August 3, 2016 time management
Without effective time management, life becomes a circus. But effective time management is extremely difficult to maintain.
Many of us have to balance providing for our families physically, emotionally, and spiritually, while working a job, tackling passion projects, keeping God the center of our lives, and resting enough to avoid total burn out. If we struggle to maintain balance with everything on our plate, either we have to remove one of the items on our plate, or Continue Reading
This week is a bit different than others. Rather than ramble about something you likely don’t care about, I thought it would be good for me (for all of us) to take the next hour to pray intentionally.
A while ago I was introduced to something called a “1-hour prayer wheel.” Don’t worry, it’s not some newfangled spiritually themed amusement park attraction. It’s actually an extremely easy way to guide yourself through one straight hour of prayer time.
*GASP* A straight hour of prayer time? I know, I still wince at how intense that sounds. Maybe you’ve never spent a full hour in prayer. Maybe your attention span has only rarely allowed you to focus on something for fifteen minutes at a time.
But have no fear, because if I can do it, so can you. In fact, all you need is a timer (or a clock), a 5-minute attention span, and 1 whole hour (bit of a “duh” here, I suppose).
So here’s the magic demystified: Continue Reading
The creative life can be extremely difficult. Somedays it can fill you with self-doubt, and even self-loathing. “What a pile of word-dung! Can’t believe I thought THAT was clever yesterday!” or “Really? I just used that same vocal run again? Why can I not seem to come up with anything fresh?”
These are good times to remind ourselves why we thought being a creative was a good idea to begin with. So here’s five reasons creatives create (I hope they encourage you!): Continue Reading
Do Art and Religion belong together? Or are Art and Religion doomed to war with each other?
That question has fascinated me for years, and is at the core of every blog post I write.
Because I believe that Art matters; that our ideas of what Art should be heavily impact Continue Reading
Maybe you’ve always had a dream to write a book, record an album, or make a movie. All of us have had dreams that were never realized. Think of yours right now. What’s held you back from seeing it made into reality?
Whatever your dream is, I can tell you that the number one reason we don’t see our dreams fulfilled is that we let other people convince us we’re not capable of fulfilling them. But honestly? Most of the time, we have no business listening to people’s advice to, “Stop trying,” or to, “Give it up.” Especially if they themselves don’t do (or even dream of doing) what we hope to do. Continue Reading
We are bombarded by neon lights and promises of “good times.” But if what we want is a solid, rich experience that leaves us feeling fulfilled, Art trumps Entertainment every time.
Sure, we want Entertainment cheap and fast. That’s why Continue Reading
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen someone reading a novel loosely based on real events, and had them lean toward me and say, “This is my kind of book. I don’t get into made-up stories. This, on the other hand, this is a real story. It actually happened!”
I understand what they mean, but really? The inside flap of every novel says, “This book is a work of fiction.”
Here’s a few definitions of the word “fiction”:
- Literature in the form of prose, especially short stories and novels, that describes imaginary events and people
- Invention or fabrication as opposed to fact.
- Something feigned, invented, or imagined; a made-up story
If you take a poll asking people if they think a fictional story is better because it’s based on true events, you’ll most likely get an overwhelming response in favor of, “Yes.”
But what is it about the phrase, based on a Continue Reading
My first introduction to Billy Coffey was his novel, The Devil Walks in Mattingly, published by Thomas Nelson. I saw it sitting there on a shelf in B&N and thought, “Boy, that looks cool.” I noticed that it was Southern Fiction, which normally isn’t my cup-o-sweet-tea. But I quickly realized (within the first three pages) that it was, in fact, very, very cool. And it got cooler as the book went on, until it was nearly unbearably cool.
Billy is a lyrical writer whose work demands you devour it, yet whose flavor and depth makes it nearly impossible for you not to slow down and enjoy every savory syllable. All his novels take place in Continue Reading
While I’ve been writing the second book in the Fall of Man series, I’ve begun seeing a pattern (or theme) in my own writing that I find interesting, because I didn’t expect it to be there.
I commonly write on the theme of human yearning. The characters I write in the most depth are those who have a seemingly insatiable desire for inner peace. For lasting satisfaction to deep, soul-stirring desires that are sometimes hard to identify.
In Cain, one of those desires is described as Continue Reading
Last week, some people I love very much felt immeasurable pain as the shadow of death passed them by. As it left, it took more than the warmth from their skin. It stole something that could never be replaced.
I won’t (and probably shouldn’t) go into detail. Suffice it to say–there’s darkness here. The kind that Continue Reading