On My Wife’s Birthday

mar-14-15-091Today, my beautiful wife Anita turns 44.

I beat her to it, being born approximately one month before her.

Across states, we breathed our first breath, took one blurry glance at the busy, cold world, and wondered about the things babies wonder about.

Years later, we met, moved through the stages of love, and now share a life together with three stunning souls we call our children.

Every age, billions of children are born. Every civilization, every phase of time, every location that human beings live and sustain life, there are children.

She is one of the billions, trillions, of babies ever born in the human race.

What makes her special?

Her eyes, her thoughts, her spirit, her laughter, her goodness, and the children who reflect our love in their eyes.

Happy birthday Anita. You are truly are one in a trillion to me.


Sheltering Mercy: Prayers Inspired by the Psalms

Sheltering Mercy, along with its companion volume, Endless Grace, helps 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.

The church has always used the Psalms as part of its prayer life, and they have inspired countless other prayers. This book contains 75 prayers drawn from Psalms 1-75, providing lyrical sketches of what authors Ryan Smith and Dan Wilt have seen, heard, and felt while sojourning in the Psalms. 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.

This artful, poetic, and classic devotional book features compelling custom illustrations and foil-stamped hardcover binding, offering a fresh way to reflect on and pray the Psalms.