Category Archives: children

Standing Up for What You Believe

Recently, a senator claimed that a nominee was unqualified to serve in the government because he believed in “Christ alone” for salvation. Business owners took their case all the way to the Supreme Court and won the right to only offer health insurance that complied with their faith. Christian florists, bakers, photographers and calligraphers have been sued because they refuse to do work for same-sex weddings. These weddings go against their deeply held beliefs that God designed marriage for one man and one woman.

How can you, as a Christian writer, support fellow believers who take a stand for their faith? How can you encourage other believers to stand strong when their faith comes under fire? What do Christians need to know about the law and their freedom of religion?

Devotions

To stand strong for their faith, Christians need to be strong in their faith. What verses can you use for your devotion? What anecdote can you share? How can you remind Christians that we will face persecution? How can you help them stand strong in the face of persecution?

How can you remind your readers to love their enemies? What does that look like? How would Jesus respond? How can they react in Christlike ways while refusing to back down?

How-To and Personal Experience

Share your own story or someone else’s story. What takeaway value can you give them? What worked? What didn’t work? Where can they find the resources they need to protect themselves when they face opposition? What practical steps can they take? How can they build a support group during their trial?

What experts can you interview? What organizations can you research? Share the insights these specialists offer.

Writing for Children

Children and teens are told they can’t pray in school, use school facilities for Bible meetings or mention God in graduation speeches. What does the law say? How can you help children and teens stand strong when “authorities” deny their rights? How can you encourage them to demonstrate Christ’s love in the face of trials?

The Founders of this country wanted to protect our religious freedoms from the government, not protect the government from people of faith. As writers, we can help them stand up for what they believe.

© Deborah Christensen

Heading Into Summer

Memorial Day has come and gone. The summer season is in full swing. It’s a time for pool parties, barbecues, family vacations, summer camp, and all the other fun that summer brings. It also inspires a lot of writing ideas.

What’s different about summer? What does it inspire?

Parenting

How can you help parents prepare for their children’s summer break? How can you help working parents juggle their children’s summer schedules? How can you help families build stronger relationships during the summer?

What do parents need to know about summer camp? How can they choose the right one for their child? How can you help parents prepare their children for summer camp? What can parents do if their child become homesick?

How can parents make the most of a summer vacation? How do they choose the right vacation spot for their family? How do they budget for a vacation? How do they handle a child who doesn’t want to go on vacation? How can they take creative photos that capture the essence of their family vacation?

Summer Parties

How can your readers throw a fun summer party? How can you help them cook great food? What can you tell them about decorating for a summer party? How can they help their guests have fun? How do you build relationships through a summer party?

Summer Activities

What can you write about gardening? Hiking? Bicycling? Cooking on the grill? How can you help your readers protect themselves from ticks? Mosquitoes? How can they recognize poisonous plants?

What health issues arise from summer activities? How can they prevent injuries? What do they do after they incur an injury? What about allergies? How can they keep themselves healthy in the summer?

What can you write for kids? How can you help them embrace summer activities? What stories can you write for them? What devotions can you write? What kind of personal experience article can you write? Who can you interview?

Enjoy the summer. But, always look for writing ideas. Most publications work several months out. Have fun. Gather ideas. Then, write when the weather gets colder.

© Deborah Christensen

Seeds of Truth: Proverbs 3:6

Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

Proverbs 3:6, NLT

What does this verse mean to you? What does it say about God’s will? What does it say about following His guidance? How do you find God’s will? What role does His Word play? What role does prayer play? How do you know if it’s God’s will or your own will? How do you hear His voice? How do you live each day for Him?

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 takeaway 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 them?
  • 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? For teens?
  • What kind of devotion can you write on this verse?
  • How can you apply this verse to writing about trusting God, God’s sovereignty, prayer, healing, illness, salvation of loved ones, marriage, parenting, pregnancy, singleness, family relationships, relationship struggles, work, finances, unemployment, current events, fear, discouragement, weakness, courage, hope, forgiveness, anger, anxiety, patience, grief, persecution, trials, etc.?
  • What other issues can you apply this verse to?

