Monthly Archives: February 2016

Friday Fun Facts: Priest and Writer

On this day in 1928, Andrew Greeley was born in Oak Park, Illinois. In 1954, he became a Catholic priest. He was 26 years old.

While teaching sociology at the University of Chicago, he wrote nonfiction books. Then in 1978, he wrote a short story entitled “Ms. Carpenter.” It was about Mary, the mother of Jesus, and took first place in the Catholic Press Association’s short story contest.

The first fiction book he wrote was The Irish Cup, an Irish Legend. His books that followed include Cardinal Sins, Thy Brother’s Wife, Angels of September, Wages of Sin and Irish Gold.

Although his books contained sexual content, according to, he said that he “attempted to portray real life, while subtly demonstrating the influence and power of religion.”

His successful writing, including more than 100 nonfiction books, earned him a significant amount of money. He donated most of it charity.

He passed away in 2013.

Random Trails: 12 Places to Find Awesome Writing Ideas | Writing Forward

You might feel creatively stumped but writing ideas are all around you, if only you will open yourself up to their possibilities.

Source: 12 Places to Find Awesome Writing Ideas | Writing Forward

Plowing Together: What Gives You Joy – Please Comment

My relationship with the Lord is a source of the deep joy in my soul. It isn’t a feeling but the utter security that God is in control.

However, the external sources of joy are my great-nieces and nephews. Seeing the world from their little perspective fills me with wonder.

What about you? What gives you joy? What can you write about it?

Joy of the Lord

hibiscusLet’s take another look at this post from 2015. The second fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23 is joy. Joy isn’t the same as happiness. We can have joy in the midst of pain and sadness. Godly joy is the assurance that God is in control and we can trust Him.

How have you seen that in your life? Was there a time when life was falling apart around you but you were able to live in the joy of the Lord? What does joy mean to you? What is your struggle to find joy? How have you helped others find joy?

Joy is a popular topic for Christians. Everyone wants to feel so secure with the Lord that we feel joy instead of anxiety. You can help your readers.

Personal Experience Articles

Telling your story is a great way to encourage your readers. For a personal experience article, keep the focus on the story. Then, pull it all together with what you learned, how God touched you or how joy came through.

How-To Articles

Give your readers tips and practical suggestions on how to cultivate joy in their lives. Use your own experience but also tap into others. Talk to your pastor or a mature Christian you know. Ask for their insights, as well.

Look to Scripture. You’ll find guidance there, too.


Joy is a great topic for a devotion. Use an anecdote to start and focus on one Bible verse. Write about the struggle to find joy. Talk about connecting with God in joy. Help your readers grow spiritually in joy.


It isn’t easy to live in joy. Use your poetry to honestly deal with the struggle.

Writing for Children

Joy may be a difficult concept for children to understand. However, they do understand trusting God. Start there. You can do this through fiction or an article.


Get creative. Show the struggle for joy. Create a character who exudes joy. Design a theme of finding joy in the middle of pain.

We all want to feel the joy of the Lord. As we grow in Him, the Holy Spirit develops joy in our lives. Let’s take our readers by the hand and guide them into joy, as well.

© Deborah Christensen

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