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A breath of fresh air for your mind.

Have you been prioritizing your daily to-do lists over life’s bigger picture? It can be so easy to get caught up in tasks and forget to foreground life’s mysteries once in a while. So set aside just five minutes and join me on Alice at Dawn as we ponder thought-provoking questions and navigate our complex world together.

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Featured: But first the quiet ...

"Best of any song is bird song in the quiet, but first you must have the quiet." (Wendell Berry)

Prayer is simply helplessness ...

One idea that has helped me with prayer more than almost any other comes from a Norwegian Christian named Ole Hallesby. In his classic book, simply called Prayer, I first encountered this idea: "Prayer is simply helplessness combined with faith." Hallesby says more to help us understand this simple, yet profound truth: "Prayer and helplessness […]

Less is more ...

A great German thinker named Meister Eckhart said, "God is not found in the soul by adding anything but by subtracting." I remember where I was when I first read this line. I was lying on my couch reading the book in which it was contained. Ever have one of these moments? The whole world […]

If you are sad, be sad ...

Christians have such a weird relationships with hard emotions. I think it is because we often are led to believe that expressing sadness, disappointment, anger, or fear means that we don't trust God, we don't believe God is good; that we are somehow failing God  by being less than perfectly cheerful every day of our lives. […]

Defend yourself against sound ...

It is my favorite time of the summer. Work has not yet picked up to full speed. My adult kids are not here using our house as home base as they transition from place to place. My soul is settled. My heart is quiet. My breathing is deeper, slower. I could sit for hours on […]

We need not get frantic ...

"We need not get frantic. God is at the helm. And when our little day is done we lie down quietly in peace, for all is well." (Thomas Kelly)

The heart was small ...

At times, poetry speaks more eloquently than any other form of speech. Mary Oliver's poem - Of The Empire - is an example: "We will be known as a culture that feared death and adored power, that tried to vanquish insecurity for the few and cared little for the penury of the many. We will […]

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A mental breath of fresh air.

There is sometimes a perception that because I have been a pastor for the past 20 years and have been counseling at least as long, that I have my whole life together.

But honestly, that’s not always the case.

I struggle with many of the same things that you do, and that’s one of the reasons I write Alice at Dawn. So that we can tackle those questions together.


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Welcome to Alice at Dawn. My short posts are meant to be regular reminders to keep walking, to keep living, to continue to listen to the voice deep within your spirit that whispers ... this is the way. Walk in it.

Please join us, and invite others ... You are very, very welcome here.


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