Journey and Story Sharing Blog

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Journey on Canvas Blog is a place where anyone can share their spiritual story.
By alisa on 4/6/2021 1:13 PM

I hear music, look at a photograph, study a painting, or enjoy a performance, and I am moved and changed. The experience is spiritual and intense. Suddenly, everything is transformed. I see that there is the clean water that we drink, and it restores. I also see creative expression that quenches the thirst of our souls. Both refresh us. This blog explores creativity’s power to revitalize and reinvigorate us. I also encourages the “creatives” who release this power to the world.

Busy, and I Like It, 2021

By alisa on 3/7/2021 9:41 PM

How will you get through? What do you have on your journey that you can rely on? Consider the power of creative process to ground you and give you a way through these challenging times. How can art making help you make sense of things as you take the next step into tomorrow? How can creative process lead you on your journey and bring you hope despite uncertain times? I challenge you to find an answer to these questions and then share what you discover with others. Creative process is a gift that can be shared and encouraged. Find yourself an expressive voice and then help others find theirs. Let your art speak. This blog will help you get started on finding your own form of creative expression and helping others discover theirs.

April Showers, 2021

By alisa on 2/9/2021 1:09 PM

How do we find happiness? The proper frame of mind is often touted as the key. This can leave people feeling like a moral failure. The bills cannot get paid, the heat is turned off, or a loved one has just passed on. The idea of happiness can seem ludicrous to those in hard places on their journey. How do you find joy despite life’s challenges and struggles? Here are some thoughts for those of us who are trying to find peace amidst the storms.

Happy Bird, 2021

By alisa on 1/3/2021 11:11 PM

How can you transform your 2021 with a little artistic inspiration? Do you have a way to make an impact using your creative voice? Start 2021 with plans to alter your journey. Set goals, make plans, create, and then share what you create and discover. Read this blog for thoughts on how and why to get started!

Be Funky, 2021

By alisa on 12/7/2020 6:08 PM
How do you use creativity to better understand your journey? Art has the power to reveal so much about who you are, where you have been, and what might be next for you. What can you create that can open your eyes and let you see a little bit more about God’s plans and purposes for you? How can you use that insight to better tell you spiritual story? This blog just might give you inspiration to explore this question. 

Old and New, 2020

By alisa on 11/19/2020 4:09 PM
If you need to let go of something you’ve been holding on to, how can you do it in a way that lets you move forward? Your journey doesn’t need to go out with the trash. As you look back on your story, consider creative ways that you can archive the road you have traveled. Make a video, take some photos, or start a creation that lets you capture something meaningful about the trip you have taken. Share what you discover and what you create. You can do it here, or you can find another way. What I do suggest is that you tell your story. The journey has more power when it’s shared. 

Collage Papers, 2020

By alisa on 10/23/2020 2:27 PM

I do fear that others will think I am self-aggrandizing, but I’m coming to see that this is not right thinking. Imagine if all artists hid their work so others wouldn’t think they were self-promoting. What a waste. The creative journey is meant to be seen. Everyone is part of the process. Art is much about the exchange between the creator and the responder. I’m ready to more bravely share my journey on canvas. Read this blog and then tell me: Swirls or No Swirls?

Swirls or No Swirls?, 2020

By alisa on 9/17/2020 1:50 PM

My creative process eases the angst I would otherwise feel about the passing of time. It is a true friend on my journey. How can you take a journey back in your own unique way? How can creative process help you as you make sense of the past and move forward? Dive into trying something new or explore a present creative process more deeply. Here's some encouragement to get you started!

Go Back, Move Forward, 2020

By alisa on 8/18/2020 2:32 PM

Consider your journey and the internal work it has done for you. What work do you still need to do so that you can be ready for “What’s Next” and say goodbye to “What Was”? What steps do you need to take so that you can look forward with hope? Find a way to say “Goodbye” so that you can let go when it’s time. “Paradise Lost” brings me strange peace. It has been my way of being ready. It’s your journey. Find your way. Then, share what you learn on the journey.

