Listening to God: A Few Puzzling Questions to Ask Yourself

[H]ave you discovered how God speaks to us at the strangest times and in the strangest places? Being quiet and listening to God is a whole other story. I just spent the past few days in Post Falls, Idaho with one of my best friends. His family has a condo over the Spokane River, so when he asked me to get away for a “guys retreat” (i.e. he and I) for a few days, it took me all of 3.2 seconds to pray about going. I learned long ago that getting away to listen to God and enjoy His creation is good for my heart and soul.

When we arrived, I found this puzzle (yep, that’s the one!) on a small table next to a window overlooking the river, snow-covered mountains and a beautiful pine forest in the distance. I’m not much of a puzzle guy, but over the next couple days, I jumped in.  This puzzle prompted me to ask a few questions that, for me at least, I found worth listening to…

Do It Anyway: Thoughts from Mother Teresa

[O]ne of the most popular posts here on Art, Life & Faith is this poem written by Mother Teresa. When facing difficult people and an often-harsh world, Mother Teresa’s challenge to “Do It Anyway” offer a refreshing perspective of what it means to walk intimately with God. Mother Teresa’s simple and profound thoughts on the love of God, service to others, and living a simple life of faithfulness to God continues to inspire millions worldwide.


Her inspirational thoughts of what it means to love others in the name of Jesus strike an authentic, beautiful chord for everyone who desires a deeper walk with God. We all need gentle reminders to continue in the way of Jesus…

Broken Wholeness: Hope for Chronic Pain & Depression

If you struggle with chronic pain and depression (or know anyone who does), I hope you’ll be encouraged by this short video that tells my story. As I writer, I’ve wrestled with tendonitis in my wrists for over fifteen years and at times, chronic low back pain. Some seasons worse than others.