July 30, 2018 I've been thinking about marketing a lot lately. Specifically, when is it annoying and when welcomed. I want to get these down before I forget : Emails Assuming they have subscribed to your emails, then one email a day is not too much. There are many sites I receive an email a… Continue reading Marketing Dos and Don’ts
July 28, 2018 It's been almost a year since I've posted a journal about the ministry. That's crazy. They say time speeds by faster as you get older. They sure weren't whistling Dixie. I heard today on an ACT 8 YouTube video that 70% of the online advertising clicks are not from potential customers but… Continue reading Day 20: Google Ads Don’t Make Sense
I used to love to write posts for my blog. Now I don't. It's like my writing desire just got up and left one day. No good-byes, no note, no nothing. Just poof. It's gone. So nothing's getting written. Not even a blog post. I've stopped writing for some reason and I don't know why. … Continue reading Why won’t I Write?
February 8, 2018 I had the strangest dream last night. Everything was black except for this green mask in the background. Then a voice said, "You've got to believe you've been chosen." An odd dream which caused me to wonder if I did believe. I've never thought of it in those terms. God said, "Why… Continue reading Coming to Grips with Being Chosen
Day Nine: Friday, January 26, 2018 Intercession: For God’s peace to fill the hearts of all who travel upon the path of adoption. Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection: The Letter to the Hebrews reminds us to “hold fast to the hope that lies before us. This we have as an anchor of the soul,… Continue reading 9 Days for Life: Day 9
Day Eight: Thursday, January 25, 2018 Intercession: For an end to the use of the death penalty in our country. Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection: As Catholics, we believe and put our hope in a merciful and loving God. We are conscious of our own brokenness and need for redemption. Our Lord calls us… Continue reading 9 Days for Life: Day 8
Day Seven: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 Intercession: May those who long for a child of their own be filled with trust in God’s loving plan. Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection: It can be very difficult and painful when the Lord doesn’t answer our prayers the way we hope. We may have many doubts and… Continue reading 9 Days for Life: Day 7
Day Six: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 Intercession: May those near the end of their lives receive medical care that respects their dignity and protects their lives. Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection: When Maggie’s active father suffered an accident that eventually led to his passing, he taught her that pain and loss of autonomy doesn’t… Continue reading 9 Days for Life: Day 6
Day Five: Monday, January 22, 2018 If you or someone you know is suffering after abortion, confidential non-judgmental help is available. Visit http://www.hopeafterabortion.org. Intercession: May each person suffering from the loss of a child through abortion find hope & healing in Christ. Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection: Today, on this 45th anniversary of… Continue reading 9 Days for Life: Day 5
Day Four: Sunday, January 21, 2018 Intercession: May all people embrace the truth that every life is a good and perfect gift, and is worth living. Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection: Our culture is obsessed with perfection—a superficial perfection. Photos are edited, and social media sites depict seemingly perfect lives. God calls us to… Continue reading 9 Days for Life: Day 4
Welcome to An Open Book where bloggers share what they're reading each month. You can link up or view what others are reading by going to My Scribbler's Heart or CatholicMom.com. I've found some very good books to read this way. I'm starting off this month by telling you what I'm not reading: Karl Marx. … Continue reading An Open Book: January 2018 Reading List
Day Three: Saturday, January 20, 2018 Intercession: For victims and survivors of human trafficking. Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection: Pope Francis calls for a renewed commitment to end human trafficking, which he aptly describes as “deplorable…cruel…criminal” (Angelus, 7/30/2017). International Labor Organization’s 2014 estimate placed the number of traffic victims — men, women, and children… Continue reading 9 Days for Life: Day 3
Day Two: Friday, January 19, 2018 Intercession: For the end to abortion. Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection: More women and girls consider abortion than we may realize. They are our relatives and friends, people who work with us or for us, married or unmarried. Even if someone identifies as being pro-life, the shock of… Continue reading 9 Days for Life: Day 2
