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Thanks for sharing the journey!

Hey gang! April was a month of new records not only for rainfall (arg!) but also in the number of views for my blog! It has grown steadily over the last four months and April was 3 times larger than December, 2010. WOW!

I don’t do a blog for the numbers but it’s a real boost to know that it’s encouraging others in their journey of following after Jesus. To all of you who have passed my blog along to friends or reposted it on Facebook – Thank You!

In case you are new to my blog or have missed some lately here are my top five posts from April:

#1 – Why is it called “Good Friday?”
#2 – One person can make a difference!
#3 – The dethroning of Thor
#4 – A rare tribute for the colorectal surgeon! 😉
#5 – I’m no country boy, but…

Something new! Even though my viewership has been increasing I am always looking for new ways to improve my blog. One suggestion I came across recently was to do an About page as a sort of biography or introduction. You’ll notice I have a new tab above. Let me know what you think!

In the works! I’ve had a couple of people suggest that I create a Facebook page for iLife Journey as this would allow for more dialog between those reading my blog posts and make it easier to pass along. I’m still trying to figure that one out but will let you know when I have it up and running.

If you have any ideas or suggestions as to ways I could improve the blog, topics I could touch on or specific stories I might write about – please leave me a comment. I greatly value and enjoy all your feedback! And as always…

…thanks for sharing the journey!



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A little blogging humor! ;-)


If only I could get paid for both!


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OK… it matters!

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When I began to blog a little over a year ago I did it with open expectations. I really didn’t know what would come of it and told myself that it didn’t matter how many people joined me on the journey.

OK… it matters!

The number of views to my blog has been somewhat like a roller coaster at times but usually averages out to be about 40 views a day or roughly around 280 views a week. To be perfectly honest I have no idea how this compares to other blogs or what the norm might be if there even is such a thing.

Last week when the number of views shot up drastically and finished at over 400 for the week it caught my attention. I was initially very excited and encouraged. I wondered if people were telling others about them or posting my blogs elsewhere.

But then I struggled with feeling like it shouldn’t matter how many read my blog. Perhaps it is vain to pay attention to such things. I even began to feel a bit of pressure to keep it up, though I didn’t know what I’d done different.

Then it dawned on me that viewing a blog is really just listening; and we all like it when people listen to what we have to say. When people pay attention to us it leaves us feeling significant and valuable.

There is incredible power in the simple act of listening. It has the potential to lift up or tear down a person’s spirit. God wired us in such a way that we all want to know that we matter, that we have something to contribute to the conversation of life. Perhaps that’s one reason why James says:

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry… ~ James 1:19

Did you catch that? Quick to listen! Two ears… one mouth… I see a pattern here!

Today, you and I can powerfully influence another human being. We don’t need unlimited financial resources or superhuman strength or phenomenal skills. All we have to do is… listen!

Let’s pay attention to those we are with today. It really does matter!


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A special day!

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Milestone – a landmark, a highlight, a high point, an achievement. Life is full of them. A birth, a graduation, a new job, a marriage, an anniversary… Today marks two milestones in our family.

The first milestone is that today is the one year anniversary of having started my blog. It’s been a great experience. To be honest I had no idea of how it would go, how long it would last, if anyone would even be interested. What a huge adventure it has been!

I am honored by each and every one of you who have shared the journey. Thank you! And I am grateful to God for the opprotunity this has been to draw closer to Him and be stretched towards learning to find Him in the ordinary events of life. I look forward to the adventure that is yet to come.

The other milestone today is Susan celebrating her 50th birthday. As you can imagine she has a mixed bag of emotions about this particular milestone. But I am grateful beyond words to call her my best friend. We have laughed together, cried together, fought with each other and been there for each other. She has made this journey of life a pure delight. Happy Birthday Babe! And thanks for sharing perhaps the greatest adventure of all – marriage!

Life is full of milestones every day that mark our journey through this life. Pause today and reflect on a few of your own. Then thank God for these seemingly ordinary events that serve to make life so precious.

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2010 Blog stats in review

Hey gang! The folks at WordPress sent me this review of 2010 regarding my blog. Thought you might find it of interest. Thanks for sharing the journey! God bless!

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 16,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 4 fully loaded ships.

In 2010, there were 322 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 212 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 1gb. That’s about 4 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was January 8th with 211 views. The most popular post that day was This Much I Know.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for rope end, end of rope, maxine, rick alvey, and end of a rope.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


This Much I Know January 2010


About iLife January 2010


Good Stuff January 2010


Morphing January 2010


Recognizing the end of the rope August 2010


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Christmas came early!

Ho! Ho! Ho! Already?!


Anyone who knows me knows that books are one of my favorite things in life! My resource page on this blog – Good Stuff – starts with this admission:

“Hello. My name is Rick and I’m a resource junkie. There, I said it! I feel better already. Hey, wait a minute. Is that a new book by John Ortberg?”

So yeah, the early Christmas has to do with books but in a brand new way. Here’s the deal.

WaterBrook Press has a “Blogging for Books” program. If you blog, are willing to read a new book, are willing to write a review of said book and will post that review on your blog along with some other web locals, then you get new books for FREE! How cool is that!

I just got the first one in the mail the other day – hence, the early Christmas. It’s a devotional for couples written by John and Stasi Eldredge. Stay tuned for an upcoming review once Susan and I have had a chance to read it.

Reading is one of the primary ways that I pursue a closer walk with God. It fits well with my contemplative nature. It’s one thing I can do on a daily basis to pursue God.

So, what are you doing today to pursue God?

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It’s not over til it’s over!

So if you read my blog from yesterday  – On the wrestling mat with God – which version did you read?

“What? There were different versions?”

Yes, but only slightly.

I schedule my blog to post at 6:45 a.m. every morning. No, I don’t get up early to write it or post it. I am more of a late night guy than an early riser. But once I am up and around I jump online to make sure it posted like it was supposed to.

Yesterday as I was checking the post and rereading it I decided to edit one sentence and change the picture. So if you read the blog after 9:00 a.m. you saw the most recent update. I don’t do this on a regular basis. In fact, other than occasionally jumping on to correct a spelling error I missed its the first time I recall doing this. But this ongoing editing mirrors life.

There are many times when I consider a life situation or a relationship as “final” meaning there is not much I can do to affect or influence it in a positive manner. But as long as we have breath in our lungs it’s not over. There is still time! The paint isn’t dry! The cement isn’t set up! And that encourages me with life and with my walk with God.

I can get fairly discouraged with my lack of progress in becoming more like Jesus. Lately, I’ve become aware of some anger issues just barely hiding beneath the surface. But my life is a chapter in God’s story that is still being written, still being edited. He’s not done tweaking me or making the necessary changes that will enable me to enjoy greater intimacy with Him and better reflect His glory in how I do life.

What situation or relationship have you written off as “final?” Be encouraged and don’t give up yet!

It’s not over til it’s over!


Filed under Blogging, Encouragement, intimacy with the Lord, Life in General, Morphing