5 Reasons Why I Love My New Journal

I love my new gratitude journal from Tyndale Books even though I haven't written in it yet. I'm only about half-way through my current journal, so I'm not ready to start a new one, but that hasn't stopped me from feasting my eyes on Gratitude: A Prayer and Praise Coloring Journal. Here's how I'm making good … Continue reading 5 Reasons Why I Love My New Journal

My Ten Best Pinterest Boards: Creativity, Hybrid Publishing, Easy Food Gifts, and More!

"Oh I had forgotten that you were on Pinterest," says a reader, "You should remind us again." If you're a Pinterest fan, you may not need this reminder, but since I just learned a cool trick to embed my Pinterest boards here, I thought I'd try it below. If you're not familiar with Pinterest, well … Continue reading My Ten Best Pinterest Boards: Creativity, Hybrid Publishing, Easy Food Gifts, and More!

my creative contemplative journal

my creative contemplative journal – now available!

I was excited to see this photo of Lois Siemens at CommonWord Bookstore and Resource Centre with her calendars, cards, and a sample copy of my creative contemplative journal in the centre of her other creative endeavours! My copies of our new journal should arrive in the next few days, and I'm pleased to share the ordering … Continue reading my creative contemplative journal – now available!

my creative contemplative journal

How to Collaborate for Fun and Effectiveness

I had great fun sharing some of the cover options for my creative contemplative journal. The sample covers were so beautiful that one reader asked if we could use them all, and let everyone choose their own custom cover. Now that's an idea, and maybe even possible if we ever do a digital version. But given the … Continue reading How to Collaborate for Fun and Effectiveness

How to Make a Creative Contemplative Journal

Last year, my photographer-pastor-friend Lois and I had such a great time collaborating on my Sacred Pauses daybook 2015 that we decided to team up again, this time to make a creative contemplative journal. What does it mean to live creatively and contemplatively? For Lois, it might mean wandering around the local reservoir with her … Continue reading How to Make a Creative Contemplative Journal

Can a Gratitude Journal Make You More Hopeful?

When my first book proposal was turned down, I submitted it to another publisher, and another, and another, until eight publishers later, my manuscript finally found a home. That's when I decided to re-read my manuscript, and felt immediately dismayed. You see, every time my proposal got returned, I simply wrote a new cover letter, … Continue reading Can a Gratitude Journal Make You More Hopeful?

How to have a great staycation that will refresh and energize you

When I was a child, summer vacation meant badminton and make-believe in the backyard, walking to the library and coming home with my arms full of books, eating home-made "popsicles" that my mom made by freezing orange juice in ice-cube trays. We'd sometimes drive to see our cousins in Seattle or Astoria, and one time … Continue reading How to have a great staycation that will refresh and energize you

My 22 best practices in 22 years of pastoral ministry

When I first accepted my congregation's call to pastoral ministry, a friend from another church said, "I don't know whether to say congratulations or condolences." He was familiar with the stress that can come with any ministry and knew that my congregation's previous pastor had a difficult leave-taking. "I'm worried for you," he said. He … Continue reading My 22 best practices in 22 years of pastoral ministry