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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?

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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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A Day to Remember

I can’t do a “Fun Facts” today. It doesn’t seem appropriate. However, I can tell you that on this day in 1773, Benjamin Franklin wrote, “There was never a good war or a bad peace.”

As you write today, remember the families of the people who died on September 11, 2001, and the families of the heroes who died in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. Write something that honors them.

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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Never Forget

twin towersThis week, we remember the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001. Innocent people lost their lives, heroes stood firm and faced death, and our view of the world changed.

As writers, we can still find stories to tell and ways to help our readers remember.

You can use the writing ideas you glean this year to write the articles and stories for next year.

What Happened That Day?

What happened to you that day? How did it change you as a person? Did it bring you closer to God? How did it change your relationships with your family and friends? How did it change your workplace? What impact did it make on your life?

Share your story. Then, think about expanding it. How did it change the way you look at trials? How do you view trials differently from pre-9/11 times? What did you learn about the brevity of life? What did you learn about courage and heroism?

Do you know someone who was directly impacted by 9/11? Do you know anyone who lost someone that day? Interview them and tell their story.

Share your experiences through a poem or devotion. Think of a way to tell the story to children.

What’s Happening Now?

The world still feels the ripples of 9/11. Military people are deployed to protect our freedom. Our nation’s leaders face decisions that could change the course of world history.

What can you write on current events? How can we prepare for and deal with terrorism? How can we assess the decisions coming out of Washington? How can we make sure that our leaders make responsible decisions in fighting terrorism? What can you write on the challenges and joys of military life? How has military life changed since 9/11?

What is God’s perspective on the events of the world? How does this time fit into God’s plan? How can you view current events from a Christian perspective?

As you remember the events of that terrible day, glean writing ideas of hope, courage, God’s love and history. Use your gifts as a writer to make sure that no one ever forgets.

© Deborah Christensen

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