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Week 11: Plan B

I am on retreat today. It is a defensive retreat based on a breaking heart, diminishing returns and the beginning of an intense season of ministry for my family. (We run a Christian summer camp.) My afternoon retreat …

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Week 11: Dacha

Dacha is one of my favorite words. It’s Russian and I was introduced to it in the town of Istra, Russia in January 2012 while speaking on the topics of rest and retreat at a conference for …

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Week 11: Retreat!

“Retreat!” It’s a battle cry of the beloved. It’s strategic. It is revolutionary. My first personal retreat was the open gate that welcomed my heart back home to rest. As a deeply ingrained workaholic, the power of …

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Week 10: Knowing God #3

Be still and know that I am God… Psalm 46:10a Two scriptural accounts have formed my “knowing” God. Satisfied But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned …

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Week 9: God Speaks #2

God speaks to us through creation. He speaks to us through his Word. He speaks to us through quiet hearts. (Busy hearts, too, but the reception can be fuzzy.) When I was little, I was baffled—BAFFLED—by Jesus’ …

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