Paradise Lost, 2020

By alisa on 6/25/2020 3:17 PM

Your journey can take an interesting turn. You can make something. It doesn’t have to look real and it doesn’t have to make sense to anyone else. Find your own way of sharing your story. I use birds, trees, swirls, apples, and objects to communicate through my work. What can you use to communicate your journey on canvas? Maybe this blog won’t compel you to share your journey here, but I hope it compels you to explore your options for sharing your own journey. May you find the freedom that I find when I create.

By alisa on 5/10/2020 12:58 PM
I see that every stroke I’ve made and every word I’ve written has been an attempt to sort things out for myself- to find my meaning. I see that my creative process has always been central for me. I understand that my spirituality has always mattered even though how I express it has changed form. The biggest theme, however, is hope. I’ve never given up on it even when my words and works were darkest. I have always been convinced that hope is here.

Hope Is Everywhere, 2020

By alisa on 3/15/2020 9:25 PM

I have walked in an emptiness, confusion, and disorientation for a long, long time: struggling to be at peace with all of this but returning to the same tumultuous place. I have finally crossed over from struggle to new peace. I can feel the line I have crossed over. I can feel the difference. I can feel the shift inside of me. I am so much less afraid of what’s different and so much less afraid of what’s different about me. I look back on this liminal space—this in-between space where I have tossed, turned and hovered for so long. With this retrospect, I now see its value. All those years of incubating have given me fresh eyes. They see something new and truer about you and me, and that is all together very different.

Universe, 2019

By alisa on 1/12/2020 5:37 PM

What’s so wrong about going back in time and visiting a place that you’re happy to be in? If my paintings let me do that, I’ve just taken a little journey and I’ll be back to the present soon enough! How does your creative practice help you on your journey? Does it let you go places you couldn’t otherwise go? Consider that in spite of the fact that we don’t even know each other, we will be traveling together on this journey. We do this through the simple act of choosing to go where our canvas takes us. Onward!

Space Between, 2019

By alisa on 11/2/2019 3:27 PM
There is no end to what we can share about this Universal Christ. This is just one conversation in just one little corner of the world. This Christ is vast and He/She can be represented in countless ways. How do you see this Christ?

Part of His Universe, 2019

By alisa on 8/14/2017 6:58 PM
On every single page of my story you will find God’s hand. He has always been there. You can expect to find Him inside every single one of my paintings. He is always in my story.

Banister, Age 49

By alisa on 8/14/2017 3:27 PM
The collage elements inside this artwork belong to me. I did not use someone else’s content to share on this canvas. I needed it to be this way. I needed every word and image to speak of my story. 

60 Years, Age 49

By alisa on 8/14/2017 3:24 PM
My past, my passions, my spirituality and my present are all rolled into one piece of art. When I share, I pass that baton and my story reaches out to others. If someone is inspired to share too, it’s like ripples from a stone tossed in a pond: out, out, and out yet again.

Transformed, Age 49

By alisa on 2/13/2017 2:55 PM
I write to keep things. These blogs provide a way that I can look back and make sense of things. When I am done writing, I have a sense of peace and optimism about moving forward.  Today, I ponder my Peacock Collage. Peacock feathers pop up in my work fairly often. They remind me of my mom and my sister from my eyes as a child. This is my way to reflect and then to move forward with new understanding.

Peacock Feather, Age 46

By alisa on 1/20/2017 11:35 AM

We can’t change the reality that we experience more and more loss as we age. That means we have to create a space to process our grief. There are things we can do to create this space. I paint to help me with this. But, there are many options for processing grief. Today's blog will help you find one.

Pink Lamp and Poppies, Age 47

By alisa on 12/9/2016 1:13 PM

With peacock feathers, glitter, yarn, tissue and torn papers, I am a child again: creating using whatever I can find before me. This is a place where I can find peace. For me, I’d go as far as saying it’s prayer.


Peacock Feather Collage 2,
Age 46

By alisa on 11/14/2016 10:30 PM

What do you remember? Share your memories here or find a voice for them elsewhere. Make a collage, create a scrapbook page, write in a journal or blog here with me. Tell us what you remember before everything started to change here at Journey on Canvas Blog. Everything changes: take time for remembering.

