Living a life of significance offline

Embrace the mess

Backpacking the Appalachian Trail

Embracing Process: Part 2

what to do with disappointment

Fuel for the Frontier: III

Photo Journal: III



note from the editor

Every issue of Frontier Journal brings with it a little more clarity. Each feels like a step closer to the vision in my minds eye when I launched earlier this year. The overarching principles of this work is to explore the frontiers of the heart. As it relates to my christian walk, in marriage and parenting, friendships and community.

We live in a distracted high-speed era of quick-fixes and life-hacks. There are no shortcuts when it comes to walking with God, living whole-hearted, or training a toddler. In this issue we explore pursuing a life of depth in Christ. We’ve come at it from a few different angles that I hope you find helpful. While our unique time history presents its own challenges, our brothers in sisters in Christ have found ways to live with a vibrant heart for centuries before us. Living with a heart alive in God is not outside our reach, no matter our circumstances. — Isaac Smith

“Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5b


If, then, you are wise, you will show yourself rather as a reservoir than as a canal. A canal spreads abroad water as it receives it, but a reservoir waits until it is filled before overflowing, and thus communicates, without loss to itself, its superabundant water.
— Bernard of Clairvaux

Living a life of Significance offline | Chris bowler

Building regular rhythms of rest into your life to detox from productivity.

Embracing the Mess of Motherhood | Cherish Smith

Words of beauty to reflect on and savor.


The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
— Psalm 16:5–6

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— Claire C.

Embracing Process: Part 2 | Isaac Smith

Why is it the best things in life require the most effort?

Hiking the Appalachian Trail | Isaac Smith

Lasting joy comes through choosing contentment in my present condition.


Photo Journal: III

Replace fear with the process. Depend on it. Lean on it. Trust in it.
— Ryan Holiday

What to do with disappointment | Isaac Smith

Fuel for the Frontier: III

It's kind of like trail mix, but for your life. Some resources that you may find helpful on your journey.




Cherish: Photographer, Wife, Without you this would not be possible  |  Hannah LewisWriter  |  Josh Ginter: Featured Photos |  Patreon Backers: Supporting Frontier Journal from Day 1  | Phil RiceWriter |  Coffee: Superpowers  |  Isaac Smith: Writer, Photographer, & Editor