Soaking It In

I’ve become a SLOW reader. Why? Because I want to soak up every little bit of literary crafting in order to fully let the words get into my heart and not just my head.  I’ve been plugging my way through Mark Batterson’s new book Primal and needless to say, I’m intrigued.

I so appreciated his reminder that “silence is one of the soul’s love languages” after coming from a place that exudes silence (a farm far from town) and going into a small, but “noisy” city.  I love getting away in the wilderness…

Along with that, I SO needed the following reminder: “But if God is speaking to your heart, don’t let your mind get in the way of what God wants you to do. Sometimes loving God with all your heart simply means listening to your heart instead of your head.” Whoa, so good. When God invades my heart in such a shattering way, I don’t want to get caught up in the silly games my head plays. God completely changed my heart this last year and I’m letting Him come deeper so that my heart can respond with a big “YES” regardless of how it looks to my head.

So, what do you think? Are you looking for a primal faith? Ready to go on a quest for the lost soul of Christianity with Mark? Check out the book here or when I finish my copy, I’ll send it your way!

p.s. Check back tomorrow for another great quote from Primal and some thoughts about what breaks God’s heart…

*This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.


Wait for the Lord,

be strong and take heart

and wait for the Lord

Psalm 27:14

I make plans. I conjure up ideas in my head about what I want to do today, tomorrow, five years from now. I am flexible, yes, but I still make plans and roll with the changes as they come.  I play out the what-if game in my head and toy with all sorts of ideas.  Yet, right now, I find myself in a place that takes me out of my comfort zone.  I am learning to wait.  I am learning to let go of my plans to seek Him.  I am waiting for guidance. I am digging deep and holding His hand.  I am learning to love the uncertainty. I am learning to trust all over again. I am terrified yet my heart is happy.  I am taking a step out onto the water. I am ready for a little excitement, adventure, and risk.


“You get to decide what you do today and what you do tomorrow, but you will be accountable for your choices….Quit blaming your indecisiveness on God.” p. 174 Wide Awake by Erwin McManus

One More Day!

Tomorrow’s the big day!  Well…not *that* big day, but the big day as in the Daring Bakers unveil their/our creations and another Ragamuffintop post happens as well.  So here’s my big plan for the day:

  • Work out whenever the rain has stopped
  • Go grocery shopping for Daring Bakers supplies and a few other things–unless I decide to go tonight
  • Go to the bank to pay some rent and make some deposits
  • Finally make the Daring Bakers recipe!! Get ready, it’s going to be good and I have high hopes for this.
  • Get a haircut?
  • Oh and post a couple blogs.
Edit: Okay so apparently I posted before I re-read the recipe. The post date for the Daring Bakers is Sunday the 29th. Oops!  So, I’ll be good and wait 🙂


I’ve discovered the wonder and usefulness of saving drafts.  If I have a quick idea or quote that I want to write more about later I can save a draft, let it simmer and come back to reap the harvest.  I have about 3-4 drafts right now waiting to be unleashed.  I’m going to read a great book The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss now, but maybe tomorrow I’ll let loose the power of the drafts!  Hope everyone is enjoying the weather and getting outside 🙂  

p.s. I’m reading through Hebrews right now…what are you reading in the Bible or otherwise?


I have SO many things I want to write about and share, but silly work and sleep are calling my name.  I don’t have any “plans” for tomorrow night so hopefully I’ll get to some of these blog ideas.  Until then…go read Philippians 2:1-11…aw, plus I love the verses after that especially 14 so read it all!May your night be filled with joy and rest!