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Standing Up for What You Believe

Recently, a senator claimed that a nominee was unqualified to serve in the government because he believed in “Christ alone” for salvation. Business owners took their case all the way to the Supreme Court and won the right to only offer health insurance that complied with their faith. Christian florists, bakers, photographers and calligraphers have been sued because they refuse to do work for same-sex weddings. These weddings go against their deeply held beliefs that God designed marriage for one man and one woman.

How can you, as a Christian writer, support fellow believers who take a stand for their faith? How can you encourage other believers to stand strong when their faith comes under fire? What do Christians need to know about the law and their freedom of religion?

Devotions

To stand strong for their faith, Christians need to be strong in their faith. What verses can you use for your devotion? What anecdote can you share? How can you remind Christians that we will face persecution? How can you help them stand strong in the face of persecution?

How can you remind your readers to love their enemies? What does that look like? How would Jesus respond? How can they react in Christlike ways while refusing to back down?

How-To and Personal Experience

Share your own story or someone else’s story. What takeaway value can you give them? What worked? What didn’t work? Where can they find the resources they need to protect themselves when they face opposition? What practical steps can they take? How can they build a support group during their trial?

What experts can you interview? What organizations can you research? Share the insights these specialists offer.

Writing for Children

Children and teens are told they can’t pray in school, use school facilities for Bible meetings or mention God in graduation speeches. What does the law say? How can you help children and teens stand strong when “authorities” deny their rights? How can you encourage them to demonstrate Christ’s love in the face of trials?

The Founders of this country wanted to protect our religious freedoms from the government, not protect the government from people of faith. As writers, we can help them stand up for what they believe.

© Deborah Christensen

The Guiding Presence of Dads

dadMy dad is 86 years old. He was born on the day the Stock Market crashed in 1929. My grandparents lost everything and gained a son on the same day.

Last Sunday was Father’s Day. We attempted to go to his favorite restaurant but there was almost a two-hour wait. So, we went to another local restaurant. It was just fun to spend the day with my parents. My dad has slowed down. He walks with a walking stick. But, I’m blessed that he’s still with us.

What Does Father’s Day Mean to You?

Father’s Day means different things to different people. Some people feel blessed by the relationship they have with their dad. Others fight the painful memories. Still others don’t even know who their dad is.

What does Father’s Day mean to you? How can you share your story about your relationship with your dad? What has that relationship taught you? What takeaway value can you give your readers?

What tips or advice can you offer to your readers about building a healthy relationship with their dad? How can you help others forgive their father? How can you help them celebrate their dad?

How can you help children of abusive fathers find godly father figures for their life? How can you help them heal? How can you help bad fathers repent of their sin and become the dads God intended them to be?

Helping Dads Be Better Dads

You may know some news dads. Some of your readers may be new dads. What can you write to encourage them on their dad journey? How can you prepare them while their wife is pregnant? What do dads need to know about every stage in their children’s lives?

How can they make decisions with their wife about discipline? Schooling? How can they choose the appropriate technology for their children: computers, tablets, smartphones? What do they need to know about the most current social media? How can they protect their children from the predators that prowl social media?

How can a dad help his daughters become true women of God? How can he help his sons become true men of God?

How can dads teach their kids about God? Work? Family? Finances? Love? Choosing the right spouse? School? Making decisions? Finding God’s will? Forgiveness? Serving others? Patriotism? Marriage? Prayer?

The Spiritual Side of Dad

What does the Bible say about dads? What guidance does it offer to fathers? How can a dad depend on God to help he be the dad God wants him to be? How can he pass on his love for God to his children? How can he create a godly home? What is his role in the spiritual life of his children?

The Love of Single Dads

Through divorce or death, some dads become single dads. What is their role in the lives of their children? How can they build quality relationships with their children? How can they prevent custody battles from destroying that relationship?

What happens when remarriages, step-children and children with the new spouse come into the picture? How can a single dad maintain strong relationships with his children?

 

Dads are essential in the lives of their children. They love and guide their children. As writers, we can write personal experience and how-to pieces to help them. We can write devotions to help them on their spiritual journey. We can write poetry to celebrate them and include godly father-characters in our fiction. Interview inspiring dads and tell their story. Think back to your favorite Father’s Day memories and write about them – even if they took place just a few days ago.

© Deborah Christensen

The Gift of Love

…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23, NIV (1984)

Once again, I’m starting over. I posted this blog last January and in January 2014. I had decided to tackle the fruits of the Spirit both years. However, I put the blog on hold both of those years because things got difficult. I lost my full-time job in 2015. I devoted my time to trying to find a new job. The theme went on hold, again. So, let’s start over. This year, we’re going to glean writing ideas from the fruits of the Spirit. What better place to start than love?

Our Love for God

The fruits of the Spirit refer to the qualities that the Holy Spirit builds in us. It begins with our love for God. We can never love God the way He deserves and, at times, our love for Him wanes. But, the Holy Spirit fuels that love to keep it alive. The more we connect with God and spend time with Him, the brighter our love burns.

When was a time when your love for God burned bright? Where were you spiritually at that time? How did you sense God’s love? How did you return His love?

When was a time when your love for Him flickered? What was happening in your life at the time? Where were you spiritually? How did you reconnect with God?

Our Love for Others

God calls us to love others. He is love and He wants love to characterize our life. It’s not always easy but the Holy Spirit can help us as we grow in Him.

