On Peter, process (& giving up perfectionism)

On Peter, process (& giving up perfectionism)
Although I wrote about how it's okay to be in process, I need reminders because of my perfectionist tendencies. Recently, I received an unexpected visual reminder. I watched the TV miniseries A.D. The Bible Continues which runs for several weeks on Sunday evenings. One of the key story lines: Peter models confidence in his own strength before testing reveals failure. Photo of modern day Mount of Olives at night, used with permission of Flickr User: Chad Rosenthal The disciples and Jesus have ... [More]

On watching a sunset and God's love

On watching a sunset and God's love
Yesterday, our family visited Carmel Beach and we stayed to watch the sunset. The sun hung like a bright yellow orb in the darkening sky. It began to descend slowly like a curtain on a performance you didn't want to end. The sun dipped closer and closer to the horizon, then it disappeared. After a few minutes, a pink-coral haze became more visible as if an artist had flung color on canvas. A dark slate sky framed the soft salmon hue and below it an ocean growled with a low roar. Photo used with... [More]

On oatmeal, calling (& First things vs. next things)

On oatmeal, calling (& First things vs. next things)
Most mornings, I fill a glass measuring cup with water and gluten-free oatmeal then microwave it. Next I add cinnamon, a dash of maple syrup and Chia seeds. I'm grateful. When fresh fruit is available, it graces my oatmeal like colorful jewels. After walking with God over the past decades, I'm realizing a truth about my relationship with God. (Stay with me, I promise to share this truth and how it relates to oatmeal.) My conversation with a new Christ-follower and friend sparked this insight. S... [More]

Talking with Jennifer Camp about worship

Talking with Jennifer Camp about worship
Do you have a friend who asks you questions that cause you to think more deeply on a subject? My dear friend Jennifer Camp interviewed me on the topics of art, worship and listening to God. Her questions probed and caused me to pause. ****** Jennifer: Dolly, when we hear the word “worship” it is so easy to think of church, to think of praise music, to think of being in a sanctuary full of people and being led by a defined worship leader as we sing songs about God. When you hear the w... [More]

Top 10 Things I learned in March

Top 10 Things I learned in March
Friends, what a month...Inspiring and thought provoking links on a life well-lived, friendship, the importance of your story and the power of a novel. (Oops...actually, Top 13...I forgot to renumber when I added more links...You get 3 free bonuses [wink].) #13 is the movie I highly recommend you see as a family (if your kids are at least 12 years old); use it as a springboard to discuss the role freedom plays in real love. Or you can watch it with a group of friends. Oh, and if you can, read t... [More]