Journey and Story Sharing Blog

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 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 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 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 9/1/2010 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 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 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 3/2/2010 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 2/24/2010 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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