5 Important Tips For When You Have Writer’s Block

My mind was blank…writer’s block they call it.  I had no idea what to write about.  Nothing was coming to me.  I was certain that no one else had this problem.  I mean, all of these popular bloggers – big name writer’s – ALWAYS had something inspiring to say!  But not me.  Not today.  Not this week.  Maybe not even this month!  Then my wonderful hubby gave me some advice…and I actually listened (I am getting better at listening to him – after 18 years!).  And guess what?!  His idea worked!  I bet you are on the edge of your seat right now, dying to know what his secret was.  Aren’t you?  Well…I’ll be kind and share what he told me.  Here are 5 Important Tips For When You Have Writer’s Block.

Do you sometimes get stuck for blogging ideas? It seems like your brain suddenly stopped working? Yeah, that has happened to me! Here are 5 Important Tips For When You Have Writer's Block for Christian bloggers.

Take Time To Think

We live in a culture that is constantly ‘on-the-go’.  We don’t tend to slow down and ‘smell the roses’.  We go from one event to the next, from kid’s soccer practice to dance class to rushing home to make dinner and then off to Bible study.  We don’t have the time take the time to stop and let our brains rest from the constant buzz of activity.  There is always something happening.  Always somewhere to go, something that needs to be done.  Go, go, go.  And then we wonder why we are so exhausted!  

Our human minds cannot function this way for so long!  Just like our bodies need rest every day, so do our brains!  So, I ‘rested’ my brain over Christmas break.

So, I ‘rested’ my brain over Christmas break.  I sat in our living room, with my husband, reading various books.  We would often pause our reading to discuss something that we found interesting or thought-provoking.  Can you guess what started to happen?  Ideas began to flood my mind!  

Truths of God’s word flashed, giving me great topics to write about.  

We talked about our past experiences and how it all relates to where we are now in our life together.  I could write about those things!  I have learned so much through those experiences – the tough ones and the funny ones!  As I read, I understood more deeply some practical tips and thoughts.  I can share those, too!    

As I read, I understood more deeply some practical tips and thoughts.  I can share those, too!    HUH!  My husband was right!  

SHH…don’t tell him I admitted that!  

This leads into my next tip…

Keep An Experience Journal

IMG_3035I took a blogging course last year – I sure learned a lot!  One thing I learned for sure is that my memory isn’t as sharp as it used to be.  Anyone else have this problem?  Well, in this fantastic blogging course of Arabah’s, she suggested keeping an experience journal to jot down blog ideas as they come to mind.  This is such a GREAT idea!  If you are looking for a superior blogging course, Christian Bloggers Bootcamp might be a perfect fit for you.  I love that you can go through course material at your own pace and you always have access to the lessons.  Additionally, you get connected with other amazing bloggers through a closed Facebook group…which leads me to my third tip…but before we move on, know that you can get 10% off the course cost by using the code below (clicking the image will take you to the course site for more info and enrollment).  

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Collaborate With Other Bloggers

My third tip is collaborating and bouncing blog post ideas off of other bloggers.  I am involved in a few Facebook groups which have enabled me to get to know so many wonderful, godly women!  I love it!  

The other benefit of getting involved with these fantastic groups is that many of them get an idea for a blog series and ask other bloggers to get involved!  This is so much fun and help get ideas flowing.  For example, I was asked to participate in Alison’s “Let’s Talk Relationship” series.  She gave suggestions for blog posts and I was able to prayerfully consider what topic I would write about.  Here is my contribution to her series.  

Another example is Sarah Ann’s Strong Family series.  This series is going on all summer.  My post was about sharing Biblical truths with our children – even the tough ones!  

Have A Good Blog Planner

My fourth tip is having a blog planner nearby to plan out posts.  Just like I need to quickly jot down ideas as they come, I need to write down WHEN I will finish writing a post, WHEN I will share older posts on social media, WHEN I will write a particular series…I need to have this written out and at my desk to see every day.  This helps to keep me on track.  

