Monday, December 2, 2013

A Step in the Write Direction--December 2, 2013--Advent devotions

A Step in the Write Direction

December 2, 2013

Update: Can you believe it’s December already! My mother used to say that when you got older, the time went faster—and she was right! At church yesterday, the first Sunday of Advent, our pastor talked on the Second Coming of Christ, and he suggested that one way to show His light is to do one act of kindness for the next 24 days. Is this something you could do? Pay for someone’s lunch (maybe someone in the military), let someone ahead of you in line, shovel someone’s sidewalk—if you live in snow country?...I know the Advent devotions I used last week and today aren’t really Writer’s Tips, but yet in a way they are as they show you how you can use everyday events in writing devotionals or as illustrations in nonfiction articles….If you live in Arizona and would like to schedule a one- or two-day writers workshops, let me know. I’m making out my schedule for next year. Possible sites so far: Tucson and Prescott Valley but would like more in Maricopa County. I’m also available for speaking at luncheons, retreats, etc.

Thought for Today: Either we Christian writers mean business about winning souls for God, or we should go out of business….If you have been ordained to write, woe to you if you put everything else first. Woe to you if you do not give to God the best part of the day when you are most alert, when…the juices are flowing and the mind is creative….We have the greatest subject in all history, the Man from Nazareth…the greatest commodity, the gospel; the greatest book, the Bible; the greatest gift to offer, eternal salvation. If that doesn’t motivate us…we’re in trouble (Sherwood Wirt, late editor of Decision magazine).

Laugh for Today: A man was told he needed surgery.  "Let me tell you how quickly I work," said the doctor.  "I believe in getting my patients up and around very quickly.  Three hours following the operation you'll sit up.  Five hours after, you'll stand up.  Eight hours later you'll be walking."
"Fine," the patient agreed, "but will you let me lie down during the operation?"
Song for Today: (My nephew, Dave Clark, is one of the co-writers of this song, along with Don Koch, David Allen, and Mark Harris, which will be performed tonight on CMA Christmas by Roscoe Flatts.)
A Strange Way to Save the World
Sure he must have been surprised
At where this road had taken him
'Cause never in a million lives
Would he had dreamed of Bethlehem
And standing at the manger
He saw with his own eyes
The message from the angel come to life
And Joseph said...
Why me, I'm just a simple man of trade
Why Him, with all the rulers in the world
Why here inside this stable filled with hay
Why her, she's just an ordinary girl

Now I'm not one to second guess what angels have to say
But this is such a strange way to save the world
To think of how it could have been
If Jesus had come as He deserved
There would have been no Bethlehem
No lowly shepherds at His birth
But Joseph knew the reason
Love had to reach so far
And as he held the Savior in his arms
He must have thought...
Now I'm not one to second guess what angels have to say
But this is such a strange way to save the world
...this is such a strange way to save the world...

Writer’s Tips:

(Day #2 of Preparing Your Heart for Christmas—31 Devotions for the Advent Season)

It’s Mine!

“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation” (1 Corinthians 5:17).

I was only seven years old when it happened, but I can still remember the details clearly.

My older brother had a job putting bicycles together at a local hardware store. One night, just before Christmas, as I sat in the car waiting for him to finish, I saw the owner place a
beautiful doll in my brother’s arms. Rolling down the window, I heard the man say,“ Give this to Donna for Christmas.”

I kept my excitement hidden when he got in the car, not wanting him to know I had heard. But when he told my mother at home, “This is for ‘Susan’ (the owner’s daughter that he liked), I shouted out, “No, it’s mine! I heard ‘Mr. Parker’ say so!”

My mother called Mr. Parker, straightened out the story, and gave the doll to me.

Aren’t you glad that when God gave us the gift of His Son, He didn’t give Him to just one race of people, or just to the wealthy or beautiful or super-intelligent?

Even though some may say we can’t have a personal experience with Christ, I’m so thankful I can say, “He’s mine! I heard God say so!”

 Have a good week spreading the
gospel through the printed page.

Donna Clark Goodrich

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A Step in the Write Direction, the Complete
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Healing in God’s Time—story of Dave Clark,
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Ohio Cookbook                                                          $10.00                         $  7.00
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Writer’s Club Booklet (self-published)                       $15.00                         $15.00 (Sorry!)
Motivational Moments                                               $10.00                         $  5.00
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     Rhyme-Time Bible Stories for Little Ones—12 Bible stories in poetry

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