About This Site

For me, blogging began as a way to share things with our long-distance family and friends and has slowly morphed to include different things, at different times.  I’ve used it to promote and highlight my work as a photographer and share things I thought might be helpful to others (recipes, home remedies, articles I’ve read or videos I’ve watched that have touched me in some way, etc.)  In many cases, it’s been a way for me to process things God, my family, friends and many others have taught me and a way for me to remember the things I’ve learned and experienced along the way.  I look forward to the day when my children can look through all these old posts and remember happy times, and hopefully learn from my mistakes and occasional successes.  .

While I certainly hope that the articles on this site are beneficial to others, this site deals with MY walk with Jesus Christ. It is neither my intent nor my desire to convict others regarding the way they live their lives. While there is a place for “iron sharpening iron,” it is ultimately the Holy Spirit who is responsible for molding us into the people He wants us to become. While I certainly hope that the Holy Spirit will use my writing to touch the lives of others, we must be careful not to adopt the convictions of others as our own without the prompting of the Holy Spirit (1).

If an article on this site motivates you to change something about your life, please pay careful attention to whether or not the Holy Spirit is behind that motivation. If so, then I’m thrilled and honored to have been a part of your growth in Christ. If you start to feel a burden of guilt regarding something said here, however, please recognize that this guilt is not from the Holy Spirit. Convictions are not equal to Commandments, and what is necessary for some may not be necessary for others. Even if a spiritual principle is true, trying to live by it before we are ready will only bring frustration (1 Corinthians 3:2). The Holy Spirit deals with each of us in His perfect timing. “He who has begun a good work in you will bring it to completion!”


1.) The most important difference between works based righteousness and Holy Spirit conviction is that while self-works will create a perpetual cycle of trying and failing, the Holy Spirit will always give us the ability to do what He asks us to do.

PS. Because I started with two separate blogs, many of the links to other articles you see here will take you back to the original blog, Into Still Waters.

11 Responses to About This Site

  1. momofnine says:

    Rina, Thanks for visiting my blog! I love your site and look forward to stopping by often. Have a lovely day full of God’s rich blessings.

    • Rina says:

      It really means a lot to me that you stopped by! I’m new to the blogging thing, still trying to find my “voice,” so-to-speak, and determine what direction to take all this in. I think your site is wonderful and I’ve gotten a lot of inspiration from it. I’m honored that you would visit.

  2. Rebecca says:

    How refreshing to see a blogger who knows the difference between conviction of the Holy Spirit and condemnation and who even warns readers about adopting said blogger’s views if it’s not really the Holy Spirit. Totally Awesome! 🙂

    • Rina says:

      Rebecca, the fact is that I’ve often struggled with feelings of condemnation from those whose convictions I don’t share and I never want anyone to feel that from me. I firmly believe that the Holy Spirit will guide us in ALL truth, in His timing, and when we’re ready. I feel that even if something I write here is a truth from God, it does absolutely no good for someone to adopt it as practice before the Holy Spirit is working in their lives for it. If someone had told me seven years ago that I would be where I am today, I never would have believed it. But it was a process that God Himself had to take me on… when I tried to do it on my own I only ended up frustrated and hurt. I want to be able to share my convictions here, but never force them (or attempt to force them) onto someone else. Thanks for your encouragement in this regard.

  3. Rachel says:

    Wow, Rina. This is a really great “disclaimer” to have. I used to read a site where I always came away with feelings of condemnation for not serving the way the blog writer did. Eventually after feeling that way multiple times, I stopped reading.

    I loved this part about the prompting of the Holy Spirit. So true!

    “we must be careful not to adopt the convictions of others as our own without the prompting of the Holy Spirit.”

    • Rina says:

      Rachel, I have often felt the same way… and still do, sometimes! God is constantly having to remind me that He made me to be ME, which means I’m going to have different strengths and weaknesses, convictions and passions than others. Thanks for commenting, and I hope you’ll let me know if I ever cross the line between encouragement and condemnation.

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  5. Hi Rina, I read your blog post on why you don’t celebrate Christmas today (11-30-12) and clicked a link in it that brought me to a post written on 12-10-08 which then brought me to this post (well, page actually) titled, “About This Site.” I just wanted to let you know that after I read this page (about combining your personal and business blog sites) that I clicked on the link highlighted “Into Still Waters” and it took me to a site with that title that definitely didn’t look like one you had as that site was about “stress-free financial advice.” Just thought you might want to know. Also I appreciated reading your blog today (why you don’t celebrate Christmas) and thoroughly understand. Besides the fact that you are right in that December 25th is not the official birthday of Jesus, Christmas in America is pretty much a secular event anymore except for the churches. Even Merry Christmas had been replaced by Happy Holidays most of the time. However, I do wish you and your family a Merry Christmas even though you don’t celebrate it as you said you didn’t mind at all. Hope that new baby of yours is doing great, too!!! ~Sara

    • Rina says:

      Hi, Sarah, and Merry Christmas to you, too! 🙂 The baby is doing WONDERFUL, thank you for asking! She’s starting to smile and laugh and do all those things that make this age so much fun! Thanks, too, for letting me know about the broken link. When I combined my business and personal blog, I forgot to renew my domain name (intostillwaters.com) and now someone else has it. You can still get to the old blog, using the wordpress URL (www.rinasreflections.wordpress.com) and almost all of the articles there have now been imported here. I knew of the problem with the links, but I haven’t fixed all of them yet. Thanks for letting me know, I went ahead and fixed that one. 🙂

      • Great to hear from you and so glad your new little baby is doing WONDERFUL. Bet the rest of the family is quite fond of her, too!!! So you’ve transferred most of your stuff from your old blog to this one now. I’ll check out the one you listed above and see what you still have on it. Someday I hope to get a job and a real life again. Not that that’s any reflection on your blog site–it’s a reflection on how much time I have on my hands and I really do need a life (and an income!!!) again soon!!! 😉

      • Rina says:

        oh yes, the other kids love her! She doesn’t spend much time by herself, that’s for sure. 🙂

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