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Ruts


Ruts are a good time to reflect. Forget the notion that they are a place for wallowing and licking your wounds. Not so. They are for inhaling, exhaling and digging in deep. Ruts have their benefits.

I am in a rut right now. No shame. Not exactly especially proud of it either but look, it is what it is. Everybody runs into one every now and then, ruts are like inclement weather —  they come and go. Sure, it’s not something you choose any more than you choose to have a migraine headache. But just like a migraine it has it’s benefits: getting much needed rest/seeing a doctor/taking better care of yourself, etc.  Ruts make the inner man uncomfortable. The benefit is not complacency if we behave properly while in it.

Some of us work ourselves ragged trying to shake out of it. I am not doing that. Not anymore. It’s too tiring.

Instead, I have chosen to immerse myself in some good, solid, biblical preaching. Praying quietly for strength and relaxing while I’m here.

Good things come from ruts: inspiration, deeper faith and rest. Personally,  I need this anyway.

True, bad things hang out in ruts too: depression, bitterness, irritability, etc. By the grace of God, I (simply) walk pass them, refuse to give them too much attention… I was definitely tempted, but thankfully, quickly remembered and recognized their place in the rut, not as consolers but controllers, intent on keeping me with them.  Like any sane person — I prefer not.

I made a decision to keep my eyes on what’s good, the light. The light that houses hope, love, and faith is the same light  the Bible speaks of when it speaks of God, Yaaweh, Jehovah and Jesus. It is the light that keeps me company and nurses my spirit while I spend time in this rut. TEMPORARY rut.

Thank God ruts pass!

From the inside of a pesky rut, but only a short while, me, the….

Voice of A Writer 

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Even the hopeless have…


… hope.

Sure they do they. Hopelessness is not absence of hope, it’s the absence of proper hope. Think about it for a moment.

If someone’s hope is in material things, people or expectations, they are likely, one day, to become disenchanted. See, those things are all fleeting.

Now, hope in things that are solid, un-moving, constant… well that’s better.  But what? What are those things that don’t dissipate and disappoint and are always there?

That’s the nice thing about living. You’re bound to meet a person, read a book or get thrust into a situation that will send you straight to that answer.

Keep living and look out for that that proper hope. It’s why I’m still around!

From…the….

Voice Of A Writer.

Gratitude Radio Interview


Listen to my interview on “Doin the Do”.  I discuss the inspiration for my essay on Going for Gratitude.

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Going for GRATITUDE


My fellow writers, artist, aspiring entrepreneurs, risk takers, go-getters and out of the box movers and shakers: I know that we all find ourselves discouraged from time to time on the journey. After all it’s no wonder that over the centuries, artists have been known to be deeply depressed in addition to being profoundly talented.

The same source that produces talent makes room for the unpleasant too. It is us (referring to the aforementioned) who (through the grace of God) take it and make it the pleasantries for the masses to enjoy, appreciate and understand. Until they do – – the world simply does not fully appreciate what we have to offer.

Did the world appreciate Steve Jobs when he was a ‘whiz kid’ building computers and programs in his parents’ basement? How about the multitude of others who are now well-known or well-appreciated that make up and empower our world… our lives. Before they were ‘known’, before that big break or groundswell… was there room for disappointment and discouragement in their lives?

Sure it was.  That is universally how life runs it’s course: ebb and flow, ups and downs, rain and sunshine. No one is immune.

However,  for the artist or the square peg it is sometimes particularly more pronounced. Lack of empathy or camaraderie or even guilt may overshadow the internal pain of discouragement and blow it out of control and for some, become depression.

Borrowing from scripture, I say: take heart… Jesus has overcome the world!

Be grateful.  Take hold of your faith and allow it to overcome the present disappointments. Emphasize the good that your uniqueness has gifted you with and dismiss negative thinking. Thinking/believing/living in this manner is how gratitude really looks.  Persevering is the antidote to discouragement. Persevering is gratitude in action.

Go. For. GRATITUDE.

And the Presentation Was….


A success!

Oh, my goodness. I presented to an audience of Christian women the myths of forgiveness and what it really is and is not biblically. Take a listen to interviews I did for two online radio programs, “Doin’ The Do” and “The Enterprise.”

That’s a mouthful surely.  Delivered by the grace of God, I tell you. It was not easy to condense that topic in an hour. Much preparation, prayer and divine intervention helped me pull it off. I have to be honest, hopefully it will help someone out there; someone who’s struggling with their words and hoping against all hopes of getting it done – and getting it right – for an audience.  It is likely you will be a rousing success because of preparation and faith. Relying solely on your fortitude is a recipe for letdown.

The feedback I received was phenomenal. Days later, after taking time to consider what the participants said, I believe I know what to aim for in preparing for future presentations. The women’s responses, which had come completely unsolicited, assured me that I had:

  • Inspired and challenged them
  • Informed them in a concise, clear cut way
  • Imparted them with sound biblical reasoning
  • Impacted them with a renewed vigor in their Christian walk, and
  • Invited them to not only observe but participate with me as I spoke on the subject

I look forward to my next public speaking engagement, from the prepping step to the finale, it’s a journey I commit to sharing.

However, for now, my keyboard is calling…. there’s a screenplay with my name on it asking for further attention.

Ahh the rewrite, my favorite part!

Ruminations II


What does preparation look like?

I found public speaking to be much like writing.

The preparation process, at least initially, were similar. Study the topic. Consider it carefully, from both my perspective then my audience perspective.

Finally, Pray, then:  Write. Write what you know. Write what you think. Write what you believe. Sentence after sentence, paragraph after paragraph, page after page. Just keep writing. Hours, days, weeks of just writing.

Stop. Study more, read more. Go deeper: consider the concept and the goal of the topic even more. Come up for air, read what’s been written. Disappointing. Very disappointing. If it were batting averages, probably .100. Take heart, this is a very normal, very expected process in writing. Back to the topic. Delineate it. Consider, then reconsider the subject goal  from different angles. Ponder, brainstorm and record my thoughts.

Again… more writing. More pages. Repeat process several times. Read results, comparing to batting averages again, it elevated a little, maybe .150. Better. Gather constructive criticism from team of supporters. Rework outline. Set up bullet key points. Write, write, write. And pray. Read.

Improvement – GREAT improvement. Concrete ideas now in black in white. Less writing. More rewriting. Hardest part over.

My writing voice: STRONG, DISTINCT, CONFIDENT.

My message: CLEAR, SUCCINCT.

My delivery: I SHALL LET YOU KNOW….

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