3 Ways that Solitude in Creation Helps You Hear God Speak

Solitude with God in Tasmania - Ashley Denton

We want to hear God speak to us. We daily need his guidance. Yet, the clutter, busyness, and noise of life at times makes us feel like God’s still small voice is being drowned out. Do you ever freak out a bit and say to yourself something like, “I don’t care what anyone else has to say, I just want to hear what God has to say about this situation.” Well, if you have ever reached that place, then you are welcome member of the human race.

Taking Care of Your Soul to Know Jesus Deeper

photo by Adam Lum

It may seem like the right thing to do to take care of others’ souls at the expense of our own soul, but this is not the pattern we see in Scripture. God’s design is that you first tend to your own soul’s thirst for him. Then you can attend to the needs of others with much more grace.

Is it the Experience that Makes Us Stronger? Or is it God?

Occasions do not make a man either strong or weak but they show what he is. - Thomas a Kempis

The next time you find you are in the middle of an epic challenge, whether you are succeeding or failing, stop and recognize what is going on… God is using that experience to show you a window into your soul.

Hosea’s Wilderness Wisdom: 4 Ways a Walk & Talk w/ Jesus Unlocks Troubled Communication w/God

Abide - grandfather hiking with grandaughter

“… and speak tenderly to her…” Hosea reminds God’s people that we have a communication problem. Communication is one of the top shelf needs for all people, and when we can’t communicate we implode.

HOW HAVING SPIRITUAL GUIDES IN YOUR LIFE HELPS YOU FLOAT AT GOD’S PACE

Fly Fishing-Float Trip

I was headed to Crested Butte, CO for an epic fly fishing trip. I was reluctant to go with a guide because I thought I should just figure it out myself. How vain and foolish that thinking was. As I look back on my decision to ignore my pride and partner up with a professional guide, I realize now that humility has some great rewards.

OUTDOOR RECREATION ESSENTIALS | OVERCOMING THE RISING TIDE OF EXCUSES

drfitwood misty beach

My recent trip to the San Juan Islands north of Seattle causes me to consider how to resist the rising tide of excuses in my life. How do we apply the adage “just do it” to our journey as a follower of Jesus? Outdoor recreation helps us break the habit of making excuses.

ANYONE UP FOR A MILK RUN? UNTRACKED POWDER AWAITS! A LESSON IN PURITY

woman snowboarding

I smell the presence of snow. Tiny crystals of water float loosely in heavy crisp air. Each breath refreshes and soothes the cavities of my nose with moisture. The maturing fall season triggers a conditioned reflex response. I salivate for my first turns on untracked pristine white snow.