Thursday, July 25, 2013

What is Description?

Rebecca McClanahan uses eight pages in the first chapter of her book Word Painting to define description. She uses our senses to put us in the middle of scenes she writes and gives us a taste of great ways to describe. Sunrise Christian Writers will begin a study of Word Painting August 1, 2013 at Sunrise Community Church, 8321 Greenback Lane, Fair Oaks, CA 95628, Room B107, at 9:30. Books are available at

If you would like to paint great scenes in fiction, non-fiction or poetry, read the first chapter, pages 4-12, and join us next Thursday. We look forward to seeing you.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Give It All Now

I like the point Max Lucado made in Monday's devotion, Follow God's Impulses. He quoted from Annie Dillard's book, The Writing Life.
"Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book--give it, give it all, give it now."
While this is good advice for writers, it is great encouragement for life. Don't hold back. Give it all you got. Do it now. I am amazed that when I give it all today, God keeps blessing me so I have more to give tomorrow and the next day, whether it's money, time or talent. It's a mystery to this world, but a principle of my faith.
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7 NIV)

Thank you, Father God, for creating us in Your image so that we find pleasure in giving. Help us not to hold back but to give generously. Amen.