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What to Do When All You Want to Do Is Quit

The desert.

Leif and I have been committed to thrive in Salt Lake City for more than a month now.

The heat. The dryness. The dust.

Though we are guests in our friend’s home surrounded by lush vegetation and vibrant flower petals, we are not tricked. We abide in a desert.

Whenever you’re thrust into a desert—geographically, professionally, spiritually, mentally—you learn new skills. I’m becoming convinced, even in our short time here, that the desert is one of the most stunning, beautiful, growth-prone areas we’ve ever lived.

Even when your nose is chalky sunburnt.

Even when your lips crack.

Even when you lose your way.

Even when you want to give up.

As followers of Jesus, we are meant to do more than survive the desert, we are meant to thrive in the desert. But how? Continue Reading...

What Keeps You Up at Night?

Margaret —  June 22, 2015 — 8 Comments

What Keeps You Up at Night?

I’m thrilled you’re back and joining us as we are Scouting the Divine in this summer online Bible study. This week, we’re spending more time with Lynne, the shepherdess, in order to understand the hundreds of sheep, shepherd, and flock references throughout the Bible.

One of the most inspiring books on shepherding is Philip Keller’s A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23. He observes that when the psalmist pens this praise: “He makes me lie down...” (Psalm 23:2), it speaks to the power of the shepherd in the lives of the sheep.

To lie down is to rest, surrender, relax. To let worries and anxieties go. To stop running, striving, searching, seeking.

To trust that the one who hung the stars, holds you.

But here’s what’s fascinating! According to shepherd Philip Keller, there are four requirements that need to be met before sheep will lie down: Continue Reading...

The Bible Says Jesus’ Yoke Is Easy, But Some Days I Doubt

Sitting in the counselor’s office after months of brutal treatment, I felt exasperated by the loss of strength, energy, clarity, sanity. As soon as I finished one treatment, I entered another. Chemotherapy. Radiation. More and more surgeries.

The counselor slapped me across the face with the following words:

Resilience is finite.

The Bible Says Jesus’ Yoke Is Easy, But Some Days I Doubt

The statement caught me off guard. I’ve always thought of resilience as endless. The spring always bounces back. The well always renews.

The counselor revealed that overused metal springs can wear right through. Some wells run dry. The bounce never returns. The place remains barren.

Thirty years of counseling experience, and he’d seen this again and again.

People burning through their resilience. Empty. Lifeless. Former shadows of themselves.

Sometimes the sparkle never returns to the iris.

I didn’t want to be among them. Continue Reading...

 The Secret to Reigniting Your Faith

Over the years, I’ve discovered a secret to reigniting your faith—even when it seems impossible:  Continue Reading...


Over the last few years I’ve slowly been learning and relearning the power of rest, the gift of the Sabbath. In Wonderstruck, I confessed:

“Most days, I felt like I was running on a fuming treadmill on full incline. Exhausted and burned out, I was running with an empty gas tank and no energy. In embracing the wonder of rest, I’ve learned that freedom isn't found in tossing the treadmill, but in finding a maintainable pace.” –from Wonderstruck: Awaken to the Nearness of God

Over the last few years, I’ve been discovering and rediscovering the wonder of one of God’s most gracious and delicious gifts: rest.

Maybe, like me, you’ve allowed this gift to slip through your fingers like sand. Or maybe, like me, you’ve had rest ripped from your grasp because of the adversity you’re facing.

Whatever the cause, here are 3 things to remember if you’re feeling burned out or just flat tired: Continue Reading...