(Re)treat Yo Self

"When you work, Jesus rests. When you rest, Jesus works." Jack Frost A clean house. Zero responsibilities. No drama. Remember the part in How the Grinch Stole Christmas where his "small heart grew three sizes that day?" That's how I felt during my first ever personal retreat earlier this week. I'll give you a rundown... Continue Reading →

Strength in Weakness

Liar, liar, pants on fire! (Some random line about a telephone wire...) Kids chant about obvious falsehood, tiny truth radars built into their DNA. They can often spot a lack of genuine character a mile away. Sadly, though, we grow out of our ability to quickly spot lies around us, and nowhere is the resulting... Continue Reading →

The Bungalow

See: Soft floral linens being lifted and spread over a comfortable mattress in the corner; whitewashed wooden planks underfoot; the dying evening light filtered through palm trees and wavy-glass windowpanes; a bouquet of greenery spilling over onto the counter; flickering shadows cast by a cheerful fire; candles and lanterns strategically placed throughout the loft; books... Continue Reading →

Take a Breather

The worst words to my 7-year-old ears: "It's naptime!" Oh, how I would cringe and move dejectedly to the absurd halting of my fun. My little brother and I would put away our toys or books or costumes and climb up into the arms of oblivion. Dumb bed. When I grow up, I'm never going... Continue Reading →

Taming Your Wild Heart

I set out to title this post "Cultivating a Quiet Heart," but the picture I found was too perfect to not use. The power, the emotion, the effect: all work together to portray exactly what it looks like to settle yourself down into an attitude of calm when everything inside screams for action, for noise,... Continue Reading →

Just Breathe

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalm 46:10) I don’t rest well. I mean I don’t wake up in the middle of the night or anything. But my mind is always working, and I feel guilty if my body... Continue Reading →

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