Yarn Swirl Collage, Age 46

By alisa on 11/10/2016 1:15 PM

We live in times where we receive a lot of animosity for what we believe. We find ourselves belonging in one group and being rejected by another. Or, we might find people are trying to convert us to their point of view. Every night, before I go to bed, I pray. In the morning, God uses me as best he can. I’m not perfect and I know it. Still, I go out and do my best to share what I believe is true. I do my best to do this without animosity for others. In fact, there is truth in what they share too. Together, we can refine what we believe to find a more polished truth. It’s not just what I share today that makes a difference. It’s what we share together that allows us to go to bed tonight and pray to gain more wisdom. In the morning, we can wake up and try again.

Fancy Chair, Age 47

By alisa on 11/2/2016 10:23 AM

We are all on a journey. One day things are on an upswing. The next day we spiral down because of bad news or simply a bad day. Our natural inclination is to share when we’re up and recoil when we’re down. We don’t realize that when things in our lives begin to fall apart that we can do something brand new: share at the bottom of it all.

Sunflowers With No Pot, Age 47

By alisa on 10/19/2016 11:25 AM

I like to go back. I like to remember. When I come back to today, I share what I remember. But, the best part is when people join in and make “remembering” a conversation. What do you remember? How can you connect your memories to your journey today?

Peacock Collage, 
Age 46

By alisa on 10/17/2016 11:35 AM

I know I don't draw really well. I know there are many artists who blow my work out of the water. Should that stop me? What stops you? Today, consider sharing the roadblocks in your life that stop you from listening to that voice inside you: the voice that nudges you despite all the criticism and negativity that tries to stop you.

Orange Vase, 
Age 47

By alisa on 10/13/2016 1:40 PM

We have to share our journey our way. That's honest and there's no real way around it. You can try to be someone else to please them, but that's all about their experience. Share what you have seen and where you have been. Share where you are. Share you.

Big Belly Vase, Age 47

By alisa on 10/12/2016 9:44 PM

Our past shapes our journey today. We are not just who we are now. Our entire journey makes us who we are.

Oriental Vase, 
Age 47

By alisa on 9/15/2013 8:53 AM

I have a new job and I have my hands full. What do we do when our lives become too busy for our story? My spiritual autobiography once had a voice, but today it’s on the back burner. I believe our spiritual memoir unfolds regardless of whether we dedicate time to sharing it. But, with just a small moment here and there, we can make sure we share our unfolding story and give it a voice.

By alisa on 8/18/2013 10:10 AM

We need to make space for our spiritual autobiography (our spiritual story) within our lives. Every day I want to make sure that I stop to think about how God was woven into my story. Don’t we want to remember how our day was different because of His presence in the big and little things? We can use our spiritual story to help us refocus our priorities so that God is part of it.

By alisa on 6/8/2013 11:56 AM
Can you think of a time when your own life story surprised you? Did God write your life story better than you could have yourself? I have my plans for my future and I fight to be the author of my life story. Recently, I am realizing that God is a better author of my story than I am. Today’s blog challenges us all to let go and let God write our stories. It also challenges us to begin to share our stories with others.
By alisa on 5/25/2013 3:45 PM
If I write in my journal each night I can make a plan for the coming day. And, I can make that plan with God's guidance and wisdom. He will give me the direction I need so I don't have to question whether my choices are the right ones. Just knowing this is hope that this summer might really be different.
By alisa on 5/7/2013 9:35 PM
No matter how it may seem you are chosen? Our spiritual story can get lost in the challenges and difficulties of life. We don't feel chosen anymore. We feel lost and forgotten. Writing in a journal, keeping a personal journal or prayer journal can help us find our way back to the place where life makes sense and we have a sense of purpose. Journal writing can remind us of who we are and why God has chosen us.

You Are Chosen Art:

You Are Chosen Art

By alisa on 4/14/2013 8:59 PM

Most of us can use words to write down our thoughts and feelings. Most people are willing to do so in a private place like a spiritual journal. The idea of keeping memories on paper is widely accepted. Although, it is not an idea that is employed by most, this blog is about how spiritual journaling can help change that.

Keeping memories art:

Art Journaling

By alisa on 3/7/2013 2:13 PM
How can you tell your story? How can you reflect on all the pieces of your story, and how can you weave them all together? How can you make your spiritual autobiography make sense? Today my blog is about our spiritual memoir and how our reflections help us tell it. Today my blog is about reflecting back on our lives and then moving forward to find that the pieces really do somehow fit together.

