I’m thrilled to be a part of the Write 2 Ignite Conference where we’ll breathe out God’s breath together. Music has always been a part of my life. I grew up on the second row of a small family church, under the watchful eye of my mother from the organ bench. Barely into my teens, I was placed in a rotation to assist in leading music and ultimately took the position of church pianist. I was not a prodigy. However, I was surrounded by supportive adults with enough wisdom to allow a wrong-note-playing teenager to glorify God with all she had. No matter how small, He could multiply the offering.
I never wanted to be writer. In fact, all I ever wanted to be was a Mama. Once my babies were born, I began writing children’s books and then devotions…because they were short and I liked being finished before naptime was over. I soon realized the craft and skill involved made short projects more challenging than I thought. Craving to know more, I submitted a request for a scholarship to a writer’s conference and won. The first affirmation of this path in my life’s atlas.
Several years later, sitting on the front row of funeral home, waiting to sing for someone I had never met, a rush of details for a novel piled into my mind. Details and lots of other thoughts. A novel? I don’t wanna write a novel! That will take forever!
That day, I signed up for a novelist retreat and began writing The Funeral Singer. Although it hasn’t found a home with a publisher, God once again showed me He would multiply the offering.
The longer I walk with God, the more I realize it’s about the offering of the heart. When we write, sing, work, run, etc. with a heart to please Him, He alone can multiply that offering.
I’m thrilled to be with you at the Write 2 Ignite Conference leading in song so we can give our offering and watch God work.