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Joey O'Connor
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Job Title
Executive Director, Screenwriter, Author
Organization / Company
The Grove Center for the Arts & Media
Web site
http://www.thegrovecenter.org

Joey O'Connor's Art, Life & Faith Blog

Are You Backing Down from Trouble

video Are You Backing Down from Trouble?
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If you’re facing trouble, relationship conflicts, struggles and pain that could deepen your character, let me ask you a simple question: Are you backing down from trouble? Are you afraid to show trouble who you really are? Have you, somehow, bought into the lie that creating a beautiful life would be easy? That you would never be opposed? That conflict would never involve hard work to reach for creative solutions?

A friend of mine recently shared Hello Trouble, a great Gerber knife video with me and as you go into this weekend…

I’d like to encourage you to watch this video two or three times. Soak it in. Ask God to show you where your heart goes when trouble gets in your grill. Consider, how do you respond to trouble? Do you back down? Do you engage? Do you go passive? Or are you aggressive, but obnoxiously so, coming out swinging with a harsh defensiveness you are blind to? Or do you pray, reflect, ask Jesus for wisdom how to best respond? Jesus certainly didn’t engage with every conflict in front of him, especially when he was being baited by the religious elite.

Trouble does and will test us. When trouble knocks at your door, it takes wisdom to know when to invite it in, when to keep the door shut, and when to take it outside. Game on.

Trouble reveals the best of us and the worst of us. Whatever your response, don’t back down from trouble. Show trouble who you really are.

Question: How do you handle trouble? When is it wise to engage or disengage in a conflict? How can your troubles deepen your character and develop deeper union with God?

I’d love your thoughts and comments.

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Ask More Beautiful Questions

One of my lifelong goals is to stay curious, ask more questions and to learn how to ask more beautiful questions. Whether you are an artist, parent, pastor, creative team leader, or simply a good friend to someone else, learning […]

18 Reasons to Save Art Education in Elementary Schools

Every year in California and across the nation, we see more and more cuts in art education in elementary schools. This is a deep and pervasive problem. As Calvin College art professor, Jo-Ann VanReeuwyk, states in her list of highly […]

The Fantasy of an Uncluttered World

Oh, how I long to live in an uncluttered world! If you look at my desk in the photo above, you’ll see that I’m living in anything, but an uncluttered world. If you look closer at my desk, you’ll see […]

Creativity, Kids and Hackschooling Makes Me Happy

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One of my goals is to be a life-long learner, which is why I really enjoyed this TEDx video on creativity, kids and hackschooling. As the parents of four children, Krista and I have tried hard to figure out the “secret sauce” for what makes each one of our kids tick. And without naming names, our four kids love school, hate school, like school and tolerate school.

But school does not always equal learning, creativity or education, which is why I hope you’ll be inspired by 13 year old Logan LaPlante and his creative approach to learning in this TEDx talk. If you have children, especially teenagers, this is a great video to watch as a family and discuss. If you have a creative team, build into their lives by having a conversation about the importance of lifelong learning. Click here to leave a comment now.

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The Grove-Artist Financial Survey: Do you need financial guidance?

Hi VSN friends,The Grove Center for the Arts & Media (a Southern California arts ministry) is taking an informal survey regarding artists and their finances. As an artist, what areas of financial management do you find most frustrating or difficult?Do you personally have a need for practical financial advice?Are you interested in learning how to better steward your finances?If The Grove offered financial stewardship tools to help you, would you be interested in learning more?What kinds of…See More
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Introducing a New Video Ebook: Sound of A Spine-Poetry & Performance of Nick Macedo

I am so pleased to announce a new video poetry ebook called Sound of A Spine: Poetry & Performance of Nick Macedo published by The Grove Center for the Arts & Media. Nick Macedo is an incredible twenty-five year old slam poet (one of…See More
Jun 28, 2012
Joey O'Connor posted a blog post

Introducing Create: Transforming Stories of Art, Life & Faith

After two and a half years of working with 21 artists, I'm very happy to announce the official launch of The Grove Center for the Arts & Media's dynamic new video ebook optimized for the iPad, Kindle & Nook. It's called Create: Transforming Stories of Art, Life & Faith. Create offers essays, artwork and video…See More
Jun 21, 2012

Here's a pic of The Grove...12 acres of lemons & avocados! Located in Valley Center, North San Diego County

The vision of The Grove Center for the Arts & Media is to see Christ in culture through the arts & media. Our mission is to cultivate the spiritual growth and creative work of artists.

We're based in San Clemente, CA.

We host monthly Grove Gatherings, Artist Getaways, and practice Generosity by providing scholarship and small grants to artists.

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The Grove-Artist Financial Survey: Do you need financial guidance?

Hi VSN friends,

The Grove Center for the Arts & Media (a Southern California arts ministry) is taking an informal survey regarding artists and their finances.



  • As an artist, what areas of financial management do you find most frustrating or difficult?
  • Do you personally have a need for practical financial…
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Posted on December 4, 2013 at 2:56pm

7 Hard Questions for Every Artist

I believe there are seven hard questions every artist must answer if they are really serious about their craft. Are these the only seven? Of course not, but I think it's important that we ask ourselves hard questions. The easy questions have never moved me out of comfort or complacency. You and I grow only when we ask ourselves the hard…

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Posted on October 9, 2012 at 4:34pm

3 Ways Parents Can Develop Creativity in Children

I think every parent likes the idea of developing creativity in their children. Who doesn't want creative kids? The problem is many parents don't always how. Creativity and innovation are admirable qualities in kids and adults alike, but if you were raised in a home where creativity wasn't valued, developing creativity in your children or grandchildren can be a challenge. Two weeks ago in the first…

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Posted on October 9, 2012 at 4:28pm

Introducing a New Video Ebook: Sound of A Spine-Poetry & Performance of Nick Macedo

I am so pleased to announce a new video poetry ebook called Sound of A Spine: Poetry & Performance of Nick Macedo published by …

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Posted on June 28, 2012 at 4:00pm

Introducing Create: Transforming Stories of Art, Life & Faith

After two and a half years of working with 21 artists, I'm very happy to announce the official launch of The Grove Center for the Arts & Media's dynamic new video ebook optimized for the iPad, Kindle & Nook. It's called …

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Posted on June 21, 2012 at 2:22pm

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At 12:07pm on May 22, 2010, Juanita Cassellius said…
Joey - thanks for checking in on the Viz Story Net site. I don't go to the site much but get their emails. I am on the Grove site. Since I'm the Alaska contact for Hollywood prayer Net, I continue to pray for LA media and beyond/ +Christians representing for Jesus in media.
In His grace and love,
Juanita
At 1:10pm on August 18, 2009, Richard Shaw said…
If Christians who are able to fund projects don't get busy soon, there are significant areas where we will be left behind in the clutter of other blockbuster movies. We have to choose mainstream topics and not preachy ones. I'm sure you know that, but I've have to go commercial to get anything done. I've gotten a million poor excuses from people that should be backing what we're doing. www.pinlight.com
At 5:32pm on December 2, 2008, Scott Freeman said…
Hey Joey.
Clyde suggested that I connect with you, but I don't know why as your profile info is a bit sparse. Check out my sites sometime and see if you can see what he may have had in mind.

Take care!

Scott Freeman

www.freemanartgallery.com
www.bigpicturepainter.com
www.bigpicturepublishing.com
At 7:40pm on June 18, 2008, Chris Bueno said…
It was good getting to know you and married life is great!

Let's try to get together soon.

Chris
 
 
 

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