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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?
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?
Let’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.
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
It’s possible to find joy, even in the midst of pain? How can you help your readers find joy in their everyday life?
I’ll share my comment. Philippians 4:13 is my life verse. It tells me that God is in control and that if I take a step a faith, He meets me there. I’ve seen it. I look for ways to explain that verse in my writing. I may not reference the verse directly but it influences my writing.
What about you? Please comment below.