• Divorce,  Faith,  Featured,  life

    Intentional Weakness

    “Intentional living is the art of making our own choices before others’ choices make us.” Richie Norton It started with the divorce. And it seems to have continued with unintentional acts of procrastination, haggardness, and dismal outlook. Continuing my revelations about how divorce has affected me and what the future (God’s plan) holds for me, I came to another realization this last week. I realize I have succumbed to the very worst obstacle to walking out my destiny – my weakness of being unintentional. As if a prophecy had years ago been uttered about how my life would turn out, I’ve allowed fate – life – to determine what has…

  • Faith,  The Friday Muse,  Writing

    From the Ashes

    You may kill a fire. And everything you know falls to dust and ash. Yet the remarkable treasure in this seemingly hopeless pile, is hidden deep within. The burning embers incarnate the perpetual desire to go from spark to flame. - Akilnathan Logeswaran

  • Faith,  life,  Writing

    Christians, Fiction, And Domestic Violence

    Late last week, I posted a fictional story titled Jen Fled. It was a short piece for my ‘The Friday Muse’ segment on my blog where I write a short piece of fiction each Friday to discipline myself in writing on a regular basis and to give my followers/readers something new each week. Jen Fled is a piece about domestic abuse. Domestic abuse is not covered in Christian fiction circles very often – if at all. I can’t remember EVER reading a piece regarding domestic abuse, aside from a brief mention here and there of the victim. Definitely never any pieces that showed actual domestic abuse happening. Christian circles tend…

  • Faith,  life

    When A Calling Won’t Leave Us Alone

    Have you ever had something eat away at you so profoundly that you weren’t sure you’d make it another day? A tug, a pull, an outright consuming of your very spirit? A calling, perhaps? When my wife and I first picked up everything and traveled to San Francisco back in 2013, we did it to help start a church plant. By the time we left San Francisco two years later, we were a bit confused as to why we had even moved there to begin with. San Francisco was definitely a calling. God opened doors – miraculously – and got us planted smack dab in the middle of one of…

  • Faith

    The Pressures of Change

    I’m not one who appreciates change as much as I know I should. Over the years, I have become a very structured individual, and I don’t do well when change comes my way – when the hand is suddenly re-dealt, when the table is flipped, when the chips are scattered. All of it tends to send me into a tizzy. I’m not proud to admit that, but that’s the truth. I tend to be more inflexible than I would like to be. Lately, change has been coming my way in spades. A little over a year ago, we moved back here to Arizona from the Bay Area – a move…

  • Dreams,  Faith,  life

    The Other Side

    I hate seeing others give up on things. I don’t just mean giving up on a project or even a tough relationship. I mean giving up on the dreams that God gives a person. I’ve been hearing a lot of talk lately in different circles on how most people never reach ‘the other side’. The other side being the end fulfillment of a promise God has given them. The Israelites were promised the land of milk and honey, and a journey that should have taken them 11 days took them 40 years to accomplish. 11 days, and they wandered for 40 years. All because they didn’t trust God completely, because…

  • Faith,  Writing

    Garbage In, Garbage Out?

    There’s a saying I heard a long time ago: Garbage in, garbage out. Essentially it means that whatever we put into our minds, hearts, mouths, handbag – whatever – will come out the same in the end. It’s a dire warning to watch what content we are subjected to on a daily basis. But does it hold any water? Are we able, as Christians, to constantly control what content we are exposed to? And even if we could control all content we’re exposed to, does it mean we should shield ourselves from every evil of the world? The first time I heard this saying was about five years ago at…

  • Faith

    For The Sake of the Call

    Many of you know that I proclaim to be a writer. And to many of you, when that statement is made, you probably envision me sitting at a desk, building imaginary worlds and creating imaginary characters to fill those imaginary worlds. But to be honest, when I say that I am a writer, the statement means so much more than a simple proclamation of interest or career. Many years ago, I was faced with the choice to either settle down in Arizona to pursue writing or to move to Seattle, Washington to pursue Bible college. Seattle seemed like the ‘right’ choice. I mistakenly thought all Christians were called to ministry…