Day One: Thursday, January 18, 2018 Intercession: May a culture of life grow ever stronger in our communities. Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be Reflection: From each tiny child waiting to be born, to people nearing death, all are precious and deserve our care and protection. Women and men suffering after abortion, individuals tempted… Continue reading 9 Days for Life: Day 1
I'm all for being up to a challenge, but it seems for the last few months it's been nothing but challenges. I feel like I'm running track: one hurdle after another with not much of a break in between and the track seems to be endless. A prime example is when my deadbolt broke and… Continue reading Flooring, Deadbolts, and Doorknobs
The crazier things get here in the United States, the more Bible verses I run across that speak to our times. The first highlighted line, in the passage below, stood out because tolerance does not seem enough these days. No, they want more. Like Mordecai, they want us to bow down and worship them as… Continue reading An Apt Prayer for our Time
July 18, 2017 First an update on why nothing has been posted on the blog. Frankly, after going through the arduous (at this stage it is truly arduous) task of editing and rewriting a post I'm tired of looking at it. Having lost its luster in my own eyes it's hardly something I want to… Continue reading Getting Started in Your New Ministry
A new month and new books to read. That's the great thing about books: one never seems to run out of them, especially with the advent of the ebook. Now we not only have a choice of new books to read, but old books that were no longer in print or were hard to find… Continue reading Theology and Revolution – An Open Book: July 2017
July 1, 2017 It's been so long since I've posted anything about the magazine. There's a reason . . . well, a couple of them, actually. First, I discovered I had truly overestimated my knowledge of grammar. I knew I didn't remember much, but I knew even less than I thought I did. So I've… Continue reading Long Time, No Write
I ran across this on the front page of the May 24, 1893 edition of the Livingston Herald. I can't make up my mind whether it was fake or real news. Being on the front page makes me believe it was a true story, but knowing the entire paper only had 4 pages makes… Continue reading Real or Fake News? Catching an Electric Car, May 1893
The best analogy of God and man’s (excepting the saints) relationship that I’ve ever heard. She totally nailed it!
There’s an old saying that you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you get your Prince Charming.
That was certainly the case for me. One young man, with whom I had a summer romance, had to have everything his way. And I mean everything. A sandwich, for example, had to be made to his exact specifications: “First the mayonnaise, then the lettuce, then the meat, then the tomato, in that order only.” If the sandwich had all the same ingredients but the mayonnaise was next to the tomato, he absolutely refused to eat it.
This attitude of his drastically affected our relationship. Any behavior of mine that wasn’t completely up to his standards was cause for criticism. For example, he told me how rude I was for phoning him while he was watching television—as if I could have known what he was doing while I was dialing…
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Many challenges come with starting a new ministry from conquering a huge learning curve to tackling bureaucratic red tape. You can expect to spend your time researching, planning, and brainstorming resulting in a copious amount of notes, tasks, and ideas. What you may not expect is how fast you can forget or lose track of… Continue reading Organization is Key when Starting a New Ministry
MyScribbler's Heart and Catholicmom.com are hosting Open Book: June 2017 where you share what you're reading for June. One would think a blog all about words would include more posts about what I'm reading, but those type of posts have been few and far between. So I'm taking advantage of this opportunity to make up… Continue reading My Reads for An Open Book: June 2017
So you’ve been trying to discern what your mission from God is or whether “mission” even applies to you. You’ve heard about Julie Onderko’s book "Discover Your Next Mission From God" and you’re wondering if you should pick it up. My advice to you is yes, you should. The book is an admixture of how-to… Continue reading Book Review: “Discover your Next Mission from God” by Julie Onderko
May 8, 2017 As the magazine is a one woman show at the moment I'm trying to learn every facet of magazine publishing. What one soon finds out is putting theory into practice isn't that simple. This has been especially true for me in the area of design where I've been trying to test out… Continue reading Today was a Day for Lessons or . . . I’ve Been Schooled
May 7, 2017 Well, today was a good day. After, not being able to quite figure out the types of stories that would be included in each department I took some advice from the books I've been reading and decided I needed a mission statement. The idea behind the mission statement is that it will… Continue reading Yay! I Have a Mission Statement for the Magazine!
