Here I am, trying to “stay awake”

“You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober – alert and clearheaded…”.1 Thessalonians 5:5-6 For me, today's big focus is about getting ready for a Friday …

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Good news, light, gratitude, action, and love

Well I finished the job yesterday afternoon. Now the beard is completely gone. So in case you are relatively new to this blog, I'll do another side-by-side just so you will know this is still me. Interestingly, a good number of new readers have recently come on board. So I'm also going to take this …

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writing about writing – our creativity sings its own song…

Then the Lord replied: “Write down the revelation    and make it plain on tablets    so that a herald may carry the correct message.Habakkuk 2:2 - working in my study at home If you had been wondering about how late I am with this post, this has been - well - "One of those days!" Extra parent care; lightening storm knocking out …

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The Prayer of Jesus – a paraphrase for today

One writing/devotional discipline I sometimes practice is that of paraphrasing scripture and responding to what I hear from God in my own words. The result gives me the benefit of mining the message a little more deeply, and applying it to my own life. Once in a while what comes out is worth sharing. I …

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Eat this Blog: a baby’s first birthday and chewing on words

  Then he said to me: Human one, eat this thing that you’ve found. Eat this scroll and go, speak to the house of Israel. So I opened my mouth, and he fed me the scroll. He said to me: Human one, feed your belly and fill your stomach with this scroll that I give …

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Question: Serious Derek or “Mr. Casual”

Today's post is a simple question. I mentioned the other day that my publisher asked for a new "Author Photo" to use in their soon-to-be-revamped website. My question is "casual or serious?" I kind of like the new portrait, but Rebekah believes no-one wants to read books by some "stodgy-looking old guy." So here are …

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recalibrating the idea of Godly manhood…

So I am taking a look at the idea that we are made in the image of God, that Jesus is the best example possible of what God's image looks like in a human being, and that Christ's followers also have a lot to teach us when it comes to "manly" ideals and behavior.

life is a story we must live prayerfully, and intentionally

New book on the horizon! I'm very excited! I have just now finished one more complete review/edit/overhaul of my new book, and I've ordered a proof copy. If all looks well, then you can look (I hope you look!) for an announcement - along with details - in this space sometime next week! Wrapping up the …

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listening to my herbs in the morning #writinglife

Then God said, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let them be signs to mark the seasons, days, and years. Let these lights in the sky shine down on the earth.” And that is what happened. God made two great lights—the larger one to govern the day, and …

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what to do with a great story?

Typically my issue with this space is not so much "writer's block" as "writer's filter." In other words, I have so much I want to share, but it's a question of "how?" "how much," "when," and "where?" "Is this story something for the new book... or can I use it for today's post?" "Should I …

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