Monthly Archives: August 2012

Seeds of Truth – Jeremiah 29:12-13

In those days when you pray, I will listen.

If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.

Jeremiah 29:12-13, NLT

Can you think of a time when you looked for God and found Him? When you prayed and He listened? What does it mean to you to look for God wholeheartedly? How you use your insights in a how-to article? In a personal experience piece? In a meditation/devotional? In fiction? In poetry? How can you teach these things to children through a children’s story?

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Random Trails: Career Day | WritersDigest.com

Try this writing prompt from Writer’s Digest. It may get you inspired.

Creative Writing Prompt: Career Day | WritersDigest.com.

Gardening Tools – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Etc.

You probably visit Facebook regularly. You reminisce with college friends and connect with family. You share photos and talk about your daily life. You may even tweet and pin. These are all great ways to interact with others.

But, have you ever thought of using these tools as ways to find writing ideas and meet other writers?

Read the posts with a writer’s eye. Look deeper. A baby’s photo is more than that. It might inspire you to write an article about how to photograph children effectively. A prayer request may lead to an article about that topic, whether it’s a wayward child or a health issue.

Do this with Twitter and Pinterest, too. Watch the trending topics on Twitter. You may think of a way to share your perspective on those topics through your writing. Pinterest is visual. Wander around it. You’ll be surprised what you find.

In addition to ideas, you’ll meet other writers. Christian writers’ groups abound on Facebook. It’s a place for writers to encourage each other. Using hashtags on Twitter will help other writers find you. You could build community there. Many writers use their boards on Pinterest to pin their inspiration. You might find inspiration from their boards and then create your own.

These social media outlets are more than time-wasters. They can turn into idea factories for fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children’s stories and/or devotionals. They can also join your circle of encouragers – people you’ve never met before – who will walk beside you on this writing journey.

By the way, you can find me on Facebook (Plowing the Fields) and Twitter (@dcplowingfields). I’m new to Pinterest so I haven’t fully developed my page yet. It’s a work-in-progress. But, you can find me (Deborah Christensen). We can explore it together.

© Deborah Christensen

Seeds of Truth – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NIV

How have you learned to be joyful always? What is true joy? How is it different from happiness? How can you live a life of joy?

How have you learned to pray continually? How do you build an attitude of prayer into your life? How does prayer enhance your relationship with the Lord?

How have you learned to give thanks in all circumstances? How can you remain thankful in the midst of pain?

How can you use your insights in a how-to article? In a personal experience piece? In a parenting article? In a marriage article? In an article for young adults and/or singles? In a meditation/devotional? In poetry? In fiction? How can you teach these insights to children through an article or story?

Unearthing Ideas in the “No”

When I was growing up, I learned a phrase that described the way God answers prayer: “No, Go, Slow.” That phrase hit home when I prayed for a new job.

My first job out of college was in a business office of a professional theater. I enjoyed it for several years. But as I got more serious about my faith, I realized that it wasn’t where I wanted to be. I didn’t do anything that had any eternal value.

I started praying for a new job. I thought I found the perfect one. I began to make plans to take the job when God slammed the door shut. I was devastated. How could He say “No”?

Eventually, I got another job that was perfect for me. I stayed there for 18 years. I now know why God said “No” to the other job. He had something better in mind and He knew what was best for me.

When God Says “No”

We all know how to glean ideas from a “Go” answer to prayer. God works through circumstances to give us what we need. We see His power and we learn to trust Him more. We even learn things from a “Slow” answer to prayer. We learn patience and, again, trust.

But what about those times when God says “No”? Have you ever looked for ideas in those experiences?

What did you learn about God? What did you learn about yourself? What did you learn about faith, trust and God’s sovereignty? Do you really believe that God knows what’s best for you?

God can teach you and mold you in ways you never imagined through His “No” answers to prayer. There are buried treasures in those experiences—treasures that you can share with your readers.

How can you share your insights in a personal experience piece? What steps to trusting God can you share with your readers in a how-to article? How can you use your experience in a meditation/devotional? In fiction? In poetry? What kind of children’s story can you write to teach children that God sometimes says “No”?

Writing ideas don’t always come from times when God answers our prayers the way we want Him to. Sometimes, it takes a “No.”

© Deborah Christensen

Seeds of Truth – Psalm 111:1-2

Praise the Lord! I will thank the Lord with all my heart as I meet with his godly people. How amazing are the deeds of the Lord! All who delight in him should ponder them.

Psalm 111:1-2, NLT

How has meeting with godly people impacted your faith? How did they spur you on to grow? How did they encourage you? How did you use your spiritual gifts to serve them?

What amazing deeds of the Lord have you seen in your life? How did His deeds change you? How did His deeds bring you closer to Him?

How can you use your insights in a how-to article? In a personal experience piece? In a meditation/devotional? In fiction? In poetry? How can you explain these insights to children in a children’s story?

Random Trails – Writing Prompt

Here’s another writing prompt for you to do. I hope you have fun with it.

Scene Stealers: How to Set a Scene | Write to Done.

Seeds of Truth – Psalm 84:11

For the Lord God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory.

The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.

Psalm 84:11, NLT

How has the Lord been your sun and shield? What images does that create for you? What good things has He given you? What have you learned about His goodness? How does this verse inspire you?

How can you use your insights in a meditation/devotional? In a personal experience article? In a how-to piece? In fiction? In poetry? In a children’s story?

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