A Prayer for When You Don’t Know How to Pray

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Do you ever feel like you don’t know how to pray? Or what to pray? If I was sitting in church or a classroom, I hope I wouldn’t be the only guy to raise my hand. I try to make it a regular practice to get up early in the morning, make my first cup of coffee and sit in the leather chair in my office to pray and read. It’s my first step into sanity for the day because I know how easy it is for me to get derailed throughout the day. But that’s just me…

Honestly, there are so many days when I’ve got so much on my mind that all that seems to pour out of my heart to God is, “Blaaa–eeech!”  I wonder if my prayers look like me swinging a thin little broomstick at all chest-beating gorillas in my mind? If there are days when you don’t know how or what to pray, I have a beautiful prayer I want to share with you. It comes from Brennan Manning, one of my favorite authors. Read on…

Pray and Take Action for Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

For the past five years, Ken Straw (my screenwriting partner) and I have been researching and writing about the history of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). I typically don’t write posts of a political nature, but today’s Art, Life & Faith post is about preserving life. Call it exercising faith through prayer and action. First, I want to ask you to pray for the safety of the people in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo. I have very dear friends who are leaders living, working and ministering in Goma, whose names need to be kept anonymous for their safety. In the past few days, the situation in the Eastern Congo has gone from bad to worse with the M23 rebels takeover of Goma. According to reports, their next goal is the takeover of Bukavu, the capital of South Kivu province on the other side of Lake Kivu. The chance for M23 conscripting child soldiers is high. To take action, read on…

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The Key to A Happy Life: Surrender to God

[D]o you want to live a happy life? Though life is filled with blessings and challenges, the key to a happy life is much simpler than you think. Let me start with a story…

Last week, I had the wonderful opportunity to get away to the local mountains in Big Bear with twelve Southern California worship leaders. Hosted by The Grove Center for the Arts & Media, we had three days of great meals, laughter, music and wonderful conversations about cultivating our lives in Christ. On the final day of our getaway, Sherri Alden, one of our Grove board members read this amazing quote by George Mueller. In this simple quote, I rediscovered what I’ve know for many years: The key to a happy and full and rich life is full surrender to God…a daily process that takes a lifetime! I hope you enjoy these inspiring words and share them with a friend today. Read on…

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Top Art, Life & Faith Posts for March 2012

Here are the Top 10 Posts from my Art, Life & Faith blog for March 2012. In writing about the arts, creativity, spiritual growth, writing and relationships, my goal is provide you with relevant, practical and inspirational content. In case you’re wondering where I found this cool infographic, visit Wordle! See what people enjoyed reading here on Art, Life & Faith…

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A Christmas Prayer

During Christmas, Thanksgiving, and other holidays, I’m often “the guy” called upon to lead everyone in a prayer before the big meal. Praying with my family is a gift and a privilege, but I must confess, I’m often at a loss for words about what to say. How do you beat the Christmas story? (Not that God has any real competitors.) It’s pretty tough to surpass the eloquence of Isaiah and the simplicity found in the Gospels of Matthew, Luke, or John. So instead, I offer you a prayer for this Christmas written long ago by a famous author…

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Holy is a Four-Letter Word

Growing up Catholic, I walked into a lot of old churches and cathedrals. The lingering smells of incense, the glow of red votive candles and the overwhelming presence of Jesus hanging on the cross front and center above the altar made it very clear that this sacred space was a holy place. You don’t always get that walking into minimalist Protestant churches with bare walls or big screens in movie theater-like auditoriums. In Catholic churches, the idea or should I say “the sense of” holy permeates the place. When you walk into St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, you know you’re in a holy place. You’re not at the Regal 21 screen multiplex.

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Holy and the idea of holy is a word that most of us just don’t get. For many years in my spiritual journey, holiness has often seemed like a long walk in the desert with no real destination in sight.

When You Can’t See Ahead

IMG 0643 225x300 When You Cant See AheadI’ve taken a break from blogging for the past several weeks as I have been focused on a film production and other writing projects. Jumping back in, I’d like to offer you this beautiful prayer from Thomas Merton, one of the greatest Christian thinkers of the 20th. century (and one of my favorite writers). I hope you’ll be encouraged and share it with someone in need.

The Lemonade Fast-It Works!

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A little background might help. The Lemonade Fast was developed by Stanley Burroughs, who named it the Master Cleanser Recipe. I’m forty-seven, the same age my brother-in-law was when he died from a very nasty cancer. So I’m thinking, “A master cleanse might not be a bad idea.” Let me tell you more…

Slow Children & Dangerous Wonder

 Slow Children & Dangerous Wonder

[dc]H[/dc]ave you read Dangerous Wonder: The Adventure of Childlike Faith by Mike Yaconelli?  It’s one of my favorite old books to pull off the shelf when I need to be reminded of the importance of childlike faith.

I love adventure and I love going on adventures with my kids. As my kids like to tell my wife Krista, “There are five children in our family: Us four kids and Dad!”

Whenever I drive by a neighborhood that has one of favorite street signs, I’ll point it out to my kids and say, “Slow children…how sad!” Yet, there is much spiritual wisdom in walking slowly with God. Here’s a favorite quote from Dangerous Wonder…