Jan 1, 2013


I make excuses all the time. In a effort to justify my lack of performance or inability to complete a task, I like to cite my circumstances, deficiency, shortage, and personal need as the cause for avoidance. I say things like, “I would, but I can’t. I don’t have enough money or the right connections. I’m an unknown. I don’t have a proper working space. I don’t have a large following. What I have to say isn’t as good or important as what other writers are saying.” On and on I go, giving God my list of reasons why He’s...Read more +
Dec 31, 2012

Don't Forget

You’ll probably sing it or hear it tonight at the end of your New Year’s Eve celebration: Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot and days of auld lang syne? For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne, We’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne. - Robert Burns, Auld Lang Syne Embarrassingly, I sang it for years never really knowing what it means or caring to understand it’s implication. Until about fifteen years ago, I didn’t even know the real words. My childhood, teenage, and early...Read more +
Dec 27, 2012

Stand and Shine

Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining. – Anne Lamott I’ve been doing it again lately—running around like a chicken with its head cut off, stumbling, flailing, thrashing—hoping to magically land in the place I’m supposed to be. For the life of me, I just can’t seem to find where I fit. I wish I had known this was going to be a life-long struggle; I would have taken better notes in junior high. I thought my wing-flapping days were over a little over a year ago when I...Read more +
Nov 30, 2012

The Gifts Unseen

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. – Arthur Ashe Peter said, “I don’t have a nickel to my name, but what I do have, I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk!” He grabbed him by the right hand and pulled him up. In an instant his feet and ankles became firm. He jumped to his feet and walked. – Acts 3:6-8 (MSG) Christmas is a time when giving is emphasized. And it should be. After all, this is the time we celebrate the Ultimate Gift, God’s sending of His...Read more +
Nov 28, 2012

What Would Happen?

What would happen if I started giving in spite of what I need? What would happen if I stop making everything about me and consider others? What would happen if I started praying for those who hurt or annoy me instead of rehearsing every offense for days after it’s done? What would happen if I took a break from things that overwhelm or distract me and replaced them with quiet time with Him? What would happen if I began to focus on only the positive things in my life? What would happen if I stopped begging God and started trusting...Read more +
Nov 26, 2012

The Power of "Sozo".

by Jen
Just when I thought I had Christianity all figured out. When I had my faith wrapped tight, in the presence of my thoughts. .....I study the Word. And everything changes. I am taken back. Blown away. What do you know!? There it is. In bold. The power of "Sozo"!! http://richfaithrising.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-power-of-sozo.htmlRead more +
Sep 23, 2012


Art is for everyone. Hey, I know it's a small word, but it covers a lot of ground. The origin of this word gives us a look into what art is all about. It came from Gk. arti " just ," artios " complete, suitable ," artizein " to prepare ;" L. artus " joint ;" Armenian arnam " make ;" Ger. art "manner, mode"), from root *ar- " fit together, join " To make, prepare or bring together. An important thing to do with an open heart. It sounds like relationship making, communication, a joining of people, hearts, spirits,...Read more +
Sep 22, 2012


I am thinking out loud here... about online communication and friendship compared to face to face communication and friendship. It has occurred to me to leave this comparison for a moment to think about communication, and to think about friendship. I'm awed at the possibilities within communication. And i think that perhaps friendship is a word that defines an expectation of past understandings to happen again. Communication is the actual process, people are touched, something makes a connection with a person. Friendship is a memory of something that has happened or something that is expected to continue. The last thirty...Read more +
Sep 14, 2012

"Littluns" Is For All Seasons and All Reasons

When God appeared and asked me to write "Littluns" it was an experience of pure love like I had never experienced before. He didn't say publish or market the book - He just said, " Write "Littluns." Furthermore, I never aspired to, or ever thought I would ever become an author. Although I had written screenplays and other works, I just had too much on my plate to even consider becoming an author. Besides, I felt that there were far better qualified and experienced novelists out there to write a novel. However, this experience was so powerful that, needless to...Read more +
Sep 11, 2012

Don't Throw It All Away

I must be doing it wrong, this life thing. Trouble seems to follow everywhere I go. I can’t get it right no matter how hard I try. And I try way too hard most of the time. I travel in circles. I think I’ve made progress in certain places, only to look up and find myself right back where I started. And it’s tiring— some days I want to quit. Can’t it ever just be easy? Just once in the story of me could things work out like I hope and dream? I think the answer is no. And on...Read more +