IMG_3034My friend, Starla, has a beautiful blog planner that I have been using.  I like that it can be used year after year.  It also has 2 fabulous checklists – one for BEFORE publishing and one for AFTER!  With all that needs to be done when writing a post, it is easy for the smaller tasks to get overlooked.  Plus, the pages are very pretty!  I like pretty things! 

Her planner should be available to the public very soon – if you are interested in a copy, just let her know.  I am sure she will get you hooked up ASAP!  (She is selling her home and she is moving to Mexico with her family…so, she is a little extra busy these days – just FYI).  BTW – she also has a series last year that I participated in!  

The Most Important Thing

Proverbs 16-3My last tip, and probably the one that, if you don’t do it, none of the other tips matter.  None of your writing matters if this one suggestion is ignored.  I am sure you know what it is…God MUST be involved in your blogging

God MUST be involved in your blogging.  Your direction needs to come from Him.  Your ideas and topics need to be prayerfully considered – you need to seek His face when writing for Him!  

I have found that when I invite the Holy Spirit to guide me, He is faithful to show me what He wants me to write about, what He knows someone out there needs to read.  Of course, I won’t always know how many people are touched by my writing since most people do not comment or write me an email…but I am trusting that God will use my writing for His purposes and His timing.  

Psalm 127When He is given full control of your blog (and life!), He will give the ideas, He will guide your writing, He will show you His truths that He wants you to share!  

And sometimes, He may simply direct you to take a ‘brain break’ (see tip #1).  

What tips have you found helpful in generating blog post ideas and to resolve writer’s block?  What has helped you out?

 

Do you sometimes get stuck for blogging ideas? It seems like your brain suddenly stopped working? Yeah, that has happened to me! Here are 5 Important Tips For When You Have Writer's Block for Christian bloggers.

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Grace and Truth ~ When The Storm Is Consuming You

Storm-or-GodDo you know how many times I’ve had to fight through a storm in life?  Sadly, it took me many more times than I’d like to admit to remember the story of Peter stepping out of the boat to rest in the truth of God’s presence and sovereignty in my life.  I appreciate Becky’s reminder for us to keep our eyes focused on God instead of the storm that is whirling about.  Head on over to her site to read her post When The Storm Is Consuming You.

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When God Doesn’t Answer The Same Way Twice

I was struggling…again…doubting God.  Why was He just sitting idly by, watching me suffer?  Does He even hear my prayers?  Does He not see me slipping further into that pit of despair?  Will He not reach down to grab hold of me before I slither so far down that He can’t see me anymore?  Does He not see me trying to claw my way back up?  Trying to survive?  Maybe He doesn’t even care?  He did before…I know He did.  He has rescued me many times before.  Perhaps this was one time too many for me, though.  Was He tired of saving me?  I keep looking for His hand, for His saving grace…just like the times before.  But there is nothing…at least not where I am searching.  Does this sound familiar to you?  Have you ever struggled with this doubt?  Have you ever looked for God to save you again…in the very same way He did before?  Yes?  I am so glad I wasn’t the only one!  And do I have some truth to share with you for When God Doesn’t Answer The Same Way Twice.

**I was on Facebook live talking about this post.  See below for the recording!  I got a bit emotional**

Have you ever expected God to answer your prayer the exact same way He did before? You were waiting for all the same signs and solutions...but they never came. This is When God Doesn't Answer The Same Way Twice. Christian Living, Prayer.

Where Are You?

The year was 2008.  I was struggling with some things in life and I was wondering why God wasn’t rescuing me again just like the previous time.  I kept calling out to Him, begging Him to come, and yet I felt so distant and unheard.  Words cannot describe what it felt like to live in such a dark, oppressive pit.  I think about it now and I wonder how I could’ve survived but by the grace of God.  

I didn’t see it then, though.  But as I stare down into that pit…I see that it would’ve been impossible to survive such a place without God.  

I remember hunting for answers to my doubts…it seemed like a fruitless pursuit when my hands would come up empty.  It seemed like I was alone in my uncertainty.  