Spiritual Autobiography Reflections
Reflections, 2013

By alisa on 1/12/2013 2:57 PM
My spiritual autobiography has taken a new turn. Perhaps, as spiritual journalers, we can travel the road as friends: sharing our words and encouraging others with them. Then, no matter what twists and turns our road takes, we will find ourselves among friends.

Road to Heaven Painting
Road Home, Age 44  


People Going to Heaven Painting
Goodbye Road, Age 44

By alisa on 12/9/2012 4:14 PM
We could all use a little more faith in God's power to move instantaneously on our petitions. And, who can't benefit from an increase in faith? Some days we could all use an Easy Button, and sometimes God is happy to provide us with one. We all want the Easy Button to be part of our spiritual story.

Easy Button

By alisa on 11/1/2012 8:43 PM
I created my painting, Dancing for Joy, on a day when I was full of joy. It was a day when all the "important things" were taken care of well enough to pause and take a reach for something really satisfying. I got out my canvas, paints and brushes, and then I created. My choice to paint allowed me to experience joy. Some things had to be set aside to create my painting. Some things needed to be let go. My happiness wasn't determined by what happened to me that day. It was determined by my choices. I created a space to have joy and I used it.
By alisa on 2/29/2012 1:17 PM

Today my heart burns within me without ceasing whether I attend to it or not. I think I forget to really listen to what my heart is telling me sometimes. In fact, I suspect that when my heart is burning I don’t often stop long enough to feel what it’s telling me: that God wants me to draw closer to Him. The good news is that God couldn’t bring Himself any closer to me than He already has.

Our Hearts Burned

By alisa on 12/5/2011 1:04 PM

Spiritual journaling is one of the tools I use to clean up my Old Junk. My spiritual journal is a place where I can reflect on my thinking, my choices and my experiences. I can take the time to listen to that tape playing in my head and see if it’s playing the right song. If I need a new tape of new ideas, attitudes and beliefs, I can use my journal to write down my new song. I can put it all down in words, and my new song can start to work its way into my head. Old tape out, new tape in!

Old Junk

By alisa on 9/12/2011 6:49 AM
A spiritual journal can become your place to open up your heart to God and give him a chance to be on the move for you. Spiritual journal writing breaks down barriers between you and your creator. Spiritual journals reconnect you with the unlimited power of an unlimited God who can bring you comfort, hope and peace despite the place you find yourself. Please pick up a pen and find a place to place your heart. Don’t stay locked up and alone.

But I Had Hoped

By alisa on 3/14/2011 7:57 AM
Don’t do it. Don’t ever live in a small place. Embrace the largeness of your story. Embrace the largeness of all our stories. Together we can all live in a larger place.

Small Place
By alisa on 2/24/2011 10:35 AM
We can break through together. By sharing the spiritual stories of our lives, the stories of victory, darkness, joy, and hope, we can rip the threads (and chains) that bind us. In isolation we believe lies about the darkness we walk in. When we share, light comes into our lives and pushes back the darkness. Let this blog be a place where you and I both share and then discover that the world is infinitely brighter.

I Can Break Through

By alisa on 2/11/2011 12:25 PM
We can put good stuff inside of us. That means that we can choose NOT to put bad stuff inside us too. Bad thoughts, negative beliefs, fear and depression don’t have to fill up our souls. We can start filling up with the good stuff by choosing to believe in God’s truth about ourselves regardless of what seems to be true.

Good Stuff Inside

By alisa on 2/11/2011 11:38 AM
Is anyone in the middle of a God Challenge that’s changing them in new and wondrous ways? God would like it if others helped you out with the work He’s given you to do. Share your story and you’ll have some new friends on your journey.

Clean It Out

By alisa on 11/29/2010 11:19 AM
Just by choosing to breathe we are all saying something about our story. The question is, “How to we want to live out our stories?” We can sit back and play it safe, or we can live with power and guts. We can live within limits or we can break them. So much more is out there for us if we are willing to break out of our present situations and take a leap towards outrageous, abundant freedom.

