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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? How do you seek God’s will in all you do? How does He show you which path to take? How do you discern God’s will? What role does the counsel of wise people play in your decisions? What role does the Bible play in your decisions? How do you ensure that your decisions are based on God’s Word and biblical principles? What do you do when your feelings get in the way of making a godly choice?

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, school, career, work, trusting God, God’s sovereignty, impatience, anxiety, finances, prayer, etc.?

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Seeds of Truth – Matthew 19:26

“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Matthew 19:26, NIV

What does this Bible verse mean to you? When was a time when you tried to do something and it was impossible? How did you approach God about it? How did He make it possible?

How can you use this verse in your writing?

  • What personal stories can you tell that focus on this verse? What takeaway value can you give your readers?
  • What tips and insights can you offer through a how-to article?
  • What kind of devotion can you write for this verse?
  • How can this verse inspire your fiction?
  • How can this verse inspire your poetry?
  • Who lives out this verse? Can you do a personality profile on them that focuses on this verse?
  • How can you explain this verse to children through fiction and nonfiction?
  • How has this verse impacted your relationship with God?
  • How has this verse impacted your prayer life?
  • How has this verse impacted your marriage?
  • How has this verse impacted your parenting?
  • How has this verse impacted the way you live out your singleness?
  • How has this verse impacted your work?
  • How has this verse impacted your health issues?
  • How has this verse impacted your financial issues?
  • How has this verse impacted your emotional issues?

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.

Finding Ideas in the Desert

garden of the gods desertIn the last six months, my family has experienced incredible highs and sad lows. The highs bring joy. The lows take us through the desert.

In June, my niece got married to a wonderful man. We celebrated their union with joy. Both my nieces-in-law were pregnant, so the next couple months held the promise of the babies due in October.

Sadness tinged our excitement because my sister’s mother-in-law, Shirley, was terminally ill. Our prayer? That she would live long enough to meet both great-grandchildren.

Meanwhile, my mom faced a health issue that impacted her life for months. She ended up in the hospital with an unrelated health scare and underwent a battery of tests. It all turned out OK and was actually a blessing in disguise. The doctors put her on new and better medication for her health issue.

October came and so did the babies. Eli was born on October 5 and Avery was born on October 9. Shirley got to meet both of them and spend significant time with them. However, God called her home in October.

Then, came November. We thought the final countdown to Christmas would be a time for us to heal from our grief, revel in our growing family and prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ. But, my aunt had a major stroke.

November and now December became a time of trips to the hospital, making rehab care decisions and trying to figure out what the future holds for the entire family. My siblings and I try to relieve the stress that’s fallen on my mom and her brothers.

Christmas will look different this year—both in a good way and a difficult way.

Why do I share all of this? Because I haven’t been as faithful with this blog as I was before. But also because issues that I never thought of before now reside front and center in my mind. I see other families embarking on the same painful journey we’re on. I can share my insights on the last few months through my writing.

Where Are You in the Desert?

Your desert journey takes you in a different direction from mine. But in the desert, you can unearth writing ideas.

What spiritual issues have arisen? What is God teaching you about Himself? What health issues are you learning about? What new things have you learned that you didn’t know before? How are you learning to overcome a financial crises? The loss of a job? A divorce? Sudden widowhood? The loss of a home? The loss of a loved one?

How can you use your insights in a how-to piece? A personal experience article? A personality profile? An interview article? In fiction? In poetry? In a piece for children?

As we cross through the desert, we may feel tempted to give up. We may even stop writing. However, we can use our experiences to help others. And as we share our insights, we can begin to heal ourselves.

© Deborah Christensen

Wedding Bells and Writing Ideas

My niece got married last weekend. It was such a beautiful wedding. We celebrated their union because we love her new husband and we know that this is truly a godly match.

Summer seems to be the season for weddings. You may attend at least one in the next few months. Enjoy the event but keep your eyes open for writing ideas, too.

How-To Articles – Planning the Wedding

Notice the little details that make this different from others you’ve been to. What special insights can you offer to brides-to-be that will make their own wedding planning easier?

Pull the wedding planner aside or get her contact information so that you can interview her later. Talk to the bride and find out what added stress to her life. What does she wish she had done differently? You might want to do this after she returns from her honeymoon.

What is the best way to choose the dress? What should a bride look for in a dress? How should a bride choose her color scheme? What’s the best way to coordinate the bridal party? What should the groom and groomsmen look for in tuxes?

How do you choose flowers? How do you know if a photographer is as good as you think he is? How do you plan the menu? What do you need to know about cake? How do you choose a venue? What is important to include in the vows?

When a woman begins to plan her wedding, she may feel overwhelmed. Your article may give her the information she needs to confidently move forward. You may help relieve her stress so she can enjoy the day.

How-To Articles – Planning the Marriage

Marriage is different from dating. It brings the relationship to a much deeper level. What issues will the newlyweds face? How can they make financial decisions? How can they negotiate the big issues: sex, children, discipline, where to live, etc.

How do they bring both families together? What’s the best way to handle holidays?

What is the best way to handle disagreements? How do they work with each other’s personalities? How do they love each other the way Christ loved them?

Other Writing Opportunities

How can you incorporate your insights into fiction? Can you model a Christian marriage in your novel? What about a short story?

The Song of Songs is beautiful poetry about the marriage relationship. How can you use poetry to honor marriage?

Personal experience articles can offer insights that you learned in your own marriage. Meditations/devotionals focus on the spiritual dimension in marriage.

A wedding is just the beginning of a marriage. Listen to the wedding bells but look for the writing ideas, too.

© Deborah Christensen

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