Vision And The Artful Life

I am beginning to believe that the visions God gives, particularly those related to personal destiny, are primarily preferred futures that God favors in correlation with our own responses to life.

It is a rare thing indeed to watch God do 90% of the work to fulfill a thing, while we, astonished, look on.

God speaks, we hear, and we act in Christlike character in accord with that invitation. A vision given is a welcoming to move forward toward a promise, not a promise that God is somehow obligated to fulfill without yours or my concerted participation.

Our creative and obedient response to God’s invitations – this is the artful life.


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.