Friday, June 12, 2015

Interview with Denise Rezsonya

Denise M. Rezsonya

            Today, I have the pleasure of introducing a new writing friend of mine. She is a ‘neighbor’ of mine, living two towns to the west of me. She gives very special gift to the younger generation through her writing.

            Hello, Denise, I invited you here today to share a little about yourself , your writing and a bit about your family.

          Q.S:How did you start to write?

D.R: As soon as I was old enough to read, I started writing.  I don't remember a time that I wasn't writing as a child.  My dream growing up was to be a journalist and an author but life took me down another path for the first 20 years of my professional career.

Q.S: What is your chosen genre?

D.R: At this point in my life, all of my writing is faith-based non-fiction.  In the past, I wrote fiction and poetry.

Q.S:Do you have any favorite authors?

D.R: I love Karen Kingsbury.  She is my favorite because her writing is inspirational and a "light read." At this point I only read inspirational/faith-based novels.

Q.S:Tell us about your family?

D.R:I have been married to my husband, Dave, for 15 years and have two children.  Michelle is 12 and Matthew is 10.

Q.S:Do you have any hobbies or do collections?

D.R: As a family we really enjoy camping, so that's probably the biggest hobby I have.  I also like to go to the gym and spend as much time with my kids as I can.  I used to have tons of books but we moved so much as a kid that I no longer have them, so no collections currently. This is such a bummer, as I loved my books -they were prized possessions growing up. 

Q.S: Can you tell us about your latest writing projects? 

D.R: My two volumes of Be The Light are short devotional thoughts for teens and tweens. 

Thank you, Denise for your dedication to spreading the Word of God to the upcoming generation.

Q.S: Where can someone find your books?

Be The Light Volumes 1 and 2 are currently available on Amazon. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015


“God grant me the serenity to change the things I can; courage to accept the things I can’t and the wisdom to know the difference.” Reinhold Niebuhr

               Serenity means peace; usually it means peace of mind or peace of heart. Peace of mind is not always easily obtained. Most of us try to achieve it with little help from those around us. In those instances, we have to separate ourselves from the source of our unrest, mentally and spiritually, in order to gain a sort of balance.

               Hymns of the church, gospel songs, and even the modern praise and worship music speak of a closer walk, contentment, God’s peace, or the presence of God during a personal crisis.

               When I journaled about these terms in 1991 my peace was fragile. I was trying to find firm ground to deal with my co-dependency. My plans and goals for the previous Monday got changed, partly due to a physical problem. We also experienced an ice storm that left us without power. (No power for 12 ½ hours) I was not happy.

               One thing I have learned and now rely on is Jesus promised to leave us His peace, not that of the world. (John 14:27)

Monday, June 8, 2015



“God grant me the serenity to change the things I can; courage to accept the things I can’t and the wisdom to know the difference.” Reinhold Niebuhr

               Grant: the main verb in this Serenity Prayer. It means give but it also means something more.

               When a young person goes to college, he or she may need financial assistance. One form of this assistance is called a grant. With this form of assistance, a need has to be present.

               When Reinhold Niebuhr chose the word grant, he must have felt the need of a person finding a new path to walk along, a new outlook, and a new lease on life.

               Grants in the temporal sense are usually given to someone who has nothing (land grants). We sometimes have to approach God with nothing in our hands and are also aware of our needs.

               We can ask God to grant us things but it is His decision as to whether He, in fact, does give us what we request. Whatever God grants us is according to His will.

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