[god in the yard] introduction

reading, bible, communion, God, connect, prayer, devotion

Written by Dan King

Christ-follower. husband. father. author of the unlikely missionary: from pew-warmer to poverty-fighter. co-author of activist faith: from him and for him. director of family ministry at st. edward's episcopal church. president of fistbump media, llc.

May 11, 2011

reading, bible, communion, God, connect, prayer, devotion


“This is the story of an unusual year, when I did something I never intended to do. But it is also a course in discovery and playing towards God, through spiritual practice, offered with gentle expectations.” ~ L.L. Barkat

Some of the best growth we can experience is completely unintended. It comes in those moments we least expect it to come. You know… those times of clarity we encounter when we think we have it all figured out, and then… BOOM!

I’ve always been one to strive. For everything. Including my relationship with God.

At times I’ve tried to figure out the right formula to somehow improve my relationship with God. I don’t question my salvation, but have thought that if I could just do “X” then maybe God will love (bless) me more.

What I’ve learned is that the best thing I can do is to just position myself, and let the relationship with Him grow as He pours into it as well.

We often get so busy trying to do things to please God, when all we have to do is just be there.

For me, that’s what this project is all about.

I don’t know exactly what I’ll get out of it. But I do know that I can’t shouldn’t try to force it. I also know that as I put myself out there to experience Him in a greater way, He will meet me there.

So my prayer as we step into this study together is that we not strive for anything, but rather we just go to that place where we can encounter an awesome God. And I pray that as we meet Him there, He would touch and change each one of us in ways we’ve never expected. Amen.

As we launch into this study together, I leave you with these final words from L.L. Barkat in the introduction to the book…

“Just begin.”


  1. Laura Boggess

    Very excited to join you all in this study! Great introduction, Dan. Let’s begin.

    • @bibledude

      i’m excited about studying this book, but most excited about doing it in community with others… i’m glad that you are a part of it!

  2. Melissa Brotherton

    I just purchased the book for my Kindle. I’ve heard such great things about it. Hoping to join in on your discussion, but so far my track record on these type of things is not good. 🙂

    • @bibledude

      the best advice that i can give is simply “just begin.” #godintheyard is great for individual study at whatever pace you can do it, but obviously we’d love to see you pop in here as much as you can manage!

      oh… and i’m a #kindle dude too! (shameless plug: bibledude.net is also available on kindle!)

  3. Llbarkat

     I really, really like the goal of not trying to strive for anything. It’s a quiet thing that way. More like a journey, with the Spirit taking your hand and walking along the way.


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[god in the yard] introduction

by Dan King time to read: 2 min