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Virtual Writer’s Conference

Virtual Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writer’s Conference

Here’s where I’ll be sitting during the Virtual Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writer’s Conference sessions. Maybe you would feel comfortable sharing your desk or work area. My work area is at the dining room table.

The conference begins today (May 30, 2021) and runs through Thursday (June 3, 2021).

Ray Bradbury – Tips for Writing

Be Strong

We’ve Got This

He Won’t Let You Down

Did You Know God is Faithful? 

Yes, God is faithful. He won’t let you down. God’s word says in 1 Corinthians 1:9 English Standard Version (ESV), “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Definition of Faithful

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary gives this definition of faithful. The definition of faithful:

  1. Steadfast in affection or allegiance: LOYAL a faithful friend
  2. Firm in adherence to promises or in observance of duty: CONSCIENTIOUS a faithful employee
  3. Given with strong assurance: BINDING a faithful promise
  4. True to the facts, to a standard, or to an original a faithful copy
  5. Obsolete definition of faithful: full of faith

What Does it Mean to be Faithful?

  • It means to be reliable.
  • It means to be trustworthy
  • It means to be dependable 
  • It means to be consistent.

Four Ways God is faithful.

1. God is Faithful To Protect

Psalm 34:4 ESV, “I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.”

Takeaway: “I sought the Lord.” If you seek the Lord you will find that God is faithful.

Psalm 34:17-19 ESV, “When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.”

Takeaway: “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted.” If you cry to the Lord, he hears  and delivers. He is faithful.

2 Timothy 1:7 ESV, “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”

Takeaway: God is faithful. When you are fearful remember he has given us a spirit of power, love, and self-control. He is faithful.

2. God is Faithful To Pardon

1 John 1:9 ESV, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Takeaway: “If we confess our sins …” God is faithful. God is faithful

3. God is Faithful To Provide

Philippians 4:18 ESV, “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

Takeaway: God will supply every need of yours” (not your greed). God is faithful.

4. God is Faithful To Preserve (that is to Keep Us Safe).

1 Peter 5:10 ESV, “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”

Psalm 57:1 ESV, “Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by.”

Takeaway: “I will take refuge” (in God). When you do he will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. Yes, God is faithful.

I am reminded of a little acrostic I have heard many preachers use. It is GRACE. It stands for:

G – Gods

R – riches

A – at

C – Christ’s

E – expense.

Others may let you down but God promises to be faithful. Yes, God is faithful. 

Video Source: From YouTube. Fountainview Academy, British Columbia, Canada. Fountanview Academy is a Christian high school based in southern British Columbia, Canada, which holds Province of BC Ministry of Education accreditation. Students from all over the world are attracted to Fountainview because of its balanced approach to education. Each staff member is personally committed to the eternal success of every student, and together they strive for the highest standards in every respect.

Free Kindle eBook

Prayers for the Chronically Ill: 60 Prayers – Kindle Edition 

The Kindle eBook “Prayers for the Chronically Ill: 60 Prayers” is available for free on Amazon. Click FREE BOOK to get your copy.  Please share with your friends that they can get a copy of the book at no cost. It is free through Sunday, September 29, 2019, 11:59 PM PDT.

Book Info: Prayers for the Chronically Ill

What do you do when the future you had planned for yourself, your child, or with your spouse is suddenly erased?

A person confronting a chronic illness may feel uncertain about the future. Their hopes and dreams may be placed on hold or have to be altered. They may feel hopeless and helpless.

Prayers for the Chronically Ill is a resource to help persons connect with the perfect love which casts out all fear, the love of Jesus Christ.

The follow-up book, “Caregiving: Biblical Insights From a Caregiver’s Journey” will be out in November 2019.

Click FREE BOOK to get your copy.  

How to Make a Free Promotional Video for Your Book

You’ve completed the work. The book is written, edited, and published. It is available for sale on Amazon, iBooks, and Nook. You’ve told your family, friends, and writer’s group your book is there. How do you let the world know when you have a limited or no budget?

