped someone else. We've all done it, I'm sure. I love Cherrilynn's comment about you feeling like Gumby. But, Edie, I'm amazed at what you and Alton have done. Ane Eva Marie. The conference was now of the best I've been to!

  3. Aaron Gansky asked me what my favorite part of the conference was. I have to say, it was the overall feeling of being able to be fully me, in a place full of people who didn't try to hinder me or hold me back, but rather help me soar. The connections, the lobby time, the classes, the food. . . was all wonderful. It was like finding family I didn't know I had. As I say, it was the Willy Wonka Factory for Writers. I can't wait to go back next year.

  4. The #BRMCWC was wonderful in every way for me, and especially in the classes where I learned so much (Thank you, Edie, and also Michelle Medlock Adams). The keynote addresses inspired us to write and do more with the gift God has given us. I didn't experience a single negative. Thanks for this great event and for your leadership.

  5. The week before the conference I received a phone call that my family and I would need to locate another house to live in, In thirty days! The enemy pulled at me, trying to bring me down. I almost canceled going to the conference, but I went on. The first class I taught, I knew exactly why the devil didn't want me to attend. Let's just say that we had us some "church" in that class! Michelle Adams has no idea how her keynote was spot on for me. And for her information, I haven't jumped ship. I'm riding it out. God used speakers, class attendees, friends, worship, and even strangers during appointments to just boost me. And though I've left Black Mountain, I'm still on the mountaintop. One for my ever faithful Father and zero for the enemy.

  6. Tory Martin's words from his keynote have stayed with me--holy introductions and divine appointments. I prayed over that Tuesday night when I had trouble sleeping. Repeatedly I asked God to use me to bless others. The next morning I went to the Christian Communicators breakfast gathering. I made an off-hand comment to a woman I barely knew that I wouldn't be able to get the MP3 downloads of the courses because I had left my wallet on the front passenger seat of my car in VA where I met my friend to carpool. She offered to pay. I of course turned her down. She insisted. I asked if I could have her mailing address to send her the money when I returned home. She shook her head. Tears started forming--I'm such a mush puppy. She met me by the table to sign up with $40 cash and a business card. She said the only payment she wanted was my friendship. I'm still teary when I think about it. Not that I couldn't have lived without the downloads, but that God had brought her along my path so I wouldn't have to. Holy introductions and divine appointments! Wow!

  7. What a great series of comments following an inspiring post.

    I've been following the lead up to Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference for a couple of weeks. I'm not a member and couldn't go this year, but I've been prompted to look for a writer's conference to attend and BRMCWC was the first to cross my path.

    After today's post and the comments of attendees, I'm more certain than ever that I need to look more deeply into BRMCWC.

    Thank you so much for a great start to my blogging day and for the encouragement I've vicariously received from all of you.

    Best wishes,