When Ruins Sing...

Where my faith and creativity collide! A freedom freelancer, prayerful painter and clarion for Christ.

Writing a Book Proposal: Little Did I Know

To all of the faithful followers of this blog, I wanted to apologize for my posting inconsistency his year.  I have found it almost impossible to blog, while attempting to write my first book proposal. WRITING A BOOK PROPOSAL IS MY CURRENT EVEREST! It is a mountain I have purposefully chosen and one completely foreign to me; yet, I climb […]

Meaningful Write Now: 5 Reasons to Journal in the Moment

Meaningful Write Now: 5 Reasons to Journal in the Moment As a little girl I kept a diary. I have to admit I often wondered, “WHO is Diary anyway?” I was not sure why I thought she/he/it cared about my day but I updated Dairy nonetheless. Upon finding my earliest diaries, I saw drawings and phonetically spelled poetry and love […]

31 Days of Hindsight: Day 15

31 Days of Hindsight: Day 15 Today is day 15; therefore since we are just about at the half-way mark on this 31 day journey, I am adding a reminder of WHY it began in the first place. If today is your first day on the adventure, I hope you will read days 1-14 when you get a chance and […]

Living Out Loud With Alley & Amanda: My Friend and Author, Toya Poplar, is Guest #23

Wanted to celebrate my beautiful friend and author, Toya Poplar. Check out the links below. Prepare to be inspired and encouraged! GoGod https://www.facebook.com/LivingoutLoudwithAlleyandAmanda/?pnref=story   https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/living-out-loud-alley-amanda/id1044811857?mt=2#episodeGuid=http%3A%2F%2Flivingoutloud.today%2F%3Fp%3D407      

What is Writing to You?

There has been enough flexing in this world to last forever and “never let them see you sweat” is terrible advice! Pondering why and what I write. Please share any writing thoughts you have.  I would love to know what writing is to you. Please add to my list in the comments. For me, writing is: therapy,  kindness to myself,  […]

(Week 20) Freedom Writers: A Painting Paired with our Pens

During the school year, I have the privilege of journal writing alongside the next generation and God had the perfect crew of co-laborers in mind when HE started this journaling journey!   Meet “The Freedom Scribes”: Katie, Toya, Katie and April We journal write in notebooks each week and I know that if I do not log my entries on […]

“Lent Challenge: Push Publish” February 12

On Ash Wednesday this week, our 8th grade small group met.  Right now we are going through some of the amazing chicks in God’s Word. Each girl picked their chick at the end of 2015.  As 2016 kicked off, we have had an 8th grader present their “God chick” each Wednesday. Hannah was the topic of our conversation this week […]

(Week 5) “Owl” Always Love You!: Sharing Some Momma Wisdom for My Daughter’s 17th Bday

Always Remember “HOO” you are and “HOO’s” you are! I picked up that wise momma saying from Lysa Terkeurst years ago at a “She Speaks” conference.  Of course, she spelled it correctly but I wanted to capitalize on the painting I did for Virginia for her b-day present. (Painting #5 for 2016 to accompany the weekly post, in accordance with […]

Reasons to Write

Reasons to write The job of a scribe when they gather their tribe Is to encourage, empower and educate To stir up love and snuff out hate! To deepen the shallow To work through pain To lift the low To see sun in the rain To capture our moments To encourage with hope To grieve with the grieving To help […]

What do our lives REPORT? May 30, 2015

Our lives REPORT something.   What? We tweet, post and publish what we SUPPORT. What? The way we walk tells a story.  Is it a story worth the read? Are we responsible with our words? Are we responsible in deed? How we answered all those questions paints a picture we should see. To close our eyes or look away, doesn’t change reality. An […]