Why I Write

 It’s NaNoWriMo time! I’m doing a quasi-participation this year, so my focus is on writing some fiction that is long overdue in my life. While I’m at it, please enjoy a few throwback posts from yesteryear. See you in December!


Why I Write (Six-Word Memoir)

Life inside of me wants out.


Blackout Poetry

Several weeks ago my fellow blogger Keeks wrote about some newfangled thing called blackout poetry. I had never heard of such a medium as using already printed words to form your own creative output. It’s like sculpting your own poetry from a block of newscopy – or in my case, magazine print. I was intrigued, and made plans to try it out.

Well, many weeks later (sorry Keeks), I’ve finally gotten around to it, and you know what I learned? It’s fun. And thought-provoking. And time-consuming. And I need more interesting magazines. 🙂

If you’re curious about this completely unheard-of way of writing art, check out my tiny production below. Keeks also has a more informative post here. Be warned, though: you might just find yourself picking up more newspapers and magazines just for the articles. 🙂


29th Day Bonus: Is That All You’ve Got?

The sale is massive; the store is almost giving away its products. 50% off! 60% off! 70% off! But the customer is still unsatisfied. Pointing out an item that is nearly a quarter of its original price, she turns to the owner. “Is that all you’ve got?”

The bully pound away at the small child, harassing him in front of the others and demanding he get what he wants out of the kid. The child knows exactly who is approaching the bully from behind and is no longer intimidated by the bully’s threats. The child stands tall as the bully is pulled away, shouting, “Is that all you’ve got?”

The parents have careful chosen gifts for their child to mark this special occasion. Having wrapped them with care and hidden their joy at his impending delight, the family finally arrives at the day moment of celebration. Five minutes into this special moment, the presents are open and paper is strewn about the room. The child views his surrounding selections, then asks his parents, “Is that all you’ve got?”

The young man has scrimped and saved for seemingly ages to afford a prized possession: a ring for his beloved. He prepares a lavish evening full of romantic surprises to present it to her with his heartfelt confessions of love and promises of a lifetime of faithful companionship. As he bares his heart to her and bends down on one knee, she sighs hesitantly, “Is that all you’ve got?”

Jesus, along with the stripes and the beatings, allows the sins of all humanity to pile upon him, becoming forsaken and descending into hell. As Satan gloats over the victory that thinks is finally assured, Jesus rises up and snatches the keys and control of death and hell away from him. “Is that all you’ve got?”

The Godhead have pulled off the miraculous — restoring a fallen and self-destructing species through the death and resurrection of the Son. They have given us complete and total victory and the position of rulers in equal standing with the Son when we accept Him. We in turn look at our lives here on the earth and say to the Father, “Is that all you’ve got?”

Xtreme Missions and The Dream Center

I always want to be coy with my responses when I’m asked about missions. Well, I don’t really want to be coy, it just sort of happens when I don’t want people to feel uncomfortable. But since missions is about the exact opposite of comfort, let’s go ahead and leave that comfort zone behind.

I volunteer with Xtreme Student Ministries in Knoxville, TN, the youth at Redemption Church. And while you may not have heard of us yet, you might have heard of The Dream Center that was started decades ago by Matthew Barnett in Los Angeles. It’s a place that is devoted to doing anything and everything to help the hopeless and hurting in L.A. From feeding the homeless to providing shelter for men, women, and children; from drug rehabilitation to education programs; from going out to reach the lost and hurting to bussing them in for ministry. The Dream Center does all of that and more.

Another Dream Center was started a few years ago, this time in New York City. The cities are very different, but they have something in coming: they are both full of lost and hurting people trying to fulfill their broken dreams. The goal of the Dream Center is restoration and life, and this June Xtreme Youth is going to be part of that. There are people in need all over the world, including the seemingly vibrant and lively spots in our own nation.

I would love for you to partner with me to go and help hurting and needy people, and to be a part of the lives our youth as they reach out into a world much bigger than their own. This will be a life-changing experience for all of us, I know. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers, and if you want to support our trip financially (the trip cost is $975 per person), please follow the link below, or check out the button at the bottom of the blog. I appreciate you all!

You can donate and find ways to share about this here: Xtreme Missions at the NYC Dream Center!

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