Have you ever been in a place where you were so consumed by missing or wanting this one thing? It seemed like you were stuck in a rut and couldn't get out. But then God met you. He revived you and gave you amazing strength! Whether you have been in that place or not, you are sure to enjoy Maggie's story today called "Keep Walking".
I really like this banner for today's story by Grace. You want to know why? Okay, so read the title and the author together aloud. It's sounds kinda of funny together, but if you think it about it after you read the story, in some strange way, it is really insightful and gives a new perspective about the story! See if you can figure it out! (Grace, if you knew that, awesome job! If not, please don't think I am trying to make fun of your name or your story. Quite the opposite, I assure you!) Anyway, despite what the title may imply, this story is just fine for young readers to read. I will only give you a little hint: it is based off a story in the Bible. Head on over to Grace' page to read her story! As always, it is thought provoking and well written!
Also, some of you may have noticed something on your page that looks like this:
That is something for a new feature coming soon (that is not related to anything going on currently, by the way.) Please just ignore it for now and I will tell you more about it soon!
On another note, I am leaving today for San Antonio for a week. Consider this week Spring break and for those who are on the schedule this week, you can send in your stories the next week after. That means we should have double the stories two weeks from now. Thanks!
Before we get on to today's challenge, I just wanted to share something. Maggie brought up a good question that I want to explain on here for you all. She was wondering if her description could be more character based vs. just describing the scene. Now, the point of this challenge is to stretch you all in writing descriptions. It is a bit of a challenge to just stick to a description for a scene vs. a character. (I think we all can agree that it's easier to write a description of a character over a scene! )I want to challenge you all and help build your writing skills as well as have some fun! What I have decided to do is to have a scene picture for two weeks and then the third week throw in a character type picture! That way you can get challenged to describe both. Feel free to write a scene from a character's point of view, however, don't focus so much on the character. The point is to describe the picture itself and not the characters reactions. But when it is a character picture week, describe the picture anyway you want to!
Without further ado, here this week's picture to describe!
Since I’m a Christian author, I want to include my Savior in my stories. I do have my characters share the Gospel, listen to a short sermon in church, or seek advice; but one of my favorite ways to accomplish this is modeling a relationship with Christ in their everyday lives. When we first watched the Jimmy Stewart movie You Can’t Take It With You, we were struck by the way the father of the family prayed. He talked to God as His friend.
Sometimes I think we can tend to move along in our stories and suddenly remember, “Oh, wait. I’m not a humanist. This character can’t do it on his own! He’ll pray, and then it will work out.”
Basically calling 911. That’s no relationship.
What happened to praising God for everyday gifts? Ordinary things? Asking Him to help find mayonnaise in the refrigerator? Chatting about struggles in how to treat a friend properly?
I’m not very good at this in my own life much less in my stories. After all, stories are about conflict; so naturally it’s hard to slow down to have a character read their Bible and pray about something other than that huge plot point that just happened.
It’s fine for them to pray about the life-altering wringer you are putting them through (I’m looking at you, author!) but let’s bring God into the everyday joys and struggles. Let’s have the character pray for mayonnaise or sing a joyful hymn. (Like Aggie does!) Maybe show them going to church. I even put a sticky note on Kiera’s mirror reminding her to read her Bible, since the struggle is real. What do you think? Do you have any tips to share?
Holly is a eighteen year old girl saved by grace, Bible Bee Alumni, unusual writer, lover of music, beginning filmmaker, entreprenuer and total book worm! She is dedicated to bringing God glory in all that she does!