Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Ten Writing Tips from the Apostle Paul

Attributed to Rembrandt [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
The Apostle Paul wrote prolifically. His letters are the earliest books of the New Testament, some written from prison and others written while he traveled. Although he suffered from a painful physical ailment, and, for the most part, had to dictate his writings for others to pen, he did not allow anything to stop the flow of inspired words.

Contemplating all the obstacles that could have prevented Paul from writing, I realize that my own excuses for NOT writing pale in comparison. While I often view life’s challenges as stumbling blocks to writing, Paul used them as abundant fodder for letters of encouragement to fellow believers. Paul can teach us a great deal about being a writer:

Ten Writing Tips We Can Glean from Paul 
  • Others will benefit from reading your faith story. (Galatians 1:13-24)
  • It’s ok to write on the same theme often. (Philippians 3:1b)
  • Write from what you have been taught. (Philippians 3:2-6)
  • Write from your experiences. (Philippians 3:7-11)
  • Write despite opposition or persecution. (2 Cor. 4:8-13)
  • Start with the positive. (Rom. 1:8, 1 Cor. 1:4-5, Eph. 1:1-2)
  • Write despite personal challenges. (2 Corinthians 12:7-10)
  • Rely on God. (1 Cor. 2:1-5, 2 Cor. 4:7)
  • Write what God calls you to write. (Ephesians 3:3-8)
  • Write with the reader in mind. (1 Corinthians 3:1-3) 

Paul's letters brought a revolutionary change in how people thought about and lived for God. His writings impacted many religious leaders including St. Augustine and Martin Luther. Perhaps if we contemplated the influence our writings might have, even just on family and friends, we will be less inclined to put off jotting down those thoughts and ideas God nudges us to write.

As you daily read and meditate on God’s Word, take just a few moments to look for insights into writing hidden among the words and lives of the writers. We would love to have you share them in the comments section.

©2013 Pamela D. Williams

Monday, June 3, 2013

Writing Prompt - The garden #3

Today's response to "The garden" writing prompt is from Pam Williams.

Photo by Dawn M. Hamsher, 2013

A garden proclaims God is real.

The infinity of shapes—
Of blades, leaves, blossoms, seeds, and petals—
Reveal the presence of the Master Designer.
The spectrum of color—
Pinks, greens, blues, reds, yellows and browns—
Declare the creativity of the Artist.
The myriad of fragrances—
Lilacs, hyacinths, roses, freshly trimmed grass—
Attest to the skill of the Perfumer;
The symphony of sound—
The songs of the birds, the whirr of insect wings, and the roar of thunder—
All point to the Great Musician.
© 2013 Pamela D. Williams