OK It is now official! I have a blog site.

As I prayed about the name I heard “Facets” and saw a many sided gem. So I looked it up to make sure I knew what I was possibly getting into.

Definition of facet:

1. One of the flat polished surfaces cut on a gemstone or occurring naturally on a crystal.

2. Anatomy A small, smooth, flat surface, as on a bone or tooth.

3. Biology One of the lens-like visual units of a compound eye, as of an insect.

4. One of numerous aspects, [Appearance to the eye, especially from a specific vantage point] as of a subject.


I appreciate the first two definitions. I knew a facet was a side, but I did not connect that it had to be flat, hard and is also polished. That leads me to think of how I can see my reflection in that flat polished surface. Not my bathroom mirror, but in the honest feedback from the Creator who loves me, loves us. Not about my exterior appearance, but rather reflecting the condition of my eternal soul and spirit. He does not want to condemn, but to draw me into His mercy, grace and forgiveness to bring me/us into freedom. Real freedom.

The third definition makes me think of the four living creatures in Revelation 4:

v6 “and before the throne there was as it were a sea of glass, like crystal.

And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight. And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say,

“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,
    who was and is and is to come!””

The eyes of worship! Our Creator is the only God who sees all. Worship is a/the key to His presence.

If this blog was about me, some who know me well might say calling it “multifaceted” is a cop-out on my part to not focus….=} Fortunately, it is not about me! It is about our truly multifaceted God. Granted, I will share photos and write from my perspective of seeking His face for decades. The fourth definition of facet is “One of numerous aspects, [Appearance to the eye, especially from a specific vantage point] as of a subject.” I will try to share from the mountain highs and the valley lows and the plains in between. My prayer is to let Abba touch you in ways that will draw you deeper into relationship with Him.

Multifaceted, does however, grant me the freedom to be me as I share what I have learned and what I am learning on this journey of salvation, sanctification, and maturity, being transformed into the image of Christ. (2Cor. 3:18)

I hope you come along for the ride. Not for me…but for the love of God.  I don’t know where we are going, exactly. I just know I am to write. I don’t know why. There are millions of bloggers of every stripe. Because of my own insecurities I am reluctant, however, I hope I am an obedient blogger. (Obedient is not synonymous with “not fun”) I wonder what I have to offer that other people out there are not already saying and doing, but He has made it clear to me I am to write.

To the Glory of God!=}

Let’s go discover what Abba has in store. (I feel a little like Buzz Light year of Toy Story…To Infinity and BEYOND!)

More soon.

In HIS Grip,


PS Please pray I figure out the technologies surrounding blogging! Until then, they will not be as colorful as I would like.

The above graphic image of Gems: used by permission

Andrea (Madden) Van Boven : I like to think I am a radical lover of Jesus, but I live in a house and pay bills and look like I fit in with respectable society, like most people. What goes on in my head and heart are hopefully the things that betray the look of "normal" that comes at first glance. I hope those things inside of me seep out to actions as well as words of hope and encouragement. I pray that these in turn will lead others to know the loving creator who knows us so intimately that he has a number for every hair on every head.

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