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 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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