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
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
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
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
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?
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
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?
February 25, 2017 I got myself into a little trouble. I've been trying to learn more about the magazine business and to that end I've watched videos, started reading books, and looking at magazines. Then I decided to jump in with both feet, so last night, I decided to look for trade associations. I located… Continue reading Jumping in With Both Feet
February 24, 2017 Decided to YouTube how to start a magazine. I found some interesting interviews along with a new podcast: Foundr. As I was listening to Michael Stelzner, founder of Social Media Examiner, in the podcast explain how his company spent approx. $1,000 per article for his website (no print media that I'm aware) I… Continue reading Why a Magazine?
February 23, 2017 I think God might be answering my prayers and I didn't even notice it until I started writing about doubt and journaling about the magazine. I've long wanted to be in a position to sit and write about God all day. In my dreams of dreams I would be God's scribe. He… Continue reading Is God Answering my Prayers?
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
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