There’s nothing like a stunning sunset or a nighttime sky flung with brilliant stars to put it all into perspective. To pause, be still at the end of a busy day, and take the time to whisper wow. To see beauty and wonder, power and loveliness, all interwoven together.
You’ve probably had similar soul-wow moments. A notable one for me was our family’s trip to the Grand Canyon in 2010. The glory of it wasn’t comforting — it was unsettling. It is so utterly gigantic and so shockingly beautiful that its disconcerting. It made me feel small — like a little bug — in the face of this humongous work of art and the churning river snaking at the very bottom, far below.
When we take the time to pause and notice, our everyday-world is filled with similar opportunities to pause and say “wow.” Continue reading
Author Keri Wyatt Kent speaks my language. Her books deal with the deep longings of our souls — intermixed with an honest view of the hectic reality we sometimes find ourselves in. She encourages us to make choices that draw us into a right rhythm with God and with others. I’m so grateful she popped in to speak with us today about a topic that is really, really important and also really, really tough to figure out sometimes: Sabbath. Keep on reading!
Keri, can you tell my readers a little about yourself?
I’m the working mom of two teens, and for the past year or two, God has given me the opportunity to serve as our family’s primary breadwinner—although God of course is our primary provider. Last year, I had four different book projects published. Despite these pressures and workload, I took every Sunday off to rest.
The title of your book, Rest, simply draws me in. What an inviting — and needed — word in our lives! What motivated you to write it?
I had written about Sabbath (and other spiritual practices) in a previous book, Breathe. Many people seemed interested in the practice of Sabbath, many of them had an interest that centered on debate—thinking that it was impossible. So it was a subject that needed a more extensive explanation.
I know that for you the idea of Sabbath-keeping has been a journey. So how have your views and practices changed over the years? Continue reading
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Lent begins today. I’m from a non-liturgical church tradition that generally doesn’t observe Lent, but it has become a meaningful time for me personally each year to intentionally reflect on Jesus’ sacrifice on my behalf and to anticipate the joy we celebrate on Resurrection Sunday.
If you’re interested in doing something special for Lent this year, here’s a fun idea for families involving baking and eating something yummy (it’s an annual tradition for us!).
Another meaningful way to observe Lent is to fast; for inspiration if you’re considering fasting, reflect on the ideas here, here, and here.
Stay tuned because our next blog post will feature an interview with an amazing Christian writer, Keri Wyatt Kent, who will share thoughts about rest, Sabbath-keeping, and how these practices can work in the reality of our busy, modern-day lives.
I had a chance to interview spiritual formation writer Adele Ahlberg Calhoun about getting to know our mysterious God. Her thoughts were absolutely compelling. Read the resulting article here.
Perhaps the title of the post should instead be “Un-learning Do-ing.” Doing, of course, is not a bad thing. What we do is very important to God in many ways and is part of who he made us to be–and we will explore that in an upcoming month.
But in our discussion of be-ing, do-ing can be a real danger. It is dangerous when what we do entirely defines who we are. It is even more dangerous, I think, when doing becomes inextricably linked with how we “use” time–When everything must be utilitarian, practical, or some sort of accomplishment. And it can be especially dangerous when doing = contentment and goodness while non-doing = discontent and discomfort that must be avoided at all costs. Continue reading
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We’ve just wrapped up a month of focusing on gratitude. This month’s focus: be.
We’ll look at God’s good gift of rest this month, explore principles of Sabbath-keeping, and consider how we might fast from busyness, at least for awhile. As a do-er by nature, I need repeated lessons from God on how to simply be.
I got one such lesson this past Monday. After several nights of sleep deprivation caring for two daughters with high fevers, I felt like I’d hit a wall. I was strung out on caffeine, doing my best to get through the day, living the sometimes-frazzled-mom-life, and really looking forward to some sleep.
And then I literally hit a wall. Continue reading