Category Archives: thankfulness

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?

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? Does it mean that God will give you anything you ask for? What role does God’s sovereignty play? How does God answer prayers? What do you do when God doesn’t answer your prayer the way you want Him to? How do you trust Him to do what’s best for you? What do you do when He answers your prayer the way you wanted Him to? How does praise and thankfulness fit into your lifestyle? What does honest prayer look like? How can you approach God with confidence?

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 take-away 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 the?
  • 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?
  • What kind of devotion can you write on this verse?
  • How can you apply this verse to writing about marriage, parenting, singleness, relationships, work, health, trusting God, worship, God’s sovereignty, impatience, anxiety, finances, prayer, etc.?

 

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Seeds of Truth: Psalm 60:12

With God’s help we will do mighty things…

Psalm 60:12, NLT

How do you depend of God? What helps you rely on Him instead of yourself? How did you learn to trust Him? How has He used you to do mighty things? What is your definition of “mighty things”?

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 take-away 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 the?
  • How can you explain this verse to children?
  • What kind of devotion can you write on this verse?
  • How can you apply this verse to writing about marriage, parenting, singleness, relationships, work, sharing your faith, illness, character, serving God, finances, prayer, etc.?

Plowing Together – Thanksgiving – PLEASE COMMENT

What are you thankful for? What can you write about it?

I’ll start. I’m thankful for the three little children who have come into my life in the last three years. They help me see the world through new eyes. It’s gotten me thinking about living life with a sense of wonder. I could write a devotion and a personal experience piece on that topic.

Thankfulness in Everything

fall imageThis week, we celebrate Thanksgiving. Family members join us from other parts of the country. We shop and cook and decorate. The focus of this day is giving thanks but sometimes that gets lost in all the busyness of the holiday.

Use Thanksgiving as a time to count your blessings and thank God. Then, look for writing ideas.

Thanking God

Many people talk about being thankful. But, who are they thankful to? Thanksgiving is a day to focus on thanking God for all He’s done. As Christians, an attitude of thankfulness should define our lives all year around.

How can we cultivate an attitude of thankfulness? How can we keep our focus on God and see Him as the source of all good gifts? How can we be thankful during difficult times? How can we be thankful for His work in our life when we’re in pain?

Throughout the Bible, we read encouragement to give thanks in everything. Maybe you learned how to do that. Or, you might want to walk alongside your readers as you struggle with this together. What can you write to get your readers thinking about giving thanks to God?

Tell Stories and Offer Insights

Find stories that show how to live a life of thankfulness. It might be your story or the story of someone else. Give your readers takeaway value. Or, use the story as an anecdote for a devotion.

Offer insights on how to be thankful. Help your readers understand that thankfulness is God’s way to live. Show them how complaining dishonors Him. Take them on your journey as you learn these lessons yourself. Let them know that you don’t have all the answers but that these are some things that work for you.

Sometimes, we take God’s blessings for granted. We have so much to be thankful for. As writers, we can focus on those blessings and help our readers see the blessings in their own lives. And, together, we can become thankful in everything.

© Deborah Christensen

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