April 25, 2017 Study, study, study. That's how my time is being spent these evenings. I am thankful that there are materials to study because it has been fruitful. Thank God for the courses available on Coursera and EdX, plus the information available on YouTube. It's all beginning to sink in. Mainly they've been about… Continue reading Kicking my Game up a Notch
April 18, 2017 It's funny how you can hear something said 100 times and it's all just words which, though that have meaning, don't truly penetrate into our inner being. Then one day your writing one of the features for the magazine and your faced with the question of why? Why does God go to… Continue reading What is Man?
March 27, 2017 Spent most of last week trying to figure out how to go about designing a magazine. Watched hours of YouTube videos on graphic design theory. Went on Pinterest to look at images of different magazine layouts. Discovered that all magazine layouts look ugly on Pinterest. Spent some time in the store checking… Continue reading Layouts and Typeface and Colors . . . Oh, My!
March 1, 2017 I had originally planned to post Who's Offense and Who's Defense in Spiritual Warfare on the 28th. At the latest, 3/2. Then yesterday, I had decided to incorporate some magazine ideas into the blog. Since magazines are themed and I knew that I could write another couple of post related to… Continue reading Lessons in Humility
Hello and welcome, I have been writing so much these last few weeks there's been very little time to focus on the magazine. Something needs to change and it's going to be my focus. The new focus will be on the magazine and the blog will be secondary. There will still be journal entries and… Continue reading Under Construction
I don't think people realize that when I go to write a post I don't always have the knowledge beforehand. It's true that my older posts are about thoughts I've held or things I've experienced, but these new posts have been a source of discovery. So it was as I was writing What Christ Won… Continue reading Reflections on Part 1 of What Christ Won for Himself at Golgotha
March 5, 2017 I can tell you from my personal experience when you start to realize that God is supplying your heart's desires it's a little bewildering. The first thing that perplexes you is why. "Why me?" "Why now?" "What did I miss?" Sort of like David when God told Him He would build David… Continue reading What was in the Blessed Virgin Mary’s Heart of Hearts?
March 3, 2017 Since God made me realize the start of something new makes us vulnerable to temptation and I happen to be at the start of this ministry I've been trying to look ahead to how I'll feel in about 40 days. I'm having a hard time accomplishing it because I'm receiving so many… Continue reading Is This What the Promised Land Looks Like?
March 3, 2017 I've never been artistic, nor really been attracted to taking it up. There are two exceptions of which I'm aware: sculpting and mosaics. Yet, I've never done either of those unless you count Play-doh and a ceramics class in high school. So I was rather surprised when I found myself quite happily… Continue reading I’ve Always Lacked Vision
Hello and welcome to this week on the blog, It's going to start in the same place it began last week: envisioning our lives. What I've discovered with everything God is showing me is I've Always Lacked Vision. Where I had none, the world supplied one. Like it has others, this led to being what… Continue reading Coming This Week: March 20 – 26
March 1, 2017 I always learn a lot when I'm writing; perhaps, too much sometimes. I was writing the Who's Offense and Who's Defense . . . post and I had just finished the paragraph on how much Lord Jesus had suffered during His passion. I had included every aspect of it I could,… Continue reading What has God Gotten me Into?
In part one we saw how Christ was playing offense, not defense; that Golgotha was the final objective and not some tragic ending; and since it was the final battle the devil was defending it for all he was worth in order to tempt Christ. In part two we learned why God had to become… Continue reading What Christ Won for Himself at Golgotha, part 1
February 28, 2017 As this journal was originally intended to help others deal with starting a ministry it's time to get down to practicalities. And I've long had a problem with reconciling the practical and the godly. Take marriage for example, two people ordained by God to be joined together as one. Something incredibly beautiful… Continue reading Reconciling the Godly and the Practical
February 27, 2017 I've been reflecting on how different an inspired life is from a worldly life. When we are of the world we aspire to things, but we are not inspired by things. I would know having spent approx. 40 years being of the world. I was always unhappiest when I was aspiring to… Continue reading Inspiring versus Aspiring