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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 9/1/2010 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.
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 3/3/2010 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
http://www.journeyoncanvas.com/dnn/Home.aspxCan 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!
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I am in the throes of taking apart my old art: the art that doesn't please me in its entirety. I love pieces of these pieces though, so I start to use them. I make some new work that is not entirely new. I make something better from something not quite right. It is satisfying.


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