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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? 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? What does it say about prayer? What about when God doesn’t answer a prayer the way you think He should? How do you respond to an answered prayer? How do you respond to an unanswered prayer? How can you bring glory to God through prayer? Through answered prayer? Through unanswered prayer?

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 the prayer, healing, illness, salvation of loved ones, marriage, parenting, pregnancy, singleness, relationship struggles, work, finances, unemployment, trusting God, God’s sovereignty, 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: Psalm 60:12

With Gods help we will do mighty things…

Psalm 60:12, NLT

What help do you need from God? How do you learn to rely on God to take care of your needs? How do you put your faith in God to take care of you? What miracles have your seen in your life? How has God helped you to do mighty things? How do you trust Him to do mighty things through you? How does He help you when you feel insignificant? How do you learn to live in His power?

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 marriage, parenting, singleness, infertility, unplanned pregnancies, abortion, adoption, relationship struggles, aging parents, death of a loved one, work, unemployment, trusting God, God’s sovereignty, fear, discouragement, weakness, courage, hope, forgiveness, health issues, anger, anxiety, patience, grief, finances, prayer, persecution, salvation of loved ones, trials, etc.?

 

Seeds of Truth: Isaiah 41:10

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged,

for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you.

I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

Isaiah 41:10, NLT

What makes you afraid? How do you turn your fear over to the Lord? How does that help you to not be afraid? What makes you feel discouraged? How do you turn away from discouragement and focus on God? How does that help you to not be discouraged? How does God strengthen you? How does He help you when you feel weak? How does God hold you up? How do you learn to trust God? How can you live a victorious life, even when you feel weak?

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, infertility, unplanned pregnancies, abortion, adoption, relationship struggles, work, unemployment, trusting God, God’s sovereignty, fear, discouragement, weakness, courage, hope, forgiveness, health issues, politics, anger, anxiety, patience, grief, finances, prayer, persecution, salvation of loved ones, trials, etc.?

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Memorial Day

Writers tell stories. As we celebrate Memorial Day, let’s look for stories of sacrifice. Do you know someone who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom? Tell their story.

  • Share your own experience of loss and help other people deal with the loss of their beloved service member.
  • Write a poem about them.
  • Let their story inspire your fiction.
  • Write about the meaning of Memorial Day so that children can understand its importance.
  • Write a devotion to help military families turn to God for comfort in their time of grief.

Honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Use the gifts God gave you to pay tribute to them.

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Connecting to the Past

fall imageWhen I returned to school in the fall of 1969, I joined in on all the buzz. Many of my eighth-grade friends felt it, too. We loved the Cubs. Even if we never followed baseball—which I didn’t—we had followed it that summer. It was the summer of magic and we headed into a magical fall.

Then, it all came crashing in. That year, the Mets passed the Cubs and took the big prize. I’m not a baseball fan. I can count the number of games that I’ve watched since then on one hand. But, I still hate the Mets.

Last night, I watched baseball. The Mets creamed the Cubs. I felt that old bitterness well up again. I called my 86-year-old dad and said, “I hate the Mets.”

My Mets’ issue isn’t earth-shattering. But, others are. I know a woman in her 80s who relives her past every day. It’s turned her bitter and angry. She’s the most unhappy person I know.

Is there something from your past that has a stranglehold on you? How do you deal with it? Have you used it to grow or does it keep pulling you down? How can you, as a writer, use that experience or pain to help your readers?

How can you use it as an anecdote in a devotion? What Bible verse would you connect to it? What would be the focus of the devotion? Forgiveness? God’s love? Healing? Prayer? Community? Carrying each other’s burdens?

How can you use it in nonfiction? A personal experience article? How would you tell your story? A how-to? What tips can you offer?

How can it inspire fiction? Poetry? How can you use it in writing for children? Who can you interview for a profile on this topic?

In eighth grade, the Cubs’ loss didn’t change my life, except for my hatred of the Mets. Whether or not they go all the way this year won’t change anything, either. But, some people, including you, may be remembering something that did change your life. Write about it. You can help others.

© Deborah Christensen

The Face of Courage

fall imageLast week, we again heard the shocking news of a school shooting. This time, it was at a community college in Oregon.

The killer targeted Christians. Reports say that he asked all the Christians to stand up and then asked them if they were a Christian. If they said yes, he shot them in the head. If they said no or didn’t answer, he shot them in the leg.

Chris Mintz is a veteran who was a student in the classroom. He rushed the killer and was shot seven times. He’s expected to live.

Imagine you were in that room. How would you have answered? What kind of courage does it take to proclaim Christ, even though you know it will cost you your life? What kind of courage does it take to rush an armed killer, knowing you could die?

Tell the Stories of Courage

Courageous people are all around us: the brave woman fighting cancer, the teenager who gives a pro-life speech to an antagonistic class, the businessman who refuses to buckle under pressure to cut corners, the bakers who stand for their religious beliefs despite the pressure to do otherwise. Tell their stories.

Interview them. Treat them with respect and they will share powerful insights with you. They’ll give you a story and take-away value to share with your readers. The personality profile you write on them may inspire someone else to live a courageous life.

Markets Want These Stories

Many Christian publications are looking for this type of personality profile. You don’t need to profile a famous person, just a person with an inspiring story to tell.

Let one of these stories inspire your fiction or poetry. Write a story for children to help them make brave choices. Write a how-to article and offer practical tips on developing courage and trusting God in the face of fear. Choose a Bible verse and write a devotion. Use the courageous person’s story as the opening anecdote.

Honor courage. It will elevate your writing to truly touch lives.

© Deborah Christensen

Seeds of Truth: Romans 8:28

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28, NIV

This verse means many things to so many people. Many people believe it means that nothing bad will ever happen to us. Or, that God will “work it all out in the end.” That’s not the case. He will work it out for our good. It may not feel good but He knows what’s best for us. He wants us to become more like Him and to mature in our faith. It may take a lot of pain to get us there. As long as we submit to Him and hold onto Him, we know that He’s working in our situation.

How can you use this verse in your writing?

  • What devotion, article, fiction or poetry can you write that’s inspired by this verse?
  • How can you effectively teach the real meaning of this verse to your readers?
  • How can you help children understand this verse?
  • Additional topics that this verse covers: pain, suffering, illness, emotional issues, unemployment, relational problems. What else can you think of?
  • Who lives out this verse? Can you write a personality profile on them?

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Plowing Together: Writing Through the Pain – Please Comment

If you are going through something difficult, can you write about it then or do you need to wait until you’ve come out on the other side?

For me, it’s hard to collect my thoughts enough to write about the experience. I need some distance. I went through premature menopause when I was 36 years old. It’s still painful. I’ve never written anything about it.

What about you?

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Reflections on 2014

happy_new_year_2015_balloons_clip_artI’ve put this blog on hold this year because it’s been a tough one for me. In March, I lost my beloved kitty, Bailey, who was with me for almost 15 years. His “sister” still roams the house howling and looking for him. I know how she feels. I still miss him.

Then, I went through some health and financial issues that got me discouraged. I’m still facing them but I’m trying to overcome them.

I haven’t followed my own advice. I haven’t used these experiences to inspire writing ideas. And, I haven’t brought them to the foot of the cross as often as I should have. That’s my mistake.

I lost perspective. But, I hope to regain it in 2015.

I don’t intend to create a long list of resolutions – just one – to spend more time with God and let Him work through me to create writing ideas. After all, He’s the author and perfecter of our faith, and He knows how to use our writing gifts for His glory.

What are your reflections on 2014 and how can you use your insights in your writing? Please leave a comment.

© Deborah Christensen

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