Thoughts for the journey: pray, prepare, proceed, and practice.

On the journey, Pilgrim takes time to pray, especially after a few hasty decisions put him in harm’s way. Having been instructed, he prepares for future challenges in conversations with fellow travelers, discussing ideas and bringing up Scriptures to keep their focus on God’s truth. Rehearsing these verses during the journey helps Christian and his friends practice telling their story and God’s role in it.

The Conference Is Still On!

The conference is still on, and there’s still time to registerFriday’s weather is expected to be sunny, and although there’s a chance of a thunderstorm on Saturday, we don’t anticipate any weather problems interfering with the conference.

If you’d like a more detailed look at the weather, feel free to check the forecast for Tigerville, SC.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in three days at Write2Ignite 2018!

 

Facing new obstacles, Pilgrim perseveres.

From a Slough of Despond to a Hill of Difficulty, from Vanity Fair to a Giant Despair, Pilgrim never knows what lies ahead on the path. Yet he keeps going, reasoning that regardless of interference from obstacles or enemies, the path he has entered through God’s call is the way to fulfillment. On the way, he becomes a strong encourager and contender for the faith, just by sharing the story of his journey.

Philippians 3:12–13a: “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.” (NIV)

Whether our obstacles are literal barriers like currently impassable rivers and roadways, physical conditions, other people, or our own minds and habits, pressing on through faith is the key to finding resources, taking hold of promises, and deepening relationships.

The 2018 W2I Resource Manual

Attendees of the 2018 Write2Ignite conference will receive a copy of the conference resource manual. This attractive booklet contains articles, a conference schedule, workshop descriptions, presenters’ bios, and more!

We hope you’re excited about the conference! We can’t wait to meet you and learn alongside you this weekend as we all gather strength and encouragement for the writer’s journey.

Pilgrim seeks comfort, remembering those in danger.

Pilgrim Christian never forgets his family in danger. Although they didn’t accompany him on this journey, he prays for them and for others, both those who are persecuted for their faith (like Faithful) and those who stray from the narrow path.

Like Pilgrim, we continue to pray for NC and SC residents who have been removed from their homes or who face danger in them, while flooding continues. We pray for God’s comfort for those who have lost loved ones. Second Corinthians 1:3–4 says, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” (NIV)

Giving thanks, resting for the journey ahead, and waiting for signs to move forward.

As rescue efforts continue for SC and NC coastal residents who anticipate a long journey of rebuilding after flood damage, many are in waiting mode. They know what must be done, but they can’t yet do it. Similarly, Pilgrim’s journey includes times when moving forward isn’t possible, and Pilgrim must wait for God’s intervention through change of circumstances. At other times, Pilgrim’s thinking needs to change: he’s stuck until he recognizes that God gave him tools he has forgotten to use.

A writing conference can help those whose creative projects have been in such a “hold” pattern. What circumstances need to change before you can make progress? What tools has God provided that you haven’t used or even recognized?

Join Pilgrim at Write2Ignite 2018 as we share and learn how to let God direct our writing journeys!

Where’s Pilgrim? Looking for shelter in the Palace Beautiful, we think.

Whether praising God after escaping danger or looking ahead to the next obstacle, Pilgrim remembers that God is the source of his strength and wisdom. As rain and wind gusts move into South Carolina and western North Carolina, we continue to remember those in coastal and lowland areas most affected by Hurricane Florence.