A Snow Storm’s Life Lessons

As we've been enjoying a fun flurry of snow storms, Lisa and I noted the calming affect snow has on everything.  It's like a massive collective "HA", which fills your heart with a sense that all is well and all will be well.  Not long after that, a friend came to our door with his … Continue reading A Snow Storm’s Life Lessons

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What if Prayer is More a Way of Being Than Something We Do?

What is prayer to you?  Growing up Christian, I think my experience of it was pretty normal.  It’s words one speaks/thinks to God, generally centered on praise, requests, and gratitude.  Interestingly, while in my memories the first two are pretty much all we did, these days I find focusing on thankfulness gets my soul singing … Continue reading What if Prayer is More a Way of Being Than Something We Do?

3 Ways Jesus Shows God and Life are Better Than Believable: Forgiveness, Harmony, and Love

Frequently, when my wife, Lisa, comes up in conversations with others, I’ll earnestly tell them she’s the best person since Jesus.  What I mean by that is there’s the regular ways of the world … and then, on a completely different level, there’s the inspiring, empowering, and enlivening Way of Jesus, which Lisa displays better … Continue reading 3 Ways Jesus Shows God and Life are Better Than Believable: Forgiveness, Harmony, and Love

The Importance of Silence

To mark the Winter Solstice, my wife and I attended a “silent” nighttime group pilgrimage through a large local forest garden.  As a guide led several hundred of us on a slow stroll in the dark, I couldn’t help but chuckle at how many people were unable to stop themselves from talking when we were … Continue reading The Importance of Silence

The Original Revolutionary Christmas Message: Still Bolder than We Want & More Beautiful than We Can Imagine

Recently, when my wife shared with me how someone had been super unkind to her (the details aren’t mine to share), something within me wanted twice the suffering to be visited on this person … I may have even half-jokingly talked about going all vigilante ninja, to avenge Lisa, on said individual.  That it’s natural … Continue reading The Original Revolutionary Christmas Message: Still Bolder than We Want & More Beautiful than We Can Imagine

Meditation on Slowing Down to Better Savor Life’s Sweetness

I am a FANATIC Seahawks fan, who hoots and hollers at the TV as if the players, coaches, and refs can actually hear me.  What is more, I'm also a life enthusiast, meaning I want ALL the goodness NOW!  With those in mind, a few weeks ago we had a couple of friends over to … Continue reading Meditation on Slowing Down to Better Savor Life’s Sweetness

The Day I Died: Why Falling 30 Feet Off a Cliff Headfirst Became a Beautiful Thing

Ten years ago today I should have died.  In a freak family hiking accident, I slipped, slid, and plummeted THIRTY FEET headfirst off a cliff onto a boulder.  In reflecting on this traumatic event, I can truthfully say this horror has been transformed into one of the best things that ever happened to me.  It … Continue reading The Day I Died: Why Falling 30 Feet Off a Cliff Headfirst Became a Beautiful Thing

Meditation on Breathing Love

Have you ever said something hurtful or dumb, and wished you could hit the rewind button to make it so the words never came out?  As Lisa and I watched the Seahawks game, while I was taunting the other team for frequently complaining to the refs over trivial things (my first mistake), I called them … Continue reading Meditation on Breathing Love

A “Crazy” Idea About the Second Coming of Christ

You know how writers often start with the ending of their book?  The conclusion shapes the story from the beginning on.  Life is much the same.  What we believe about our “ending” deeply informs how we act now.  With that in mind, the other day I was thinking about the Second Coming of Christ and … Continue reading A “Crazy” Idea About the Second Coming of Christ

Meditation on Finding Peace & Wholeness by Diving Deep Into Our Hardships

First the falling, then the rising.  Over the past week a few people shared heartache, struggles, fears, and other painful stuff with me.  Being wired for optimism, I wanted to quickly sugarcoat these hurts or move past them.  Knowing this about myself, I've been practicing going INTO the pain instead of around it; taking time … Continue reading Meditation on Finding Peace & Wholeness by Diving Deep Into Our Hardships