Jounaling my Ministry Startup

Getting Started in Your New Ministry

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

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Theology and Revolution – An Open Book: July 2017

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

Christian Life

Lopsided Relationships

The best analogy of God and man’s (excepting the saints) relationship that I’ve ever heard. She totally nailed it!

Reflections on My Catholic Journey

Tower of Pisa for blog

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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Jounaling my Ministry Startup

Organization is Key when Starting a New Ministry

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

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My Reads for An Open Book: June 2017

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

Jounaling my Ministry Startup

Book Review: “Discover your Next Mission from God” by Julie Onderko

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

Jounaling my Ministry Startup

Today was a Day for Lessons or . . . I’ve Been Schooled

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

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Yay! I Have a Mission Statement for the Magazine!

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!

Jounaling my Ministry Startup

Kicking my Game up a Notch

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

Jounaling my Ministry Startup

Layouts and Typeface and Colors . . . Oh, My!

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!

The Word

Reflections on Part 1 of What Christ Won for Himself at Golgotha

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

Jounaling my Ministry Startup

What was in the Blessed Virgin Mary’s Heart of Hearts?

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?

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Is This What the Promised Land Looks Like?

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?

The Word

What Christ Won for Himself at Golgotha, part 1

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

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Reconciling the Godly and the Practical

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

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Should we be Living Inspired and Infused Lives?

February 27, 2017 I don't have the words for what Saturday was.  Right before waking up Saturday morning  I had a dream that there was this monster kinda hovering out there on the periphery.  Shook that off. Coffee made. Sat down to read the newest blog posts from those I follow.  I was reading Melissa… Continue reading Should we be Living Inspired and Infused Lives?

This Week on the Blog

This Week on the Blog: March 6 – 12

Hello and welcome, I remember when my son tried to transition from mom feeding him to doing it himself.  Seriously lacking hand-to-mouth coordination made it a real struggle.  I saw that struggle in both the intensity of his focus and how his arm shook as he tried to direct the spoon to his mouth.  He… Continue reading This Week on the Blog: March 6 – 12

The Word

Who’s Offense and Who’s Defense in Spiritual Warfare?

These days it seems that Christians are constantly on the defensive side of the spiritual war. If we zoom out, earthly life seems like a constant battle to fend off death and decay.  We see it everywhere.  In the wife simply trying to provide a safe and clean environment for her family by keeping the… Continue reading Who’s Offense and Who’s Defense in Spiritual Warfare?

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Turns Out I’m Actually Suited for this Ministry

February 22, 2017 Some good news.  I started reading about magazine publishing today and turns out I may be more suited to being an editor than I thought.  Go figure God actually knows what He's doing.  According to Michael Evan in The Layers of Magazine Editing editors love to read  - check likes switching from… Continue reading Turns Out I’m Actually Suited for this Ministry

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So I Guess I’m Starting a Magazine

February 21, 2017 Strange thing happened recently.  I guess God wants me to start a magazine.  That's weird because I don't remember the context in which this occurred.  I can't remember if I was thinking, "Man, I sure would like to start a business," or something along those lines and God suggested a magazine or… Continue reading So I Guess I’m Starting a Magazine

Stumbling Blocks

Doubt Pt. 2: Insecurities and Fear Play on our Doubts

I actually wanted to write about the subtlety of doubt.  But once I started two things happened which brought different facets of doubt front and center.  The interesting thing was that though my doubts were the same or similar for both events they played out very differently due to stress factors. The first thing that… Continue reading Doubt Pt. 2: Insecurities and Fear Play on our Doubts

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EXCELLENT PODCAST: FREAKONOMICS – DID CHINA EAT AMERICA’S JOBS?

I read a great book a while back about the heroin-opioid epidemic in the United States.  It's called Dreamland: the true tale of America's opiate epidemic by Sam Quinones.  Quinones listed many factors underlying the epidemic, but the root of it all was unemployed, anxious and depressed Americans.  This was especially so in the Rust… Continue reading EXCELLENT PODCAST: FREAKONOMICS – DID CHINA EAT AMERICA’S JOBS?

Christian Life

{7QT} Marches, Jewish and Christian Bible Study, and Cross-Stitch

One - Brilliant Media Strategy I don't know who came up with the idea to have the Vice-President speak at the 2017 March for Life, but it was a absolutely brilliant political and media-savvy move.  As President Trump duly noted in an interview with ABC News prior to the March; the left-leaning media simply do… Continue reading {7QT} Marches, Jewish and Christian Bible Study, and Cross-Stitch