Break the Limits

By alisa on 11/29/2010 10:18 AM
Make today your day for sharing your story. Let us hear how God has heard your prayers and moved in response to change the world. Share your story and give us all a little more faith to believe that our prayers really do change the world. Take a risk today, and make this blog a place to tell a story that will build our faith and join us together in prayer. Then we can all change the world one God story at a time.

Change the World
By alisa on 10/26/2010 11:38 AM
Are you willing to consider that the spirituality of our lives is a story anyone is fit to share? What if the only people who share their spiritual memoir were those who believed they were fit for the task? I think we need to have some faith: faith to consider our story and the possibility of traveling the road leading us to share it.
By alisa on 10/12/2010 11:18 AM
The power in a chain of human interactions is in the stories that are shared. Maybe the individuals don’t document the words spoken, but hope is given and the power is still the same. It’s the power of sharing stories.
By alisa on 10/5/2010 9:26 AM
Ponder the influence your own story can have on your own life: offering you a fresh perspective, revealing your hopes and dreams and uncovering the desires of your heart. Contemplate spiritual memoir’s possibilities for yourself and your world.
By alisa on 9/27/2010 8:20 AM
We can all identify codependency in our relationships, overcome the influence codependency has over us and celebrate evidence of codependency recovery together. Denying codependency in our lives leaves us stuck in it. Dealing with codependency is an opportunity to enjoy new freedom in our relationships and in our lives.
By alisa on 9/20/2010 9:20 AM
What if we all held hands and prayed today? What if we understood that the power unleashed last night is at our fingertips with the simple act of continuing to pray with the same passion and fervor? Maybe praying was the last thing on your mind yesterday but today you want in on the deal? Is it possible that today could be a day for moving spiritual mountains? What do you think about joining hands and praying today?

We Can All Hold Hands

By alisa on 9/1/2010 9:02 AM
I think it’s important that we think about the place of prayer in our spiritual stories. It’s important because the way we pray becomes a part of our story. It also becomes a part of the story of the person we pray for. Our spiritual autobiographies are not complete without exploring what we believe, how we behave and how we join together in respect to prayer.

Joined Together

By alisa on 8/2/2010 9:40 AM
If I don't take the time to stop my whole life is about doing, doing, doing: hypo manic, workaholism, a human doer instead of a human being. What about you?
By alisa on 6/30/2010 10:37 AM
I believe true life stories have power. I want our stories to reach out to others who have had experiences much like ours. If we share, our journey can breathe life into the lives of those it is meant for. Then we will have unleashed the true power of our story: the power to touch, change and enrich lives with our life.
By alisa on 5/21/2010 7:43 AM
Do you believe that you don’t have a worthy spiritual story to share or a worthy way of sharing it? I believe that God is alive and mightily at work in every life including yours. I believe you have a God story to share and you can find a way to share it.
By alisa on 5/13/2010 7:33 AM
Tell my story? How can I do that? Where do I begin? It’s my mission to encourage people to offer their testimonies as a source of hope to others. It’s also my mission to reveal the power your story has to encourage you! Finally, I seek to offer people places to share their God story. This blog is just one of those places. 152 people visited this blog just this past week. That’s 152 potential opportunities for you to reach someone with your God story. If you have a testimony, share it here. Someone needs to hear your story.
By alisa on 5/7/2010 7:57 AM
Whether you are a God seeker, a new believer or a person who is solid in their faith, sharing your testimony can help you connect more deeply with God and others. Regardless of who you are, what you’ve done or where you are at in your walk with God, your story is life changing.
By alisa on 4/29/2010 11:03 AM
I’m having a hard time “dealing” with today. I don’t like the deal. The deal is that my kid is sick and I’ve been praying for him for 5 years. Today he’s sicker than ever. The doctors don’t know what’s wrong and God seems silent. I’m sad and I’m losing hope.

