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A Fresh Wind is Blowing 

Do you know how in advance of a storm, the wind can pick up suddenly, change direction, and bring in a scent of rain? I have a growing sense that the same thing is happening with God’s Spirit. The wind of his Spirit has shifted. Have you felt it? In the last couple of weeks,…




Would You Like to Help Me Launch My New Book?

I love surprises, and this one is a surprise even to me. My new book, Live Loved Free Full, releases December 22, 2020. It had been sitting on my computer for more than a decade, and I had no idea what a gem it was until I opened it recently. Someone else had put this... Read More

Happy Birthday to Our Little Book

A year ago today, I released my latest book, A Language of Healing for a Polarized Nation, along with my coauthors Arnita Taylor and Bob Prater. In the year since, our culture has only grown more polarized, regretfully.  We're not blaming the book for that. We always knew a book about peacemaking would be... Read More

At Peace No Matter What

Someone sent my own quote back to me a few days ago, telling me how much it had encouraged them.  This thought always draws my heart back to a better place, as well. Our world is a mess, no doubt about it. I wish there had been no virus, that our country wasn't so... Read More

A Daily Guide to Living Loved, Free and Full

The world bombards us with its anxieties and distractions while religion often draws us onto the performance treadmill of doing our best for God. With all of that, how will we ever sustain a journey that leans into Father’s love and faces every circumstance in the growing confidence that we can know his ways... Read More

"This Book Has Been My Friend"

I'll let Lauren handle my blogging duties today. I've gotten many emails like this over the past nearly-twenty years that "The Jake Story" started to appear in the world. Dave Coleman and I started releasing chapters over twenty years ago at No one knew who was writing it at the time, but the... Read More

What's In Your Heart?

I've known John and his wife Jenny for almost twenty years. Transplanted to England from South Africa, we met them through our friends in Ireland and have enjoyed many rich times of fellowship with them. He's just published a new book and one that I think many of you will enjoy. It's called What's... Read More

Follow His Path Not the Crowd

Someone sent my own quote back to me from one my office sent out last month, with these words:  "Thank you so much for these 'Breath of Fresh Air' inspirational messages! The name is perfect, and the messages are greatly needed and much appreciated in these crazy, hectic, troubling times." Following Jesus and seeking... Read More

Politics Divide; Only Love Redeems

“How blessed is the man who has made the Lord his trust, and has not turned to the proud, nor to those who lapse into falsehood.” Psalm 40:4 Honestly, I couldn’t help it. I read this a few Sunday mornings ago, and the first thought in my head was “President Trump.” He creates more... Read More

Language of Healing Live - 2 pm (PDT) Today

In a week or so, this contentious U.S. election will be over and regardless of which side wins the election, how do we recover from the polarization that has been fostered during this campaign? That will be our topic this afternoon on another episode of Language of Healing Live at 2:00 pm PDT.  I'll... Read More

Putting Some Encouragement Into Your Day

I've never had so much fun recycling. We do it, of course. We live in California, and you can't take everything to landfills. We recycle everything we can, including banana peels, which go back to making compost for Sara's garden. But my own writings? It really hadn't occurred to me even a few weeks... Read More

Did You Enjoy Your Breath of Fresh Air This Week?

Last week we began a new service here at Lifestream. We started a three-day-a-week email to encourage people to take a beat and reflect on some aspect of God’s work in them and the world around them. A lady in Pennsylvania is selecting quotations from my various books, podcasts, blog posts, and articles I’ve... Read More

A Breath of Fresh Air

From the smokey haze of California, a breath of fresh air sounds pretty awesome.  To draw a deep, clean breath can clear the mind, and exhaling can refocus our spirit. "I can't breathe," has become a too-often used refrain this year whether it's black men under the knee of a racist police officer, a... Read More

Busting Up Your Bias - Going Live Today at 2 pm

How do our perceptions of people groups who may be of a different color, different faith, or different sexuality affect how we relate to them? Many people can't recognize their own biases, especially those that lead to injustice and unfairness for others. Recognizing we all have biases and learning how to manage them is... Read More

A Conversation We Desperately Need

One of the big themes for A Language of healing for a Polarized Nation is the importance of nuance. Political realities in our world push us toward one extreme or the other—binary thinking. It's all or nothing! Those narratives are killing us. Last night, I had dinner with a police friend of mine. Hearing him talk... Read More

Perfectly in Process

Remember that song I wrote about a few weeks ago, that uplifting melody playing softly in the background of the chaos going on around us? I hope you're still listening, leaning into its rhythm, and letting its lyrics soften your soul? The more I give place to that song in my heart, the more... Read More

Coming Home to the Sierras

I look forward every year to our time in the Sierras where my 95-year-old father lives. I love everything about this area—the pines and cedars, granite boulders, the blue water of an alpine lake, a starry night sky clear enough to see the Milky Way with ease, wild lupin, the crunching of dirt, pine... Read More

Finding a Refuge in Love

I don't think anyone has sent me flowers before. But yesterday, I got an email from a friend in Oregon with a picture of two bouquets of roses.  Mark Warner is a former pastor and former alcoholic who knows the dark side well. His email was titled:  Why I Take Flowers to Two 95... Read More