A Retreat With God

For those who may not know, I’m beginning a new journey with an awesome ministry called KidZ at Heart International. It’s a spiritual formation ministry aimed at kids and those who influence them. The timing of my on-boarding with KidZ is absolutely perfect. You see, the staff and board have established a regular rhythm of … More A Retreat With God

A Grander Vision

I dream of one day getting on a plane with Rebekah and flying to a foreign country. Perhaps Guatemala…I sure do love Guatemala. After we land, we eventually make our way through the airport – through baggage claim and customs – and outdoors, into the open sky.  Immediately we are caught up in the uniqueness … More A Grander Vision

Who’s Holding You?

This past week I spent several days attending a focused retreat called “Boundless Compassion.” It was facilitated by a wonderful woman named Joyce Rupp, a member of the Order of the Servants of Mary. Joyce has years and years of experience in the realm of compassion. She is a sought-after teacher and leader in this … More Who’s Holding You?

On the Other Side

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

The Way of Pain

Every now and then I like to give in to my “introverted-self” and go to a movie alone. Last night happened to be one of those nights. It was a long day, filled with questions about my future, conversations about my present, and lots of time reflecting on what it all means. I needed to … More The Way of Pain

Soul-shaping Prayer

“Prayer is the light of the spirit, and the spirit, raised up to heaven by prayer, clings to God with the utmost tenderness. Like a child crying tearfully for its mother, it craves the milk that God provides. Prayer also stands before God as an honored ambassador. it gives joy to the spirit, peace to … More Soul-shaping Prayer

Listen Softer

One of my favorite authors and teachers is John Ortberg. Awhile ago he wrote a book called “The Me I Want To Be: Becoming God’s Best Version Of You.”  I highly recommend this book as an introduction to spiritual formation. It’s not nearly as academic as it is devotional and immediately applicable. One of the … More Listen Softer

So Much Happiness

With all the “Happy New Year” wishes, I think this poem by Naomi Shihab Nye, called “So Much Happiness” has a place in the conversation. For me it has been a decade of “not much happiness.” In fact, as I write this post sitting in my sister-in-law’s house in Salina, Kansas, I can’t help but … More So Much Happiness