Pilgrim has been approaching the Celestial City for weeks, knowing that on one hill is a place where he’ll find not only rest but a circle of friends and instructors. Fellowship, refreshment, and zeal for companions committed to taking messages of beauty and truth to others, both on the pathway and not yet there, await him.
||September 20, 2018—September 27, 2018
||Nearly there—unexpected blessings where journeys meet
O Pilgrim, Where Art Thou?
O Pilgrim, where art thou? A better question might be, Where can we find Pilgrim tomorrow?
The way to his longed-for destination, the Celestial City, passes through many places, some welcome and some not. Fortunately, he expects a blessing when the path enters North Greenville University, where there are mountains in sight and a promise of fellowship, grace-filled conversation, and deeper insight in the ways of sharing intersections between his story and the divine story. Look for him when you enter Write2Ignite Conference!
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 calendar tells us that it’s time for the seasons to change again. Still, beyond winter, spring, summer, and fall, we experience other seasons, too. We move through seasons of life as we parent babies and teenagers, experience empty nests, and become caregivers for our own parents. Writing adds another layer to already full lives. So […]
Each new obstacle Pilgrim overcomes adds a chapter to the story he can tell to those he meets. Challenges, especially in areas where cresting rivers and floods are barriers, lead to stories as residents and helpers work to clear away debris, repair damage to roads and buildings, and deal with losses. In the process, God’s promise to comfort those who mourn brings a vision of restoration: “To give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.” (Isaiah 61:3, NKJV)
In communities where downed trees and heavy spirits make joy seem impossible, God is planting in the lives of people who follow Him, to make them as majestic and upright as the most beautiful trees standing. The journey—and the story—continue.
||September 18, 2018—September 25, 2018
||New chapters and more stories to share
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.