Freedom in Worship: Jesus We Love You

A few years ago, I heard a worship leader spontaneously say worship can be compared to writing a love letter to God; singing pre-composed lyrics and the main melody can be lovely, like giving a beautiful greeting card to the one you love. But adding your own variations within the song– by humming, making up phrases of thanksgiving or praise, or singing your own little prayer that mingles with songs of […]

Open Eyes, Encounter God

Praying through Art? I’d heard of different ways people do this, but my own experience did not include “Visio Divina.” That is, until last month! Have you ever heard of Lectio Divina? We recently discovered that awesomeness. But Visio Divina is not using your ears, but your eyes. To look […]

Open Our Ears

Do miracles really happen? … Last week I watched a young woman around 20 years old suddenly receive the gift of hearing for the first time in her life. This woman has been completely deaf in both ears since birth and had the vocal characteristics of someone who has never […]

Envision This

Last Wednesday an artist painted on my life, and on the lives of 45 others. Dean Estes spoke at our “Envision” gathering on being a whole, unfragmented artist; he says we are all ministers who can speak life into those around us. He invited photographer Chad Estes and art missionary […]

Plein Air Pause

“And midway through class, is it okay if I take the children outside for a plein air pause?” Can’t you just hear the silence? What an enchanting way to redirect activities during an art class. Gina always makes me ponder the depths of things. My friend Gina is teaching art […]