Thursday, April 9, 2009

Blessed Buddies...

I met some precious people while at Mount Hermon. Let me introduce you to Penelope from Australia. What a doll. She was one of the twelve semi-finalists from the Zondervan fiction contest. We hit it off. Encouraging one another every time we saw each other in passing. She lives on a 3,000 acre farm (or PRUHPATY, as she'd say it) with her husband and two beautiful children. She raises cattle and sheep...and yes, kangaroos hop all over her land. My prayer is that her and her family will stop by and stay with us before she heads home. Penny had some divine appointments with authors and publishers. God is using this angel from Aussie.

Then there was Bruce from Alabama. He is writing a non-fiction book called The Perfect Storm. It's about how the Lord brings storms into our lives, using our health, finances, relationships. He is a preacher who has travelled as far away as South America to reach the lost for His kingdom. I met Bruce on Palm Sunday. We hiked back down the hill together and had the best conversation. I will let you know when his book comes out. If you would like to have a gifted encourager to speak at your church or retreat, go to his website and book him, now! God blessed him in so many ways while at Mount Hermon, it won't be long before his book is in your hands.

Then there were my roommates, Jennifer and Heidi. God put us together for a reason. We laughed until our sides hurt. I had prayed for sweet roommates and the Lord didn't disappoint. Jennifer writes fiction and lives close to me. I am going to help her get her blog up and running soon. This gal is head over heels in love with her new husband. She even had a picture of him in a frame by her bed. Sweet, huh? Heidi was the quiet one of us three. She is a school teacher from the Bay Area and is writing fiction as well. I found out by the end of the week that she was raised in Taiwan, a child of missionaries. I bullied her into speaking Mandarin Chinese to me while we were at breakfast. When I tried to speak it back to her, she said I was offending her with my foul language.

Three forty-somethings trying to pull off a Charlie's Angels pose.

Then there were those that I wasn't able to snap a picture with. Most especially, Debbie Jansen. If you need a speaker for your church gatherings, EMAIL HER,CALL HER. SEND SMOKE SIGNALS. Just get her. She was a riot. What a precious woman of God. Her and I just clicked. She was such a sweet encouragement to me. I am reading her book, Discipline Exposed.

If you want to read a great book about Godly discipline, packed with humor, go to Amazon and purchase it today.

I have a very strong feeling I will be seeing Debbie again.


Susanne said...

Love the Charlie's Angels pose. :-D Glad you met such wonderful people!

Mari said...

Isn't God great? He gave you this talent for writing, allowed you to go to the conference, put it in a beautiful setting and let you meet some amazing people and have fun and fellowship too!

Jaclyn said...

You are too cute! I love the Charlie's Angels picture...such a classic! Looks like you had a lot of fun!

Elizabeth M Thompson said...

See, now you are hooked. You'll be planning your vacations and your kids' weddings around Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conferences.

Tea With Tiffany said...

Love the pics of you 40 something beauties!

Thanks for sharing the joy of the conference. I knew God had sweet surprises for you.

Prayed for you!
And hey, it looks like we may be meeting this fall. Lord willing, I can get to Florida in one piece.


PS Happy Easter!

Lori said...

I love the pictures. One day I would love to make it to Mount Hermon. Looks like a wonderful time.

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

Sounds and looks like you had a wonderful time there!!

Kate said...

Wow, I'm actually a little jealous. I want to go to Mount Hermon for a writer conference. Yes, I am sure now, I am quite jealous. Glad you had a wonderful time.


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