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"It's useless to rise early and go to bed late, and work your worried fingers to the bone. Don't you know he enjoys giving rest to those he loves?" Psalm 127:1b (NIV)
Working hard is a good thing. The Bible tells us that God blesses the work of our hands. But working ourselves to death is not God's will. There is a time to rest. And as the Psalmist tells us in the verse above, God enjoys giving rest to those He loves.
Summer is a wonderful time for vacations and rest. Taking a few days off from our work to relax, maybe spending quality time with our family and extra time soaking up God's Word, is a way to refresh, recharge, and rejuvenate our bodies, minds, and spirits.
So be sure to take some time off from your hard work and rest. God definitely approves!
Check out the Out of the Mouths of FaithWriters section at the bottom of this newsletter to see how some of your fellow FaithWriters will be spending their summer.
INTRODUCING… THE 2009 B.O.B.!
Can you believe we're in our fifth year of crowning B.O.B? Well, I am thrilled to announce the winner(s) of the 2009 Writing Challenge Best of the Best contest.
The competition was fierce this year and every entry was excellent. But three entries stood out a hair above the rest. The first place entry is one that grows stronger every time you read it. And the last line brings chills. It is truly a masterpiece worthy of the 2009 title of the Best of the Best.
Without further ado, drum roll please…
This year's crown goes to…
RACHEL BURKUM for her entry, The Composition (Topic: Beginning and End, April 16).
Pause for applause.
Rachel takes home $300 cash and the honor of retaining the title of BoB for a whole year. CONGRATULATIONS, Rachel! You can read the winning entry, as well as offer your congratulations, here: http://www.faithwriters.com/wc-article-editors-previous.php?id=28807
Watch for an interview with Rachel to be posted soon.
Also, join with me in congratulating the second and third place winners!
2ND PLACE – JAN ACKERSON for her entry, Suit Jacket of Grace (Topic: Snap, September 4)
3RD PLACE – TIM GEORGE for his entry, Our House (Topic: The USA, January 18)
Now it's time to gear up for a brand new year of exciting and challenging Challenges! After a few weeks of summer hiatus, The Challenge will be up and running again beginning on July 2nd. Be sure to check the Challenge page for the new topic: http://www.faithwriters.com/writing-challenge-intro.php
In the meantime, visit the message boards, where there are plenty of Off-Season Mini-Challenges to satisfy your Writing Challenge addiction: http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=57
Can you believe it's only one month until the FaithWriters conference? Wow! If you haven't yet registered, now is the time!
Come and learn valuable tools that will help and bless you as you continue on your writing journey. Attend workshops, get your work critiqued, and develop and hone the talent God has given you so you can write for His glory with excellence! And, of course, meet your fellow FaithWriters members and build bonds of friendship (and possibly critique partners) that will last a lifetime.
You won't find a better conference value anywhere. Print out your registration form and send it in today! http://www.faithwriters.com/conference.php
Don't have a roommate? Not sure how you'd get from the airport to the hotel? No worries! Visit the message boards where there are forums dedicated to these specific issues. http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=49
See you in Detroit!
The last thing we want to do is be one of those sites always asking for money. We understand that pleas for help can get annoying. But FaithWriters.com is gaining new members at lightening speed. And although that's great news, the bad news is that with more members comes more work for those of us behind the scenes. And without additional income to cover the costs of running a site of this magnitude (well over 43,000 members now), we won't be able to keep up with the demands. And our heart's desire is to give you the best possible resources and tools to help you become the writer God has called you to be.
Your support has never been more vital. The 500 memberships have hit a plateau. And even though the numbers aren't sliding backward as they were a few months ago, we really need to break through and continue to steadily climb in order to maintain (and improve and add to) the features we offer.
Please prayerfully consider signing up for the FaithWriters 500. With the conference right around the corner, one of the first perks you can take advantage of is the conference discount offered to 500 members! Besides that one, there are over a dozen more features that come exclusively with a 500 membership. Features that are well worth the $10 per month it costs to join.
But more than the perks, your money will go to support this site that you've come to love and keep FaithWriters alive for a long time to come.
For complete details on becoming a 500 member, as well as instructions on how to sign up, visit this page: http://www.faithwriters.com/myaccount/donations-from-members.php
OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF FAITHWRITERS
The question posed in last month's newsletter was:
What are your vacation plans this summer?
Here is how some of our FaithWriters members will be spending their summer:
"My daughter and I will load up her mini van with my three grandchildren and camping equipment. Vacation plans will be sharing a tent, enjoying camp fires, eating smores, and hiking mountains." - Mary Lou Cook
"I plan to write every day. I am a busy teacher from August to May, but in the summer, my absolute delight is to write. It's as if all that has happened during the year must be sorted out and all good ideas must have skin. I also love to sit on my back porch and pray. The best stuff happens there. I love to quilt and it looks from my stash that I can get three or four done this summer. To me, quilting is writing without words." - Sharon Riddle
"I am going back east to see my aunt who is 98 and still ends each phone call with, 'May God bless you and keep you safe'." - Sandra Healy
"This full-time wife, mom, and Master's program student plans to enjoy the summer by making no plans!" – Ms. Ruff
"I'm planning on celebrating the start of summer (June 20th) by participating in a day trip by motorcoach to St. Jacob's, Ontario. My spiritual partner and I will be, God willing, enjoying ourselves, growing spiritually and enhancing our quality of life." – Ian Dennison
Now on to the August question…
AUGUST QUESTION: What is your favorite genre of fiction, both to read and to write?
Send your brief (2-3 sentence) answer to: Faithwriters.firstname.lastname@example.org. Then check the August newsletter to see if your reply was selected to appear.
THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING FAITHWRITERS! HOPE TO SEE YOU AT THE CONFERENCE!