Love in Marriage: What is your love story? How do you love your spouse? How do you show love when you don’t feel like it? What role does sacrifice play in your love?

Love in Parenting: How do you show love to your children? What role does discipline play in love? How do you building loving memories? How is your love different for each child?

Love for Friends: How do you love your friends? How does an authentic friendship deepen love? How do you handle conflict in a loving way?

Love for the Body of Christ: How do you show love to your fellow believers? How does serving together strengthen your love?

Love for Unbelievers: How do you show love to unbelievers? How does love affect the way you serve them? How does love affect the way you share your faith with them?

Love plays a part in every relationship. Share your story of the highs and lows of love. Offer tips. Use love in your fiction and poetry. Share biblical insights in a devotion. And, help children understand the truths of love in stories and articles.

© Deborah Christensen

The Gift of Love

hibiscus…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23, NIV (1984)

This year, we’re going to glean writing ideas from the fruits of the Spirit. What better place to start than love?

Our Love for God

The fruits of the Spirit refer to the qualities that the Holy Spirit builds in us. It begins with our love for God. We can never love God the way He deserves and, at times, our love for Him wanes. But, the Holy Spirit fuels that love to keep it alive. The more we connect with God and spend time with Him, the brighter our love burns.

When was a time when your love for God burned bright? Where were you spiritually at that time? How do you sense God’s love? How do you return His love?

When was a time when your love for Him flickered? What was happening in your life at the time? Where were you spiritually? How did you reconnect with God?

Our Love for Others

God calls us to love others. He is love and He wants love to characterize our life. It’s not always easy but the Holy Spirit can help us as we grow in Him.

Love in Marriage: What is your love story? How do you love your spouse? How do you show love when you don’t feel like it? What role does sacrifice play in your love?

Love in Parenting: How do you show love to your children? What role does discipline play in love? How do you build loving memories? How is your love different for each child?

Love for Friends: How do you love your friends? How does an authentic friendship deepen love? How do you handle conflict in a loving way?

Love for the Body of Christ: How do you show love to your fellow believers? How does serving together strengthen your love?

Love for Unbelievers: How do you show love to unbelievers? How does love affect the way you serve them? How does love affect the way you share your faith with them?

Love plays a part in every relationship. Share your story of the highs and lows of love. Offer tips. Use love in your fiction and poetry. Share biblical insights in a devotion. And, help children understand the truths of love in stories and articles.

© Deborah Christensen

The Sixth Commandment – Don’t Murder

hibiscus1.jpg“You shall not murder.”

Exodus 20:13, NIV

This is one of those commandments that most people read and think, I’ll never murder anyone so I don’t need to worry about that one.

But in Matthew 5:21-22, Jesus says, “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment.” And, John writes, “Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him.” 1 John 3:15, NIV

This commandment goes beyond what we think of as “murder.” It’s about relationships. So, how can you use this commandment in your writing?

Write for Life

The meaning of this commandment in the original Hebrew talks about the killing of an innocent. That allows self-defense and capital punishment.

I am unashamedly pro-life. The one area where the most murders of innocents has occurred is abortion. Babies have been slaughtered by the millions.

Find your ideas in life. From news reporting on atrocities in the abortion industry, such as in the recent Gosnell trial, to sharing your personal story of pain to help others choose life, to writing about alternatives to abortion, such as adoption, this area is full of writing ideas.

But, it goes beyond abortion. Think of other arenas where the killing of an innocent is an issue: euthanasia, infanticide, persecution of the church.

How to Love and Respect Each Other

“Murder” goes beyond the killing of the physical body. There’s also the murder of the soul. It’s about relationships.

Both Jesus and John equate anger and hate with murder. What topics fit here? Loving one another, dealing with anger, forgiveness, reconciling relationships, building healthy relationships, to name a few. Apply these topics to marriage, friendships, work relationships, small groups, etc.

Then, think broader. What can you write about abuse, human trafficking and bullying?

Big Issues – Small Slices

Write a personal experience piece about how you wrestled with one of these issues and came out on the side of life. Offer how-to help. Write a poem that touches the heart. Use one of these issues in your fiction. Write a devotion that focuses on what God says about these issues. Do a personality profile on someone who is a leader in one of these issues. Help children understand these issues.

These are big issues. But, they impact people’s lives every day. Take a slice. Tell a story. Help your readers understand the preciousness of life.

JOIN THE CONVERSATION: How can you write for life?

© Deborah Christensen

From the Idea Garden – Your Love Story

Happy Valentine’s Day.

This is a day to think about your love story. How did you meet? How did you know that he/she was “the one”? What journey has your love taken?

How do you keep your love alive through the ups and down of marriage? How do you make your marriage stronger? What advice can you offer singles? What advice can you offer couples who are struggling right now?

How do you keep romance burning? How do you reignite it when it begins to flicker?

How can you share your story and insights in a personal experience piece? In a how-to article? In a devotion? In fiction? In poetry?

Seeds of Truth – 1 Corinthians 13:13

Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13, NLT

How has this been true in your own life? How have you seen faith at work? What part does it play in your life? How have you seen hope at work? In what experiences did it play a role? How have you seen love at work? How has God shown you that the greatest of these is indeed love? How has this verse encouraged you? In which of these areas do you need to grow?

How can you use these insights in a parenting article? Marriage article? Article on singleness? Christian living article? What kind of personal experience piece could you write? How-to article? Meditation/devotional? Children’s story? How can you incorporate these insights in fiction? Poetry?

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