Where It All Begins…


One of the first lessons I learned when I began writing is that the first line matters.

It should invite the reader in to the story or the topic, it should introduce something important that sets the scene for what is to come and, most crucially, it should grab the reader’s attention so they want to continue reading.

The opening sentence of the Bible provides an example of an excellent first line:

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)

This intriguing statement raises several questions, encouraging us to keep reading:

  • Who is this God?
  • How did He create the heavens and the earth?
  • Why did He create them?
  • If God created everything, and I am part of His creation, what implications does that have for my life?

Most importantly, it teaches us a key truth: everything started with God.

I’d love if you’d join me at Gracefully Truthful to continue reading.

I’m also pleased to announce that the winner of the copy of Remarkable Hope from last week’s giveaway is Lisa!

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20 thoughts on “Where It All Begins…

  1. I know sometimes my first line is so hard to write. I always try to go back and tweak it after I finish writing a piece. Thanks for sharing on the #LMMLinkup this week.

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  2. This is beautiful, Lesley. It’s so encouraging that God is in control. Nature always reminds me of that, too. This truth especially grabs me – “The reality of God’s eternal authorship and authority also reassures me I can trust Him because He sees and He cares. No concern is too trivial to bring before Him and nothing is beyond the scope of His interest or sovereignty.” It brings tears to my eyes to think that He cares about every little detail of our lives and nothing is too trivial to bring before Him. Love and blessings to you!

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    1. Thanks, Trudy! Yes, it is encouraging that God is in control of the big picture, but also that he sees and cares for us as individuals and for all the little details. I love how nature points to that – one of the reasons I always love the photos you share! Love and blessings to you too!

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  3. Lesley – Oh man, the first line is one I always agonize over, but the title… that is the one I struggle with consistently. The Bible is so good with first lines and titles…. God really knows how to grab our attention doesn’t He… truthfully, I hadn’t thought about Genesis 1:1 in the way you presented it, so thank you for that new revelation to chew on. We are neighbors at #LMM this week…

    PS.: if you are looking for another place to link to on Thursday’s I would love if you would consider joining my linkup #TuneInThursday – it opens Thursday 3 am PST and runs through Sunday night. You can find it at debbiekitterman.com/blog

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      1. I am glad to hear I am not the only one that struggles with titles. LOL And I will be delighted to have you linkup. Blessings and Happy Tuesday 🙂

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