Perfect Peace: Guest Blog by Susan Tuttle

Susan Tuttle is one of my favorite people. She is a fiction writer and seriously loves the Lord — you get that whenever you read something coming from her keyboard. Susan is one of my cyber critique partners. She blesses me with her spiritual gift of encouragement, and everything she says and does is filtered through an extremely kind heart. One of these days, we may actually get to meet in person and exchange PHYSICAL HUGS for the first time!

Susan attended the American Christian Fiction Writers’ conference for the first time this year, held in Dallas, Texas. For those of you who don’t write Christian fiction, this is the Holy Grail of conferences. It is a big deal! I asked for Susan’s perspective on she saw God working through this important event in her life.

Meet my sweet writer sister and friend, Susan!

 

So this year I went to the ACFW conference. I was a First Timer—got my little brown ribbon to add to my tag and everything. It was an amazing time, even for this introvert.

See, for many of us, going into a situation where there are seven hundred people who you don’t know, appointments with editors and agents, classes and meal times with open-seating…it’s all very intimidating. Yet I have to tell you, if God is calling you to jump out of your comfort zone, He will catch you.

For me that jump was the ACFW conference, and I took a verse with me: You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal. Isaiah 26:3-5 And God fulfilled that verse in so many ways.

But first I had to do my part. That whole, “mind steadfast on Him” thing? That part was up to me. So I began each day in the prayer room. I reminded myself that I can do nothing apart from Him, but I can do ALL things THROUGH Him. That to everything there is a season. And that my steps are ordered by Him.

As a result, I entered each appointment with a blanket of peace. When I walked into the dining hall, it didn’t matter that it was a sea of unknown faces. I ***gasp***sat with people I didn’t know! In the hallways I said “hello” as I passed people. In the elevators I struck up conversations. And in every breath of every moment, God covered me with His peace.

He’d asked me to go and blessed my obedience.

And that’s the point I’ve finally gotten to. I desire obedience more than I fear the situation He’s called me into, because I know He will meet me in the middle of each calling and give me His perfect peace.

If you’re on the fence about something God is calling you to, jump. Just do it. He’s got huge arms and He loves you, no way He’s letting you fall.

And if it’s the ACFW conference, let me give you a little push: GO! The people who help make this conference happen bathe it in prayer. God’s presence is so strong, everyone is so kind, there is a wealth of information, and—as an added bonus—you can talk about imaginary people all you want without one person thinking you’re crazy!

 

Susan Tuttle is a homeschooling mom of three who is crazy about coffee, dark chocolate, and words—both reading and writing them. Combine that love of words with her passion for leading women to a life-changing encounter with Christ, and you’ll find her crafting Inspirational Contemporary Romance stories laced with humor, love, and healing transformations. When not cheering on her Ironman hubby Doug, chasing the family dog, or tackling complex math problems to teach her kids (yes, even the second-grader), you can catch Susan at her blog, Steps. http://stepsusan.blogspot.com/

 

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