1st Day of Christmas 2013

12_daysThe 12 days of Christmas begin on December 25 and conclude on January 5.  I am going to review my 12 months of moleskine musings during the 12 days of Christmas offering you “the best of” my notes and quotes of the year.  One month for every day.  Enjoy!


DAY 1 – January 2013

There is a difference between being still & knowing God and everything going still and trusting God.

Money runs this worlds economy, but faith runs God’s economy.

We use artificial lights and sounds not as artistry, but to try to convince ourselves that we are experiencing divinity.

Circumstances seem like skyscraper size giants that seek to punish my resilience and mock my resolve to live by faith.

You must remember that the ceiling you’re up against today will be the floor you’re going to stand on tomorrow. ~Sean Smith

In order to live the “higher life,” we must be willing to die to the “lower life. – Joyce Meyer

Radical servanthood challenges us to reveal the gentle presence of our compassionate God in the midst of a broken world.  -Henri Nouwen

“The first wealth is health.”  – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tearless hearts can never be the heralds of the Passion -J. H. Jowett

For God to grow Christ’s character in you, He must take you through everything Jesus went through. – Rick Warren

The secret place comes not to the causal or the hasty…It is entered privately and alone.

To step toward your destiny, you’ll have to step away from your security. – Craig Groeschel

Are you in a season of waiting on a promise from God? Don’t delay your season by sulking. – R Jenkins

Staying up beat when you are getting beat up is a test of heart, character, courage, hope, mountain-fwd.jpggrit, determination and true expectation.

Faith laughs a lot, because it deals with the absurd!

WORRY captures & imprisons your heart, imagination, reasoning, hope, expectation, all your senses, & your physical abilities…so does FAITH

Don’t give up in the hard years, be obedient to God. – Joyce Meyer

If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine—it’s lethal



moleskineI use my Moleskine to record my contemplation and formation. It is a journal of my faith, like David’s diary in the Psalms. I keep a written record in an actual Moleskine because it keeps the experience more organic, but I also keep a digital copy so that I can search across the years to find themes and topics to review more effectively. Since 2002 I have done a monthly review of the previous months entries so that I can stay current in the direction and flow of God in my life and then I also do an annual review of the my entries at the end of the year. It has been one of the best activities in my life over the past decade and in my life overall. I hope to pass on an electronic version to each of my children one day as a legacy of their father’s faith in following Jesus Christ.

Moleskine® was created as a brand in 1997, bringing back to life the legendary notebook used by artists and thinkers over the past two century: among them Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, and Bruce Chatwin. A trusted and handy travel companion, the nameless black notebook held invaluable sketches, notes, stories, and ideas that would one day become famous paintings or the pages of beloved books.





About Michael Welchert

My wife Diana and I have been married since 1985 and have five wonderful children. I have been in ministry since 1980 and we currently reside in the Denver, CO area.
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