My Monday Morning Cup | The Holiday Edition

My dearest T and I are enjoying our long holiday weekend. We celebrated the 4th with Terri’s parents, Gary and Joyce. We ate brisket, baked beans, potato salad, tomato and cucumber salad, and topped it off with a refreshing homemade dessert Terri’s mom made. Afterward, we visited and caught up on the TV western “Yellowstone.”

How is your 4th of July weekend?

I spoke with my Mom, who is continuing to battle pain caused by a small cyst on her spine. Prayers for her healing are certainly welcome and much appreciated.

Overall, life is really good and we are in a great place in our lives. T and I are both thankful for God’s blessing.

This blog is enjoying God’s blessings as well and continues to see generous audience growth after eight years of existence. I am grateful to all of you who read my posts, especially those who take time to comment and faithfully follow my blog.

June brought record highs in views and visitors, yielding fruit I couldn’t even imagine when I launched this blog back in late 2013. That year proved to be super difficult and I think I simply needed a way to express myself and process the things happening around me.

I write a lot about faith and my experiences as a Christian living in the 21st century. This is a Christian blog and I make no apologies or bones about it. Since I started, I experienced the challenges of publishing a niche blog firsthand. In addition to battling algorithms that appear to squelch my Christian perspective, I’ve learned hashtags can work for you and be used against you. I’ve even been banned from social media for a period of time because of this blog’s content. Turns out talking about God from a Christian perspective isn’t as welcome as yet another food, fashion, or fan blog.

I cover subjects touching on mental and emotional health as well as my personal experience living in recovery. I wrestle with societal ills like homelessness.

In this blog, I share about life and what’s happening in my world as well as looking back at history and what’s happened in our world in the past. In addition, my posts explore writing and blogging and how to be better at this craft. And sometimes, I simply share a prayer the Spirit laid on my heart.

So my big question to you, dear reader, what is it YOU would like me to write about? If you were me, what would YOU do to help this blog’s audience continue to grow? What’s helpful to YOU?

May the peace of God go with you wherever you go today. May you be the salt and the light desperately needed in this world.


The Devotional Guy™


  1. I’m glad you and Sweet T had a relaxing 4th, Rainer.

    It’s sad to hear how many Christian bloggers are being censored on major social media platforms. You’re the third person (just of those I follow here on WP) who has mentioned this happening.

    As for what I think you should write, thanks for asking!

    My favorite posts of yours are the ones where you tell a story about a real life situation and how God helped you through it. You’ve battled addiction, preached the Word and served as a leader. Please talk about your top takeaways (good or bad) from these experiences.

    “The way to get better at having difficult conversations is to have more difficult conversations.” This is the best thing I’ve learned from reading your blog, Rainer. I repeat it to myself and others, many times.

    Thank you, and God Bless!

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  2. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and impressions, David. I cherish your input and I am grateful for your feedback. If there is any useful grain gleaned from my writing then I thank God for it. Thank you for reading, my friend. Blessings.

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