Seeds of Truth: John 14:13

“You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it,

so that the Son can bring glory to the Father.”

John 14:13, NLT

What does this verse mean to you? Does it mean that God will give you anything you ask for? What role does God’s sovereignty play? How does God answer prayers? What do you do when God doesn’t answer your prayer the way you want Him to? How do you trust Him to do what’s best for you? What do you do when He answers your prayer the way you wanted Him to? How does praise and thankfulness fit into your lifestyle? What does honest prayer look like? How can you approach God with confidence?

How can you use this verse in your writing:

  • What kind of nonfiction piece can you write?
  • What tips would you offer in a how-to article?
  • What story can you tell in a personal experience piece? What take-away value can you give?
  • How can you use this verse to inspire fiction?
  • How can you use this verse to inspire poetry?
  • Do you know someone who lives out this verse? Can you interview them and write a personality profile on the?
  • How can you explain this verse to children? What kind of children’s story can you write? What kind of nonfiction piece can you write for children?
  • What kind of devotion can you write on this verse?
  • How can you apply this verse to writing about marriage, parenting, singleness, relationships, work, health, trusting God, worship, God’s sovereignty, impatience, anxiety, finances, prayer, etc.?

 

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Gardening Tools: A Second Look at an Important Tool

echo_photo2Recently, I wrote an article for InSite magazine, published by the Christian Camp and Conference Association. I interviewed 12 people about tools they needed for their ministry. Needless to say, I had to record every one.

I used my “computer pen.” I’ve talked about it before but it’s worth a second look. As a writer, I use it all the time.

It’s made by Livescribe. I write on special paper. When I record with it, it syncs what’s on the paper with what’s recording. They also make pens that sync with tablets and phones, Android and iOS.

I use the most basic version and have had it for several years. It still works great. Mine syncs with my computer, which holds both the pages I wrote on and the audio. I also bought additional software for a minimal charge that converts my handwriting into text.

It’s perfect for interviews. I use the speakerphone and can record the entire discussion. No more bulky recording attachments. I can even keep my notes to a minimum, without writing it down word for word. When I transcribe the notes, I simply tap on the appropriate spot in my notes to hear the recording.

It’s also perfect for collecting writing ideas. Since the special paper comes in all different sizes, I can carry a small pad and the pen in my purse. If I hear something, I can click on the pen and record it. I can also take notes and sync up everything.

Do you keep a journal? Consider using the pen and paper. You can add audio comments to your journal. This, too, can help you find writing ideas.

In this age of computers, a pen still works for writers. This pen, no matter what style you choose, is worth the investment.

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© Deborah Christensen

Friday Fun Facts: Christopher Columbus and His Book of Prophesies

Christopher Columbus died on this day in 1506. We all know that Christopher Columbus made historic voyages to the New World. However, before his death, he wrote a book titled “The Prophecies.” He based it on biblical prophecies and those written by early church fathers. It was about the ultimate return of Christ and what needed to occur before He returned.

Random Trails: Finding Gold In Old Floppies: Books Coming Back From the Dead? | Writing Forward

This post is from a few years ago. However, it reminds us that our long-forgotten ideas can still leap to life again.

Finding Gold In Old Floppies: Books Coming Back From the Dead?.

Seeds of Truth: John 15:5

 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him,

he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

John 15:5, ESV

What does the imagery of the vine and branches mean to you? How do you abide in God? What does bearing fruit mean to you? How do you know when you’re bearing fruit? Have you ever tried to accomplish things for God without His help? What happened? How does abiding in Him make a difference in your life?

How can you use this verse in your writing:

  • What kind of nonfiction piece can you write?
  • What tips would you offer in a how-to article?
  • What story can you tell in a personal experience piece? What take-away value can you give?
  • How can you use this verse to inspire fiction?
  • How can you use this verse to inspire poetry?
  • Do you know someone who lives out this verse? Can you interview them and write a personality profile on the?
  • How can you explain this verse to children? What kind of children’s story can you write? What kind of nonfiction piece can you write for children?
  • What kind of devotion can you write on this verse?
  • How can you apply this verse to writing about marriage, parenting, singleness, relationships, work, sharing your faith, character, serving God, finances, prayer, etc.?

Plowing Together: Handling Controversy – Please Comment

Yesterday, I wrote a blog post about how we can address the “transgender” bathroom issue as writers. I posted it in several Christian writers’ Facebook pages that I belong to. On one, I received angry responses – so angry in fact that I had to stop comments and notifications. I don’t know if people are still able to comment. If they are, I’m not receiving any information on it.

