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Before we go any further, I want to tell you what this post is not. It’s not a patriotic or political post. Politics have been done to death and my life is so much happier since I’ve started pushing them further and further off the front burner of my life. It’s also not in any way bagging on America. I consider having been born and raised in the U.S. to be one of the great blessings God has given me. Independence Day is the day we celebrate the U.S. breaking free from England and becoming a sovereign nation and while this nation is far from flawless, it’s still a good place to live and grow and raise a family and not matter your views on immigration, there are a lot of people taking great risks to be here. I appreciate this land… but that’s not what I am talking about.

See there’s a downside to independence. No not the freedoms we enjoy in this nation, but in this idea that so many people carry that they’re independent and they don’t need anyone else. That can be a huge problem and it is not the way God designed us to be. No friends we were not created for independence. We were created for relationships. Thing about the body of Christ image from 1 Corinthians 12. Paul writes about how all these parts (people) come together to form one cohesive whole, a church that represents Christ to the world. We’re diverse and different, but when we bring those differences together and we each bring our best to the table and work together, we can do things that we could never accomplish independently. In the case we were not created for independence, but rather interdependence, depending on each other to do more together than we could ever do apart. As creatives, this plays out every time we collaborate or work with others in any way. One of the great freedoms we can find in the creative life is when we realize we don’t do everything well and allow ourselves to “out-source” our weaknesses to those for whom our weaknesses are strengths.

And then there’s the other element to be considered. We were also created to be totally and completely dependent on God. What did Jesus say? “Apart from me you can do nothing…” This is the truth of our existence as human beings. Whether we know it or not, whether we choose to believe it or not, we depend on God for everything from the air we breathe, to the world we walk on. When we acknowledge our dependence it frees us from having to solve and control everything and that may be the greatest freedom there is.

Celebrate your independence, but don’t forget to revel in your interdependence and the relationships it can create and, of course, never forget your total dependence on God, because in all of this we find true freedom.

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There was that Sunday School song we had when we were kids. Be careful little eyes what you see… and remember that one verse that said be careful little mouth what you say? Well a lot of people need to work on that one and now that we can broadcast our thoughts to the world on a whim, it is more important than ever.

Case in point, Roseanne Barr. Her show was rebooted and seemed to be going very well. There were a few things a lot of my readers would find objectionable, but over all, it had some pretty funny moments and it looked like it might be in for another long run. Then she tweeted. One tweet and it’s over. The show is cancelled, just like that. Unemployment in 144 characters. Cast and crew find themselves out of work and some of those folks haven’t worked since the last time the show was on the air. In my opinion, the network was right to do what they did, Barr’s comments were pretty unconscionable, but I do feel for the cast and crew. Pay attention, there is a lesson to be learned here.

Before I say what I am about to say, remember, I think Ms. Barr’s comments were reprehensible, but in our day, people’s offense meters have hair triggers. When we make a statement, we better prepare for quick and harsh consequences. Gone are the days of meeting each other half way and having constructive dialog, now we just shout each other down on our way to shutting each other down. Again this is not in defense of Ms. Barr or her comments it is simply a statement to be careful what you say. Offend someone, anyone, and the gloves might just be off, and the price might be high. Are you prepared to own the fall out of your words?

Does that mean we should shy away from being offensive. I don’t really see how you could do that in this day and age, but the Apostle Paul did give us some wonderful advice. Speak the truth in love. Say what you have to say in the most loving, kind-hearted way you can, and before you speak, or tweet, ask yourself a question. “Am I speaking this out of love and concern or do I just want to fight?” Maybe even ask a couple of follow up questions, like: “Am I right or just self-righteous?” “Will anyone be helped, edified or blessed by me making this statement?” “Will the person I am directing this comment toward be helped, edified or blessed by what I am about to say?” and the one we should ask first, “Is this statement even true?” Remember, once you hit send, it’s out there forever. Look, there are times to stand your ground, and there are hills you should probably die on, but a political argument usually should not be one of those. If you decide you have to speak, or tweet, are you willing to live with the fall out? More importantly are all the people who will be effected by what you do willing? All this should be considered before we open our mouths or put fingers to keys as the case may be.

Before you speak maybe you should heed the words of James 3:5 ‘Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.” Sometimes when you start a verbal fire, a lot of people get burned.

Use wisdom.


I had to share this. Hopefully it will attract some more folks next year.

Marsha Hubler: Author of THE KEYSTONE STABLES BOOKS

TEN REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND A WRITERS’ CONFERENCE

              Two 2017 MCWC Faculty Members: Torry Martin + Carol Wedeven

  1. Your family loves what you’ve written, but now you’ll get the full scoop from editors and agents of how good your manuscript really is (or isn’t).
  2. You’ll learn how to properly submit your work to a publisher.
  3. You’ll discover that your high school English needs A LOT of brushing up.
  4. Words like “genre,” “royalty publishing,” “submission,” and “elevator pitch” will finally have meaning.
  5. You’ll have the opportunity to talk shop with best-selling authors.
  6. You’ll be able to attend dozens of workshops that will teach you all aspects of the writing/publishing business.
  7. You’ll be able to purchase “how-to-write” books at a reduced price that will help you hone your craft.
  8. You’ll be able to meet the editor or agent of your choice to show your work.
  9. You’ll make new writer friends who will…

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY

Posted: May 14, 2017 in Uncategorized


I know this is a little overdue, but I still wanted to share it because we should all appreciate our moms and the mothers of our children every day. So if your mom is still here, give her a big hug and thank her, if she’s gone on before, live in a way that honors her. The best way to do that is to honor God. Remember, none of us would be here without our moms.


Well it finally happened. We had our first substantial snow of the year. In Pennsylvania that this took until nearly mid-February is pretty unusual, but as someone who is not a fan of the white stuff, I’ll take it. I know God has a reason for snow, and I know some love it, but for me the reason escapes me. I much prefer Spring, Summer and Fall, but I digress.

My church urged me to work from home yesterday and my wife and son who both work in education had snow days so we were all together, and that was kind of nice, but today it leaves all of us playing a bit of catch up. I did get some things done, but I also had to shovel the driveway, clear the cars and a couple other snow related duties. Snow all brings me to another unique place. Every year as I shovel our very long driveway I begin to realize that it is not an activity that will last forever. I keep telling my wife I don’t want to finish out my life in this climate, she keeps suggesting we get a snowblower. That’s not what I had in mind.

I am really torn. I love the church I serve and I hope for many good years there. I’ve already floated the idea of being a snow bird church, but they too would rather I get a snowblower. My grandson and my parents and most of the people I love live here and that would also make migration difficult. So I guess I am here for a while, Lord willing, and I will make the best of it.

Of course this also brought me to a point. In this creative life of ours, not everything will be a joy and we were never promised that it would be. When faced with a bad situation, or even just something we would not prefer to deal with, we need to remember this too shall pass and make the most of the cards we’re dealt. We need to look at the blessings of where we’re at right now and praise God for them.

God controls all of this and He has a good reason for everything, even snow. Trust Him in everything and keep being faithful to do all that you’ve been called to do.


Hey everyone. I’ve started to do paint parties as a way of helping people to have fun while embracing their inner creative. Here are the designs I am working on so far. Keep checking back for more.

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Masterpiece paint nights are not art classes, they’re a night of creative fun.
They make great fundraisers and a nice add on event to one of my speaking presentations.

Contact me for rates and information. AMOKArts@aol.com

Christmas Puzzle from AMOKArts

Posted: December 13, 2016 in Uncategorized

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Can you solve it?