The Lenten Season – Day 18

THE CHRISTIAN FAITH REQUIRES THAT the life of Christ is planted and cultivated in the life of the believer. Our Lord Jesus reminds us of this in Luke 13, where we find the story of a fruitless fig tree, having gone years without any signs of life or vitality. In this way, it has failed to be and do the very thing it was made to do: bear fruit! In the eyes of the owner, it is nothing more than a waste of good soil (Luke 13:7). And yet the gardener asks for more time, believing that the potential for life is still contained deep within. “He replied, ‘Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down’” (Luke 13:8-9).

Jesus Christ, sees us in our fruitless state and does not stand by, indifferent and aloof. Rather, he enters the orchard of our lives and longs to see us become what we were made to be in the very beginning. He reveals to us the way of health, one defined by good soil and rich nutrients. As Christ draws near to us this Lent, will we respond in faith, delighting ourselves in the goodness of his presence (Isa 55:2) and receiving his expert care, not for our harm, but for our healing and ultimate good?

Inhabit (a devotional journal for Lent by Dwell)


The Lenten Season – Day 17

In honor of this season, I will be posting inspiring music for most of the next 40 days. I hope you’ll use this music as an opportunity to quiet and settle yourself; for contemplation, preparation, and thanksgiving. May you be encouraged and realize the felt presence of Peace and Love as you hear the music; may you hear the message meant for you in each of the musical offerings. Wishing you peace and every good!


The Lenten Season – Third Sunday

In honor of this season, I will be posting inspiring music for most of the next 40 days. I hope you’ll use this music as an opportunity to quiet and settle yourself; for contemplation, preparation, and thanksgiving. May you be encouraged and realize the felt presence of Peace and Love as you hear the music; may you hear the message meant for you in each of the musical offerings. Wishing you peace and every good!


Exercise Challenge: Week 12 – 2022

Plank Body Saw

Challenge: perform as many repetitions as possible (maintaining good form) for at least five days of the week. Keep track of your repetitions on your calendar or journal. Which day did you perform the greatest number of repetitions? Celebrate your improving strength and share your outcome with a friend or training partner.


The Lenten Season – Day 16

LONGING FOR GOD AND BEHOLDING HIS GLORY in worship are inseparably linked. Psalm 63 is a window into a heart filled with a desire for God, to know him and encounter his presence amid life’s great struggles and sorrows. “O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water” (Ps 63:1).

For the desert wanderer, water is the singular pursuit and sole passion, with every other care and concern overshadowed by the desire for survival.
Beautiful and poetic as this imagery surely is, if you’re honest, you may struggle with psalms of this nature. How does anyone truly obtain this desperate longing to know God? Rather than joining them in this place, you may instead feel confusion or even shame at your lack of desire. We may wish to long for God in this way, yet in our heart of hearts, we struggle to see how this could ever be true of us.

The answer, according to this psalm, is found in a life of worship. A thirst for God finds its fulfillment in his presence, beholding his power and glory (Ps 63:2). It is in God’s presence that our desires are fulfilled and awakened within us. Our thirst is quenched, and we are simultaneously made aware of how deeply we long to know God more.


The Lenten Season – Day 15

In honor of this season, I will be posting inspiring music for most of the next 40 days. I hope you’ll use this music as an opportunity to quiet and settle yourself; for contemplation, preparation, and thanksgiving. May you be encouraged and realize the felt presence of Peace and Love as you hear the music; may you hear the message meant for you in each of the musical offerings. Wishing you peace and every good!


The Lenten Season – Day 14

In honor of this season, I will be posting inspiring music for most of the next 40 days. I hope you’ll use this music as an opportunity to quiet and settle yourself; for contemplation, preparation, and thanksgiving. May you be encouraged and realize the felt presence of Peace and Love as you hear the music; may you hear the message meant for you in each of the musical offerings. Wishing you peace and every good!



The Lenten Season – Day 13

In honor of this season, I will be posting inspiring music for most of the next 40 days. I hope you’ll use this music as an opportunity to quiet and settle yourself; for contemplation, preparation, and thanksgiving. May you be encouraged and realize the felt presence of Peace and Love as you hear the music; may you hear the message meant for you in each of the offerings. Wishing you peace and every good!


The Lenten Season – Day 12

CHILDREN BELIEVE ANYTHING. It’s so precious, we sometimes reckon it to them as righteousness. But no matter how sweet a child’s trust, we must still teach them to weigh trust against facts lest we leave them in constant danger. To keep ourselves and others safe, to make wise decisions in this life, they must learn how to doubt. Skepticism keeps us alive. But what happens when God solicits our trust? What happens when he gives us the facts, not from where we sit, but from where he sits?

If God’s promise doesn’t strain our ability to believe, then it is probably not a promise of God; it isn’t wild and good enough. Jesus blessed Thomas after the doubting disciple touched his hands and side after the resurrection, but then said, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe” (John 20:29). From Adam and Eve to Abram, to us, whatever our level of faith or skepticism, faith will be a challenge. It will require recovering trust, not out of naïveté, but out of a more foundational set of facts. Choosing to believe that God’s hidden facts undergird our current circumstances is grown-up work.