The First Step Towards . . .

PeterNov1113 Hello and welcome!

If you’ve alighted on this blog and this — its first — post, it’s almost certain to have been quite by accident (hmm,  might it even by divine appointment?), since I’m merely starting out on WordPress and trying to find my way and haven’t promoted this venture.

I’m a non-cyber-techie sort and really don’t know what I’m doing. However, one never reaches a destination without taking that first step of the journey toward it. And that is what I’m doing here.

“Raise the Gaze,” my humble website at, was a learning experience and has run for a number of years. I’ve neglected it for some months now, for I contemplated making a change and getting this one up and running.

(Incidentally, I continue to post each month on The Word Guild authors BlogSpot on Blogger.)

My theme here will continue to be the raising of the gaze — my gaze as well as the reader’s. A basic motif is that I seek to raise the reader’s focus “from the feeding trough of life to gratitude and thanksgiving, from the mundane to the marvellous, from the secular to the sacred and from the temporal to the eternal.”  And that arose from my own need to be attentive to doing this in my own life.

And so, I’ve named this blog Raise Your Gaze. Try it. Make it personal. As you go through your day, what raises your gaze? It may be such a small, seeming insignificant thing; something beautiful and good — an object, a view, or a situation. Or, it may be something unpleasant and yet, it causes your focus to shift for the better; an upward reaching of the soul, or perhaps an elevation of the spirit.

I encourage you to engage in this pursuit and become aware of gaze-raising ‘things,’ even for a day, and invite you to tell me about it, by leaving a comment. Thank you.



About raiseyourgaze

Freelance writer and columnist writing on inspirational themes from a Christian worldview. His latest book, "Raise Your Gaze . . . Mindful Musings of a Grateful Heart" was published in August 2014 by Angel Hope Publishing. It is a collection of 52 of Black's community newspaper articles, sprinkled with brief inspirational statements called Words to Bless. His children's / family book, "Parables from the Pond," is described as mildly educational, inspirationally oriented and character reinforcing. It has been used in a variety of contexts, with a readership from elementary school age children to senior citizens. Occasionally writes inspirational songs. ~Professional Member of The Word Guild (TWG). ~Contributor to The Word Guild authors BlogSpot: ~~+~~
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3 Responses to The First Step Towards . . .

  1. Hello Peter,
    Followed your prompt to come over here and when you give me a way to sign up I will follow. Go to widgets and add email. Glad to have you on the wordpress board.

    • raisethegaze says:

      Thanks Fay and Jan,
      Your encouragements are appreciated.
      It’ll take me a while to get into the way of using the basics here (as you may have gathered, I lack an intuitive aptitude for figurin’ some of these things out).
      Hey, but with great friends like yourself, perhaps you’ll get me trained up, eh!).
      Blessings be multiplied to you both. ~~+~~

  2. Fay Rowe says:

    Good to see you starting again. What better occupation than to raise our gaze to the One who is our Help? Blessings on you, Peter.

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