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The Best Treasure Hunt Ever (And The Key You’ll Need to Find It)

Back in the 1980’s some people became convinced the tension between the U.S.S.R. and the United States would lead to WWIII and nuclear disaster.

My parents were among them.

So were my husband, Leif’s parents.

Both responded by burying treasures in the yard. They dug holes and buried Bibles, food, and silver coins. My parents even built a bomb shelter. We canned corn. We dug a well. We lived a crazy awesome life (and I share the hilarious details in The Organic God).

Years passed. The Cold War ended.

But my beloved Mom couldn’t find her precious silver coins. Her treasure map wasn’t detailed enough. Our front lawn looked like a scene from gophers gone wild.

Holes everywhere.

I’m not sure she ever found those silver coins. Maybe some day someone in the mountains of North Carolina will stumble on them and enjoy a great afternoon at an arcade.

This giggly memory reminds me of a more contemporary treasure hunt that’s going on between God and us.

This hunt begins with the words, “Search me and know my heart.”

When we whisper, write, or color those words, do we realize the-strap-on-your-helmet-buckle-up words what we’re saying? Continue Reading...

What to Look For In The Best Christian Adult Coloring Books

The initial response to the first Live Loved: A Christian Adult Coloring Books have left me wonderstruck. Images of parents coloring alongside their children and talking about the Bible brings me to tears.

The photos of women and men taking take to reflect on Scripture in an interactive, life-giving way, and then journal brings such joy.

I’m undone by what God is doing through Live Loved: A Christian Adult Coloring Books.

Maybe you’re just discovering the adult coloring book trend that is sweeping the nation and wondering why it’s so popular or what to look for in the best Christian adult coloring books.

Here are 5 things you need to know: Continue Reading...


Since the launch of the Scouting the Divine summer Bible study, I’ve been playing in our yard—tugging at stubborn weeds, pruning wild shrubs, plucking the never-ending dandelions.

I find the Holy Spirit nudging me toward Scripture, uncovering deep-rooted truths, with each pinch and snip. I’m rediscovered what many a farmer and gardener know to be true: Continue Reading...

Why God Uses Vineyard Imagery to Reveal His Heart

I AM the vine.

Long before Jesus took on the imagery of the vineyard for Himself, God had been using vineyard imagery to communicate His heart to the people.

The Song of Vineyard is nestled in Isaiah 5:1-7. This delicate yet ferocious poem provides the most detailed description of caring for vineyards in the Scripture.

The syllables capture…

God’s tender care

God’s intimate involvement

God’s long-term commitment

God’s meticulousness

God’s attentiveness

God’s treasure

God’s fierce love

God’s hot jealousy

Watch as a startling turn of events unfold … Continue Reading...

Why Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 Hour Rule Doesn’t Work and the 10,000 You Should Really Be Concerned About

In Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell suggests that 10,000 hours of deliberate practice are required to become world-class in any field. Perhaps you heard the same principle touted. The number always felt too thin to me, as if it were missing an extra zero.

A Princeton study revealed that 10,000 hours of deliberate practice doesn’t offer any guarantees of mastery. A meta-analysis of 88 studies on deliberate practice found that practice accounted for only 12% of the difference in performance.

Consider the wide varying impact of practice:

-In music, practice made a 21% difference

-In sports, it made an 18% difference

-In education, it made a 4% difference

-In profession, it made a 1% difference.

Mastery is more than practice. Factors including the stability of the field, new innovations, as well as competitiveness within the field may have greater impacts and implications than those 10,000 hours.

I recently met a person who reminded me that maybe a far more important 10,000 deserves our time and reflection. This 10,000 may impact your life, your family, your future, more than can imagine. Continue Reading...