Building Altars With Stone: On A Personal Retreat

I’m away for a day on a Personal Retreat – my goal is to continue to embrace an annual remembering, reflecting and reclaiming of personal mission and attention to God’s whispers in my life.

I’d appreciate if you’d pray for me over this time. Our approach to, The Essentials Course and our Masters work is part of the process I’m in this week, as well as in arenas of personal decisions, creativity and my family path. I would want to hear God speak to these worlds and more as my highest goal for this time away.

Thanks for the friendship.

Here’s the pattern for the day.

(Meals and walks will intersperse. I’m in a beautiful Maine arts town to kickstart me.)

Step 1: Pray, linger in the Scriptures, and then read and watch creative expressions that stimulate my thinking process.

Step 2: Approach my Personal Mission Statement before God once again.

Step 3: Rewrite that Mission Statement with fresh reflection and a view toward the future.

Step 4: Examine my present roles and responsibilities in light of that reflection.

Step 5: Prayerfully make decisions, with my wife, toward the future.


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.