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 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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