Thriving in 2021

At the start of every year, I invite God to give me a word for that year. In 2019, as we were moving across the country to California, the word was “Adventure.” In 2020, long before the Coronavirus hit the US, the word ironically was “Hope.” This year, I was art journaling, and the word for 2021 came to me: …

Five Things We’d Like to Share with You

As we wrap up 2020, there are five things we’d like to share with you… also check out 2020 by the numbers, and hear from people whose lives have been deeply impacted by Calvin Crest.

Retreating into Silence

Last weekend, sixteen women gathered for the first annual Advent Retreat of Silence at Calvin Crest. With sixty-degree temperatures, the participants enjoyed time sitting outside, hiking the trails, and connecting with God in His creation. Hot coffee and a crackling fire in three indoor locations invited them to warm up as temperatures started cooling off. More than 15 stations or experiences …

Creating Space for Gratitude

“The feeling of gratitude is a shy bird. Chasing it does no good. Genuine gratitude can never be forced. Trying hard to feel gratitude is like trying hard to fall asleep or fall in love. The harder you try to be grateful, the more elusive the experience becomes. It must come to you, on its own schedule and on its own terms. You practice gratitude …

A Strange Land

Recently, I learned of a fantastic devotional app called Lectio365, developed by the founders of the 24/7 Prayer Movement. I can’t recommend it enough. Each ten-minute daily meditation creates tender space to listen to scripture and respond in surrendered prayer. The timely theme this week has been focusing on the biblical metaphor of exile and the content that follows is …

Living Prayer: No More Life as Usual

Recently, I have been listening to old talks given by theologian and author Dallas Willard. Some of them date back to the 80’s and 90’s, and despite the poor quality of the recordings, they don’t disappoint in the richness of the content. Yesterday, I listened to a message titled, “The Role of Faith in Prayer,” given at Azusa Pacific University.* …

Leading Through The Dip

In the beginning of August, our leadership team was able to live stream the Global Leadership Summit. For 25 years, God has used at least one – but usually several – of the GLS speakers to teach me new ideas, soften my heart, and energize my spirit to become a better leader. God never fails to show up and transform …

Who Says Coffee Can’t Change the World?

We’ve been dreaming for a long time about offering better coffee to our guests at Calvin Crest. Not because we are coffee snobs, but because we love our guests, and we listen to their feedback. And we know how good it is to taste a great cup of coffee on a crisp cool morning in the mountains. It may sound …

Different and the Same

“Every summer is different and every summer is the same.” I’ve said it and heard it said in all of my previous summers here at Calvin Crest.   Every summer is different – there have been changes to the menu, the grounds, and the program. Each week there is a new combination of staff, campers, and program that create a …

A Place to Sit and Reflect

As I am writing this, I am watching out my window as American Heritage Girls and their families install benches all around Calvin Crest. Mallory, their fearless seventeen-year-old leader, has planned this project from its inception and is now seeing it come to fruition.   It all began as an idea that led to Mallory writing a detailed proposal for …