Heaven is a place. It's in our backyard.

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.
– Psalm 23

Lately, a good friend and I have been trading secrets for navigating through hectic and overwhelming to-do lists and schedules. Some of our helpful exercises have been as simple as getting up from the desk and walking around, to going out to a small restaurant alone and sitting there for a few hours. I can't adequately describe how helpful doing little things like that give me a healthier perspective on my humanity and circumstances. It's wonderful.

On Thursday, I came home from work, grabbed a blanket, a drink, and a book and lied out in our back yard under the shade of oak trees in the warm afternoon sun.

It. Was. Heaven .

Something I've noticed about all these little practices is that they are all just creating space

Does life feel overly harsh? Make time for gentleness. 

Are circumstances overwhelmingly chaotic? Make time for peace. 

Is everyone telling you what you should do and how you should do it? Take time for silence.  

None of those things will one day regularly just show up on my doorstep, but each one of them are always  there once I make room for them. Gentleness and peace are very much like silence in that I cannot create them. Just like with silence, if I shut up, it's there! I don't make silence; I make space for silence.

 The three greatest things we have in life are hope, faith, and, especially, love. And each one of them resides within us when we take time to listen for a Gentle Whisper.

Josh Pinkston