Sunday, February 22, 2015

A Step in the Write Direction--February 22, 2015--"Show, Don't Tell"

A Step in the Write Direction

February 23, 2015

Update: More on Peter walking on the water, part of sermon two weeks ago:
·         It was still storming, but now Jesus was with them.
·         Peter was sinking one moment, safe in the arms of Jesus the next.
·         Where are you now, still in the boat or walking on the water?
·         What is God calling you to do?
·         Take the risk of falling into the arms of Jesus.

Talk about getting out of the boat and making changes, I just found out about an hour ago (Sunday evening) that our pastor has resigned and will be taking a church in Prescott, Arizona, on April 1. He’s been here 19 years and we really love him. Someone will have big shoes to fill, but I know God will bring just the right person….My husband has been sick again this week with high potassium, weight loss, fatigue, and weakness. More blood tests tomorrow. And my son-in-law now has C-diff. So our family needs to fall into the arms of Jesus, knowing He’s here in the storm with us!

Thought for Today: “Maybe, just maybe, we notice the kingdom of God best when we leave our own backyard and our own town for a time, which is why we send the youth group on mission trips, and the children to summer camp, and why adults sometimes need to go to the other side of town to see more clearly what is right before them.”—Ann Carter Florence, Journal for Preachers, Lent, 2015, 5. (Wes Tracy, Manna Morsel daily e-mail thought, January 31, 2015.)

Song for Today:
Some thro’ the waters, some thro’ the flood,
Some thro’ the fire, but all thro’ the Blood.
Some thro’ great sorrow, but God gives a song
In the night season and all the day long.
            G.A. Young, “God Leads Us Along”

Laugh for Today:
(Another one from my great-niece Anna): Abraham must have been really smart because he knew a Lot.

Writer’s Tips:                           More “Show, Don’t Tell”

Make Scene Logical (which the following are not):

Levi is on his knees, sitting back on his heels, his elbows resting on his thighs. (Try this!)

Girl braiding her own hair the day after she breaks her arm and is wearing a cast.

Man in car watching girl go into apartment building. She goes up the steps, into the front door, down the hallway, up the steps, and “he watches as she knocks at the door.” (Did he have a periscope?)

Incorrect Order Can Change Picture in Reader’s Mind

*          "A buffet will be served in the cafeteria so that parents can eat as well as meet their children's teachers."
            Correct: "... so that parents can eat lunch and meet their children's teachers."

*          Driving along the highway, a deer leaped in front of the car.  (Claire Cook)
            Correct: As we drove along the highway, a deer leaped in front of the car.

As Can Incorrect Punctuation

*          Man wanted to wash dishes and two waitresses.
*          Pen lost by man full of ink.

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

Donna Clark Goodrich

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