Friday, February 14, 2020

The Best Love Note Ever! by Dawn Kinzer

Photo of a book with a heart and rose

The Best Love Note Ever!

It’s Valentine’s Day, so it’s the perfect time to talk about love, right?

Movie poster for Valentine's DayMy favorite Valentine’s Day movie is called just that—Valentine’s Day. It came out in 2010 with a large cast of well-known actors, and it didn’t focus on only one type of love. Scenarios included first dates, longtime commitments, young crushes, connections to old flames, and parent-child love. There were so many ways viewers could relate to what the characters were experiencing. I appreciated that!

I believe most people yearn to be seen and loved for who they are. We long for intimacy—the kind that comes with a special kind of closeness, devotion, and selflessness, whether it involves romance or not.

How does this relate to love and writing, regardless of the genre?

With our computers—or our notepads—we become conduits through which the Holy Spirit can share God’s devotion and faithfulness via our novels, memoirs, children’s books, blog posts, etc. In so many ways, our words are love notes from God written through us. Using our stories, we have opportunities to reveal God’s unconditional love and acceptance—his grace and forgiveness.

Just like self-help books or Bible studies, fiction can teach and impact lives. Story-telling can point to God. Our characters’ experiences can encourage readers to begin a relationship with him—or desire a better one.

How do we accomplish that? We write about the real stuff and meet readers where they are—in the trenches. That requires vulnerability and a willingness to write pieces that include not only love, romance, fulfilled dreams, and other warm fuzzies—but also the tough stuff so many of us experience. Heartbreak. Divorce. Abuse. Broken relationships. Fears. Rejection. Chronic illness. Gossip. Slander. Financial crisis. The list goes on …

Our heavenly Father wrote the best love note ever when he gave us the Bible, and that message couldn’t be more clear.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. ~ John 3:16

Dear friends, when you feel discouraged about your writing life, don’t give up. You have important work to do! Please … go write those love notes! We have a world starving to read them!

Our words are love notes from God written through us. #SeriouslyWrite #encouragementforwriters
With our computers—or our notepads—we become conduits through which the Holy Spirit can share God’s devotion and faithfulness. #SeriouslyWrite #encouragementforwriters

By All Appearances
By All Appearances

Liana Tate, a special events planner grew up in a high-profile family. No matter what she does, Liana feels she never measures up.

Bryan Langley, a talented musician, was close to signing a recording contract when a barn fire left part of his face severely burned. He survived, but his career did not.

When Liana’s father hires Bryan as a caretaker on the family estate outside of Seattle, Liana’s and Bryan’s lives become entangled. He risks public humiliation for Liana’s success, and she encourages him to use his musical gifts, despite his reluctance. Thrown together, will they achieve their elusive dreams? And will the two find the love and acceptance they yearn for, or will their actions only drive each other away?

Dawn Kinzer
Dawn Kinzer is a freelance editor, and her own work has been published in various devotionals and magazines. She co-hosts and writes for Seriously Write. Sarah’s Smile is the first book in her historical romance series The Daughters of Riverton, Hope’s Design is the second, and Rebecca’s Song completes the trilogy. Her contemporary romance, By All Appearances, is set in the Seattle area where she resides.

A mother and grandmother, Dawn lives with her husband in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Favorite things include dark chocolate, good wine, strong coffee, the mountains, family time, and Masterpiece Theatre.

You can connect and learn more about Dawn and her books by visiting these online sites: Author Website, Faithfully Write Editing, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Amazon Author Page, BookBub, and Goodreads.


  1. I love the movie Valentine's Day and that it shows how connected we are, even though we might not know it. :)

    1. Nice to hear from another fan, Karen! I truly appreciated how the movie showed so may different kinds of love - all important. My heart melted when the character played by Julia Roberts returned home to "her" Valentine.

  2. "In so many ways, our words are love notes from God written through us. Using our stories, we have opportunities to reveal God’s unconditional love and acceptance—his grace and forgiveness." Amen to this, Dawn! It's great to see a post from you with this encouragement. In our desire for our writing to be loved and appreciated by others, it's so important to remember we're writing for a higher power and purpose. Blessings to you on Valentine's Day!

    1. Hi, JoAnn! Happy Valentine's Day to you too!

      Yes... it's so easy to think of Valentine's Day as focusing on only one kind of love, but there is so much more that we as writers can share with our readers. And as Christian writers, we have a certain responsibility to also point to God's love.

  3. Happy Valentine's Day, Dawn! :)
    What a wonderful post---so many lines seemed to jump out at me, including this one: Using our stories, we have opportunities to reveal God's unconditional love and acceptance---his grace and forgiveness. YES!! Thank you for this reminder that our stories can not only entertain readers, but can also send powerful messages.
    Blessings, Patti Jo :)

    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed the post, Patti Jo! I believe that Christian writers have a responsibility to provide more to our readers than what secular writers do. All books have potential to teach and make readers think about important topics, but we offer something additional. ;-)

  4. Dawn, I worked with a woman who told me she loved Christian fiction because it allowed her to see how people reacted to situations and she could learn from it. Then apply what she learned to her life.

    I always found that very humbling as an author.

    1. Hi, Terri! I believe that what that woman experiences is true for many readers - including myself! ;-)

      It is humbling ... and statements like those remind us of how much responsibility we have to do right by our stories.


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