I Got This -God

A week and a half ago I headed to the ACFW Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. I packed my suitcase to the brim with everything I’d need, got my sheets ready for appointments, and somewhere along the way ended up dragging along a gut full of nerves.

Several things of note happened on this trip.

The first happened during the landing into Nashville. I was using my One Sheets (essentially back cover blurb and elevator pitches) to memorize during my flight for my agent/editor appointments. I’m not sure if anyone else is like me, but it is hard to concentrate when there’s loads of action going on around me. Suffice to say my memorization wasn’t taking, and so I bowed my head in prayer. When I opened my eyes back up and looked out the plane window I saw a full-sized rainbow across the window.

RainbowEven if you don’t believe in signs, this was a goose-bump moment for me. It really sealed for me that God had this.

I got into the hotel and up to my room too late to check in to the conference that night, and so I had to miss out on the genre dinner. This dinner is where some of the conference goers dress up in clothes that match their genre, such as period dresses for historical romance writers. I was really sorry to miss it, but had a great dinner with two of my Splicketeer team, so I felt as if I was truly blessed to have friends around to talk to and share a meal.

The next day we got to choose which continuing education class we wanted to go to. I chose Allen Arnold’s The Two Realms, because, well Realms. Allen started the class by informing us he had purchased and prayed over one hundred thirty notebooks. When he felt moved by the Spirit, he wrote down what God was telling him. Then during class he passed the notebooks out at random to everyone attending.

It was another God moment for me.

In the notebook Allen gave me was written: “With Me, you have all the time in the world. You are not late but right on time. –God

Okay, God. It’s been ten long years of learning to write and getting my stories down. But You’ve got it. The timing is Yours. Okay, I’ve got it.

Well, I still had nerves the whole time I was at conference. There were a few times I had to withdraw from everyone and just go somewhere quiet. I had three appointments, only one of which ended up with a request. I did get to brainstorm my brand and platform with the wonderful Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Agency. So I counted that as a win.

Kathy, Dawn, and Diane at the galaAt the gala, my nerves were really going crazy. I sat by two of my Iowa/Nebraska ACFW buddies, Diane Kenyon and Kathleen Anderson, who herself was up for a Genesis award. After Kathleen won and came back to the table it was my turn. When they called my name as the winner of the Speculative genre, I literally jumped. I vaguely remember going up to the stage and saying a few words. My inner concentration was on trying to keep my knees from buckling and collapsing to the floor.

I did get to watch the replay on You Tube, and realize I looked much more in control than I felt. It was an amazing night. And though I don’t have a contract yet for my fantasy novel, I’m making progress on building my platform. I actually have had a couple of people ask me where they can find my books.

Imagine that!

I can’t get there fast enough, but I know that God has this. He told me twice to make sure it got through my insecure brain. So, I’m taking that rainbow promise with a notebook message on the side to heart.

Yep. God’s got this. And what an amazing ride this last year has been!

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Dawn is a young adult fiction author, creating authentic stories that cut through the lies we hide behind to break through to our inner truths. Her passions are her faith, family, shoes, purses, things that sparkle, and anything steampunk. Keep up with Dawn's news and events at dawnfordauthor.com.

8 thoughts on “I Got This -God”

  1. Oh wow — this is all so amazing. Love the rainbow — God letting you know He’s got your back. But oh, the human frailty that messes with our nerves anyway. Love your workshop story — that just blows me away because I realize that an ACFW conference isn’t quite like anything else. I mean, he took the time and prayer you would expect in a Sunday School teacher or a pastor preparing his message. Wow. I’m impressed. And you did a wonderful job on your speech. So elegant. I really loved your dress…and the colour complimented your complexion so beautifully. You clean up real good! 🙂 Thanks for sharing this little bit of insight into the conference. Sigh. Someday….

    1. Aw, thank you, Kav! I love that dress. Allen Arnold’s class was about two realms, the orphan realm where we try to control life and the Freedom Realm where we know we have no control over life, but we have freedom and hope. That class was amazing. I wasn’t the only one in that class driven to tears over the notebooks and the message. Truly inspirational.

  2. Don’t you just love how God talks when we really need Him to? It sounds like you’ve really had some God moments lately and I’m so happy for you.

    1. I really have. Last Fall I prayed for God to send me direction, give me a sign. It’s been a year, but I’m seeing those prayers come true in spades. I think sometimes I get impatient and start making my own way (which Allen Arnold pointed out is what people in the Orphan Realm do–take charge when they could be trusting in God) and that always ends in disappointment. Every step of the way this year God has given me a sign. Every. Step. It’s been truly amazing.

  3. It’s wonderful to be able to look back and be able to pinpoint those God-moments! You’ve got a great writing testimony, Dawn!

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