You see, it wasn’t that I didn’t believe that God couldn’t save me.  I just didn’t believe He wanted to.  

I didn’t believe Him.

Family Movie Night

I love movies.  Good movies.  Movies that stir the soul. 

Those kinds of movies are so hard to come by these days!  

I was looking forward to watching “Prince Caspian” since I had enjoyed the first one so much.  

We get to the theater, order our snacks and find the perfect seats.  I am sitting in my seat, munching on popcorn and sipping my pop, completely enthralled with the movie. 

Have you ever experienced the Holy Spirit speaking to your heart through a movie?  It doesn’t happen all that often to me…but this turned out to be one of those times.  

Lucy goes to find Aslan just as the battle between the Narnians and the Telmarines ensues.  He has not appeared to the children yet, however, they have been waiting for Him to come.  Finally, Lucy decides that she must go find Him herself.  She must seek Him out instead of waiting for Him to come to her.  The others have even doubted that Aslan was in Narnia.  

But not Lucy.  She never doubts Aslan.  Never.

She is on horseback and she is riding as fast as she can.  The enemy is after her and she is almost overtaken when suddenly Aslan appears to save her. 

She is so happy to see Him.  However, she was struggling with the same question I had been struggling with for so long. 

Where has He been?  Why didn’t He come?

Why Didn’t You Come?

Isaiah 43 19She asks Aslan, “Why won’t you show yourself?  Why didn’t you jump in and save us, like last time?

Aslan replies, “Things never happen the same way twice, dear one.

WOW!!  I was glued to this scene!  I was right there, in that forest with Lucy and Aslan.

Things never happen the same way twice.

In that moment, tears falling down my cheeks, I realized that God was rescuing me, just in a different way.  It all looks different, but He is rescuing me again all the same.  I then understood in a more profound way the promise God gave to me in the preceding months that is found in Isaiah.

Doubting Our Choices

The scene continues with Lucy uncertain of the choices she has made.  She is referring to the attack on the Talmarine castle earlier on in the movie where the Narnians failed and many had died.

She asks Aslan, “If I’d have come earlier (to see Him), would everyone who died… could I have stopped that?”

How often have you doubted your choices?  How often have you wondered if life would’ve turned out ‘better’ if you had made a different decision?  What if I had done something differently?  Would I have been in the same frame of mind?  Would I be struggling with being depressed?  So many questions…and Aslan’s reply brought comfort to my heart.

“We can never know what would have happened, Lucy.  But what will happen is another matter entirely.

While I believe God is All-knowing and He knows the outcome of every possible decision we make, WE don’t know and it is not for us to know what might have been.  But, the choices we make from now on are something entirely different!  Another chance to make good choices and to follow the guiding of the Holy Spirit.  I believe that the point here is to not keep focusing on the past, but look forward to what is new.  

He is going to do a new thing!

Help Is On Its Way – With Help

The conversation between the two continues with Lucy asking Aslan, “You mean you’ll help?”

prov 30 29She is full of hope, she longs for Him to bring victory.  He is so powerful and valiant – He is magnificent.  Scripture says that the Lion is majestic on pace, stately in walk and mighty among beasts.  The Lion does not turn away from any, He retreats before nothing!  Our Savior will help us.  Believe it.  Know it.  He will never back down.  

This is our King Jesus, Lion of the Tribe of Judah!  He retreats before nothing!

A Stirring Response

Aslan responds to Lucy’s question.  His reply stirs her heart.  “Of course.  As will you.”

“Of course.  As will you.”

Lucy doubts her courage, “Oh, I wish I was braver.”

Aslan’s reassurance made my heart feel so much courage!  I felt like I was being prepared for battle!  And I was going to have victory!  But along with courage, comes doubt.  And I had work to do.  He wasn’t going to allow me to just sit by while He obliterated the enemy.  He could of course, in fact, He already did.  But what good would that do me?  This is Aslan’s response:

“If you were any braver, you’d be a lioness.”

