Throughout history, man discovers the secrets God chooses to reveal. Sometimes they make Bible verses come alive with meaning not understood by the divinely inspired men who penned them or those who read them in the centuries that follow.

“IT IS THE GLORY OF GOD TO CONCEAL A THING . . .” ~PROVERBS 25:2

 
Sometimes we make the discovery ourselves and gasp, awed by the unmatched creativity of our Creator God, who breathed our world into being by His spoken word.

From the detail of a dandelion to the center of a sunflower, God delights in the minuscule: facets found, easily overlooked but revealed to those with eyes that seek Him everywhere.

“CONSIDER THE LILIES HOW THEY GROW: THEY TOIL NOT, THEY SPIN NOT; AND YET I SAY UNTO YOU, THAT SOLOMON IN ALL HIS GLORY WAS NOT ARRAYED LIKE ONE OF THESE.” ~LUKE 12:27

 
Man creates macro lenses to capture what cannot seen by the naked eye and God uses our macro technology to reveal His micro detail, a living art like the golden spiral of a Fibonacci sequence.

Please join me today at (in)courage for the rest of the post, God Both Conceals and Reveals, a photo-filled tribute to the creativity of our Creator.

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See Dolphin Tale 2 in Theaters Today!

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by Dawn Camp on September 12, 2014

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Dolphin Tale 2 opens in theaters everywhere Friday, which is also Homeschool Day. For your chance to win free tickets for your entire group from Homeschool Movie Club, share an image of your group seeing Dolphin Tale 2 on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook using the hashtag #HomeschoolDay or post the photo to Homeschool Movie Club’s Facebook page.

Homeschool Movie Club will chose a random winner to cover and reimburse their Homeschool Day tickets. This contest is only good for opening day, Friday, September 12, and ends at 8 p.m. Pacific time.

My kids begged me to become a Homeschool Ambassador for Dolphin Tale 2; we loved the first movie. This is our chance to show the movie industry that people want to see clean, family films. Will your family see it?

She loves her new #DolphinTale2 duds!

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Contest closed! The winners are Southern Gal, Erin, Darleen, Alicia, and Jolanthe.

 
I jog on pavement wet from last night’s rain. Water drips from leaves overhead and a cool breeze drifts in from the woods to caress my legs. I follow the trailhead until it hits the greenway, like the stem of a T joining its top.

A glance to the right to make sure I don’t run in front of a bike or a dog walking its owner and then I veer left, following the path my kids’ cross country team took earlier and the woman who crosses before me as I approach the fork.

Since she looks neither 20-something nor in training for a marathon, I challenge myself to match her pace. I’m not a morning person—my name, Dawn, the great irony of my life—but I feel more alive during these early practices than when I sleep later, use folding laundry and cleaning house as forms of procrastination, and then force myself into the mid-morning heat to jog in my neighborhood.

Still, the beginning is the hardest part and I question the wisdom of choosing a wild card runner as my guide. 

Before I started running two summers ago, I marveled at the number of devotionals and blog posts which center around it. Now I understand. It’s amazing how life experiences translate into running analogies.

One of our cross country coaches uses a C. S. Lewis quote in her email signature: “If one could run without getting tired I don’t think one would often want to do anything else.” Although I don’t fully agree—I want the satisfaction of a bone-deep exhaustion at the end—it’s no surprise that a gifted writer would also be an avid runner.

In that space where physical exertion and endorphins mingle, thoughts ferment, sentences string smooth, tangles unwind. My husband worked math problems in his head during distance runs in high school.

Mental distractions keep me from focusing on being tired and thirsty. Or wanting to quit. Or the fact that the woman ahead of me doesn’t stop to walk occasionally. Great, I chose to follow the Energizer Bunny.

I wonder if anyone follows me, but to look behind would feel like cheating. If no one’s there, I might be tempted to stop.

After all, it’s easier to push forward when you’ve got an audience. 

This woman before me, unaware that she’s my leader, proves to be a good choice. We never know who, if anyone, follows us, who grits her teeth and says, “If she keeps going, I can, too.”

Seek wise examples but remember that human ones may fail. Will fail. Wisdom tell us not to follow a man, but to follow that man’s God.

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Pink highlights cover the pages of my copy of Lysa TerKeurst’s new book The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands. It’s full of helpful, memorable ideas, but this one has affected my thoughts since I read it: “We have to put our hearts and our minds in places where wisdom gathers, not scatters.”

What do you think? Where does wisdom gather? Where does it scatter?

I’ve noticed how wisdom gathers when I sit down with Bible and journal, digging for wise words and writing them down, or when my husband and I talk about the future and examine where our choices might lead. But wisdom scatters—no, it’s tossed far and wide—when I get sucked into a debate with a willful and illogical teenager or play a game of Bejeweled Blitz when I’ve got a writing deadline.

Smart decisions can be difficult to make in stressful situations or under pressure. Lysa provides solid processes and practices for discerning your best yeses while saying no with less guilt, freeing you to use your time and resources in the wisest ways.

Saying yes all the time won’t make me Wonder Woman.
It will make me a worn out woman. ~ Lysa TerKeurst

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For a chance to win one of 5 copies of The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands leave a comment telling one of the best decisions—the best yeses—you can make today.

{This post is part of Lysa TerKeurst’s “The Best Yes” Blog Tour which I am delighted to be a part of along with many other inspiring bloggers. To learn more and join us, CLICK HERE.}

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Download Your September 2014 Calendar!

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In July I visited northwest Arkansas and DaySpring headquarters as part of our yearly (in)courage authors’ retreat. A lovely path wound through woods and flower gardens leading from our hotel to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, so my camera and I took an early morning walk there the day I left. […]

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Just Hold On

August 14, 2014
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We’ve been at Six Flags since noon on a perfect July day, but it’s dark now and we haven’t eaten in hours, the kids determined not to waste a moment when they can stroke the sky, inhale the wind, defy gravity, or test the limit of their fears. Food in your tummy isn’t wise when […]

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IKEA 2015 Catalog and $100 Gift Card Giveaway!

August 8, 2014
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I recently attended a blogger event at IKEA Atlanta, celebrating the launch of the 2015 catalog. I’ve been to IKEA many times, but I learned more about their products, showrooms, and corporate philosophy. I’ll share highlights here and images from the new catalog. Enter at the bottom for a chance to win a $100 IKEA gift card! Living Spaces […]

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August 2014 Desktop Calendar

July 31, 2014
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My, how this summer has flown! This month’s desktop calendar image comes from a lovely bouquet of wildflowers from a farmers’ market on an old town square. I processed it with a vintage feel because that’s how the bouquet felt to me, sweet and simple. Download August’s Desktop Calendar! Small Large X-Large Do you update […]

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Today at (in)Courage: Why You Don’t Have to Win

July 29, 2014
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Years ago my son’s baseball coach told his team, “It’s not about winning. We’re here to have fun.” My dad leaned down and whispered, “He forgot to tell them that it’s not fun if you don’t win,” and I nodded, a believer. My daddy coached my softball team through junior high and high school. We […]

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In Plain Sight

July 25, 2014
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18 days. For 18 days I couldn’t find my keys and then suddenly there they were, in a place we’d looked several times. When I offered a reward—a lunch date—everyone looked even harder, but that didn’t help. My 14-year-old daughter picked out a fancy Asian buffet and my husband said that he wanted to win, […]

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