My West Virginia Morning: In Like a Lion (plus a giveaway)


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This morning I awaken to a softer world. Snow lands in layered pillows and our usual noise is quieted, hushed by a thick layer of white. The sky keeps falling down, the street is buried, there are rumors of power outages, and the clinic is closed. The initial anxiety of interruption gives way to quiet joy and I am softer too. The spirit rests in this muffled stillness.

“A life without a lonely place, that is, a life without a quiet center,” says Henri Nouwen, “easily becomes destructive.”

When I slow to listen, I see how this is true. How quick I am to lay my worth in all the things I do. So that when productivity comes to a screeching halt I am filled with anxiety. Surely there is something I can do to fill this quiet place.

But God whispers to me, “Be still.”

And more emphatically, “BE.”

I feel the weight of Presence and it fills me with light. This is cause for celebration—my Beloved has been waiting for me all this time. So I don my boots and wade through the train of winter’s gown, stand under a heavily cloaked Maple and stare up into the white sky falling down. Bonnie watches from the window as I frame up the lion.

I find my quiet center through the lens and this lonely place, this being—it is prayer.

I have two lovely copies of Dawn Camp’s beautiful new devotional The Beauty of Grace to giveaway! Enter below and I’ll announce the winners in Mondays Playdates with God post.
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Playdates with God: Having a Childlike Faith in a Grown-up World

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Playdates with God: Having a Childlike Faith in a Grown-up World is the story of how a simple invitation to play can open our eyes to joy and call us back to an intimate relationship with God.

Do you remember when you first fell in love? When you fell in love with Jesus, was it much the same? Did you spend countless hours poring over Scripture? Did sleep suddenly seem mundane as you rose at pre-dawn each day to meet with him? Was every sunset an expression of his love and did every sermon hold a secret message just for you? Isn't this the place we all long to return to within our spiritual lives? We desire the bliss of an intimate, unrestrained love relationship with God.

Playdates with God is the story of how, when we step out of our ordinary grown-up lives and set aside time for wonder, we open our hearts to be wooed back to our first love—to the excitement we felt when we first fell in love with Jesus. But this is more than a story about falling in love.

It’s about staying in love.

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