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Sandy Cove Blog

Plan your Play

Can I tell you a secret? The very first thing I did this Monday morning was to go in the opposite direction of my office. I left home early and drove directly to a local golf course. It was one of the first truly delightful mornings of spring and I had just gone through a stretch of days that were not filled with anything that would even remotely qualify as “play time.”

Topics: Spiritual Formation

Where Amazing Happens

The question I’ve been asking myself for the last few weeks is, “How do I describe one of the most life-changing experiences of my life in under 10 minutes?” God meets you in a moment, personally and powerfully, alters the trajectory of your life, and you’re left trying to put it into words.

Topics: Personal Retreat Spiritual Formation

The best things in life?

Let’s start with gratitude. Being thankful and finding practical ways to express it are known to make our lives better — boosting mood, reducing stress, improving sleep, strengthening our connections with other people. And that’s just for starters. The list of science-backed benefits is a long one. 

But there’s an ancient source that’s been touting the importance of giving thanks far longer than researchers have been studying it. Science is just catching up to the Bible’s unambiguous instruction to give thanks in all circumstances.

Paul, the man who penned those words, wanted us to know that expressing gratitude is not a self-improvement project; it’s a path to peace. It’s what God wants for you. And to live in harmony with His will has an enormous impact on our wellbeing.

The story goes that if you start writing down everything you have to be thankful for, you won’t be able to stop. Gratitude begets gratitude. Thanksgiving multiplies. Gratefulness grows.

With that in mind, what are you thankful for? Who are you thankful for? If you're anything like me, once you get your list started, you'll find your mind and heart flooded with the memories, moments, and miracles God's graciously allowed you to experience, and you won't be able to write fast enough.

Topics: Giving Spiritual Formation

An Openhanded Life

All he wanted was my sunglasses, a pair of $30 shades that I had purchased just a few weeks before. But I wasn’t exactly on board with his request. I still had another week in the sun-drenched African country where he lived, and my sunglasses, which he was now wearing, having taken them right off my face, fit my misshapen head perfectly. Or so I thought. He seemed to think they looked better on him than they did on me, which I had to admit was true, mainly because of how excited he was to be wearing them. Still, I did not want to let go of those sunglasses. But he was relentless. So were his friends.

Topics: Giving Spiritual Formation

An Intentional Hypocrite

I’m a hypocrite, and I’ll admit it…

Topics: Family Camp Family Spiritual Formation

A Family Resemblance

At the start of 2017, I took a deep breath and sent a message out to ten people who have known me for at least ten years. While that may not sound like a big deal, the reason it required a deep breath is because I asked those ten people to tell me the first three words that come to mind when they think of me.

Topics: Giving Spiritual Formation