Category Archives: wisdom
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?
The big topic on Facebook, especially on Christian pages, is the policy change at Target that allows people who identify themselves as the opposite sex to use that corresponding bathroom. Actually, the discussion began in earnest when North Carolina passed a law that required people to use the bathroom for the gender that appears on their birth certificate.
Liberals cancelled plans for concerts, business moves and conventions in North Carolina. Christians and conservatives started a boycott of Target.
This blog takes of the side of North Carolina and Christians who stand for the gender of birth that appears in our DNA – the way God created us. I will not allow arguments or insults. However, I can find a lot of writing ideas in this topic. And, they may inspire you to stand for what’s right. The conservative side needs good writers who can address this topic in a loving and creative way.
Christian writers can contribute quality work on this topic. What does our DNA say about who we are? How does brain anatomy affect our behavior? What does God say about gender? How valid are our feelings about our gender?
Most media present the “positive” side of transgenderism. However, they ignore the studies that indicate higher depression and suicide rates among transgenders. How can we show God’s love to transgenders? How can we counsel people who are considering transgenderism? What about the parents and loved ones who are affected by this issue? How can we love and support them?
A lot of organizations can provide experts to address these issues. Consider contacting them to conduct an interview. They will give authority and expertise to your article. Here is a list of some of the organizations you can contact: Focus on the Family, American Family Association, Alliance Defending Freedom, ACLJ and individual state family institutes.
Target and Boycotts
A couple of decades ago, B. Dalton Bookstores, owned by Kmart, sold pornography. Christian organizations requested that they remove the pornography. Not only did they refuse to remove it, the CEO of Kmart insulted Christians. A boycott ensued, B. Dalton eventually went out of business and the CEO was fired. I still do not shop at Kmart.
What’s your passion? What calls to action can you give your readers? It may not be on this topic but something else. Get your readers excited enough to want to do something about it. It may be a call to action to make bathrooms safe for children or it may be the protection of unborn children. Maybe it’s stopping sex trafficking or protecting the persecuted church. Whatever it is, write about it.
Last week in Chicago, a mother sent her 8-year-old daughter into the bathroom at a local store. She heard her daughter scream and ran into the bathroom. A man had strangled the girl to unconsciousness and was dragging her into one of the stalls.
You may not have heard this story. Not all news outlets outside of Chicago are reporting it. Why? Because it goes against the move to make all bathrooms accessible to transgenders. It denies the real fact that sexual predators will use this trend to gain access to bathrooms they would’ve previously been barred from.
What can your write about protecting women and children from sexual predators? What proactive steps can your readers take to protect themselves?
Modesty and Privacy
Furthermore, the Obama administration directed all schools to make all locker rooms and bathrooms accessible to members of the opposite sex, as long as they identify themselves as “transgender.”
What can your write about issues of modesty and privacy? How can we teach these things to our children when schools will be ripping down the barriers that give them privacy?
Parents will face choices about keeping their children in public schools. What guidance can you offer to your readers?
We’ve only scratched the surface of writing ideas on this topic. But, we can become an army of Christian writers who share God’s love and wisdom.
© Deborah Christensen
Just six months ago, no one ever thought that it would be OK for men to use women’s bathrooms. Common sense, right? Suddenly, the world is turned upside down. We’ve given sexual predators access to innocent children and the OK to invade our privacy without any consequences. Common sense no longer exists.
How can you use your writing to address this issue? Please comment. Together, we can help to protect our children.
This past week, the top-rated TV news anchor came under fire for embellishing—lying about—news stories. Witnesses have come forward to say that his version of events in Iraq and during Hurricane Katrina did not happen.
These stories would’ve made great fiction. But as news stories, they lack integrity.
Several years ago, I attended a conference held by a Christian press association. One of the speakers was a well-known and award-winning journalist. He enthralled us with stories of life in war zones. He told us amazing tales of miracles. You could hear a pin drop in the room.
I remember one of those stories. He claimed that he needed to escape a frightening situation. God opened up an alley where none had existed so that he could get away.
A few months later, he was fired from his job for lying in his stories. He was so well-known and so many people had trusted him for so many years that it made the news. I felt foolish. Here I was, a professional editor, believing spectacular stories with no proof or corroboration.
As Christian writers, we need to make sure that we use our ideas with integrity. Is it true? Are we claiming it’s true? Are we “embellishing” our ideas? Would it work better as fiction?
On the other hand, we also need to be wise when contemplating the idea of telling someone else’s story. We can’t believe something just because someone tells us it’s true. God does work miracles. But as writers, we need to do our research. Can we verify the details? Who else witnessed it? What is their perspective? How trustworthy is the person telling us the story?
We need to write with integrity. Embellishing our ideas might make us look more spiritual or blessed in a special way. However, it brings dishonor to the Kingdom of God.
Accepting someone else’s embellished story also dishonors God. If we naively write a story of a miracle without checking the facts, we look foolish and we perpetuate the stereotype that Christians just look for the sensational.
God works in powerful ways. We don’t need to enhance the story. We need to tell the truth.
© Deborah Christensen
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God,
who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
James 1:5, NIV
What did you need wisdom for? What happened when you asked God for the wisdom you needed? How did He give it to you? How did that help your situation? How did it change you? What did it do for your relationship with God?
How can you share your story in a personal experience piece? What guidelines and insights can you share in a how-to article? How can you use this verse in fiction? In poetry? In a devotion? Do you know someone who is wise? Can you do a personality profile on them? How can you use this verse in writing for children?