Don’t you just love that?  That line just gets me every time.  We are so much braver than we think we are.  We have the courage of the Lord.  What kind of courage could be better?  Dear sister, if you were any braver, you’d be a lioness!  Never forget that!

The very short scene ends with Aslan’s incredible, fierce roar.  So much spiritual truth packed into less than a minute of film.  My heart was satisfied.  I knew everything would be ok.  And He is faithful in His promises – even the ones He speaks through a children’s movie.  

Our God is not predictable, just as Mr. Tumnus describes Aslan at the end of the first movie – He is not a tame lion, but He is safe.  Our God can be trusted with our entire life.  We can believe Him, believe that he answers our prayers, answers our cries for help – not always in the way we expect Him to, not always in the exact same way He did before.  But He is faithful to save.

Have you ever experienced anything like this?  Has God ever used a movie or a book to speak His truth to you?  Have you ever had a response from God that was both terrifying, yet heart-stirring?  Like you were frightened to take that step, but you knew that if you didn’t, you’d regret it for the rest of your life?  And this response brought life into your soul?  Like an awakening…

I included the movie clip for you to enjoy.


 

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Grace and Truth ~ Decluttering Your Heart

I love it when God shows me His truths through ‘everyday’ things.  I love when He shows up and reveals His thirst-quenching truth to our dry, parched hearts.  Alisa’s post reminded me of a ‘vision’ that God gave me years ago in the beginning stages of my healing journey.  I love how she relates decluttering the home, particularly the closets (oh, man!!  I REALLY need to go through my closet!) to decluttering the heart.  4 Ways To Declutter Your Heart And Home is a fantastic post…be sure to head over and read it!         

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When God Doesn’t Answer Your Prayers

The plan wasn’t working out as we’d hoped.  Our dreams came crashing down…again.  I had a choice.  I could wallow in the disappointment…or I could help my husband pick up the pieces and move on to Plan B (or plan W since there have probably been that many!).  I was even more bothered by the other person who would be impacted by the business plans that fell through.  She wasn’t handling the disappointment well at all and she was even becoming angry with me for not being as crushed as she was.  She went as far as wondering if I hadn’t prayed hard enough for the plan to be fruitful.  Really?  Thankfully, I had a lot more wisdom at that point than she did.  Have you ever wondered why God answers some prayers but not others?  Maybe you are looking for some much-needed truth for When God Doesn’t Answer Your Prayers.

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Have you ever felt like God doesn't answer your prayers? Do you think that if you had just a bit more faith, He would have answered? Or if you spent a few more minutes in prayer, He would have heard? I have some truth to share for when God doesn't answer your prayers.

Have you been disappointed that God hasn’t answered prayers exactly how we pray them?  Did you believe that it’s because your prayers weren’t good enough?  Or that you used the ‘wrong’ words?  Maybe you didn’t pray long enough?  Or ask enough times?  Or, **GASP**, you did not have enough faith?!  Has anyone ever said those allegations to you when a prayer hasn’t been answered?  You hope that none of them are true, but a part of you wonders if they are.  Maybe if you had had just a pinch more faith, He would have answered.  Maybe if you had prayed just 5 more minutes, he would have listened.  Well, sweet sister, I have some truth for you today.  

Those questions above give the assumption that you have the power to control what God does or doesn’t do.  Sure, scripture says that our prayers can be hindered when we are carrying on with sin and when our hearts aren’t right with God.  But, I believe a lot of the time, there is something else going on when we feel like our prayers are not being answered. Read More

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Parenting and Relationships

Today is a super busy day of guest posts for me!  2 of my guest posts have been published today!!

It is always an honor to guest post for a friend...but two in one day is an extra blessing!

Strong Family Project

I have a parenting post over on Sarah Ann’s blog, Faith Along The Way.  4 Reasons to Challenge Our Kids With Spiritual Truths.  Sometimes we don’t think our precious children will be able to understand the deep spiritual truths of God’s word.  When we believe that, we tend to not discuss these truths with them.  However, I have come to believe that our kids are capable of understanding so much more that what we think they can…even, dare I say it, understand truths better than we can!

