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Flathead River and Swan Mountains, Winter 2014

Flathead River and Swan Mountains, Winter 2014

As part of my commitment to create something daily, I’m planning to post some photos from my archives that haven’t done anything with. I’ll attempt to be somewhat seasonal when possible, but that might not always be the case.

I took this photo of the Flathead River with the Swan Mountains looming in the background the first winter I had my Nikon D810—2014.

“Let your life be shaped by integrity, with truth written upon your heart.”

Proverbs‬ ‭3:3b‬ ‭TPT‬‬

Our mud room bench

Today I worked on our mud room. Adding a built-in bench and overhead storage area was a project I started with my dad during the visit he and mom made over Thanksgiving. Naturally, it’s lingered ever since, so it was nice to make some progress on it over Christmas break.

Mudroom bench progress

Today I focused mostly on fitting the 1×10″ pieces (ripped to 8 3/8″) that will make the top surface. After they’re all fit, I’ll stain them before fastening in. Then I’ll poly and do some trim and accent work before song the final paint and caulk.

I’m so grateful for the years of training and experience I received from my father as a teen and young adult. Even now, I continue to learn things from him as we do projects like this together when he visits.

God’s Invitation to Become a New Creation

Four years ago, I started on a journey I never finished. In fact, I probably didn’t even start, but rather intended to start or wanted to start or thought it sounded like a good idea to start—like when you watch a documentary about sugar or juicing or minimalism and are all pumped to embrace a new paradigm … until you go to sleep and wake up the next day and either forget entirely or just get sucked into the vortex that is everyday life.

This happens everyday. To all of us. And apparently it happened to me four years ago.

Remembering what is ours in Christ (video part 3 of 3)

We wrap up our 3-part series by remembering what is already ours in Christ.

“AWARENESS and REMEMBRANCE of what is ours in Christ is the very key to possessing God’s promises in increasing measure!”

Video 2 of 3: Increase your hope!

In part 2 of our 3-part video series, Heather is on the whiteboard! We cover the topics of Kingdom increase (it’s always happening) and hope (it’s greater than character). And we also share a powerful acronym for HOPE that God gave me a few years ago that has proven to be incredibly helpful in maintaining a Kingdom mindset.

Survey Results and a Father’s Day Mini-message

A few days ago, I requested that people respond to short, three-question survey to help me finalize my book and also let us know which common problems they experience the most.

Well, the results are in and we reflect on them a bit in this brief video. Watch it to find out the results and also hear a mini Father’s Day message and encouraging word from Heather.

We’re kinda rookies at this, so pardon the poor audio quality! Hopefully we’ll get that figured out for our next one.

For all you writers out there... take your calling seriously! Nicholas Lobo, Vicky Lorencen, Randy Streu, Julie...

Posted by Joel Maust on Monday, August 3, 2015

Are you taking your gifting and calling seriously?

I posted a quote to Facebook yesterday and I wanted to expound upon it some more. The Facebook post is embedded above, but here’s the quote:

“I am, by calling, a dealer in words; and words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.” ― Rudyard Kipling

Where, when or how I came across that quote, I do not remember. But it has stuck with me ever sense. And so I shared it as an inspiring quote on Facebook and tagged some other writers I know.

After I posted it, something activated within me even more. Just the processes of getting it out there and encouraging other writers to take their callings seriously stirred me all the more to take my calling seriously. How much longer would I back-burner what I know is a mandate on my life?