Plowing Together: Targeting Innocents — Please Comment

Last night, a terrorist targeted children at a concert. As a writer, what can you write to help protect children?

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? What does it say about prayer? What about when God doesn’t answer a prayer the way you think He should? How do you respond to an answered prayer? How do you respond to an unanswered prayer? How can you bring glory to God through prayer? Through answered prayer? Through unanswered prayer?

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 takeaway 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 them?
  • 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? For teens?
  • What kind of devotion can you write on this verse?
  • How can you apply this verse to writing about the prayer, healing, illness, salvation of loved ones, marriage, parenting, pregnancy, singleness, relationship struggles, work, finances, unemployment, trusting God, God’s sovereignty, current events, fear, discouragement, weakness, courage, hope, forgiveness, anger, anxiety, patience, grief, persecution, trials, etc.?
  • What other issues can you apply this verse to?

Mom’s Special Place

Yesterday, we celebrated Mom. Some people did it with picnics and cookouts. They laughed and hugged their mom. Others did it with tears, as they grieved a mom who is no longer there. Still others faced painful memories of a mother who hurt them in a variety of ways. What does Mother’s Day mean to you?

What is a Mom?

What did your mom teach you about being a mother? Did you learn what to do, or what not to do? What did you learn about God, love, sacrifice, cooking, organization, how to handle money, how to balance family and work, grief, making choices, etc., from your mom? If you’re a man, what did she teach you about choosing a wife who would be the mother of your children?

What memories did she create in your family? What was unique about her that made you want to be a better person?

The Practical Side of a Mom

Moms model so many things as we grow up. Did she show you how to sew, start a business, create a budget, play music, speak in public, serve in the background, etc.? How did she model the fruits of the Spirit? Did you see her on her knees, praying for you? Did you watch her make time with God a priority?

How did she create a loving home? How did she love your dad? How did she show you that she loved you? How did she punish you? How did she defend you when someone wronged you? How did she show you to face the world?

Our moms influence our lives in so many ways. Use the insights that Mother’s Day stirred up and write about it.

© Deborah Christensen

Seeds of Truth: Psalm 60:12

With Gods help we will do mighty things…

Psalm 60:12, NLT

What help do you need from God? How do you learn to rely on God to take care of your needs? How do you put your faith in God to take care of you? What miracles have your seen in your life? How has God helped you to do mighty things? How do you trust Him to do mighty things through you? How does He help you when you feel insignificant? How do you learn to live in His power?

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 takeaway 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 them?
  • 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? For teens?
  • What kind of devotion can you write on this verse?
  • How can you apply this verse to writing about marriage, parenting, singleness, infertility, unplanned pregnancies, abortion, adoption, relationship struggles, aging parents, death of a loved one, work, unemployment, trusting God, God’s sovereignty, fear, discouragement, weakness, courage, hope, forgiveness, health issues, anger, anxiety, patience, grief, finances, prayer, persecution, salvation of loved ones, trials, etc.?

 

Mining Writing Gold in Friendships

This past weekend, I attended the memorial service of a family friend. He grew up with my dad and was the best man in my parents’ wedding. His parents knew my grandparents in Denmark and remained friends when they came to the U.S. I grew up with his children. At one point, our families lived across the street from each other.

Somewhere along the way, my generation lost touch with each other. Our parents continued their friendships but we didn’t. Everyone scattered to their own lives. However, we reconnected at the service.

I started to think about the people who flow in and out of our lives. Some friendships last a lifetime. Some are fleeting. Others take a break and come back together. We learn something from every friendship – about God, about ourselves and about how to do life a better way.

Devotions

The Bible is full of friendships: David and Jonathan, Mary and Elizabeth, Jesus and Lazarus. What lessons do these friendships teach? How do they enhance our own friendships? What can we learn about the value God puts on friendships? Use biblical friendships as a basis for devotions on relationships.