Let’s Talk Relationships

My second guest post is over on Alison’s site, A Life Of Scoop.  This one comes from a much more raw place in my heart.  It is something that I don’t mention often on my own blog…but a topic that does need to be addressed.  When Alison approached me to write for her Let’s Talk Relationship series, I prayed about what relationship I ought to write about.  I felt the Lord press upon my heart to write about the most difficult relationship I have ever had.  A relationship with someone who exhibits mental illness tendencies.  So, here it is…When Mental Illness Overwhelms Your Relationships.  I say ‘relationships’ because the relationship that is affected by mental illness is not just with the person with the problem.  It has affected every relationship I’ve ever had with anyone, especially with my husband and my children.  

It is always an honor to guest post for a friend...but two in one day is an extra blessing!

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Grace and Truth ~ Whenever You Speak

Whenever-You-SpeakI started a series on prayer last week.  So…it should be no surprise that I chose a post about prayer as my feature this week!  I absolutely LOVE it!  It is a great reminder to quiet our hearts before the Lord so we can hear Him speak to us.  There are too many distractions in life and we must be purposeful in listening for His still, small voice.   Please head over to Megan’s site to read her lovely post, Whenever You Speak.  It will bless your heart, for sure.

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7 Reasons Why You Should Pray For Your Husband

I remember that day like it was yesterday.  It was a hard day.  A day that I had to be strong for my husband.  A day that I could not bend to my fear or emotions.  A day that I had to remain level-headed and reasonable.  Truth be told, I don’t think I’ve ever had a day like that before…it is always him that is my rock, my strength – my voice of reason.  But this was not one of those days.  I couldn’t fix the problem, but I could pray for him right then and there because that is what he needed from me.  I offered him my support through encouraging words, words that built him up as a man and through the strength of my prayers when he couldn’t pray.  This was my job and if that isn’t enough, then here are 7 Reasons Why You Should Pray For Your Husband.

Don’t miss the Facebook Live video I did with my hubby!!!  He answers some questions about prayer! 

Do you pray for your husband daily? Do you understand why it is vital that you do? Here are 7 Reasons Why You Should Pray For Your Husband

It Is A Privilege And An Honor

Praying for my husband is such a privilege and an honor.  I don’t think there is anyone else on this earth who can pray for my husband like I can.  I know his heart, his fears, his worries…his joy.  I am his best friend.  I know him like no one else.  And I can storm the gates of heaven on his behalf.   Read More

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Grace & Truth ~ Throwing Out The Alarm Clock

 

prayer-keeps-us-3Are you mornings rushed?  It’s like the day begins with urgency and hustle that you barely have time to think or plan…never mind spend time with your Heavenly Father.  I hate that feeling.  I do not enjoy mornings like that.  That’s why Brenda’s post stirred my soul, resonated with my heart.  I absolutely LOVE this post!  Yes – take the time to read it today, I promise, you will be blessed.  Why I Threw Out My Alarm Clock, Chasing Holiness.  

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The Best Father’s Day Gift

Father’s Day is quickly approaching…but what do you get the guy who has everything he wants.  I just bought a selfie stick…so, my hubby is happy 😛 .  There is, of course, his favorite snacks to munch on while relaxing on the patio in the afternoon.  He’d be pretty happy with just that.  But I’d like to take it a bit further this year.  I’d like to have something that will have an impact in the eternal.  So, I made these prayer cards for my kids to use during their prayer time over their daddy.  Isn’t that really the best gift ever?  Having your kids pray for their daddy on a daily basis?  You have now found The Best Father’s Day Gift!

Are you wondering what to get the dad who has everything? I struggle with that every year! SO, I came up with this idea...prayer cards for the kids to pray over daddy! This really is The Best Father's Day Gift.

I want to kick off my new prayer series with this post about having the kids pray for daddy.  Next week, I’ll share some ways that you, as a wife, can pray for your hubby.  If you aren’t married yet, you can certainly still pray over your man – even if he isn’t in your life yet!  

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