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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.?

 

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Gleaning Writing Ideas from Election Issues

stars_and_stripesTomorrow, we head to the polls and vote. The policies that each candidate supports couldn’t be more different from each other. I’m not here to influence your vote. I want to help you look at some of the issues and find writing inspiration there.

Abortion

What can you write on this issue? How can you encourage your readers to protect the unborn and choose life? What stories can you tell?

Do you know a couple whose doctor suggested they abort their Down’s Syndrome baby but they didn’t? Tell their story. Do you know a woman who chose life for her unborn baby, even though it brought difficulty? Share her story. What about a woman who gave her child up for adoption in order to give the child life? Or, someone who was adopted? What about someone who survived an abortion? These are all stories you can offer to your readers.

Write about what really occurs during an abortion. Help readers know that the unborn baby is more than a “clump of cells.”

As Christians, we’re called to respect life. As writers, we can help our readers respect it, too.

Freedom of Religion

Freedom of religion hangs in the balance for this election. What can you write about this issue? How can you encourage your readers to fight for their Christian values?

Do you know anyone who was forced to violate their faith in the name of “tolerance”? What price did they pay if they refused? Tell their story. What value did the Founding Fathers place on religious freedom? Teach your readers how important it is and what consequences we face if we lose it.

We can help our readers fight for what belongs to us constitutionally.

Respect for the Military

Both active-duty military and veterans face issues that will be impacted by this election. From care at the VA to military readiness, they need our support.

Do a researched investigative report. Tell a personal story. Interview a military family. Help your readers understand the issues they face.

 

What are the issues that you’re passionate about this election? Supreme Court? Taxes? Immigration? Healthcare? The economy? Education? Write about these issues. Use them in your fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Don’t forget about them after the election is over. Continue to write and encourage your readers to stand up for what they believe.

© 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

Seeds of Truth: Genesis 18:14

“Is anything too hard for the Lord?”

Genesis 18:14, NLT

What are you facing that’s too hard for you? How can you turn it over to God? What does trust look like? How do you know when God is working in your life? What helps you stop trying to fix it yourself? How do you patiently wait for God to work?

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 tips can you offer?
  • 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, relationship struggles, school, work, trusting God, God’s sovereignty, forgiveness, unplanned pregnancy, new baby, health issues, national disasters, politics, anxiety, patience, grief, finances, prayer, persecution, salvation of loved ones, trials, etc.?

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Joining the Ranks of the Unemployed

interview paperI lost my full-time job in April. It’s the first time since I turned 16 that I haven’t had a job. I’m not alone. Despite the unemployment figures, a record number of people, 94 million, have been out of work for so long that they’ve given up looking for work.

I’ve been riding a roller coaster of emotions since then. One day, I feel sad, missing the people I used to work with and the job I loved. The next day, I feel hopeful, looking forward to the new opportunities God may give me. Then, I feel scared.

What about you? Have you ever lost a job? What insights did you gain during that time? What tips and tricks for finding a job did you learn? What’s the best way to write a resume? How can someone successfully interview?

How did you learn to trust God while you were unemployed? How do you explain your unemployment to your children? How do you keep your marriage strong during your unemployment? How do you handle your finances? How do you handle the fear and anxiety? How do you create your own opportunities, such as starting your own business? Use your imagination. The writing ideas are endless.

I’m still looking for a job. What about you? As a writer, you can offer hope to the many unemployed people out there – even if it’s just to let them know that they’re not alone.

© Deborah Christensen

Seeds of Truth – Proverbs 3:26

…for the Lord will be your confidence…

Proverbs 3:26, NIV

 How is the Lord your confidence? How does He give you the confidence to step out and take risks? How does He help you overcome fear? How does this verse impact your life?

How can you use this verse in your writing?

  • How can you use it in a devotion? What anecdote would you use?
  • What tips and insights can you share in a how-to article?
  • Do you know of someone who lives confidently in the Lord? What kind of personality profile can you write about them?
  • What story can you tell as the basis for a personal experience article?
  • What kind of marriage article can you write based on this verse? What kind of parenting article can you write based on this verse?
  • What can you write for singles?
  • What can you write about finances?
  • What can you write about relationships?
  • What can you write about God’s will?
  • What can you write about work? Talents? Passions?
  • What can you write about courage?
  • What can you write about prayer? Spiritual gifts? Serving God?
  • What can you write about living in an uncertain world?
  • How can you use this verse in your poetry?
  • How would you explain this verse to children through an article or a story?
  • How can you use this verse in fiction?

 

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Seeds of Truth – Psalm 112:5

Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice.

Psalm 112:5, NIV

How have you seen this verse at work in your life? What have you learned about financial issues? How do you conduct your affairs with justice?

How can you share your story through a personal experience piece? What takeaway value can you give your readers? What tips and insights can you offer your readers through a how-to article? Who can you interview for a personality profile in this field? How can you use this verse in a devotion? In fiction? In poetry? How can you explain this verse to children?

Here are some additional suggestions to get you thinking:

  • a marriage article
  • a parenting article
  • an article for seniors
  • an article for young adults.

From the Idea Garden – Foreclosure

I work from home. But, yesterday, I was distracted by the men removing furniture and belongings from the townhome next door. A couple of months ago, my neighbors lost their home after living there for over 30 years. The bank didn’t give them enough time to vacate the home completely. So, they took what they could and left the rest. Yesterday, the bank cleaned it out. Their things will either be sold or thrown away. All their hopes and dreams – gone.

Do you know someone who lost their home? Have you lost your home? What can you write to help your readers facing the same situation?

Can you:

  • write a personal experience piece and share your story about what God taught you through the process?
  • write a how-to piece to show your readers how to navigate through a foreclosure? Help your readers find help to avoid a foreclosure?
  • share your feelings about a foreclosure through poetry?
  • write a devotion?
  • incorporate a foreclosure into your fiction?
  • help children deal with the loss of a home?
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