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Meeting 1-A-Jan. 11, 2020

On January 11, 2020, we had the first meeting of North Idaho Christian Writers. Even with about 8 inches of new snow, we had four people, including myself, attend the meeting. I began the meeting with prayer, then introduced myself. Two handouts “Member’s Information Sheet” and “About Robin” were passed out. Those attending the meeting were asked to fill out and return the Member’s Information Sheet.” Introductions were made.

After the introductions, our group went over the Goals, Rules, and Vision for North Idaho Christian Writers. Eventually I hope to add these to this website. Following the information on North Idaho Christian Writers we did an activity called General Words, Interpretation, and Specific Words. It sounds complicated but it was a lesson on choosing words for our writing.

For the activity I made a worksheet with three columns: General Word (s), Interpretation, and Specific Words. I listed General words in the first column and we used those words to fill out columns two and three. For example, the first General Word was “Dog.” I asked each person what thought/picture came into their mind when they heard the word “Dog.” That thought/picture is what they listed under interpretation. Each person had a different interpretation of the word. An example might be “puppy” or “poodle.” Some people had their feelings about “dogs” come out, such as cute, warm, fuzzy, etc. Then they had to determine which breed of dog brought forth that emotional response.

Then each person had to check to see if they had a specific word (which would create imagery in the reader’s mind). For example, “puppy” would need to be a collie or specific breed of puppy. By using the word “puppy” by itself, the reader can insert their own meaning or vision into your writing. By writing the words “collie puppy,” the writer gives the reader a clearer image of the specific dog he/she is writing about. It was fun to see the wide variety of responses to each individual word.

Following the word activity, we took a short break. Then we went over two mini-readings I put together with information from the book An Introduction to Christian Writing, 2nd. Edition, by Ethel Herr. These were entitled “Wanna-be, Would-be, and Already-be Writers” and “What is a writer?”

After the mini-readings, we did another worksheet activity where we practiced choosing words that added clarity, color, and senses to our writing. We used some words such as fruit, lasagna and pizza. By the end of the activity we were getting hungry.

I wrapped up the meeting by thanking the people who came, reminding them of our next meeting, and asking if they had any comments or questions. Our meeting did run over the scheduled time but I will keep a closer eye on the clock next time. As far as I know those who attended learned something and enjoyed the meeting as well. Praise God!



My name is Robin Ulbredtch. I am a born again Christian. God has called me to write and share His message, the good news about Jesus Christ, with others. God wants people everywhere to receive His free gifts of forgiveness, mercy, and salvation. God also wants a personal relationship with each person. He wants them to know about the forgiveness, love, healing and hope they can receive from Him. God alone has the answers for all of our problems. He alone can heal and restore broken hearts and lives. I know this because He has done it for me. I have written several testimonials of the things God has done in my life. These include stories of lessons I've learned in life, in Children's ministry, and in a number of other situations. I hope you will take time to enjoy reading some of them. You can find more of these writings on my websites:,, and I also have several stories on I am working to create websites that will provide information for Christian teachers and writers. God has truly taken my broken heart and life, healed me, and turned it all to His glory by allowing me to teach and minister His word to others who are hurting and hopeless. Only God can bring good out of the bad things in our lives, and He does it in a big way. My God--Yahweh--is a three in one God, God the Father, the Holy Spirit, and the word and son, Jesus Christ. My God is an AWESOME God! I hope you will read some of these stories and see the mighty works God has done for me. I pray you will open your hearts and minds to receive the free gifts of forgiveness and grace that God has for those who ask for His forgiveness of their sin and invite Him into their heart. I know God can heal and do miraculous works on our behalf because He has done it for me. God loves all people and He wants them to love Him back. Yet God allows us to make the choice because to try to force His love on someone is not love, and God's nature is love. God wants us to choose to love Him! My goal for the Christian writing ministry is to point people to Jesus Christ for the answers for their lives. He alone has the answers and the power to do the miraculous work to bring about healing, restoration, and solutions to to overwhelming challenges we face in life. He is the source of Life and gives eternal life to those who put their lives in His hands. Praise the Lord, Jesus Christ!

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