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Kris Camealy  Author, speaker, dreamer, foodie, 🍍Founder of GraceTable.org ( @grace_table ) ➕Director of @RefineRetreat #ByHisStrengthForHisGlory

“If you tell me Christian commitment is a kind of thing that has happened to you once and for all like some kind of spiritual plastic surgery, I say go to, go to, you're either pulling the wool over your own eyes or trying to pull it over mine. Every morning you should wake up in your bed and ask yourself: "Can I believe it all again today?" No, better still, don't ask it till after you've read The New York Times, till after you've studied that daily record of the world's brokenness and corruption, which should always stand side by side with your Bible. Then ask yourself if you can believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ again for that particular day. If your answer's always Yes, then you probably don't know what believing means. At least five times out of ten the answer should be No because the No is as important as the Yes, maybe more so. The No is what proves you're human in case you should ever doubt it. And then if some morning the answer happens to be really Yes, it should be a Yes that's choked with confession and tears and. . . great laughter.” ~Frederick Buechner .
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#weekending #believe #faith #hope #surrender #acolorstory #spiritualpractice #sabbathsociety

Some weeks, God’s goodness feels like a torrent. This was such a week. On Tuesday, I had the humbling honor of teaching a @hopewriters session, with the beautiful and wise, @emilypfreeman and then on Wednesday I got to meet and have dinner with my new friend, @joyprouty (who will be speaking at @refineretreat , by the way!🙌🏽)💕 If you’d told me a year ago, that I would experience either of these graces, I don’t know that I would have believed you.
God is so generous. Keep knocking. Keep asking. Keep seeking HIM, and let His surprise you with His abundant love and generosity!
Tell me about your God-surprises. I want to hear!
#love #friendship #community #faith #hope #prayer #refineretreat #sayyes #faith

Have you had seasons where your doubt feels so much bigger than your faith? Me too. I’m learning (again) what it looks like to trust God, to believe, despite my unbelief, and to rest in the discomfort of feeling seemingly-conflicting things.

The other day a certain friend came to mind. We don’t speak daily, and it has actually been some time since I had heard from her, but for whatever reason she was so heavy on my heart all day. I sent her a message to tell her as much, and her response took my breath away. The day that her name and her face would not leave my heart was the day she experienced a trauma. As I listened to her describe what had happened, I couldn’t get over the faithfulness of God, who puts us on each other’s hearts, and whispers our names to each other so subtly, we’re libel to dismiss it as nothing, or as coincidence.
God used that experience to remind me (and confirm to me) the Truth that I knew but had been doubting. 😭🙌🏽 I don’t know what you’re wrestling down right now, but I just want to encourage you to stay on it. Don’t quit, don’t give in to despair. Don’t walk away from the mat. Stay on your face and duke it out in prayer. Let your knees bleed from the friction of the fight because I’m telling you—God is good for it. He will not let you go until He blesses you. 🙌🏽 #surrender #spiritualpractice #listen #refineretreat #mercy #prayer #doubt #faith #preachingthegospeltomyself #iwantGod #Godspeaks #payattention

Spent the morning out here in my new 2nd favorite “room” of the house, hoping and praying for the stillness I’m craving to settle over and in me. The focus I was hoping for feels elusive today. My mind is a hive of thoughts and emotions.
I can’t force the calm I’m looking for. I can’t manipulate the peace I need. But I can keep turning back to the Source. I can keep breathing out prayers and resting in the promises of God’s presence, not because I *feel* it in this moment, but because I know that He is good for it.
I know that even when I lack the tangible evidence I long for, I can trust my history with God. He has always been faithful.
A L W A Y S. “Forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens. Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast.” Psalms‬ ‭119:89-90‬
#itssimplytuesday #hope #godisfaithful #surrender #columbusohio #home #grace #scripture #trust #spiritualpractice #payattention #rest

This summer marks the 40thyear of my life. This is the season when I am “over the hill”—the half-way point of my journey. I haven’t decided how I feel about it. Should I feel a certain way? What’s the protocol for this new season?

I spent some time a couple of weeks ago, reflecting on what it means to be a grown up, and that piece of writing has found its home on the new and (deeply beautiful) @thecultivatingproject website, which is the vision and product of much labor, by the incredible @lanciaesmith .
Grab a chair beside me at this table. Let’s talk about age and beauty that transcends the physical, let’s talk about seasons and birthdays, about growing up, and growing older—I’d love to hear your thoughts.
What birthdays have been most impactful for you? 👇🏼Share your wisdom...I’m all ears. 😉

Ps: the link to my article is here: https://thecultivatingproject.com/over-the-hill-becoming-grown-up/ and in my profile. 👆🏼

“The mind that comes to rest is tended in ways it cannot intend:
Is borne, preserved, and comprehended
By what it cannot comprehend.
Your Sabbath, Lord, thus keep us by
Your will, not ours. And it is fit
Our only choice should be to die
Into that rest, or out of it.” ~Wendell Berry

Porch sitting with poetry set to the soundtrack of the hidden musicians tucked in the shadowy woods.(sound on🔊) A most generous invitation to sabbath.
#poetry #columbusohio #rest #weekending #sabbathsociety #spiritualpractice #payattention #listen #quiet #surrender #bestill #wait

