The Wisdom of Anne Lamott
January 2, 2012, 7:06 pm
Filed under: Our hearts

I was doing the brain rack on coming up with a New Years post that didn’t repeat what everyone else is saying when I came across this article by Anne Lamott on making time for the things that will set you free.

I couldn’t say it any better.

To you, and to finding a New Year of Life.



If You’ve Ever Doubted
August 2, 2011, 9:28 am
Filed under: Our hearts

I met an artist named this past weekend named Casey Lynch that sometimes doubts his ability when he sits down to create—even though he has massive talent.

(Check out his art here.)

Sometimes he hears a voice that shouts, “Who do you think you’re fooling? You can’t do this!”

I told him I know that voice. It’s the same one that whispers to my heart, “Pretty soon they’re all going to find out you can’t write, Jim.”

I know none of you reading this post hear that voice. Ever. You take the gifts God has given you and with utter confidence offer back to Him an expression of those talents.

But in case you have a microscopic sliver of doubt sometime in the future, I wanted you to know you’re not alone.

Do You Give Your Heart Workouts?
May 28, 2010, 12:23 am
Filed under: Our hearts

Do you exercise? Get some cardio in, lift weights?

Even if you don’t, you know it’s part of keeping your body healthy.

But what about your spiritual heart? What kind of exercise do you give it?

God says out of our hearts flows the wellspring of life. LIFE! Yet most of us race through our existence taking little thought to doing the things that keep the water flowing.

Here’s a few of the things I try to do:

  • Solitude- People see me as an extrovert, but I’m really a gregarious introvert. I need time alone. Every day.
  • Dirt biking- My sons and I love to get on our dirt bikes and tear through the mountains of eastern Washington. It brings adventure, community with my boys, and pulls me out of my ordinary world.
  • Beauty- Whether it’s in pictures or live, I need to see beauty daily to show me God’s lavish creativity and the nature of His character.
  • The Word- I read the gospels over and over again, because Jesus is life, and I want more life.
  • Water skiing, playing my guitar, watching a gut-wrenching movie … all give my heart a workout.

And you? What do you do to exercise your heart? Are you intentional about it, or is life too crazy busy?