(Originally posted March 29, 2017 at http://www.restoresoulcare.com) Anne Lamott once quipped, “I like the desert for short periods of time, from inside a car, with the windows rolled up, and the doors locked. I prefer beach resorts with room service.” I get where Anne’s coming from. The desert heat is unbearable during the summer months, … More Life in the Desert
After my most recent trip to Guatemala, I somehow got connected with a stateside organization called “Lemonade International.” They work with some of the people whom I have come to deeply love and respect, people who care for the least, the last, and the labeled in Guatemala City. It is a great joy to share some of … More Passion for God’s Presence
I wrote this post over two years ago and I keep coming back to it as a major theme in my life. It’s like my soul’s melody. I’m trying to attune my spirit to the presence of God as often as I remember. It sums up the work that’s done in Spiritual Direction, which is … More Listen Softer…Again
What does the other side of the Jordan River look like? What does it represent? For the Israelites who wandered around the wilderness for 40 years, you might think the other side of the Jordan looked like “freedom” or “deliverance.” Wait a minute: Didn’t they experience their rescue from slavery when God miraculously parted the … More On the Other Side
There are a few moments in life one can never forget. I’ll never forget the day my wife was rushed into the surgery room for an emergency C-section. My first son was born that day. I’ll never forget when my wife had to go through labor to deliver our baby daughter, Jordan. We went in … More Love Like Jesus
A strange and disorienting experience is not something to be feared or avoided, but something to be welcomed and embraced. God stretches and shapes me most when I am out of my comfort zone, unable to exist in cruise-control, uncertain of the outcome, unwilling to go back to the way things were. Even though I … More Surprise!
“To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens!” (Psalm 123:1 NRSV) When I am frustrated, confused, tired and feeling hopeless, I don’t lift up my eyes to the LORD. I don’t trust in God like I say I do. My actions and my attitude often reveal my lack of faith. … More Refuge