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by | Jan 10, 2022 | connect.faith, Everyday Spirituality: The Blog | 4 comments

Creative Writing as a Spiritual Practice.  I say these words, and whatever room I’m in, I see a light go on in somebody’s eyes.  There are stories in us that are too hard to tell straight on.  There are ways we are desiring to grow that need words put to them, to feed our souls and connect us with the power of God.

Whether we are writing fiction, or telling our own stories through memoir, or putting poems to the page – we can feed our spirits by connecting with writing as a spiritual practice.  We can learn to be intentional, and attentive, to listen, and to experience gratitude.

In the past ten years, as I’ve explored these places of intersection, I have witnessed the power of words to connect us with the Presence of God in our lives.  I have seen stories transform people’s relationships with each other and with God.

How does it work?  Here’s an easy place to get started.  Do you remember the haiku format –the three line 5-7-5 syllable pattern for poetry?  Slow down for a moment today, and notice something you want to remember, or something you are grateful for.  Then use this format to describe it.  You’ll notice you need to be extremely intentional with each word to make it convey what you really want it to say.

Want to know more?  Listen to this podcast interview from our podcast Everyday Spirituality or email me at debbie@connect.faith to learn about upcoming retreats and workshops,  or to connect with me through being part of an online writing or creativity group. (published first on Writing For Your Life blog)

Debbie Bronkema

Debbie is excited by the power of story to transform lives. through her work as a pastor, author, retreat leader, and group facilitator, her hope is to plant seeds that encourage people to grow in their relationship with themselves, each other, and God.


  1. Karen Wicker

    Thank you for your ideas, Pastor Debbie. I plan to try a haiku later today! During these winter months and lingering viruses, I find that creative writing lifts my spirits and helps me to sense more of God’s presence.

    • Debbie

      Thank you for your feedback Karen. I feel as though these months have opened up the creative side of people. I’m thankful for that spiritual gift!

  2. Karen

    Gentle snow outside
    will soon become winter storm
    one flake at a time.

    I sit in the warmth
    of home, hearth, and love of You.
    May I be your flake?

    Can gentle kindness
    but fierce determination
    cover all with peace?

    KLW 1-16-2022

    • Debbie

      I can see the scene, feel the fire, and sense the call you are experiencing – all in these few words! Thank you for sharing!


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