Friday, May 4, 2012


There is something about a dictionary that I love... 

Taking the meaning of something for granted is sooo easy, especially words we use often.  This may be why I keep one (usually digital) handy during my study time.  Definitions have the ability to take me on rabbit trails deeper into scripture.  Defining a word, then another, then another is fun for me.  Call me weird if you want.  Ha.

Last week, I had to give a brief definition of Upward Not Inward and describe it for those around me.  This, too, was something I had not really thought about.  To say I was caught off guard is an understatement.  This blog is still new to me.  I had a general idea in my head of what I wanted it to be. Yet, I had never really defined it in simple terms or given a quick description.

The questions to ponder in describing the blog were: Who are your target readers?  What do you want them to know, feel, or do?

Target readers are:
  • Anyone looking to read or learn about people with hearts for God;
  • Readers who may be curious or confused about the whole "Jesus" thing;
  • Readers who may have been burned by "church folks";
  • Readers who think people who believe in Jesus are weak hypocrites;
  • Readers who need to be inspired or encouraged in their faith;
  • Readers who may feel lonely but know there is something greater or are unsure if there even is something greater;
  • Readers who can either relate to or question God's love, grace, or forgiveness.

I want readers to know: 
  • They are loved by a savior, whether they know Him or not. 
  • They are forgiven, whether they know that or don't think they need it. 
  • Strength, satisfaction, and fulfillment are free-flowing from a God who sacrificially showed the greatest love and has the power to redeem, restore, and renew you. 
  • There is a difference between those who call themselves Christians and live as if Christ doesn't exist and those who claim Christ and genuinely love Him, live for Him, and overflows that same love to everyone they meet. 
  • Christians are not perfect, but they are forgiven, changed, and serve God continually and not just on Sundays. 
  • Even when Christians feel broken, lonely, and hurt, my prayer is when they read this blog they are inspired, encouraged, and confident in Christ. 
  • Lastly, I want readers to know that when they focus inward, they are not focusing upward.  Focusing on God and His power makes any problem, struggle, or trial insignificant compared to His glory and miraculous ability.

Our Theme Song

So, if you are just stopping by to see what this blog is about, I hope this clarifies any questions you may have regarding its purpose or intent.  I am beyond grateful for every reader and blessed by their stopping by to take a peek.  I continually pray for each reader, Christian or not, Believer or not, Follower of Christ or not. 
Click ::HERE:: for Falen's Testimony.
Click ::HERE:: for Laura's Testimony.


  1. What a beautiful intent and purpose! May God help you to bring it to fruition. - Barbara
    Life & Faith in Caneyhead

    1. Thank you so very much Barbara. I truly appreciate your words.

  2. May God bless your blog, then. You could do some great work for Him with it. :-)

    1. Thanks Misha!! That's what we hope.

  3. I'm blown away by your site Falen! The Spirit shines all through it. Blessings, sweet lady. Brenda Bernich

    1. Brenda, I absolutely adore you and my heart is completely warmed by your response!!

  4. Thanks so much for finding me on Twitter! I'm following you there and here! I'm excited to get to know you!!


  5. I am so happy to have come across your blog. Looking forward to following your posts!

  6. Thanks for coming by A Chosen Remnant today Falen. God bless you and may we continue to encourage each other !

  7. This is my first time visiting your blog. I just love your mission statement, and I am so excited to read more from y'all!


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