Retreat Center Update

Sunday night we hosted our first retreat group! Seven lovely people spent a couple of hours creating in the art room, then some time talking and laughing (and eating) around the campfire. The weather was just about perfect and we all had a great time. I spent yesterday morning–my sabbath time–working on the labyrinth. After…

Monday Prayer Practice: Art Journal

This morning I finished reading and praying through Jan Richardson’s retreat material for Women’s Christmas. I had my colored pencils and art journal ready as I read, and found myself sketching out this picture to accompany a favorite quote: May you sink the roots of your soul Deeper and deeper still into the love of…

Colored Pencil Prayers–Order Deadline Tomorrow

I’m getting ready to copy, bind, and ship the Colored Pencil Prayers books! All orders that I receive by midnight on Friday, December 7, are guaranteed to ship by Monday, December 10–which should get the books to you in plenty of time for Christmas. [Please note that you can order books after December 7, they…

Get a Free Book!

I’m working on a new devotional book–a sort of creative prayer journal: Colored Pencil Prayers. I will have the blog page of detailed information up over the weekend (in plenty of time for Black Friday and Cyber Monday which I have ambiguous feelings about, but anyway . . .). In the meantime, I can tell…

Weekly Prayer Practice

We’re getting ready to head out camping and I realized that I haven’t posted a prayer practice for this week. So here’s some inspiration from a post I wrote last year. “One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture and, if possible, speak a…

Weekly Prayer Practice: Visual Lectio Divina

You may be familiar with the practice of lectio divina—a contemplative reading of scripture. This prayer practice of visual lectio divina is an adaptation of the group method in which there are traditionally three readings of a given scripture, with a different meditative focus for each. This visual lectio divina can be practiced individually or…

Thoughts on 30 Days

I’ll be honest. I signed up for 30 Days of Creativity on a whim. A total whim. Because it sounded like fun. And because I could–I’m on sabbatical. The 30 Days website says, “Your brain is like a muscle. When you exercise it, it gets stronger.” One of their signs says, “Through creativity, we can…