Personal Experience and How-To

Write about your personal experience with friendships. Tell stories. How did a friend help you in a time of need? How did a friend help you celebrate a happy time? How did a friend carry you through grief? How did a friend help you grow closer to God? What did a friend teach you about forgiveness, sacrificial love, navigating the milestones of life? Give your readers take-away value in your story.

You can also write a how-to piece. How can you be a better friend? How can you forgive a friend who hurts you? How can you comfort a mourning friend? How do you keep a friendship growing through the ups and downs of life? How do you reconnect with old friends? How do you build a new friendship? How do you set boundaries in friendships? How do you avoid gossiping in friendships? Offer practical advice to your readers.

Writing for Children

Write stories and nonfiction about friendships. Help children understand selfishness, sharing, kindness, forgiveness.

Fiction

Friendship can take center stage in fiction or act as a supporting player. Either way, you can create rich characters with challenging or healthy friendships. Fiction allows you to explore ways to resolve conflicts, become a faithful friend, be a godly friend.

We need friendships. God created us for community. As writers, we can find writing ideas in our friendships. When we write those ideas, we will help our readers enrich their own friendships.

© Deborah Christensen

Faithfulness for a Lifetime

hibiscusWhen Paul listed faithfulness as one of the fruits of the Spirit, he knew we can live out faithfulness in many ways. First, we must be faithful to God. Second, we must be faithful to each other. As writers, we can help our readers understand the role of faithfulness in their lives.

Faithfulness to God

The world pulls us in so many directions and, sometimes, it drowns out God’s still, small voice. Our readers look for ways to remain faithful to God.

Have you struggled with this? What helped you? What didn’t work? How did other people help you remain faithful to God? What emotions did you feel as you struggled? How did becoming faithful to God change you?

How can you use faithfulness to God in fiction? In poetry? Who can you interview to show people how to live in faithfulness to God? Do you know someone who lives it out who you can feature in a personality profile? What can you write for children to help them understand what it means?

Faithfulness in Marriage

In our sexualized society, faithfulness in marriage is often treated as old-fashioned. But, God calls us to remain faithful and committed for the rest of our lives.

Have you experienced infidelity? Are you the one who was unfaithful? What helped you heal? How did you heal your marriage? What tips can you offer to help your readers remain faithful? What help can you offer to help your readers protect their marriage before there’s a problem?

What about writing for singles? How can you help them prepare for a faithful marriage? How can you help them build a faithful character before they get married?

Faithfulness to Others

How tips can you offer to help your readers be a faithful friend? A faithful parent? A faithful child? How can they faithfully pray for others? How can they faithfully serve others?

Faithfulness affects every area of our lives. As writers, we can share tips, guidance, stories and examples of faithfulness.

© Deborah Christensen

The Value of Work

hibiscusYesterday, we celebrated Labor Day. Many of us took a break from work to celebrate the “end” of summer. But, we may not have thought about the work we do. It can bring us joy and purpose.

God worked when He created the universe. He also works every day in our life and in human history. He considers work an honorable pursuit.

As writers, we can address the issue of work in our fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

Finding Purpose in Work

How can you view your work in a way that honors God? How can you work as if you’re working for the Lord? How can you make the most of work you don’t enjoy? How can you see your work from God’s perspective?

How can you teach your children the value of work, even when they’re young? How can you help them view their work from His perspective? How do you balance work with your marriage? How do you keep your priorities straight?

How do you find the right job for you? How can you discover your gifts so that you can pursue work that fits who God created you to be? If you are a stay-at-home mom, how do you view your work as valuable?

Unemployment

What do you do if you lose your job? How do you handle the emotional pain from job loss? What is a good process to find a new job? How do you write a resume?

How do you know if you should look for a job or if you should start your own business?

God created us for a purpose. As writers, we can help our readers find their purpose and value their work.

© Deborah Christensen

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