From Red Letters to Rise Heart

Hello friends, old and new! Welcome to my writing world, newly christened Rise Heart. It’s where I’ll continue to share my prose and poetry. (Thank you for reading! And a special thanks to those who are long time Red Letters subscribers.)

I write to remind myself to pay attention, to capture the small glories that surround me, and to add my own humble praise for all the love I’ve been given.

This a place I hope to share wonder, beauty, and the sweet summons to life in Christ. And I hope it will be a place where your own heart is lifted.

Why the change from Red Letters

I began blogging back in 2007 from our tiny first apartment in Ontario. I was newly married, studying graduate theology full time, working part time at a children’s bookstore a few doors down (best job of all time!), and volunteering at our local church. I remember typing out my thoughts, often late at night, looking out the window to Main Street below. I chose the name Red Letters because I wanted to notice and highlight the scarlet thread of Christ woven into busy, everyday life. 

I have not given up on that worthy pursuit, but over thirteen years later, I’ve felt the need to freshen things up! Now I write from a century home overlooking a beloved little river in Prince Edward Island, with a family buzzing in the background. There have been seasons of pain and joy, darkness and clarity, intense wrestling and brave rest. From my vantage point now, I am even more convinced of the ridiculously beautiful grace of God. 

The phrase Rise Heart comes from one of my very favourite poems by George Herbert called “Easter.” It expresses the call to every soul to rise up and embrace resurrection life. This poem dropped into my life during a dark season, and it was one of the things God used to reach in and pull me up toward light, toward Himself, and toward a renewed identity.

(The little flower you see? It too, hearkens to the poem, and my own experience with Jesus on a red dirt road one morning. But perhaps more about that another day.)

Rise Heart is my own answer to the sweet summons of Jesus. These scribblings are the thoughts gathered along the way, like Queen Anne’s Lace on the roadside. They are given here as an offering.

You can also find me on my Facebook page. You can keep up with all new posts there, as well as a few little extras that don’t always make their way to the blog.

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Thank you for reading. You keep me writing!

p.s. Watch for an Advent surprise, coming your way soon!




Lindsey Gallant
A northern girl living the island life. Follower of Jesus. Writer, book nerd, nature lover. Homeschool mom and Charlotte Mason enthusiast. Prefers pen and paper.

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