The Ministry of Writing

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I am so excited to share with you about the up-coming Christian Writer’s Workshop at Canaan Baptist Church located at 400 W. Esplanada Street, Weslaco, Texas on “The Ministry of Writing!”

Important Info:

Dates: Thursday/Friday, August 15-16, 2019

Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (with a potluck following; please bring a dish and stay and eat with us)

Language/workbooks: It will be bi-lingual (English and Spanish)

Cost: There is no set price; please give a donation.

Who the Workshop is for:

For those who are interested in learning more about writing, for those who desire to sharpen their writing skills, and for those who desire to develop their talent for writing for the glory of God — whether you desire to publish your writings or not. In general, all are welcome!

Meet the Speaker:

Sister De Dorman of “Helping Hands Ministry” which was incorporated in the state of Texas in 2005. Sister De also has a Facebook page “Books by De.” God has greatly burdened her and used her in her writings of Bible lessons and studies for Hispanic speaking countries. God has richly blessed and multiplied with her materials now reaching around the world into 33 countries. She has the sweetest spirit and love for the Lord. You will not want to miss this opportunity to learn from her!

What to expect at the Workshop:

There will be a daily study from the Bible on John the Beloved. The purpose of writing as a Christian will be covered, as well as, areas in which your Christian writing can be used. Writing tips, copyright, editing (grammar/punctuation), steps and sources for self-publishing (including publishing with Amazon). We will also cover some social media tips.

Registration is required!

Registration is required due to the necessity of having enough workbooks on hand. To reserve your spot, please contact Bettina Shue at (956) 457-7937. Deadline for registering is August 1st. When registering, please provide first and last name, contact phone number and language preference for your workbook (English or Spanish).

Bonus: Writing T-shirts!

My friend, Corey, has designed a t-shirt especially for this Writer’s Workshop that we can order on Amazon! Purchase is not required to attend. This is just an extra, available for those who do desire to purchase one. They have multiple colors to choose from, as well as, being able to choose the fit (men or women).

Day 1: The Writer

“Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known
and read of all men.” II Corinthians 3:2

I am not sure that I was born a writer and I did not start writing as soon as I could. No. When it comes to writing, I am a late bloomer. Not as late as some, but definitely later than most! Why did I become a writer? Well, I have written ladies Bible study lessons before and even girls Sunday School lessons. But it was not until a year and a half ago that I dedicated myself to writing a devotional every day.

For a writer, writing can be an easy thing. It will just flow. It will also hit you at the most inopportune times … like sitting in the church pew and your fingers are itching to get to a keyboard as the thoughts and verses flow freely from something that the pastor has said. Yes, I have found myself in this place a time or two! I have also found that “writer’s block” is a very live thing and not just a figment of my imagination. Yikes! Yes, it is for real!

When pondering and seeking God’s direction for the devotions this month, I will be honest and say, that nothing was  coming up. Oh, I have plenty of themes running through my head, and I even have them on paper. But, none were     jumping out at me. Then a friend shared Psalm 37 with me and my analytical mind kicked into gear.  My mind immediately begins to calculate … here are 40 verses in this chapter and there are 30 days in June. Can I squeeze 30 devotions out of just this one chapter? Well, I guess we shall find out because here we are!

Who is the writer of Psalm 37? David is. Out of the 150 Psalms, David is known to have written anywhere from 73-85 of them. So, we can say, with close accuracy, that David wrote half of the book of Psalms. Even though David takes the lead in the book of Psalms, he is not the most written in the Bible. Paul holds that title.

I will be speaking to a ladies group in North Texas the beginning of June and then an older ladies Sunday School class later in June in Indiana. If the Lord allows, I will also be speaking in one session at a Christian Writer’s Workshop at our church in August. Since I like to plan ahead, I have already been thinking and praying about what to speak on and God is definitely starting to “stir the waters” (this is my favorite phrase these days)!

Where do most writer’s ideas and content come from? From knowledge, am I right? I like to follow some bloggers and devotionists and I have thought to myself before, “How in the world do they come up with all that content?” Well, now that I also write, I know how. They read, they learn, and they experience. They do not just makeup things … unless maybe if they are writing fiction, but even that has an element of truth or fact to it.

Whether you realize it or not, you are a writer. Every single day of your life, you are writing a story for others to read. As I thought about David as a writer, I wondered if he ever realized that God would one day use him to write so much of the Scripture that we have today? What about you, my friend? Is your story something that God can use to reach others? How far-reaching will your story be?