Create a Promotional Video

One great way is to create a promotional video. You do not have to have a computer science degree or be a geek to do create the video.

I use the free version of Animoto. It makes it easy for you to create professional-quality videos with your pictures and video clips within minutes. It is a simple 4-step process.

Step 1

Go to https://animoto.com/ and sign up for a free trial account. No credit card is required. They ask only for your email address or you can register using one of your social media accounts.

Once you are signed up, click the blue CREATE button in the upper-right-hand corner. This begins the process of building your video.

Step 2

Animoto has two different video builders, so when you click CREATE, you’ll be asked which you’d like to use.  To create a video for free select the one on the left – Slideshow Video Builder. 

Slideshow Video Builder lets you create a slideshow video using one of Animoto’s more than 100 video styles. It has all you need for building your video built-in at no cost. You can add use your own or their licensed music, plus add captions, text slides, photos, and video clips to your slideshow video. It’s all up to you

The Marketing Video Builder is a paid upgrade option I will not cover because the scope of the article is how to do a promotional video for free.

When you click CREATE the following screen displays.

Select the theme you want. Next push the CREATE VIDEO button. It allows you to make a 30-second video for free.

The below screen appears.

Step 3

Upload photos, video clips, music, and add titles (words) to your slides by clicking on the + highlighted in the below screen capture.

The next screen appears. Click the highlighted icon to select the files for music and pictures that you want.

You’ll see this screen for selecting the files.

Click upload pictures and videos and this is the next screen you’ll see

Select the files you want. Click open. You don’t have to worry about the order they are in. You can easily drag or drop them placing them in the order you desire. Don’t select more than two or three as with the free version you only have 30-seconds. You are not making a full-length movie.

The photos selected now show on the next screen.

Now you will add text with title cards.

Click on the + sign in the highlighted box.

Type your text and click SAVE

The title card is added to the presentation. You repeat the process to add additional photos or titles. Remeber you only have 30-seconds in the free version so you will only have 4 to 5 slides maximum to fit into the time slot. You then can click on a photo to highlight it to add text to the slide the photo is on.

TypeType your text caption and click SAVE

You can then edit your photos right within your video. You can repeat for each picture.

You can select the picture, click on it and the above screen appears. Below the picture the second icon from the right allows you to edit the photo.

Once you’ve made changes click SAVE. Now you can arrange the cips in the order you want them. You just highlight slide and drag it to the location or order you want it in your video.

If using a video clip inside your video you can trim it to the length you want. Click on the video and then edit by reducing the length. You do this by dragging the bar at the bottom. You can drag from either or both ends of the bar to get the portion you desire. Selecting your music is next. Click on the highlighted change song and select the free music that is available.

You have the choice of the top songs

Or you can click the button to see the full library.

You select the song you want and click the select song button.

Next, you preview, produce and share your video


The video preview appears. You can accept it and click PRODUCE if you like it or you can click CONTINUE EDITING if changes are needed. If you click PRODUCE it creates the video and the following screen appears. It allows you to then share the video on social media or download it.

Below is a promtional video I made in under 10-minutes.

Enjoy making your own. If you need more detail instruction Google making an Animoto video on YouTube and you will find a number of instructional videos.

Review: Write His Answer

I found this wonderful little book while attending a seminar at the Greenlake Conference Center in Greenlake, Wisconsin. The book has 33 short chapters. You can read on a day as part of a daily devotional plan or quiet time. The chapter titles and appendix include Called to Write, Overcoming Procrastination, Seek His Kingdom First, Conquering the Deadly D’s, Driven or Led?, Proclaiming Truth to a Dying World, Laying a Bible Foundation for Your Writing Ministry, Helps for Forming Critique Groups, and From Idea to Published Manuscript.

I have gone through this book about once every year or two since it’s purchased. It reminds me of a few things I need to keep in mind and stay on task. If you are a Christian thinking about writing as a hobby, ministry, or vocation this book will point out some good foundations for you.

You will find wonderful encouragement and ideas from a Biblical point of view.

She also has a website at http://www.writehisanswer.com/.