By alisa on 4/19/2010 6:13 AM
Today is kinda a down day. I just want to eat every carb I can get my hands on. My head is stuffed up, I’m sluggish and I’m fighting the desire to go back to bed. I’m at odds with someone I love very much and it’s getting at me on every level: physical, emotional and spiritual. I need to heal and get a new perspective. If I just sit in it I’ll be in the same mess I’m in right now when tomorrow comes. Somehow I need to pull out of it. What can I do?
By alisa on 4/15/2010 8:20 AM
Call it your spiritual autobiography, your memoir, your story, testimony or life story! Regardless, consider how you might share the ups, downs, ins and outs of your life touched by God. Then, share with us. We're all waiting to be encouraged!
By alisa on 3/23/2010 8:26 AM
Today the means and methods for telling your story have exploded. There are endless ways to communicate your journey to many people with just a little effort and inspiration. Sharing your spiritual memoir is no longer a lofty goal. Instead, the world is waiting to hear your testimony and you have the means to offer it. Communication has changed the ways we can impact the lives of others with our stories.
By alisa on 3/3/2010 9:56 AM
Maybe you want to be a part of it? Do you make art? Do you want to make art? Do you have another creative outlet that lets you tell your story? Please share with us. We want to enjoy what you create and benefit from what your creativity expresses. Let your “art” tell us your story.
By alisa on 3/2/2010 9:10 AM
Can I really write my spiritual autobiography? Do I have what it takes to tell my story? Do people really want to know about my spiritual journey? The answer to these questions is, "Yes, yes, yes!"
By alisa on 2/26/2010 9:15 AM
How can we pass on the freedom found in a creative act: writing, singing, making music, painting, journaling, collage, sculpture- even scrapbooking? What does what we make say about us and our internal world? How can creativity be used to make us healthier and more connected with ourselves? How can we, and others, use art as an emotional outlet? Thoughts?
By alisa on 2/24/2010 12:36 PM
I don't need to shame people, manipulate them or pressure them into "my spirituality." God draws us all towards Him. He has us all covered. I find great peace in that.
By alisa on 2/3/2010 7:58 AM
Today God is in the mundane: keeping us safe, blessing us and watching over us as we go about our day. Today is a really good day.
By alisa on 1/26/2010 8:25 AM
We think we have CONTROL over stuff but who really makes things change? Who makes the mountains in our lives move? If we're honest with ourselves we'll realize that God does it all.
By alisa on 1/22/2010 12:05 PM
Even if your life is in shambles it has power. A messed up life is hard but it doesn't stop you from loving people. No matter who we are, or where we find ourselves, we can still love people deeply. Kindness, empathy, sensitivity and a willingness to help are the most powerful gifts we have to offer.
By alisa on 1/18/2010 4:05 PM
Today was an unbalanced day. I wish I did a better job of sticking to the plan: God's plan for my day. Instead I get caught up in so many things that don't matter. I forget what's important so quickly.
By alisa on 1/12/2010 5:25 AM
This month's message series at my church is all about balance: something I really could use right now. Everything takes so much time. Even the good, fulfilling and healthy things fill up space on my daily calendar. Some days it seems like there isn't enough time to just do what must be done. Does anyone else out there feel that way?
By alisa on 12/2/2009 9:16 AM
Do you keep a journal? Are your photo albums documented with stories, dates and memories? Do you scrapbook? Maybe you are a fan of genealogy? Make sketches that tell a story? Use a tape recorder to help aging relatives share their history? Perhaps you like to tell your children and grandchildren stories about your family's past? Are you a story teller, a writer, an image maker, a historian, a scrapbooker, a journaler or do you have some other special way that you share? How have your tried to tell your story? How have you tried to help others remember their own stories? The Journey on Canvas Blog is waiting for you to share!

Journey on Canvas Blog: A Place to Share Hope on Your Journey

Journey on Canvas is a spiritual autobiography and spiritual journaling site. The Journey on Canvas Blog will give you ideas for your spiritual journal and give you opportunities to share your spiritual story. This blog is also a place to find hope on your journey. Read, blog with me, and enjoy! 

Tears for Dancing, Age 42 

The older I get the less I think about what I can get out of this life. Bad things happen here on Earth and no one is immune. I see my parents suffering, I watch terrible things happen to my friends and I see catastrophic events that create hell on Earth. Revelation 21:4 promises that someday God will wipe every tear from our eyes and the old order of things will pass away. I’m beginning to think that this promise isn’t so far away: it’s just waiting for us at the next stop. Maybe when we die we trade our tears for dancing and enter Heaven. Until then, I'm going to paint, I'm going to write, and I'm going to share when I find hope in this life. That's why I'm here at Journey on Canvas.

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