Book writing journal #3

The lessons we have to learn

Sometimes everything comes different than originally anticipated, sometimes the concepts we have just don’t work for our projects. We are facing multiple situations like that right now with our book writing project.

In our last book writing journal we shared our need to spice up our texts because they seem fairly dull to us. However, it turns out that this is just not as easy as we thought. Plus we maybe have to face the fact that our book is going to be a more informative one and maybe less personal than we hoped in the first place.

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Writing a book is a great experience and an adventure, but it is also a huge challenge! Sometimes we get so frustrated scared no one will ever read our book. Those are the times when we just need to give our fears to the Lord trusting him to lead us on our way telling us what he wants us to do.

Those are the times when we have to just stop, take a break and remember that we are writing this book for him eager to share his word and his plan for married couples.

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Book writing journal #2

Spicing up informative texts

Our book writing project is making progress, we’ve already finished almost all informative texts! But now there’s a new challenge: How do we revise our texts?

Informative texts are good, they are – informative… But do you really like to read them? Or asked differently: Do you love to read them?

We actually don’t. And here’s the problem: We want our readers to love reading our book. So we’ve got to spice our texts up a little.

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Maybe you can help us: What kind of texts would you love to read about NFP? What kind of testimony would inspire you in your own life?

Right now we’re trying to get more personal. Information about NFP is good – and crucial for a book about NFP – but a personal testimony about NFP makes it come alive. Our goal is to merge all the facts about NFP with our personal story.

Everyday Miracles

Do you believe in miracles? If you’re a Christian you probably do but what does “miracle” mean to you?

We all know biblical texts that describe miracles: Jesus healing people, Jesus raising people from the dead, the disciples praying in tongues and just so many other stories. So how do you perceive miracles in your own everyday life? Do you even believe in everyday miracles?

I actually do.

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Let me explain: Every time I look at my daughter or at my growing baby bump I can see a miracle. It’s just the miracle of life. Many people out there believe life is just kind of an accident, it just accidentally came into existence. But honestly, life is a miracle in itself. To me it sure is a miracle that there is a whole new human being growing in my belly who my body is caring for.

When I’m going for a walk I often feel like being struck by so many miracles around me. I can see trees and bushes and so many different plants – and you know what? Those trees provide us with fruit, so do bushes and a lot of all these different plants around us are eatable, too. They provide us with food, just like that. And in those moments I feel that we’re cared for. And isn’t that a miracle, too?

So where do you see miracles in your everyday life?

Welcome

Who doesn’t like fairy tales? Don’t we all remember precious moments that we have shared with our families reading and listening to these great stories of romance and courage, beauty and chivalry, hope and trust, high moral standards and values.

As writers of this blog we still believe in those ideals – and we strive to promote them in our world that is sometimes harsh and rude. In this blog we address and ponder today’s society, it’s values and problems and we try to find new answers and ideas.

This is a blog for families. Our goal is to inspire families with our articles and comments and to get you enthusiastic about our family fun activities. And we also want to take part in shaping of public opinion on such important topics such as family values, family life and family faith.

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This is a Catholic Charismatic blog which promotes strong Christian families, a pro-life stance, NFP and the protection of childhood.

We hope we can inspire and encourage you and be a blessing to you and your family!

Protecting childhood – for a good reason

 

 “[…] but Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the children come to me and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Remember this! Whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”

~ Luke 18:16-17

Jesus called the children to him and talked to them. But why did he have to fight for them being led to him in the first place? Luke tells us that the disciples tried to hinder the children to come to Jesus. They tried to send them away so that Jesus wouldn’t be disturbed by them.

Let’s be honest: Don’t we know situations like that?

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Children are widely regarded as a disturbing factor. Children are always in someones way – they are in the way of their parents careers, they are in the way of their parents relationship, they are in the way of their parents friendships and they hinder their parents from doing their hobbies, going on vacations, etc. But there is also another view on children:

Children are a gift from the Lord;
they are a real blessing.”

~ Psalms 127:3

Why doesn’t modern society regard children as a blessing anymore but as a disturbing factor and a burden to their parents? Shouldn’t children in fact be “the greatest possible gift”1 to their parents?

When they become parents, spouses receive from God the gift of a new responsibility. Their parental love is called to become for the children the visible sign of the very love of God, “from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.”

~ Familiaris Consortio 14

Today’s children grow up in a society that is loud and cold. Instead of having a happy and unburdened time as children in a caring and loving family, they often have to leave their families for daycare at a very young age.

As parents and writers of this blog we request the child’s right to a warm and safe home and a close relationship to his parents. Children should grow up in emotional security. In order to guarantee these aspects we advise parents to avoid daycare if possible.

[…] Acceptance, love, esteem, many-sided and united material, emotional, educational and spiritual concern for every child that comes into this world should always constitute a distinctive, essential characteristic of all Christians, in particular of the Christian family: thus children, while they are able to grow “in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man,”(77) offer their own precious contribution to building up the family community and even to the sanctification of their parents.”

~ Familiaris Consortio 26

Protecting childhood isn’t only a family issue or a society issue it has a deep Christian meaning. Jesus loved children and even fought for their right to come to him. For this reason it should be our mission as Christians to fight for our children’s rights and to protect their childhood.

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Book writing journal #1

How do you write a book about NFP?

So we decided to write a book about NFP – but how can we accomplish that? How do you write a book anyway? And how do you write a book about NFP?

We figured out we had different possibilities, but none of them was what we were really looking for. We considered promoting NFP by demonizing birth control or by winning our readers for Church values. We also saw we could just introduce our readers to different NFP methods or combine all these different ways.

Or we could do something totally different. But what?

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All in all we realized that all these approaches could easily lead to an arrogant and pretentious stance that we don’t want to be a part of. So we decided to take a different path and be more personal. We want our book to be a personal testimony of our journey to NFP. At the same time we sure want to share our opinions on Church values, biblical principles, different NFP methods and birth control. And we don’t want our book to be too autobiographic.

Our goal is to encourage our readers and to inspire them with information that is down-to-earth and hands-on. At the same time we hope to motivate our readers to ponder and contemplate Christian views on family, family planning, marriage, life – and sex. And of course NFP.

So be prepared for a personal testimony about NFP AND for encouraging and inspiring information about biblical and Church teachings on various subjects! And of course for more book writing journal articles in the future.