Let’s Drain the Swamp

The Swamp

After a crazy 2016, it’s time to drain the swamp!

No, I’m not talking about politics. I’m referring to the cesspool within me of unkind words, spiteful thoughts, fear, anxiety, insecurities and resentment. So, that’s how I’m doing. Thanks for asking… How are you?

It’s clear that I need a time of re-centering. I need to be reminded of what is important – intimacy with God.

And this too, obviously.

“OK, the caramel brownie makes sense,” you say. “But why intimacy with God?”


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Because it’s the best way to drain my inner swamp and fill it up with LOVE – love for God, love for myself, and love for others. (For you fans of the law out there, those are the two greatest commandments).

There’s only one problem: I don’t have time for one more item on my to-do list. My wife and I both work while taking turns staying at home with our son. It’s a constant juggling act. I imagine your life isn’t exactly a breeze either.

With so much competing for our attention, it might seem impossible to find time to spend with God.

Lucky for me (and you, if you join me) for the next 8 weeks I’ll be focusing on spiritual practices that can be integrated into a busy schedule through a blog series entitled:

Drain the Swamp!

A Series on Soul Care: Spiritual Renewal for Busy People
8 Spiritual Practices in 8 Weeks

I’ll post a new spiritual practice each week that you can try with me. Try out the practice for one day or for the entire week. After the week’s over, I’ll post a new practice you can try with me.

I’d like to invite you to join me on this 8 week journey. Follow my blog through your favorite blog reader, subscribe via email below, or check back here next week for the first installment of Drain the Swamp!

May it encourage and strengthen us for 2017 and beyond!


Top Photo Credit: striatic Flickr via Compfight cc
Bottom Photo Credit: Christian Collins Flickr via Compfight cc


11 thoughts on “Let’s Drain the Swamp

  1. This is fantastic! I am also organizing my time to spend with the Lord. I look forward to reading your blog! I love the photo and bold text organization

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    1. I didn’t know this! I must hear more about how you are doing this. What does this look like specifically? I look forward to your response, maybe on hero academy? And thanks for reading my blog! Were you able to get through the whole thing? So glad you liked the bold text. I hope it allowed you to skim quickly and get the main points.

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  2. Yay! I look forward to reading more inspiring words from the Lord through you! Press on! (if you need to visit a real life swamp for more visual inspiration please bring the family for a visit to FLORIDA! P.S. bring some of those brownies with you!)

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    1. Thanks Joy! I feel honored to have an experienced blogger comment on my blog. I look forward to hearing your thoughts. So glad this comes at a great time for you!

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  3. What a great idea! I look forward to your future posts. As humans, we’re all on a very personal journey…….its nice to have friends to walk and talk with as we make our way.

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  4. What a great and timely idea! One book I can recommend is A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World, by Paul Miller. So far, it is has helped me with my much needed attitude adjustment. I’m looking forward to trying the different spiritual practices and reading more of your blog.

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