How to Make Time Stand Still

Fil Anderson

They say time flies but it doesn't always have to be that way. These words from John O'Donohue give the recipe for how to make it stop. Draw alongside the silence of stone Until its calmness can claim you. Be excessively gentle with yourself. Stay clear of those vexed in spirit. Learn to linger around someone of ease Who feels they have all the time in the world. Gradually, you will return to yourself, Having learned a new respect for your heart And the joy that dwells far within … [Continue reading]

for your weekend

Greensboro, NC

May your weekend be slow and full all at once, and may you be thoughtful and free within it. Enjoy it, friends. Here are a few good reads along the way. Slow and Quiet by Adam S. McHugh When it Doesn't Feel Like Plenty - podcast with Leeana Tankersley How to Stay: A Sense of Place for the Tent-Loving Nomad by Christa Wells What Brings You Life? by David G. Benner … [Continue reading]

When the Mega is Praised at the Expense of the Small

fall in greensboro

It seems like lately we are all rooting for the remarkable and brave within one another and for that, I’m thankful. I'm thankful when I hear from friends who are finally agreeing with the Trinity that they bear the image of God and have something to offer. I'm thankful when I listen to people I admire speak the truth they are living into. I'm thankful when I remember the timid, try-hard way I used to live and the gracious way Jesus walks with me through that. I'm all about noticing what is most … [Continue reading]

Let’s Share What We Learned in October

What We Learned in October

Hello, friends! A few days into November, it's time to share what we learned last month. Remember, this is a place to share all kinds of learning, both the silly and the serious. I lean toward sharing the silly since I tend to share the serious every other day. But any and all learning is welcome.  Here are six things I learned in October in no particular order: 1. Gerbils are extroverts and also would make great tributes in The Hunger Games. I didn't learn this from experience, but I did … [Continue reading]

for your weekend


Today, may I see the abundance of what is rather than the emptiness of what is not. May I learn to receive the simplest gifts as a daily grace and go with Christ as he brings me to his fulness, over and over again. Enjoy your weekend, friends. Thanks for joining me this month as we celebrated Artists who Influence. I look forward to adding to the list in the weeks to come! Here are some good reads from the week: "In puffy coats and matching nothing …" This post from Shannan Martin that I … [Continue reading]

Jesus, Good Timing, and the Ministry of Mums

emily p freeman

Often I remind myself of the importance of speaking out and writing words, not because they’ve never been spoken or written before but because our saying or writing them may be the first time someone finally hears them. I recently heard two simple sentences that had a deep impact on me, not because I’ve never heard anything like them but because I’m in a season where I needed to hear them now. A few words Preston Yancey recently spoke came at just the right time for me, so right that when he … [Continue reading]

We Interrupt This Series to Say Some Things

Artists who Influence-2

Hello. It's October 27th and I'm only on Day 20 of our 31 day series. I have zero amount of concern over this, just so you know. Because here's what I've been thinking. As I'm writing this series I'm realizing how much I'm enjoying it. So much, in fact, that I don't want to rush through it. And so (so!) I decided sometime two weeks ago, between being stuck in D.C. overnight after a missed connection and driving around Nashville in a rental car, that for me in this season, publishing daily on … [Continue reading]

Art Without Pictures

BJ Novak - Artists Who Influence

B.J. Novak is an artist who influences because he wrote a book for kids with no pictures. And when he reads it out loud, this is what happens (that means there's a video next): Learn more about B.J. Novak and check out The Book with No Pictures, currently ranked #4 out of all the books on Amazon. … [Continue reading]

For When You Fear Your Art Isn’t a Thing

Kendra Adachi - Artists Who Influence

I know it's easy to call the painters, the singers, and the dancers artists. And they are. But you know by now that the kind of art we talk about here is broader than that. Kendra is one of my favorite examples of an artist because she has taken brave steps to uncover what it is that makes her come alive and she has found a way to package that up as a gift for others. This didn't come quick or easy. She loves to bake, she loves movies, and she loves to create environments for people to connect … [Continue reading]

There’s Something About Judy

Judy Garland - Artists Who Influence

As you well know, The Wizard of Oz is my favorite movie of pretty much all time. Because it's had such a huge impact on my life, I knew I had to include it somehow in my month of highlighting artists who have influenced me, but it has taken me some time to tease out why. As I thought about how I felt looking forward to the movie coming on TV every fall, how I felt the night before it aired, and my experience watching the movie, all (yellow brick) roads led to Dorothy. I adored her. For this … [Continue reading]