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If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.

c.s. lewis

"The discipline of creation, be it to paint, compose, write, is an effort towards wholeness." 

Madeleine L'Engle 

“Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.” 

John Ruskin

Cultivating is all about integrating our faith, reason, and imagination. It is about finding ways to live with a deeper rhythm of the seasons both in a chronological year, and in the larger range of our lives. Life unfolds for us in seasons. Times of beginning, of planting, of tending, of harvesting, of putting away, of resting, of Sabbath. Recognising and honouring the seasons of our lives becomes an invitation to live on a larger scale even while we enter a way of living simpler. Taking the path of the “good way” or “ancient paths” spoken of in Jeremiah 6.16 is a quiet call to get off the frantic highway of our current culture and live our life in this world by the rhythm of time outside of it. It is there that we flourish, find peace, bear good fruit, live deeply, love well. 

Exploring, celebrating, and entering into seasonal practices of goodness, truth and beauty.

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Cultivating. 

from the founder

With each unfolding seed, with every Spring,
He breathes the rumour of His resurrection,
As birdsong calls your hidden heart to sing.
So may this season be His benediction,
To lift your love, and bid your prayer take wing,
To thaw your frozen hope, to warm your mind,
or Spring has come! Can Heaven be far behind?

- malcom guite

spring 2018

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Curator of beauty, teacher, word friend, and camera jedi

lancia e. smith

about the founder

My name is Lancia. Lover of the Triune God, I am a writer, photographer, teacher, and business owner. I am a wife, mother, nana, sister, and friend. I am also the founder and editor-in-chief of Cultivating the Good, the True & the Beautiful, and The Cultivating Project. My creative energies are focused in connecting invisible elements to tangible forms – shaping words and images. Much of my calling concerns spiritual formation and discipling creative believers. I love every book I ever read by C.S. Lewis, have an abiding interest in the Inklings, and have been deeply shaped by books by them and about them. My husband Peter and I travel widely, run a thriving environmental, engineering, and construction firm in northern Colorado, and try to keep up with our rambling house and gardens called House on the Way.

It is my prayer that you will resonate with what you find here at Cultivating. May this be a place of shelter for your spirit, encouragement for your daily living, and good company for the journey we share. You are welcome at this table, friend.

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