I saw two problems: First, people attacked me for a holding a biblical and commonsense view. I said nothing unloving or unbiblical. But because I disagreed with them, I was the one who was unloving and intolerant. Second, no other Christians supported me for taking a biblical stance on the issue.

I don’t argue with people. If they are so entrenched in their viewpoint that they will not have a reasoned discussion, no discussion is possible. I present my case and then I walk away. More discussion just escalates the anger. That doesn’t help anyone. Of course, they may say that I’m entrenched in my viewpoint. But, I can back up my arguments from the Bible, not my feelings.

What about you? How do you handle controversy in your writing? Is there ever a time to walk away? What do you do to cool the anger?

Target, Bathrooms and Protecting Our Children

path in INThe big topic on Facebook, especially on Christian pages, is the policy change at Target that allows people who identify themselves as the opposite sex to use that corresponding bathroom. Actually, the discussion began in earnest when North Carolina passed a law that required people to use the bathroom for the gender that appears on their birth certificate.

Liberals cancelled plans for concerts, business moves and conventions in North Carolina. Christians and conservatives started a boycott of Target.

This blog takes of the side of North Carolina and Christians who stand for the gender of birth that appears in our DNA – the way God created us. I will not allow arguments or insults. However, I can find a lot of writing ideas in this topic. And, they may inspire you to stand for what’s right. The conservative side needs good writers who can address this topic in a loving and creative way.

Transgenderism

Christian writers can contribute quality work on this topic. What does our DNA say about who we are? How does brain anatomy affect our behavior? What does God say about gender? How valid are our feelings about our gender?

Most media present the “positive” side of transgenderism. However, they ignore the studies that indicate higher depression and suicide rates among transgenders. How can we show God’s love to transgenders? How can we counsel people who are considering transgenderism? What about the parents and loved ones who are affected by this issue? How can we love and support them?

A lot of organizations can provide experts to address these issues. Consider contacting them to conduct an interview. They will give authority and expertise to your article. Here is a list of some of the organizations you can contact: Focus on the Family, American Family Association, Alliance Defending Freedom, ACLJ and individual state family institutes.

Target and Boycotts

A couple of decades ago, B. Dalton Bookstores, owned by Kmart, sold pornography. Christian organizations requested that they remove the pornography. Not only did they refuse to remove it, the CEO of Kmart insulted Christians. A boycott ensued, B. Dalton eventually went out of business and the CEO was fired. I still do not shop at Kmart.

What’s your passion? What calls to action can you give your readers? It may not be on this topic but something else. Get your readers excited enough to want to do something about it. It may be a call to action to make bathrooms safe for children or it may be the protection of unborn children. Maybe it’s stopping sex trafficking or protecting the persecuted church. Whatever it is, write about it.

Sexual Predators

Last week in Chicago, a mother sent her 8-year-old daughter into the bathroom at a local store. She heard her daughter scream and ran into the bathroom. A man had strangled the girl to unconsciousness and was dragging her into one of the stalls.

You may not have heard this story. Not all news outlets outside of Chicago are reporting it. Why? Because it goes against the move to make all bathrooms accessible to transgenders. It denies the real fact that sexual predators will use this trend to gain access to bathrooms they would’ve previously been barred from.

What can your write about protecting women and children from sexual predators? What proactive steps can your readers take to protect themselves?

Modesty and Privacy

Furthermore, the Obama administration directed all schools to make all locker rooms and bathrooms accessible to members of the opposite sex, as long as they identify themselves as “transgender.”

What can your write about issues of modesty and privacy? How can we teach these things to our children when schools will be ripping down the barriers that give them privacy?

Parents will face choices about keeping their children in public schools. What guidance can you offer to your readers?

 

We’ve only scratched the surface of writing ideas on this topic. But, we can become an army of Christian writers who share God’s love and wisdom.

© Deborah Christensen

Friday Fun Facts: Daphne Du Maurier

In 1907, Daphne Du Maurier was born on this day. She wrote mostly romance/suspense novels, including Rebecca. The book was made into an Academy Award-winning film starring Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier. Alfred Hitchcock directed it.

She wrote fiction, memoirs, histories and biographies until she died in 1969.

Random Trails: How to Transform Words Into Writing Ideas | Writing Forward

Check out this post for a creative way to find writing ideas.

Source: How to Transform Words Into Writing Ideas | Writing Forward

Plowing Together: God’s Peace – Please Comment

What does God’s peace mean to you? Talk about a time when you experienced it and you can’t explain it any other way than it came from God.

Please share your story. You may inspire other writers.

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