Thursday, October 18, 2018

Hope in the Face of Rejection

by Emily Conrad

What if, those times we feel unseen and insignificant and easy to reject, something extremely significant is happening, unbeknownst to us?

Last month, I attended the ACFW conference, a huge gathering a Christian novelists. Though conferences can be a fantastic time of learning and connecting, there's also a lot of temptation to feel small, insignificant, and highly vulnerable to rejection.

Anyone who's been trying to make it in writing has experienced a lot of rejection. I imagine this is the same for those pursuing any dream. And I imagine we've all learned that we don't grow accustomed to the sting of rejection by simple experience.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Signs of Water: Finding refreshment when our souls are thirsty

by Emily Conrad

Signs about water in dusty places intrigue me, and I tend to stop and photograph them. An act of hope, perhaps.

A few weeks of events left this introvert drained, dry and dusty. Or maybe it was the shortened, cooler days of autumn that put me in funk.

Whatever the cause, I needed to recharge, but I wasn't sure my old standbys--time alone, time with my characters, time with my husband--would cut it this time. The need felt deeper.