“We must be open to the possibility of God’s addressing us in whatever way he chooses, or else we may walk right past a burning bush instead of saying, as Moses did, “I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up” (Exodus 3:3).”
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I’m making every effort this summer to pay sharp attention, to be open to possibility, to watch for burning bushes, to listen for quiet whispers, to sit still in expectation and prayer.
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I have the sneaking suspicion that what feels like dry ground is in fact, a fertile field about to erupt with new life.
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#spiritualpractice #eyesup #surrender #ilikedeepbooksandicannotlie #summerreading #prayer #waiting #hope #trust #endurance #faith #iwantGod #refineretreat #listen #Godsstillspeaks

Yep. I’m at it again. Just staring at the sky in wonder. Every night, it’s like the first time.
Because it is.
God’s creativity is limitless. I bet He gets a real kick out of every painted cloud He imagines into being.
About 2 minutes after I took this photo, this pink beauty was gone. Completely vanished into oblivion. Here’s what I’m learning and re-learning—pay attention. Eyes up.
#wonder #sky #nightsky #columbusohio #spiritualpractice #payattention #beauty #iphonephotography #nofilter #unedited

The other day while I was driving down a two-lane road, a goldfinch fluttered across my path. I knew immediately, that things were not going to go well—this little bird was confused. As he fluttered and flailed in front of my windshield he turned to the left, then quickly back to the right. Seeing his obvious confusion and panic, I tapped my breaks, but I couldn’t avoid him. He bounced off of my windshield and landed in the street. The whole thing happened in a split second. 😣

As I drove home lamenting this little life lost, I couldn’t help but think about how susceptible I am to being run over when I panic and don’t know which way to go. Every time I’ve made flustered, panicky decisions, I’ve suffered. 👈🏼This small tragic interaction with this little bird, preached a whole sermon to me.
#metaphor #lifelessons #accidental

“Day set,
scatters of clouds in the distance
they whitewash the backdrop of secrets
whispering shadows of blue
in more delicate hues

And finally
i stopped for a breath in the evening
And suddenly, suddenly
i was caught by the scenery
painting a picture of You” ~ @sarahmasendark .
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Call me simple if you want, but staring up at the sky always takes my breath away. The day I stop noticing God’s art in the sky is the day I am dead. .
#itssimplytuesday #latergram #soc #unfiltered #iphonephotography #spiritualpractice #wonder #noticing #ohio #nightsky

The other day I was flipping through my journaling Bible and stumbled across this note I’d made to myself in the book of Isaiah. .
👉🏼 “like children are we who make our own plans and build alliances apart from God, apart from the Holy Spirit—the foolish head into familiar places of oppression without the sense to ask for God’s guidance and direction.” .
I made the note next to Isaiah 30, which reads, ‘Ah stubborn children,’ declares the Lord, who carry out a plan, but note mine, and who make an alliance, but not of my Spirit, that they may add sin to sin; who set out to go down to Egypt, without asking for my direction, to take refuge in the protection of Pharaoh and to seek shelter in the shadow of Egypt! (Isaiah 30:1-2)
👉🏼 If you’re unfamiliar with the story, God freed the Israelites from slavery under Pharaoh but the freedom trail wasn’t what they expected or imagined, and the Israelites constantly lamented the good ol’ days of their slavery. Repeatedly they talked about returning to their familiar places of oppression, because at least there, they had meat to eat🙄🤦🏻‍♀️. .
👉🏼 Sometimes I like to get on my high-horse about the foolishness of the Israelites, as if I am better than they were, as if I don’t make alliances with sin, as if I don’t slink quietly back to familiar places of oppression because at least there, I knew what to expect. I’m guessing that when I made that note in the margins of my Bible it was because I knew in that moment that this scripture wasn’t only about the Israelites, I recognized myself in this passage, and knew that I needed to be reminded that any alliances I build apart from the Lord are prone to rot. I needed to be reminded that to chart my own course, without asking God for direction, is the path to no-man’s land. .
🤷🏻‍♀️I’m sharing this with you because I’m pretty sure, I’m not the only one who could use the reminder. My familiar places of oppression may not be the same as yours, but let’s be honest and admit that we both have them, and that we need God’s help to keep walking in the hard way of sanctification. 🙌🏽 .
#mondaymeditation #preachingthegospeltomyself #surrender #hope #freedom #iwantgod #justJesus

“I am a pilgrim, but my pilgrimage has been wandering and unmarked. Often what has looked like a straight line to me has been a circling or a doubling back. I have been in the Dark Wood of Error any number of times. I have known something of Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven, but not always in that order. The names of many snares and dangers have been made known to me, but I have seen them only in looking back. Often I have not known where I was going until I was already there. I have had my share of desires and goals, but my life has come to me or I have gone to it mainly by way of mistakes and surprises. Often I have received better than I deserved. Often my fairest hopes have rested on bad mistakes. I am an ignorant pilgrim, crossing a dark valley. And yet for a long time, looking back, I have been unable to shake off the feeling that I have been led - make of that what you will.” ~Wendell Berry .
Here’s to weekend wandering, to circling, doubling back, to taking the winding, narrow way whether or not we know where it leads because ultimately, we know that we are in fact, being led. Here’s to paying attention, to touching bare feet to solid earth and remembering that we are made from the soil that settles between our toes. Here’s to stopping for a minute or longer and taking in hungry gulps of unconditioned air. Here’s to living as creatures—fragile, tender, vulnerable and in need of many breaks along the way. .
#sabbathsociety #rest #wonder #surrender #payattention #narrowway #slow #wander #wendellberry #spiritualpractice

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