Cultivating Creativity

I was remembering again today the importance of spending considerable time around artists, in my case today, musicians, who are stronger and more seasoned than you.

Lingering in environments where the music is always a bit tighter, a bit richer, a bit more confident, a bit more “seasoned” than one’s one expression is simply good for the gift.

We rise to this. We listen, and remember why we love to play. We approach our instrument just a bit differently for a week after an inspiring performance.

Linger among those, in concerts or in studios, in living rooms or on stages, that play with greater authority than you.

You will rise to it, and your song will be sweeter.


Sheltering Mercy and Endless Grace help us rediscover the rich treasures of the Psalms—through free-verse prayer renderings of their poems and hymns—as a guide to personal devotion and meditation. Sheltering Mercy helps the reader pray Psalms 1-75; Endless Grace leads in prayer through Psalms 76-150.

The church has always used the Psalms as part of its prayer life, and they have inspired countless other prayers. Each book contains 75 prayers drawn from the Book of Psalms, providing lyrical sketches of what authors Ryan Smith and Dan Wilt have seen, heard, and felt while sojourning there. Each prayer is a response to the Psalms written in harmony with Scripture. These prayers help us quiet our hearts before God and welcome us into a safe place amid the storms of life.

These artful, poetic, and classic devotional books are a perfect gift, and feature compelling stunning illustrations and hardcover binding, offering a fresh way to reflect on and pray the Psalms. Co-written with Ryan Whitaker Smith, Brazos Publishing.

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