8 days until Lent

Sunday morning I had the joy of speaking at a church that is going to do 40 Days of Decrease with their congregation for Lent. Trinity Church in Cedar Hill, TX is pastored by longtime friends, Jim and Becky Hennesey. They …

And the willow

I have spent much of today preparing to speak this week in Texas. My desk is mainly for emails and organizing and finances. My chair is for thinking and writing and creating. Today has mostly been a chair day. Creating sermons …

When I could have done better

Ah, learning. As an introvert—or perhaps simply as a human—I prefer to learn in private. Quite often though, my learning occurs in public. And public offers a different type of spiritual formational opportunity that cannot be underestimated. I am typing on …

Fasting Regrets on Faith Gateway

For this week’s blog, I invite you to click one more time HERE and read my thoughts on Fasting Regrets at FaithGateway.com. New is wonderful…and strangely, new is also at times a reminder of what is now old. May this be …

40 Days of Decrease is here!

“How do you feel?!” friends and family have asked on this eve of the book’s release. “I’m not sure!” has been my honest response. I am… In awe: I hoped (but lean realist too far to have been certain) that I …

Living Lighter Within

Typing tonight from my Mom’s home. Near the center of her small town, the house was build in 1914. Picture dark, wide wood trim and century-old floors, creme walls, high ceilings, and treats in every cupboard. Mom’s place is wonderfully warm.We always spend Sunday afternoon …

Crowded Mangers

As I type, presents and wrapping paper surround me. The unseasonably warm weather beckons me. A to-do list calls to me. And the dishes, well, they are still there. My writing room, and my heart, have been a wee bit crowded …

Harvest Gifts of Mentoring and Spiritual Direction

For the next few weeks, you will hear from some of our trusted affiliate mentors with Leadership Investment Intensives. Today’s post is from Stephanie Smith, and she shares vulnerably about freedom through mentoring. “You’ve settled for a shoulder-to-shoulder working relationship with Me. But, …

Mentoring: A Witness to “Withness”

For the next few weeks, you will hear from some of our trusted affiliate mentors with Leadership Investment Intensives. Today’s post is from Dr. Kimberly Nash Alexander, and it provides a scriptural framework for the “withness” of a mentoring relationship. Enjoy! Mentoring: …

Mentoring for Life and Leadership

Mentoring changes lives. When a spiritual companion accompanies another on an interior journey of the soul, a strategic re-wiring takes place which transforms deeply. For the next several weeks, you will hear from some of our trusted affiliate mentors with Leadership …