To Go or Not To Go


“I think you should go.” That was all Jeff said.

“But we need a new refrigerator,” I argued. “You know I’m right.”

“The fridge has lasted this long, it can last one more year,” he reasoned.

“You can’t know that for sure. What if it stops working altogether? Before next year’s Christmas bonus?”

“We’ll worry about the fridge breaking down when it breaks down. You should go.”

When Jeff makes up his mind about something, he’s as stubborn as an IRS auditor.

We’ve been having this conversation for a few years now. This year, it’s the fridge. Last year it was the transmission in our mini-van. Before that, I can’t remember. But I’m sure it was something.


A few years ago, while mingling at a potluck, my friend Liz asked me, “Have you ever heard of Mt. Hermon?”

“Oh, yeah,” I responded, “When I was in high school, I went there for summer camp. Then in my twenties, I went there for a women’s conference almost every year.”

“Have you ever thought of attending their writers’ conference?” she asked. “I think you’d really find it worthwhile.”

“A writers’ conference? I didn’t know they had one.”

I have never been to a writers’ conference. In fact, I can count on one hand the number of times I have actually been away from my family overnight. It’s just not that easy to get away. Whenever an opportunity arises, I find myself rehearsing the same lines:

It costs too much money.
And who will care for the kids while Jeff is at work?

So with each passing year, I think about going. I read about the conference online, and I contemplate which writing sample to submit for critiquing. But in the end, the same excuses win out.

And another year goes by.

This year, we need a new fridge. But Jeff isn’t budging. And deep down, I’m really glad.

9 thoughts on “To Go or Not To Go

  1. I wish we'd had the chance to compare our 'getting here' stories face to face. God used my husband to get me to the conference this year too, despite my momentary panic that the money might be more responsibly used in our household budget. I'll be blogging about it soon, but God used it to teach me that sometimes we just need to take 'yes' for an answer!

    Blessings,
    Mary Hampton

  2. I'm so glad you went. And I hope you go again. This was my fourth consecutive year of attending and it gets better every time. So let the fridge eek by another couple of years. It can't store the kind of food you'll get at Mount Hermon. 🙂

  3. I have been to Colorado Christian Writer's Conference twice, the most recent being May of 2010. Each time God spoke clearly, but not the in way I thought He would. I'm anxious to hear about your experience.

  4. Margo, I remember reading your posts last year about your time at another conference. It's part of what inspired me to go! Maybe someday we can coordinate to attend a conference at the same time! 🙂

  5. I'm glad that you are glad. Appliances come and go, but you only get one shot at life, and I know you have so much more to do, and places to go, and people to meet and to write about.

    Wishing you joy and opportunities.

  6. Yes you need to GOOOOOO! God will provide for the refrigerator! He will bless your husband's time alone with the kids!

    I went to a Christian writer's conference at Glen Eyrie Castle in Colorado Springs last year, and it was AMAZING!!!! And I didn't know a soul when I went, but I have since become closer with two friends I met there that stayed in touch with me. It was wonderful worship through words and writing and song and Christian fellowship. I am curious about the Mt Hermon one now too.

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