Don’t Close Your Eyes

“Today’s fast was hard,” a friend confessed. “Thinking of all Jesus experienced—well, it’s too much to bear.” Yes. It is. Day Thirty-One of 40 Days of Decrease was difficult to write. As I studied each gospel and recorded each instance …

Spiritual Surgery

“This feels like surgery. I need a week, not a day, on each fast!” This statement is among the most common encouragements I am hearing from readers of 40 Days of Decrease. Yep. Or even a month. But I am guessing that …

Words

Feeling a wee bit nostalgic at the moment. I am typing from a school gym where Keona is participating in her first Speech & Debate tournament. Ah, the memories. Moving annually as a child granted me the opportunity to be the perpetual …

Risk

Without question, it was risky. But trees do not seem to weigh risk. They celebrate life whenever the opportunity presents itself. This pic is from the Silver Maple I see from my prayer room. The branch has grown to the point …

We will stay–an Ash Wednesday devotional

Well, here we are! Many Protestant and Catholic friends will begin Lent today, Feb 10, and many Orthodox friends will begin Great Lent on March 14. What exactly are we all beginning? A sojourn. Yes, I too like the word. And its …

8 days until Lent

Sunday morning I had the joy of speaking at a church that is going to do 40 Days of Decrease with their congregation for Lent. Trinity Church in Cedar Hill, TX is pastored by longtime friends, Jim and Becky Hennesey. They …

And the willow

I have spent much of today preparing to speak this week in Texas. My desk is mainly for emails and organizing and finances. My chair is for thinking and writing and creating. Today has mostly been a chair day. Creating sermons …

When I could have done better

Ah, learning. As an introvert—or perhaps simply as a human—I prefer to learn in private. Quite often though, my learning occurs in public. And public offers a different type of spiritual formational opportunity that cannot be underestimated. I am typing on …

Fasting Regrets on Faith Gateway

For this week’s blog, I invite you to click one more time HERE and read my thoughts on Fasting Regrets at FaithGateway.com. New is wonderful…and strangely, new is also at times a reminder of what is now old. May this be …

40 Days of Decrease is here!

“How do you feel?!” friends and family have asked on this eve of the book’s release. “I’m not sure!” has been my honest response. I am… In awe: I hoped (but lean realist too far to have been certain) that I …